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6 Ways The MCU Could Bring Back The Red Skull

It seems as though Marvel has a plan for Red Skull, and while no one seems to know what that is, the fact that Hugo Weaving was asked to return as the character has many people speculating. Should Marvel be planning on bringing Red Skull back via the MCU, here are some of the ways it could do it, as well as some of the reasons why his re-inclusion would be beneficial to the brand.

As A Free Man Who Can Do What He Wants

Should Red Skull return to the MCU, it’s already confirmed he’ll no longer be bound to the will of the Soul Stone. The Russo’s confirmed that once Thanos obtained the Stone, Red Skull was free to leave Vormir and do whatever he wants, free from its influence. This includes pursuing an Infinity Stone if he should so choose, provided he’s willing to roll the dice again on a potential banishment.

Of course, we’re talking about an exiled super-Nazi who’s been enslaved by sentient Stones for several decades, so it’s not like his options are completely open to doing a ton outside the world of villainy. The Russos’ specific mention that Red Skull could pursue an Infinity Stone seem to strongly hint that he will, likely to fulfill his long-held dream of world domination. Who knows though, he might shock everyone and chill on a remote island until this all blows over.

As A Villain With Powers From The Soul Stone

Red Skull’s appearance in Avengers: Infinity War was quite a shock, especially considering he seemed far removed from the man he was in Captain America. While he’s no longer cursed to stay on Vormir, it’s possible some of the powers granted to him remained post-freedom. The details of what those powers may be are a bit foggy, but he was able to know Gamora and Thanos before they introduced themselves.

Red Skull also gained some humility from his 70 years as a prisoner of the Soul Stone, and while that’s technically not a power, it’s something he desperately needed. A self-aware Red Skull with a checked ego may help him better achieve his goals for world domination and make fewer mistakes the next time a hero tries to stop him. That’s a dangerous thought considering the impact his return may have on the world, especially now of all times.

As Pre-Serum Johann Schmidt

Just because Hugo Weaving wasn’t down for a return as Red Skull in Avengers: Infinity War doesn’t mean he doesn’t stand a chance of returning in Avengers 4. With time travel rumored to be an element in the film, all it would take is a scene around World War II or prior to incorporate Johann Schmidt in some way.

That’s a big if, of course, as Ross Marquand stepping in to portray the villain could mean that Hugo Weaving is done with that character. That’s not so problematic for present-day and future storylines involving Red Skull, but would almost certainly mean he won’t be appearing with his original face, a.k.a. the face he shares with Weaving. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens and whether Avengers 4 would even need to feature Weaving’s Red Skull persona.

As An Asset To The Avengers

Red Skull may be a key asset to the Avengers in Avengers 4. His time as a servant to the Soul Stone could’ve given him some valuable information regarding how that and the other Infinity Stones work, as well as secrets behind how they can be utilized to reverse what happened in Avengers: Infinity War. Red Skull could offer up the information at a price, or perhaps be “persuaded” by a hero not willing to negotiate with a Nazi.

He might even offer up information without a struggle, as those decades spent as a wraith really appeared to mellow him out. Of course, we’re not expecting him to flip sides and be a reformed good guy, but perhaps Red Skull may understand that in helping the Avengers, he’s furthering his own personal interests and keeping them off his back. Meanwhile, he can work on his comeback uninterrupted and be back more powerful than ever before anyone can stop him.

As The Villain That Is Keeping Chris Evans From Retiring

After what feels like a solid year of mourning his inevitable retirement, MCU fans were blindsided by the recent news that Chris Evans might not be done with the role after all. That’s great news, especially with the revelation that his greatest foe is free from his obligations to the Soul Stone and able to do as he pleases.

That and the fact that Red Skull’s age was frozen in his prime feels like Marvel is setting the stage for he and Cap to clash again. Whether that goes down in Avengers 4 or another new Captain America film is another story and what expert Marvel theorists are trying to figure out. Red Skull coming back to the MCU in a meaningful way is a delightful treat, but in another movie to square off with Cap? That’s the dream.

