Popcorn News – Jan. 17

The CW announced that their development arm CW Seed has contracted with Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas to create a “digital spin-off” of Veronica Mars. The details on this deal haven’t been officially confirmed yet but it is expected that eight 10-minute episodes starring Ryan Hansen, who plays Dick Casablancas in the series, with the possibility of Kristen Bell occasionally appearing in it. (Ain’t It Cool)

Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong) has signed on to play the villain Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While his role is reportedly minor, he has signed on for several future Marvel films. (The Wrap)

Seven new photos have appeared online from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The superhero sequel opens in theaters on May 2. (Total Film)

Amazing Spider-man 2 photo

Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and Clifton Collins Jr. have joined Paul Rudd in the cast of Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man for Marvel Studios. While it’s expected that Douglas will play Hank Pym and Rudd will play Scott Lang, Pena’s and Collins’ roles remains unclear. (Latino Review)

FOX has announced that 24: Live Another Day will premiere on Monday, May 5th, at 8pm with a special two-hour event before moving into its regular slot at 9pm on May 12th. The twelve-episode limited series sees Jack Bauer in London as he attempts to thwart a terrorist attack that could change the world. Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver and William Devane reprise their roles from earlier seasons and are joined by newcomers Yvonne Strahovski, Michael Wincott and Judy Davis. (ABC News)

The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle has found two lead cast members in Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street). The story hasn’t been revealed yet but it’s expected that the movie will be about the creepy history of the Annabelle doll that was featured in The Conjuring. James Wan will executive produce the film which is written by Gary Dauberman and directed by John Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring. (The Wrap)

Reaper co-creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have come aboard ABC and Marvel’s next TV project, Agent Carter. They will serve as writers and executive producers of the show which focuses on the Peggy Carter character from Captain America: The First Avenger as well as the Marvel One-Shot featured on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release. It is expected that Hayley Atwell will reprise the role she originated. (Deadline)

The poster for the horror movie Cooties has popped up online. The film is about a mysterious virus that hits a small Illinois town, affecting only the prepubescent population, transforming them into violent, feral little monsters. The virus centralizes in the town’s elementary school, and quickly the infected students have the teaching staff under siege, acting out deadly revenge fantasies with an eerie sense of childlike glee. Finally, the teachers band together, led by a hapless substitute who grew up in the town, realizing they must do the unthinkable if they hope to survive. The movie stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, and Nasim Pedrad. (Bloody Disgusting)

Cooties movie poster

Quentin Tarantino’s next flick looks to have scored the title of The Hateful Eight. The film, which will be a western, has no cast in place currently but Tarantino is hoping to shoot the film this summer so expect casting news soon. (Hollywood Reporter)

Joan Allen (The Bourne Ultimatum) is joining the cast of the fourth and final season of The Killing. The limited six-episode series will be released directly on Netflix’s streaming service. Allen will play Margaret O’Neal, the stern headmaster of an all-boys military academy based near Seattle. (Vulture)

20th Century Fox has acquired the screen rights to the popular role-playing fantasy card game, Magic: The Gathering. The studio has hired Simon Kinberg to produce and oversee the development of the movie series which features a whole slew of wizards and various creatures. There is no screenwriter or director attached as of yet. (Hollywood Reporter)

The trailer for the newest Hammer horror film, The Quiet Ones, has appeared online. The movie follows university student (Sam Claflin of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students, led by their determined professor (Jared Harris of Mad Men), are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation. The Quiet Ones hits theaters on April 25.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on @monsterpopcorn

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