Comic-Con 2018, Day 1: 'Clone Wars' Revived, 'Charmed' Rebooted and a 'Breaking Bad' Reunion!
By ETonline Staff
San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is in full swing this weekend, and ET has everything you need to know -- from new trailer premieres to casting announcements to exclusive interviews with the cast and creators of your favorite movies and TV shows.
ET also has exclusive live interviews with the stars of Fear the Walking Dead, The Predator, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Doctor Who and Magnum P.I. -- as well as sit-downs with Kevin Smith and the casts of new shows like the Charmed reboot,Tell Me a Story and more, so check back here regularly to keep track of all of this year's Comic-Con surprises.
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Makes a Hilarious Plea for a Bruce Willis Cameo
ET's Keltie Knight sat down with Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero and Joe Lo Truglio ahead of their panel on Thursday, and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine castmates opened up about how it felt to get canceled and then picked up by another network ahead, as well as made a passionate plea to get Bruce Willis to guest star on the cop comedy.
"I know we've asked him like 10 times already, but I personally haven't," Samberg said before beginning his passionate plea.
"Hey Bruce, look my character Jake Peralta on the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is moderately successful, is obsessed with Die Hard and thinks that your character, John McClane, is the coolest character in the history of cinema. I, Andy Samberg, I'm a comedian, also feel that way. If you'd come be on the show, even if it's for one sentence, like cool cameo, like we bump on each other on the street and you go, 'Excuse me,' and then walk away."
"If you had it in your schedule to breeze by just for one shot," he continued. "I think it would mean a lot to the show, to the fan base."
'Assassination Nation' Brings the WTF-ery to Comic-Con
There has been plenty of out-there footage screened in Hall H, but perhaps none has been more violent, more outrageous, more WTF-did-I-just-see than what was screened during Assassination Nation's presentation on Thursday. "Imagine if, like, the comments section came alive and tried to kill everyone you know and love," director Sam Levinson explained of the indie horror(?) film.
"I think it's about being a girl in 2018, and not dying while you're doing that," actress Hari Nef chimed in. "Which is a lot more difficult than you'd think."
Bill Skarsgård and Suki Waterhouse, as well as Avengers director Joe Russo (whose company purchased the movie), were also on hand to premiere new clips and talk being "messy" on the Internet. Skarsgård doesn't have any public social media presence, himself. "I have a hard time coming to terms with who I am in the public eye," he reasoned. "It's a weird thing and it's a scary place, the Internet." And because there's no way a Russo could attend Comic-Con without talking Avengers, this is when Joe mentioned it himself, joking, "Since Infinity War came out, I've been avoiding [Instagram]. Because there are a lot of angry Loki fans on the Internet."
'Breaking Bad' Cast Shoots Down a Reboot -- But a 'Better Call Saul' Reunion May Be Coming!
The cast of Breaking Bad reunited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the beloved AMC series' premiere during a Hall H panel on Thursday -- with a special appearance by Aaron Paul's adorable daughter, decked out in her Walter White finest!
While series star Bryan Cranston shut down speculation about a future reboot or Breaking Bad movie, creator Vince Gilligan did hint that fans might see Cranston, Aaron Paul and more stars turn up on Better Call Saul as the prequel series inches closer to the Breaking Bad timeline -- just not in the upcoming fourth season.
“We would be sorely remiss if we didn’t have these guys on the show before it ended,” he hinted.
'Doctor Who' Cast Says Now is the Perfect Time to Start Watching
Doctor Who returns this fall with the franchise's first-ever female Doctor -- played by Jodie Whittaker -- and the cast and producers say now is the perfect time to dive in.
"If there's one thing we wanted to do, it's create a jumping-on point," said producer Matt Strevens, sitting down with ET's Leanne Aguilera alongside fellow producer Chris Chibnall and series stars Whittaker, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole. "If you love the show and you know the show, there's plenty of stuff for you in each direction, all kinds of things. If you don't, you can come in straight away. You don't need to know anything. You don't need to know any mythology."
For now, the cast was keeping mum on any spoilers but loving their time at Comic-Con -- meeting fans and even a few pint-sized cosplayers dressed up as the Doctor!
"She was called Piper, after Billie Piper!" Whittaker recalled of one tiny Whovian she met on Thursday, who was named for the actress who played the beloved companion. "She was so cute."
There were plenty of fans in costume at Breaking Bad's 10th anniversary reunion panel in Hall H on Thursday -- including Aaron Paul's adorable 5-month-old daughter, Story!
The actor brought his little girl out in full Walter White gear, complete with hazmat suit and adorable, baby-sized goggles. “Is my wife here?" Paul joked to the audience. "She’s supposed to come pick my baby up!”
