Peter Capaldi joins The Suicide Squad

Peter Capaldi has joined the cast of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.The former Doctor Who star has signed up to appear in the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie in an undisclosed role, according to Deadline. Saturday Night Live comedian Pe…

Peter Capaldi has joined the cast of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

The former Doctor Who star has signed up to appear in the highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2016 movie in an undisclosed role, according to Deadline.

Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson is also in negotiations for a cameo role that he will reportedly shoot between filming of the long-running live sketch show.

No details have so far emerged about the plot, but Capaldi and Davidson will be joining the likes of Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman, who are reprising their roles from David Ayer’s original.

And Idris Elba, John Cena, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Flula Borg, Nathan Fillion, Steve Agee and Taika Waititi are the newest recruits to Gunn’s movie.

Elba was originally cast as Deadshot, effectively replacing Will Smith – who is not returning for the sequel – although it was reported soon after the news was announced that the 50-year-old was disappointed the British actor did not get his blessing before accepting the role.

According to editors at Collider, Elba and Gunn then created a new part in the movie for the Golden Globe-winning actor, but details are still under wraps.

Production on The Suicide Squad is slated to begin later this month, with the first table read session of Gunn’s script to be held on 11 September. And once filming at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia has wrapped, he will return to Marvel to film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3., starring Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista.

The Suicide Squad will be released in August 2021.

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Former Doctor Who Matt Smith boards next Star Wars

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has reportedly landed another major sci-fi role after stepping into the Star Wars universe. The Brit, who also played Prince Philip in Netflix hit The Crown, has signed on to join the cast of director J.J. Abrams’ Sta…

Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has reportedly landed another major sci-fi role after stepping into the Star Wars universe.

The Brit, who also played Prince Philip in Netflix hit The Crown, has signed on to join the cast of director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX, according to Deadline.

Nothing is known about the actor’s new movie role or even if he’ll play a hero or villain in the next Star Wars film, which also features returning stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Adam Driver, and the late Carrie Fisher.

Bosses at Disney and Lucasfilm shared the news Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa character will be back in the next installment of the sci-fi series last month (Jul18), as Abrams explained he would be piecing together unused clips from 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to resurrect Carrie’s iconic character for the sequel to 2017’s The Last Jedi.

“Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us,” he shared in a statement issued to Variety. “We were never going to recast, or use a CG (computer-generated) character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie (Lourd), we have found a way to honour Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Keri Russell and Richard E. Grant have also been added to the cast of the next Star Wars epic, as has Lord of the Rings star Dominic Monaghan.

Abrams, who directed and produced Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has started pre-production on the next Star Wars blockbuster, which will be released in December, 2019.

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Christopher Eccleston despised working on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Christopher Eccleston wanted to “cut his throat every day” while working on 2009 blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.The English actor was cast as weapons master James McCullen in the widely-panned flick, which also featured Sienna Miller, Joseph G…

Christopher Eccleston wanted to “cut his throat every day” while working on 2009 blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

The English actor was cast as weapons master James McCullen in the widely-panned flick, which also featured Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum.

Reflecting on his career regrets in a chat with The Guardian, Christopher admitted his decision to accept the role was driven by money.

“Working on something like G.I. Joe was horrendous. I just wanted to cut my throat every day,” he sighed. “And Thor (The Dark World)? Just a gun in my mouth.”

It’s not all been doom and gloom in Hollywood for the 54-year-old actor though, and he cites cinema classic Gone in 60 Seconds as a great shoot to be a part of.

“Gone in 60 Seconds was a good experience. Nic Cage is a gentleman and fantastic actor,” he smiled, before adding: But GI Joe and Thor were… I really paid for being a w**re those times.”

While movies may not be his forte, Christopher has enjoyed huge success on the small screen both in his native Britain and across the pond.

He’s had prominent roles in shows like The Leftovers, Heroes and Our Friends in the North, but after controversially quitting the title role in Doctor Who after just one series in 2005, the actor feared he may never work again.

“What happened around Doctor Who almost destroyed my career,” he said. “I gave them a hit show and I left with dignity and then they put me on a blacklist. I was carrying around my own insecurities as it was something I had never done before and then I was abandoned, vilified in the tabloid press and blacklisted.

“I was told by my agent at the time: ‘The BBC regime is against you. You’re going to have to get out of the country and wait for regime change.’ So, I went away to America and I kept on working because that’s what my parents instilled in me.”

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