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'Ghostbusters' v. 'Kingsman 2': A Battle of Perfectly Whelming Villains

By Vivian Kane | Industry | February 17, 2016 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | February 17, 2016 |

A whole bunch of casting news came out today, including new villains for two upcoming major movies. And neither of them is really exciting, but they’re not exactly disappointing, either. They just kind of… are.

First, word is that this is the main villain in the upcoming Ghostbusters movie.

Confirmed at #Mattel this morning that this is the main villain in the new #Ghostbusters movie. #ToyFair #TF16 #NYTF

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I’m not alone here, right, in my utter disinterest? Apparently this dude’s name is Rowan and Mattel has confirmed that the toy is modeled after the new movie’s #1 villain. This seems like a weird choice for a big bad, no? Sure, the original Ghostbusters had the squishy, adorable Slimer, but that wasn’t the MAIN foe. No, that role was filled by the ultra-creepy horny Sigourney Weaver Zuul demon. It just seems incredibly lazy to take the logo of a movie franchise and make him the villain. For the record, I really hope I’m wrong and there’s some fantastic twist here.

Next up, Julianne Moore is in talks to play the villain in Kingsman 2. Now, this one, I may actually have come around on. Because as much as I loved Kingsman (And I did! Especially if I continue to forget the last few minutes of the movie exist and think of it as a movie in which no one ever offered their body and TOO SPECIFIC parts of their anatomy as currency for heroics), but I’m firmly in the WHY? camp when it comes to a sequel. Especially since that sequel has been confirmed as Firth-less.

But the more I think about it, the more I think Julianne Moore could be a pretty great fit here. Because she brings a similar amount of respectability as Colin Firth did to the first one. But she’s also taking Samuel L. Jackson’s place as villain. And I know not everyone here will agree with me, but I will forever stand by my opinion that Samuel L. Jackson was HANDS DOWN, FAR AND AWAY the worst part of that movie. His entire character was a lisp and a hat. That was it. So Moore can’t be a less engaging or entertaining baddie. But it’s also been a while since we’ve seen Weird Julianne Moore. She can do drama; she can do comedy. But she also— and this is easy to forget— plays a weirdo like nobody’s business. Remember Coen Brothers Moore? Freaking weird.

How about PT Anderson anxiety-ridden Moore?

So if this franchise wants another off-the-wall quirk fest for its antagonist, Moore is an intriguing choice.

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