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25 Disney And DreamWorks Voice Actors That Look (Almost) Exactly Like Their Characters

Movies are no doubt a profitable form of entertainment, but animated films often hold a special place in people’s hearts. Most of the time, animated movies cater to younger and family-friendly audiences, much like Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks have done with their movies.

Each of these companies have had some incredibly successful films over the years, but Disney is, of course, the leader when it comes to beloved animated movies. These movies obviously have talented writers and animators working on the projects, but the movie studios also have to hire actors to give the animated characters a voice.

With the money that Disney is able to throw around, they have been able to hire some high profile celebrities to provide voices for their characters over the years. DreamWorks Studios is relatively new compared to Disney, but they have also been able to hire some famous actors and actress to bring characters to life.

Sometimes the voice actors behind characters look nothing like you might imagine, but there are plenty of examples of voice actors who look just like the characters they voice. Here are 25 Disney And DreamWorks Voice Actors That Look (Almost) Exactly Like Their Characters.

25 Kathryn Beaumont: Alice

Kathryn Beaumont is an actress who is most known for her roles in the 1951 film Alice in Wonderland and the 1953 Peter Pan. Not only did Beaumont voice Alice and Wendy in their respective films, but she was also the real-life reference that was used to create the animated films.

Because of this, the animators made Alice look just like Beaumont and did the same thing with Wendy a few years later. Obviously, Alice and Wendy couldn’t look identical, but both characters closely resemble their real-life voice actress.

24 Rowan Atkinson: Zazu

When The Lion King hit theaters in 1994, the film had a star-studded cast. The Oscar-winning film had several talented voice actors such as Matthew Broderick, Moira Kelly, Jeremy Irons, and of course James Earl Jones. The film also featured Rowan Atkinson as the red-billed hornbill Zazu.

One wouldn’t think that a bird could look almost identical to a human, but Zazu looks just like Rowan Atkinson. It’s mainly Zazu’s bushy eyebrows that resemble Atkinson, but some of his facial features also closely resemble Atkinson’s.

23 Jennifer Saunders: Fairy Godmother

Over the years, DreamWorks has gotten several big named celebrities to voice characters in their Shrek films. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, and Antonio Banderas are some of the most famous actors attached to the series, but Jennifer Saunders also had a role in Shrek 2.

Saunders is most known for her role of Edina in Absolutely Fabulous, but she also played the Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2. Saunders’ hair looks a bit different than the Fairy Godmother’s, but the rest of her facial features are pretty much identical to Saunders.

22 Eleanor Audley: Lady Tremaine And Maleficent

Eleanor Audley has an acting career dating all the way back to the 1940s, but she is most known for her Disney roles. In Sleeping Beauty she played Maleficent and in Cinderella she played Lady Tremaine. Both characters were villains in the films and both characters looked very similar to their voice actor.

Much like the case with Kathryn Beaumont, Audley was a live-action model for the characters, which meant the animators made Maleficent and Lady Tremaine look just like her. Maleficent’s facial features are a bit more exaggerated to set her apart from Lady Tremaine, but both look like Audley.

21 Wayne Knight: Al McWhiggin

Toy Story was a big achievement for Pixar when it was released in 1995, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when Toy Story 2 was released in 1999. Much like the first film, the sequel had a human villain, this time in the form of a toy collector who steals Woody.

The character’s name was Al McWhiggin, who looks strikingly similar to his voice actor Wayne Knight. Most people will also remember Knight from his role of Nedry in the first Jurassic Park, but he played an equally vile role in Toy Story 2.

20 Ed Asner: Carl Fredericksen

One of the most tear-jerking scenes in Disney’s history is the opening montage of Up with Carl and Ellie. Actor Edward Asner was the voice behind Carl Fredricksen, but the character also seemed to be designed after him.

On any regular day, Asner looks just like Fredericksen, but Asner also occasionally wears glasses like the ones featured above that look like Carl’s. Up ended up winning two Academy Awards including Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and it’s hard to imagine what the film would have been like without Asner.

19 Zachary Levi: Flynn Rider

Zachary Levi was plunged into the spotlight when he starred on Chuck from 2007 to 2012, but his career has only gotten bigger since then. Levi has played roles in both the Marvel Cinematic universe and the DC Extended Universe by playing Fandral in Thor: The Dark World and Shazam in Shazam!.

