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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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Halloween sequels dated!

Rumour confirmed. Back-to-back sequels on the way!

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Rumour confirmed. Universal and Blumhouse do indeed have two back-to-back “Halloween” sequels in the works. The studio issued the presser today, containing both titles and release dates for the films.

Universal Pictures today announced release dates for two new films in the iconic Halloween series.

In response to the global fan enthusiasm for last year’s Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, which went on to become the highest-grossing installment in the classic horror franchise at more than $250 million worldwide, Universal Pictures today announced release dates for two new films in the iconic Halloween series, from Trancas International Films, Miramax and Blumhouse Productions.

HALLOWEEN KILLS will be released on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Written by David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Scott Teems, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the film will be directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann are executive producers. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse.

HALLOWEEN ENDS will be released on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, and Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the film will be directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann are executive producers

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Comic-Con : Terminator : Dark Fate footage killed!

Arnold Schwarzenegger previews the new ‘Terminator’ at SDCC

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When the trailer for “Terminator : Dark Fate” recently hit, my initial reaction was ‘Huh? It looks like a rough draft’. The effects looked dreadfully unfinished, the beats fell flat, and the scale seemed squat. In short, it was underwhelming.

Colour me surprised then when an extended version of the ‘car chase’ sequence that featured so prominently in the trailer played for Comic-Con audiences today and absolutely killed. It was stellar. The effects looked golden, the villain not only threatening but imaginatively constructed, and the plot both thrilling and – as evident by the goose bumps on my arms throughout – stirring and moving. But more on that later.

On hand to assure audiences they were on hand for more than just ‘Terminator 6’ were director Tim Miller and the film’s cast (including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton). James Cameron, the film’s executive producer, beamed in from New Zealand where he’s shooting the new “Avatar” films. Cameron, who stressed how vital it was to have Schwarzenegger back for the film (and also revealed another returning cast member), said he saw the film three weeks ago and was blown away by it.

Schwarzenegger said he was onboard from the get-go. “I’m addicted to Terminator”, the Austrian bodybuilder turned actor said, noting that the 1984 film is essentially responsible for his movie career.

Miller said what he loves about the ‘Terminator’ universe is that there’s only timeline – so mess something up in the past, and something is changed in the future. In this film, we learn that Sarah’s actions in 1991’s “Terminator 2” have hurt her future. “She’s living with the consequences of that decision and we see how that rolls out 20 years later,” he said.

Hamilton, who took some convincing to come back (Cameron helped sway her decision), knows she’s older and knows she doesn’t have the body she had in “Judgement Day”. But knows she has something new to bring to the character -life experience.

“I can no longer worry about trying to be what I was, because I am so much more than I was. That was the moment I really wanted to be on board with this. The richness of my life experience is only going to enrich the character.”

Schwarzenegger – after taking the piss out of himself by referencing all his classic movie lines and mocking his own accent – threw to the footage.

The footage of the new evil Terminator (Gabriel Luna) chasing a good Terminator (Mackenzie Davis) – who is in fact ‘human’ but with enhancements – the next-would-be saviour (Natalia Reyes) and her brother (Diego Boneta) plays out the same – only with more visual detail and by golly, more surprises. Now, the villain emerging into some sort of liquid form looks less like something produced on iMovie in 2002 and more akin to something we usually expect from producer Cameron. Clearly, they’ve really polished and perfected this footage – something it doesn’t look like Miller had time to do before the trailer was delivered. Now, we see that the villain splits into two – turning from one rogue into two, a fleshy bad guy and a cyborg predator. We also get a look at Linda Hamilton’s introduction as Sarah Connor, which is absolutely fantastic – some effective use of the F bomb, beautiful sound design and power-packed arsenal. It’s an amazing sequence.

There’s also some great moments between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character ‘Carl’ – who, despite nods to the ‘T2’ sunglasses, isn’t the same t-800 but another version of the same model –  and the long-suffering Sarah, that play both compelling and comically. “I’m never gonna call you Carl”, Connor states.

Numerous other quick flashes of action, including footage of ‘Carl’ and Sarah blowing away the villain on the back-end of an aircraft carrier, and a gun-fight with the villain, trapped in a sinking car, were crowd pleasers. Especially great to hear the classic ‘Terminator’ theme used again.

Also playing at the panel, a new featurette – which you can catch below.

“Terminator : Dark Fate” is back on my list of must-see 2019 movies after today’s footage and panel. Well done, all.

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Val Kilmer is Bluntman in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer

Likely not the only major player to make a cameo in the film!

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The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” trailer has been released.

This first, Red Band-offering teases what’s to come October 15 when the film unspools in theaters

 

 

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