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Josh Brolin Wants to Play Cable Again in the MCU Even Though He’s Thanos

Josh Brolin has the distinction of playing two distinct but equally popular live-action Marvel characters, in separate cinematic universes. As the villainous Thanos, he brought gravitas and depth to a CGI monster, while as Cable, he was the perfect foil to the manic Deadpool. And now, Cable creator Rob Liefeld has revealed to Comicbook.com that Brolin is eager to reprise his role as Cable in the MCU.

“I’m going to tell your viewers…Josh wants to be Cable again sooner than later,” Liefeld tells ComicBook.com’s Brandon Davis. “He is itching to be Cable again. He loved being Cable. He told me he understands how beloved his role as Thanos is, but he doesn’t look completely like Josh Brolin.”

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For the entirety of his stint in the MCU, Brolin worked with a motion capture suit to portray a hulking alien. While the suit ensured that every one of Brolin’s expressions and movements were transposed onto Thanos, the appearance of the Mad Titan was obviously very different from Brolin. That leaves the door open for the actor to play another, human MCU character. And according to Liefeld, Cable is his top choice for a role, now that Deadpool and his supporting cast are preparing to make their MCU debut.

“These are Josh Brolin’s own words telling me, Rob Liefeld. He told me, ‘Rob when I appeared as Cable in Deadpool 2, my phones rang off the hook.’ It changed everything for him and obviously Josh is gonna get some career lifetime achievement award at some point. The guy is just one of our greatest actors.”

While playing Thanos put Brolin on the map for comic book fans, he probably had much more fun playing Cable where he did not have to put on the motion capture onesie and stand in front of a green screen all day.

The 52-year old actor packed on the muscle in order to play Cable convincingly. His performance as the shell-shocked soldier from the future who comes back in time to kill the person who would one day destroy his family was praised by critics. While little is known about how Disney plans to adapt the R-rated Deadpool franchise to the MCU, they have confirmed that Ryan Reynolds will continue to play the role of the antihero.

In keeping with the meta-humor that Deadpool is famous for, the Merc with the Mouth actually made several references to Brolin’s other Marvel role in Deadpool 2. There is a very good chance that the rest of his supporting cast will also now be making the jump to the MCU, and Deadpool, being Deadpool, will probably be the first person to draw attention to the two Brolins in the MCU. Story continuity not making sense, which is usually a big complaint amongst fans of superhero mythologies, ends up becoming just more fodder for meta-jokes when it comes to Deadpool, even if no one else among the cast of characters acknowledges his fourth-wall-breaking commentary. This news comes from ComicBook.com.

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Ryan Gosling to star and produce Andy Weir adaptation of The Hail Mary

Ryan Gosling, The Martian, First Man, The Hail Mary

After starring as Neil Armstrong for director Damien Chazelle‘s biographical space drama FIRST MAN, Ryan Gosling is once again looking to take to the skies for a big screen adaptation of the Andy Weir novel The Hail Mary. If Weir’s name sounds familiar, it’s likely due to the fact that he also wrote The Martian, which has since been adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, and Kristen Wiig, among several others.

Sources close to The Hail Mary film deal have said that MGM is looking to obtain the exclusive rights courtesy of a 7-figure tune. Gosling will produce with Ken Kao in addition to starring in the film.

Details about the plot are surprisingly thin, though I suspect that this is to avoid any major spoilers. In what we know about the story so far, The Hail Mary centers on a the tale of a lone astronaut who is tasked with saving the planet. Like I’d said, thin, but there you go nonetheless.

CAA is is charge of the book deal with David Fugate of Launch Books. Meanwhile, the book is currently set for a publishing debut next spring.

We’ll be sure to bring you details about this project as it develops.

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Don Cheadle Is the Villain in Space Jam 2

Not a lot is known about Space Jam 2 at this point, aside from the fact that it features LeBron James in the lead role, with Ryan Coogler set to produce. But now actor Paul Scheer, who will also be in the film, has revealed during an episode of the Clip City podcast that Don Cheadle will play a villain the movie.

“Actually Don Cheadle, who I do ‘Black Monday’ with, he’s the bad guy in ‘Space Jam,’ and he said LeBron’s really great. He was great in ‘Train Wreck’ too.”

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It was previously hypothesized that Cheadle would be appearing as a celebrity friend of LeBron James, in much the same way as Bill Murray in the original Space Jam. But recently when asked about the role, Cheadle had said he could not comment on ‘what’ he could be playing.

Cheadle’s comment, coupled with what Scheer said, makes it likely that Don Cheadle will be a member of the MonStars cartoon alien basketball team that challenges Lebron James’ team. Or he could be playing their alien manager, the role played by Danny Devito in the original film.

