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WonderCon Highlights: Thor, Immortals, Cowboys & Aliens, Three Musketeers, Priest, Star Trek Sequel

by Sophia Savage
April 4, 2011 7:30 AM
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Check out some of the reveals and soundbites from San Francisco's WonderCon on upcoming films Immortals, Cowyboys & Aliens, Star Trek Sequel, Green Lantern, The Three Musketeers, Thor and Priest:

- Tarsem Singh, who has The Brothers Grimm: Snow White in the works with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, screened the first teaser trailer for Immortals-- although /Film says "it may as well have been a full length trailer as it showed everything." Apparently Singh approached the film as "a mix between a Caravaggio painting and Fight Club, but it seems he's achieved 300 but with mythical Gods… If that sounds like a film you want to see, you’re probably going to dig the trailer. If that sounds like a horrible idea, you might want to avoid the trailer whenever it hits." They've got more observations from the cast Q & A (Luke Evans, Henry Cavill and Isabel Lucas) here. Synopsis and images are below.

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- After director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Roberto Orci hosted a panel on Cowboys & Aliens, Orci spoke with ScreenRant about the upcoming Star Trek sequel and how it will pick up on where 2009's reboot left off: “I think we get to be a little bit more daring with the theme. The first one had to be an origin story – or we felt it had to be an origin story – it was kind of Star Trek Zero – how did it all start? So to do that organically, you had to get each character in his or her place. Now, they’re all together from the beginning, and so now they’re all going to face, I think, a theme that is different and potentially more challenging than just: they met and they’re kind of facing this force of nature in Nero. So the theme of their family is going to be something great to explore that you don’t get in the first movie.”

- WonderCon attendees saw nine minutes of footage, writes ScreenRant, and a peak at the aliens themselves (which the trailers haven't revealed): the film "looks to seamlessly combine and honor two genres as well as let the fun and humor (which there is plenty of) speak for itself -- really imagining what it would be like if an alien invasion had occurred in the old west."

- HitFix observed: "Harrison Ford really does seem to have tapped into that part of himself that has been missing from so many of his recent roles, and it's exciting to see that dry sense of humor in a tense situation, particularly when it's opposite Daniel Craig's stoic nature.  They look like a great team in the movie, and the entire supporting cast looks like they're having a blast." And Favreau shared a message from Olivia Wilde, who confirms to fans that she sleeps naked. (That's how actresses promote themselves these days.) Cowboys & Aliens hits theaters July 29.

- New Green Lantern footage also screened: check it out below. According to Heat Visions's interview with producer Donald De Line, there's still lots of fine-tuning to do on the Martin Campbell film (June 17).

- Paul Bettany's Priest, from director Scott Stewart, releases May 13. The graphic novel adaptation also stars Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins. Collider writes: "Screen Gems premiered a few scenes and I thought it looked like a pretty cool vampire movie. In addition, while the film has been post-converted, the 3D looked very well done and it just shows when you spend the time, post conversion works." Here's their video interview with Bettany.

- CinemaBlend interviews The Three Musketeers's (October 14) young star Logan Lerman, and Collider details the film's presentation and panel, which included a behind-the-scenes featurette. Here's a taste of what they experienced:

"Things got off to an appropriate start when the moderator opened with 'This is not your mother’s Three Musketeers.' This fact, given in many other iterations, was mentioned countless times throughout the presentation: 'This is the new school Three Musketeers movie.' 'There are no men in tights in this movie.' Okay, okay we get it. Classic literature = weak, 3D action movie with sparks and swordfights = cool.

…At the end of the day, the audience for Anderson’s The Three Musketeers will not be the faithful literary crowd. While it’s disheartening to see a studio spend money on this sort of an adaptation of Dumas’ novel rather than a dramatic adventure period picture, I’m sure there’s plenty of people ready and willing to see a surface-level version of the classic lacking in story and character but filled to the brim with explosions and flame-throwing cannons.

- Immortals synopsis:

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The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission.
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As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

- Also below is one of the new Thor TV spots that were revealed.

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