§ Cornered on the AVATAR red carpet, director Bryan Singer announced he’s “signed on” for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the teen-mutants-figure-it-all-out version of the X-Men. You can see the video here for yourself. Or read it here.
Singer hasn’t exactly been the mot in-demand guy since he proved to be kryptonite behind the camera for the Superman franchise. So getting back to Mutant High would be a good move for him AND the franchise.
While budgetary concerns will probably prevent another X-MEN movie from ever being made (the cast is just too expensive), there are surely some cheap TWILIGHT/SCOTT PILGRIM bit players who can be recruited to play young Jean and Scott and so on.
§ In other superhero franchise news, super-cougar Rene Russo has been cast as Thor’s mum, Frigga. Variety reports. She’ll play opposite Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Dean and Hank Venture — oops, we mean THOR AND LOKI.
BTW, Variety’s description of the movie’s plot sounds ghastly:
Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script, which has the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor reigniting an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
WILL there be soaring music as Thor learns to be a true hero after overcoming his arrogance to realize that humans are people too? And WILL he wear a white wifebeater at some point? We’re in total suspense.