Levi also played a character in Tangled named Flynn Rider, who actually looks a lot like Levi himself. Flynn Rider was based on the prince from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale and ends up being a love interest to Rapunzel.

18 Irene Bedard: Pocahontas

Irene Bedard has played many Native American characters in her career, but her most famous role is Pocahontas in the 1995 movie of the same name. Bedard has been a part of many projects since then, but she returned to the role of Pocahontas several times, most notably in 1998 for Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World and in 2018 for Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Since Bedard is a Native American herself, it only made sense to base Pocahontas off of what Bedard looked like, and that seems to be exactly what Disney did.

17 Danny DeVito: Philoctetes

Danny DeVito is one actor on this list who has had a very diverse acting career. He starred as the Penguin in the 1992 film Batman Returns, played Mr. Wormwood in Matilda, and of course plays Frank Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. DeVito also has a Disney title under his belt since he voiced Philoctetes in the 1997 film Hercules.

Philoctetes, or Phil, is a half-human half-goat, who actually bears some resemblance to DeVito. Some may take offense to being compared to Phil from Hercules, but over the years DeVito’s roles have seemed to embrace his physical characteristics, especially his height.

16 Jane Lynch: Sergeant Calhoun

Jane Lynch may be mostly known for Glee, but she has also dipped her toes into Disney territory. In 2012, Jane Lynch voiced the character Sergeant Calhoun, who was a battle-hardened warrior from the fictional game Hero’s Duty. Despite her strict and authoritative behavior, she falls in love and eventually marries Fix-It Felix Jr.

Sergeant Calhoun returned for the 2018 film Ralph Breaks the Internet, but her appearance remained mostly the same. Lynch has mostly done comedic roles in her career, but this action character was made to look just like her.

15 Anika Noni Rose: Princess Tiana

One of the more recent Disney princesses is Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. In the film, Tiana is an aspiring chef who wants to start her own restaurant, but also has to turn herself back into a human after she transforms into a frog.

Anika Noni Rose, who is known for her role as Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls, provided the voice of Tiana in 2009, but also returned to the character in 2018 for Ralph Breaks the Internet. The character looks a lot like Anika Noni Rose, so it’s likely that Disney just based the character around what the actress looked like.

14 Jack McBrayer: Fix-It Felix Jr.

Jack McBrayer is one of the people on this list that has a very distinct voice. McBrayer had a starring role on 30 Rock, but he also voiced the character Fix-It Felix Jr. in Wreck-It Ralph.

If just hearing Felix’s voice wasn’t enough to reveal Jack McBrayer as the voice actor, then the look of Felix certainly should have because Felix looks just like Jack McBrayer. The character has the same hairstyle as the voice actor, but his eyebrows, eyes, and other facial features also closely resemble McBrayer.

13 Phyllis Smith: Sadness

One of Phyllis Smith’s earliest roles was that of Phyllis Vance on the hit sitcom The Office. Smith is most known for that role, but she also voiced one of the emotions in Inside Out. Smith landed the role of Sadness in the Disney Pixar film in 2015.

Sadness is completely blue in appearance, but obviously, Smith isn’t blue in real life! Instead, the similarities once again come in the facial features for the character. Smith may not look exactly like Sadness, but she surely resembles her character more than any of the other voice actors in Inside Out do.

12 Christopher Plummer: Charles Muntz

Charles F. Muntz was a famous explorer that Carl Fredricksen and his wife Ellie admired in the movie Up. The man was a role model as they were growing up, but Carl found the unfortunate truth about the explorer near the middle to end of the film.

Muntz traveled to South America in search of a living specimen of a tropical bird, but his goals ended up being a lot more sinister than people has previously thought. Muntz was voiced by Christopher Plummer, who was the clear inspiration behind the look of Up’s antagonist.

11 Bobby Driscoll: Peter Pan

One of Disney’s many successful movies was the 1953 Peter Pan. People have tried to duplicate the success of the character Peter Pan over the years, including the movie Peter Pan in 2003 and Pan in 2015, but nothing has come close to the beloved Disney Classic.

Actor Bobby Driscoll provided the voice of Peter Pan, but the character also looks a lot like the voice actor. The reason behind this is because Driscoll was used as a reference model for the character, meaning the animators purposefully made Peter Pan look like Bobby Driscoll.

