The Hollywood Reporter: Marvel Disappointed the Rumor Mill at D23

False scoopers gave fans false hope that actors such as Henry Cavill and Jodie Comer would be announced as joining the MCU, despite these rumors having no apparent basis in reality.

As the dust settled on Marvel’s D23 presentation, fans had a number of reveals to chew on — from castings for the Thunderbolts and Captain America: New World Order, to trailers for Secret Invasion and Werewolf by Night. What they didn’t get? Henry Cavill and Jodie Comer in the MCU or complete castings for the Fantastic Four that were rumored on Twitter, despite those rumors having no apparent basis in reality.

Yes, the rumor mill is always churning. Fans crave the knowledge of what’s coming down the pipeline, to see their speculations validated, and their impatience alleviated. It’s (mostly) understandable and in good fun. But false scoops have begun to impact, however slightly, the public opinion on official announcements and even shape the conversations surrounding films. It’s a minor concern at present in the grand scheme of things, but interesting in respect to how social media continues to drive fan culture and how that relationship will continue to evolve.

Reading scoops is often part of the excitement for many fans, and there is a good handful of scoopers who are consistently reliable. Though, as we’ve seen recently with this past weekend’s D23, unreliable scoopers have thrived off the attention that comes from putting out shaky information, and backing it with their likely nonexistent “trusted source.” Entire websites and accounts had dedicated themselves to this misinformation. It’s nothing new. I still remember when Star Wars: Episode II was allegedly titled “The Creeping Fear” back in the early 2000s when I was still using dial-up. And before that, rumors floated freely on message boards and in fanzines. It’s often harmless fun, and those of us who can spot a lie can usually shrug them off or at least poke fun at the nonsense. I mean, of course Daniel Day-Lewis isn’t going to play Doctor Doom.

Should these faux reporters be called out for their lies? Some critics and media pundits seem to think so. Others are content with allowing them to simply be noise to listen to or not, at one’s discretion.

Earlier this month, a man running a Twitter account mostly known for sports commentary and a racing podcast claimed he was reliably informed that the actors John Boyega, Cavill, Comer, Daisy Edgar-Jones, John Krasinski, Giancarlo Esposito and Denzel Washington would all be announced to be joining the MCU by Kevin Feige at the D23 Expo. The tweet amassed 14,000 likes, and was shared and re-shared across the internet. Fans tried their hardest to pair up the actors with likely characters they might be playing. Fan art was made. YouTube videos were uploaded. And small, yet confidently smug, feuds began on Twitter over whether x actor was the right fit or age or talent for x character. Family members texted me asking if I’d heard about the list of actors and if it was true. So how many of the account’s talent was confirmed at D23? None. Zero. Not a single one.

It would be funny, and it still is a little funny regardless, if it didn’t immediately lead to those who fully bought into what this account was selling being sour over the announcements. “We were promised Fantastic Four and X-Men casting,” some accounts bemoaned, despite that never being the case. “Maybe they cut those announcements from the panel because of the leak,” others tried to rationalize, despite the theory holding no water.

It’s not as though we need to feel grateful to a giant media corporation for what is essentially a self-invested advertisement fair, but I am amused by the complaints the fans weren’t given enough when there were two publicly released trailers and several major casting announcements.

This came on the heels of July’s San Diego Comic-Con, where Marvel unveiled most of the Phase 5 and 6 slate, after some hilarious claims that the MCU no longer had a plan. One account tweeted that Marvel no longer seemed to care about what the fans wanted, which was a funny sentiment considering these films sell themselves and everyone complaining is going to see them whether they’re announced during a panel or not. No, we don’t need to be grateful. But at the same time, we don’t need to see any of these announcements for tickets to sell and streaming numbers to soar. It’s purely fan service.

But beyond the immediate disappointment from some fans about a panel not lining up with a “scooper’s” claims, there’s also the effect on reactions to the films themselves. We saw some of this with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which had some fans, working off rumors from “reliable sources,” going in and expecting the equivalent of Secret Wars, rather than a Doctor Strange sequel. Because of false scoops, some people went ahead and wrote Multiverse of Madness in their heads, a film that featured Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider, Wesley Snipes’ Blade, Ioan Gruffudd’s Mister Fantastic, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Ben Affleck’s Daredevil, Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool, alongside MCU characters Loki, Sylvie and Kang.

Oh, and Chris Evans coming back as HYDRA Cap. And also, Tom Cruise as the Superior Iron Man. And I guess somewhere in there Doctor Strange would have had a cameo.

It’s not that the lack of any of those characters had an impact on the box office, or overall positive reception, or that there weren’t valid criticisms concerning other aspects, but it did exacerbate this issue of certain fans feeling like they are owed something because they read a rumor online.

So, I can’t help but wonder what happens if Jodie Comer isn’t cast as Sue Storm after fans have already decided she’s “perfect” for the role because a scooper claimed it was true. What actress will have to contend with fans claiming she’s not as good of a pick as some other actor who may not have even been up for the role? And if the actress cast as Sue isn’t a white, blond woman? Well, we already know how too many people will react to that.

