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PS4’s Spider-Man Really Came Through For Sony

Superhero games might seem like a quick way to cash-in on the popularity of a franchise and make some quick bucks on home consoles or PC. However, quick cash-ins are a dangerous endeavor and have oftentimes resulted in games becoming sales failures. Insomniac Games didn’t want to do a cash-in when it came to Marvel’s Spider-Man, and it turns out that the hard work, dedication, and attention to detail really came through for both Insomniac Games and Sony.

Bloomberg is reporting that Sony’s PlayStation division managed to pull in some strong numbers throughout the quarter and a lot of it was thanks to the release of the first-party title, Marvel’s Spider-Man, which launched on the PS4 as an exclusive back in September.

As noted in the Bloomberg report, Marvel’s Spider-Man selling 3.3 million copies during its first three days on the market helped bolster the market profile for Sony, which has led to the company beating market forecasts even after Sony lifted its revenue expectations for the September quarter.

The PlayStation division saw a 65% revenue increase in year-over-year performance compared to the same time in 2017.

The article notes that this was due to a lot of forward momentum that Sony picked up back in early 2018, starting with the release of God of War in the spring, which not only garnered a lot of positive feedback from critics but also managed to sell 3.1 million copies during the first three days of release. This momentum carried over into the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man in September, when the game topped God of War’s sales within the same three-day sales period, and then went on to follow that up with some post-launch DLC in October.

It seems as if Insomniac Games was wise in how the studio gauged market interest in the game by keeping DLC rolling out at regular intervals, especially given that Marvel’s Spider-Man has one of the highest percentages of platinum trophies achieved among PS4 gamers. For reference, in order to acquire the platinum trophy it means you’ve completed all the major quests and side-quests in the game and completed every other trophy requirement. So, despite it being a massive open-world game, gamers absolutely love the world that Insomniac crafted based on the Spider-Man property.

Analysts expect Sony to maintain strong revenue throughout the remainder of 2018 thanks to other strong releases such as Red Dead Redemption 2, and the popularity carried over from Activision and Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

However, it was Marvel’s Spider-Man that probably took a lot of people by surprise, because superhero games have been hit and miss over the years, with only Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham series being a high-quality example of a great superhero game and a great open-world stealth-action title, overall. And, now, Insomniac gets to join that rare and illustrious club of developers who can say that Marvel’s Spider-Man was one of the few games that helped push Sony above and beyond the analysts’ forecasts.

Ronda Rousey And Other WWE 2K19 Pre-Order Characters Are Now Available For Purchase

Leading up to its release this past October, WWE 2K19 promised gamers access to some legendary pro-wrestlers such as Rick Flair and Rey Mysterio. Another special bonus was none other than former UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey. Well, if you didn’t pre-order the game but you wanted to play as those characters, you can purchase them right now.

The news was rolled out over on the WWE 2K website, where 2K Games announced that the DLC packs are currently available featuring Ronda Rousey, Rey Mysterio, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, the Undertaker, and special editions of both Ric Flair and Charlotte Flair.

The DLC packs for WWE 2K19 are available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on Steam for PC for $7.99 each.

The DLC packs also come with more than just the playable characters. You’ll also be able to play in new arenas as well, including the Starrcade 1983 arena.

But, the DLC is more than just filling out the already expansive roster in WWE 2K19 for home consoles and PC. There’s also brand new story content for players to battle through, including a specialized Tower for Ronda Rousey, where players will follow Ronda’s journey into the WWE battle against five opponents while earning in-game currency to unlock additional content.

There’s also a special Tower story for Rey Mysterio as well. After departing from the WWE back in 2015, Mysterio returned to form at the WWE in 2018, just in time to make the cut in 2K Games’ latest wrestling outing. As Mysterio, players will have to defeat five opponents, including one of Rey’s best friends and biggest rivals, Batista… yes, the same one from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

Both Rey Mysterio and Ronda Rousey are packed into the DLC known as the Ronda Rousey & Rey Mysterio Pack. Separate from that pack is the Wooooo! Edition Pack, which, as mentioned, contains the new arena and the special costumes for Ric Flair and Charlotte Flair, along with the other legendary superstars from specific eras, such as the 2002 rendition of the Undertaker, and the 1980s versions of Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.