10 Jay Baruchel: Hiccup

The How to Train Your Dragon series started in 2010 with Jay Baruchel voicing the role of a young Viking named Hiccup. The final film in the series, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, was released this year. The animation certainly improved in the two sequels, but Hiccup also grew up since the movies span several years.

While many people joke that the three stages of Hiccup look like the three stages of Jim from The Office, many people would also agree that the character looks a lot like the voice actor Jay Baruchel.

9 Anthony Gonzalez: Miguel

Anthony Gonzalez didn’t have many acting credits before he voiced Miguel in Coco. Gonzalez appeared on the TV shows Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Bridge, and in the short films Imagination of Young and Icebox. Needless to say, his role as the voice of a Disney character was considered his break out role.

Coco heavily focused on Mexican culture and was highly praised by fans and critics. Coco had many characters like Héctor, Ernesto de la Cruz , and Mamá Imelda, but the animators no doubt made Miguel look like Gonzalez.

8 Auli’i Cravalho: Moana

Moana was yet another Academy Award-winning movie whose main character looked like its voice actor. Some people may say that Dwayne Johnson looks like the Demigod Maui, but more people would likely agree that Moana looks like Auli’i Cravalho.

Cravalho’s very first acting gig was the voice of a Disney princess, so the actress was thrown into the starlight since the beginning of her acting career. Cravalho is an 18-year-old Hawaiian Native, so it only makes sense that Disney would make her character look similar to her.

7 Kristen Bell: Anna

While Idina Menzel’s Elsa would be considered the main character in 2013’s Frozen, Kristen Bell’s character still played a big role in the film. Bell played the character Anna, who was the sister of Elsa. Anna was a special character because she was one Disney character who didn’t immediately fall in love with her love interest, in this case, Hans.

Bell honestly looks a lot like Anna, but she also looks similar to Elsa as well. Bell looks more like Elsa than Menzel does, but then again, maybe it is just her blonde hair.

6 Ming-Na Wen: Mulan

Mulan was one of the later movies to come out in the 90s, 1998 to be exact. The movie was about a young woman who enlisted in the army as a man so that her father didn’t have to. Mulan had some big named actors as voice actors including George Takei, Eddie Murphy, and Pat Morita.

Ming-Na Wen had been in several projects prior to 1998, but today she is most known for voicing the Disney princess and her role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Melinda May. Yifei Liu will be playing Mulan in Disney’s 2020 live-action remake of Mulan, but Ming-Na Wen also resembled the famous character.

5 John Goodman: Pacha

From starring in movies like 10 Cloverfield Lane, Barton Fink, and Argo, John Goodman has become a well-known actor in Hollywood. Goodman has also collaborated with Disney on a few occasions including in 2000 for The Emperor’s New Groove and again in 2001 for Monsters, Inc.

While it would be rude to compare John Goodman to Sully’s monstrous appearance, he does strike a resemblance to his character in The Emperor’s New Groove. Pacha was a llama herder who had a pivotal role in the first movie, and also returned for Kronk’s New Groove and The Emperor’s New School.

4 Ilene Woods: Cinderella

As legendary as the movie Cinderella has become, it is a bit of a surprise that Ilene Woods didn’t become a more famous actress. Woods only acted in On Stage Everybody and Cinderella, but she is most known for singing the now-famous songs from Cinderella.

While Woods didn’t show her face a lot on the big screen, some can still draw comparisons between her and her Disney character. The resemblance might not be as striking as other actors on this list, but a young Woods no doubt looked like Cinderella.

3 Ed Wynn: The Mad Hatter

Isaiah Edwin Leopold, a.k.a. Ed Wynn, was a famous actor and comedian who worked from 1903 and 1966. Wynn hosted a radio show in the 1930s, before moving on to movies and TV shows. Wynn is remembered fondly for several of his projects, but his two most famous roles came from Disney movies.

In 1964, Wynn played Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins, but before that, he voiced the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland. Given the appearance of the Mad Hatter compared to the image of Wynn above, it becomes apparent that the character was clearly inspired by Wynn himself.

2 Adriana Caselotti: Snow White

Adriana Caselotti was an American actress who is most known today as providing the voice of Snow White in the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Caselotti began her acting career two years earlier in the 1935 film Naughty Marietta. More than 80 years after her voice was heard in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, her songs are still instantly recognizable.

That being said, Caselotti herself also looks quite a bit like Snow White. Her acting career didn’t flourish like others on this list, but at least her voice and image will live on forever as a Disney legend.

