Today’s casting news offers plenty of franchise crossover appeal — and actors with some serious genre bona fides.
The first two pieces of news come from reports by TheWrap, with each being an exciting jump to comic adaptations. First, we’ve got Johannes Haukur Johannesson, who played the murderous Lem in Game of Thrones. The Icelandic actor is joining Sony’s superheroic Bloodshot alongside Vin Diesel (and an already stacked cast) as one of the film’s villains.
When a comic-turned-movie already features a super soldier’s band of outcasts, you know the villain has to be bad news. The film begins production in July under the direction of Dave Wilson, Deadpool director Tim Miller’s studio partner.
Next up, HBO has nabbed two up-and-comers for the pilot of Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Watchmen: Sara Vickers and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. We don’t know much at all about the Watchmen TV series (no role information for any of the cast has been released), though it will be separate from Zack Snyder’s film adaptation of Alan Moore’s groundbreaking graphic novel series — even a remix of the series, if Lindelof’s early ideas are to be believed.
Abdul-Mateen II, set star as the villainous Black Manta in the upcoming DCEU film Aquaman, is quickly adding to his superhero resume, while Vickers is more known for her turns in realistic British fare. Whether the pair will be fighting each other (or at all) will remain to be seen once the pilot becomes more than a script.
Finally, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony and F. Gary Gray's Men in Black spinoff has added a few eclectic actors. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's business bigwig Rafe Spall and the French street dancing duo Les Twins (Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois) are joining Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, though their characters are being kept secret. The trade also reports that Silicon Valley actor Kumail Nanjiani (who also lent his voice to the LEGO Ninjago Movie) has boarded the cast.
The film is slated to open on June 14, 2019.