There are also additional DLC packs available for the game as well, including the Accelerator pack for $4.99 that allows you to quickly unlock all the content in the game save for the DLC unlockables. You can also have all your custom characters instantly upgraded with all their overall attributes and rankings without having to actually play through WWE 2K19 to level them up.

There will also be new DLC made available, such as the New Moves Pack for $3.99 and the Rising Stars Pack, which will feature superstars from the NXT brand for $9.99. And, finally, there’s the Titans Pack, which will be available for $9.99, and features returning superstars like EC3 and Bobby Lashley.

Alternatively, you can gain access to all of this content for $29.99 if you purchase the season pass for WWE 2K19.

Political Candidate Dan Crenshaw Says Pete Davidson Doesn’t Need To Apologize For Eye Patch Comment On SNL

Pete Davidson has made plenty of headlines over the past months thanks to his whirlwind romance, engagement, and subsequent breakup with Ariana Grande. Now, the Saturday Night Live player is making news for a whole other reason: Weekend Update. Davidson starred in a Weekend Update segment that had him sharing his first impressions of various political candidates, and he got himself into hot water when he mocked one candidate — who also happens to be a war veteran — for his eye patch.

Some called for Pete Davidson to apologize, but Dan Crenshaw has come out and stated that he doesn’t need an apology. Here’s what Crenshaw had to say:

Well, there you have it! Dan Crenshaw doesn’t require an apology from Pete Davidson because he doesn’t believe people should be required to apologize for everything others feel is problematic. Crenshaw undoubtedly wasn’t thrilled that Davidson poked fun at his eye patch, and that’s not even all Davidson had to say in his commentary on Crenshaw.

Pete Davidson opened by saying that Dan Crenshaw looks like “a hitman in a porno movie,” and Davidson could barely contain his own laughter to deliver the joke about the Texas congressional candidate. It was after the hitman line that Davidson dropped his joke about the eye patch, saying that he was sorry for the hitman joke because he knows Crenshaw “lost his eye in war or whatever.”

It’s the “or whatever” that really rubbed a lot of folks the wrong way, although Weekend Update co-host Michael Che could be heard bursting out into laughter off-screen at Pete Davidson’s joke. In fact, Che could also be heard incredulously laughing as soon as he saw a picture of Dan Crenshaw in his eyepatch and realized that Davidson was going to mock him.

Neither the porno hitman or the “or whatever” was enough to outrage Dan Crenshaw into demanding an apology. That said, he also shared some less-than-complimentary words about Pete Davidson and Saturday Night Live in his talk with TMZ:

To Dan Crenshaw, Pete Davidson’s Saturday Night Live comments simply weren’t funny. Pete Davidson got some laughs on SNL, but veterans may not have all appreciated the humor, as Crenshaw evidently did not. It should be interesting to see how quickly this story fades away. With the end of campaign season and SNL undoubtedly moving on in the next episode, the jokes at Crenshaw’s expense may lose their edge.

Only time will tell. New episodes of SNL air Saturdays on NBC. For some additional viewing options now and in the not-too-distant future, swing by our fall TV premiere schedule. Be sure to check out our list of upcoming SNL hosts as well.

Zack Snyder Just Explained A Potential Batman V Superman Plot Hole

Since he can’t match Superman in brawn on his own, Lex Luthor has to rely on his impressive intellect to find other ways to stick it to the Man of Steel. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he kidnapped Superman’s mother, Martha Kent, to make the Kryptonian hero comply with his demand: killing Batman. In the two years since Batman v Superman came out, some of you may have wondered why Superman didn’t just use his powers to track down where Martha was being held captive. According to director Zack Snyder, that question was answered in a cut scene, which you can get a taste of below.