1 Emperor Of China: Pat Morita

When people think of Pat Morita, most will think of his role in The Karate Kid series as Mr. Miyagi. The film trilogy lasted for five years from 1984 to 1989, but his second most memorable role came in 1998. As most Disney fans know, Morita voiced The Emperor of China in Mulan.

Many people recognized Morita’s voice in the ‘90s, but the Emperor himself also looked like the actor. The match isn’t perfect and Morita never grew out his beard as long as the Emperor, but the similarities are still there.

Are there any other voice actors that look like their characters? Sound off in the comments!


2019-04-22 05:04:05

Christopher Fiduccia

Admiral Ackbar Voice Actor Unhappy With The Last Jedi & Holdo

The voice actor behind Admiral Ackbar says he was unhappy with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Laura Dern’s character Vice Admiral Holdo. Famous for the line, “It’s a trap!“, Ackbar first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi in 1983 and was voiced by Erik Bauersfeld. Bauersfeld returned in 2015 to voice Ackbar for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Tom Kane has also provided the character’s voice on several occasions including The Last Jedi.

Gial Ackbar had a helping hand in destroying the second Death Star, but he also came out of retirement when the First Order emerged. Ackbar regained his status as an Admiral in the Resistance and worked with General Leia Organa to destroy Starkiller Base. After the First Order’s superweapon was destroyed, the First Order retalitated by destroying the Raddus, which killed Ackbar and left Leia in a coma. Apparently, this didn’t go over so well with Ackbar’s voice actor.

Related: It Was Always The Plan To Bring Back Palpatine In Star Wars 9

Posted in a clip by Dataracer on Twitter, Kane can be seen talking about The Last Jedi during a segment of The Star Wars Show Live!. When criticizing the way Ackbar was killed, Kane commented, “I was not really thrilled with how they blew him out the side of the ship”. Kane continued to criticize Dern’s character in the movie saying, “I’m like, ‘Who is this Holdo woman? Nobody knows her, no one’s invested in her — who is she? Why is she saving the fleet?’ If anyone was gonna save the fleet it’d be Ackbar”.

Rian Johnson and his choices for Episode VIII have been heavily criticized ever since the movie was releasd in 2017. Some of the biggest complaints of The Last Jedi revolved around Snoke’s sudden death and also about the unsatisfying answer to Rey’s parentage. Many people have also complained about Luke Skywalker’s character arc, with Mark Hamill himself even admitting his confusion about his character online. At one point, fans were even petitioning for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to be retconned from the series, but that obviously didn’t happen. Needless to say, Kane isn’t the only one who had a problem with the film.

With Kane voicing Ackbar for the last six years, he no doubt has the right to criticize the development and ultimate demise of his character in the Star Wars universe. When the TIE Fighter destroys the Resistance’s ship, the scene no doubt focuses on Leia opposed to Ackbar, which is why many people might have a problem with his final scene. Even though Ackbar is more of a side character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans still would have liked to see Ackbar get a proper send off, especially since he was a returning character from the original trilogy. Even though it’s unlikely, fans can only hope that Ackbar will return to warn the Resistance of another trap in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. After all, as Luke once said, “No one’s ever really gone“.

More: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Hides a Secret Joke in Its Poster

Source: Dataracer



2019-04-17 05:04:20

Christopher Fiduccia

Horizon Zero Dawn 2 Basically Confirmed by Voice Talent

Actor Janina Gavankar all but confirmed the existence of Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 at Star Wars Celebration. One of the biggest hits of 2017 was Horizon: Zero Dawn, a post-apocalyptic open-world survival game with awe-inspiring combat against robotic dinosaurs. The game was a critical and commercial hit, leading to an expansion later that year, The Frozen Wilds.

It’s been two years since Aloy’s debut adventure, and hype for a sequel is high. While nothing has been officially announced yet, it’s hard to imagine Sony refusing to move forward with a sequel to a game which sold over ten million copies; an impressive number, especially for a console exclusive.

Related: The Death and Rebirth of Single Player Games In 2017

At Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, actor Janina Gavankar allegedly leaked the existence of Horizon: Zero Dawn 2. Best known for her role as the lead character, Iden Versio, in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Gavankar also played a key role in The Frozen Wilds. In a (now deleted) Twitch clip from Star Wars Celebration, Gavankar chats with a fan who praises her work on Horizon: Zero Dawn, to which Gavankar replies, “Wait until you see the sequel! You’re gonna die.”