As A Villain For Bucky And Sam

Remember that Winter Soldier and Falcon limited series headed to Disney+? In the case that Captain America does die and Red Skull is on the loose, it kind of makes sense the burden of capturing him would fall on these two. Red Skull’s return to Earth might just pave the way for whatever premise this project has in store and give these two heroes a thrilling adventure to tackle on streaming.

Anything’s possible, and it might be why Disney tapped Ross Marquand to replace Hugo Weaving as opposed to just letting the character fade into obscurity. Obviously there’s a plan for Red Skull, so even if his presumed presence in Avengers 4 is fast and fleeting and Chris Evans does end up retiring as Captain America, keep in mind this is always an avenue in which the villain could return for a longer adventure.

MCU fans eager to share ways they think Red Skull could be reintroduced into the franchise need do nothing more than share their thoughts in the comments below. Meanwhile, we at CinemaBlend are still waiting for the big Avengers 4 trailer release. For more on that, get some analysis on the wait and when it could arrive from Managing Director Sean O’Connell.

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The Russo Brothers Have An Avenger They Wish They Could Have Saved From The Snap

We lost a lot of heroes at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. About half of the Marvel Cinematic Universe disappeared into dust in the final moments of the film. Many of us lost our favorite character and it seems that even the directors of the movie, Joe and Anthony Russo, might have lost theirs. The directors recently revealed that, as fans, and not directors, they wish they could have spared Peter Parker the pain of his death.

The directing duo revealed this fact as part of special Q&A (via Slashfilm) at a screening of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles last night. They revealed that of all the characters that were lost, Spider-Man is the one that they would save if they were looking at the movie as fans rather than the creators of the movie.

The death of Peter Parker is one of the most heartbreaking scenes in a very emotional movie. While most of the heroes that are lost to “the snap” have little idea what’s happening to them until it’s too late, that’s not the case with Spider-Man. He actually senses something happening to him several moments before he vanishes. He stares his death in the face, and his mentor Tony Stark is forced to watch it happen, unable to do anything.

It was also probably the most shocking death to take place in the film if for no other reason than we know that Peter Parker will be back somehow. The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming had already been announced and the film already had a release date of a mere two months after the release of Avengers 4. Spider-Man was clearly one hero who we knew would make it out of Avengers 4, so there was an expectation that he’d probably be ok in Infinity War.

Spider-Man is also, in the grand scheme of things, the most popular Marvel character in the world. He’s the one that almost all the movies had been about before the MCU got going and while Disney and Marvel Studios have made Iron Man and Black Panther household names, Spider-Man is the Marvel character that everybody knows, whether or not you’ve ever actually seen a comic book.

Of course, at the end of the day, nobody is expecting all of the heroes who died at the hands of Thanos to stay dead, so maybe this wasn’t that big a “spoiler” to begin with. Exactly how Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and the rest might actually come back is exactly what every fan theory is currently considering, but most believe they’ll be back, it’s only the how that’s the question.

If anything, with the contracts of actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans coming to an end, there’s a greater belief that some of the heroes that survived Infinity War might be dead by the end of Avengers 4 then there is that those who got “snapped” might stay dead.

As directors, the pair says that they knew from early on just which characters would go and which would stay, and thus it seems clear that Spider-man being removed from the board wasn’t a random decision. There was almost certainly some sort of logic, some sort of reason, behind each decision of who stayed and who did not.

Of course, what that reason could possibly be, in the case of Spider-Man, is anybody’s guess. It could be something as simple as wanting to create the emotional moment that comes with Peter Parker’s death, but it could also be that Spider-Man needed to be gone. Perhaps the remaining heroes will come up against some sort of challenge that would have been no challenge at all if Spider-Man had been around.

The core members of the Avengers have all survived and only a handful of other characters have. Each of those characters must have a reason to still be around, something they’ll do in the next film that, more than likely, nobody else could do.

