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Casting Round-Up: ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Gotham’, ‘Apocalypse’, ‘Strange’

We have a handful of small news bits making the rounds today.  Nothing that’s a showstopper (although one potentially is), but plenty to notify you about regardless.  All are collected below, so enjoy and feel free to offer your two cents on any and all in the comments section…

Wonder Woman

Nicole Kidman has reportedly been offered an important role in the upcoming Patty Jenkins film.  With Eva Green presumably still being eyed to play the primary villain (and Sean Bean the secondary), many are assuming that Kidman is up for the role of Hippolyta, Diana’s mother.  Both Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet have previously been linked to the role and passed on it, so there’s no guarantee that Kidman will say yes.  The project is gearing up to shoot soon, however, so we should be getting some casting announcements for it soon.

Gotham

Irish character actor Tommy Flanagan (Braveheart, “Son of Anarchy“) has been cast as the villain Knife in the Batman-less show.  Knife appears to be an original character and not based on any foe from the source material, although it’s always hard to tell with this series.  He will apparently be appearing in the 10th episode this season.

X-Men: Apocalypse

The Bryan Singer film is currently in the middle of some small reshoots, which are par for the course these days on a film of this size.  What has caught the eyes of some is the fact that Hugh Jackman has been called in for some additional filming.  The Wolverine actor is expected to only have a cameo in the film, so some are wondering if his role has in fact been beefed up.  While nothing is 100% certain at this time, our own sources are pegging Jackman’s new stuff as likely being some sort of end credits tease for the third Wolverine film.

Doctor Strange

Michael Stuhlbarg (Men In Black 3, “Boardwalk Empire“) has reportedly been cast as Doctor Nicodemus West for the soon-to-shoot Scott Derrickson film.  West is the surgeon who did his best to fix Strange’s hands after his accident and follows Stephen to Kamar-taj.  Stuhlbarg joins the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Tilda Swinton in the film, which begins shooting next month in London.

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