Now, it’s one thing for an actor to build hype for any project by teasing a sequel, but Gavankar goes one step further by teasing details. This certainly sounds less like empty hype and more like a genuine – if accidental – reveal of a project currently in development. Horizon: Zero Dawn made waves with its robo-dino action and provocative “futuristic cave man” storytelling, to say nothing of Aloy herself being one of 2017’s breakout characters. Despite releasing the same week as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn still held its own against one of the most hotly-anticipated games of the decade, and both titles went on to be tremendous successes.

What does the future hold for Horizon: Zero Dawn? Unless Janina Gavankar is wildly misinformed or flat-out lying (and there’s no reason to believe this to be the case), it’s looking likely that it’s only a matter of time before Horizon 2 makes its presence known to the gaming community. But when? In the past, E3 would have been an obvious contender, but with Sony making the unprecedented move to skip E3 2019, perhaps they’re saving it for one of their upcoming “State of Play” videos. It’s also possible that Sony is planning a big PlayStation Experience for 2019 (after skipping it in 2018), which would be a fitting venue to reveal a game as important as Horizon 2.

Perhaps the biggest question regarding Horizon: Zero Dawn 2 is whether the title is being planned for PlayStation 4 or the as-yet-unannounced PlayStation 5. If Janina Gavankar’s comments are anything to go by, we’ll find out for sure soon enough.

More: 15 Best Hidden Secrets Of Horizon: Zero Dawn

Source: Streamable


2019-04-13 03:04:07

Zak Wojnar

Detective Pikachu Filmmakers Tested Danny DeVito’s Voice for Pikachu

The filmmakers behind Detective Pikachu have admitted that they tested Danny DeVito’s voice for Pikachu early on in the movie’s development. While Pokémon fever largely peaked in the U.S. in the late 1990s and early ’00s, it enjoyed a resurgence in popularity three years ago thanks to the augmented reality game Pokémon GO. Looking to tap into the fresh demand for all things Poke-related, Legendary Pictures got the ball rolling on a live-action/CGI film adaptation shortly after. The movie in question, Detective Pikachu, went into production last year and is shaping up to be one of 2019’s more unusual (in a good way) blockbusters, when it arrives this May.

Detective Pikachu itself is technically an adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS spinoff game that released in Japan in 2016, before it went worldwide last year. The original game portrayed its titular character as something of an old grouchy man trapped in an adorable Pokémon’s body, complete with a Japanese voice actor who delivered Pikachu’s lines in a fairly rough, yet high-energy fashion. It wasn’t long before more and more fans started to point out that DeVito of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame (among too many other TV shows and movies to list here) would be the perfect choice for the character’s voice in an english-language film. Indeed, some went so far as to campaign online for Legendary and Warner Bros. to cast DeVito in their movie adaptation.

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As those reading this are no doubt aware, that didn’t happen and Ryan Reynolds later signed on to voice Detective Pikachu‘s namesake, instead. Nevertheless, it’s come to light that the movie’s creatives did test DeVito’s voice for the character, early on in pre-production. Here’s what the film’s VFX producer Greg Baxter told Game Informer, on the subject.

“It was really very funny, so I couldn’t speak to all the reasons why it wasn’t Danny DeVito cast. I love Danny and some point maybe after the movie comes about, we can share those early tests. It’s absolutely hilarious.”

While it seemed to take most people a moment to adjust to Reynolds’ voice coming out of Pikachu in the Detective Pikachu trailers, an increasing number of fans now appear to agree that he was an inspired pick for the role. The film’s version of the character may not have his video game counterpart’s gruff voice, but he’s certainly just as energetic and definitely shares his need for (addiction to?) coffee. Reynolds is also a bigger draw at the box office than DeVito these days (even when he’s not playing Deadpool), so there’s a good chance that this was another factor in the decision to cast him. He was even included on a Detective Pikachu voice actor wishlist early on during the film’s development, along with similarly big names like Dwayne Johnson and Hugh Jackman.

