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Exclusive Interview: Slow Horses Star Christopher Chung teases Roddy’s journey for Season 2

Slow Horses is a darkly humorous espionage drama that follows a dysfunctional team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 known un-affectionately as Slough House. Oldman stars as ‘Jackson Lamb,’ the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies, who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes as they frequently find themselves blundering around the smoke and mirrors of the espionage world. 

The British espionage series aired its thrilling and action-packed finale just yesterday and I was able to have a nice chat with star Christopher Chung who plays Roddy Ho in the series as he spoke about how amazing it was to play a character who isn’t subservient and spoke about his dream roles from playing Bond to a role in Shang-Chi 2.

The series has been quite thrilling so far and as a fan it has been great to speculate week by week, how was it like for you?

To watch it week by week cause I haven’t watched the whole series yet as I’ve been wanting to watch it with my wife. So having had read the scripts already and knowing what happens, I still found that at the end of every episode you’re left with this cliffhanger even though I know what’s coming to see it translated on screen is phenomenal and such a joy to be held in that suspense for a week. So I’m really looking forward to the pay-off tomorrow.

Roddy is supposed to be a bigger part of the last episode, could you expand on that and give us a little teaser?

I think Roddy’s been a big part of the whole season to be honest. I mean the whole thing wouldn’t have have happened if it wasn’t for him. That’s just the arrogance of Roddy coming out of me. I apologize, but no, I think their are certain points in tomorrow’s episode where you see that he really does kind of give the pieces of information to the group that are incredibly necessary to resolve what’s going on.

How has it been playing the character?

It was an incredible joy to play him. I remember in my first audition with James Hawes and Will Smith the writer, just saying to them what an incredible joy it was to pick up a character like Roddy and not have to be a subservient kind of beholden character that is servicing everyone else’s goals and objectives. Where i think he really gets to stand on his own, he marches to the beat of his own drum and he does exactly what he wants to do which is a really nice dynamic to play within the Slow Horses because you know in a way they’re all really trying to come together to solve this kidnapping of Hassan and bring it to a resolve. Which Roddy really just wants to get home listening to his music and editing his dating profile.

How have you felt about the direction the character has gone this season and where would you like to take it in the future?

I think it would’ve been really easy for me to have painted Roddy with a really rash and abrasive paint stroke. I think what was really great about working with James Hawes is that he’d find the light and shade between the times where Roddy is abrasive and times where he’s actually helpful to the group and justifying that for myself on why is he putting this information over and it always kind of came down to him proving himself. like he is this hotshot which he is. You know in terms of growth, there’s so many ways that I would like to see him go and the way he’s written in the book he really does start to come into his own and he really starts to take a bit more central focus. So if you want to find out more about him Mick’s written an incredible series of books and hopefully at some point if all goes well then there will be more seasons ahead.

Talking about you now, What would be your dream franchise to join or a character you would love to play?

My favorite franchise? I mean, I think the go to that everyone wants to go to would be a Marvel franchise. Who wouldn’t want to be a Marvel hero? Yeah, I think that would be lovely and also I mean its only keeping in the tone it would be awesome to be in a bond film. To be in a really long form spy movie like that, i grew up watching Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and their some of my favorite films that I always go back to.

I would love to see you ask the next Bond.

Haha, i would love to see me as the next Bond too.

You talked about Marvel superheroes so is there any specific character you would like to play?

Keeping it in my wheelhouse, I’d love to be involved if there was a Shang-Chi 2. I think Simu did such an incredible job playing Shang-Chi. I had always wanted to be an X-Men, I think Cyclops is my favorite.

That’s coming up so you never know

Yeah, you never know.

What are some things you love about Roddy?

I think the things that I love about playing Roddy is that he stands on his own ceremony and he does exactly what’s in his head. I don’t think there’s any- he doesn’t try to hide what he’s feeling, he doesn’t try and mince his words. He’s very matter of fact and he just says it how he sees it. Sometimes to his own detriment. I don’t think there is anything I don’t like about him and if there is I try not to see that cause then it’s very hard to be that character when you have judgment on how they’re presenting.

Any little tidbits you can give us on the next episode?

It’s streaming on Apple TV+ you should definitely tune in to watch it and there might be a little surprise at the end of it.

Any tease for a Season 2?

There will be a Season 2 coming out some point at the end of the year.

That’s all from me, Thankyou for the chat Christopher!

Thankyou!

Christopher was extremely humble and it was great having a chat with him. A big thankyou to Apple TV+, the DDA group and especially Christopher.

Also Read: Our latest exclusive for Marvel’s upcoming ‘Secret Invasion’ series.

Exclusive: Secret Invasion Set Photos showcase Large Bunker Set

Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion is a new series heading to Disney+ that stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos—characters who first met in Captain Marvel. The crossover comic event series showcases a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years. Secret Invasion has been one of Marvel Studios’ most secretive series thus far. Marvel has only announced a few cast members and the only information we have on the series is through set photos from when the series was filming in public across the UK.

The Cine Geek has now exclusively acquired set photos for the series showcasing an indoor exploded bunker set and some Crew merch.