Recently this behind-the-scenes picture from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was making the rounds on Vero, leading to Zack Snyder being asked if this is the part of the movie where Kal-El flew up and started listening to all the voices around him, which would have been an overload of pain and anguish. Snyder responded:

Even though Superman is capable of so many greats feats, contrary to Lex Luthor‘s opinion, he’s not a god. There’s only so many people he can save, meaning that whenever he’s living as Clark Kent or even while he’s on the job elsewhere in the world, there will always be others suffering. That’s why he didn’t use his super hearing to figure out Martha’s location; doing that would have been too overwhelming what with all the other horrible events he’d have to ignore to find her.

Instead, Superman flew to Gotham City and threw down in fisticuffs with Batman like Lex Luthor wanted, although he tried to explain the situation beforehand, but Bruce Wayne just wasn’t having it. Fortunately, it all worked out in the end, as a well-timed utterance of “Martha” stopped Batman from killing Superman, and the Caped Crusader rescued his former adversary’s mother while Superman flew back to rub defeat i Lex Luthor’s face. Unfortunately, Doomsday was soon after unleashed and killed Superman, so the Man of Steel didn’t get to enjoy victory for long.

Needless to say that Superman went through a lot in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but his time buried six feet under wasn’t permanent. In Justice League, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg resurrected him using the Kryptonian genesis chamber and one of the Mother Boxes, and while Clark Kent woke up very cranky, he eventually regained his senses, donned a new Superman costume and helped stop Steppenwolf from turning Earth into another Apokolips.

Superman has now begun a new chapter of his life, though ironically, currently Warner Bros and the DC Extended Universe have no plans to have Henry Cavill reprise the character anytime soon. As for what else is in development for the DCEU, you can check out our handy guide for that information.

How Bumblebee Can Set Itself Apart From The Other Transformers Movies

The Bumblebee prequel arrives in theaters in December, and there’s reason to believe fewer people are excited for a new Transformers film than they’ve been in the past. The franchise’s last adventure, Transformers: The Last Knight, had a much less-successful run at the box office than past sequels, and critical reception has skewed further into the negative with each entry past the original. Still, we think Bumblebee can get folks excited again set itself apart from the past movies in the following ways.

Less Transformers

Reports from Bumblebee and character information released thus far have revealed that the it won’t feature a ton of Transformers. The title character is involved, of course, and will presumably go up against a handful of Decepticons with his new friend Charlie Watson. Cameos from Optimus Prime and other notable Autobots and Decepticons have been teased, but for the most part, this film is seemingly light on robots in disguise when compared to more recent features.

For the record, that’s still a healthy amount of Transformers and more of a statement towards Transformers: The Last Knight. The film had somewhere in the range of 40 Transformers, which could crowd scenes and make some characters have little impact in their brief moments. Bumblebee has around nine confirmed so far, which may allow for audiences to spend less time remembering new faces and more time watching these characters play larger roles in the overall story.

A Self Contained Story

Bumblebee is lined up as a prequel that takes place before the first Transformers. While we’re sure diehard fans will be treated with some references to events that predate the 1987 storyline, this also feels like a story that won’t require an extensive knowledge of the franchise’s universe to dive into. Audiences who may have missed the past couple films will probably be able to attend this and not feel lost while watching.

Of course, watching the movies would certainly help a viewer pick up on some of the other references, as there are plenty of past events the film universe has established prior to Bumblebee taking place. Most of which probably won’t be massive enough to make a viewer feel like they missed something big, although there are some exceptions. Basically, if Bumblebee ends up pummeling a Nazi skinhead in some wild break in aggression, just know that’s been established elsewhere.

Its New Director

For the first time in franchise history, Michael Bay will be out of the director’s chair, and Kubo and the Two Strings ‘ director Travis Knight is in charge of Bumblebee. Granted, Bay is still on as a producer, and it’s not as though the franchise is suddenly going to cease to be an action robot romp. There’s also probably also still going to be a healthy amount of explosions, because who doesn’t like that?