Still, Reynolds is starting to feel more and more like appropriate casting for Detective Pikachu, so it all worked out in the end. Similarly, by not signing on DeVito, the film’s producers freed the actor up to go work on several other 2019 releases instead, including this month’s Dumbo remake, Disney’s The One and Only Ivan adaptation, and this December’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel. Detective Pikachu producer Cale Boyter also informed GI that Reynolds’ casting will make more sense once everyone learns “where [the movie’s] story goes and how it evolves”, which is an intriguing tease in and of itself.

MORE: Every Live-Action Pokémon In The New Detective Pikachu Trailer

Source: Game Informer


2019-03-18 03:03:43

Sandy Schaefer

Dora the Explorer Movie: Benicio del Toro to Voice Swiper the Fox

Paramount’s Dora the Explorer adaptation has brought on a new cast member, with Benicio del Toro voicing the nefarious fox Swiper. While this is a live-action adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon animated TV series, it seems this fox will be showcased through some form of CGI or perhaps photo-real animation. Regardless of how he’s portrayed or displayed in the film, del Toro is just the latest talented addition to quite a diverse cast.

Isabela Moner stars as the young Dora, with Michael Pena portraying her father, Eva Longoria playing her mother and Adriana Barraza playing Abuela Valerie. The story follows Dora as she enters high school after a childhood of adventures with her parents. When her parents go missing, Dora, her cousin Diego (Jeffrey Blanchard) and a group of teenage friends must go on a new adventure to save them, while also trying to solve a new mystery about a lost Inca civilization.

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This new report from THR about del Toro’s casting also adds that principal photography has recently wrapped on Dora the Explorer, which started production in August when the first-look photo of Isabela Moner as Dora was released. The cast also includes Eugenio Derbez as the villain, Alejandro Gutierrez, who has been described as a rogue explorer, along with Temuera Morrison as Powell and Q’orianka Kilcher as Inca Princess Kawillaka. While Dora’s best friend, a monkey named Boots has been confirmed as part of the film, there has been no indication as to who may voice this character, but now that we know who’s voicing Swiper, the Boots casting announcement may be imminent.

James Bobin is directing Dora the Explorer from a script by Nicholas Stoller and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, with Kristin Burr producing. Paramount has set up this project through its new Paramount Players division, which has been established to create new films based on Paramount and parent company Viacom’s properties. Paramount has handed out an August 2, 2019 release date, a busy weekend that also includes Universal’s Fast & Furious spinoff with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham and 20th Century Fox’s New Mutants. Since none of those projects necessarily cross over with Dora’s fan base, that could bode well for this live-action hero at the box office.

While it remains to be seen how Swiper will actually look on the big screen, del Toro is the perfect choice to voice this villainous character, while continuing to embrace the original animated show’s Latinx roots. Moner revealed in June the script, “captured everything that audiences would have wanted to see,” and now that production has wrapped, the wait for the first trailer begins, to see if the movie lives up to this potential. Interestingly enough, Moner’s last film role was in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, where she starred alongside del Toro. Now fans will get to see the two square off as a teen icon and a conniving fox on the big screen in Dora the Explorer.

Related: Michael Bay Not Involved With Dora the Explorer Movie

Source: THR



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2018-12-14 01:12:19

Netflix’s Mowgli: Voice Cast & Character Guide

Here’s who provides the voices (and mo-cap) for the animal character’s in Netflix’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. Andy Serkis’ film is a mix of live action and motion capture performance, telling Mowgli’s story in a darker, more adult-targeted way.

The film has had a long journey to the big screen. Put into development in the early 2010s, it was overtaken by Disney’s 2016 remake of their animated classic; that live-action/CGI version of The Jungle Book made almost $1 billion worldwide. Warner Bros. version was pushed back, and is only now finally releasing after being sold to Netflix.

Related: Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Review

Mowgli focuses more on the man-cub move to the man village, and the struggle he has to find his place as a human or animal, but that doesn’t mean Serkis hasn’t assembled an all-star voice cast. Here’s a rundown of who’s playing who in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

Benedict Cumberbatch is Shere Khan: The menacing tiger with a fear of fire, Shere Khan stalks Mowgli and wants him dead. In both Kipling’s original story and Mowgli, Shere Khan is hampered by a lame leg. Cumberbatch is, of course, exceedingly well known, especially for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC drama, Sherlock, and for playing Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s recently voiced the Grinch for Illumination’s The Grinch movie.

