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Could’ve Been He-Man : Revisiting the Rumored Stars

We take a look at 5 actors up for the role before Noah Centineo

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With casting coagulated on Sony’s manifestation of the “Masters of the Universe” movie – filming this summer! – I thought I’d flick back through some of the casting rumours pinned to the long-gestating, seemingly once-cursed movie reboot, so we could all check out some fun ‘what if’s.

Interestingly enough, before Sony snapped up the languishing project and ported it over to their Culver City compound, previous studios seemed more interested in casting a muscly wrestler-type in the lead role  – someone not unlike Dolph Lundgren, who yielded the sword in the 1987 feature. I’m sure some of those suggestions probably came from original scribe David S.Goyer, of “Blade” and “Man of Steel” fame, or Joel Silver, who was attached to produce at one stage. We know their tastes.

The actor that is now in talks for the role looks nothing like the guys on Fox 2000 and Warner Bros’ original wish-list – Noah Centineo from Netflix’s “All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” – so it’ll be interesting to see how the film handles the character’s supposed strongman-like appearance (maybe the kid has been in the gym for a few months now? – whaddyaweknow?). Whatever the case, I’m sure the Nee brothers know what they’re doing – they’re good guys, and no doubt went for a chap with acting muscles as opposed to just plain ol’ muscles. Worked with Christian Bale on Batman, after all. Heck, Chris Pratt even lost a couple of pounds when he was cast as Star-Lord. So he’ll be fine.

The script has also changed a lot since the WB and Fox 2000 days, so chances are it no longer calls for a Hulk.

Here’s a look at a few actors that were rumoured to be up for Eternia’s mightiest man back in the day.

 

Kellan Lutz

The “Twilight” alum really, really wanted this role. He had met with McG, when the “Charlie’s Angels” director was attached to direct the movie for Sony. For all we know, he was McG’s choice but when the filmmaker fell off, the Nees decided to start afresh with scouting for a lead – just as they did with the script.

Brad Pitt

About fifteen years ago, when Pitt was at his fittest (remember “Troy”?), Legendary Pictures were rumored to have had the blonde thesp atop of their wishlist for the title role. If the studio did indeed reach out to Pitt (and his publicist was quick to deny the reports, so it’s likely this was BS), I think we can all imagine his immediate reaction.

 

Gerard Butler

Not surprisingly, considering his bulk n’ oil routine on “300”, Scottish action-man Butler was also said to be on Legendary’s list to take on Skeletor there for a while. With a couple of packets of hair dye, he might’ve just worked too. Legendary really liked Butler, so I’d put coinage on this one’s truth.

Triple H

A burgeoning movie star at the time – like his ring counterpart, The Rock – Triple H was fresh from David S.Goyer’s “Blade Trinity” when he was rumored to be in talks to for producer John Woo’s version of the film at Fox2000. The connection makes me think this has some weight. Seems Woo had a very diverse wish-list for the main role – with Paul Walker (hot from the first “Fast and the Furious”), Chris Showerman (George from “George of the Jungle 2”), and Matt Davis (“Blue Crush”) also said to be in the mix at the time. Guessing Goyer suggested Triple H?

Chris Hemsworth

This doesn’t get any further than a ‘no, thanks’ apparently. But the story is, after Dolph Lundgren publicly suggested the Aussie superstar should ride Battle Cat, Sony Pictures got in touch with the actor to discuss but he wasn’t at all interested because of He-Man’s likeness to Thor. Fair enough, too – would’ve been a stupid move.

“Masters of the Universe”, directed by Aaron and Adam Nee, and scripted by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, goes before the cameras this July for an expected release of summer 2020.

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Original Bad Boys 3 director on why he quit the film

“I wasn’t servicing the story that I was really excited about” says filmmaker Joe Carnahan

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In a captivating melee with Collider, “A-Team” helmer Joe Carnahan reveals that he walked away from the third “Bad Boys” flick because he butted heads with star Will Smith.

The veteran action filmmaker was originally set to direct Sony’s “Bad Boys For Life”, which reteams Smith and Martin Lawrence as the loose lipped cops, but quit the project – in September 2017 – because his original vision for it had been watered down.

“Here’s the thing. I love Will, he’s a great guy. It’s just, you get to a point where … listen, I always say this… ‘Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, you find me a motherf****r in the modern era that’s walked away from movies with those guys and is still working in some capacity.”

