Extras! The Rock could get fast 'n furious on his own, Gary Oldman finds a Child 44, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg conduct an interview, Hercules finds some friends and Captain America could get twisted! Plus much more!

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Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

If there was ever a time to accuse me of just using Extras to post a monstrous piles of crap, then this would be it, because we kick off today with… well, monstrous piles of crap. Specifically Kaiju crap, in this newly released pic from Guillermo Del Toro’s monsters vs mechs movie, Pacific Rim.

Speaking of crap, director Brett Ratner has certainly been keeping busy, and luckily it’s not with ruining a popular franchise. The cast of the journeyman director’s Hercules – which will see Dwain Johnson portraying the demigod who, disgruntled after not getting the godly credit he deserves, assembles a band of not-so-merry men to sell their fists, swords and various other Ancient Greece weapons of choice to the highest bidder, until one morally dubious mission forces him to rethink his whole outlook -just got a whole bigger and beardier.

Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, John Hurt and Rebecca Ferguson are all set to join the previously announced Johnson and Aksel Hennie in the testosterone fueled sword and sandal flick. Besides for McShane, who will be playing Hercules’ warrior-priest advisor, it’s not been revealed who these folk will be playing, though I’d be willing to bet drachmas to donuts that Sewell will be some kind of smug villain. It’s the face.

Let’s stay on The Rocky(y) road for a bit. Dwayne Johnson was like franchise viagra after his all muscles and a goatee character, Agent Luke Hobbs, helped make Fast 5 not only the highest grossing film in the franchise, but easily the best of the lot. Word on the street is that he also brings the sweaty thunder once again in Fast & Furious 6, and according to Mr People’s Champ, that’s apparently netted him a movie of his own.

“[It could arrive] possibly after this one or after [Fast and Furious 7], possibly, I’m not quite too sure. I know that’s the goal and we continue to build that character and have him take shape. But yes, I can’t wait.”

As to exactly what a Luke Dobbs standalone movie would be about, well he’s keeping mum on that, but I’m guessing it will involve him putting sweaty boots to asses, while sweating.

And finally, for our last bit of Rock business for the day, here’s a new TV spot for Fast & Furious 6, titled “Freedom”. Which is exactly what The Rock’s sweat shouts as it leaves his pores. He sweats a lot is what I’m saying.

Anna Kendrick is awesome. I’ve tried to tell you this in the past, but if you don’t trust me then maybe you’ll trust HBO. After learning of the young actress and unofficial Nerd Queen’s love of hit series Game of Thrones, the cable TV network sent her this custom made House Kendrick music box that plays the series’ theme music when opened.

Do want! And if my wife’s reading this, then I mean the music box, not Anna Kendrick.

Maximilliano Hernandez, the actor who played S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jasper Sitwell in the Avengers spinoff, Marvel One-Shot: Item 47, has not just revealed on his Twitter feed that he will be reprising his role for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but he also hinted at the direction that the superhero sequel will take.

“So it’s a much bigger role in a much darker Cap Story. Lots of twists and turns. And lots secrets about the MCU revealed!”

“I can’t say much more or the Marvel cops will revoke my SHIELD clearance! Trust me u will all freak out in the theatre when all is revealed!

When asked by one of his followers if he meant “comic canon twists or new twists??”, he replied “A new twist.” And the fanboy rumour mill is a-spinning!

This Is The End, funnymen Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s apocalyptic joint-directing debut – and by that I mean the first time they’ll direct a movie together, not the first time they will direct a homemade marijuana smoke so big that it ends the earth, which given their filmography is a pretty reasonable assumption – is only out in June, but the duo have already agreed to work together on another project.

They will co-helm The Interview for Columbia Pictures, which follows “a talk show host and producer pair who find themselves caught up in an assassination attempt against the political leader of North Korea.” Rogen and Goldberg wrote the script, and Rogen will play one of the two lead roles, while frequent (high) collaborator James Franco may possibly play the other.

If you’ve been wearing out the internet’s head so bad that you need to clean it with an ear-bud (bad joke for the old crowd) by looping this morning’s kickass Star Trek Into Darkness incessantly, then I got something new for you to play with. No, not that… er, girl shaped party balloon. I’m talking about this new extended version of that trailer that the folks from director JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions have now released. Yes, it’s only extended by a few seconds, but it does contain a couple new snippets of footage.

Human chameleon Gary Oldman looks to be joining Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in Daniel “Safe House” Espinosa’s Child 44, the adaptation of Tom Rob’s Stalinist Russia set serial killer thriller novel. The film already had quite the intriguing premise – Hardy is a decorated member of Stalins’ feared State Security police who uncovers a serial killer targeting children, but due to wanting to maintain the illusion of a socialist paradise, he becomes a target of the government himself while trying to stop a madman from killing again – but with these three acting powerhouses together, this will be one to keep an eye on.

Although it may not happen, looking at the seriousness of the source material, I’m still holding thumbs that Oldman will find some way to – pardon my French – perdre sa merde! That’s “lose his sh!t” to all you Franco-phobes. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then have a look at this supercut of the acclaimed actor misplacing his feces like a boss.

Last Updated: March 22, 2013

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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