The Casting Rumour-mill

By Sara Da Silva

The announcement of new films comes hand in hand with casting rumours. Some turn out to be surprisingly accurate, and others can be the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard. Let’s talk about that.

Wicked. I fell head over heels in love with this musical a few years ago so I hold it very close to my heart. When I heard rumours of Harry Styles being cast as Fiyero, the main male lead, it almost killed me. If I were to list the things fundamentally wrong with this then we’d be here for hours. As it is still in its early stages nothing definite has been released, so I’m hoping that future announcements will put my mind at ease.

I am well aware of the fact that the casting of Nicholas Cage in Superman Lives was a rumour turned reality, but I needed to give it a quick mention because of how hilarious it is to me. Thank heavens it was cancelled. I mean honestly, what were they thinking?

Moving swiftly on, Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, is scheduled to be released later this year. Daniel Craig is signed on for one more film after Spectre, but after that James Bond is open for the taking. In a leaked email from Amy Pascal, the chairperson of the Motion Pictures Group of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Idris Elba was supposedly put forward as a candidate. Rush Limbaugh, a US conservative radio show host, addressed the rumours stating that Ian Fleming, the author of the books, wrote Bond as a “white [man] from Scotland”, and that he should not be played by a black actor. Oh how he is so very wrong. Idris Elba is the perfect choice for the next James Bond. He’s excruciatingly talented and devilishly handsome. This is one casting rumour that I’m backing 110%.

The majority of these rumours are started by people simply throwing out famous names. For example, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was announced casting rumours ran wild, from Zac Efron and Benedict Cumberbatch, to Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m pretty sure they were just listing every famous name they could think of. Although, there were rumours of Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls) being cast and they turned out to be completely accurate. I suppose if they list enough names then one of them is bound to be true.

And last, but certainly not least: Spider-Man. So, it turns out Andrew Garfield, much to my heart’s dismay, is no longer playing Spider-Man. But, perhaps it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.

Before Andrew Garfield was originally cast, there was a pretty big online campaign to get Donald Glover to play Spider-Man. But, of course, like the reaction that followed rumours of Idris being in the running for James Bond, some people weren’t quite on board.

With the role of Spider-Man back on the table, Glover’s name has been thrown into the pile. Rumours have been circulating that the newest films would portray Miles Morales as Spider-Man, as opposed to Peter Parker. And with Donald Glover voicing Miles in the Ultimate Spider-Man, it’s not a big leap to suggest that he’s being considered for the role. At least I hope he is.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and continue speculating until we eventually find out who will be playing our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. We promise you’ll be the first to know.


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