|Starburst always has the latest Sci-Fi news. Here's a quick burst of this month's stories|
|Compiled by Ian Calcutt||Taken from Starburst #266|
Doing the Monkey Business
Tim Burtons Planet of the Apes continues to evolve with the addition of more key cast members.
Oscar-nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (Green Mile, Armageddon) is to play an ape warrior, second in command to Tim Roths anti-human military commander; Paul Giamatti (Truman Show, Private Parts) will play Limbo, a pro-human slave-trading ape while Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, 1994s Frankenstein) will portray a sympathetic simian princess.
Although the lead character, a human pilot played by Mark Wahlberg, has a traditional love interest in the form of Estella Warren, a controversial rumour suggests that Bonham Carters princess may put the mate into primate as far as her relationship with Wahlberg is concerned.
This alleged inter-species fling is said to have upset Fox studio heads who see it as akin to bestiality and unsuitable for their planned PG-13 movie. If they only saw it as the kind of human-alien intermingling Captain Kirk used to get up to all the time, surely thered be no problem?
Téa leaves for Jurassic Park
Téa Leoni (star of Deep Impact and a notable Scully double in The X-Files Hollywood AD episode written and directed by hubbie David Duchovny) is to appear in Jurassic Park III. Its reported that her part is that of business and romantic partner to the wealthy businessman played by William H Macy. Trevor Morgan (ER, Sixth Sense, The Patriot) plays Macys son.
Double Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey is to star in K-PAX an SF drama directed by Iain Softley (Hackers, Wings of the Dove). Written by Charles Leavitt (The Mighty) from a novel by Gene Brewer, the story tells of a mental patient who believes so insistently that hes an alien that even the psychiatrist treating him begins to doubt his diagnosis.
In the Minority
Ten-year-old Jake Thomas (Touched by an Angel, The Cell) has signed to play the main (human) child in Steven Spielbergs AI. Haley Joel Osment will be the kids android brother...
Sting in the tail
Newcomer Michelle Lintel plays the cop turned vigilante crimefighter while 1960s Batman TV stars Adam West and Frank Gorshin (The Riddler) have regular bad guy roles alongside Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), veteran US TV host Soupy Sales, Charles Fleischer (voice of Roger Rabbit) and 17 Playboy playmates (and Penthouse pets, apparently - Web Ed). Theres no word of a UK transmission yet but we have a feeling its perfect for Channel 5...
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