Will Lee Play Buffalo Bill on “Hannibal”?

Jun 11

Not to get everyone excited, but there’s been quite some buzz lately about Lee Pace rejoining Bryan Fuller (creator of “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Dasies”) for the ongoing NBC drama, “Hannibal.” Although Bryan initially wanted Lee to play Francis Dolarhyde – aka the Red Dragon – Lee’s AMC series “Halt and Catch Fire” unfortunately caused a scheduling conflict. Instead, the role of Francis went to Richard Armitage, who played Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit.

Now there’s some talk from Bryan that he would like to see Lee in another role: Buffalo Bill. In a recent interview with the French Daily Mars, he was specifically asked about Lee Pace and their potential future together on “Hannibal”:

You’ve got a whole Fullerverse, with actors going from one of your series to another. Any chance we’ll get a Lee Pace cameo [in “Hannibal”]?
We’ve been trying. I talked to Lee years ago about playing the Red Dragon. He was busy on his show, “Halt and Catch Fire,” and was not available. But if we do manage to have the characters from Silence of the Lambs, I think it would be great to have Lee Pace play Buffalo Bill. It would amazing.

It should also be noted that Bryan Fuller recently (on June 4th) threw everyone in a tizzy during a “Hannibal” Facebook Q&A. When asked who he thought Lee Pace could play in a cameo role, Bryan answered in past-tense: “He’s made a great Buffalo Bill.”

So, what do you think? Would Lee make a great Buffalo Bill? Would you like to see him and Bryan reunite again, this time for “Hannibal”?

Lee Cast in Lance Armstrong Biopic

Nov 13

According to TheWrap, Lee Pace has been cast in another new project: a to-be-named Lance Armstrong biopic. Directed by Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette [starring Lee-favorite, Daniel Day-Lewis], The Queen), the film will star Ben Foster as the controversial cyclist. Lee’s role has yet to be announced.

The film is based on David Walsh’s book, Seven Deadly Sin: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, which has been adapted into a screenplay by John Hodge. Chris O’Dowd (“The IT Crowd,” and recently seen in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World) will co-star in the film as Walsh, while Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad,” “Friday Night Lights”) and French actor Guillaume Canet are also attached.

TheWrap also added this small summary on the film:

The film chronicles Armstrong’s rise to fame and fall from grace, including his Tour de France championships and battle with cancer. Walsh was among the integral figures who helped expose doping within professional cycling.

Bryan Fuller Has Many Plans for “Pushing Daisies” Cast

May 3

Aside from the big news regarding Guardians Of The Galaxy, it’s been pretty quiet on the Lee Pace news front. He recently wrapped up shooting the pilot episode of AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire,” which will hopefully be picked up for a full season. The Hobbit is currently shooting more scenes after the second film was split into two separate features; however, I’m uncertain as to whether or not Lee will be back in New Zealand for additional footage.

So, with that said, how about some more talk about a potential “Pushing Daisies” film?

When speaking to Kristin Dos Santos at E! – who was notoriously supportive of “Pushing Daisies” when it was on the air – creator/writer Bryan Fuller revealed that he has some pretty big plans in store for previous cast members, including Lee Pace, Kristin Chenoweth, and Anna Friel. Check out what he says about a potential Kickstarter campaign to fund a “Daisies” movie, and whether or not we’ll see our favorite pie makers in Bryan’s current NBC series, “Hannibal.”

• “From the moment the show was canceled [on ABC], I’ve been trying to do a ‘Pushing Daisies’ movie and started writing a script for it. The best chance for it to happen, perhaps the only chance for it to happen, would be through something like Kickstarter. I haven’t even been back in Los Angeles for more than five days since wrapping ‘Hannibal,’ so one of the first orders of business is to find out more from [‘Veronica Mars’ creator] Rob Thomas to find out how he did it. And to call Warner Brothers to see if it’s something that they would allow… But I would, Oh my God, I would love to get those actors together again. I have what I think is a very cool story; it’s just a matter of finding out if it’s possible. I think it would be such an interesting sentimental return.

