Link Tank: Wesley Snipes Weighs in on Blade Being Recast

The original Blade actor gives his take on the character returning, what Star Wars movies are left in production, Christopher Columbus wants to do a Harry Potter extended cut, and more in Link Tank!

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Former Blade actor Wesley Snipes is excited for Mahershala Ali to take over as the character in the MCU and gave him advice on playing the vampire hunter.

“Recently, Snipes was asked about his thoughts on the recasting, and he rather plainly stated that he supports the casting and that’s all there is to it. ‘The issue of him being cast wasn’t between us,’ Snipes said, ‘I don’t walk around as Blade, so I’m not attached to the character like that.’ Even further, he added that there’s no ’emotional loss’ is not playing the Daywalker again, with the only advice to be that Ali should be to avoid getting hurt and ‘enjoy it while it lasts.'” 

Read more at Gizmodo

Rogue Squadron has been delayed indefinitely, Rian Johnson’s trilogy is dead in the water, so what Star Wars movies are left?

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“After exciting rumors of Eternals director Chloé Zhao helming her own Star Wars movie and an Old Republic movie in development, the attitude shifted when Lucasfilm postponed Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron indefinitely due to scheduling issues. Then, the Chloé Zhao rumor was quashed by the Hollywood Reporter and a report from a former Hollywood Reporter insider claims Rogue Squadron and Rian Johnson’s upcoming trilogy are both dead in the water.”

Read more at Inverse

Twenty years later, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone director Christopher Columbus wants to release a 3-hour extended cut of the movie.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in theaters, and director Chris Columbus is sharing a lot of information about it—including the fact that at one point, the movie was three hours long. At two hours and 32 minutes, the theatrical cut of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is hardly short. But there were around 30 minutes of extra footage, some of which contained material—and characters—fans of the books would have loved to see.”

Read more at Mental Floss

Will we get a David Ayer director’s cut of 2016’s Suicide Squad? Jared Leto, who played the Joker in the controversial comic book flick, thinks we should.

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“Fans of Zack Snyder’s version of DC’s cinematic uni(multi?)verse scored a big win when Warner Bros. eventually released Zack Snyder’s Justice League—the famed ‘Snyder Cut’ of the movie that was decidedly not what replacement director Joss Whedon gave us in theaters—on HBO Max. Now, there’s a push for similar treatment of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad film with an ‘Ayer Cut,’ and the movie’s Joker himself, Jared Leto, has now joined in.”

Read more at The Mary Sue

Despite saying the film was made with the best intentions, Eddie Redmayne looks back on taking the lead role in The Danish Girl as a “mistake.”

“Eddie Redmayne is getting ready to star in a new production of Cabaret, and as part of his publicity tour for the gig, he sat down with The Sunday Times and addressed the longstanding controversy over his decision to play real-life transgender artist Lili Elbe in the 2015 movie The Danish Girl. The role got him an Oscar nomination, but criticisms of the casting (and of The Danish Girl in general) have made a more lasting impact than the movie itself.”

Read more at The A.V. Club

One game might actually reinvent the wheel with its open-world gameplay, and it’s called Elden Ring.

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“From Software, as you may already know, has a new game coming out early next year. It’s called Elden Ring, and after spending a few hours with it during last week’s preview, I’m here to say that it’s shaping up to be something really special. To set some expectations, Kotaku did have access to the closed network test, but our time was limited to two three-hour sessions. While it wasn’t an unfettered look at the open-world game, it was definitely enough to get a sense of the overall experience.”

Read more at Kotaku