A Secret Bunker Set

The Photos showcase what looks to be an old war bunker with some kind of experiment being monitored or controlled. This includes an old computer panel and lots of wires plugged into various sockets in panels. This could be an old Skrull base or possibly even an old Soviet base since we know from past set photos that a portion of the series will take place in Russia. This set also looks quite destroyed so there may have been an explosion at the scene or possibly a big battle.

Crew Bag

Cast

Marvel Studios officially announced the series back in December of 2020, with Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Cobie Smulders returning to their past MCU roles along with Emilia Clarke, Olivia Coleman, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Christopher McDonald, and Killian Scott making their MCU debut in the series. 

Release?

The series will most likely be ready by the end of the year or early next year. The time taken for VFX for past Marvel Studios’ Disney+ shows has been around 5-6 months and the series wrapped filming in Pinewood Studios in the UK just a few weeks ago so it would’ve had a late 2022 release. This indicates that the move was most likely made due to the abundance of flagship Disney+ shows in 2022 which has caused a massive VFX logjam. So this would to allow them to be a bit spaced out. My prediction would be a first week of January or last week of December release.

Secret Invasion will exclusively premiere on Disney+ in late 2022 or early 2023.

Also Read: Kingpin and daredevil confirmed in Echo

Discovered: Vincent D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox listed as cast members for ‘Echo’ series along with Sydney Freeland as Director

Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series Hawkeye debuted Alaqua Cox’s Echo a deaf Native American character with a connection to Kingpin. The series saw D’Onofrio’s Kingpin’s return to the screen with his co star Charlie Cox’s Daredevil returning in Spider-Man No Way Home just a few days later. Since their return there have been lots of rumors and speculation of the duos return in the Echo series due to the deep connection has with both characters in the comics. We have now discovered some new evidence suggesting that the 2 will indeed return in Echo.

Cast Listing

We have now discovered new evidence which confirms that both D’Onofrio and Cox will be returning to the MCU in Echo. This new evidence comes to us in the form of a cast listing on the resume for a costume designer on the series. The costume designer in question is Stacy Caballero who has previously also worked on Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her resume can be found on her website, and among listings of her past projects is a listing for Echo with the main cast members listed below. The cast members listed for Echo include Alaqua Cox who plays Echo and interestingly also includes Vincent D’onofrio and Charlie Cox. This listing also includes Sydney Freeland as the director for the series. Her directing credits include episodes for Chambers, the CW’s Nancy Drew, Reservation Digs and Grey’s Anatomy.

This virtually confirms that the two will be returning in the series and also confirms that Freeland will be directing at-least a part of the series.

What this means?

Kingpin has a deep connection to Echo, as seen in Hawkeye, acting as a father figure for her. However, fans may be wondering how he would return after his death in the series finale for Hawkeye. Fans of the comics will have noticed that his death was an exact remake of a comic book panel from the Daredevil Parts of A Hole comic book in which Kingpin gets shot in the same way but survives and is only left injured in his eye. It seems that the MCU will be adapting this story line. In the comics Daredevil and Echo have a long running relationship deeply connected to her wanting to get revenge from Kingpin for killing her father. Which is the same reason why Echo shoots Kingpin in the series. This paved the way for both characters to return in the Echo series and allows for various different arcs to be explored.

Echo will stream Exclusively on Disney Plus next year

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EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Jones to Appear in the She-Hulk series on Disney Plus

Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones is all set to appear in Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk Disney Plus Series, arriving later this year. Disney just added all the Defenders Shows to Disney Plus and now it seems we will get the characters returning in other MCU projects. We already got the return of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil in Spider-Man No Way Home and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin in Hawkeye, we can tell you today that Jessica Jones will be the next as she is all set to appear in She-Hulk. Daredevil has also been rumored to appear in She-Hulk as confirmed by multiple sources at this point. When these rumors of Daredevil appearing in She-Hulk came out, fans also started pushing for the return of Jessica Jones. When initial Filming wrapped Jessica Jones was not in the show, but now during the currently Filming reshoots, Jessica Jones is being added in to the show. Whether this was previously planned and just left for reshoots or was a new idea, based on fan response, is currently unknown.

Krysten Ritter only recently commenced filming for a different project, after filming for this a picture was posted by her hairstylist where her hair was being styled and dyed in the exact same way as was done for Jessica Jones. This had already sparked rumors of her return in She-Hulk, since this was exactly a day after reshoots for She-Hulk began. I have now been told by a source that can confirm that she indeed did get her hair done for She-Hulk and that she will make an appearance.

In addition to this just a few days ago, Kat Coiro, the director of She-Hulk, started following Krysten Ritter on Instagram and Ritter followed her back.

I had heard this from the source a month back but I was skeptical since the source had gotten some things right and a few things wrong, but reshoots beginning exactly when Krysten Ritter finished her previous project and got her hair dyed the same way they were for Jessica Jones, Kat Coiro, and Krysten Ritter following each other on Instagram a few days back, have all convinced me that the source was indeed true in this case.

It is still unclear how big her role will be and which episodes she may appear in.