DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Movie to Star Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and More

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Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are officially set to star in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday.

Also cast in the movie based on the DC Entertainment villains-forced-to-be-heroes are Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne. Much of the castings have been previously reported, but the studio also confirmed which characters the actors will play.

Smith will play Deadshot, best known as a Batman villain, while Hardy plays the group’s leader, Rick Flagg.

Leto will take on the Joker, while Robbie will play Harley Quinn, his on-and-off girlfriend. Courtney will be Boomerang, while Delevingne, the model-turned-actress who is also in Warners’ Pan tentpole, will play Enchantress, a sorceress.

Is anyone else shocked that Will Smith’s superhero debut (Hancock notwithstanding) is not just as Deadshot, but in an ensemble role?

Tom Hardy pulling a Chris Evans and being TWO characters within the same universe?

Jared Leto playing…Well, OK the Jared Leto as Joker part makes perfect sense.

Anyway, this movie could be really good. You know, as long as Jaden Smith stays plenty far away from it.

The Next James Bond Movie and Casting Will be Announced Thursday

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It’s not exactly a speedboat on the Thames, but Thursday’s Bond 24 event is sure to kick up a raft of global excitement. That’s when the moniker for the latest 007 yarn will be unveiled at Pinewood Studios. The event will be streamed at 007.com, and we’ll carry the live video here at Deadline that morning. Also to be divulged is the full cast of actors who will alternately cozy up to or try to kill Daniel Craig’s superspy. Expected to return are Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny. I’ve also heard that Monica Bellucci may be in the mix.

Of course, Sam Mendes will be directing again, which shouldn’t surprise anyone after the monumental success of Skyfall. That said, it’s hard to guess what’s in store for the franchise going forward.

Let’s just hope it’s not another remake.

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House of Cards to Return For Third Season in February

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House of Cards, Netflix’s first breakout success, is coming back for a third season. Netflix today announced the premiere date: February 27th, 2015.

The 13-episode second season of House of Cards debuted this past Valentine’s Day, February 14th, and was reportedly finished by over half a million people in the first weekend — and by at least one person (me) in the first 12 hours.

The Season 3 release date announcement was made by the House of Cards official Twitter account, which teased a perfectly chilling video of the “First Couple” entering Air Force One.

Now we just have to come up with something to fill the time until February 27th. I’ll mostly be wondering how they’ll manage to match the near-perfect first episode of Season 2, which featured my personal favorite twist of the entire series thus far.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Why Does Everyone Love J.J. Abrams?

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From Star Trek and Star Wars to Lost and Fringe, this celebrated film and television writer/producer/director is on a bit of a roll.

This week on Now Conspiring, Maria and I breakdown the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We also discuss Abrams’ best projects and why he’s managed to cement himself as one of the most important directors of our time, and whether or not his success will continue.

Plus, we do a roundup of some incredible Oscar contenders that will be releasing soon, including Angelina Jolie’s second directorial gig: the WWII epic, Unbroken, and why should love it as much as we do.

Hope you enjoy the show, and be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes for instant access to available episodes. Enjoy!

First Trailer For ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Has The Droid We’re Looking For.

Just. Wow.

Lots of fun, inventive ideas here. I’m especially glad they strayed from dwelling on the old characters, aside from the Falcon, in favor of the next generation (and future of the franchise).

Still wish we knew who that Sith was (my money’s on Adam Driver). He’s probably an Inquisitor (see Star Wars: Rebels), and my theory for that cross-lightsaber is that it’s so powerful, it exhausts extra power. Or it just looks cool.

First Trailer For ‘Pan,’ The Peter Pan Origin Movie, Gets a lot of Things Wrong (and Right)

Things Pan gets right:

  • The score
  • Joe Wright as director
  • Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard
  • Garrett Hedlund as Hook
  • SyFy’s Neverland being the thrust of inspiration here

Things Pan gets terrible:

  • Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily (seriously, you’re not even trying, Warner Bros.)
  • Blackbeard’s beard goatee
  • How close this feels to Cloud Atlas
  • Hook being “James Hook” before he even loses his hand
  • The apparent omission of Peter Pan as a ruthless jerk and instead being an innocent, doe-eyed orphan

Also, is this Hollywood’s live-action canon for Peter Pan? (Pan, Peter Pan (2003), Hook)

First Official Trailer For Jurassic World (Compared With The First Ever Trailer of Jurassic Park)

Still processing this. There’s something haunting about watching this trailer and seeing this park be open — 20 years after seeing the movie as a kid.

Back then, we could only dream about what the full realization of a Dinosaur amusement park would actually look like. Now they’ve gone and made it.

For full nostalgia, check out the very first trailer for the very first Jurassic Park movie to compare: