This Week in Nerd News

I’m so sorry I missed the last two weeks of Nerdy News updates.  Life can be a wondrous bitch sometimes.  But I’m back and ready to get you up to date on all the goings on in the Geek world.

A long-awaited MCU trailer, big casting news, and some unfortunate exits make up the big headlines this week.

MCU News:

The Doctor Strange promotional machine is in full motion as the film’s Hollywood premiere was Friday.  Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live (with a not funny skit) and several TV Spots have premiered:

Letitia Wright (Ready Player One, Doctor Who) has been added to the cast of Black Panther in an unknown role.  The film has also been given the working title of Motherland.

DCEU News:

James Wan earlier this week told Entertainment Tonight the Aquaman solo film will be a “classic sort of swashbuckling action adventure, sort of high seas adventure story.  It’s ultimately a quest story in the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Romancing the Stone.”  I’m in!  That sounds awesome!

Zack Snyder once again uses twitter to reveal new images from Justice League, this time he revealed a new image of Wonder Woman for the 75th Anniversary Celebration yesterday:

DC TV News:

After Monday’s Supergirl saw Clark Kent join his cousin and the exit of Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant, the show’s producer Andrew Kreisberg addressed the future of both characters on

Producer Marc Guggenheim talks about that death from Thursday’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow and how it affects the series going forward.

Star Wars News:

While he wasn’t cast to be the be the Miles Morales Spider-Man like the fans begged, Donald Glover (Atlanta, Community) was cast as the young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo spin-off film.  The internet took the news really well.

That loud scream you heard on Thursday was me rejoicing over the news of my master and Nerd God, Joss Whedon (If I have to list what he has done, then what are you doing on this site?) publicly expressing interest in making a Star Wars spin-off film.  Also he gave some details as to his new project!

X-Men News:

Much to the displeasure of Deadpool fans, it was announced yesterday Tim Miller has exited as the director for the sequel to the 2016 mega hit, anti-superhero film due to creative differences with star/producer Ryan Reynolds (rumor has it the two clashed over who should play Cable).  What does that mean exactly?  No one is saying for sure, but reports are quick to say Miller and Reynolds parted on amicable terms.

While the exact date has not been given, according to the newest promo, FX’s Legion will premiere in February:

TV News:

American Crime Story season two will revolve around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but series creator Ryan Murphy has announced season three will center around the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace as portrayed in the novel Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth.

Image Courtesy of Getty Images

Image Courtesy of Getty Images

Lifetime’s modern-day take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, titled A Midsummer’s Nightmare has added Eric Balfour (Haven) and Jake Robinson (Carrie Diaries) to the cast.  The TV movie is billed as a psychological thriller where four lovers staying at the Dreamland Retreat become stranded in the woods and their fantasies and dark secrets are used against them.

Season three has barely hit Netflix, but news of Black Mirror fourth season has already come to light.  Jodie Foster (The Beaver, Contact) will direct an episode of the anthology which will star Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men, United States of Tara).

Two of CBS’s summer series, BrainDead and American Gothic, have been cancelled.

New Movie Trailers:


And This.

Resident Evil: The Last Chapter just keeps the trailers coming:

I completely dropped the ball on this one, but Assassins Creed released a second trailer with more action and story this time:

Arrival gets a final trailer that reveals nothing new, but I don’t care.  The film looks amazing:

The hit or miss director, Gore Verbinski’s (The Ring, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lone Ranger) new film received its first trailer this week and it looks…interesting:

I don’t know what this is, but it seems awful:

Movie News:

Mary Poppins Returns may add Bridget Jones’s Baby star Collin Firth to its super star cast.  The actor is currently in negotiations with Disney to play William Weatherall Wilkins, the president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank (where George Banks worked in the original film).

Anna Camp has confirmed she will return for Pitch Perfect 3 as Aubrey Posen.

Image Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Image Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Chris Pine (Star Trek, Hell or High Water) joins Ava DuVernay’s (Selma) adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle novel A Wrinkle In Time as Mr. Murray, a scientist and father to Meg (Storm Ried).  Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror, Jupiter Ascending) was also cast as Dr. Murray, Meg’s mother.

The animated, prehistoric-comedy-adventure Early Man has added Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Midnight in Paris) to the cast.  He will voice the foil to Eddie Redmayne’s (Fantastic Beasts, The Theory of Everything) hero, Dug.  Lord Nooth is a governor of the Bronze Age town who is described as a pompous, money-obsessed tyrant.

Warner Bros is attempting to capitalize on the death of Gene Wilder by announcing they have acquired the rights to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and will make a prequel that will focus solely on the adventures of the young chocolatier.  The film will be helmed by Fantastic Beasts producer David Heyman.

Josh Gad (Frozen) joins the mega cast of Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express as Hector McQueen, the skittish, drunken assistant to the eventual victim played by Johnny Depp (Alice and Wonderland).


In addition to being cast as rock and roll innovator Sam Phillips, Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) has taken the helm as executive producer to the live action adaptation of Captain Planet.


Last night it was announced Benedict Cumberbatch would be hosting SNL in two weeks and the Cumberbitches may have lost their mind a little bit:

Also this bit from SNL was…well I’ll let you decide:

Are you bummed Tim Miller is not returning for Deadpool 2?  Did you freak when it was announced Benny Batch was announced to host SNL for the first time?  Do you hope Collin Firth will join the Mary Poppins sequel?  Talk to you in the comments section below.

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2 comments on “This Week in Nerd News

  1. Totally bummed about the Tim Miller thing. Reynolds better still keep it real with Deadpool 2 though. Why was anyone unhappy with Benedict Cumberbatch hosting SNL? I think that’s cool. I don’t care about Star Wars. I’m a super hero only nerd. Aquaman sounds cool. Gotta wait and see if it actually is though. Considering all the other DC movies have been a total borefest. And finally.. Can’t wait for Doctor Strange! I hope it’s awesome. And I really, REALLY can’t wait for Black Panther. Been a BP fan since I was a little kid. LOOOVE that character. I seriously can not wait another second for that movie to come out..

    • I’m very bummed about Miller leaving as well since he had a large part in keeping Deadpool true to the comic. Sorry if that tweet was misleading, it was supposed to show several of the comments made. Fans of Cumberbatch are overly excited about his hosting, to the point of hysteria. I was pretty funny to watch twitter after the announcement. I’m just so excited about everything MCU has on its schedule and since Geoff Johns has fully taken over the DCEU, I’m hopeful of the upcoming films.

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