Elizabeth Olsen Auditioned For Game Of Thrones, But It Didn’t Go So Well

Elizabeth Olsen, who is perhaps best known for playing Scarlet Witch in the MCU movies, has revealed that she auditioned for the role of Daenerys in the HBO series Game of Thrones. She didn’t get the part, and it ultimately went to Emilia Clarke.

Olsen recalled her audition in a new interview with Vulture. She explained that she performed a monologue, and she used two different accents. Whatever the case, she acknowledged that she was “terrible.” Overall, she called it the “most awkward audition” she ever had.

“When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning. And I auditioned for Khaleesi. I forgot that,” she said. “It was the most awkward audition I’d ever had.”

Regarding the audition itself, Olsen recalled that it was a monologue for what would eventually air at the end of Season 1 where Daenerys is making a speech to thousands of people. “They didn’t know if they wanted a British accent or not. So, you did it in both,” she said. “It was terrible. Anytime someone says, ‘Bad audition story.’ That’s one I remember.”

Other actors who auditioned for Game of Thrones characters include Jared Harris (The High Sparrow), Mahershala Ali (Xaro Xhoan Daxos), and Sam Claflin (Jon Snow).

While the current Avengers storyline might have wrapped up with Endgame, Olsen will play Scarlet Witch again in the Disney+ streaming TV show WandaVision.

Emilia Clarke Says Goodbye To Game Of Thrones In Emotional Post

Ahead of the Game of Thrones finale tonight, Daenearys actress Emilia Clarke has posted an emotional goodbye to the franchise. Writing on Instagram, Clarke said she was overcome with emotion with putting her thoughts into words about the end of Game of Thrones

“Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me,” she said. “The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice.”

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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout

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She said Game of Thrones shaped her as an actor, a woman, and a human being. “I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown,” she said.

And to her fans, Clarke said she owes them “so much thanks” for supporting the show over the years. “Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended.”

Clarke also shared some nice behind-the-scenes images of Game of Thrones, including her fellow castmates, writers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and her braided her. You can scroll through the images in the Instagram embed above.

The Game of Thrones series finale airs tonight on HBO, and it is expected to be a dramatic affair. Among other things, we may learn who wins the Iron Throne once and for all. Check back with GameSpot soon for lots more in the hours ahead.

Overwatch Anniversary Kicks Off Next Week

Overwatch is celebrating its three year anniversary event this month, with a special seasonal event that pays homage to the game’s history. The event begins on May 21 and goes on through June 10 and during it players will be able to collect new cosmetics, participate in special events, and more.

The star of any Overwatch event are the new skins, and this anniversary event will be no different. It will debut six new legendary skins and three epic skins, as well as new dances for the three most recent characters: Baptiste, Ashe, and Wrecking Ball.

Seasonal brawls will be coming to the Arcade, and they’ll be rotated daily. Those include the Overwatch Archives – Storm Rising brawls.

During the duration of the event, logging in will get you one bonus Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, which guarantees one Legendary item. If you purchase a 50 Loot Box bundle, you’ll get an extra Legendary Anniversary Loot Box as well. Previous seasonal event loots will also be included in loot boxes during the anniversary event.

To kick off the event, Blizzard is offering a free trial from May 21-May 28. It will be debuting new cosmetics throughout that week as well. You can start pre-loading the trial on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now, to be prepared for the free period. The Anniversary event lasts through June 10.

E3 2019: All The PlayStation Games Confirmed So Far

E3 2019 is fast approaching and there’s going to be a ton of PS4 games. While Sony won’t be attending this year, that doesn’t stop other developers from bringing PS4 games to the show. Big name publishers like Bethesda, Electronic Arts, and more are showcasing some of their biggest new games.

Sony decided against appearing at E3 2019 out of a desire to showcase its games in new and different ways compared to previous years. “As the industry evolves, Sony Interactive Entertainment continues to look for inventive opportunities to engage the community,” the company said in a statement to GameSpot. “PlayStation fans mean the world to us and we always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers. As a result, we have decided not to participate in E3 in 2019. We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can’t wait to share our plans with you.”

Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us Part II are still the company’s biggest upcoming tentpole releases. We’ve gotten a few updates since last year. Developer Hideo Kojima did tease via Twitter that he was working on a new trailer for Death Stranding. On the other hand, The Last of Us Part II co-director Anthony Newman said on Twitter that developer Naughty Dog is looking to hire people to help “close out” the long-awaited game. Unfortunately, Ghost of Tsushima hasn’t received any recent development updates.

E3 will last about three days going from June 11-13. A handful of press conferences from the industry’s biggest companies are scheduled to precede the show. Read on for the full list of confirmed PS4 games so far, and check back as we continue to update this article with more in the coming days.

All The PS4 Games Confirmed For E3 2019

  • Anthem (EA Play)
  • Apex Legends
  • Battlefield V (EA Play)
  • Bee Simulator
  • Borderlands 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dying Light 2
  • FIFA 20
  • Fortnite (Summer Block Party)
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  • Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory
  • Scavengers
  • Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
  • The Fisherman – Fishing Planet
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
  • The Riftbreaker
  • The Sinking City
  • The Walking Dead: Onslaught
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
  • WRC 8

John Wick 3: Let’s Talk About The Adjudicator, A Terrifying Villain Who Never Holds A Gun

When the John Wick series introduces a villain, they usually fall into one of two categories: They’re either a gun-toting badass like John Wick 2’s Cassian (Common) and Ares (Ruby Rose) or John Wick 3’s Zero (Mark Dacascos), or a spineless crime boss like the original’s Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) or 2’s Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio). John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum introduces one new antagonist who absolutely crushes this mold: The Adjudicator, played by Asia Kate Dillon.

The Adjudicator is a high level enforcer sent to New York by the High Table to exact punishment against those who aided John Wick in his defiance of the organization’s laws throughout John Wick 2. The character is also non-binary in gender, according to Dillon, and goes by “they”–a detail you might not pick up on in the film, but which informed how Dillon, who is non-binary in real life, approached playing them.

Throughout John Wick 3, the Adjudicator recruits Zero and his gang of sushi-carving ninjas, cuts the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) down to size, and delivers Winston an ultimatum to step down as the Continental’s manager or risk facing the consequences. And the Adjudicator manages to do it all without ever lifting a finger, raising their voice, or picking up a gun.

“I feel like there was a really clear vision that started from Keanu [Reeves], who had the idea for the character, and then [director Chad Stahelski] shared that vision,” Dillon told GameSpot. “We talked about the fact that they really wanted a character who could walk into a room and unsettle everyone, and intimidate everyone, with a quiet power and a quiet confidence. Because the vision was so clear, I felt really confident stepping into the role.”

“I love the idea of a character who doesn’t have to take up physical arms in order to be intimidating, and to be maybe the most intimidating person,” they continued.

That idea makes the Adjudicator unique in the High Table’s clandestine world of god-like assassins and crime bosses. The character’s authority stems partially from power itself; they speak for the High Table and carry out its will. But other powerful figures in John Wick’s world have picked up a gun and taken shots at John Wick when necessary, from John Wick 1’s Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) to Santino in John Wick 2. The Adjudicator never once personally threatens another character with physical violence, yet they command more authority just by virtue of their presence than any other villain in the series so far.

Dillon said they played the character with quiet intimidation in mind. “I think it was really important for The Adjudicator to be really grounded physically, which for me involves a lot of stillness, and that their emotion isn’t lost in physical gestures–that it’s really coming through the articulation of their words, and the emotional intention of the scene–someone who has a quiet confidence, a quiet power, and is quietly intimidating,” the actor said. “I don’t see that person as someone who is sort of like, running around and bouncing off the walls physically. That is someone who, I think, is going to stand and deliver, so to speak.”

Dillon played the character like a “sheriff” to John Wick’s “cowboy”–a “force of justice,” or at least what the High Table views justice to be, in that world.

As for being non-binary, Dillon said that aspect wasn’t originally written into the character, but it was a natural fit.

“The character wasn’t written as non-binary, but through the discussions that I had with Keanu and Chad, and after reading the script, you know, it was just evident that this character didn’t need to be a cis person,” Dillon said. “It’s a credit to Chad and Keanu and everyone at Lionsgate that for them it was just, I mean, it wasn’t even something I had to convince them of. They just immediately said, like, ‘Yes, of course, no brainer.’

Read next: Every Action Scene In The John Wick Series, Ranked

“The films have always been incredibly diverse, from the first one through this one,” they continued. “You have people of all different shapes, sizes, colors, ethnic backgrounds. There’s cultural diversity. I mean, there’s even diversity when it comes to the martial arts, you know–there’s Capoeira, and Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu. So adding gender diversity to the third film was just seamless.”

Like everything and everyone in these movies, the Adjudicator has a unique look. Dillon described it as “high femme, fashion foward.” The garments draped around the character’s shoulders, the gloves held in one outstretched hand–their clothes also contribute to the aura of authority, suggesting the Adjudicator never expects to be threatened physically or to need to defend themselves.