What happens when characters said to be part of a film are absent because they were never part of the pitch? There’s been some groaning over the fact that Red Hulk was not included in the announced lineup of Thunderbolts, despite having only been a member in one particular run from nearly a decade ago. One person tweeted at me to inform me that we were promised Red Hulk in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (we weren’t), so he must be in Thunderbolts.

I found it potentially troubling that there is now backlash from audiences who conflate an unreliable scoop with an actual promise from a studio or filmmaker. It’s a mere annoyance at the moment, but I think we’re going to start seeing more vocal reactions about these projects not living up to what some scooper said.

I don’t necessarily think it will affect the creative process, but it will affect the conversations around these films, and potentially leave less space to judge the film on its own merits if too many fans become more interested in the visions of so-called scoopers than filmmakers. Call it a hunch. Call it a rumor. Hell, call it nonsense. But please, don’t call it a scoop.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

National Theatre Live: Prima Facie | Sydney, Australia

Prima Facie (23 Jul to 29 Jul 2022)
Head to select cinemas to see Killing Eve star Jodie Comer West End turn in this Australian penned play

Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge. Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.

Jodie Comer, the breakout star of queer spy thriller series Killing Eve, earned rave reviews in the UK for her turn in this solo tour de force. Now, Aussie audiences have the chance to see the West End performance for themselves as National Theatre Live brings the show to select cinemas from July 23.

Of course, this isn’t the first time this story has been shared in Sydney. Prima Facie was penned by Aussie playwright and former lawyer Suzie Miller, with the role originated by the multi-talented Sheridan Harbridge (director of Dubbo Championship Wrestling) in its five-star world premiere care of Griffin Theatre. Time Out spoke with Miller at the time about the insider’s perspective she brings to her dramatized cross-examination of the legal system’s failings.

Directed by Justin Martin, the West End adaptation was captured live from the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre. In Sydney you can catch screenings at the Hayden Orpheum, Dendy Newtown, Palace Chauvel and Ritz Cinemas. Screening times and ticket prices vary between venues. Most cinemas wrap up their screenings by July 29. Find out more and book tickets here.

Source: Timeout

Collider: Jodie Comer to Star in Film Adaptation of Apocalyptic Thriller ‘The End We Start From’

The star recently won her second BAFTA for the British drama ‘Help.’

Deadline has reported that Killing Eve star Jodie Comer is primed to star in a new end of the world thriller titled The End We Start From, from director Mahalia Belo and executive producer Benedict Cumberbatch. The film is said to be a feminist survival story set in London during an environmental crisis and focuses on a young family torn apart in an apocalyptic flood. Comer will play the mother of a newborn baby as she attempts to navigate the treacherous waters and return home.

The news comes just off of Comer’s second BAFTA win for the British drama film Help. Comer is a highly regarded actress and has a long and impressive list of accolades to show for it. She is most prominently known for her roles as Villanelle on the highly-rated thriller series Killing Eve, Rey’s mother in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, Marguerite de Carrouges in The Last Duel, and can also be seen as Millie Rusk in Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds. Other cast details for the film are still unknown, however, having Comer officially cast as the main character in the film will undoubtedly get fans excited.

The End We Start From is adapted from Megan Hunter’s 2017 critically acclaimed novel of the same name. It will be directed by Belo, who is most prominently known for her work on 2018’s The Long Song and Requiem, and will use a script from highly acclaimed British screenwriter Alice Birch, who has done work on HBO’s comedy-drama series, Succession.

Cumberbatch will executive produce alongside Comer, Anton’s Sébastien Raybaud, Cecile Gaget, and Eva Yates. Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland from Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch will produce the film alongside Liza Marshall, Sophie Hunter, and Amy Jackson from Hera Pictures.

The producers all seem to be very excited to be part of the new project, stating:

“The End We Start From is very close to our hearts. Megan’s heart-wrenching novel, and Alice’s wonderful adaptation, present a story about motherhood, separation, social and environmental upheaval, and those primal instincts in us which draw moments of joy and inspiration out of the chaos. We are incredibly excited to have Mahalia and Jodie lead this talented creative team in making what we know will be a resonant, riveting film.“

Source: Collider

Variety: Jodie Comer to Star in Adam McKay Drama ‘Big Swiss’ at HBO

“Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer is set to star in drama series “Big Swiss” from producer Adam McKay, which is currently in the development stage at HBO.

The project is based on Jen Beagin’s upcoming book of the same name and will be produced by A24 and McKay’s Hyperobject Industries. An insider tells Variety that 14 bidders were in the running for the title before it landed at HBO. Should the pay TV channel order “Big Swiss” to series, the plan would be for a limited series adaptation.