Still, trailers shown for Bumblebee thus far have been different than past trailers for a Transformers film. The action is somewhat toned down, and there are even some moments that appear heartwarming. Trailers can be deceiving of course, although one would think if Bumblebee is actually a gritty action thriller, trailers would reflect that. This could be a departure from the typical Transformers flick, which isn’t a bad decision given audience’s reception to the franchise’s past few outings

Nods To The Classic Transformers

The story’s setting in the late 1980s serves a dual purpose beyond tapping into that ever-popular tactic of playing on ’80s nostalgia to sell a film. Bumblebee will also provide an opportunity for Hasbro to dust off some old designs and resurrect the original models of the Autobots and Decepticons from the animated series. It seems they’ve done a good job, as even in hologram mode, the classic Optimus Prime design looks pretty slick.

It’s a brilliant way to rope in the old school fans who may prefer the olden days, and show that Bumblebee will pay homage to an era of the toy history many are fond of. Will the film lose out on sweet product placement money having Bumblebee transform into his classic love bug as opposed to the latest and greatest Camaro? Sure, but the nostalgia points they’ll gain that may encourage some to give the franchise another shot is invaluable.

No Megatron (Probably)

We can’t say for sure that Megatron won’t have a major role in Bumblebee, but it’s looking like a safe bet given the previous films. According to the first Transformers movie, Megatron was discovered encased in ice in the Arctic Circle by Captain Witwicky in 1897. Megatron was then transferred to Sector 7 in the 1930s, where he remained frozen until he was freed in the first adventure.

Sector 7 has a presence in Bumblebee, so we wouldn’t be surprised if a frozen shot of Megatron was shown at some point. Beyond that though, bringing him into the plotline in any meaningful way would be problematic considering the Decepticons supposedly don’t learn of Megatron’s location until Transformers. A film without Megatron in the mix as an aggressor in some way will certainly shake things up, and will certainly set Bumblebee apart from past installments.

More On Bumblebee’s Past

Transformers has quietly developed a fairly lengthy backstory on Bumblebee over multiple films and is only just now getting around to talking about it. Bumblebee is the movie the character deserves, and hopefully, one that will have audiences interested enough to learn more about his long time on Earth. Just remember, we could still possibly see a Bumblebee movie that takes place in World War II.

There’s a chance there are even more exciting adventures to tackle beyond that, especially given the time gap between Bumblebee and Transformers. However this romp may end, we have to think it won’t be long enough to cover the next couple decades that lead up to his arrival at Bolivia’s Finest Quality Used Cars and Petting Zoo. The sky’s the limit for future Bumblebee adventures, provided the first film gets a response that inspires Hollywood to start on other ideas.

Bumblebee is in theaters Friday, December 21, and we’ll all find out whether or not it has what it takes to “transform” people’s impressions of the franchise going forward.

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Pride And Prejudice Adaptation Coming To Lifetime With Big Twist

It is a truth universally acknowledged that for as long as there are folks who love the story of Lizzie Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, there will be a market for adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. Whether it’s a Hallmark movie loosely based on the beloved story or a big screen adventure (with or without zombies), people love Pride and Prejudice. The tale is getting another adaptation, and this one brings an exciting twist. Lifetime is adapting Pride and Prejudice in a modern setting, and that’s not all.

Not only will the new TV movie be set in a modern time period, but it will also feature an all-black cast playing the beloved characters. Called Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta, the project will deliver a version of the story so many know and love with twists that guarantee it won’t be just more of the same.

Tiffany Hines, known for projects like Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, Bones, and Hit the Floor, will play Lizzie Bennet, with Juan Antonio of Empire playing Will Darcy. Let me just say that I’m relieved Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta updated Darcy’s name from “Fitzwilliam” to “Will!” No details about their courtship have released just yet, but some light has been shed on changes to other characters.

The Mr. Bennet of the Pride and Prejudice novel is a father who really only shows affection for Lizzie out of his five daughters, and he’s rather detached from most of the events of the book. For Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta, Mr. Bennet is Reverend Bennet, a Southern Baptists pastor to be played by Reginald VelJohnson, who is arguably best known for his role as Carl Winslow on Family Matters.

The Mrs. Bennet of the novel who is obsessed with finding husbands for her daughters will be the author of a self-help book on Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta. Given that the self-help book is about finding the perfect husband, it’s probably safe to say that Mrs. Bennet’s preoccupation with getting her daughters hitched will be part of the Lifetime movie. She’ll be played by Jackée Harry of Sister, Sister fame.

