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From IGN:

Doctor Who Joins The Hobbit?

And we don't mean David Tennant.

July 16, 2010

by Jim Vejvoda

Scottish actor Sylvester McCoy, best known as the seventh incarnation of Doctor Who, is reportedly up for a major role in Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of The Hobbit.

A writer for the U.K. site Screenrush claims to have "bumped into (McCoy) and were made aware that he's been cast for a major role in The Hobbit."

The site is quick to point out, though, that their scoop "didn't come from the man himself but a close source has confirmed that he'll be playing 'the second biggest lead' in the upcoming Lord Of The Rings prequel opposite Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis." McCoy's reps are said to have declined comment on the casting.

Screenrush reminds us that McCoy, 66, was apparently a runner-up for the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, a role that ultimately went to Ian Holm, now 78.


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New Olivia Wilde Tron Legacy Billboard

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July 16, 2010

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new billboard for Tron Legacy featuring Olivia Wilde as Quorra in the December 17 release.

In the high-tech 3D adventure, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal confidant (Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

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Christopher McQuarrie Gets One Shot

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July 16, 2010

Paramount Pictures has hired Oscar winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspect, upcoming The Tourist, Jack the Giant Killer and Wolverine 2) to rework the thriller One Shot, with an eye to direct.

The project is based on a series of novels written by Lee Child that center on Jack Reacher. "One Shot" is the ninth book in the series and is described as follows:

Jack Reacher is working on his tan with a Norwegian blonde on the beach in Miami. The weather is hot and he is so cool you could skate on him. But he doesn't like to stick around. He likes to be on the move. He was in the machine his whole life. Then the machine coughed and spat him out. Now he takes it easy. He's not looking for trouble. But sometimes trouble looks for Reacher.

A lone gunman hides in a parking garage and shoots into a crowd in a public plaza in a small Indiana city. Five random people die in a senseless massacre. The shooter leaves a perfect trail behind him and the police quickly track him down. His name is James Barr. It's a watertight case. After his arrest, James Barr refuses to talk. Then, to his lawyer, he utters a single phrase: "Get Jack Reacher for me." But Reacher's already on his way. What could connect this obvious psychopath with our wandering ex-army cop?

By the time Reacher hits town, Barr's been beaten badly enough to forget everything about the day in question. So Reacher begins to piece together the wealth of evidence; he does the math and comes to a few conclusions of his own.


Josh Olsen wrote the original script for the project, to be produced by Cruise/Wagner Productions.


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The Whole Walking Dead Writer-Director Line-Up!

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July 17, 2010

AICN put their direct line to Frank Darabont to good use and got the man to spill the beans on who's writing and directing the first season of AMC's The Walking Dead, so here you go!

1) Frank Darabont
2) Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, X-Files)
3) Gwyneth Horder-Payton (The Shield, BSG)
4) Johan Renck (Breaking Bad)
5) Ernest Dickerson (The Wire, Dexter)
6) Guy Ferland (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy)

The writers for the first six are:

1) Frank Darabont
2) Frank Darabont
3) Frank Darabont, Chic Eglee, Jack LoGuidice. (Chic: The Shield, Dexter. Jack: Sons of Anarchy)
4) Robert Kirkman (wrote some comics I think)
5) Glen Mazzara (The Shield, Hawthorne)
6) Adam Fierro (The Shield, Dexter, 24)


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From The San Diego Union Tribune

Comic-Con delays decision on whether it will stay or go

By Lori Weisberg, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Originally published July 16, 2010 at 2:11 p.m., updated July 16, 2010 at 5:27 p.m.


For months, San Diego has been anxiously awaiting word on whether Comic-Con International will stay put or pull up roots and head north when its convention contract expires in two years.

Well, let the suspense continue.

Organizers say there will be no decision on the annual confab’s future home until sometime after next week’s convention is over. While Comic-Con had hoped to reveal its choice before the start of its mega meeting, it is now consumed with launching the show and has no time to ponder any other issues, said spokesman David Glanzer.

Holding up a final decision had been a request from Comic-Con that local hotels firm up contracts guaranteeing room rates through 2015. San Diego is hoping to prevail in a bidding war with Los Angeles and Anaheim, which have crafted aggressive proposals to land the convention for the years 2013-2015.

With an annual attendance of more than 130,000 and worldwide attention because of its Hollywood star power, Comic-Con is capable of delivering a powerful economic punch.

