The Week in Geek: Deadpool 2, American Gods, Han Solo, and More

By Tom Pritchard on at

Welcome to the Week in Geek, rounding up all the best geeky news you might have missed this week. We have more casting on the upcoming Han Solo solo film, Casting for Deadpool 2, a lot of images from American Gods, and more.

Han Solo

Production on the next Star Wars stand-alone is well underway, but that doesn't mean Disney and Lucasfilm are done with casting announcements. This week it was revealed that Howard K Williams, best know for his work on The Wire will be joining the cast. Sadly nobody has told us who he'll be playing, and given the new state of the Star Wars canon post-Disney, speculation is going to be quite difficult.

Deadpool 2

After the teaser trailer that was released last week, Deadpool 2 finally has some news on the first new actor to be joining Ryan Reynolds in the sequel. In a tweet that was rather difficult to interpret, Reynolds revealed that Zazie Beetz will be joining the cast as the probability-manipulating mutant assassin Domino.

Reynolds also went so far as to parody her involvement with a special comic cover - lovingly inspired by a variant cover of Deadpool & the Mercs for Money #5

Now that we know who's going to play Dominio, you can be sure that long-awaited Cable announcement isn't far off.

American Gods

The fantasy series is heading to TV screens very soon, and the Starz network released a bunch of new images this week to showcase some of the mythical beings that will be involved.

The showrunners have also expressed interested in a spin-off featuring trickster god Ansari (played by Orlando Jones), based on Gaiman's sequel book Ansari Boys. Jones said the following to Vanity Fair:

“All I know for sure is that when [showrunners] Michael and Bryan had called me and asked me about playing the character and walked me through what they were thinking, part of the discussion at that time was ‘Anansi Boys,’ and that they wanted to spin it off and pursue that character… If there is a spin-off of any kind, I’d love to do it. I love this character. I love these writers. I’ve been fortunate that this is one of the most exciting and incredible experiences I’ve been able to do as an actor, and I’ll continue for as long as I possibly can.”

Ant-Man

One of Ant-Man's best scenes, by far, was the miniaturised fight on the train set in Cassie Lang's bedroom. But according to director Peyton Reed, that wasn't always the case. In fact, had rights issues not gone in Marvel's favour, they would have fallen back on using a car from Pixar's Cars. Speaking to Film School Rejects:

“I believe in Edgar [Wright] and Joe Cornish’s original drafts it was a train set. At some point in the process that predated my involvement it became Thomas. As I came on, they had not secured the rights to Thomas. We had to do this whole thing where we did this presentation for the people who own the rights to Thomas. Thank God they agreed and found it funny, but there were definite stipulations. For example, nobody could be tied to the tracks and run over by Thomas. Thomas couldn’t be doing anything that could be perceived by children as evil Thomas. Thomas had to stay neutral in the battle, which was always our intention. Like anybody, they’re protective of their brand. I didn’t know what we were going to do if we didn’t get the rights to that. There are certain things I was going to be devastated about if we couldn’t have them. Thomas was one, because… you could do any kind of toy train, but the personality of that thing and the eyes moving back and forth give it a whole vibe and took it to another level.”

Thank god they got the rights, because this is one of the best shots of the whole film:

It's like a Skyrim mod breaking into the real world.

Justice League

Zack Snyder has shared an image of Batman's brand new and improved Batmobile:

Considering Batman is supposed to be trying to redeem himself, those sure are a lot of big guns. Shooting things doesn't sound like redemption to me.

Inhumans

Marvel has confirmed the IMAX debut for its upcoming Inhumans TV series:

The series is set to debut on US televisions on 26th September, which is about three and a half weeks later. People will have to wait another two weeks to see anything new, however, since the IMAX screening will include the first two episodes of the eight-part series.

Preacher

Deadline is reporting that six new cast members for the upcoming second season of Preacherbut hasn't offered any information on who they might be playing. Noah Taylor, Pip Torrens and Julie Ann Emery have signed on as series regulars, while Malcolm Barrett, Ronald Guttman, and Justin Prentice will have recurring roles. Comic readers will likely have an idea on who to expect, especially given Pip Torrens is very bald.

AMC has also announced that the series will return on 19th June, and has released some new images to commemorate that routine announcement.

Marvel Comics

Marvel's big summer crossover event, Secret Empire, is set to change the landscape of the Marvel Universe. You know, because Captain America is evil now and plans to take over the world with the help of HYDRA. He can expect to face some resistance though, because CBR has revealed a tie-in comic called Secret Empire: Uprising. The one-shot will focus on Black Widow leading a team of heroes resisting Cap's would-be regime, and will feature the Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Falcon (Joaquin Torrez), Ironheart, the Wasp (Nadia Pym), and Viv (Vision's daughter). Writing duties fall to Derek Landy, with panel art by J. Cassara, and cover art by Meghan Hetrick.

Here's the slightly disturbing cover in all its glory:

The first synopsis for Marvel's mysterious upcoming event Generations has arrived thanks to an Amazon listing which was then confirmed by CBR:

Once upon a time, a skinny kid from New York City picked up a shield and charged into battle… a prodigal son lifted a sacred hammer and proved himself worthy… and an arrogant genius forged an armor that would harness his true potential. And together, they became Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Today, that heroic legacy lives on in the next generation of heroes – and it will be put to the test as the Marvel Universe’s greatest champions unite and charge headlong into tomorrow!

It doesn't really help us figure out what to expect, but it's a start.