Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth Are Really Quite Charming Together
First, the wild rumor du jour: That Christopher Nolan covets Joseph Gordon Levitt for the role of The Riddler in Batman 3, which, interestingly, has already shown up as dream casting by a number of our geeky brethren. Apparently, Nolan has a full-on jones for Gordon-Levitt after filming him in Inception, and wants to continue working with him. Of course, the rumor is based on a couple of jokes made by Gordon-Levitt is said to have made on the set of Inception. This comes from Hollywood Life, the gossip wing of Deadline and Movieline:
"Chris really dug Joseph [as an actor]," a source close to the director tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. "There was a joke at first between them [on the set of Inception] that Joseph wanted to read for Batman 3 and things heated up as filming continued."
Adds the insider, "It's not 100% confirmed that he's getting [the role of The Riddler] but there's certainly talk about it. Joseph is definitely on the short list." This should make fans happy, especially as several fan sites have expressed a wish to see the 500 Days of Summer cutie score the role!
Take that for what it's worth (a rep for JGL has said the rumor is untrue). Also, if I ever start writing like that, I want you all to storm my home and tear me to pieces, leaving only a red, wet glop of bone and tissue.
Also (via Sci Fi Squad)regarding the third Batman film, which will once again star Christian Bale and Gary Oldman: The production start date has been set for March of 2011, in order to make the film's proposed release date July 20th, 2012. It hurts my soul to have to wait another two goddamn years for another Batman, but such is life when you put it in the hands of the very capable Nolan. By the way? That's the same summer that The Avengers comes out. The collective geekgasm will throw the world off its axis.
Moving onto Marvel Comics. The latest rumor from Bleeding Cool (who brought us the Jamie Bell as Spider-Man rumor that is steadily gaining traction) is that the villain for that same film has been chosen, and it'll be... The Lizard. That's an interesting one, considering his alter-ego, Dr. Curt Connors, showed up in the Raimi trilogy (as played by Dylan Baker). Given that this new film is going back to high school, it messes up the chronology a bit, though honestly no one but the comic fans will notice (or care). The Lizard is a solid villain, another science-gone-wrong character (like almost all Spider-Man villains), though I'm a little concerned that a character as vicious as him is going to be in the teen-ified Spider-Man. We'll see how it pans out.
Finally, in the last tidbit is about Thor. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Kenneth Brannagh were all interviewed in an "Entertainment Tonight" segment that showed a few glimpses of the sets and some minor footage. It's not as annoying as some "ET" segments, so give it a watch:
A few thoughts:
1) Hemsworth looks pretty buff. Seriously, he's enormous (which he and Portman -- as well as Brannagh -- joke about a bit).
2) I know it's a fluff piece, but the rapport between him and Portman is pretty great, which bodes well. They also both seem to have a solid sense of humor.
3) I had no idea he was Australian. Also, no idea he was on "Dancing With the Stars."
There's not much more to take from that, other than with the hair and the beard, he really is looking the part. I know some of you will continue to bitch that Alexander Skrasrsg... Skarsgraa...Sarksg -- whatever the fuck that meatsack from that crappy vampire show's name is -- didn't get the part. But I've no problem with Hemsworth.
What I'm saying, basically, is shut it.
(h/t to Slashfilm for rounding up much of this info)