Weekly Ketchup: Game of Thrones Star Is the Next X-Men Villain

Plus, new roles for Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Hemsworth, Steve Carell, and Quvenzhane Wallis

This week's Ketchup includes development headlines for movies that include new roles for Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Jennifer Lawrence, and the young stars of Thor, Warm Bodies, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.


This Week's Top Story

GAME OF THRONES STAR TO PLAY BIG BAD IN X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Peter Dinklage is an example of an actor who is slowly ascending to marquee star status through a consistent career of excellent performances, including roles in indies like The Station Agent, and possibly most famously in the HBO series Game of Thrones. This week, Peter Dinklage landed the role as the main villain (actually, "antagonist" was how it was worded, which can read how one wants) in next year's big superhero entry X-Men: Days of Future Past. Peter Dinklage also happens to be a dwarf, so many fans were quick to guess that he might play a character like Puck of Alpha Flight (who really doesn't have an obvious role in this story), or perhaps would replace Ray Park as a rebooted Toad. That last guess might have worked, as the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants do indeed play a central role in the original "Days of Future Past" storyline. Toad, however, is not what anyone could call the main antagonist. And so, for now, we're left to guess who exactly Peter Dinklage might play.

Fresh Developments This Week

#1 SANDRA BULLOCK TO VOICE EVIL VILLAIN IN RETRO '60S SPINOFF MINIONS

This week, we learned a lot more about the Despicable Me spinoff Minions via the voice casting of Sandra Bullock as the film's main villain Scarlet Overkill. Bullock's character will be a 1960s-era character that visually resembles Audrey Hepburn, and is one of a series of villains throughout history that the little yellow Minions have assisted before ever teaming up for Gru of the first movie. Universal Pictures will release Minions on December 19, 2014.







#2 OF BEAST AND BIRDSONG

Following the critical and box office success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, there much courting in Hollywood of that film's director Rupert Wyatt. The project that Wyatt has decided to make his next is not one of those more obvious franchise entries, but is instead an adaptation of a historical romance novel set during World War I. Birdsong, based on a novel by Sebastian Faulks, will tell the story of a young officer who falls in love with a much older married woman. It should be noted here that BBC and PBS produced a two-part TV miniseries based on the novel in 2012. Nicholas Hoult, who as a child starred in About a Boy, and more recently has costarred in X-Men: First Class and Warm Bodies, has signed on to play the young male lead in the feature film adaptation, which will be filmed later this year and is expected to be released in the fall of 2014.




#3 CHRIS HEMSWORTH AND DIRECTOR MICHAEL MANN TEAM UP FOR CYBER ATTACKS MOVIE

It's getting close to four years now since the release of the last movie directed by Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider). Mann's next feature film will be a currently untitled thriller produced by Legendary Pictures that somehow involves cyber attacks and threats, and possibly, cyber terrorism. Mann worked on the script with Morgan Davis Foehl, who is also currently working on adapting the Mass Effect video game franchise into a feature film. Chris Hemsworth, who is most famous for playing Thor on the big screen, has signed on to star in this untitled thriller to fill up the time that he had originally planned on spending starring in Steven Spielberg's currently postponed action movie Robopocalypse.



#4 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK TRIO REUNITES FOR ABSCAM DRAMA

The three names most associated with Oscar contender Silver Linings Playbook -- Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and director David O. Russell -- will all reunite on the currently untitled Abscam scandal drama formerly known as American Bullsh*t. The third piece that completed this triangle (of sorts) is Jennifer Lawrence, who signed on this week to play the wife of the character played by Christian Bale (who also previously worked with Russell in The Fighter). Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are also costarring. This will actually be Cooper and Lawrence's third film together, as they also costarred in the upcoming independent film Serena.




#5 MYSTERIOUS HUGH LAURIE TO PLAY MYSTERIOUS VILLAIN IN MYSTERIOUS TOMORROWLAND

We still don't know much about director Brad Bird's (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) mysterious Tomorrowland (AKA 1952) which Walt Disney Pictures is expecting to be one of their highest profile releases of 2014. Among the non-mysteries is that George Clooney will be starring in it, and that it's been compared to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, except that such a comparison is not necessarily intended to be literal. This week, Hugh Laurie (TV's House M.D.) signed on to play the film's villain, but since we don't really know much else, what exactly that means... is, as mentioned above, mysterious.




#6 STEVE CARELL TO STAR IN FBI WEDDING MOVIE

Universal Pictures has hired TV writer David Flebotte to work on an untitled "FBI wedding" comedy that Steve Carell will star in. The project is compared by the studio to Stakeout and My Best Friend's Wedding, which probably means that it's about a stakeout at somebody's wedding. David Flebotte's television work has included several episodes of Desperate Housewives, two episodes of Boardwalk Empire, and an episode of The Sopranos.






