MARVEL Movie Roundup: Frank Grillo Talks Crossbones, Elizabeth Olsen Is Excited For AVENGERS And More
These next few months are really the quite before the Marvel movie storm. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in post production, James Gunn has began cutting Guardians of the Galaxy together, Joss Whedon is preparing to shoot Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Edgar Wright is finally ramping up production on the long awaited Ant-Man. Everyone is hard at work getting everything in order. After that we’ll start hearing some news about those films and hopefully hear some casting news before the end of 2013. There have been a few bits and pieces of Marvel news the past few days, so it’s time for another edition of Marvel Roundup. We’ve got Frank Grillo talking about his Marvel future, Elizabeth Olsen talking about Scarlet Witch, and a quick bit about a wrench being thrown into Wright‘s Ant-Man plans.
Frank Grillo recently spoke to Crave Online about his role in the upcoming Jason Statham movie Homefront, his upcoming DirecTV series Navy St., and of course Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Grillo remained tight-lipped about his role as Brock Rumlow since he was afraid of those notorious Marvel snipers, but he did talk about coming aboard the project:
For any actor, it’s huge and you really get an understanding of that when you see guys like [Robert] Redford show up to do a role. What’s happening now is I think since all the Marvel movies had such a wide range of viewers globally that you’d be crazy not to want to be involved on some level with the Marvel people. They do it like nobody else. For me it’s a great opportunity because it’s an international film. It just raises your exposure that much more.
We all know that Brock Rumlow becomes Crossbones in the comics, but Grillo hasn’t really gave us any indication if we’ll see that transformation in the film. He does say that Marvel does have future plans for his character though. He describes The Winter Soldier as more of an origin story for not only him, but several other characters who we’ll probably see a lot more of down the road:
It’s an origin film. You meet people who are going to be around for a while, so they introduce the characters. It’s almost like it’s a series. It’s fun. I can’t say very much about it because Marvel’s very strict about what you’re allowed to say. The movie, we’ve seen bits of it, and it is spectacular.
As we saw in the trailer, Grillo will be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent before becoming a baddie, but when asked if he could appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sometime before the movie, he shoots that down saying that’s not really something he would be interested in doing.
Elizabeth Olsen has also been out and about fielding Marvel questions. The actress was confirmed by Marvel, about 5 months after being confirmed by everyone else, as Joss Whedon’s Scarlet Witch. The actress was asked by Moviefone how far along she is with the film right now:
I hung out with Mr. Whedon recently. I’m really excited about this movie. I’m so excited about Scarlet Witch. I have had so much fun reading all about her and I am like learning new words that I had to look up on Wikipedia. I’m really enjoying it.
I just love Scarlet Witch. I love her. It’s so funny because I’m often talking about all these psychologically damaged people, but when you talk about Scarlet Witch… She is a messed up lady. She has got more sh*t to deal with than anybody else I know. I’m excited to figure out what’s appropriate to use for her, because there’s so much material from all of these decades, and we’re going to tell this one story. So to be able to choose what you’re going to bring into it from all of this abundance, it’s really fun.
Olsen has done several interviews since Samuel Jackson let the cat out of the bag about her being in Avengers, and the actress has sounded really excited in each and every one. She’s a great actress and she’s genuinely thrilled about the role, so that will hopefully translate into a fantastic performance. Add to that the fact that Joss Whedon hasn’t really let us down yet.
Finally, there’s been a bit of a bump in the road to Ant-Man. It has been revealed by Deadline that Edgar Wright will not be shooting the film in the UK as originally planned due to Pinewood Studios being overbooked. A 15 studio expansions was recently denied by the local council, so there’s just no more room for Ant-Man or any other film. Marvel won’t get their UK tax break and the film will probably take place in LA now, so it’s going to cost a little more than originally planned. No word on whether or not this will delay production, but I’m guess it won’t.