“I don’t think all the hotels have signed contracts yet, and the truth of the matter is, because the situation won’t be resolved this week from our end, I think this is being tabled right now,” Glanzer said. We’re already spread thin right now. Ninety-nine percent of our time is ensuring the show is successful.”

San Diego Convention Center officials believe that nearly all of the 64 hotels participating in the Comic-Con room block have finalized their contracts, which can be reviewed once Comic-Con’s show ends next Sunday. One of the issues of concern to convention organizers is that they have some control over Comic-Con-related events booked in individual hotels, said Convention Center spokesman Steven Johnson.

“It protects the show from exhibitors who might pull off from the exhibit floor and go to a neighboring hotel or from organizations trying to market to Comic-Con attendees around Comic-Con, explained Johnson. “Our team for the last couple of weeks has worked hand in hand, one on one with the hotels and Comic-Con to ensure that issues that came up were resolved favorably, and now we’re in the process of collecting signed contracts.

“When that process is done we believe we’ll have a positive decision for San Diego, but now the show is on top of us, and everyone wants to know what the decision is but they have other priorities right now.”

Mayor Jerry Sanders was concerned enough about the delay in finishing up the contracts that he got on the phone last week and contacted some hotel managers directly, said spokesman Darren Pudgil.

“He stressed the importance of this convention and offered to help out in any way he could,” Pudgil said. “Obviously, the mayor wants to see these contracts finalized and signed, and that’s why he was calling the general managers. We’re hopeful (Comic-Con) will ultimately choose San Diego. They’re doing their due diligence, and we’ve strengthened our package so it’s just a matter of time now.”

Comic-Con organizers have made no secret of their interest in finding more space for their mushrooming attendance, which they say has outgrown the San Diego center. While San Diego has plans to significantly expand its center, how it will be funded has yet to be finalized, and it still could be several years before such a project would be completed.

As part of its proposal to Comic-Con, the Convention Center Corp. offered free meeting rooms at the city’s three major bayfront hotels, a much expanded hotel room block with discounted rates and sharply reduced rental rates at the convention center over the next five years.

Despite the delay in making a final decision, Anaheim tourism officials believe their city remains a strong candidate for hosting the pop culture extravaganza. They have boasted that their center, which is also slated for an expansion, is far larger than San Diego’s and that surrounding hotel rooms are plentiful and more affordably priced.

“It seems to me no news is good news,” said Charles Ahlers, president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “We’ve talked to them within the last 10 days and haven’t gotten a response that a decision will be made anytime soon.

"At this point, I’d wait until after their meeting. I think they still haven’t weighed all the issues. I’m not surprised because it’s such a big decision and they have so many things to weigh.”


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Box Office Dreams Do Come True for Inception

Source: ERC Box Office, comingsoon.net

July 18, 2010

The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.

After having enormous success with his Batman sequel The Dark Knight in 2008, filmmaker Christopher Nolan took a bit of a chance with his sci-fi action thriller Inception (Warner Bros.) starring Leonardo DiCaprio with support from Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy and Michael Caine. His first movie based on an original idea since Memento with a premise involving dream thieves which mixed high-paced action with cerebral ideas, there were numerous questions last week whether Nolan's critically-praised film could do well among mainstream audiences, since some thought of it as difficult material. In fact, the originality of the ideas and the overwhelming desire for originality added to the advance buzz to help Inception do better than some expected. After opening on Friday with $21.7 million, Inception held well over the weekend to bring in an estimated $60.4 million in its first weekend, which is in the general range of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs and Warner Bros' earlier 2010 hit The Clash of the Titans. We can probably expect it to continue to do well due to word-of-mouth and repeat viewings to surpass the $200 million mark by sometime in mid-August.

Universal Pictures' animated comedy hit Despicable Me dropped 42% from its fantastic opening weekend but still maintained second place with roughly $32.7 million, bringing its total in ten days to $118.4 million.

Opening on Wednesday, Jerry Bruckheimer's second movie of the summer, The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Disney), reuniting him with actor Nicolas Cage and National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub and co-starring Jay Baruchel, failed to make waves, taking in just $17.4 million over the three-day weekend after making $7 million on Wednesday and Thursday. It's a major disappointment for Bruckheimer and Disney, having already had a poor showing for their previous summer action fantasy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and it will end up among some of Nicolas Cage's lesser-regarded movies in terms of box office even if it picks up business due to word-of-mouth.

