Popcorn News – Jan. 24

Two Marvel characters are coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Deathlok and Lorelei. Deathlok, a cybernetic soldier, will be played by J. August Richards (Angel) who has appeared on the show as the Extremis-enhanced Mike Peterson, a character that the showrunners have been working on transforming into Deathlok for quite some time now. Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb commented, “We’ve been leaving breadcrumbs along the way. This is a major Marvel character appearing on TV, on film for the first time.” The other character, Lorelei, played by Elene Satine, is a villain from Thor’s home of Asgard. She will be facing off against Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander), a character from the Thor movie franchise, in an upcoming episode. (IGN)

While nothing official has been confirmed yet, it’s being said that Disney has given Pixar their own Star Wars movie. No details on the project are available as of yet except that due to Pixar’s long production model, a Pixar Star Wars movie may be a few years out. (Latino Review)

Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis, Tron: Legacy) has landed the lead role of Hook in Pan, a new take on the J.M. Barrie classic. Joe Wright (Hanna) directs the big-budget movie about an orphan who is taken to the magical world of Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and leads a rebellion against evil pirates. Hugh Jackman is reportedly on board to play Blackbeard in the movie. (Deadline)

A new IMAX poster for RoboCop has been revealed via IMAX’s Twitter account. The movie, which stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish and Samuel L. Jackson, opens in theaters on February 12th. (IMAX)

RoboCop IMAX poster

Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has gone on record to state that the rumor that the turtles in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film are aliens is untrue. “No. They’re not aliens,” Fuller stated, “The turtles come from an alien ooze so I think that it probably came from that, but our turtles are not aliens.” (Collider)

Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) has been hired to direct the new film adaptation of John Wyndham’s iconic 1951 sci-fi novel The Day of the Triffids for producer Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. In the movie, a comet shower blinds most of the world’s population. Those with sight must battle alien plants, known as triffids, bent on destroying mankind. (Deadline)

A new synopsis for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot has appeared online suggesting that the movie might be more in line with Marvel’s Ultimate Fantastic Four comic. “The Fantastic Four will tell the story  of two very young friends, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. After an event transforms the boys, they find themselves empowered with bizarre new abilities. Reed becomes a scientific genius who can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions. Ben becomes a monstrous, craggy humanoid with orange, rock-like skin and super strength. However, the two end up being owned by the government and used as weapons. But after they mature, two others with powers come into the picture – Sue Storm ‘The Invisible Girl’ and Johnny Storm ‘The Human Torch.’” (Acting Auditions)

A new still from Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West has appeared online. The photo shows Charlize Theron sporting two pistols while Seth MacFarlane, Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried look on. The western comedy, which also stars Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Liam Neeson, hits theaters on May 30th. (Ain’t It Cool)

A Million Ways to Die still photo Charlize Theron

It’s being reported that Ron Howard is likely to make The Dark Tower his next film with MRC and Imagine Entertainment for around 60 million. Keeping in with previous plans for the franchise, there’s still going to be a TV series as well and it’s likely that it will end up at Netflix. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) has been taking a lot of meetings on the project and it appears that Liam Neeson is interested in the movie as well, possibly playing the lead character, Roland Deschain. (Schmoes Know)

Rosario Dawson recently confirmed in an interview that she will be returning for Clerks III. Director Kevin Smith said he hopes to start production in May for a November 2014 release, just in time for the 20th anniversary of Clerks. (Den of Geek)

Trent Reznor took to Twitter recently and confirmed that he and Atticus Ross are scoring David Fincher’s upcoming movie, Gone Girl. The duo have also scored Fincher’s The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (Trent Reznor)

After Warner Bros. announced the delay of their Batman vs. Superman movie from July 17th, 2015 to May 6th, 2016, Marvel took advantage of the situation and has moved up Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man two weeks from July 31st, 2015 to July 17th. Ant-Man will now face off against Joe Wright’s Pan. (Hollywood Reporter)

The new trailer for Oculus has arrived online. The horror film which stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Riddick) and Rory Cochrane hits theaters on April 11th.

by Ben McBride

Follow Ben on @monsterpopcorn

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