Thursday Link-A-Mania

Hands up who wants an Admiral Akbar spin-off?

The Hollywood Reporter reckons that scripters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg may not be working on Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX after all (as was reported a week or so back back), but separate spin-off projects concentrating on particular characters from the Star Wars universe. Finally, Admiral Akbar will get the recognition he deserves! Possibly. But let’s not even joke about Jar Jar Binks…

Deadline has posted a list of actors it reckons are in line for the role of Star Lord in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy: Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (X-Men), Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies), Eddie Redmayne (My Week With Marilyn), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom).

• James Cameron tells The West Australian that he hopes the Avatar sequels will start shooting in 2013: “I want to get these scripts nailed down, I don’t want to be writing the movie in post production. We kind of did that on the first picture, I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes and so on and I don’t want to do that again.” He also says that he’s looking at how successfully The Hobbit’s high definition look goes down with great interest: “If there is acceptance of 48 (frames per second), then that will pave the way for the Avatar sequels to take advantage of it,” he says.

• Sadly this offer is for North America and Canada only, but cinema-goers there who attend midnight IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at participating cinemas on the first night will receive one of these special limited edition posters (while stocks last):

• Here’s a set video from Greenwich showing a fight scene taking place for Thor: The Dark World. ComicBookMovie has s few more.

• Real-life twins Charlie and Max Carver – who have previously appeared in Desperate Housewives have been signed up for a recurring role in season three of Teen Wolf, says Deadline. They will play a pair of Alpha werewolves, described as “dangerous charmers with brilliant minds.”

• Starz is considering a spin-off from soon-to-end series Spartacus concentrating on Julius Caesar, a character who is introduced in the third and final season of Spartacus (no longer called Blood And Sand, but War Of The Damned). [via Deadline]