Christian Bale is Bagheera: Bagheera is the black panther who protects Mowgli in the jungle. He is stable, sensible, and wise, and serves as both friend and mentor to Mowgli. Though it pains him, he knows Mowgli belongs with man in the village. Bagheera is voiced by Christian Bale, another A-lister known for many high profile roles but especially Batman in The Dark Knight trilogy. In 2010, he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his turn in The Fighter.

Rohan Chand is Mowgli: The central role of the movie, Mowgli is a young boy who has been raised by wolves in the jungle. As a result, he thinks of himself as a wolf, and has never had any human interaction. Now he’s older, he’s intrigued by the man-village, and the jungle animals can sense that he needs to leave them behind to live in the village. While he may do so, his heart will always be with his animal family and friends. Chand has had roles in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Homeland, and the Adam Sandler movie, Jack and Jill.

Cate Blanchett is Kaa: Kaa plays nice to Mowgli’s face, with the sole intention of crushing him to death in her coils. She’s dangerous and predatory, using hypnotism to get to Mowgli wherever possible. Threats from creatures like her and Shere Khan are why Bagheera believes Mowgli will be better off in the man village. Blanchett is another A-lister for the cast list; her most recent roles have been in Thor: Ragnarok, Ocean’s Eight, and The House With a Clock in its Walls.

Andy Serkis is Baloo: Director Andy Serkis brings to life one of Kipling’s biggest characters, Baloo. The laid-back bear with a heart of gold strikes up a close friendship with Mowgli, but he’s arguably less responsible than Bagheera, and can’t see a reason why Mowgli can’t stay in the jungle. Serkis is the king of motion capture performance, and so his Baloo should be something to behold. His work in the genre is incredible, from Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, to Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes, and many more.

Naomie Harris is Nisha: Nisha is the female wolf who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her wolf cubs. This is a change from the original Jungle Book story from Kipling, where the mother wolf is named Raksha. Another British star, Harris has enjoyed a varied career, including playing Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. She also plays Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise.

Peter Mullan is Akela: Head of the wolf pack, Akela is protector and father figure to Mowgli. He welcomes the baby Mowgli into his pack but as the child grows, he knows his family will be safer from the threat of Shere Khan if Mowgli moves to the man village. Mullan has had a variety of film and TV roles, including parts in Westworld and Ozark. 

Tom Hollander is Tabaqui: Tabaqui never featured in the Disney adaptation of Jungle Book, so he’ll be a new character to many. A sly hyena, Tabaqui serves Shere Khan as a messenger and spy. Hollander is a well-known British actor with many credits to his name including voice work on American Dad and Family Guy. He’s also the star of the BBC comedy, Rev.

Freida Pinto is Messua: Messua lives in the man village, and decides to adopt the wild Mowgli when he arrives. In Kipling’s story, she believes him to be her long-lost son. Pinto is best known for playing the role of Latika in Slumdog Millionaire.

Eddie Marsan is Vihaan: Vihaan is the partner of Nisha, effectively filling the role of adoptive wolf father to Mowgli. Marsan is a British actor, known for many roles in UK films and for playing Terry Donovan in the long-running series, Ray Donovan. 

Jack Reynor is Brother Wolf: As his character name would suggest, Reynor plays Mowgli’s wolf cub brother. Reynor has various credits to his name, including Sing StreetTransformers: Age of Extinction and 10 episodes of the TV series, Strange Angel. 

Matthew Rhys is Lockwood: The human hunter who has a far darker past than Mowgli realises, Lockwood represents the ill of human actions. He’s played by Matthew Rhys, who is best known for The Americans.

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2018-12-07 10:12:54

Bumblebee Will Feature His Original Voice, Provided By Dylan O’Brien

Dylan O’Brien is voicing Bumblebee in the character’s solo movie spinoff/prequel. The live-action Transformers adventure takes place in the 1980s and follows Bee as he ventures to earth to carry out a secret mission for Optimus Prime, ultimately teaming up with a teenager named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) along the way. Since the movie revolves around Bumblebee as a younger Autobot, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says the film’s creatives wanted Bee’s voice to have a youthful quality that reflects his relative inexperience in the story.

Those who saw last year’s Transformers: The Last Knight may recall that, during his climactic showdown with Optimus, Bumblebee spoke in his “real” voice for the firs time (with the film’s sound designer and supervising sound editor, Erik Aadahl, providing the character’s vocals). However, now that Michael Bay – who helmed the previous five live-action Transformers movies – has stepped away from the series and Kubo and the Two Strings‘ Travis Knight is directing Bumblebee, the film aims to partially reboot the series’ mythology in the wake of Bay’s departure, beginning with Bee’s voice.

