BUZZ News Shorts: The Exorcist, Batman V Superman, Big Hero 6 & More

exorcist••• Ben Daniels (House Of Cards) and Alfonso Herrera (Sense8) have been cast as series regulars Fox’s The Exorcist TV pilot.  Daniels will play as Father Marcus, whom Fox calls “the intense holy warrior carrying out an occupation that the church no longer acknowledges in public.” Herrera’s character, Father Tomas, is “the warm, selfless and compassionate leader of a small but hearty little church.” Daniels and Herrera join the previoously cast Brianne Howey and Hannah Kasulka. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is attached to direct the pilot. [via TVLine]

••• Morgan Freeman, who played Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, can’t quite see the point in another version of Batman so soon in Batman V Superman: “You know, I’m happy for Ben [Affleck], but I don’t know how that’s gonna work,” he tells E! Online. “Because the Dark Knight was almost ‘it’. Pretty much ‘it’. Did you see Batman Begins? I don’t think you can beat that.” Christian Bale tries to be more magnanimous before lapsing: “Everyone brings their own element to that – Ben [Affleck] will do that as well,” says the one-time Batman after hearing of his co-star’s response. “I think the trailers are looking great and I’m looking forward to that. But right on for Morgan [Freeman] for saying no one will ever beat that, I very much like him.”

Katie_Aselton••• Katie Aselton (The League) has joined the cast of Legion, FX’s X-Men TV pilot with Fargo’s as showrunner about a mutant, David, with multiple personality disorder. Aselton will play Amy, a fellow inmate at David’s mental health institute who proves to be an inspiring presence. [via]

empress2016001_cvr••• Having starred in Wanted, Angelina Jolie could be headlining another movie spin-off from a Mark Millar-written comic. According to, she is one of the frontrunners for the role of the wife of an intergalactic dictator who goes on the run with her kids in the space opera Empress (right). The comic is due to launch in April from Marvel’s Epic imprint.

••• Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Neverwhere, Survivors) and Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted) have been cast in Time, NBC’s new time travel series from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, which is being touted as “Back to the Future meets Mission: Impossible.” (Odd, we were thinking “12 Monkeys meets Legends Of Tomorrow meets Continuum meets a trend that’s surely nearing its end…?) Starring Matt Lanter and Abigail Spencer, the series follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results. Joseph will play entrepreneurial legend and dedicated eccentric Mason Lark, who runs Lark Industries who has built a time machine in secret. Barrett plays Rufus, a brilliant engineer.

••• Jack Davenport (This Life, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Ultraviolet, Kingsman) is set to star in Syfy’s Prototype, created by Tony Basgallop (24: Live Another Day). Davenport will play aging playboy and former Silicon Valley wunderkind, Edward “Eddy” Conway, who has retreated from the tech world to return to UCLA as a physics professor. Eddy’s lack of self-control, be it with coeds or sports cars, has made him familiar with some unsavoury characters, but his latest project might prove to be his most dangerous endeavour to date. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct the pilot. [via Deadline]

BIG HERO 6 - "Big Hero 6," an animated television series for kids, tweens and families based on Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award-winning feature film inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, has begun production for a 2017 premiere on Disney XD platforms around the world. (Disney XD)

•••  Although no official sequel to the brilliant Big Hero 6 is forthcoming, Disney is hoping to placate us with a new Big Hero 6 animated series destined for Disney XD in 2017. In production now, the series will pick up where the film left off as Hiro is enrolled at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology where he will go up against daunting academic challenges and the social trials of being the little man on campus. Off campus, the stakes are raised for the high-tech heroes as they must protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Fred, Go Go, and Baymax will all be making their way to the animated series as well. [via Coming Soon]

••• AMC has given the green light to a  new anthology series called The Terror, based on the bestselling novel by Dan Simmons, with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free one of the production companies behind it. Head writer will be David Kajganich (True Story, A Bigger Splash), who will be co-showrunner alongside Soo Hugh (The Whispers, The Killing). The series is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crew in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. AMC has ordered 10 one-hour episodes with an expected premiere date in 2017.











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