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Jackman back for ‘X Men’ film; ‘Forever War’ moving forward?; ‘Merlin’ to end; ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ info

Hugh Jackman has agreed to reprise his role of Wolverine in X Men: Days of Future Past. This is the third actor from director Bryan Singer’s first two X Men films to sign on after both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen agreed to come back as well. Days of Future Past remains one of the most popular stories from comic books, released as a two-part stand-alone story in 1981. It deals with a dystopian alternative future (so popular now, but revolutionary then) in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. An older Kitty Pryde transfers her mind into the younger, present-day Kitty Pryde, who brings the X-Men to prevent a fatal moment in history which triggers anti-mutant hysteria. This plot line can allow the return of actors from X Men (2000) and X2: X Men United (2003), and I wonder how many other actors Singer can persuade into coming back –Famke Jannsen? In many ways a few actors owe Singer for their latter careers, such as Jackman. So when Singer called, I can guess he agreed because Singer was returning. Of course, Jackman played Wolverine in two misbegotten features, X Men 3: The Last Stand and X Men Origins: Wolverine. He’ll return to the role again in the upcoming 2013 release The Wolverine. He also had a cameo in X Men: First Class.

For over 25 years, director Ridley Scott has wanted to adapt Joe Haldeman’s uber-classic The Forever War. But time and tide and other movies prevented him from doing it. Still, like any well know director, they always have a large portfolio of projects and unfortunately many of those said projects languish due to many reasons, mostly script and budget issues. So while those issues take time to be worked out, they do other films; and Scott is notoriously famous for being picky and trying not to repeat himself. But after the British born director finished Prometheus, apparently the spark to return to the genre that put him on the map became too strong. While he’ll probably helm a sequel to Prometheus, he is also at work on the long-planned sequel to Blade Runner. Now Dante Harper, who penned the upcoming Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller All You Need Is Kill, is the latest writer to take a stab at Haldeman’s novel. No matter what, there still a number of years before The Forever War go into production –and that’s if Harper’s script is the one they work with. Still, today it’s a bit closer, so I guess that’s all we can count on.

The BBC has announced that Merlin, the Smallville-esque series loosely based on the legendary tale of King Arthur and his distinguished wizard who has been destined to be by his side, will end after five seasons. The show airs here on the pathetic Syfy Channel were the last season begins airing in January. But the franchise may not be over completely as executive producers and co-creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy mention there is a potential spin-off show as well as launching a trilogy of big screen.

Legendary British author Sir Terry Pratchett, who has been very public about his rare form of Alzheimer’s disease, has announced that once he can no longer write his plans are to hand his Discworld series over to his daughter, video game writer Rhianna Pratchett. His daughter will be a co-writer on the upcoming BBC Discworld book The Watch, and will write the Discworld books when Pratchett eventually retires. “The Discworld is safe in my daughter’s hands,” Pratchett said.

Brett Dalton, who has made appearances on Army Wives and Blue Bloods and has a starring role in National Geographic’s upcoming Killing Lincoln, has been cast in one of the main roles on Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. show for ABC. Dalton will reportedly play Agent Grant, described as “one of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s highly-skilled rising stars [who is] deadly, precise, and cool under fire – but not so great with the people skills.”

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