There’s also the possibility that Spider-Man was needed elsewhere. One theory is that those that were erased by the Soul Stone aren’t, strictly speaking, dead, but have been trapped inside the Soul Stone. There’s some precedent for this idea from Marvel Comics. If something similar has, in fact, happened here, then perhaps Peter Parker needed to be there for some reason specific to the plot of Avengers 4.

The Russo Brothers specifically stated during the Q&A that they would not be answering Avengers 4 questions, so we have no more idea than we did yesterday what’s in store for us when the movie hits next May. We also still have no idea when we’ll see the first trailer for the film. The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War hit around this time last year, leading many to believe that the same thing would happen to Avengers 4, yet, here we sit with no trailer and no idea when we’ll see one.

Whether that trailer, when we eventually see it, will give us any insight into the fate of Peter Parker or give us an eye to how Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will finally prevail, is anybody’s guess. It’s unlikely to give us much real information. The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was called a teaser and even though it came in at a decent length, the tease was that it didn’t really say much.

I’d expect the Avengers 4 trailer to do something very similar. The bigger question is if the frist trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home might give us more. It will have to show Spider-Man and it will almost certainly be out before Avengers 4 hits theaters.

Of course, there is one final reason why the Russo Brothers may have decided to take out Spider-Man even though they clearly love the character. Because, for all the reasons that Peter Parker’s death was heartbreaking, his return could become one of the most iconic moments in the history of the MCU. How excited will Spider-Man fans, like Joe and Anthony Russo, be when they see Spider-Man swinging once again? Under the circumstances, it’s a moment that we know is going to happen, and I for one, can’t wait to see it.

Avengers 4 hits theaters in May 2019.

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Disney’s Live Action Pinocchio Movie Is Eyeing Tom Hanks For A Key Role

Just like the original Italian fairy tale novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, Disney’s animated Pinocchio movie, which was released in 1940, depicted Geppetto as a woodworker who fashions Pinocchio together. In this version of the tale though, Geppetto wishes on a star that Pinocchio was a real boy, hence why the Blue Fairy brought the puppet to life, albeit still in his wooden form. Later on in the movie, after Pinocchio traveled to Pleasure Island, Geppetto traveled to rescue him, only to be swallowed by the giant whale, Monster. Pinocchio went to save his father, and although the puppet died during the escape, the Blue Fairy decided that he’d proven himself worthy and brought him back to life as a human, giving Geppetto the son he’d always wanted.

What The Vikings Cast Thinks About Fan Theories

On top of watching television shows unfold, there is another thing about the viewing experience that many fans enjoy. That would be creating fan theories about how a series’ plots will unfold. When discussing fan theories, Vikings‘ Alexander Ludwig, who plays Bjorn, weighed in with his thoughts on them. Ludwig said:

Alexander Ludwig shared his fan theory thoughts with ET, before weighing in on some of Vikings‘ best. What he shared is some pretty significant praise! To suggest they could potentially influence shows is another intriguing point. It certainly makes sense. If a fan were to hit on a correct theory, well before a big reveal takes place on-screen, it could be a game-changer.

Whether shows take a correct theory so seriously that they change a plot’s outcome is an exciting thing to contemplate. In the Season 5B premiere of Vikings, fans, including this one, finally got the answer to a long-circulating theory. That theory involved Rollo and Bjorn being biological father and son. In the midseason opener, Rollo confronted Lagertha and his believed-to-be-nephew with his assertion.

Clive Standen revealed that the revelation regarding Bjorn’s paternity had been a long time in the making. He also pointed out that observant Vikings fans were likely to notice the signals. So, could fans be right about other things? There is another fan theory that involves Rollo and the paternity of another of his nephews.

A few months ago, Reddit user LordTryhard suggested that Rollo also fathered Ivar. They point out the purposeful physical resemblance between the characters as furthered by casting, among other reasons, including Rollo’s motivation to back Ivar.

