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Exclusive : Backdraft II confirmed; Hannibal star to headline!

We have the scoop on a sequel to ’90s hit “Backdraft”

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“Backdraft 2”, which Moviehole first told you about in March, has been confirmed by Universal. Shooting is now underway in Romania on the film (which will also utilise locations in Toronto and Chicago).

Joe Anderson (Mason Verger on “Hannibal”) is playing Brian’s nephew Sean McCaffrey in the long-awaited follow-up. William Baldwin reprises his role from the original. Gonzalo López-Gallego directs.

Alisha Bailey, Ross O’Hennessy, Sal Longbardo and Sia Alipour also among cast. Aside from Baldwin, Donald Sutherland is making an appearance as Ronald, the unhinged arsonist from the 1991 original.

Various set pics from the Romanian side of the shoot have started showing up online, here’s a few :

Previous exclusive (from March):

Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego, best known for 2011 sci-fi thriller “Apollo 18”, has been charged with the mission of reigniting one of the biggest titles in the Universal library.

The studio has tapped the filmmaker for its “Backdraft” sequel, tentatively titled “Backdraft II”, with filming set to begin in Romania and Toronto next month. William Baldwin is expected to reprise his role from the original 1991 blockbuster.

Film’s central character will be Sean McCaffrey, the grown son of Kurt Russell’s character from the first film (see below, pictured with on-screen mother Rebecca De Mornay in the original), an investigator with the Chicago F.D who still holds his uncle (Baldwin) responsible for the death of his pop.

The bad guys in this one are a group of agents sneaking a missile out of the country, using a series of deadly fires as a distraction.

Raffaella De Laurentiis produces.

Exciting news for fans of the original film, particularly with the character of Brian McCaffrey back, and a capable director in the helmer’s spot. Looking forward.

“Backdraft”, directed by Ron Howard and penned by Gregory Widen, starred Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland, Robert De Niro, Jason Gedrick and J. T. Walsh. The film, made for 75 mill, didn’t spark a light with most critics but most did applaud it’s blazingly brilliant special effects and very impressive action sequences (with many of the actors performing their own stunts).

The film received three Academy Award nominations for Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects and Best Sound.

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Exclusive : The Flash’s Harrison Wells as an Aussie?

Cavanagh on the version of Wells we’ll see in season 6

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Tom Cavanagh – the scene-stealing, dynamite performer who plays many incarnations of Dr Harrison Wells on TV’s “The Flash” – tells Moviehole that this season’s version of Wells was nearly an Australian.

“He was almost an Aussie. We played with that idea. I love Australia and I’d love to do that version. We ended up going with something different — but we were very close to making him Australian. I think it’s possible a future version will indeed be from Down Under.”

Cavanagh, who said a big appeal for him in doing the show is playing the many versions of Wells each season, said the version of the character we’ll see this year isn’t someone we’ve seen before.

“It’s a new character. You’re going to really, really dig it.”

“The Flash” returns for its 6th season on The CW in October.

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Exclusive : Brandon Routh on the version of Superman he’ll play in Crossover

The actor will step back into the tights for “Crisis on Infinite Earths”

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Update! : It was revealed the following day  – at Comic-Con – that Routh will be playing the ‘Kingdom Come’ version of Superman.

 

One of our favourite supermen is inheriting his ‘S’ again.

As reported yesterday, the upcoming Arrowverse crossover will see Brandon Routh – ‘Superman’ in “Superman Returns” (2006) – reprise the Man of Steel for ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths”, which kicks off in December

Speaking to Routh last night, the top question on the ‘must ask’ deck was “are you you reprising the same Superman from Superman Returns!”

“No, he’s not the same Superman  (from the film)”, Routh tells Moviehole. “He’s a different version.. but there are some similarities.”

Routh plays Ray Palmer on The CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow”. We can only assume it’s Palmer who dons the Superman suit on an alternative Earth. Guess we’ll find out..

 

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Exclusive : Paws for news on another Catwoman contender

Plus Vanessa Kirby also said to be in contention!

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Vanessa Kirby, the leggy, versatile Brit that’s helped fill out the credits blocks on such films as “Mission Impossible : Fallout” and “Hobbs & Shaw”, is in contention to play Gotham’s meowing marauder, Catwoman in “The Batman”.

The news hails from the reliable (they were the first on the scene with Robert Pattinson’s anointment as Batman – and I wish they’d gotten more credit where it was due for that one), amiable gang at Geeks Worldwide, just as we’re hearing another name-  Florence Pugh.

Like Kirby, another versatile Brit.

While the “Fighting with my Family” scene-stealer is high on WB’s wish list for Selina Kyle, her involvement in Marvel’s “Black Widow” – she plays the new lass being primed for the ‘Black Widow’ moniker, so it’s a big role and one that will likely require reprising in the years to come -could prove a problem. While it does happen, appearing in both a DC and Marvel franchise around the same time isn’t usually the norm… if only because the studio’s don’t care to mix commodities. Still, she remains an interest.

The Purgh tip is solid, and from a good tipster (last tip from this cat turned out to be 100% accurate), but with more and more actresses  said to be meeting with the studio about the part (Vanessa Hudgens is also said to be in contention), could that “Black Widow” commitment be hurting her chances to snag the feline tail?

Interestingly enough, Kirby is slightly older than the other actresses said to be in the mix – so it could be that casting has decided to go for a Catwoman of similar age to their Batman (Pattinson).

Vanessa Kirby

Kirby, 31, would be the first actress to play live-action Ms Kyle since Anne Hathaway’s take in “The Dark Knight Rises”. Director Matt Reeves has promised us a ‘rogue’s gallery’ of villains in the film – and he’s not fibbing, with The Riddler, The Penguin and Two-Face also reportedly in the flick.

The film, set for a June 2021 release, kicks off principal photography early in the New Year.

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