Shia LaBeouf makes no bones about “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” being a fun action-flick. He, Michael Bay and Tyrese Gibson unveiled the movie’s new trailer at a special IMAX screening in L.A.
“The movie is not overtly complicated,” LaBeouf says. “It wasn’t built for extreme pontification or self exploration. It’s built for fun and enjoyment and escapism. It’s the only movie that I’ve ever been a part of where you can drive down the street and literally see decals of your movies on other cars.”
After the jump, watch the trailer and clip of the stars…
The sequel finds LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky being taken prisoner by the Decepticons, but thank goodness the Autobots got his back. Look for it in IMAX and conventional theaters on June 24, 2009.
The stars talk up the movie and trailer:
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Trailer:
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I’ve been a big fan of Mara’s for a while, and especially loved her role in “Shooter,” opposite Mark Wahlberg. Her character in “Iron Man 2″ is being kept under wraps for now (anyone heard anything?). Scarlett Johansson is playing Black Widow, and Gwyneth Paltrow is returning as Pepper Pots.
Gregg is reprising his role as Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m guessing he might play a major role in “The Avengers,” as well. That movie is coming up in 2012.
“Iron Man 2″ is scheduled for release on May 7, 2010, and it can’t get here fast enough for me. I need more of Robert Downey, Jr. as the dashing Tony Stark, and it’ll be a blast seeing Mickey Rourke as Ivan/Whiplash. I’m sure those two have plenty to talk about on set, since both have battled demons and had major comebacks in recent years.
Such was the case for Channing Tatum, who says he’s seriously bummed that he didn’t get to play Gambit in the upcoming “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, the part went to Taylor Kitsch, whom I’m sure will do a fantastic job in the role.
Tatum will be in theaters this summer in “Fighting,” “Public Enemies,” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” But the comic-book fan says Gambit has always been near and dear to his heart.
“Man, I was dying to play [Gambit],” Tatum told MTV News. “My dad’s from Louisiana, and I think I’ve always just gravitated towards Gambit, in general. He’s just cooler than anything to me.”
Tatum nearly got the chance when he was almost cast as Gambit’s alter ego, Remy LeBeau, in Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.” The character was dropped at the last minute.
When the role surfaced again for “Wolverine,” Tatum couldn’t work it out with his packed schedule. He says of Taylor Kitsch: “I’m really interested to see how the guy plays him, because I have a pretty clear version of Gambit in my head. I’m sure the guy is going to be great, though.”
Who do you think would make a better Gambit – Channing Tatum or Taylor Kitsch? Share your thoughts below.
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“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is splashed around the Web this weekend, thanks to the new trailer hitting theaters. The official one isn’t out yet, but, of course, it’s on YouTube. The movie will be in theaters May 1, 2009. Check out the bootleg:
MTV’s Rick Marshall recently spoke with Jeff Katz, former 20th Century Fox exec and comics writer, about his experience on the set of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.”
In addition to raving about Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Katz also raved about Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Taylor Kitsch as Gambit. He also brought to light a few rumors, including the fact that a Deadpool movie has been in the works for more than five years.
Of Reynolds as Deadpool, Katz said, “He IS that character. I have to say it’s one of the proudest things I’ve done in my career, and it took me five extra years to do it, but to finally get him into that role and get it done is something I’m very proud of.”
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Of a Deadpool movie, Katz says, “All the way back to Ryan, David Goyer and I on ‘Blade: Trinity,’ we were trying to put together a deal at New Line for a ‘Deadpool’ movie. We thought the rights were clear and not part of the ‘X-Men’ universe, so Ryan could play the character and Goyer could write. I can’t remember why — I think they wanted to do a ‘Blade’ spin-off instead — but it didn’t come together. But Ryan, to his credit, has remained obsessed with the character.”
Of Kitsch’s turn as Gambit, Katz says, “There’s no question that I think Gambit’s going to play well. Put Taylor in a trenchcoat and give him a staff, and watch out. He’s a tough kid, and he did a lot of his own stuff — and he looked like a million bucks doing it.”
I agree. Taylor Kitsch, who plays Tim Riggins on “Friday Night Lights,” has always struck me as a guy who would go a long way in the biz.
With Marvel’s penchant for cross-promoting characters in movies, could there be movies in store for Deadpool and Gambit? Any thoughts on this?
Image: Ryan Reynolds, Adventureland, Miramax, 2009; Taylor Kitsch, Friday Night Lights, NBC Universal, 2007
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The one I’m probably most psyched about is “Iron Man 2,”, and the least? Eh, “GI Joe: Rise of Cobra” doesn’t really do much for me, but that might change. How about you?
Image: Iron Man, Paramount Pictures, 2008