ALITA: Battle Angel

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
AN ANGEL FALLS, WARRIOR RISES

Alita is finally arriving this February!
This one definitely had to go through a very rough and tough way in order to finally get into cinemas February 14th! ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL took more than two decades to be made: James Cameron wanted to direct it himself and it was his passion project for a long time, but he had to give the helm over to Robert Rodriguez because of his commitments to Avatar sequels. Then there was also lots of trouble finding the actors (Jack Lowden, Douglas Booth and many actresses were in the run for the leads). Now the movie is finally here after the whooping sum of almost $200 million was spent on its

Dua Lipa will perform Swan Song, the lead song from Alita Soundtrack
production. Although the first reactions to the movie are positive, it will hardly return even a portion of that money especially after the recent tragic fall of

Rosa Salazar plays the lead role in the movie
Mortal Engines, another world building fantasy epic.

ALITA IS A CREATION
from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido (Christoph Waltz) while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita (Rosa Salazar) becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita’s true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death. ALITA BATTLE ANGEL follows the story of the titular Alita, a disembodied “core”

Oscar winners Mahershala Ali and Jennifer Connelly star in the film
who awakens with no memory in a post apocalyptic world destroyed by a technological fall. Dr. Ido finds her and gives her a new body. They later

Keean Johnson, right, plays Alita’s love interest in the movie
discover that Alita is more than what she seems and has an extraordinary past. As she navigates her new life, she battles other machines who are empowered with skills.

3 OSCAR WINNERS IN THE CAST
Based on famous Asian manga, Alita uses CGI to depict the lead character using the ground breaking technique of animation (facial performance capture) within the live action world with all other characters depicted by real

The movie includes almost two thousand visual effects shots
actors. The technology used in the film took more than ten months to be developed and it started back in 2006! Beside Waltz, the cast also includes two other Oscar winners: Jennifer Connelly (as Chiren, ex-girlfriend of Ido,

The film is based on Yukito Kishiro’s 9 volume manga Gunnm!
who escaped with him from the false utopia of Tiphares, but became disenchanted with real freedom) and Mahershala Ali (as Vector, a man who rigs Motorball combat matches. Motorball is a fictional sport that plays a very

The $200 million movie was originally, apparently, planned with an even bigger budget
important part in the story)! Ed Skrein is Zapan, a cyborg tasked with tracking down and killing Alita. Jackie Earle Haley is huge cyborg Grewishka! Keean Johnson is Hugo, Alita’s love interest who also teaches her to play a gladiator-style game called Motorball. Michelle Rodriguez is

The film was first scheduled for July 2018, then pushed to December and February
Gelda, a cyborg warrior from Mars who trained Alita. Eiza González is Nyssiana, a cyborg tasked with tracking down and killing Alita. Lana Condor is Koyomi, an orphaned teen and freelance photographer. Casper Van Dien appears as Amok!

BBC’S DRACULA MINI SERIES

CLAES BANG TO LEAD

BBC’S DRACULA MINI SERIES

Consisting of three 90-minute episodes, the upcoming Dracula series will re-introduce the world to the vampire who “made evil sexy.” Taking place in Translyvania in 1897, the series will find “the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.” In a statement, Claes Bang said:


I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock. I’m so excited that I get to dig in to this iconic and super-interesting character. Yes he’s evil, but there’s also so much more to him, he’s charismatic, intelligent, witty and sexy. I realise that there’s a lot to live up to with all the amazing people that have played him over the years, but I feel so privileged, to be taking on this incredible character.