Rotten Ideas of the Week

#3 THE ANNIE REMAKE LIVES THANKS TO THE ARRIVAL OF QUVENZHANE WALLIS

Will Smith's idea of having his daughter Willow Smith star in a remake of the Broadway musical Annie was always going to have an expiration date due to the fact that there's really a narrow window during which a child actress can credibly play that role. With Willow now being 12, the role is likely to go to the one actress that has emerged in the last year who is the most obvious choice for a movie which might hope to someday attract Oscar attention. That would be Quvenzhane Wallis, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the Terrence Malick-esque independent film Beasts of the Southern Wild. This story is not "Rotten" so much because of anything about a little 9 year old actress (though there's certainly the question of whether or not Wallis can sing). Instead, it's more about whether the world really needs a new Annie, a question that remains regardless of who's involved creatively.


#2 MGM TAKES ON ANT-MAN WITH A REMAKE OF THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

Although the studio doesn't come right out and acknowledge the connection, it's probably likely that the Marvel's 2015 plans for Ant-Man are probably part of the reason for this story. After all, there's still plenty of time for MGM to get their reboot of The Incredible Shrinking Man written, cast, filmed and in theaters in the next two years, and they would still beat Ant-Man to the punch by a few months. If there is a bit of bright news to this reboot, it's that at least MGM hired the original source's author Richard Matheson to adapt (with his son Richard Matheson, Jr.) The Incredible Shrinking Man for modern times. Now, instead of nuclear paranoia, the science behind the story will be more about modern concepts like nanotechnology. Going back to Ant-Man, it's also worth noting that the comic that Dr. Henry Pym made his first appearance in, called "The Man in the Ant Hill!" does in fact read a lot like a short story inspired by... The Incredible Shrinking Man. But, that still doesn't mean we need yet another remake of a science fiction classic, right?


#1 A CLASSIC DICKENS NOVEL GETS REMADE AS AN ADVENTURE MOVIE CALLED DODGE AND TWIST

Apparently inspired by the success of the recent Sherlock Holmes movies, Sony Pictures has started development on a Victorian Era adventure movie called Dodge and Twist, based upon characters created by Charles Dickens for his novel Oliver Twist. In this movie, the characters of Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger will now be 20 years older, and partners in a grand scheme to steal the Crown Jewels. The script will be written by TV writer Cole Haddon, who also wrote the upcoming NBC drama series "based upon" Bram Stoker's Dracula. Dodge and Twist is obviously more of a sequel than an actual remake, but it's still sort of a (potentially on both counts) ridiculous and/or "rotten" idea. If Dodge and Twist is a success, expect to get other punny sequels to literary classics.

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Comments

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

Peter is probably going to play Modok.

Feb 15 - 05:53 PM

Douglas Jones

Douglas Jones

I forgot about Modok! He'd be perfect flying around with the giant head and tiny body!! Good one!!

Feb 16 - 12:17 AM

Arif Baseer

Arif Baseer

i can definitely see that. haha you called it.

Feb 16 - 01:59 AM

Michael Conder

Michael Conder

They don't own the rights to Modok so I doubt it. I'm pretty sure he's just going to play the guy who created the sentinels

Feb 16 - 11:24 AM

Devir Carrera

Devir Carrera

and MODOK isn't a really a X-Men villain anyways

Feb 17 - 04:08 PM

David Gilmer

David Gilmer

You mean that big guy from Avengers Alliance? Ughh...... that could just work.

Feb 18 - 05:23 PM

Ethan Tweeter

Ethan Tweeter

rotten ideas
3.i think the annie remake is going tobe good
2.i haven't seen the movie so i can't judge
1.ugh.

Feb 15 - 05:55 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Think the Imp will play Gateway, it makes sense in a movie that's going to involve time travel.

Feb 15 - 06:53 PM

Arif Baseer

Arif Baseer

naw i dont think so. He looks nothing like gateway.

Feb 16 - 02:00 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

He could with make-up though. I know Gateway is an aborigine, but I've never seen that as integral to his character. If you can have a black Heimdall and Nick Fury why not a little person Gateway.

Feb 18 - 03:43 PM

Ken Wolfson

Ken Wolfson

Oh god, Tyrion Lannister is going to set Shagga and Bronn on the X-men.

Feb 15 - 07:14 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm intrigued by Tomorrowland. It sortof sounds like another Prometheus.

As for Dodge and Twist, they're gonna screw up the whole legacy of Oliver Twist.

Feb 15 - 07:30 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I don't know, I think a less family friendly/less musical Oliver Twist could be cool.

Feb 15 - 09:03 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Yeah but the thing about Oliver Twist is that hes a kid and changing him into a 20 year old would change his character completely.