Related: How Bumblebee Explains a Transformers 5 Plot Hole

IGN has confirmed that O’Brien is voicing Bumblebee in the character’s solo film and even has a quote from Bonaventura, explaining why it was necessary for the Transformer famous for not having a voice in the live-action franchise to finally get one:

“Since we were approaching this as an origin story, we felt that it was appropriate that you got to hear his voice. That’s the simple logic that we employed. The longer term implication of that is different. But the short-term implication of that is, since we really are resetting the mythology, essentially, of who Bumblebee is. And so, that seemed to us to be the appropriate, to get the chance to hear what he sounds like.”

Best known for his roles in the Teen Wolf TV series and The Maze Runner movie trilogy, O’Brien is trying his hand at something new with Bumblebee, in the wake of the final Maze Runner movie, The Death Cure, hitting theaters near the start of this year. During his interview with IGN, Bonaventura further explained that the actor possesses “that great quality in his voice of youthful exuberance, and also sort of trustworthiness” that he, Knight, and the film’s other creatives wanted Bee to have in his ’80s adventure.

It’s fitting that Bee is getting a brand-new voice, seeing as Bumblebee itself (like Bonaventura said) is meant to serve as a fresh start for the Transformers movie franchise. While the film is currently projected for the lowest box office opening for a live-action Transformers movie yet, it’s generating positive pre-release word of mouth and may prove to have long legs in theaters, assuming that the actual film lives up to all the initial hype. Between O’Brien voicing Bee, Steinfeld playing the human lead, and the talent behind the camera (including, writer Christina Hodson, the first woman to script a Transformers movie), Bumblebee certainly has a good deal working in its favor, quality-wise.

MORE: Every Bumblebee Movie Update You Need to Know

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2018-12-03 02:12:01

Hobbs & Shaw Photo: Idris Elba’s Fast & Furious Villain Revealed

Dwayne Johnson has posted the first photo of Idris Elba as the villainous Brixton in the Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw. The Rock has arguably become as central to the illegal street racing series-turned international juggernaut that is Fast & Furious as Vin Diesel, following his debut as Luke Hobbs from 2011’s Fast Five… and he has the box office receipts to prove it. Hence, it’s not surprising that Universal has decided to prioritize a spinoff movie that centers around Johnson’s character and pairs him opposite Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, especially after the two actors discovered they have crackling onscreen chemistry while filming last year’s Fate of the Furious.

Hobbs and Shaw officially began shooting last month, with David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) calling the shots from a script by Fast & Furious franchise writer/producer Chris Morgan. Not much is known about the film’s actual narrative, admittedly, but it’s probably fair to assume that Elba’s character is a suave British mercenary of sorts (Is there any other kind of British mercenary in the movies?) who’s out to profit from his terrorist ways. And of course, the only ones who stand in his way are Hobbs, Shaw, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘s Vanessa Kirby as (reportedly) Shaw’s sister, an MI-5 agent.

Related: Vanessa Kirby’s Hobbs & Shaw Character is ‘Absolutely the Boss’

Johnson published the first photo of Elba in character for Hobbs and Shaw on his Instagram account and, in doing so, confirmed the mysterious baddie’s name. Take a look in the space below:

Hobbs and Shaw‘s Brixton will be but the latest villain role in a major franchise movie that Elba adds to his belt, to go along with his voice work as the tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book remake and his performance as the antagonist Krall in Star Trek Beyond. As compelling as the actor can be when he’s playing the nobler type onscreen (even an extremely flawed hero like the DCI John Luther on the TV series Luther), he generally makes for an equally charismatic and engaging threat to the good guys in his big screen appearances.

The Fast & Furious movies have stepped up their own villain game over the past five years by bringing in top-tier talent like Luke Evans, Charlize Theron and – once upon a time – even Statham to take on the franchise’s heroes. However, with Elba stepping into Brixton’s (fancy) shoes, there’s a pretty good chance that Hobbs and Shaw will end up delivering the most memorable bad guy that the series has seen to date.

MORE: First Look at The Rock’s Fast & Furious Spinoff

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2018-10-11 03:10:10 – Sandy Schaefer

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!





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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker