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Who is The Collector? Oh, just an enormously powerful, billions of years-old being who can see the future and has a giant collection of priceless artifacts from across the galaxy-- hence the name. He also tends to tangle with the Avengers, at once point in the comics even forcing Iron Man to work on his side
Not only does this confirm what we all know – that Del Toro is notorious for being hard to understand – but it also gives us a small idea as to who he might be playing.
There may be no man on Earth whose acting career has been as boosted by drugs as Benicio Del Toro. (Okay, maybe Cheech and Chong.) The Puerto Rican performer often cast in crime dramas made his mark as Dr. Gonzo in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He won his first Academy Award in 2001 for Steven Soderbergh's drug war-centered drama Traffic.
For those unfamiliar with the book, the plot centers on a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert and miraculously comes across a young boy who claims to hail from an asteroid and has fallen to Earth. The pilot fixes his plane and tries to get it ready for flight again while the boy tells him stories about his homeworld. Sources have informed THR that Bridges will be providing the voice of the pilot, but fails to mention who the rest of the actors will be portraying.
Let's now have some fun with speculation, shall we? Personally, I think there's a very good chance that what we're seeing here could be the casting of Thanos, the giant purple dude revealed in the mid-credits sequence of Joss Whedon's The Avengers. Obviously that would mean that Del Toro would be completely unrecognizable in the role, but having that kind of talent underneath the CGI would be brilliant.
Joaquin Phoenix is no longer alone on the cast list for Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. The Master star has been attached to the project since January, when he took over the lead role for Robert Downey Jr....
Hutcherson will front the film as Nick, a surfer who falls hard for a girl named Maria while he is vacationing in Columbia with his brother. But his romantic ambitions meet some potentially lethal obstacles when he discovers Maria is the niece of dangerous drug lord Pablo Escobar, a part Del Toro is set for. Corbet is joining the cast as Nick's brother. There's no word on what young actress might play Maria.
Desplechin recently helmed the excellent A Christmas Tale, and earlier maneuvered the underrated King & Queen, so the idea of him reuniting with Amalric and pitting him across from Del Toro is more than enough to get us into a theater for Jimmy Picard.
Now instead of facing off against Rian Johnson's genre-blending hitman flick Looper, Savages will be the only film daring to take on The Amazing Spider-Man for the July 4th weekend, a slot traditionally awarded to the summer's biggest or most family-friendly adventure movies
While the Oscar winning actor did go into negotiations with the people behind the next Star Trek movie, talks have fallen apart over monetary issues. Even more interesting is that apparently the deal went sour on Wednesday, two days before the Khan rumor surfaced. The report says that the production will now quickly try to find a replacement, as the film is scheduled to begin lensing at the start of next year.
I know some of you have voiced support for "Benicio as Khan," but it's really for the best if it's not true. By doing a reboot on an alternate timeline, the creators of the new Star Trek opened up an endless number of possibilities. If they had chosen to do Khan again it would simply be a remake of Wrath of Khan and what's the point of that?
Back in early November, Star Trek fans started going nuts when it was reported that J.J. Abrams was keen on casting Benicio Del Toro as the central villain in his upcoming sequel to the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster hit. There was a problem, however: the report didn't say what character the Oscar winner would play. The internet became an endless stream of speculation, with Trekies speculating everything from Klingons to Tribbles (yes, I did actually read a comment that suggested Tribbles).
The word broke earlier this month that J.J. Abrams had somebody specific in mind for the role of the villain in Star Trek 2: Benicio Del Toro. We still don't know what role Del Toro will be tackling if he signs on for Star Trek 2, but now Abrams has dropped a few tidbits about why he thinks Del Toro is perfect for the role...whatever that may be.
There aren't that many questions left about J.J. Abrams' next Star Trek movie. We know that the project is in active development and that Abrams is once again attached to direct. We know that the script is being written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. We know that the entire cast will be returning, from Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk to Simon Pegg as Scotty.
With the men on board Stone is now looking to set up the female roles, "casting a wide net" for the girlfriend role Lawrence was set to play, and also considering Salma Hayek for a role as the "Mexican drug cartel matriarch," though nothing is set in stone yet