Will Anna Paquin Return To Play Rogue In ‘Gambit’?

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Finally, after being delayed a few years, the Gambit movie is back on track. The Gambit solo film will star Channing Tatum as Remy LeBeau/Gambit and be directed by Gore Verbinski. Gambit is a mutant who has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, causing the object in question to explosively release its charge on impact. The X-Men spinoff is rumored to be a heist flick involving Gambit recovering a mysterious case that was stolen from Nathaniel Essex — known as Mr. Sinister in the comics — by the Boudreaux clan. They plan to auction it during the yearly Thieves Ball where all the world’s criminal organizations gather for a single night. Essex offers Gambit $40 million to recover the case and return it to him.

This mysterious case is most likely the one seen during the post-credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse. Many fans thought this scene would only provide a loose connection to Logan — as it contains Wolverine’s DNA — but it seems that 20th Century Fox had other plans for the information presented in the scene.

It is currently undetermined if any other actors will return to reprise their X-Men roles for the film, but there is one character in particular that fans are hoping to join the cast… Rogue!

In the comics, Gambit and Rogue became love interests as soon as he joined the X-Men. Despite their immediate attraction, their relationship developed slowly. This was due to Rogue’s inability to control her powers as well as Gambit’s secrecy and dishonesty concerning his previous relationships. Through their many break-ups and make-ups, Gambit and Rogue have one of the longest and most popular relationships in the X-Men comic series. Fans have been eagerly awaiting to see this relationship explored on the silver screen.

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We do not know if 20th Century Fox currently has plans to have Rogue in the Gambit film, nor do we know who they will get to play her. The character has previously been portrayed by Anna Paquin, who has played this role in four X-Men films – X-MenX2: X-Men UnitedX-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Back in 2015, Paquin was asked by a fan if she would appear in Gambit and she simply responded: “No.”

This, however, was back when Gambit was scheduled to be released on October 7, 2016. Lots of things have changed in the X-Men franchise since then and Paquin may now be available to reprise her role. If she did return, then it would provide more of a connection to the rest of the X-Men films.

One reason the studio may hesitate on casting Anna Paquin as Rogue in Gambit will depend on where this film fits into the X-Men franchise timeline. If the mysterious case is indeed the same case seen during the post-credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse, then this would set Gambit in the rebooted continuity. This would mean that Gambit would have to be set in the early to mid-2000s for the character of Rogue to be old enough to be played by Paquin.

If they wish to set the film in the ’90s closer to X-Men: Dark Phoenix, then they would have to change when Rogue was born. The timeline changing after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past makes this possible. This is what allowed 20th Century Fox to change the age of Jubilee, a mutant who appeared as a teenager in the original X-Men set during the early 2000s, and made her a teenager in X-Men: Apocalypse which is set in 1983.

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Fans should be getting more information soon about which actors will join Channing Tatum in Gambit and what roles they will play. One thing’s for sure we know that Taylor Kitsch won’t be returning! Hopefully, we get some cameos from existing X-Men characters in the film. Fingers crossed that Anna Paquin is available and willing to join the cast if the studio asks her. It never hurts to add an Academy Award-winning actress to a film.

Gambit is scheduled for released on Valentine’s Day 2019

Are you excited for Gambit? Do you want Anna Paquin to return as Rogue? Do you wish the studio didn’t recast Taylor Kitsch? Leave your comments below!

 

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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review

