••• Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tells EW that his Marvel character, “is an anti-hero, sort of… I feel like although he is a superhero, he is a super anti-hero.”
••• According to TVLine, Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) has joined the cast of the Marvel/Netflix series The Punisher, though there’s no news yet on who he might be playing.
••• Disney has released a colourful new poster for Moana.
••• According to Variety, Sausage Party, Shrek 2, Monsters vs Aliens and Madagascar 3 co-director Conrad Vernon is set to direct a (loose) remake of Troma’s cult classic The Toxic Avenger. It’s the tale of a high school kid who gets dunked in a vat of toxic waste by a corrupt chemical company. He survives the ordeal with one major side effect: upon contact with toxic chemicals, he transforms into a monster with superhuman strength.
••• Season six of Once Upon A Time is going back to basics, says executive producer Adam Horowitz to TV.com. “After the last couple of seasons where our characters went on journeys to other lands, be it Neverland or the Underworld or Camelot, this season is about coming home and figuring out what life is like at home. That lends itself to a storytelling modality that’s more about these smaller arcs that hopefully build up to one big story by the end of the season.” This means there won’t be the half-season arcs based in “other” lands that have dominated the past fews seasons. On the other hand there will be an expanded cast: “We’re going to meet the Count of Monte Cristo. We’re going to be telling stories from other lands and other pieces of fiction,” says executive producer Edward Kitsis. πFor us, it’s really fun to expand the universe of Once Upon a Time.”
Fellow literature greats include Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, who will be causing trouble for Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), and the Greek God Morpheus who will be heavily entwined in Rumple (Robert Carlyle) and Belle’s (Emilie de Ravin) storyline.
••• Deadline is reporting that Benicio Del Toro is in early talks to star in Predator, the reboot of the franchise in the works at 20th Century Fox. Shane Black is set to write and direct.