Actor Samuel L. Jackson attends Marvel Studios’ “Thor: The Dark World”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of The Galaxy” during Comic-Con International 2013 at Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel on July 20, 2013 in San Diego
*After the role was turned down by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Cruise, Samuel L. Jackson has been cast as the bad guy in Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service,” an adaptation of a limited comic book series by Mark Millar (“Kick-Ass”) and Dave Gibbons (“Watchmen”).
Jackson joins the two leads – Colin Firth, set to play a veteran spy, and Taron Egerton, his young apprentice, reports Variety.
In the “Secret Service” comic book, a young street tough is taken in by his secret agent uncle and shown a shadowy world few are allowed to see. Together, they uncover a dark conspiracy.
Faison will play Dr. Gravity, a copy writer by day who dresses up as a superhero by night and wants to start a start a hero group called Justice Forver.
Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Films is financing the project, and Universal will distribute domestically, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Vaughn, who directed the first movie, is a producer on this one, with Jeff Wadlow in the director’s chair.
Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz are reprising their roles of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl respectively. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is coming back as the villainous Red Mist.
The movie will adapt the recent Kick-Ass 2 comic mini-series as well as Hit Girl, which is in the middle of its run.
Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore in "X-Men: First Class"
*Zoe Kravitz got only a handful of questions at the London and New York press conferences for her film “X-Men: First Class,” which opens in US theaters tomorrow. Most of the queries went to her A-list costars Kevin Bacon, “Mad Men’s” January Jones, James McAvoy, Rose Byrne and her rumored new boyfriend Michael Fassbender.
And the several times Kravitz did get some love…well, let’s just say she’s not long-winded.
“I was f**kin’ excited,” she said when asked her reaction upon finding out she got the part.
Maybe she was tired. After all, the indie film darling isn’t used to the whirlwind schedule of back-to-back international press conferences, TV interviews and photo ops required of actors in big-budget films.
She was even fatigued, hung over “and not the prepared person that I usually am,” at her “X-Men: First Class” audition for director Matthew Vaughn. She told MTV News she had no idea that the character, Angel Salvadore, was a go-go dancer and supposed to be sexy. Vaughn told her to audition a second time, but in skimpier clothing – which apparently closed the deal.
When a journalist at the New York press conference suggested that in addition to mutant powers, Kravitz’s Salvadore and January Jones’ Emma Frost also use their sexuality as weapons, Zoe’s reply was “No we don’t.”
Jones then answered, “My sexuality comes easily to me. I thought it’s a huge part of Emma Frost’s character. Maybe unlike some of the younger characters that are developing or honing their powers, I’ve had time to perfect that, so I use that to my advantage. I think Emma’s vanity plays a huge part of her powers, just her makeup. The way she looks is very important to her.
Zoe followed that up with, “I did research on the Wonderbra. And it went well.”
For those unfamiliar with the Marvel comic, Angel’s superhuman abilities resemble that of a house fly. Her saliva is acidic and she is able to vomit it at will. She has a pair of veined wings growing from her back that allow her to fly, and can vibrate those wings at a high speed to create a deafening ultrasonic sound.
In London, Zoe was asked about her experience of flying around and filming action scenes in the uncomfortable harness.
“It was good,” said the daughter of actress Lisa Bonet and actor/rocker Lenny Kravitz. “It does after a while become painful around the crotch. The happy parts.”
“X-Men: First Class” is set in 1962 and follows the relationship between Professor Charles Xavier – a.k.a. Professor X – (McAvoy) and Magneto (Fassbender) and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. Professor X discovers Angel working in a strip club and recruits her and several other mutants to train for battle against evil scientist Sebastian Shaw (Bacon).
Asked in New York to compare shooting this big-budgeted, high-action movie to the bare-bones experience of her previous nine independent films, Kravitz gave her longest answer of the two press conferences.
“It was fancier,” she said. “Honestly, it wasn’t that different just because everyone was so cool. I feel like if I was here with a bunch of Hollywood a**holes it would have been intimidating and an awful experience. If everyone is there to make a good film, everyone is down to earth, and everyone is there for the right reasons – the scale doesn’t really matter I think.”
Watch the trailer for “X-Men: First Class” below. For the Marvel die-hards, listen to the entire New York press conference below the video. [Zoe Kravitz speaks at 12:14, 13:20, 14:13 and 22:48.]