X-Men TV Pilot Legion Adds Amber Midthunder To its Cast

X-Men TV Pilot Legion Adds Amber Midthunder To its CastIt’s full steam ahead for the production of FX’s X-Men pilot Legion. Filming for the pilot is set to begin next month, and marks the first of two planed X-Men series to be co-produced by Fox and Marvel. While Legion’s sister series Hellfire has experienced some setbacks in the pre-production stage, losing its showrunners just as things we getting off the ground, Legion appears to be on the fast track with hopes of a pickup already running high.While the series won’t be a part of the X-Men film franchise continuity, Legion seems set to cash in on the superhero craze currently taking over the worlds of TV and film, and could represent a strong partnership between Marvel and Fox. Recently, FX made a few casting decisions for the series, having assembled a lineup that now includes Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), and Jean Smart (Fargo). Now, just as filming is about to begin, FX has made another intriguing casting addition.Deadline has reported that Amber Midthunder (Banshee, Longmire) has been added to the cast. Little has been revealed about her character or the role she’ll play in the series, but her addition adds more talent to a series that’s already full of quality actors. Midthunder will be playing Kerry, and her description (see below), provided by Deadline, offers limited insight into who she might be.“Kerry [is] a woman of action with a childlike sense of wonder. A true savant, Kerry has lived a sheltered, but never dull life.”

Legion is set to follow the story of David Haller (Stevens) who is better known to comic readers as Legion: the illegitimate son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier. Haller is a schizophrenic, affected by mysterious voices since his youth who, in the comics, is also imbued with psionic powers (not unlike his father). X-Men: Apocalypse screenwriter and series producer Simon Kinberg has previously compared Legion to Breaking Bad, thematically, and it could be an interesting deviation from the superhero norms.There’s no telling what Midthunder’s role might be or even whether or not she’s a new character or someone already established in the comics universes. It’s possible that the Kerry in question is minor character Kerry Dowenn – though given the description of Midthunder’s role, that seems unlikely. Kerry Dowenn is a tough special agent, which doesn’t appear to mesh with what we know of Legion’s Kerry.Still, surprises are sure to be in store and you can bet that series producer Noah Hawley (Fargo) knows how to work the long game. While there’s no official word on when the series would air, should it be picked up, all signs seem to point in a positive direction. Barring an abysmal failure of the pilot, which doesn’t seem likely, we should see Legion sooner rather than later.We’ll let you know when Legion gets an official premiere date on FX.Source: Deadline

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Promo Makes a Connection With Flight 462

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Promo Makes a Connection With Flight 462Last summer, when AMC’s Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead aired its six-episode first season, viewers were promised that an upcoming Walking Dead web series, titled Flight 462, would introduce them to a new character who would join the rest of the Los Angeles-based survivors as they worked their way through the early stages of the zombie apocalypse. Although it was an official tie-in/spinoff to the highest rated drama on cable television – and even aired seven of the first eight installments throughout the first half of TWD season 6 – the minute-long snippets of passengers soon to be trapped with a newly christened member of the undead in a large metal tube hurtling through the sky sort of came and went without much in the way of serious fanfare. But thanks to a new promo for season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead, the little zombie-filled web series won’t be remanded to the dustbin of popular culture.The advertisement completely forgoes dialogue, instead opting to remind viewers what went down during season 1, finally hinting at the promised connection to Flight 462 with the sound of an airliner flying overhead, its shadow streaking across the water of the Pacific Ocean. What exactly that implies, however, remains to be seen, as the finale of season 1, ‘The Good Man,’ teased an ocean-faring adventure for Travis (Cliff Curtis) and his blended family, courtesy of the show’s most dynamic character, Mr. Strand (or Victor, if you prefer to be on a first-name basis with fictional survivors of a zombie apocalypse), played by Colman Domingo of Selma and The Knick season 2. Perhaps this was a way for the promo to hint at the yachting that awaits the characters, while also reminding viewers there’s a new cast member just waiting to literally fly into our hearts next season.Whether it’s Michelle Ang’s vigilant poor communicator Charlie or Brendan Meyer’s anxious texting teen Jake remains to be seen, though those two seem like the most likely candidates. Then again, maybe FTWD will throw everyone a curveball and make the new character Connie (Sheila Shaw) the knitting fanatic whose need to answer nature’s call winds up being the catalyst for unleashing a newly risen member of the undead – either that or he was stricken with one heck of a case of acid reflux – on the passengers aboard flight 462.