Here’s the description for “Big Swiss,” which stars Comer in the titular role of Flavia aka “Big Swiss”: “After starting a new life anonymously transcribing sex therapy sessions in Hudson, N.Y., a woman becomes fixated with one of the patients, leading to an obsessive, explosive relationship between the two.”

“Big Swiss” marks the first project that Comer has signed on to star in her post-“Killing Eve” era, which will be coming to an end with the show’s currently airing fourth and final season. Comer has been the co-lead on the critically acclaimed BBC America show alongside Sandra Oh since its first season. Comer won a leading actor Emmy for her role as Villanelle on “Killing Eve” in 2019 and she and Oh have both been nominated for their starring parts on the drama twice.

The potential show is executive produced by McKay, Jen Beagin and Comer.

Deadline first reported the news of HBO landing “Big Swiss” and Comer’s attachment to the McKay-produced project.

Source: Variety

Deadline: ‘Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer & Fiona Shaw Tease Final Season And Say Goodbye

EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of BBC America‘s premiere of Killing Eve’s fourth and final season, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw are among others the cast and crew saying goodbye to the series in the exclusive featurette above.

The eight-parter will debut on Sunday, February 27 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on BBC America and AMC+. After a simultaneous premiere, AMC+ subscribers will be able to view episodes one week in advance of linear viewers, with the exception of the series finale, which will air concurrently.

“It feels bittersweet to be shooting the final season but I’m also a big believer in leaving something while it’s good,” Comer says in the retrospective.

Adds Oh, “It’s been a tremendous gift to be able to, as I’m changing as a person, to put it in the work.”

Fiona Shaw, who portrays MI6 boss Carolyn Martens, says she feels “incredibly sad” that the show is coming to an end. She continued, “I’ve been in some wonderful shows in my life, but in the end, it’s only a handful that you really miss. And this is going to be one of them.”

Comer teased that one of her favorite moments from Season 4 was getting to work more closely with Shaw. As Carolyn and Oh’s Eve Polastri played a cat and mouse game with Comer’s VIllanelle, Comer and Shaw rarely interacted.

“There was one shot which we couldn’t do because we were all laughing so hard, and the tears were literally dripping off my chin,” Comer said.

Shaw shared that Comer’s hysteria “encouraged me to go further.”

Source: Deadline

The Last Duel | Official Trailer #1

Watch the new trailer for “The Last Duel” a tale of betrayal & vengeance set against the brutality of 14th century France directed by Ridley Scott and starring Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. In theaters October 15.

Happy Birthday Jodie!

Free Guy | Official Trailer #1

In Twentieth Century Studios’ epic adventure-comedy “Free Guy,” a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late.

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi,

Directed by Shawn Levy from a story by Matt Lieberman and a screenplay by Lieberman and Zak Penn.

Produced by Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Adam Kolbrenner with Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, George Dewey, Dan Levine and Michael Riley McGrath serving as executive producers.

Free Guy opens in U.S. theaters December 11, 2020.

W Magazine: Jodie Comer Is Also Mystified by Killing Eve’s Cliffhanger

For W’s 2020 TV Portfolio, we asked 21 of the most sought-after names in television to embody their favorite characters from their favorite shows of the past few months—and to explain why we should all be (re-)watching The Sopranos, Ozark, Schitt’s Creek, and, yes, Floor Is Lava.

ust as Jodie Comer was getting a break from being Villanelle, production on The Last Duel, a period drama-thriller starring Adam Driver and Matt Damon, was cut short. Within a few weeks, the 27-year-old actress was once again immersed in the universe of Killing Eve, with quarantine turning each week’s episode of season 3 into an event. As the show delved further and further into Villanelle’s backstory, the fandom surrounding Killing Eve was unavoidable—especially for Comer. The previously straightforward role of a stylish serial killer now had complexity, making her even more irresistible. And fans, including Elton John, were riveted.

Perhaps it’s partly thanks to her growing fame that Comer, in turn, has become a passionate fan of another series: I Hate Suzie, which stars Billie Piper as an actress whose phone gets hacked. Whether or not the leaked images making headlines are real, they turn Suzie’s life upside down and shatter any semblance of privacy. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to get the draw of the series. In this day and age, Comer noted, everyone has privacy concerns. Here, she shares how she navigates her own, along with a few hints at Villanelle’s future.

Where are you right now?
I’m in Ireland, in a place called Dalkey that’s about 20 minutes south of Dublin. It’s really beautiful, actually—like a tiny little town right on the sea. I’m enjoying the village life at the moment.

How long have you been there?
I’ve been here for two weeks. I’m about to resume filming on The Last Duel, which we were in the middle of all the way back in March. The time has kind of come to carry it on. It’s crazy, but it feels like the safest place to be, in a sense, with all the measurements and precautions they’re obviously having to take. They take things extremely seriously. I’m going back to set on Monday, and I’m sure it will be different. But I think it’ll be a good atmosphere to be around, with everybody so ready to get back to work. My costars have been back for a week, so they’ve already started, but so far I’ve only seen them on Zoom calls.

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