The weekend’s not here just yet, but we’re ready to start celebrating now! Why? Because today we’ve got a very cool-sounding Avengers: Age of Ultron rumor, an even cooler potential Ghostbusters III star, and a photo of Ewan McGregor as Jesus Christ himself! Okay, that last bit may not be the coolest — depending on your mileage — but it represents the kind of left-field reporting we here at Movie Morsels strive to bring you day in and day out!
Avengers: Age of Ultron
A new rumor is running rampant through these here interwebs, that the good Doctor Stephen Strange could cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron, thanks to the announcement of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme taking place so shortly before the Ultron reshoots happening next month. One popular theory is that we could be introduced to Strange in a hospital scene, before he’s transformed from a not-so-humble medical doctor into Marvel’s mystic mage.
In the wake of yesterday’s news that Rebel Wilson has met with director Paul Feig to discuss Ghostbusters 3, we now have word that none other than America’s Sweetheart herself, Ms. Jennifer Katniss Mystique Lawrence, has also met with Feig! In spite of the meeting though, she apparently was unaware there was even a Ghostbusters II, as she reveals at the end of this video below (which is worth watching just to watch Christian Bale’s reaction upon being asked who he’d like to see in Ghostbusters 3).
Star Trek 3
With Roberto Orci no longer in the director’s chair for the next Star Trek movie, a growing number of Trekkers are campaigning via Twitter to return Jonathan Frakes to the helm. Frakes, of course, directed Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection (as well as playing Riker for seven seasons of Next Generation); and he too likes the idea. Apparently he’s already reached out to Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams, while his agent has reached out to Paramount. But we also hear Edgar Wright remains a strong contender. So may the best man live long and prosper!
If you thought a Sharknado was trouble, wait’ll you get caught in a Geostorm! Producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day) makes his directorial debut with this Gerard Butler thriller, which has just received a release date of October 21, 2016 from Warner Brothers (a date previously occupied by the studio’s Jungle Book: Origins, which has now been pushed back to October 6, 2017). “Ah,” you say, “that’s all well and good, but what pray tell is a geostorm?” Good question. Turns out it’s what happens “when the world’s climate control satellites fail to function.” Butler apparently plays the world’s sexiest satellite designer, whose skills are required when this phenomenon occurs.
Kung Fu Panda 3
In other release date news, Fox and DreamWorks Animation have moved Kung Fu Panda 3 from December 23, 2015 to March 18, 2016 in order to avoid competing for kids’ allowance money with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens a mere five days beforehand, on December 18th.
Last Days in the Desert
Wanna see what Ewan McGregor looks like as Jesus? Director Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days in the Desert presents “an imagined chapter from [Christ’s] forty days of fasting and praying in the desert.” The film debuts at the 2015 Sundance Festival on Janaury 25th, but we have advanced look at Ewan going full JC below.
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