Either way, chances are high that Cheadle will do voice-over work instead of actually appearing in the movie. Fans who know Cheadle from the MCU or from films like Hotel Rwanda may not know he has also dipped his toes in the world of voice acting. He was the voice of Donald Duck in the Ducktales reboot, and voiced Warmachine in a Marvel video game.

The Space Jam sequel/reboot is shaping up to be an interesting proposition. The original film was a box office hit, telling an upbeat tale of basketball legend Michael Jordan teaming up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes characters to win a match against an alien team that has stolen the playing talent of the NBA’s biggest stars.

Scheer’s comment also indicates that LeBron James, who will be replacing Jordan in the movie, is bringing his acting A-game to the role. Previously, the basketball star has appeared in SNL sketches, and had a supporting role in Trainwreck, among other acting credits. James was praised for his chemistry with Bill Hader in Trainwreck, as well as his comic timing, so it is no surprise that he was tapped to play the lead in a new Space Jam movie.

As far as Cheadle is concerned, the actor is keeping himself busy with other projects as well. Now that Iron Man has passed away in the MCU, his mantle should logically pass on to James Rhodes aka War Machine. There have been rumors that a Disney+ show for Cheadle’s character may be in the works, even though there has been no confirmation so far.

With the film industry in lockdown mode, plans for filming the new Space Jam will also probably be pushed back, even though since the movie was scheduled to arrive in theaters next year, it will probably escape the release postponement curse that every major movie is experiencing this year. This comes from The Althletic Podcast.

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Tom Hanks shares new message after returning home following coronavirus ordeal

Tom Hanks has updated fans on he and his wife’s condition after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month. 

The actor and his wife Rita Wilson were in Australia for pre-production of the as-yet-untitled Elvis Presley biopic from Warner Bros when they discovered they had tested positive for COVID-19.

Hanks, who is set to play Presley’s long-time manager Colonel Tom Parker in the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic, told fans at the time: “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches.”

He continued: “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

After updating fans on their status last week, saying that they “felt better,” the couple have now recovered and are back home in L.A.

Taking to Twitter, Hanks wrote: “Hey, Folks… We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing.

“Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Ruth and I so appreciate it. Hanx.”

Hanks and Wilson are among a number of celebrities who have contracted the coronavirus. Others who have tested positive include Idris Elba and his wife, rappers Scarface and Slim Thug, Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, Frozen 2 star Rachel Matthews and Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also confirmed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a video statement to the nation, the Prime Minister said he has “mild symptoms” and will continue to lead the country’s response to the crisis while in self-isolation.

He said: “I want to bring you up to speed on something that is happening today which is that I have developed mild symptoms of coronavirus, that is to say a temperature and a persistent cough, and on the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test.

“That has come out positive so I am working from home, I am self isolating.”

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Michael Chabon on the season finale and future of Star Trek: Picard

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MAJOR SPOILERS for the season finale of Star Trek: Picard. The first season of Star Trek: Picard wrapped up several days ago, and for the most part, I greatly enjoyed it. Getting to see Patrick Stewart back in action as the iconic character was a treat in and of itself, and the season finale was full of twists and turns which have set the stage for the already announced second season.

The season finale of Star Trek: Picard found its main character sacrificing himself for the greater good in order to save Soji (Isa Briones) and her people from a Romulan fleet. However, Picard didn’t exactly die as his crew were able to save his consciousness by moving it to a synthetic lifeform. While speaking with THR, series showrunner/writer Micheal Chabon said that Picard’s death, and subsequent resurrection, was always part of the plan.

It was the plan from early on, but in the beginning, you start out — it’s sort of like a tree, but you’re going backwards down the tree. As you make choices, you end up with fewer and fewer ones, and each choice leads to a fewer range of fewer possibilities. At some point, we probably talked about 25 different ways to end it. And then we were down to like eight different ways, and then six different ways. And then, landing on this way.

There was a moment where we had a conversation, Akiva, (co-creator and writer) Kirsten Beyer and I, and we went to talk to Alex Kurtzman,” Chabon continued. “We had this realization that if we want to put our money where our mouth has been all season — if we’re saying that since synthetic lifeforms are real and legitimate and they have their sentence, and they have the right to life and existence, if we’re going to be putting Picard out there, where he’s going to stand up and be willing to sacrifice his own life to prove that point? Then he needs to prove it with his life.” The final moments of the episode found Picard and the crew of the La Sirena heading off towards a new adventure, but what form might the second season take? From what Michael Chabon says, they won’t be ignoring Picard’s new body nor the implication which comes with it. “We definitely don’t want to pretend like these events never happened,” Chabon said. “So, whatever the implications are going to be for Picard having this new body, and essentially a new brain structure, too — although his mind and his consciousness are the same — all of that is going to be part of [the character’s] way of thinking going forward.