The rest of the cast has been filled out as well, including Lizzie’s four sisters. Raney Branch is Jane, Brittney Level is Mary, Reginae Carter is Lydia, and Alexia Bailey is Kitty. Caroline Bingley has been cast (with Keshia Knight Pulliam to bring her to life), although interestingly, her brother Charles and usually Jane’s suitor is not yet listed in the report from EW. Will Charles be absent and replaced by somebody else in Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta?

Kellee Stewart will play Charlotte, and Victoria Rowell will play Catherine. No description for Catherine has hit the web just yet, but if Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta‘s Catherine is anything like Jane Austen’s Lady Catherine de Bourgh, she probably won’t take too kindly to Lizzie, especially once she notes Will’s interest in her.

The only bad news is that we don’t have an exact premiere date for Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta just yet. The TV movie will premiere on Lifetime at some point in 2019. For some viewing options between now and then, swing by our fall TV premiere guide.

How The Flash’s Rag Doll Is Different From The Comics

Even though the new Team Flash lineup has the overall threat of Cicada to worry about, it’s not as if Central City has suddenly become invulnerable to all the other dangers out there. In “Doll’d Up,” Barry and Iris will come face to fuzzier-face when the comic book villain Rag Doll arrives. But as it usually goes with The Flash‘s TV foes, we’ll be getting a fairly different version of Rag Doll for The CW drama.

CinemaBlend spoke with Rag Doll portrayer and jaw-dropping contortionist Troy James about what fans can expect from this bendable-as-hell new villain. James, who became a viral phenomenon after his America’s Got Talent tryout, told me his vicious Rag Doll will be a semi-combination of both the Golden Age’s Peter Merkel and the Modern Age’s Peter Merkel Jr., on top of other things.

I was doing some research on Rag Doll, since he’s not the most well-known, and I came across the fact that there was a Rag Doll Sr., a villain who was born flexible. But also Rag Doll Jr., his son, who wasn’t born flexible but had a lot of surgeries to be like his father, so there’s definitely some family issues there. I kind of took a bit of both when I was determining which Rag Doll to play, because you know that he’s a psychopath and he likes to cause extreme…how do I want to say it? He is very sadistic, which is more in line with Peter Merkel Jr., and I am naturally flexible, as is Peter Merkel Sr. So it’s almost like the meta-powers were enhanced by what he had naturally. And it was fun to play around and to create my own Rag Doll.

It feels like a genius planner such as The Thinker was responsible for putting this scenario together. The most effective way for The Flash to tackle its lower-tiered, multi-identity villains is to combine them into single entities, sure. However, there can’t be THAT many actors out there able to bring Rag Doll’s contortionist tricks and treats to life as successfully as Troy James can. (Seriously, his work as the silent monster Pretzel Jack in Syfy’s Channel Zero: The Dream Door is magnificent.)

Of course, Troy James’ Rag Doll would almost necessarily need to change things up from the Peter Merkel that was created in 1942. That version was a carnival worker who turned to crime using a rag doll costume to trick people, and was later capable of using hypnosis and brainwashing to aid in his crimes. His son, Peter Jr., had more of a darker personality, no doubt in part due to the self-mutilation he went through to artificially gain his father’s abilities.

As Troy James implied, Peter Jr.’s more mentally troublesome tendencies will be prevalent in the TV version. Here was the actor’s more general assessment of what fans can expect from Rag Doll.

He is a supervillain with extreme flexibility, and unlike other supervillains who want to be the strongest, or if they have the biggest bone to pick with the Flash family, this guy is just a psychopath. He commits crimes, but more than that, he plays with his victims. He gets off on causing the most misery as possible. And we see, when he interacts with the Flash family, what happens to cause conflict there.

So while Cicada has some very specific reasons why he’s going after Flash and Vibe and the rest, it sounds like Rag Doll might have a different kind of dog in this fight. He might be a tad more like a slasher movie antagonist who’s just looking to cause as much chaos as possible, regardless of who the victims are. (That mask helps that argument along.) And who could say no to a victim like The Flash?