Summit's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took another hit in its third weekend, dropping to fourth place with $13.5 million, down 58% from last week, and with a total gross of roughly $265 million. It's doubtful the third movie based on a Stephenie Meyer novel will gross as much as the previous installment New Moon or hit the $300 million mark based on how quickly its dropping off on a week-by-week basis.

In fifth place, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3 continues its successful run, having become the highest-grossing movie of the year in the past week, and adding another $11.7 million to bring its five-week total to an astounding $363 million. With Disney currently having the top two highest-grossing releases of 2010 in Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland, they're sitting pretty even with the disappointing showings for both of their summer movies produced with Jerry Bruckheimer.

The Adam Sandler helmed ensemble comedy Grown Ups (Sony) took sixth place with an estimated $10 million bringing its total to $129.2 million after four weeks. It's definitely in line to become one of Sandler's Top 5 grossing movies likely to end up just below the $158 million made by The Longest Yard, Sandler's last teaming with Chris Rock.

M. Night Shyamalan's take on the cartoon series The Last Airbender (Paramount) dropped to seventh place with $7.4 million and $114.8 million total, while the Robert Rodriguez-produced Predators (20th Century Fox) tanked in its second weekend, likely due to the direct competition from Nolan's Inception. It dropped from third place to eighth with $6.8 million, down a horrendous 73% from its opening weekend despite generally good reviews.

The Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action movie Knight and Day (20th Century Fox) took ninth place with $3.7 million and $69.2 million after four weeks in theaters, and the Top 10 was rounded out by Sony's remake of The Karate Kid with $2.2 million and a six-week gross almost exactly $100 million more than Knight and Day.

Two independent releases and Sundance favorites that continue to bring in audiences are the Duplass Brothers' Cyrus (Fox Searchlight) and Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids are All Right (Focus Features), each which brought in a million dollars this weekend to take places in the Top 12 despite playing in fewer than 500 theaters. (Cholodenko's movie did a million in just 38 theaters, showing that Focus Features could have a breakout hit with their Sundance purchase.)


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I have mixed feelings about a possible move.

On the one hand, I love San Diego. The area surrounding the convention center is just stunning and I'll miss it, especially (as an Arizonan) the waterfront. The Con would absolutely lose some of its charm if it left.

On the other hand, the Con is getting too big. Hotels are almost impossible to get and very expensive when you do. Traffic is a total nightmare, and I don't even drive there. I'm just talking about taking the hotel buses. And forget about lunch. Even more lines.

And the 4 day passes sold out by October!

Still, I would hate to have it in LA.

I could live with Anaheim. Or better yet, Vegas!

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A Vegas overrun by Cos-playing comic nerds is a very scary idea indeed...

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From The San Diego Union Tribune

Superhero superstar

La Jolla resident Jim Lee has risen to the top of the comics world

By Peter Rowe, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.


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A Korean immigrant who once planned to become a doctor, Lee is now one of the most powerful forces in comic books. Co-publisher of DC, he is an artist whose clean, detailed, muscular style re-invented the X-Men for Marvel and Batman and Superman for DC. Last month, his re-designed Wonder Woman caused an uproar among fans.

After unveiling his redesign of Wonder Woman on June 30, Jim Lee knew he would hear from fans. You can’t tinker with a comic book icon without stampeding the nerd herd.

But Lee wasn’t prepared for the size of the herd, or the prominence of some nerds.

Like Tim Gunn, co-host of cable TV’s “Project Runway”: “I love Wonder Woman’s new look.”

Or Robin Givhan, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic: “She has shrugged off parochialism to become an international sophisticate.”

Or Nikki Finke, Hollywood blogger: “Of course, it took a bunch of men to ruin her.”

“It was great to see that kind of attention,” Lee said, relaxing in his four-level house a half-block from La Jolla’s Windansea Beach. “Especially coming from what I call ‘the civilian world.’ ”

This week, that world will again notice comic books, as Comic-Con International opens with Wednesday’s preview night inside the San Diego Convention Center. Among civilians, mention of “comics” and “Lee” usually brings to mind Stan Lee, the 87-year-old Marvel mainstay. But for industry pros, there’s no question that this is the era of another, unrelated, Lee. Jim Lee, 45, is co-publisher of DC Comics, co-founder of Image Comics and the artist whose 1991 reboot of a Marvel franchise sold a record 8 million copies.

“I can go to the convention and get a small taste of what it’s like to have paparazzi,” Lee said.

