Lizzie Bennet Diaries spin-off Welcome to Sanditon premiered its first episode yesterday – but that’s not all. Catch up on everything Sanditon with our handy guide.

The premiere episode of Welcome to Sanditon was released yesterday, however if you were paying attention you may have noticed that episode 1 wasn’t the only Sanditon-related thing to hit the internet. So you may be wondering – what in the world is going on in Sanditon?

New ‘Welcome to Sanditon’ characters:

The premiere episode of Welcome to Sanditon saw the introduction of three brand new characters. We hinted at these introductions last week when we published the twitter accounts of several possible Sanditon characters.

Tom Parker:

welcome to sanditon casting tom parkerThis was Mayor Tom Parker’s first appearance. He seems set on reestablishing Sanditon as a health and fitness destination, regardless of the desires of the rest of the town’s population.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Joel Bryant

Clara Breton:

welcome to sanditon casting clara bretonClara Breton is the owner of of the Sanditon Scoops ice cream shop, which can be found on Twitter and Facebook. She seems opposed to the Mayor’s plans – we can see some drama on the horizon.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Lenne Klingaman

Edward Denham:

welcome to sanditon casting edward denhamEdward Denham is assistant to the mayor, and runs the @SanditonCA twitter account. Prior to his appearance on episode 1, we saw him answering questions on the Sanditon Reddit – and we still haven’t heard him speak.

Social media: Twitter
Played by: Kyle Walters

Other characters:

If you have been keeping an eye on the list of Official Characters over at @SanditonSeries, you may have noticed a few more characters who we have not yet been introduced to onscreen.

During the Lizzie Bennet Diaries DVD and mini-series Kickstarter, fans could buy the opportunity to be an official Sanditon character. Meet the two backers who did:
Robyn Worth: (@WorthRobyn), Head Librarian at the Sanditon library.
Sarah Richard-Preston: (@Sassyfaff), a visiting Australian writer, who has uploaded her first Domino video.

In addition to Clara’s Sanditon Scoops, there are some other official Sanditon businesses:
Sanditon House B&B: (@SanditonHouse, Facebook), The B&B where Gigi is staying.
SanditonCinematheque: (@SanditonCinema, Facebook), A Sanditon cinema.

And keep an eye on @MaryPofSanditon, as this is another account which will surely come into play at a later date.

‘Welcome to Sanditon’ transmedia updates:

New characters aren’t all that we got yesterday. In conjuction with Theatrics, Pemberley Digital launched the Domino Beta Portal, where fans can upload videos as their Sanditon persona. That’s right – you can use the Domino application. Think of it as a mini Sanditon social network – you can create a profile, add photos, follow your friends, and more. While videos are not required, here is the template to achieve the Domino interface if you do choose to upload a video.

If you don’t want to participate as a character in the Welcome to Sanditon universe, never fear. The creators of the show have made it very clear that you will be able to enjoy and understand the story without participating in the roleplaying element.

At the same time, the team reinforces that as fun as the roleplaying element is, it won’t necessarily impact the story itself. In a Google Hangout Q&A, Transmedia Producer Alexandra Edwards says, “Don’t think you’re going to crowdsource how our webseries ends.” That being said, Showrunner Jay Bushman adds “We will absolutely reference things that are going on in the wider community when we can.”

If you are having trouble with the Domino application, you can contact @DominoSupport or submit a report to Theatrics. There is also a Welcome to Sanditon wiki to help you keep track of the story updates, and the Welcome to Sanditon homepage which will act as an archive for the entire story.

The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

How excited are you for ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’?

Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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