Weekly Nerd News: August 26


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:

In a return to old-school filmmaking, the newest installments in the Star Wars franchise will be shot on film, not digitally. This is most likely because director JJ Abrams shoots exclusively on film and doesn’t want to change any time soon. Episodes II and III were shot digitally, so perhaps he is also trying to bring a classic feel to the new movies.

The Justice League of America will soon be undergoing major changes – most notably, a name change! In the spring, the series will become the Justice League of Canada, amid the fallout from Trinity War and Forever Evil, with the team moving to Canada. Though all the characters involved have not been revealed yet, the comic’s writer confirmed a new hero will be created and that Adam Strange, who is Canadian in The New 52, will be reintroduced.

Rumors have popped up claiming at least five new JD Salinger books are on the way. A new film and book will be released this week chronicling his life and say his estate has been instructed to publish those books – some new and some expansions of previous stories – beginning in 2015.

Bradley Cooper is in discussion to join Guardians of the Galaxy as the voice of Rocket Raccoon. There is no deal in place, but talks are ongoing for him to fill the machine-gun-toting, genetically-engineered animal’s shoes. According to teasers revealed at D23 a few weeks ago, Rocket Raccoon will look more life-like and realistic than he does in the comic. Guardians of the Galaxy comes out August 1, 2014.

Bryan Cranston has reportedly been approached to play Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel, which will feature Batman and Superman battling it out. He has allegedly been offered a six-picture deal, in which he would show up in multiple Justice League-related movies. The announcement of his casting is rumored to be made in September, following the Breaking Bad series finale.

In a last bit of casting news, Elizabeth Olsen has been offered the role of Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. If the deal is closed, she would be playing opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver. Though his deal hasn’t been finalized either, he has been open about joining the Marvel family during promo for his latest film, Kick-Ass 2. The Avengers‘ sequel is anticipated to be released May 1, 2015.

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