There’s one other aspect that makes the Adjudicator unique in the world of John Wick: Unlike almost every other character who challenges the assassin or stands against him, the Adjudicator actually makes it through John Wick 3 alive. There’s a good chance they’ll come back for the inevitable John Wick 4, although with the all-out war brewing between Wick and the High Table–judging by John Wick 3’s ending, at least–the Adjudicator might not make it through the next one.

Read next: John Wick 3 Is A Symptom Of A Much Larger Problem

Next Batman: Robert Pattinson And Nicholas Hoult Are Frontrunners; Other Actors Considered

Twilight and Harry Potter actor Robert Pattinson could be the next Batman. Variety reports that Pattinson will play the Caped Crusader in the new standalone film, The Batman, which is releasing in June 2021. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who made the latest Planet of the Apes movies.

Deadline, however, reports that the deal isn’t done yet. X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult is also reportedly a top choice to play Batman in the film. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. likes both actors, but Pattinson is the No. 1 choice at this stage.

The Hollywood Reporter also weighed in. Their sources said Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were also considered for the role of Batman in the movie.

Pattinson or Hoult will take over as Batman from Ben Affleck, who played the character in Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. At 29, Hoult would be the youngest-ever actor to play Batman. As would Pattinson at age 32. Other actors to have donned the cowl include Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Michael Keaton, among others.

“Warner Bros., in giving Reeves plenty of time to develop the script, is hoping the latest iteration of the DC icon is done right, following the disappointments of Batman v Superman and Justice League,” according to Variety.

Sources told Variety that filming might begin on The Batman later this year or early 2020.

The Batman would be Pattinson’s latest project with Warner Bros. He’s also set to appear in Christopher Nolan’s untitled “event movie” that’s coming out in July 2020.

Affleck–who won Oscars for Good Will Hunting and Argo–was initially attached to write, direct, and star in a new Batman movie called The Batman. However, he eventually dropped out. Explaining his decision to leave, Affleck told Jimmy Kimmel that he “couldn’t crack it.”

Michelle Rodriguez Joins Fast & Furious 9 After Studio Agrees To Bring On Female Writer

In 2017, actress Michelle Rodriguez said she might quit the Fast & Furious franchise if the producers do not “show some love to the women” for the franchise going forward. Now, she’s decided to come back for Fast & Furious 9 because the producers hired a female writer.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Rodriguez said about the Fast & Furious series, “I felt like there was not enough of a female voice in the franchise.”

Rodriguez said Universal Pictures executive Donna Langley agreed that the Fast & Furious franchise needed to do better, and it was decided to hire a female writer. “If I’m coming back, I really want there to be a female writer to give it a female voice. And finally, they showed me some love, and said yeah!” Rodriguez recalled.

The actress went on to say that she was tired of having to re-write lines that men wrote for her to say on the Fast & Furious series. Rodriguez didn’t say who the female writer joining Fast & Furious 9 is, but that information should become known in due time.

Rodriguez and Vin Diesel are the only remaining members of the Fast & Furious original cast still involved in the series, so it would have been a big deal if she left.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in 2017, Rodriguez talked about the “male-dominated environment” that she works in for the Fast & Furious series. “My heart doesn’t feel right doing this in front of millions of people, so I can always oblige myself and depart because money, to me, isn’t as important as my lines that you’re not allowed to cross,” she said.

The next Fast & Furious movie is the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw starring The Rock and Jason Statham. Fast & Furious 9 with Michelle Rodriguez is slated for 2020.

Steam Link Finally Comes To iOS, One Year After Apple Initially Rejected It

Valve announced today that the Steam Link app, which brings streaming games to your mobile device, is now available as a free download for iOS and Apple TV. This is notable because it was just 11 months ago that Apple rejected the app because it violated a number of Apple’s guidelines.

At the time, Apple said it planned to continue to communicate and worth with Valve to bring Steam Link to iOS and Apple TV, and that’s now happened. However, there is no word on how the two sides came to terms.

The Steam Link app promises to bring “desktop gaming to your iPhone or iPad.” Users can pair a Steam controller or any MFI (Made-for-iPhone/iPad) controller to play games over a network connection provided they are on the same local network.

Here are the requirements and specifications for “best performance,” according to Valve.

Requirements:

  • iPhone or iPad using iOS 10 or higher
  • Computer running Steam – Windows, Mac, or Linux
  • iOS device must be on the same local network as the computer running Steam

Best Performance:

  • Connect your computer using Ethernet to your 5Ghz WiFi router
  • Connect your iOS device to the 5GHz band of your WiFi network
  • Keep your iOS device within a reasonable range of your router

The Steam Link app is effectively a replacement for the physical Steam Link device that Steam discontinued in 2018. Steam Link is already available on Android.

For lots more on Steam Link, check out the official Steam Link page on Valve’s website.