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Goodbye Christopher Robin is a semi-biographical British family drama film starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, and Kelly Macdonald. The film follows noted English author and playwright A. A. Milne and his creation of, Winnie-the-Pooh, after his experiences in World War I. Milne finds inspiration for his Winnie-the-Pooh tales through his interactions with his young son Christopher Robin Milne after his family moved from the West End of London to their new country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex. Before watching this film I assumed Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, and the rest of the characters from the 100 Acre Wood were creations of the Walt Disney Company. I also believed that the characters were real and not imaginary, which I’m still not sure is the case in Disney’s adaptation. Needless to say, I learned a lot from watching this film. The film itself is stunning and remarkable from end to end. The costume design and set pieces are brilliantly done. It was almost as if I was gazing into a portal of the past while watching the film. The cast is great and brought so much love and drama into these real-life characters. Domhnall Gleeson does well as A. A. Milne. Affectionately called Blue by his family in the film, Gleeson portrays the WWI veteran and author as tired and longing for a sense of purpose. He has seen the horrors of war and never wants him, his family, or the world to experience it again. It is great to see Gleeson portray a father because I have never seen him in this role before. His character growth is great. In the beginning, he is not sure what being a father is and then he grows to care for his son deeply during their time together. It is also enjoyable to hear Gleeson speak in his natural accent as a proper British gentleman. Margot Robbie also turns in a good performance as Daphne de Sélincourt. While Robbie doesn’t have as much screen time as Gleeson she makes her time count. Daphne is the kind of character that you love and hate at the same time. While she genuinely cares for her husband, she rude to both him and the maid, Olive. She is very old fashioned and expects to live the lifestyle she is accustomed to. If things don’t go her way she makes it known how unhappy she is. This is a different role for Robbie to take. Normally, she plays an American character, so it is nice to see the Aussie actress take on something different. She is believable in the part almost to the point that I thought I was watching a documentary. Will Tilston plays a young Christopher Robin Milne, affectionately called Billy Moon by his family. He does a fine job capturing the innocence of a child growing up with that kind of fame. He does a great job making the audience care and become attached to him. Alex Lawther comes in late during the film as an older Christopher Robin, but packs in some great lines of his own. The standout of the film is definitely Kelly Macdonald as Olive “Nou” Rand. You love to love her and grow attached to her as you watch her raise Billy. She is like a second mom to the boy and does everything to make sure his childhood is filled with as much happiness as possible. I can see Kelly Macdonald getting a few Best Supporting Actress nods for her role in this film. I give Goodbye Christopher Robin an Excellent 10/10. Overall the film is sweet, charming, and fun to watch. It provides a lot of information into the lives of the Milne family during the creation of the world’s most favorite bear.

Is Darkseid Taking A Page Out Of Zod’s Book And Terraforming Earth, But With A More Sinister Twist?

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Whoa! That new Justice League trailer is pretty cool. There are a lot of fun easter eggs hidden throughout the trailer, but one thing sticks out. During the battle in the beginning of the trailer we see Steppenwolf attack some soldiers with his axe and as the camera pans out the land begins to transform into a dark volcanic state. It looks as if he has begun to terraform the planet to become more like Apokolips which is very charred and volcanic in the comics. Terraforming is not an uncommon practice in the DCEU. In Man of Steel, General Zod began to terraform Earth into a new Krypton. So, did Darkseid send Steppenwolf to Earth to terraform it to become an Apokolips outpost? All signs are currently pointing to yes – with a more sinister twist!

In Man of Steel, the Kryptonians required the use of a ‘world engine’ to terraform Earth. It would make sense that this technology was not indigenous to Krypton. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Lex Luthor was told by the Kryptonian scout ship’s A.I. that “the Kryptonian archive contains knowledge from 100,000 different worlds.” Therefore, Apokolips could definitely have been one of those 100,000 different worlds and the New Gods would have access to the ‘world engine’ technology.

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In the Justice League trailer, we hear Batman say “I had a dream, it was the end of the world.” This dream is most likely a reference to the ‘Knightmare Sequence’ in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the dream sequence, the Earth is a vast apocalyptic landscape – pun definitely intended! There are many ‘world engine’ like machines hovering above and fire shooting out of the Earth. On the ground in front of Batman, there is a giant omega symbol. Fans of the DC comics know that this symbol is analogous with Darkseid. The ‘Knightmare Sequence’ is very close to what we see happening in the new trailer. In which we see the land becoming charred and fire spouting into the sky.

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Batman is also heard saying something else in the trailer. After Wonder Woman dramatically states “invasion” he says “I think it’s something more, something darker.” What could be darker than an invasion? Well, in an invasion the current inhabitants of the planet would be wiped out. General Zod showed Superman in Man of Steel that the humans would not survive the terraforming of Earth into a new Krypton. Darkseid may have Steppenwolf terraform Earth in a different way inJustice League.

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From the footage we saw in the trailer there is a human warrior that is transforming on the battlefield. His skin is becoming dark and cracked and his teeth are becoming sharper. It is highly likely that he is being turned into a Parademon by the terraforming process. His new fangs and skin are very similar to those of the Parademons we saw in the ‘Knightmare Sequence’ in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If Steppenwolf succeeds in Terraforming Earth for Darkseid it would give Apokolips around 7.6 billion new slave soldiers to use in other invasions. Also, it would easily allow him to take on the 7202 members of the Green Lantern Corps.

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In the comics, Parademons serve as the loyal army of Darkseid. They are genetically created on Apokolips in laboratories and operate as soldiers and slaves. When Apokolips decides to mount an interplanetary invasion, Darkseid sends in waves of his Parademons as the advanced infantry. Though most Parademons are created in a lab there are some Parademons are bred from human stock, selected from the lowly populous that reside in the poorest districts of Apokolips. In the New 52 comics, more specifically Earth 2: World’s End, Parademons are created from reformatted genetic material gleaned either from the living or dead remains of a native species during an interplanetary invasion. Considering that Geoff Johns is now a co-runner of the DC Extended Universe, and co-chairman of DC Films it would make sense that they begin using more material from the New 52 comics.