• “I talked to Lee Pace about doing a role on [‘Hannibal’] this season. But he was doing a stage play, and so we’re planning to work that out with season two. He’s definitely interested in doing the show, and I would love to work with him again. I also very much want to work with Anna Friel again, and Kristin Chenoweth clearly has to play someone in the Boston arts scene. Perhaps an opera singer. So we are hoping to make that all happen.”


Will Kickstarter Finally Kick Start a “Pushing Daisies” Movie?

Mar 18

Did you hear about the amazing feat “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas managed via Kickstarter, the site used to garner money for projects? He set up a two million dollar donation goal and, if he was to reach it within thirty days or so, he vowed to fans that a movie for the beloved series would follow. Amazingly, the campaign reached its goal after only ten hours. To date, it has raised 3.6 million dollars — with 24 days left.

It has created buzz all throughout Hollywood. For a show that averaged 2.5 million viewers during its 2004-07 run, the breakneck speed of monetary pledges is especially outstanding. It’s resulted in other creative types wondering if they could duplicate the campaign’s success, including Bryan Fuller, who – as we know – has been trying hard to bring “Pushing Daisies” back to life in one form or another. (He’s already written the first act of a would-be film.)

Bryan has since stated that he’s also interested in trying out Kickstarter to test the waters. Although a “Pushing Daisies” movie would be a far more costly endeavor than “Veronica Mars” (due to CGI and prosthetics, Bryan estimates they’d need more like a $10 million budget), the fan donation campaign – if a success – would at least give him the backing to Warner Brothers to continue pursuing a movie; proving that there is still interest in the show. Check out what he said to The Hollywood Reporter on the subject:

“When I saw [the Kickstarter campaign] online, I said to my agent immediately, ‘Can we do this with “Pushing Daisies” or “Wonderfalls”? And he said, ‘”Pushing Daisies” is going to take a lot more than $2 million to make into a movie.'”

“‘Veronica Mars’ hinges on its charming cast and writing and isn’t as effects-laden and dependent on huge productions. You can make a $2 million or $4 million ‘Veronica Mars’ movie. For something like ‘Pushing Daisies,’ which is more elaborate visually and also would require extensive prosthetics and those sorts of complicating production elements, it’s a little more daunting.”

“I never assumed it was a realistic option until Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell pulled it off. It’s going to be easier to get in line behind ‘Veronica Mars.’ The question is whether that next show is going to be as well-suited to this process. I imagine that it’s quite a bit of legwork and loopholes and legalities to navigate. I have so many questions for Rob Thomas — I sent him an e-mail earlier today.”

“If I weren’t in Toronto finishing up on ‘Hannibal,’ I’d be knocking on doors at Warner Brothers, asking, ‘Is this a viable plan for Pushing Daisies’?”

So, what say you, fans: would you donate to a Kickstarter campaign to see a “Pushing Daisies” movie?

Lee Confirms ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Audition

Dec 7

While at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s New York premiere last night, Lee Pace was asked about future projects — including his potential involvement in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We’re lucky enough to have video footage of him confirming that, yes, he will be auditioning for the role of Peter Quill, AKA Star-Lord. He also says he’s read the script and that “it’s great” and “the character is a lot of fun.” The audition is on Monday, where he’ll apparently “meet everyone,” so best of luck, Lee!

Lee Testing for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’

Nov 28

Remember when Lee Pace was rumored to be up for a Marvel movie part? Although nothing ever came to fruition, there is this news: he is currently testing for the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming movie adaptation, Guardians of the Galaxy. This franchise will enter into Marvel’s “Phase 2,” along with The Avengers 2 and others (there is belief that the two teams will eventually collide on screen). Lee is up for the role as the leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, which you can read about below (courtesy of First Showing):

As a child Peter Quill’s father died trying to kill him and his mother was killed by an alien. It’s no wonder he grew up to be an astronaut. But while on a space station, Quill is visited by Master of the Sun and gets transformed into Star-Lord, who is tasked with policing the galaxy. His suit allows him to travel through space, increase his strength and he has a powerful weapon called an element gun which fires earth, water, fire and air. In the concept art release at Comic-Con, he’s carrying Kree sub-machine guns (from the alien race that created his suit), which shoot various types of ammunition, including explosives. He also has a psychic link to a sentient spaceship aptly called Ship.