There have been quite a number of adaptations of Dracula since the release of the Bram Stoker novel more than a hundred years ago, but I’m willing to give Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss a chance to prove that they can do something new with the story. “It was one of those moments – who else could it be than Claes. He has it all. Brilliant, gorgeous, charismatic, lethal. Tall, dark and gruesome all at once.” said Moffat, Gatiss, and executive producer Sue Vertue. Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger added, “Hell has a new boss… and BBC One has an outstanding new leading man. To say we have lucked out with Claes would be to underestimate the supreme talents of Steven, Mark and the team at Hartswood and their knack for choosing the right actor to redefine an iconic role. Seriously exciting stuff.” Production on the Dracula series is expected to begin next year. As I’m not overly familiar with Claes Bang, I’ll leave it up to those of you who are, does he have the right stuff to play Dracula?

Overview (3)

Born in Denmark
Birth Name Claes Kasper Bang
Height 6′ 4½” (1.94 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Claes Bang was born on April 28, 1967 in Denmark as Claes Kasper Bang. He is an actor, known for The Square (2017), Bron/Broen (2011) and Anna Pihl (2006). He is married to Lis Kasper Bang.

Spouse (1)

Lis Kasper Bang (? – present)

Trivia (3)

Graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in 1996.
Name is pronounced “Class Bun-g”.
Apart from his native Danish, he’s fluent in Swedish, Norwegian, English and German.

(more) AQUAMAN

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON AQUAMAN + ROYAL ATLANTEAN PORTRAITS WITH JASON MOMOA, AMBER HEARD, PATRICK WILSON, NICOLE KIDMAN, WILLEM DAFOE

  NEW ‘AQUAMAN’ POSTERS
THE WRATH OF THE SEVEN SEAS
Aquaman is coming December 21st

You know your trusted spy doesn’t do superheroes, but we do believe DC has always been profoundly superior to Marvel and this one certainly looks brilliantly entertaining and visually majestic. Today you can feast your eyes on the royal portraits of Atlantean nobles fromAQUAMAN which is ready to swim into cinemas December 21st! The $160 million underwater adventure (two thirds of the film take place in the ocean) was directed by James Wan who wanted to make the movie less dark adding to it tons of romantic adventure and humour as well!

The movie was directed by James Wan
STORY OF AQUA MAN
Following the events of DC’s previous all star hit movie Justice League, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the reluctant ruler of the vast underwater kingdom of Atlantis, is suddenly caught in a fierce  battle between surface dwellers, that threaten his oceans, and his own people, who are ready to lash out and invade the surface.
ARTHUR CURRY HEIR OF ATLANTIS

Arthur Curry is played again by Jason Momoa for the third time, he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis who must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world just as his brother, Orm seeks to unite the

Aquaman’s Atlantis consists of seven different underwater kingdoms!

seven kingdoms against the surface world. He has the ability to manipulate the tides of the ocean, communicate with other aquatic life, swim at supersonic speeds, and possesses superhuman strength. Kaan Guldur portrays a 9 year old Arthur Curry, and Otis Dhanji portrays a 13 year old Arthur.

PRINCESS MERA OF XEBEL

Mera,  a warrior and daughter of the king of the Atlantean tribe of Xebel, is played by gorgeous Amber Heard. She was raised by Queen Atlanna and

Amber Heard is Mera, princess of Xebel, who can control water

groomed to become queen. Mera possesses hydrokinetic and telepathic powers that allow her to control her aquatic environment and communicate with other Atlanteans.

ORM THE OCEAN MASTER

Orm, also known as Ocean Master is played by America’s best thespian Patrick Wilson.  Aquaman’s Atlantean half-brother and ruler of Atlantis

Patrick Wilson is Orm, Ocean Master, Aquaman’s brother

seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms to declare war on the surface world out of belief humanity polluted the seas!

THE CITIZENS OF ATLANTIS
The movie also includes  Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Atlantis’ counsellor and Aquaman’s mentor, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus: The

Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna is actually dead in the movie!

king of the Atlantean tribe of Xebel and Mera’s father. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane also known as Black Manta: A ruthless treasure hunter and a high-seas mercenary with a flair for creating deadly technological

The warriors of Atlantis ride battle sharks and also sea dragons!

innovations. Nicole Kidman is Queen Atlanna: The Queen of Atlantis, mother of Arthur Curry and Orm. Ludi Lin portrays Murk, the Captain of the

Dolph Lundgren is King Nereus!