Justice League is due to hit theaters on November 17, 2017.

Are you excited for Justice League? Did you enjoy the new trailer? Leave your comments below!

Netflix Orders New Superhero Family Drama ‘Raising Dion’ To Be Executive Produced By Michael B. Jordan

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We live in the age of superheroes! Netflix has been killing it with their Netflix Original Marvel superhero shows so why not add more? Netflix has announced that they have ordered 10 episodes of Raising Dion. The superhero family drama will be based on the independent comic book series of the same name by writer-director Dennis Liu and will be executive produced by Michael B. Jordan.

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This show will be very different than other superhero-based shows as it involves a single mom, Nicole, as she attempts to raise her son, Dion, as he develops numerous powers and abilities. Nicole has to teach Dion’s how to use his powers safely all while keeping said powers hidden from the public. She enlists her late husband’s best friend, Pat, to help document his increasing powers and watch after Dion.

Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content, had the following to say about the new series.

“We haven’t seen this type of superhero story before — an origin myth full of imagination, wonder and adventure, all grounded in the experiences of a modern single mother. Michael B. Jordan is an exciting and dynamic talent, and I’m excited to see him, Macro, Carol and the team translate Dennis’ unique vision to television.”

Michael B. Jordan will not only be the executive producer of Raising Dion, but the actor will also play Nicole’s late husband Mark. Jordan is no stranger to superhero films as he portrayed Johnny Storm in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four and will portray Erik Killmonger in the upcoming Marvel/Disney film Black Panther. Carol Barbee has joined the series as showrunner and executive producer. She will also be penning the first episode of the show, which is set to be directed by Liu himself.

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Regarding the Netflix deal, Liu stated:

“I started this project many years ago because I wanted to see more diverse representation on film and television and I’m excited to partner with Netflix, who I know shares that commitment. More than ever, we need more stories told from different points of view and my hope with Raising Dion is to create a cinematic experience for all families that will lift your spirits and make you laugh and cry.”

Lui also wrote and directed a short film based on Raising Dion back in 2015. It’ll be exciting to see how he handles the series now that he will be working with a bigger budget. It is currently unknown if any of the same actors who took part in the short film will return for the Netflix series.

Even though Netflix has ordered a 10-episode first season of Raising Dion, no release date has been announced.

Are you excited for a Netflix adaptation Raising Dion? Leave your comments below!

‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review

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Battle of the Sexes is a semi-biographical sports film, starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, and Sarah Silverman. The film is loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between a 29-year-old Billie Jean King and a 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. Riggs had been a top men’s player in the 1930s and 1940s in both the amateur and professional ranks. King, who had previously rejected challenges from Riggs, finally accepted the challenge after a lucrative financial offer was made to play him for $100,000, winner-take-all. King further explained that she accepted the match not only for the money, but also for all of women’s tennis and to prove that women are equal to men. The match, dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes”, took place at the Houston Astrodome in Texas and garnered huge publicity. Emma Stone is great as Billie Jean King. The Academy Award-winning actress shows off her talent once again as she basically becomes King. Stone looks very much like a young Billie Jean King and even speaks like her. She does well in making the character more than a two-dimensional athlete. She gives the audience a look into King’s soul as she works through the complexities of her emotions, need for equal rights, loyalty to her husband, and love of tennis. The same goes for Steve Carell’s performance as Bobby Riggs. He plays a loveable yet damaged guy very well. He’s a good dad and a great tennis player, but he’s also a gambler and a hustler. He knows he has a problem, but he doesn’t hide it. Well, he mostly doesn’t hide it. He wants this happy life with his wife but is unwilling to change for her. Also, I really enjoyed Sarah Silverman’s portrayal of Gladys Heldman. She provided comic relief as well as a small dose of sincerity when needed. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got a few Best Supporting Actress nods this upcoming award season. The film’s story was easy to follow and very believable. The writer did a great job of focusing the story on the characters’ lives building up to the match instead of just focusing on the match itself. With all the ups and downs each character experiences, the audience is never overwhelmed as the events unfold on screen. Also, the director’s pacing was smooth and use of camera angles and color was phenomenal. Lastly, the editing of the older footage into the film fit in seamlessly. While watching the final match, there are times when you can’t tell if they edited the old match footage or shot new match footage. The only negative I have for this film is how it was advertised. The trailers made it seem like just a comedy, but clearly, it’s much more than that. I give Battle of the Sexes a Decent 8/10. This film offers up a fun and interesting history lesson about tennis and equality.