Despite the brief hubbub surrounding the story of Flight 462 and its promise of adding to the spinoff show’s dwindling cast, Fear the Walking Dead isn’t letting a web series make all of its upcoming casting decisions. Recently, it was announced that onetime mustachioed Strike Back baddie (and potential Wolverine) Dougray Scott will join the cast in a role believed to be that of Casey, a “decent man who believes in civility,” but eventually has to accept the violence of the new post-apocalyptic world. Scott won’t be the only newcomer to the season, however, as indie film actor Veronica Diaz has recently been cast in the role of Vanessa, a “smart and deceptive” young woman “with a look of innocence, someone who throws herself into her work with reckless abandon,” according to Deadline.Given the rather short life expectancy of guest stars on both Fear the Walking Dead and the original series, there’s no telling how long anyone can expect to see Scott, Diaz, or the passenger waiting to deboard flight 462. They could be in for the long haul or they could be zombie chow (or worse) before the second half of season 2 begins later this year. Either way fans of Fear the Walking Dead don’t have long to find out.-Fear the Walking Dead season 2 premiere Sunday, April 10 @9pm on AMC.Source: AMC, Deadline

DC Comics TV Pilot Powerless Casts Vanessa Hudgens

DC Comics TV Pilot Powerless Casts Vanessa HudgensBetween network, cable, and streaming services, there are plenty of comic book-based television dramas ranging from The CW’s Arrowverse to FOX’s campy Gotham and Netflix’s burgeoning Defenders universe, among many others. However, both Marvel and DC Comics are gearing up for the half-hour comedy treatment on network television, with ABC developing two comedies – including Damage Control, which has already been ordered to pilot – and NBC’s Powerless.NBC ordered Powerless to pilot earlier this year as a half-hour comedy inspired by the world of DC Comics, with the twist being that it would focus on a group of powerless office workers at an insurance agency. Now, Powerless has added its first cast member to the workplace comedy as pilot production season gears up.Variety is reporting Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers) has been cast as original character Emily Locke, “an insurance claims adjuster who loves her job because she gets to help people.” Emily prefers to keep her head down and get her work done, which puts her at odds with the more noticeable antics of the superheroes in her city. Michael Patrick Jann (A to Z, Reno 911!) will direct the pilot episode, which was written by Ben Queen (A to Z, Cars 2).

Powerless marks Hudgens’ first regular role in a television series, as well as her first appearance in a comic book role. The actress rose to fame in the Disney Channel TV movie High School Musical and starred in its two sequels, including the theatrically released High School Musical 3: Senior Year. In addition to her family-friendly roles, Hudgens has taken parts in more edgy fare such as Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch and Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills. Hudgens has also utilized her musical talents on stage, most recently starring in FOX’s Grease Live.If the premise for Powerless – a workplace comedy along the lines of The Office, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock – wasn’t already an indication that NBC is hoping to capture a more mainstream audience, the casting of Hudgens certainly makes that clear. Though the actress herself may not have the same kind of name recognition as DC Comics, she is well-known among audiences who may not be as familiar with the comic publisher, its characters, or its other television series.That being said, most of the current shows based on either DC or Marvel comics have struck a balance between entertaining casual viewers while not alienating comic book fans. Though certain series like Gotham or Lucifer are less successful in that regard, Powerless could prove to bring in plenty of mainstream viewers while giving comic fans comedy counter-programming to the more established superhero dramas. This combination of viewers could potentially help the series be more successful on NBC, which has a certain standard for ratings – one that recently proved difficult for comic-based series Constantine to maintain.-Screen Rant will keep you updated on Powerless as more information becomes available.Source: Variety

The Flash Season 2 Posters Tease King Shark’s Return

The Flash Season 2 Posters Tease King Sharks ReturnIn the first part of The Flash season 2, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) faced off against a number of different metahumans, most having traveled from Earth-2 on the command of this season’s main antagonist, the villainous speedster Zoom. One particular metahuman that Zoom sent after The Flash was the gigantic humanoid shark, DC Comics’ King Shark.Although King Shark made his first appearance in ‘The Fury of Firestorm’, the metahuman was taken out quickly by Earth-2 Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) – which worked as Harry’s introduction to Barry – and hasn’t been seen since. However, King Shark will make his return to Central City in the aptly titled episode 15, ‘King Shark’. Now, new posters from the episode tease the rematch between King Shark and The Flash.The CW released one poster focused on The Flash, teasing that “A New Wave of Terror Arises” when King Shark makes his return, and the second poster featuring the humanoid shark himself. Take a look at both posters:

Details of King Shark’s return were teased earlier this year by The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. He revealed Arrow’s John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) will travel to Central City in search of King Shark, who escaped from an A.R.G.U.S. facility and is looking to complete his orders from Zoom – namely, destroying The Flash. Additionally, the official episode synopsis for ‘King Shark’ teased an attack by the metahuman on Barry while he’s with Joe (Jesse L. Martin), Iris (Candice Patton), and Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale).The Flash is no stranger to CGI-characters, having shown the humanoid shark before (albeit in a brief and dark nighttime scene). Previously, the show had brought Gorilla Grodd to life a handful of times over its two seasons. But, Grodd’s most recent appearance in ‘Gorilla Warfare’ was certainly the best in terms of both the realistic visual portrayal of the gorilla and the references to his comic book history.Similar to Grodd’s last appearance, the visual design of King Shark seems to be as realistic as possible when bringing a part-human part-shark creature to life. Of course, how those visuals come across in a daytime scene of The Flash – which takes considerable more attention to the CGI work than a nighttime scene – remains to be seen. But, these posters are certainly effective in getting fans excited for a rematch between King Shark and The Flash.Next: The Flash Earth-2 Easter Eggs & Hints ExplainedThe Flash continues with ‘King Shark’ on Tuesday, February 23rd at 8pm on The CW.Source: The CW