It has been a busy week in the world of television and film. Here’s some of what you may have missed.
- Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) and Jeremy Irons (Die Hard with A Vengeance, The Lion King) have been cast as Lex Luthor and Alfred respectively in Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to Man of Steel. Irons will no doubt settle comfortably into his role, but whilst Eisenberg is a good young actor, there will likely be some backlash that Warner didn’t pick up Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston. Eisenberg and Irons join Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot as newbies to the franchise, whilst Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne return from the first installment.
- Variety landed a double scoop of Marvel threequel news this week. They have snapped up Craig Kyle (previously a co-producer on Thor and an executive producer on Thor: The Dark World) as writer and Christopher Yost (co-writer of Thor: The Dark World, known primarily for writing X-Men comics and working on Marvel animated series) as producer on Thor 3. Also, whilst Captain America: The winter Soldier hasn’t even been released yet, the Russo Brothers (Community, Arrested Development) have impressed ‘the-powers-that-be’ so much that have have been tapped to return for Captain America 3.
- Jonathan Banks will reprise the role of Mike Ehrmantraut in the upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off/prequel Better Caul Saul. A regular feature in the second half of the show, Banks was nominated for a Primtime Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Drama in the show’s fifth and final series.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer talked exclusively with Empire this week about X-Men: Apocalypse. Among other things, he debunks rumours that Apocalypse is some variant on Magneto and that the big bad will appear in the end credits of his upcoming feature. He does confirm, however, that he is co-writing and producing the next film and is currently negotiating to direct it. In a separate (but related) piece, the director revealed that, whilst Anna Paquin’s main scene had been cut from Days of Future Past, that doesn’t mean she won’t be in it.
- Back to the Future is gearing up for a run on the West End. The smash 80’s franchise is being adapted into a musical by original writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. Fantastically (for those who know the films), the production is set to open in 2015.
- Random sequel news! Hot Tub Time Machine is getting one! As Deadline reports, Rob Corddry, Clarke Duke, Craig Robinson, director Steve Pink and writer Josh Heald are all set to return, though there is no word on John Cusack. The tentative release date it Christmas Day this year (so, likely early 2015 over here). Little known fact – Fake Geek contributor Rich was actually an extra in the original.