Men-of-War, the frontline army of Atlantis, while Temuera Morrison portrays Thomas Curry: Arthur Curry’s father and a lighthouse keeper!Djimon Hounsou, Natalia Safran, and Sophia Forrest play the

Willem Dafoe is Vulko, Aquaman’s mentor

Fisherman King, Fisherman Queen, and the Fisherman Princess whom Orm creates alliance with as part of his plan to unite the seven kingdoms!

 

Mortal Engines Dec 14th, US

The cities on wheels from MORTAL ENGINES are tumbling into your cinemas beginning of December finally bringing Philip Reeves famous YA saga onto the big screens. Christian Rivers, who worked as storyboard artist on LOTR, Hobbit and all other Peter Jackson‘s movies, is directing the film produced by Jackson himself. The $100 million movie, set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by the surviving cities which now roam around on giant wheels eating each other for fuel, covers the first book of Reeve’s saga which has four novels 

IN MORTAL ENGINES   

Tom is a twenty something Londoner who has only ever lived inside his travelling hometown, and his feet have never touched grass, mud or land. His first taste of the outside comes quite abruptly: Tom gets in the way of the masked Hester’s attempt to kill Thaddeus Valentine, a powerful man she blames for her mother’s murder, and both Hester and Tom end up thrown out of the moving “traction” city, to fend for themselves. Trying to stop the predator city who wants to devour everything in front of itself, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy and Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw aviator with a bounty on her head.

Peter Jackson has a cameo in the movie!
THE HEROES AND THE AVIATORS
 The steampunk world has a rather rich gallery of characters lead by Robert Sheehan as Tom Natsworthy, a low-class apprentice historian of London thrown out of the city and forced to ally himself with Hester and the resistance. Hera Hilmar is Hester Shaw, a disfigured, fugitive assassin with a personal vendetta against Thaddeus played by Hugo Weaving. He is the head of the Guild of Historians and the father of Katherine Valentine (Leila George) who is a girl from London’s elite circles. Jihae is Anna Fang, a pilot and leader of the Anti-Traction League, a resistance group banding against the
Robert Sheehan is lowly historian apprentice Tom Natsworthy!
Hera Hilmar’s Hester Shaw is a lot less disfigured in the movie than in the books
Hugo Weaving is conniving head historian Thaddeus Valentine

moving cities devouring Earth’s resources. Ronan Raftery is Bevis Pod, an apprentice engineer whom Katherine befriends. Patrick Malahide is Magnus Crome, the very evil Mayor of London. Stephen Lang is Shrike, the last of an undead battalion of soldiers known as Stalkers, who were war casualties reanimated with machine parts. He raised Hester and now works for Crome.

Jihae is rebel aviator Anna Fang who has her own flying ship!

Replicas – For the SF Lover

 ‘REPLICAS’ 
KEANU REEVES CLONING HIS WIFE
Check out a trailer and brand new, or rather first, poster for Keanu Reeves’ new science fiction thriller REPLICAS in which he plays  a daring synthetic biologist, who, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science. In short – Keanu tries to clone his dead wife played by Alice Eve! The movie should slowly start hitting cinemas in certain countries around the world this Autumn and Winter. Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who wrote The Day After Tomorrow, is directing this international production.
The film does not have a USA release date yet

Witcher

HENRY CAVILL   TO LEAD ‘THE WITCHER’ FANTASY SERIES AT NETFLIX!

 

  

HENRY CAVILL TO LEAD EPIC FANTASY TV SERIES AT NETFLIX

  ‘THE WITCHER’

Rejoice! Our boy is finally returning to the telly! After he so memorably appeared for the first time in The Tudors more than a decade ago, Henry Cavill will star in another epic series THE WITCHER at Netflix!