The Star Trek: Picard showrunner also dropped a few hints about the second season while speaking with Variety, saying that it will be “different in some ways” as well as go in “directions that we didn’t see in season 1.” As the series has been quite successful, Chabon says that the team feels “emboldened” moving forward.

Season 1 was in many respects about learning how to make “Star Trek: Picard.” Both in a production sense, but also in terms of storytelling and who our cast is, how these characters end up forming surprising links and attachments to each other. It’s in a way that I think was probably true back with “TNG” and what I was talking about — everyone agrees, once Riker grew the beard, the show got better. It was because they learned what they had. Going forward, we’re only going to be doing more of what we did, with greater confidence and with a greater sense of what this show feels like when it’s firing on all engines.

What are your hopes for the second season of Star Trek: Picard?

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Suicide Squad Director Comes Clean About Joker and Those Baby Clothes

With large swathes of the population sitting at home, audiences have a chance to catch up on films that were released years ago and find new insights into their narrative. Recently, a fan who had been watching Suicide Squad with his family reached out to the film’s director David Ayer to ask about the meaning behind the scene where the Joker is lying in the middle of a room lined with a circle of knives, guns, and baby clothes. Denying that the baby onesies were trophies after an infanticide spree on the part of the cackling psychopath, Ayer provided the following explanation for the scene instead.

“No it’s more innocent. Harley wanted a normal family with Joker hence the baby in her vision. I figured she would have endlessly pestered Mr. J about having a kid. So he had Mr. Frost buy some onesies. The circle represents how he sees Harley.”

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The scene under discussion comes up early in the story. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is locked up in Arkham, and we see Joker, played by Jared Leto, in his mansion mourning her absence. He has also shown to have drawn a grin across his face using a sharpie, which according to David Ayer, is because…

“He was having a hard time smiling without Harley so gave himself some help with a sharpie.”

This introduction sets up the fact that this Joker is unlike any other live-action portrayal of the supervillain as a man who is missing his demon lover. The onesies we see lined up on the floor next to the Joker later make an appearance in the scene where the Enchantress offers Harley her heart’s desire, and she imagines a life of domestic bliss with her beloved Mistah J, with their babies wearing the onesies.

How the circle of knives represents Harley in the mind of the Joker is up for debate. Perhaps he fears that his affection for Harley makes her dangerous to him, and thus views her as a circle of knives drawing closer, threatening to destroy him.

This sentiment of Joker being attracted towards Harley and simultaneously hating the fact that she has made him care for her is also played out in the scene where Harley willingly throws herself into a pit of acid on Joker’s command. After trying to walk away from the whole thing, Joker almost unwillingly jumps in after her and rescues her, proving that she means more to him than he can bring himself to admit.

From his explanation, it is clear that Ayer had a solid backstory and reasoning behind the script for Suicide Squad, which unfortunately did not translate very well to the big screen. But now that James Gunn has taken over directorial duties on the sequel, there is a chance to see a Suicide Squad film that gets critical acclaim in addition to minting money at the box office. David Ayer on Twitter brings us this news.

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James McAvoy donates £275,000 to help buy PPE equipment for the NHS

X-Men star James McAvoy has donated £275,000 to help buy PPE for NHS staff.

McAvoy donated the money to a crowdfunding campaign, #Masks4NHSHeroes set up by a group of doctors to help raise money to buy PPE (personal protective equipment) for staff treating coronavirus patients.

The campaign, which has so far raised £440,000, was set up to raise money for items such as masks, gloves and visors because medics felt they were “going to war without armour and protection.”

In a video on Instagram, McAvoy said: “Money donated today will save lives…Help us to help the government to help the NHS.”

He added: “The situation is truly urgent and time is of the essence.” You can donate to the campaign here.

Speaking to The Guardian, one of the medics who helped to set up the campaign, Dr Salaj Masand, said: “We are overwhelmed and speechless at the trust and faith people have put into us to deliver this. The number of very generous donations from everyone doubled our target within three days.”

He described McAvoy’s donations as “mind-blowing” and said it would mean 75,000 masks and visors could be ordered immediately instead of waiting whilst donations came through.

He added: “This is a global catastrophic event and an extremely tough time for governments across world, no different from ours. There is a worldwide shortage of PPE [that’s] likely to go on for months.

“The government is doing all it can but the NHS needs all the help it can get. We are also competing with the commercial market who are trying to sell the same PPE for extraordinary prices.”