'Charmed' Reboot Cast 'Welcomes' Cameos From Original Series Stars
After making their Comic-Con debuts as the Vera sisters during their panel earlier in the day, the new witches of The CW’s Charmed reboot sat down with ET’s Keltie Knight to dish on the reception to their upcoming series -- including the mixed reactions from the cast of the original series.
While Holly Marie Combs has voiced her displeasure at the reboot series on Twitter, her co-star Rose McGowan said back in May that she had “zero reboot issues,” tweeting, “I wish everyone the best… Fly, girls, fly.”
“That made me feel really good,” said Melonie Diaz, who plays middle sister Mel Vera.
“I did see someone say today, after we aired the pilot...that, ‘Oh, it’s a really nice tribute [to the original series],” Madeleine Mantock, who plays eldest sister Macy, added. “We’re not in competition. It’s very much intact and beloved.”
And the on-screen sisters would totally welcome cameos from the original stars on their new series. “I just think that would be so cool [to have all of them on] and to figure out a way to do the multiverse,” Mantock marveled.
“I think it would be so possible, and welcomed,” agreed Sarah Jeffery, who plays youngest sister Maggie.
As for other critics of the reboot, the cast doesn’t seem too worried. “I think there will always be those people, and it’s just tuning out what you don’t want to hear and paying attention to what you do want to hear,” Jeffrey noted.
“I feel like there’s a lot of negativity, but there’s also a lot of positivity as well,” Diaz agreed. “And I think I want to focus on that, because if not, then what’s the point of doing what we do?”
--Meredith B. Kile
'The Predator' Star Sterling K. Brown Would Recruit a 'This Is Us' Co-Star to Help Battle an Alien Invasion
Following their Hall H panel earlier in the day, The Predator stars Sterling K. Brown, Olivia Munn and Keegan-Michael Key sat down with ET's Kevin Frazier to talk all things alien -- including which of their real-life friends or family members they would enlist to fight if the Predator came to Earth for real.
While Key and Munn had fairly predictable answers -- Key named The Predator cast's special forces trainers while Munn gave a shout to her X-Men stunt team -- it was Brown who came through with a somewhat surprising recruit from his This Is Us family.
“Milo Ventimiglia, my on-screen father and dear friend, he carries like, Rambo knives around with him, randomly," Brown revealed. "One day I was at like, an upfront or something, and I had a tag on a piece of clothing. I was like, ‘Man, I wish I could cut this tag off.’ He goes, ‘Here you go, Sterl,’ and hands out like, a [huge] knife. I said, ‘Mi, why do you have this knife?’ and he said, ‘Just in case, man.’… Mi is that dude. He seems all lovey and Jack, but if you cross him? Boom!"
--Meredith B. Kile
'Fear the Walking Dead' Teases a 'Newbie' Character
The cast of Fear the Walking Dead joined ET's Leanne Aguilera to dish on the upcoming second half of their fourth season, which returns to AMC on Aug. 12.
Amid teasing their favorite walker kills of the series and sharing a laugh about shooting in the snow in Texas, Alycia Debnam-Carey opened up about her character, Alicia’s, upcoming emotional journey after losing her mother in the first half of season four.
“We’ve seen her in a really, really dark place in the first half [of the season],” Debnam-Carey recalled. “I can just say it’s only gonna get worse… She’s the only remaining Clark, she’s the only person from the pilot still here. I think she’s had one of the biggest transformations out of anyone -- she’s gone from just a regular teenage girl to now, her entire family is gone and she’s like, a warrior in the apocalypse.”
Lennie James also teased that the second half of the season will introduce a new character, someone who hasn’t yet been out “into the world” in the wake of the apocalypse and hasn’t encountered many walkers. “For the writers to pull off bringing in a newbie into this world, at this time, I think is a real stroke of genius. And the particular actor who plays that particular character does a really fantastic job.”
--Meredith B. Kile
‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Revived After 2013 Cancellation
In a jaw-dropping announcement during Thursday morning’s Clone Wars panel, supervising director Dave Filoni revealed the beloved CG-animated series is getting a revival to complete the series after its unceremonious cancellation in 2013.
The somewhat sneaky, non-Hall H panel was presented as a reflective 10-year-anniversary celebration of the series with Filoni and the Clone Wars cast, as well as special guests, to honor the show’s original run from October 2008 - March 2014; and without major Star Wars presence elsewhere during the convention weekend, it seemed likely the panel would strictly focus on celebrating the past.
However, at the end of the panel came the big reveal. Fans were shown a new trailer and a graphic featuring the hashtag "#CloneWarsSaved," leading to a standing ovation from the crowd.
In typical Star Wars fashion, most details are still being kept under wraps, though StarWars.com has officially announced that the series will be revived with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s forthcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service.