Genres:  Action | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy

8 Episodes

Henry Cavill will play Geralt of Rivia
Based on the fantasy saga by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowskian it is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter (witchers are hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to battle deadly monsters), struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together. Daredevil‘s Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will be the showrunner, she said Cavill was the first one she auditioned and that no other actor has managed to beat his passion for the role! Game of Thrones, Outlander and Fear the Walking Dead directors will helm the episodes of the new epic fantasy television series.

OUTPOST

 

 

CHARACTER PHOTOS ARE IN!
The Outpost hits CW July 10th in ten episode run

Just as I promised you two weeks ago when I presented you with the first trailer for it, your trusted spy is bringing you a premium spotlight on new epic fantasy adventure series THE OUTPOST which hits CW July 10th in Northern America and a number of SyFy channels around the world, including Europe (Germany, UK, Ireland and others) and Australia. This is the first summer series for CW and it will air in ten hourlong episodes coming from the kitchen of experienced Dean Devlin, the legendary producer and writer of cult science fiction movie Stargate, who is now executive producing the new television series with

The series will also air on SyFy channels around the world next month

Jonathan Glassner, creator of its small screen version – super popular television science fiction show Stargate SG-1Doug Pasko and Zac Reeder!

 

THE STORY OF THE OUTPOST
follows Talon (Jessica Green, whom you watched in Ash vs Evil Dead), the lone survivor of a race called “Blackbloods.” Years after her entire village is

Jessica Green will be Talon with supernatural powers!

destroyed by a gang of brutal mercenaries, Talon travels to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilized world, as she tracks the killers of her family. On her

Jake Stormoen will obviously be the knight of the crew

journey to this outpost, Talon discovers she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must learn to control in order to save herself, and

Imogen Waterhouse will obviously be the princess of the crew

defend the world against a fanatical religious dictator (played by Philip Brodie). Our dear actor Andrew Howard whom we fell in love with back in

Anand Desai Barochia will obviously be the brains of the crew

the old days when he played Richard the Lionheart in mini series Lion in Winter, after which he also starred in Hatfields and McCoys, Hell on Wheels, is also in the cast.

 

WHO ELSE IS IN THE CAST?

Beside Jessica Green in the lead role and Andrew Howard as the main villain and her nemesis, the cast will also include beautiful faces of Jake 

Jake Stormoen super stunning in full armour!

Stormoen (Extinct, Mythica) as Garret, Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals, Braid) as Gwynn,  Anand Desai Barochia (Emmerdale, Lake Mead) as Janzo and Robyn Malcolm (Top of the Lake, Hostiles).

Robin Hood: The Rebellion

  

While we re waiting for the Robin Hood movie withTaron Egerton and Jamie Dornan to hit the big screens around the world later this November, there is another movie project on the same topic coming to theatres around you this year!
You can check out the first poster and trailer for ROBIN HOOD: THE REBELLION which will see British TV actor Ben Freeman playing the famous avenger who is trying to free his beloved Maid Marian (played by Marie Everett) from evil and cunning Sheriff of Nottingham (played by James Oliver Wheatley)! Legendary Brian Blessed is Friar Tuck, James G. Nunn is Will Scarlett with James Groom as Guy of Gisborne. The movie was both directed and written by Nicholas Winter.

Ben Freeman plays Robin Hood in this version

 

Earthsea

   ‘EARTHSEA’ FANTASY SAGA
TO BE TURNED INTO MOVIES!

Producer Jennifer Fox will turn Ursula K. Le Guin’s fantasy classic EARTHSEA into a series of movies. Ursula sold her the rights before she died at the beginning of this year. As ‘Deadline’ reports, the saga includes five novels and eight short stories set in a fantasy archipelago of hundreds of islands, imperilled by those who use magic to gain power and upset its delicate balance. Most of its characters are people of colour and the emphasis is on understanding nature and human nature, not possessing power over them.

Ursula wrote more than 20 books in her career