That mystery may have already been resolved with the Bjorn reveal. If the Ivar/Rollo theory turns out to be true, Rollo never showed the amount of affection he did for Lagertha to Aslaug. So, we will all just have to wait and see if this comes to fruition. One secret maybe-son may be all Vikings needs.

Following up on his co-star’s fan theory comments, Alex Høgh Andersen, who plays Ivar the Boneless on the History series, weighed in. He went a step further in his praise for fan theories. Andersen said:

Given the rise of fan fiction and theories being covered by online pubs, fans are not backing down from sharing about their favorite shows. With so many eyes on a TV show, fans are bound to hit on something in the mind’s eye of a series’ creator. Whether Vikings ends up bringing more fan theories to fruition will be fun to find out.

The show has no absolute limits to where it can go, and fans are understandably anxious surrounding the fate of Lagertha. Whether she can survive the second half of Season 5 certainly has this viewer on edge.

See what else Vikings‘ creator Michael Hirst has up his sleeve when the second half of the season continues. New episodes of Vikings Season 5B air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on History. The show is among many returning this fall and during the midseason.

Meek Mill Will Reunite With Former Enemy Drake On His New Album

With just hours to go until Meek Mill delivers his new album Championships, he’s ramped up excitement by sharing the project’s star-studded tracklist.

The most notable guest? None other than Meek’s former nemesis Drake, who features on a cut called “Going Bad.” This marks Meek and Drake’s first collaboration since their ugly 2015 feud, which they squashed back in September with a surprise performance in Boston. Looks like that reconciliation really was legit.

Elsewhere on the Championships roster, Jay-Z and Rick Ross team up with Meek for “What’s Free,” and Cardi B joins the party with “On Me.” Given that Cardi and Meek share a Nicki Minaj connection — he dated her and she’s feuding with her — that’ll definitely be an attention-grabbing collab. Other guests on the album include Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, and Ella Mai, who appears on a track called “24/7” that reportedly interpolates Beyoncé’s “Me, Myself and I.” Check out the full tracklist below.

Before revealing his new tracklist on Thursday (November 29), Meek sat down with Ebro Darden at Beats 1 to detail the inspiration behind Championships.

“I feel like I’m at a championship stage in my life. I call it beating poverty, beating racism, beating the system, beating gun violence and beating the streets,” he explained. “I don’t think an album should sound like one thing. I recorded a lot of my music in New York, so my shit is East Coast-inspired. I feel like the game needs an East Coast sound.”

Championships marks Meek’s first full-length album since his release from prison in April. Earlier this week, he announced a 16-date U.S. tour, dubbed The Motivation Tour, which kicks off in February 2019. Clearly, the Philly MC is ready to celebrate his wins.

Bobby Brown Is Suing Showtime And BBC Over Whitney Houston Documentary

Whitney Houston is remembered as one of the most talented and dynamic performers of all time, and Showtime and the BBC celebrated her life with a documentary called Whitney: Can I Be Me that aired back in 2017. Although the documentary was received well by audiences, Houston’s former husband Bobby Brown wasn’t too happy about it, and he’s now suing both Showtime and the BBC.

According a lawsuit filed by attorneys for Bobby Brown and the estate of Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney: Can I Be Me violated their rights with the use of footage without permission. Bobby Brown and his late daughter with Whitney Houston were both featured in the documentary for more than half an hour via footage from Being Bobby Brown.

Being Bobby Brown was a reality show that aired for one season on Bravo back in 2005, showcasing Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, and their daughter. Variety reports that Brown claims he never agreed for footage from the show of him or his daughter to be featured in the Showtime/BBC documentary.

One might think that releases signed for the production of Being Bobby Brown would entitle outside parties to use the footage without the explicit permission of the subjects, but the lawsuit claims that this is not the case. The lawsuit is looking for $2 million from Showtime, the BBC, and a number of other defendants. Interestingly, Whitney: Can I Be Me co-directors Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal are not listed among the defendants.