'Doctor Who' Drops a New Trailer
The new Doctor Who team made a splashy debut at Comic-Con on Thursday, when they made their first public appearance together in cavernous Hall H – and dropped a longer trailer with actual footage from the new season. Jodie Whittaker, who was announced as the franchise’s first female Doctor in July 2017, made a memorable entrance into the one-hour panel when she pretended to be running late to make it in time to San Diego in a pre-taped bit, only to find out that the Tardis was “not for personal use.” Not to worry though, Whittaker made it – rocking a black hooded slip hearkening back to her reveal.
But Whittaker admitted it was difficult keeping her casting in the iconic series top-secret. “It was particularly hard keeping it from close friends and family,” admitted the actress, who previously starred in the critically acclaimed British drama Broadchurch with Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall, recalling that she had to lie often. “It was good practice because you can’t say anything about the show, ever!”
Chibnall broke down how Whittaker was cast, as well as two of the new companions played by Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. “With Jodie, it was the same answer for all three. They all came and auditioned and were amazing. For Jodie, I wrote three special scenes and then Jodie and other people came in and read. She just walked in the room and she was the Doctor,” Chibnall explained. “You don’t know what you’re looking for until you see it. The energy, it was the Doctor but it was new and fresh, it was funny and [engaging]. She just nailed it. Then we made her do two more scenes because we wanted to do our due diligence.”
Whittaker recalled filming her first appearance in “Twice Upon a Time,” where she took over from the previous Doctor Peter Capaldi. “It was incredibly nerve-wracking because the reveal had happened,” she shared, adding that she felt like an imposter – but in a good way. “I was in somebody else’s costume. I was nervous touching anything. I felt like I was very much in someone else’s shoes and it was a wonderful way to start this journey.”
A new trailer from the new season, premiering this fall, was also screened for the Hall H audience -- and it’s dark, funny and action-packed. “All of this is new to me. New faces, new worlds, new times. So if I asked really, really nicely, would you be my new best friends?” Whittaker’s Doctor teased.
'The Curse of La Llorona' Draws on a Terrifying Folktale
Stars Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velásquez and Raymond Cruz joined ET's Keltie Knight to dish on their new supernatural horror film, based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona, "The Weeping Woman," the ghost of a mother who killed her children and now roams the afterlife looking for new children to replace her own.
"Our parents tell us the story so we behave," Velásquez dished of the infamous folktale. "If you don't behave, La Llorona's gonna come and get you... The thing about it is, we believe in it so much, that as an adult, you still believe."
--Meredith B. Kile
'The Predator' Panel Teases Big Battles and Gubernatorial Goals
The first Hall H panel of Comic-Con 2018 featured Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes and director Shane Black, along with a few more, for The Predator. (Sadly, no Jacob Tremblay, who would looove Comic-Con.) Much of the panel revolved around who'd win in various fights between The Predator and other pop culture icons. The Rock? "He throws the smile. He hits him with the wink," Brown joked. "I smell what The Rock is cooking."
Fans were also treated to the first clips from the film -- a comedic sequence of Munn's character waking up in a motel room to meet the rest of the soldiers that involves repeated use of the phrase, uh, "Eat your p*ssy," and a loud bit of action with a Predator battling a bigger Predator outside a middle school. (Black mentioned "roiding" back on The Predator's homeworld.)
Hall H was full of heavy petting, hijinks and, perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, Sterling K. Brown's very impressive Wookie impression. Plus, a bit of politics for good measure -- OG Predator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura both went on to become governors. "I am running for governor of the state of California," Munn deadpanned. "I would like all of the votes." She also lent her vote to Brown and Key -- Brown-Key 2020! -- with Brown laughing, "That's a lot of blackness."
'Tell Me a Story' About a 'Dawson's Creek' Reunion!
The stars of Tell Me a Story, Paul Wesley and James Wolk, along with executive producer Kevin Williamson, sat down with ET's Keltie Knight to dish all about their upcoming CBS All Access series, a dark reimagining of beloved fairy tales based on the Mexican series, Habia una vez.
But we couldn't help but ask Williamson, who also created Dawson's Creek, about getting that cast all together for their recent Entertainment Weekly cover, and whether or not there's been talk of future reunions. "Let's just say, there's been talk," he answered coyly, saying he was "sworn to secrecy" on any further details. "It's because of [that cover], getting us all together, reminding us all of how special that time was."
--Meredith B. Kile
Meet the New 'Magnum P.I.'
Jay Hernandez and Perdita Weeks were first to stop by ET to tell Kevin Frazier all about the Magnum P.I. reboot premiering Sept. 24 on CBS. Hernandez will take over Tom Selleck's iconic role and acknowledges he has big shoes to fill. Comic-Con first-timer Weeks will play Juliet Higgins, a former MI-6 agent.
Hernandez and Weeks played coy when asked if we can expect any of the original cast members to show up. "There's definitely talk about it," Hernandez said. "But here's the deal, you're going to have to watch the show. We're definitely trying to make it happen."