However, it doesn’t look like it’ll be an easy part to get, as many actors are also in contention. Others reported as testing for the part include Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, and Eddie Redmayne. Deadline is reporting that there is interest from Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden, and Sullivan Stapleton as well.

“Pushing Daisies” … on Stage?

Jul 16

While at 2012 Comic-Con, Bryan Fuller mentioned that he was working on a new “Pushing Daisies” project that was neither a comic book nor a miniseries. In a new interview (video above), Michael Ausiello added that the upcoming revival isn’t a film, either. When pressed if it was moving to Broadway, Bryan merely shrugged and said “perhaps.” What do you think, guys? Will we be seeing “Pushing Daisies” as a stage performance soon? An official announcement will be made once everything is arranged, but hopefully we can expect it soon!

Will Lee Pace Star in a Marvel Film?

Aug 30

According to the team over at Marvel Cinematic Universe, Lee Pace’s name has been tossed around to play a future Marvel Studios character. The studio is currently laying out plans for numerous comic-turned-movies, including an adaptation for Ant-Man (with director Edgar Wright) and Doctor Strange.

Keep in mind that this is just a rumor, and there is no guarantee he’ll actually be cast. (Although, as it’s been on a personal wishlist of mine for him to play a Marvel character, I sincerely hope it is true!) You can read MCU’s inside scoop below:

Insider news: Bradley Cooper, Joel Edgerton and Lee Pace have all come up as possible actors to play an upcoming Marvel Studios role.

Will There be a “Pushing Daisies” Movie?

Apr 3

While at San Francisco’s WonderCon on Friday, April 1st, Bryan Fuller spoke to AssignmentX and mentioned how he’d like to see the future of “Pushing Daisies” unfold:

“I am really emboldened by what Starz is doing with TORCHWOOD and I would love to do a PUSHING DAISIES mini-series on Starz,” Fuller says. “This would be a great way to wrap up the show properly. [We could] do six great episodes or even a PUSHING DAISIES movie. But I kind of like the idea of a Starz mini-series since they really embraced TORCHWOOD.”

Now, today, while conversing with “Daisies” star Kristin Chenoweth over Twitter, Fuller seemed to drop big news. After Chenoweth Tweeted to “write the movie!!! We all wanna do it!” Fuller responded by saying, “It’s on the docket!” Does this mean we can anticipate a “Pushing Daisies” movie or mini-series? It looks like something is already in the works.

‘Pushing Daisies’ Comic May Feature Soundtrack

Sep 24

What could make the Pushing Daisies comic whimsical? How about a soundtrack! Michael Ausiello posted some new information about the upcoming Pushing Daisies comics in his September 23rd edition of Ask Ausiello. According to Bryan Fuller, licensing fees for the songs still need to be worked out, but he and others working on the project are aiming for a multimedia experience. Below is the direct quote from Fuller:

“Issue number 1 will hopefully be out in early 2011, issue number 2 is being colored as we speak, and issue number 3 is being written. Our Emmy-award-winning composer Jim Dooley and I have been talking about giving the audience a multimedia experience with the comic—specifically a score. We have no idea whether we can actually afford to do an actual Pushing Daisies comic soundtrack (because the cast has agreed to sing songs and those licensing fees are expensive), but Jim has already started composing musical cues that we will either release officially or stream for freesies online when the comic book is published. I’ve already heard the track for Lee Pace’s cover ditty and it’s fantastic.”

We’ve heard Lee sing in Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day and Soldier’s Girl, and it looks like there may be another opportunity forthcoming. Any guesses on what Ned may be singing?