Paparazzi are part of the Con experience, thanks to the abundant Hollywood A-Listers here to flog movies and TV shows. But San Diego County residents also will be celebrated. Locals at this year’s show, which runs through next Sunday, include Douglas E. Richards, author of “The Prometheus Project” sci-fi novels; Batton Lash, artist/writer for the “Supernatural Law” series; and Eric Shanower, who has adapted “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and Homeric myths as comics.

For these talents, the pop-culture convention is an annual showcase. For Lee, it’s something more — the one place where this divided man can see the pieces of his career pulled together.

The rest of the year, this 5-foot-4 artist has to be faster than a speeding sketch pad, able to leap continents in a single red-eye flight. He commutes twice a week to the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, then spends four days a month at DC’s corporate fortress in Manhattan.

He’s a central player in the crusade to translate comics into film — next up: “Green Lantern” with Ryan Reynolds, June 2011 — and is point man for DC’s online game and digital-comic campaigns. Converse wants to make Superman sneakers? Call Lee. Pottery Barn crafts comics-inspired furniture for kids? Sounds like another job for Super Artist.

“Jim does everything,” said Marv Wolfman, a veteran comic book writer. “He is one of the very best artists in the industry — and has been for years.”

Lee first came to Comic-Con in 1987 as a rookie penciler. He enjoyed the conference and loved San Diego, a city he had never seen before. By Comic-Con 1989, he had moved here.

His is a classic American tale, if not a rags-to-riches yarn. Lee was born in Seoul , South Korea, where his father was an anesthesiologist and his mother an avowed enemy of comics. The boy lost several collections to her diligent housekeeping, and neither parent encouraged his passion for these disreputable publications. Lee was 5 when his family immigrated to the United States. They settled in St. Louis, where his father again practiced medicine, a noble and lucrative profession both parents encouraged their son to embrace.

“This is a very common Asian story,” Lee said. “You meet any Korean kid who emigrated when young or was born here and they all have exactly the same story of parents being so pushy.”

From prep school, Lee entered Princeton University as a psychology major. Medicine was his eventual goal; he even spent one summer as a nurse’s intern in a German hospital. But by his junior year, Lee was eager to return to his childhood passion. He took a few art classes at Princeton, finished work on his psychology degree, then moved back to St. Louis.

In his old bedroom, the college graduate set up a drawing table and began sketching cartoon characters.

“I’m sure my parents thought I was crazy. They had dropped 65 grand on my education and I’m in the house, drawing in my underwear.”

He drew an entire 20-page comic book, made photocopies, then mailed packets to 45 comic book companies. Forty-two ignored the unsolicited manuscripts. The other three responded with boilerplate rejection notes. But one of those form letters included two handwritten lines: “Looks good. Keep at it.” It was signed by Dick Giordano, the head of DC’s editorial department.

Encouraged, Lee traveled to New York for a comics convention. He shopped his portfolio to artists, editors and finally a Marvel executive who liked what he saw.

That was in 1987. Lee quickly moved from “Alpha Flight,” a comic featuring a Canadian superhero team, to “Punisher War Journal.” This violent saga of a vigilante taught Lee to handle weapons with respect. Readers complained if he missed the fine points of an AK-47 or a KA-BAR knife.

“Fans like detail,” Lee discovered, “and sexy girls and big, rippling muscles.”

His art overflows with supple curves, but it’s most notable for its clarity.

“There’s an elegance, a beauty in the actual drawing,” Wolfman said. “You see it in his faces. And yet it feels modern.”

Once launched, Lee’s career soared. In 1989, the same year he took over “Punisher,” he was a guest artist for “Uncanny X-Men.” Two years later, his “X-Men” No. 1 enjoyed unprecedented success — and still holds the record for sales of a single comic book. In 1992, he and five other artists left Marvel to form Image. Lee developed several series for his Image imprint, Wildstorm, but in 1998 sold this La Jolla-based venture to DC.

Moving to DC liberated Lee the illustrator. His 2002-03 collaboration with writer Jeph Loeb, “Batman: Hush,” indulged his love of detail — midway through the tale, Lee unfurls a six-page foldout of the Batcave. His crisp style re-energized a galaxy of DC stars: Superman, Catwoman, the Joker, Green Lantern.

In 2006, he began drawing backgrounds for “DC Universe Online,” an intricate game still under development. Four years later, in February 2010, Lee and writer Dan DiDio became co-publishers of DC, a Time Warner subsidiary.