Feb 16 - 10:23 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Again, I don't think that in itself is necessarily a bad idea. Sometimes it's fun to "continue the story" beyond where the classic ended. Bruce Wayne was arguably at his best in The Dark Knight Returns and Batman Beyond as an old man. Young Indiana Jones was a cool show I thought and in closing two words...muppet babies :)

Feb 18 - 03:46 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

If you haven't seen it, you should check out the 1948 version of Oliver Twist. Very dark and brutal. Not really for kids. Great movie, though.

Feb 16 - 04:22 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm fine with that one. I'd be ok with having a darker version of Oliver Twist. The thing that is annoying me is them trying to make the guy like 30 years old instead of being a kid.

Feb 17 - 12:49 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Whoops. I was talking to Big Brother.

Feb 17 - 01:22 PM

Jonathan Strohl

Jonathan Strohl

Bolivar Trask. We already know that sentinels are in it.

Feb 15 - 08:08 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Dinklage is a PIMP and I am so happy to see him find success. A true actor. I know several fine ladies who find him very attractive. He's the definition of how you look doesn't matter, that confidence is key, and that suave is an equal opportunity trait.

As for everything else, all that matters is that Jennifer Lawrence pic. Damn she's beautiful. I think she would totally do Dinklage..... ;)

Feb 15 - 08:52 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

She couldn't handle Dinklage. He'd break her spirit and leave her mooning after him for years on end. It's just be pathetic. Dinklage seems like the kinda guy who'd like his womens more experienced a Monica Bellucci. :P

Feb 15 - 09:01 PM

kinghongkong

Lacuna Matata

Who wouldn't want Monica Bellucci....or Lawrence for that matter?

Feb 15 - 09:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Such lessons. Teacher needs to see me and Jennifer after school.

Feb 15 - 11:57 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I'm with you guys on all accounts.

Feb 17 - 01:23 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

She couldn't handle Dinklage. He'd break her spirit and leave her mooning after him for years on end. It's just be pathetic. Dinklage seems like the kinda guy who'd like his womens more experienced a Monica Bellucci. :P

Feb 15 - 09:01 PM

kinghongkong

Lacuna Matata

Who wouldn't want Monica Bellucci....or Lawrence for that matter?

Feb 15 - 09:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Such lessons. Teacher needs to see me and Jennifer after school.

Feb 15 - 11:57 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I don't know, I think a less family friendly/less musical Oliver Twist could be cool.

Feb 15 - 09:03 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Yeah but the thing about Oliver Twist is that hes a kid and changing him into a 20 year old would change his character completely.

Feb 16 - 10:23 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Again, I don't think that in itself is necessarily a bad idea. Sometimes it's fun to "continue the story" beyond where the classic ended. Bruce Wayne was arguably at his best in The Dark Knight Returns and Batman Beyond as an old man. Young Indiana Jones was a cool show I thought and in closing two words...muppet babies :)

Feb 18 - 03:46 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

If you haven't seen it, you should check out the 1948 version of Oliver Twist. Very dark and brutal. Not really for kids. Great movie, though.

Feb 16 - 04:22 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I'm fine with that one. I'd be ok with having a darker version of Oliver Twist. The thing that is annoying me is them trying to make the guy like 30 years old instead of being a kid.

Feb 17 - 12:49 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Whoops. I was talking to Big Brother.

Feb 17 - 01:22 PM

kinghongkong

Lacuna Matata

Who wouldn't want Monica Bellucci....or Lawrence for that matter?

Feb 15 - 09:26 PM

Bret O.

Bret Osborne

Dinklage will be Ahab or maybe the voice of Nimrod.

Feb 15 - 09:32 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

#3 THE ANNIE REMAKE LIVES THANKS TO THE ARRIVAL OF QUVENZHANE WALLIS

Except it wiil now be called "Anniequisha".

Feb 15 - 10:02 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

P.S.
#4 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK TRIO REUNITES FOR ABSCAM DRAMA

Lost all respect for Lawrence as an actress after the Hunger Games garbage. Still want to fuck her though.

Feb 15 - 10:05 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

"Lost all respect for Lawrence as an actress after the Hunger Games garbage."

And you liked Speed Racer?

Feb 17 - 02:52 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I liked Speed Racer because it was, for whatever people thought about it, true to the source material. I dunno if you noticed or not but the cartoon kinda sucked too.

Feb 18 - 01:30 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

P.S.
#4 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK TRIO REUNITES FOR ABSCAM DRAMA

Lost all respect for Lawrence as an actress after the Hunger Games garbage. Still want to fuck her though.

Feb 15 - 10:05 PM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

"Lost all respect for Lawrence as an actress after the Hunger Games garbage."

And you liked Speed Racer?

Feb 17 - 02:52 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

I liked Speed Racer because it was, for whatever people thought about it, true to the source material. I dunno if you noticed or not but the cartoon kinda sucked too.

Feb 18 - 01:30 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Such lessons. Teacher needs to see me and Jennifer after school.

Feb 15 - 11:57 PM

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