BUZZ News Shorts: The X-Files, Kingsman 2, LEGO Star Wars & More

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••• The premier episode of new series of The X-Files gave Channel 5 its biggest ever audience for a drama. The consolidated audience – those who watched it live, plus those who watched it over the following week on catch up – was 5.1 million which makes it Channel 5’s highest-rating drama since its launch in 1997. [via BBC News]

••• According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & Part 2, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Hannibal)  is in talks to appear as the main villain in The Kingsman 2. Matthew Vaughn will once again direct.

••• Disney XD and Lucasfilm has released the first trailer for new animated series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures.


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••• Syfy has announced the main cast for its new spin on Dracula, Van Helsing. The 13-part hourlong drama follows Vanessa Helsing, a descendent of the Van Helsing lineage of warriors, who now must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires in a post-“Rising” landscape. Kelly Overton (werewolf Rikki Naylor in True Blood) has been cast as Vanessa Helsing; Jonathan Scarfe (Hell On Wheels) plays Axel, a career Marine with unwavering devotion and loyalty to both duty and his wards, despite years of isolation and endless vampire attacks. Christopher Heyerdahl (Sanctuary, The Twilight Saga, Hell On Wheels) plays Sam, a survivor of the vampire Rising, who relies on his strength and observational skills to stay alive. David Cubitt (Medium, Ray Donovan) plays John, another survivor of the vampire Rising, whose actions are fueled by anger, prejudice, suspicion and fear. Paul Johansson (Mad Men) plays Dimitri, a vampire turned before the Rising, he is now the patient and calculating leader of the vampires. Tim Guinee (Homeland) plays Ted, a vampire foot soldier who does battle with Vanessa and conceals a tragic past. [via Deadline]

••• The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson will star in a sci-fi half-hour comedy pilot called Future Man for Hulu. It’s the story of Josh Futterman (Hutcherson) a janitor by day and a serious gamer by night who is chosen by mysterious visitors from the future as the key to defeating an imminent super-race invasion. Sounds like The Last Starfighter with a time travel twist to us. [via Deadline]

••• From one Josh to another, with the news that Josh Bowman (Revenge) has landed to role of Jack The Ripper opposite Freddie Stroma as HG Wells in Kevin (Scream, The Vampire Diaries) Williamson’s new ABC TV pilot for Time After Time. [via Deadline]

••• The Tracking Board reports that Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) is a front runner to direct Warner Bros’ long-in-gestation live-action Pinocchio with Robert Downey Jr set to play the puppet’s creator, Geppetto.



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