No one can compete with the swagger of Harrison Ford. It goes without saying that his portrayal of everyone’s favorite smuggler is iconic. Whether he was blasting Greedo or affirming a woman’s love for him by simply uttering “I know…” Han Solo epitomized the swashbuckling aspect of Star Wars. An aspect that has been cemented in nostalgia and generational angst for forty or so years. It would take a truly courageous actor to take on the role of Han Solo in the wake of Harrison Ford’s lightsaber to the gut departure—or it would take Alden Ehrenreich.
He did alright; to be fair, Solo: A Star Wars Story was an enjoyable film. With a solid script, charming cast (Donald Glover killing it as Lando) and decent execution; you can’t hate it. Ehrenreich succeeds as a Han Solo all his own, he doesn’t try to be Harrison Ford because you can’t. Still, it didn’t meet the expectations of Star Wars fans and Ehrenreich has basically been unemployed ever since. Until now. In an article on Deadline‘s website, it was reported that Alden Ehrenreich is set to play the lead role in a series adaption of Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World.
The series has been attached to various networks over the course of the past few months but is now apparently going to be a flagship series for the upcoming NBCU streaming platform, set to launch in 2020. The series is being written and developed by David Wiener (Fear the Walking Dead), Grant Morrison, and Brian Taylor and is aforementioned based on Huxley’s groundbreaking novel, Brave New World—the story of a dystopian (or *spoiler alert* failed utopia) society which is basically the result of a lack of individuality or identity. Kind of like an actor being held hostage to his shortcomings as Han Solo…
The novel’s synopsis is as follows (via Goodreads):
Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a single outsider.
Ehrenreich will play John the Savage, a man who lives outside of the system and drives society towards its “corruption.” It will be interesting to see what Brave New World‘s quasi-timeless themes say about contemporary society; the series is rumored to take place in 2054 as opposed to 1932. The series will run ten episodes with Owen Harris (Black Mirror) set to direct at least one episode. Expect some trippy shit.
Endings suck—especially when it comes to the conclusion of stories we love/loved. Sometimes stories are ruined by their less-than-spectacular final act. We read them for days and watch them for years as their inevitable finales approach, hoping our favorite characters go out in an appropriately cliché blaze of glory or meet a romantically tragic end. In a weird way, our favorite books, movies, and shows become a huge part of our lives—our own personal (REAL) narratives framing that of popular protagonists and their worlds. So, naturally, we fall in love with all of the underdogs, chosen ones, and antiheroes we spend time with. Maybe we even project unrealistic expectations onto the endings of their stories because we are afraid our own stories may not end so perfectly—however, let’s not think ourselves into an existential crisis.
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But yeah, often, our expectations are not met. The epilogue ofHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was… a tonal shift? The Givertapers off into ambiguity. Pennywise is a demon spider? WTF. Let’s not even discuss the endings to The Hunger Games Trilogyor the plethora of television shows that broke our hearts; yeah, I’m talking to you, How I Met Your Mother (Ted and Robin? Still?), The Sopranos, Dexter, and Lost. I suppose not every series can bow out as brilliantly as Breaking Bad. Well done W.W.
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As we prepare for the Game of Thrones finale, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (duh), the healthy thing to do is lower our expectations. If we do not, we risk the kind of dejection that will threaten every aspect of our lives as we re-watch/re-read the story wondering where it all went wrong. Making peace with inevitable disappointment will be beneficial for our hearts, souls, and more importantly—the well-being of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The showrunners of GoT will be frantically chain-smoking and stress eating upon finale night as they continuously check the interweb for words of praise or admonishment.
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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talked with Entertainment Weeklyregarding the final season of their show and any concerns they may have for its ending (among other things):
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So here you are. The final season. How is it? Are you happy?
DAVID BENIOFF: It’s still too early to say.
DAN WEISS: It could end up being a complete mess.
David Benioff went on to further discuss the subject of endings… perhaps to avoid discussing the ending that looms?
“A good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending,” he said, a sentiment which we hope not to dismally remember later as a sign of foreshadowing. “Of course, we worry.”