The suit states that the company that helped create Being Bobby Brown, called B2, was actually dissolved following the show’s airing on Bravo, meaning that certain of the defendants had no rights to the footage and therefore could not have licensed it to Showtime and BBC for the purposes of the documentary.

The co-directors did reach out to Bobby Brown back in 2016 in the hopes of bringing him in front of a camera for a new interview to be included in Whitney: Can I Be Me. That did not happen, despite Nick Broomfield’s assurances that the interview was “an opportunity for him to tell his story from the heart,” as the goal was to create “a positive piece that explains the life of Whitney in a loving and enlightening way.”

Whitney: Can I Be Me debuted back in April 2017 with a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. While that may have seemed like a natural time to release a documentary that was bound the generate buzz, the lawsuit alleges that the April premiere at Tribeca happened because the defendants wanted to generate positive buzz months before the Showtime debut in August and before Bobby Brown’s attorneys could protest.

We’ll have to wait and see if Bobby Brown’s lawsuit is successful. Whitney: Can I Be Me is far from the only Whitney Houston-based documentary produced in the wake of her death back in 2012, and a documentary released earlier in 2018 alleged that Houston was molested as a child, although the sister of the accused molester doesn’t believe the allegations. Only time will tell what comes next with regard to the legacy of Whitney Houston.

To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right The Grinch Ticket

3D SCORE:
32 /35

Holiday time is drawing so near, and surely enough a new Grinch is here! For Christmas cheer a little to early, there’s no movie better than this one, green and surly. Ok, so we’re not going to rhyme this entire article, but how can you not throw out a verse or two in tribute to Dr. Seuss’ iconic miser of merriment? Though, with a new animated version of this holiday homewrecker in theaters, we have to ask ourselves, should The Grinch steal our 3D money, or would it be better served buying a nice roast beast for a Whoville level feast?

Fear not, as To 3D Or Not To 3D is here to show you the way! We won’t be Grinching on the film’s actual content – you can head over to our official review to see how we felt about the third film interpretation of this legendary story – but for now it’s time to pack up the sleigh, and fly into action, as The Grinch’s 3D will be measured for third dimensional satisfaction!

3D Fit Score

5/5

An animated film with as many sight gags and vistas as The Grinch practically screams for the 3D treatment. Animation seems to be the last stand when it comes to third dimensional enhancements, as it’s almost always used for this sort of film. When done right, the 3D effect can turn an animated film into a whole other beast entirely, as it’s somewhat easier to generate effective thrills when your film is entirely computer generated.

Planning & Effort Score

4/5

Everything The Grinch has to offer is laid out in pretty detailed fashion. The care and time that went into this film’s conversion is easy to see, as there’s a lot of visual treats for your eye to consume in all three dimensions. With only a bit of dimness in the picture’s brightness factor being the main shortcoming, the rest of the film’s 3D polish is pretty spectacular.

Before the Window Score

5/5

We’re truly lucky to have The Grinch and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in our 3D theaters at the moment. Much like the Wizarding World’s latest adventure, The Grinch has some exciting material that springs forth towards the audience. Both The Grinch’s misadventures in planning and actually stealing Christmas make for a lot of objects flying towards the audience, with the various devices dreamed up by Seussian loyalists also lending some visual panache to the overall product. Even the closing credits get in on the action, with the first couple of minutes containing some cute bits that stand out.

Beyond the Window Score

5/5

The material popping out of the screen duringThe Grinch is equally matched by their counterparts on the other side of the window. Characters and their environments are separated and well drawn when in the scope of the picture. Even more impressive is the fact that the backgrounds on display have a fantastic field of depth to them as well, with layers of objects being depicted far into the background.

Brightness Score

4/5

For a film as gorgeously colored as The Grinch, the prospect of 3D is a bit scary. The reason for that is because between putting the typical 3D glasses on, and the condition/upkeep your local theater visits upon their projectors used for 3D showings, your dimness of picture may vary. In the presentation of The Grinch that was viewed, the picture wasn’t terribly dimmed, and still totally visible. However, there was an undeniably grey wash over the image, which slightly dials the pigments on display down a notch.

