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Casting and TV Show News

Emma Watson - Belle

A lot of breaking news stories today, the first one being that Hermione herself has been cast in a live action version of Beauty and the Beast.  Emma Watson will be playing none other than Belle, which is a great role for her.  Watson let fans know on Facebook:

“I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx”

I get very excited when I hear that an actor is excited for their role, that always makes me very happy and hopeful.  The movie will be directed by Guillermo del Toro, no word yet on who will be playing the Beast.


In other casting news The Doctor himself has been cast as a villain in the upcoming Jessica Jones TV series on Netflix.  David Tennant will be playing Killgrave who is one of the main villains.  The creators of the show are very excited to have him on board.  Jessica Jones will be played by Krysten Ritter.


In TV show news, Fox is in negotiations with Marvel about creating an a live action X-Men TV show.  While Fox does own the right to the X-Men franchise, the fully extent of the rights are not known.  It is not shocking to see Fox jump on the live action show bandwagon since Marvel has had success with Agents of SHIELD.

Nothing is set in stone, we would not see the show before 2016, but they are hopeful for the show.  Especially since Fox has had such great success with Gotham, some of the people from 24 and Star Trek 3 are being names as producers and writers on the show.

I would love to see a live action X-Men show, it would be interesting to see which of the comics they would use and what storylines they would use.  It could be really interesting because there are a lot of great stories to choose from.  With the younger cast they have for the movies they could start off with a some of the earlier storylines. That is if it will be the same cast from the movies, but that would be absolutely awesome, since it is an ensemble cast, they could very easily rotate people.  I am curious to see what happens with this development.

Those are all the new stories that broke out today, but it was a great day for news.  We will do our best to keep you up to date will all of these stories and more.

Netflix joins with Marvel for Defenders series

Netflix has joined with Marvel/Disney and the Governor Cuomo of New York for a new series.  The series will start filming in New York this summer and Governor Cuomo is hoping that it will welcome addition by adding more jobs and revenue to the city.  The series will focus on the four defender characters; Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist since all four of them are the heroes of Hells Kitchen.


How it will work is each character will get 13 hour-long episode just about them.  These will eventually lead into a Defenders series, it should equal out to about 60 episodes in total exclusively with Netflix.  The first part of the series will star Daredevil, I guess they are trying make people forget about that horrible Ben Affleck one.

“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” – Alan Fine the President of Marvel Entertainment

I have to say I am kind of excited for this, it will be a live action and since they are filming in New York they are at least trying to keep the location authentic.  I am hoping that by doing that they will keep the stories authentic as well.

“This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.” – Alan Fine

It will be nice to have a superhero series that can be watch on our own time instead making sure we tune in every Tuesday or Wednesday.  Granted DVR makes that possible but it is different with Netflix, Netflix can go anywhere with you, you can watch episode on the commute to work or school.  It is nice to be able to binge watch an entire season instead on having to deal with hiatus and wait for a new episode every week.

The new series is set to air on Netflix on 2015.

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