Deadline reports that after an exhaustive search, actor-singer Jesse McCartney just landed the final role on Fox’s drama pilot Locke & Key. He will play Ty, the eldest of the Locke children. It is a key role in the project (pun intended) as it is considered the male lead on the show.

Locke & Key, from 20th TV, Kurtzman/Orci and DreamWorks TV, is based on Joe Hill’s comic. It tells the story of Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children, Tyler (McCartney), Kinsey (Sarah Bolger), and Bode (Skylar Gaertner) who, after the brutal murder of Nina’s husband Rendell Locke, return to Keyhouse, his old family home in Massachusetts. There, they are pestered by an evil entity that’s determined to hold the family hostage one way or another until it gets what it wants. As Ty, McCartney will be able to show off his music talents. According to the character description, Ty was the closest with his dad and carries a special guilt for his father’s death. He isolates himself a bit by retreating into his music. On TV, McCartney most recently recurred on Greek.

“Ranci Visions: John Narcomey”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is another beautiful piece featuring Kayla by long time friend of ZKS and Forbidden Panel John Narcomey. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

Superherohype has received three new screenshots and one promo image for Batman: Arkham City, coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in the fall. We stole them and posted them here for your enjoyment.

“Rancid Visions: Kylie Hibinski”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is a great piece by talented new commer Kylie Hibinski with inks by Justin White. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

Thanks to NIF

Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to reunite with Christopher Nolan for the director’s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

It’s unclear what role Gordon-Levitt will play in the film, though he has been rumored in connection with the threequel sincelast summer.  However, Nolan struck down Internet rumors that the Riddler would appear in the film, as well as any notion that the Joker would make a return without the late Heath Ledger.  The oft-rumored Hugo Strange is also a possibility, though details of the character’s involvement are pure speculation at this point.

Anne Hathaway has already been confirmed as Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman) and Gordon-Levitt’s Inception co-star Tom Hardy is playing the musclebound baddie Bane.  A third villain isn’t out of the question, but would certainly complicate the plot as Nolan is building to a finale.

Another option would be Dick Grayson, a young circus performer orphaned by a mafia boss and taken in by Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale).  In the comics, television series, and the 1995 movie Batman & Robin, Grayson ultimately becomes Robin, Batman’s crime-fighting sidekick.  Gordon-Levitt certainly has the chops to play the “Boy Wonder,” but both Nolan and Bale have downplayed the possibility of introducing Robin into this gritty Gotham.  (Nolan said Grayson was in a “crib somewhere” during The Dark Knight.)  Does that rule out Nightwing?

Shooting starts this Spring and, according to Deadline, the 29-year-old actor will have completed his starring role in Rian Johnson’s Looper, a sci-fi time travel film with Bruce Willis that should hopefully be on everyone’s radar by now.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for July 2012.

“Rancid Visions: Julian Aguilera”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is another sneak peak. Here is an awesome piece by the very talented Julian Aguilera. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

Christopher Nolan appeared at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and confirmed the status of “The Dark Knight Rises”.

“We’ve worked on it a long time – David Goyer and myself. We’re about 12 weeks away from shooting. We start in May” Nolan told a packed crowd. He added that the main draw of doing this third film was about “finishing the story.”

The press release announcing Anne Hathaway’s involvement in the film the other week called her role Selina Kyle only, no mention of Catwoman. Nolan didn’t confirm whether we’ll see Catwoman in the film, however cinematographer Wally Pfister confirmed to Bleeding Coolthat Hathaway has done a full costume test.

“Yeah.. She’s phenomenal. This is something she wanted and wanted to show Chris, ‘I’m the one for this job’ and she did an incredible job…and she looked phenomenal in the wardrobe [hint, hint]. It’s going to be amazing with her.”

Pushed however to explain if that costume test was for Catwoman rather Kyle, he said “I’ll get fired and I won’t even get to shoot the picture! … I can’t really [say], but I definitely want to be around next year.”

Thanks to DH

From Dark Horizons

Stephen King’s single novel epic “The Stand” is finally getting adapted for the big screen via Warner Bros. and CBS Films reports Heat Vision.

The studios and producers will sit down with writers and directors in the coming weeks to find the right take on the material. One thing to be determined is whether to attempt the adaptation in one or multiple movies.

The novel, first published in 1978 and revised in 1990, is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. The survivors end up fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.

ABC produced a toned-down six-hour mini-series adaptation in 1994, while Marvel Comics has recently produced an acclaimed graphic novel adaptation.

CBS has held the rights for years but recently sought a parter to co-develop and co-produce a feature with Warners winning a bidding war for the rights. King will be involved in some capacity while Mosaic and Roy Lee are producing.

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