Glasses Off Score

5/5

While watching a 3D movie, there’s always the temptation to lift up your glasses and see the picture in its natural form. If you were to do that, you’d see a varying degree of blur that is usually indicative of how much the picture has been manipulated to create a 3D image. In the case of The Grinch, there’s a fantastic amount of blur that occupies quite a bit of the screen. Even in close-up shots, you can see a mixture of extreme and subtle blur, allowing for shots such as The Grinch looking down on Whoville to really stand out on both sides of the glasses.

Audience Health Score

4/5

For all of the action and slapstick comedy that The Grinch has to offer, there’s a chance that some of the action will get quite dicey in the 3D shuffle. There are definitely some sequences that do play around with your eyes a little, as some of the action is a little too fast for the third dimensional enhancements to stay solid. But for the most part, the visuals won’t kill your eyes too much.

3D Fit Score 5
Planning & Effort Score 4
Before the Window Score 5
Beyond the Window Score 5
Brightness Score 4
Glasses Off Score 5
Audience Health Score 4

The Grinch is a pretty beautiful film to behold, and the 3D conversion is pretty solid as well. With only a couple fast paced sequences wonking out the visual quality, and the brightness levels being a bit of an issue, it’s 3D done exceedingly well. If you know a theater that’s pretty good with keeping its projectors nice and bright, you should take your family to see this Christmas caper’s 3D version.

How Will You See The Grinch?

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Channing Tatum Would Totally Put A Thong Back On For Magic Mike Live

It’s been over three years since we saw Channing Tatum’s abs get splashed all over posters and trailers for Magic Mike XXL. The actor has since taken a slew of different roles that have not required shirtless scenes, including voice work in Smallfoot and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. However, he recently revealed he’d be totally down to slap on a thong to surprise fan at a Magic Mike Live show under one condition, noting:

It’s hard to imagine Channing Tatum not being in rock solid shape (while I suppose it’s easy to imagine him in a thong thanks to his previous Magic Mike work); regardless, per his comments to ET we’ll only see him try out some Magic Mike Live work if he gets into quote-unquote “shape.”

Channing Tatum has been open fairly recently about gaining weight for Logan Lucky, the Steven Soderbergh movie he starred in in 2017. He’s previously mentioned weight gain and getting soft related to the movie, noting that no one wants to see his character, Jimmy Logan, with his shirt off. Literally that’s what he said about his weight gain as part of the role:

In the time since, Channing Tatum has said he’s “started eating better” as he prepares for roles like the oft-mentioned Gambit release. For now, though, he’s set to play Superman in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which in all honesty is probably the most ideal superhero role, as it means he gets to be Superman without dealing with all of the weight and working out crap.

So, perhaps getting in thong shape for Magic Mike Live will be left for another day. As it stands, the live show based on the movie franchise is very popular. In fact, it recently opened a second run in London and is set to play 5 nights a week at the London’s Hippodrome Casino. And it’s safe to say that Channing Tatum enjoys revisiting Magic Mike moments on occasion.

The movie franchise was originally even inspired by Channing Tatum’s own work as a stripper in Florida when he was only 18. He’s come a long way since then, and apparently, so has his waistline.

Friday Night Lights’ Taylor Kitsch To Play A Drug Dealer For New HBO Series

One of the breakout stars of NBC’s Friday Night Lights could illuminate television again with a potential new series. Taylor Kitsch is attached to a show that would mark his return to HBO via a new drama. So long Tim Riggins. Kitsch’s character in the potential series is a drug dealer.

That’s right. The Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch is attached to both star in and executive produce the series, per Variety. The show is currently in development and has not received a series order at this point. So, time will tell if it comes to fruition. If it does, here are the plot details you will want to know.

