Friday Link-A-Mania

• Ian McKellen has been speaking to The Huffington Post about returning to the role of Magneto in X-Men: Days Of Future Past: “What a gas! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing Waiting For Godot throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we’ve stayed in touch. We can’t believe it. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy’s parts, but – no, no – we’re back. We’ll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven’t read the script, so I don’t know how much we’ve got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan [Singer] to be directing it – with all the success he’s had in the meantime – it’s wonderful. Wonderful.” On Michael Fassbender’s performance in First Class, he says: “I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent… I thought he was better than me. But, we weren’t quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me.”

• Another blueprint from Pacific Rim, this time of Crimson Typhoon and posted by Yahoo! Movies Hong Kong.

• Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing – which isn’t SFX territory, but hey, look at the cast list (Fran Kranz, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion) – is set to get a US release on 7 June 2013. [via Coming Soon]

• New Doctor Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman has told Entertainment Weekly that viewers should not consider her a replacement for Karen Gillan: “There’s no way to consider it other than something totally different. You fill somebody else’s shoes by trying to do the same thing – and I don’t think that’s a healthy way to look at it. It’s a whole new story, it’s a whole new character. It changes the Doctor and you’ve got to go on that journey and also go on your own journey with it, as well.”

She also says the mystery of her appearance in “Asylum Of The Daleks” will not be cleared up in “The Snowmen”: “No. We’re going to have what has been referred to as a ‘soft mystery’. For me, filming, I’ve been totally oblivious to Oswin and ‘Asylum of the Daleks’. I really have had to erase it from my memory. Yeah, Christmas is its own episode.”

•  Danny John Jules (Cat) has told Digital Spy that writer/director Doug Naylor has begun work on Red Dwarf XI (though Dave has yet to give it an official thumbs up – we hope they do soon): “I spoke to Doug the other day, and I know he’s already writing outlines. Even though the contracts aren’t signed, he knows because of the last series [that he needs a head start], because he was under real pressure. Directing, writing, producing, and then locations get moved out, actors drop out, and suddenly it’s like, ‘Well, we’ve got ten pages that can be filmed and I’ve got to rewrite four scripts’. He doesn’t want to be caught like that again, so he’s already writing outlines. Well, scripts – Doug doesn’t really do outlines, he just writes a whole script, and then diddles with it.”