Since Troy James had mentioned an enhancement of Rag Doll’s meta-powers, I had to ask if that meant the villain was indeed a metahuman, as opposed to a Flash character whose powers came from other sources. In his words:

I believe so. I believe I am a meta, but there is a natural ability in there as well. He’s extremely flexible. They call him triple-jointed, but of course that’s not a thing in real life. So think of an extremely hyper-mobile person who gets their flexibility magnified x100.

In my mind, that could possibly give Rag Doll some of the same strange abilities as Ralph’s elongated powers. In that R.D. can possibly bend and mold his body into far more shapes than the average person, even if he can’t literally change into another person. Maybe more like Plastic-Man than Elongated Man, then.

When Troy James was cast on The Flash, I’d wondered if that meant that Rag Doll wouldn’t require the use of CGI to show off his quasi-elasticity. But you can’t really magnify a character’s flexibility by 100 without adding some digital magic to the cauldron, right? James says there is indeed “a little bit” of CGI helping things along, but not too much. In his words:

Well, when it comes to CG, there are a few things that no human can do. So I do get enhanced a little bit. But for the most part, it’s all on me.

Troy James is somewhat nervous about fans getting to meet Rag Doll for the first time, but he’s also extremely excited about getting a chance to scare audiences anew. (Seriously, go watch Channel Zero: The Dream Door while waiting for The Flash to return.) Few things are scarier than “the unpredictable,” so we’re hoping that the Arrow-verse’s comic-mashing take on Rag Doll delivers Flash‘s most frightening baddie yet.

The Flash will introduce Rag Doll in “Doll’d Up” on Tuesday, November 13, at 8:00 p.m. ET, with episodes airing every Tuesday on The CW at the same time. For anyone in need of other shows on the horizon that might bend to a viewer’s will, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.

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Why Benedict Cumberbatch Is An American Grinch And Not A British Grinch

While he has a major presence in front of the camera, Benedict Cumberbatch has also lent his voice to CGI and animated characters in films like The Hobbit, Penguins of Madagascar and Andy Serkis’ upcoming Mowgli. Next up for the actor is his role as the titular character that is cuddly as a cactus in The Grinch. Benedict Cumberbatch will be using an American accent and not his natural British one, which was a choice he made when approached about the role, as he explained:

So this latest depiction of the Grinch wasn’t originally intended to have an American accent. When he was approached about the role, the filmmakers wanted Benedict Cumberbatch not so he could create some voice like he did with Smaug, but for his natural speaking voice. Benedict Cumberbatch understood what they wanted from him based on his other work and what they were going for, but he wanted to go in a different direction.

As he told Uproxx, he has played rude and socially awkward characters with English accents before, like in Sherlock, for example, and that seemed to be what Illumination and Universal had in mind. That instinct makes sense given the fact that the Grinch is a rude hermit who wants to ruin Christmas, and the studio knew Benedict Cumberbatch could deliver on that approach.

The actor didn’t want to do that though and felt strongly that he should use an American accent instead. As to why he felt that way, Benedict Cumberbatch elaborated:

The Grinch already stands out from the residents of Whoville because of his fur and green coloring. He basically looks like a different species from the Who. Benedict Cumberbatch saw the English accent as just another thing that would have made him different, and for the actor, that would have been one thing too many, so he pushed to use an American accent instead.

Rather than sounding like the stereotypical English villain or some Ebenezer Scrooge-like curmudgeon, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Grinch will have an American accent. I’m not sure about where Whoville is exactly located, but it sounds like most of the residents will have American accents based on Benedict Cumberbatch’s comments and a voice cast that includes American actors Rashida Jones and Kenan Thompson.

Check out our holiday movie guide for all of the movies headed to theaters the rest of this year, and for all the latest in not judging the king of sinful sots by his accent, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

Matthew McConaughey Was Having A Great Time With Rom-Coms When They Almost Ruined His Career

Few actors have had as versatile of a career as Matthew McConaughey has. The 48-year-old Texas native’s various roles have included a fugitive, stripper, beetle, astronaut and AIDS victim. There once was a time when romantic comedy leading man was his predominant title, and when asked about it years later, the actor still thinks fondly on his heartthrob days. In his words:

Not bad, Matthew McConaughey. It sounds like that era was as picture perfect for him as one might think! After the actor found his breakout role in Dazed and Confused in 1993, the actor consistently found a place on the big screen, working with a number of masterful directors early in his career including Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Ron Howard. When he signed on to 2001’s The Wedding Planner alongside Jennifer Lopez, it was the beginning of a particular era full of rom-coms that he suddenly became best known for.