He also didn’t think The Sopranos ending was that bad…
I’ve gotten into a lot of arguments with people about why that was a great ending, but people felt legitimately cheated and that’s their right to feel that way, just as it’s my right to feel like they’re idiots. I’m hoping we get the ‘Breaking Bad’ [finale] argument where it’s like, ‘Is that an A or an A+?’ I want that to be the argument. I just wish we found better directors for it.
The final season will air its last premiere episode this Sunday. Will Jon Snow defeat the Night King? Will Dany sit on the Iron Throne? Will their baby? Will Gendry? Buckle up… but don’t drive too fast (metaphorically?) We don’t know where this road ends up, and we don’t know if we’ll like it.
Closing musing: if the final season sucks, George R.R. Martin can (and most likely will) build a better conclusion in his forthcoming novels The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. Perhaps this was the big guy’s plan all along—take his ending (which he has divulged to David and Dan) for a test run. All hail our Westerosi world builder.
Jack O’ Connell, of Godless fame, will star in the BBC’s adaptation of The North Water, Ian McGuire’s realist narrative dealing with the hunt and harvest of whales—which happens in north water (hence the title). The story takes place in the 1850s right before waling stopped being so acceptable. In 2016 , the novel made waves; it was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Chicago Tribune listed it as one of the best books of the year and so did the New York Times. McGuire likes realism and his novel is dark, cold and impartial. People loved it. Hollywood obviously came calling.
Details about the pending series continue to emerge: Jack O’ Connell is set to star as protagonist Patrick Summer, a disgraced army doctor/surgeon who becomes the whale ship’s doctor. This character’s desire to obtain redemption is made difficult by the story’s antagonist, Henry Drax. Colin Farrell is set to embody that murderous menace. Henry Dax is genuinely f’d up. The series will consist of three hour-long episodes and a ninety-minute finale.
As mentioned in an article on Deadline’s website, Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, had this to say of O’Connell’s addition to the cast:
“Jack is one of the most fearless and instinctive actors of his generation and is the perfect choice to bring The North Water’s troubles and ambiguous hero to life.”
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The novel’s synopsis is as follows (via Goodreads):
A ship sets sail with a killer on board . . .
1859. A man joins a whaling ship bound for the Arctic Circle. Having left the British Army with his reputation in tatters, Patrick Sumner has little option but to accept the position of ship’s surgeon on this ill-fated voyage. But when, deep into the journey, a cabin boy is discovered brutally killed, Sumner finds himself forced to act. Soon he will face an evil even greater than he had encountered at the siege of Delhi, in the shape of Henry Drax: harpooner, murderer, monster . . .
It may get tiring being known primarily for the role that made your career, but if it does, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is being very gracious about it. In an interview with Efe, he says acting for Harry Potter was a gift, stating:
Honestly, it’s lovely. I think people expect me to find it oppressive that people are still talking about it, but there is a generation of people who grew up with us and that’s a real honor. When someone comes up to me and says like ‘you were a huge part of my childhood’…The idea that I could occupy that space for someone is, just, you know…amazing
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According to his actor biography on the media news portal 24SMI, the now wildly famous and successful actor made his start when he was only ten-years-old! The first film he acted in was the 1999’s David Copperfield, based on Charles Dickens classic David Copperfield.
Hope you guys speak Dutch, because here’s the one official trailer for the 1999 David Copperfield film.
Then came his big breakout role, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, based on the J. K. Rowling book of the same name.
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Ever since then, Danielle Radcliffe has found huge success, not only as Harry Potter, but as so many other characters, check out the top ten below!
Currently Radcliffe stars in a comedy series with Steve Buscemi, Miracle Workers, which is soon getting a second season.
Regardless of how many roles he’s taken on, it’s nice to see that Harry Potter still holds a special place in his heart.
Like all recently vacated roles, rumor has been circulating the role of Gotham’s Dark Knight. As Batfleck settles into the past, a coveted opportunity opens up for a wide variety of hungry actors. Everyone from Jon Hamm (Yes) and Armie Hammer to Jon Snow (No) and Edward Cullen (Maybe, who knows?) have been linked to the cape and scowl in previous weeks. However, all these rumors have been confirmed as malarkey.
