Casting Roundup: Star Wars and Avengers 3

Well it seems that the last few days have been full of casting rumors and confirmations; and it appears that I am ‘behind the eight ball in giving my two sense.’ The biggest announcement came over the weekend; after months of speculating that Vin Diesel will play Thanos, Latino Review revealed that Josh Brolin will play the nemesis of The Avengers. Now the next bit of information is full of spoilers, so skip down to the next paragraph if you do not want to read plot details about Guardians of the Galaxy. Latino Review reports that “an article on James Gunn’s post-production process reported a scene with Thanos on a rocket throne in Act 3, which suggests an appearance long enough that someone is going to have to voice the Mad Titan, someone that could take the part into Avengers 3 as a major villain.”

Thanos, Josh Brolin

It was only a matter of time before they casted Thanos; they have been teasing the villain for almost half a decade. But depending on whom you ask, the casting of Brolin can be considered a good or bad thing. While John Campea on AMC Movie Talk rightfully said that Brolin has been in his fair share of financial and critical bombs, I truly believe that he can perfectly play a menacing villain. Yes, Brolin did the horrendous Oldboy, Gangster Squad and Jonah Hex; but my forgiveness comes quickly when thinking about Milk, No Country for Old Men, True Grit and even Men in Black 3. And if you really want to make the ‘bad movie argument,’ then you have to say the same about James Spader. Besides his career resurgence in The Blacklist and Lincoln, the man has done his fair share of schlock.

Either way, this could be a cool casting choice; and besides them departing with Edgar Wright, Marvel Studios has been good to the fanboys. So perhaps, it is time to trust them.

On the same end of the geek spectrum, more information about Star Wars has been leaked: including casting news and even on set photos. Just a month ago, people were complaining about the lack of information and now there is an over abundance of details about ‘the galaxy far far away.’ First and foremost, Star Wars’ official website announced the casting of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones favorite Gwendoline Christie (or Brienne of Tarth). Kathleen Kennedy briefly commented on the casting “I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”

Abrams was recently teasing that a prominent female role was going to be cast next, but right now we are unsure which actress will take the previously specified role. Yet, does it really matter because Episode VII just got two kickass actresses. They will join “John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow; who join the original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.”

As more details continue to pour out, my excitement is starting to increase; hopefully, I will not be disappointed on December 18, 2015. Abrams has brought together a talented cast of old and new to deliver an awesome product. And for all those who are bitter about the prequels (which is understandable), look at these set photos and tell me that you are not excited.  I dare you.

All in all, it seems that the new trilogy is shaping into something that fans have been clamoring for. The recent photos prove that Star Wars will return to its practical effects roots and I cannot wait to see the Millennium Falcon on the big screen. Even with all the excitement, there is a little hesitance; but hopefully, everything will pan out.

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