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This Week In Geek: Ryan Gosling Joins “Blade Runner” Sequel + News on “Star Wars,” “Arrow,” and More

Plus Patty Jenkins to Direct Wonder Woman, New Trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront Video Game, Series Regular Leaving Arrow, Flash Gordon and more!

Apr 17, 2015 Blade Runner 2049
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It has been reported that Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Drive) is in talks to co-star alongside Harrison Ford in Denis Villenueve’s much-anticipated sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Los Angeles cop Rick Deckard and as of now, Gosling’s role is unknown. Gosling’s upcoming films include Shane Black’s The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Terrence Malick’s Weightless. Currently, Gosling is working on The Big Short, in which he will star alongside Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, and Steve Carell. The Blade Runner sequel will commence principal photography next summer and will be executive produced by Ridley Scott, the director of the original. Villenueve directed Prisoners. (via

At the recent Star Wars Celebration, where the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted, the trailer for the video game Star Wars: Battlefront was also revealed. The new installment from DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. Studio, is set to be released November 17 of this year for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. Players of this new game will be treated to classic battle environments like Hoth and Endor, while fans who pre-order the game will get and exclusive chance to play the Battle of Jakku, the conflict that leads to the ruins of the X-Wing and Star Destroyer seen on the desert planet that opens the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (via

Bad news for fans of the CW’s Arrow has recently come out of Deadline. Recent reports state that the contract Colton Haynes, who plays Roy Harper on the show, has expired so he has consequentially been written off of the show (in fact, his character’s last full episode appears to be the one that just aired this past Wednesday). The silver lining is that the way in which Haynes exits Arrow has been written in such a way that there is still be room left for a possible return (and he will appear in at least one more episode this season). Arrow‘s producers were fully aware that they only had Haynes for two years and knew when planning the current third season that he would be exiting. In order to calm the nerves of skeptical fans, series creator Greg Berlanti says, “Fans will really wonder where you go from here… We have planned something cool and radical to open next season.” (via Deadline)

Shortly after Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead) exited as director of the Wonder Woman standalone film due to “creative differences,” Warner Bros. has signed Patty Jenkins (Monster) to take her place. Jenkins is no stranger to the superhero world as at one point, her name was attached to Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World but was replaced by Alan Taylor due to, you guessed it, “creative differences.” It seems that Warners are set on having a female director for this one. Gal Gadot is still set to play Wonder Woman, with her first ever cinematic appearance in next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and then her solo film Wonder Woman, set to be released June 23, 2017. The powerful Princess of Themyscira will also play a major role in Justice League: Part One out November 10, 2017 and Justice League: Part Two out June 14, 2019. (via

John Ridley, the Academy Award/Oscar winning writer and executive producer known for his work on 12 Years a Slave and TV’s American Crime, is reportedly going to team up with Marvel for a new TV series. According to Entertainment Weekly, this deal between Marvel and Ridley, “involves reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC” and is likely the same project mentioned in last week’s announcement that Marvel is working on a spin-off of their ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (via Entertainment Weekly)

Matthew Vaughan, the director best known for his films Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service, is in talks to direct 20th Century Fox’s remake of Flash Gordon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who contributed to the script for the forthcoming Star Trek 3, have also written the script for this remake, with John Davis (Predator and this summer’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and George Nolfi (Ocean’s Twelve and The Adjustment Bureau) set to produce. The character of Flash Gordon, developed as a comic by Alex Raymond in 1934, has since been featured in director Mike Hodges’ 1980 film which resurfaced as a cult classic in Seth MacFarlane’s 2012 film Ted. (via The Hollywood Reporter)


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