Another reboot, and another rumor. According to The Wrap, THE HUNGER GAMES‘ Liam Hemsworth is being considered as a potential candidate to lead the INDEPENDENCE DAY sequel, the terribly named ID FOREVER (which is dangerously close to sounding like an off-brand clothing tag). 20th Century Fox has no comment on the casting at this time.
This is the first major casting news for ID Forever since rumors of Michael B. Jordan being considered for a role back in 2013. It also would appear that the movie is no longer being shot back-to-back as two films (Part One and Part Two), but has been scaled back. Probably a smart choice.
We know that CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR will highlight the tension between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), but what about the actual bad guys in the film? Based on how CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER wrapped up, we know that Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) and Brock Rumlow/Crossbones (Frank Grillo) are still in play, but then there’s also Daniel Brühl’s character. He scored the role of the CIVIL WAR villain back in November, but there’s been no word on who that might be until now.
A casting call just surfaced that flat out lists Brühl as Baron Zemo. Here’s the blurb:
“Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl has joined the cast as Baron Zemo.”
The post also comes with this description of the plot of the film:
“In Captain America: Civil War, billionaire Tony Stark is pitted against Captain America aka Steve Rogers in an ethical face-off over the U.S. government’s Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all superpowered individuals register their powers and report to S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Hopefully we’ll get additional details on Baron Zemo soon, but, for the time being, Marvel hasn’t confirmed the news so it’s best to consider Brühl’s role in the film a rumor. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR goes into production in April and is scheduled to hit theaters May 6, 2016.
Here’s your rumor warning: this is a rumor, and a rumor in the very early development stages at that. That being said, this is an awesome rumor and one I hope is true. Deadline reports that Chris Pratt is being eyed to take over the leading role in an INDIANA JONES reboot as the swashbuckling anthropologist made famous by Harrison Ford. Pratt has long proved the power of his charisma on Parks and Recreations, and finally established his leading man status last year with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.
We’ve been waiting for word of forward motion on an INDIANA JONES revival since Disney and Paramount struck a deal back in 2013, and then quickly told fans not to expect a new film for two to three years while the writers worked out a good story. This casting rumor fits in perfectly within that timeline and hopefully that means they figured out a story everyone feels passionate about. If the story’s good, then Chris Pratt is absolutely the right man to bring the beloved snake-fearing adventurer back to the big screen. He’s got the charm, the pelvic sorcery and the ruggedness, and while Pratt is best known for playing goofy, less-than-brilliant characters, I have no doubt he could drop the shtick and play an earnest and intelligent man. Look, there’s always going to be outcry about why this shouldn’t be remade, but the fact is they’re going to do it, and if they’re going to do it, at least rumor has it they’re looking in the right direction.