In his new role, Lee is expected to superheroically leverage comic book characters and story lines throughout the Time Warner empire, for everything from feature films to mobile phone applications. A sucker for gadgets, Lee bought the iPad the morning it was released. By day’s end, he was posting iPad sketches of Wonder Woman.

Although 69, Wonder Woman is a remarkably ageless Amazon. But her wardrobe — tight red top with a golden eagle bustier and star-spangled shorts — looked dated. For her makeover, Lee covered her cleavage and thighs, giving her boots, black leggings and a biker jacket.

Fans were, to be polite, divided.

“they want to change the icon, that’s fine,” wrote one contributor to a DC blog. “but this STINKS. what is this jacket? 1992 X-Men or the revamp superboy? please.”

Lee is less worried about Wonder Woman’s fate than his schedule’s toll on his family. He has three daughters from his first marriage and four stepchildren with his second wife.

Lee has no regrets. Neither do his parents. The $65,000 they spent on his Princeton education?

“I wrote them a check,” he said.

Super Artist’s great powers have meant great responsibilities — and great paychecks.


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Breck Eisner Talks Flash Gordon

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Jul 19th, 2010

"It will be an origins story for Flash"

Airlock Alpha got a chance to talk to The Crazies director Breck Eisner about bringing Flash Gordon to the big screen. Flash Gordon originally appeared as a sci-fi newspaper comic strip created and drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s. The strip was first adapted to the screen via Buster Crabbe serials and made into a lavish 1980 film starring Sam Jones but remembered more for its Queen score.

"Our version goes back to strips from '30s and we will update those and shoot the movie as if the strips were drawn today. It will be an action and adventure sci-fi," Eisner told the site.

The helmer added that they are eyeing the property as a franchise. "It will be a standalone story, it definitely won't [be] left open for more, but the ultimate goal is to turn it into a franchise. It will be an origins story for Flash. He's going to Mongo, he's gonna save the planet and it will have a superhero buy in and will be unique. It is very much a superhero origins story."

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New Photo From Thor Debuts

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July 18, 2010

The Los Angeles Times debuted this new photo from Marvel Studios' Thor featuring Chris Hemsworth in the title role kneeling before Odin (Anthony Hopkins) as Loki (Tom Hiddleston), left, Frigga (Rene Russo), Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) and Fandral (Josh Dallas) look on.

Opening in 3D and 2D theaters on May 6, 2011, the Kenneth Branagh-directed fantasy action adventure also stars Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jaimie Alexander, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Clark Gregg and Colm Feore.

Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It's while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

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Simon Pegg May Return for Mission: Impossible IV

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July 18, 2010

Although Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV has yet to be officially greenlit by Paramount, Heat Vision is reporting that actor Simon Pegg is already in talks to return as lab geek Benji Dunn in the movie targeted for a December 16, 2011 release.

Pegg's role in J.J. Abrams' feature film debut Mission: Impossible III was a fairly small one, but it ultimately led to Pegg playing Scotty in Abrams' blockbuster reboot of Star Trek last year. With Abrams producing the fourth installment, it would be Pegg and Abrams' third movie together before the in-development Star Trek 2.

Once Paramount gives the go-ahead, plans are to start filming in September with Tom Cruise already signed to return as Ethan Hunt.


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Singer Wanted Lautner for X-Men: First Class

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July 18, 2010

X-Men: First Class producer Bryan Singer said on Monday that he wanted "The Twilight Saga" star Taylor Lautner to play a role in the Summer 2011 film, but that it didn't work out due to scheduling.

"I wanted Taylor [Lautner] to do it, I really did," Singer told Blastr. "He's doing a movie in Pittsburgh called 'Abduction' and then he's got the next 'Twilight' movie. We talked about it a lot, he is a friend, and I really wanted to make it work. It just doesn't look like it's possible to do it." Singer did not reveal which character Lautner was up for.

The article also mentioned that Meagan Good is up for a role, but that's the first we've heard of that.

Singer added that he won't be directing Wolverine 2. "It's not what I'm going to do right now, the next project for me next year, in London, is 'Jack the Giant Killer' that is set in the 1300s and it's very fun. It will be a big movie."

To be directed by Matthew Vaughn, the confirmed cast members of X-Men: First Class are James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Alice Eve, Nicholas Hoult and Caleb Landry Jones.


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