These movies, such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, didn’t have the actor complaining. These were his bachelor days, the money was rolling in and he enjoyed what he was doing. In his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Matthew McConaughey said his perspective changed after he married his wife Camila Alves and had his first child in 2008. He continued with:

The actor wanted to break out from the “guy gets the girl” story he had explored time and time again for the decade. He said he “unbranded” and deliberately started turning down all he was being offered, more rom-coms and action comedies. He didn’t return to the big screen until 2011 for The Lincoln Lawyer, thus beginning his career comeback, the “McConaissance.” He did a string of indie hits, Killer Joe, The Paperboy and Mud, before strutting into his most highly-acclaimed works Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street and HBO’s True Detective. His most celebrated era ended with his Best Actor Oscar win as a 47-pound lighter man dying from AIDS in Buyers Club.

Everyone loves a comeback story, and while in Matthew McConaughey’s case, he could have likely thrived where he was for quite some time, he didn’t allow himself be complacent in where he was. He didn’t and his career has benefitted ten-fold from it. Since his Oscar win, the actor has had a few bumps in the road with some recent box office bombs, but he’s now back in conversation with his recent performance in White Boy Rick. The actor certainly has held our attention over his 25-year career and may have more tricks in the bag we have yet to see.

New Amsterdam Cast A Heroes Vet As A New Doctor

One of Heroes‘ most memorable stars has just booked an exciting new role. The actor who brought Dr. Mohinder Suresh to life on the popular superhero drama is back. Sendhil Ramamurthy has been cast on the freshman medical drama, New Amsterdam. Who is he playing?

Given that the series is a medical drama, you may have already guessed this part. Sendhil Ramamurthy has booked a “major recurring role” as a new doctor, per Deadline. Nothing else was shared about Ramamurthy’s character. In a fun bit of a trivia, Ramamurthy is the son and brother of doctors.

The description of his role as “major” could be an assuring sign that Sendhil Ramamurthy could eventually have a heightened presence on New Amsterdam. As in, a series regular-style presence. The ensemble is fortunate to have him. Ramamurthy is a scene-stealing actor, as seen in Heroes and his wonderful stint on The CW’s Beauty and the Beast.

New Amsterdam has had a knack for casting terrific talent to populate its ensemble. So, casting Sendhil Ramamurthy marks another surefire accomplishment for the series. When fans of the freshman medical drama will get their first glimpse of Ramamurthy’s character was not revealed. As stated above, there are few details on Ramamurthy’s role. At this point, we do not even know what specialty his doctor practices.

Whether there is a reason for this amount of secrecy is intriguing to contemplate. New Amsterdam could be keeping the details scarce because his introduction will have huge plot implications. Perhaps he is connected to one of the already-introduced characters. Why else be so secretive? The fact that there is such a vague amount of info to go on could hint there is a reason for it.

Sendhil Ramamurthy was recently seen on NBC’s Reverie. The series, which ran this past summer, has been cancelled. Thus, freeing up Ramamurthy’s schedule. It will be interesting to learn more about his character. Whoever he turns out to be will be fun to explore.

If you are a Heroes fan and want to know more about the backdrop of New Amsterdam, we have you covered. The medical drama follows Ryan Eggold’s Dr. Max Goodwin as he ushers massive change as the brand-new medical director of the series’ eponymous hospital. In a positive sign for the overall health of the series, NBC has already been given it a full season order.

So, the good news is that Sendhil Ramamurthy’s character should have more than enough time to be explored. Here’s to finding out what is in store for him! New Amsterdam airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC, following This Is Us. The hit NBC dramas are among many that have made debuts and returns this fall on NBC and other networks.