“I just know myself, man. And I thought what we were doing at that point was the law of diminishing returns. ‘I wasn’t servicing the story that I was really excited about telling, that the studio had greenlit. And again, this isn’t to throw shade at Will — it’s your face on the poster, it’s your name on the poster, you need to do things the way you want them done.”
Carnahan believes some of his ideas survive.

“I think they’re doing a portion of it — I had a sequence where they’re on a Gunbus, which is a German motorcycle. They changed it, now it’s like a sidecar, not a good idea, whatever [laughs]. It’s one of the greatest.”

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah ultimately took the reigns on the film, which releases January 17, 2020.

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Astin : Goonies will be rebooted

The cast had originally been hoping to reunite for a sequel

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Will there be a sequel to “The Goonies”?

Doubtful. That’s according to original star Sean Astin – ‘Mikey’ from the 1985 classic – who, for the longest time, remained unambiguously induced that there would one day be a sequel to the Richard Donner directed adventure classic.

The actor’s tune has since changed.

“For 20 years, my answer to the question was an unequivocal yes, there will be a sequel — it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when. Just certainty,” the “Lord of the Rings” actor tells Collider. “Well…that’s gone. Now I think we’ve probably passed the threshold for which all of us original cast members are right for doing a sequel.”

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While Astin doesn’t expect he and his original co-stars – including Corey Feldman and Josh Brolin – will regroup for the once budding sequel, he does expect Warner Bros to resurrect the brand.

“It will be rebooted, which I will be fine with,” says Astin. “If it’s not as good as the original Goonies, that’s fine, who cares? I think [Steven] Spielberg has been waiting for whatever that magical, mystical secret sauce is and he hasn’t found it yet so he just hasn’t pulled the trigger yet. He’s so busy so I don’t even know if he could do it himself and you know, Dick Donner wants it.”

Astin recalls pitching Donner an idea for a “Goonies 2”.

“Corey Feldman and I put together a three-act treatment for it and we pitched it to Dick Donner and it never got made,” the actor reflects. “We pitched it to him and the whole time his eyes were closed…we thought it was really cool and afterwards he’s like ‘Boy, you guys really thought about this’ and we go ‘Yeah, yeah we have!’ and he goes ‘Yeah, we’re not doing that.’”

In a 2016 interview, Feldman echoed Astin, stating that he’d given up hope for a “Goonies” sequel.

“Richard Donner is 87 years old. And it’s like, no one really wants to make it without him. He’s the driving force behind it. He says it’s still alive. But as we all know…When you get to that age, things slow down quite a bit. There is a big possibility that he might not want to keep driving it. So, I think without him, it doesn’t happen. And every day that passes, that he doesn’t do it, there is less and less chance that it is ever going to happen at all.”

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Spoiler Alert : Keanu Reeves joins Fast & Furious universe

Do not read on if you don’t want the film spoiled!

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“John Wick” star Keanu Reeves will play against type when he appears in this summer’s new “Fast & Furious” spin-off, “Hobbs & Shaw”.

According to That Hashtag Show, the actor’s secret role in the Jason Statham-Dwayne Statham two-hander is that of the big bad. In much the same way, the “Fast & Furious” franchise surprised fans when Jason Statham appeared on screen at the end of “Fast & Furious 5” to tease his appearance in further installments, Reeves will pop up in the film at the last moment to give cinemagoers an extra, unforeseen thrill before they make the trek home from the theater.

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Says the site, “In the last outing for Fast & Furious, we learned the identity of the driving force behind all of Dominic Toretto’s miseries: Cipher. Charlize Theron played Cipher to chilling perfection, taunting and manipulating Dom to his breaking point. Fast & Furious 8 saw the first team-up between Hobbs & Shaw. That paring was the inspiration for the new spin-off series. Like Cipher before, there will be a new background baddie pulling the strings for the new, odd couple offset from the main franchise. That villain will be none other than Keanu Reeves.

Right now we don’t have any more details about the exact role Reeves will play in Hobbs & Shaw. We only know that he is somehow tied to the film’s main villain, Brixton (Idris Elba). It’s possible, according to the source, that Reeves’ character will be revealed towards the end of the movie. Alternatively, he could appear in an end-credits scene to set up the sequel we all know will be coming.”

While it’s rare to see Reeves play a villain, it’s not his first time. The actor played the rogues in “Man of Tai Chi”, which he also directed, he also played the nasty Donnie Barksdale in the film ”The Gift” (2000).

“Fast & Furious Presents : Hobbs & Shaw” opens August 2.

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