While the show does not have a title yet, Taylor Kitsch’s character has a name — Chris Klug. According to the plot description, Chris has a lot going on. He is a young guy, who is focused on his family. He is also a drug dealer. That all sounds like drama enough when a significant twist ensues.

Chris ends up taking a bad batch of drugs, and it leaves him in a temporary vegetative state. The story will accordingly unfold through flashbacks and Chris’ “purgatory” in the present. Chris soon discovers that him taking the batch was not an accident. Rather, someone he is close to tried to kill him with it. Cue dramatic music.

So, there is going to be a mystery at play. What we do not know is why the would-be killer is not going to try something at the hospital. Perhaps that will be the groundwork for further drama. This role sounds like it has a lot of layers to it.

It will not be Taylor Kitsch’s first time playing a character with a drug-related history. He starred in the 2012 film Savages in the role of a marijuana grower. Kitsch also has a history with HBO. He previously starred in the second season of HBO’s True Detective, as well as the HBO film, The Normal Heart.

This new project for the cabler sounds promising. Taylor Kitsch has that star quality to make this work. A role like Chris Klug’s will require charisma. It is something Kitsch always brought to playing Tim Riggins. Even when Tim did unfortunate things, you wanted to forgive him for them. A character such as Chris Klug will require that trait.

If this show gets off the ground, it will have a lot going for it. The plot description puts off Ozark vibes. The series is created by John Barcheski, who worked on the Kurt Sutter series Sons of Anarchy and The Bastard Executioner. Robert Munic would serve as the series’ showrunner.

If the show gets picked up, it will mark the latest television role for Taylor Kitsch. He recently starred in Paramount Television’s limited series, Waco. After appearing in many movies through the years, he is still keeping the television fires burning.

Stay tuned to find out what becomes of the Taylor Kitsch-led series. Hopefully HBO gives it the green light. In the meantime, many shows are premiering and returning this fall and throughout the midseason. You can relive the glory of Friday Night Lights on Hulu.

Taron Egerton Didn’t Want Elton John On The Set Of Rocketman, Especially During The Sex Scenes

When it comes to biopics, its common for the actors in big movies to not meet the real-life figure they’re portraying. For instance, Rami Malek couldn’t call the late Freddie Mercury of Queen for some pointers on how to best capture his larger-than-life spirit in Bohemian Rhapsody. While Taron Egerton had this luxury in his upcoming role as Elton John in Rocketman, the thought of having him there on set would have been a little awkward. And for a good reason. Here’s what Egerton said,

I’d imagine anyone, even Sir Elton John, would be uncomfortable at the sight of actors playing out intimate moments in your life. Rocketman is a fantasy musical starring Taron Egerton as Elton John, and it tackles his young life in an adult way. The movie isn’t shying away from subjects like John’s time in rehab, and will also include same-sex sex scenes.

Although Elton John wasn’t regularly found on set of Rocketman, he is a producer and gave Egerton feedback on his vocal recordings for the film. In his interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Egerton did admit it was intimidating to impersonate the pop icon knowing he would hear it. But thankfully, the response from John has been positive. Egerton and the icon have already shared the screen in 2017’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle, when the musician did a cameo and it later led to nabbing the role.

Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman isn’t a music biopic about Elton John. It’s a musical that has more than just Taron Egerton singing his famous songs. The film will be primarily be about the singer’s time in rehab, perhaps with some dream-like musical sequences about his past filling John’s head as he sits in a rehabilitation facility.

In some ways, the concept seems to take a note from a recent movie musical hit, The Greatest Showman, since it was loosely based on the life of P.T. Barnum. But Rocketman will also deal with adult themes by tackling John’s sex life and problem with substances. Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden is playing Johns’ former manager and lover John Reid. Among the leading cast is also Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton John’s mother, and Jamie Bell as the icon’s longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin.

Fans of Elton John will certainly be most excited to see some of his greatest hits such as “Your Song” and “Tiny Dancer” be performed onscreen and given new meaning through the fantastical imaginings being cooked up in Rocketman, coming to theaters on May 31, 2019.