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Solo star heads to TV for dystopian sci-fi series

“Brave a New World”, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Aldous Huxley.

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“Solo” star Alden Ehrenreich is headed to TV, leading the cast of “Brave a New World”, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Aldous Huxley.

Originally set up at SyFy, the series has snagged a straight-to-series pickup at USA Network, where it’s rumored to be premiering on the NBCU streaming platform in 2020.

Produced by Amblin, the series imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.

As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne have only ever known a rigid social order, a perfect pharmaceutical called Soma, and a culture of instant gratification and ubiquitous sex. Curious to explore life beyond the strictures of their society, the two New Worlders embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage (Ehrenreich), who escapes with them back to New London.

The arrival of John, a subversive outsider, in the New World, threatens to disrupt the stability of New London’s utopian society.

Owen Harris will direct the first episode and executive produce the series, which has been written by David Wiener, Grant Morrison and Brian Taylor.

Via ‘Deadline

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Alex Rider series finds its teen superspy

Small screen reboot of the Anthony Horowitz-created character in production

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Sony has settled on an Alex Rider, selecting Otto Farrant (”Mrs Wilson”, “War & Peace”) to headline the small-screen reboot of the Anthony Horowitz-created character.

The studio flung a wide net to fill the lead spot of a reluctant teen superspy who goes on global missions saving the world.  The series is based on a literary offering that comprises eleven novels, as well as five graphic novels, three short stories and a supplementary book. The first novel, “Stormbreaker”, was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and was adapted into a movie in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer.

The Sony Pictures Television-Eleventh Hour Films produced series will run an initial eight episodes.

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“Das Boot”  director Andreas Prochaska is helming.

Prochaska said, “We met a lot of people for the role of Alex Rider, but when Otto entered the room, there was something magical about him. He has the perfect combination of youth and skilfulness, innocence and professionalism, to bring this iconic character to the screen.”

No network is currently attached to the series.

Via ‘Deadline

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First look : Banshee actress as Catwoman!

TV siren cast as Selina Kyle – an older incarnation of – on FOX’s “Gotham”.

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Actress Lili Simmons (“Banshee”, “Bone Tomahawk”) has been cast as Catwoman – an older incarnation of – on FOX’s “Gotham”.

Camren Bicondova, who has been playing a teenage version of Selina Kyle on the series, tells social media followers that she opted out of playing an older version of the final episode of the series.

I wanted to give (the character) Selina Kyle as much respect as possible. Some will say that giving her respect would include seeing the character through to the end of the show, which I understand. But, I firmly believe that part of leaving a legacy and being part of a legacy means knowing when to pass the torch to someone else. I was blessed to be the vessel for Selina Kyle for her formative teen years, and it only felt right to give someone else the torch for her adult self.

Simmons, 25, best known for her role as Rebecca Bowman on Cinemax series “Banshee”, stepped in to play the character for the finale – which features a 10-year-time jump. Bicondova assures fans she’s “perfect” for the role.

The woman who will be playing the older Selina Kyle is the glorious Lili Simmons, who, when I met [her] for the first time, made me cry tears of joy. She is perfect for this role, and she really wanted to do Selina right. We spoke about Selina Kyle for hours; I shared journal entries and scenes that were prime examples of Selina’s characteristics, and she shared thoughts of backstory for the 10 years that the audience doesn’t see. I want to clearly express how much thought and care went into this decision, as well as how much respect for the character and legacy of Selina Kyle there is within it.

Not only will the series finale of the ‘Batman’ series feature an older caped Crusader (18-year-old David Mazouz will again play the role) and Lili Simmons’ Catwoman, but Cameron Monaghan will finally make his full transformation into The Joker.

The series flash-forwards 10 years into the future, as Bruce is set to return to Gotham for the opening of the new Wayne Tower. A series of crimes leads Gordon to believe Penguin and The Riddler are up to their old tricks. However, when Bullock is framed for a murder, Gordon begins to piece together an even more sinister plot targeting the city, and a new figure emerges from the shadows to be the hero Gotham desperately needs in the all-new “The Beginning… ” series finale episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, April 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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DC respond to Swamp Thing rumors with an awesome new promo!

Derek Mears plays the title role in the comic adaptation

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No doubt a response to disquieting rumors concerning the show shutting down production early (and consequently getting a shorter run), DC Universe has released a fun promo for their upcoming “Swamp Thing” series.

The comic-adaptation, starring Derek Mears (“Friday the 13th”, “Twin Peaks”) in the title role and boasting a choice cast including Andy Bean, Crystal Reed, Will Patton, Jennifer Beals, and Virginia Madsen, has been shooting in Louisiana… home to swamps, apparently.

James Wan is one of the producers, Len Wiseman (“Live Free or Die Hard”) directed the pilot.

“Swamp Thing” will debut on DC Universe on May 31st.

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