Most of the time the list of rumors we find on the internet aren’t even as ridiculous as they should be; they’re often pretty possible. However, here are some Batman casting rumors (some spiced with only a hint of believability and others more so) I hope to hear in the time leading up to Matt Reeves’ The Batman…
Maisie Williams (anointed with the powers of Arya Stark)
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Batman could be described as a faceless man. More of a symbol than a man, Bruce Wayne runs around Gotham City giving people hope; the line from 2005’s Batman Begins goes “as flesh and blood I can be ignored, I can be destroyed but as a symbol, as a symbol, I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.” Well, I’ll be dipped in an existential crisis that makes me turn to a life of secluded vigilantism if this philosophy doesn’t align with that of The Faceless Men based in Bravos from Game Of Thrones.
This guild of assassins specializes in the relinquishment of identity and possess the ability to shapeshift and change faces. As we all know, everyone’s (living) favorite Stark is taken in by the guild and trained to be a faceless man. Not only do Arya’s combat abilities make her an obvious bat-person choice but her supernatural abilities would be a gamechanger. Also, Arya’s upbringing is eerily like that of Bruce Wayne’s…
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In Westeros, The Faceless Men are well renowned shapeshifting assassins. In the real world, Meryl Streep is a well renowned shapeshifting assassin—in that she kills it. Arguably the greatest actor EVER, Streep’s transformative nature is unparalleled. Twenty-one Oscar nominations and counting. We owe it to ourselves, nigh the world to appoint such an icon as the face of the DC universe. #MerylStreep2020. The Mirror actually did an article about this back in 2016, referencing Meryl Streep’s reaction to that rumor at the time.
Timothée Chalamet (accent game on point)
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Okay, so I’ve joked about this before, but for real; if one were to assign this kid the task of fighting crime in Gotham, he would demolish expectations. I’m sure Timothée would stock up on the whey protein, chicken and chocolate milk whilst doing pushups all day long. This would move him from Indie life into the realm of overwhelming celebrity. Not only does Timothée Chalamet have the acting chops (having already been nominated for an Academy Award) but he fits the bill regarding DC’s idea of a younger Batman in Reeves upcoming film. He could literally be the studio’s Batman for the next thirty years.
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When this man acts, we call him Donald Glover and when he raps, we call him Childish Gambino; we do this without questioning it or ever really talking about it. Basically, Donald Glover already inhabits two entirely separate personas so well that some people don’t even realize the two are one and the same. That’s Batman/Bruce Wayne AF. In addition to this display of dual life swagger, Donald Glover was an amazing Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story (or, at least, I thought so).
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Bruce Wayne needs to be handsome and charming. False. Batman needs to be strong and intimidating. False. Pete Holmes proved these falsehoods when he took it upon himself to don the cape himself in a series of web parodies. These skits recreated scenes from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films—the comedic twist was often that Batman is either incompetent or sex-obsessed. If the studio really wanted to bring something new and fresh to the table…
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The hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.
Always and Forever *Heart Emoji*
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The guy from HISHE
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How It Should Have Ended or HISHE is an animated web series that parodies films through changing their endings and pointing out their flaws. An ongoing theme of their superhero related videos is the interjection of Batman and Superman having coffee Seinfeld-style. They discuss everything from the Marvel vs. DC rivalry to Batman’s impervious nature. Superman will ask Batman “How?” to which Batman always replies, “Because I’m Batman!” Below is a clip where the brilliant people over at HISHE parody that scene from the 1996 Jon Favreau film Swingers.
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Just because I’m a BIG fan. Ten times fiercer than Batman and twenty times more charming than Bruce Wayne. I’ll probably include Ms. Stone on every list I write until the end of time. Henceforth, she shall be my reoccurring motif. But really, odd numbers in lists just get more clicks according to “experts.” She could definitely do it though; many internet fanatics have imagined this national treasure as Batgirl already:
Oscar Isaac can pretty much do anything. He has already played a mysterious CEO in Ex Machina (although a very sinister one) and rocked the gunslinger mentality in the Star Wars Trilogy. He’s been attached to the role via the internet in the past for a while and fans seem to love it. My only request would be that of a melancholy musical number because Oscar Isaac is a god damn songbird…
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