A few news items from the past week or so...
ThunderCats, a classic 1980s cartoon, is being revived by Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network (Variety blog). WBA will be teaming with Japan's Studio4°C to give the new series a new anime look. I loved this show as a little girl; I have very early memories of watching it with my older brother, and we had a bunch of episodes recorded onto VHS that we'd rewatch a lot. I'm happy to see that a new generation of kids will get to experience the joys of Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats Ho!
Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, FlashForward) and Eva Green (Casino Royale) are set to star in a 10-episode miniseries called Camelot as Merlin and Morgana, respectively (IMDb). I'm always interested to see new incarnations of Merlin (I took a whole college course on him, after all), and I like these actors. We'll see how it turns out.
Stanley Tucci has been cast in the upcoming Captain America movie as Dr. Abraham Erskine, a scientist behind the experiment that turns Steve Rogers into Captain America (Variety). He joins Chris Evans and Hugo Weaving in the cast. Tucci is an awesome character actor who has been in so many great things, so I'm always happy to hear about a new role he's been cast in, especially if it's a cool movie that I'm looking forward to.
In further Marvel movie casting news, Jeremy Renner has been cast as Hawkeye in the Avengers movie (IMDb). I thought he was great in The Hurt Locker, so I'm excited about this casting. My first exposure to the Avengers was in a Sega Genesis game we owned where players could choose from Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Vision. Regardless of which heroes true Marvel comics fans consider to be the core Avengers, these four are the ones I most associate with the team. I have to say that Hawkeye was my least favorite of the four to play, but still, he's cool. I really hope this movie turns out to be awesome.