In this edition of Access Hollywood’s “Week In Geek,” Teri Hatcher returns to her Superman roots on “Smallville,” J.J. Abrams shares an update on the next big screen “Star Trek,” Olivia Wilde sets the record straight on baring it all in “Cowboys & Aliens,” and Lynda Carter talks about the new “Wonder Woman” TV show. Is a cameo far behind?
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TERI HATCHER: FROM WISTERIA LANE… TO ELLA LANE, FOR “SMALLVILLE”
Tonight on “Smallville,” Teri Hatcher returns to her roots with the Man of Steel. Teri portrayed Lois Lane on ABC’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” from 1993 -1997. The “Desperate Housewives” star, in a nod to her former role, will be playing Ella Lane, the late mother of Lois (played by Erica Durance on The CW show).
“Smallville,” now in its tenth and final season, has featured numerous clever cameos and recurring roles from alumni who were a part of Superman’s many theatrical and TV incarnations from over the years.
Hatcher joins Christopher Reeve (Superman/Clark Kent), Margot Kidder (Lois Lane), Annette O’Toole (Lana Lang), Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen), Helen Slater (Supergirl), Dean Cain (Superman/Clark Kent), and Terence Stamp (General Zod) as the latest visitor to the “Smallville” set.
Helen Slater (who played the title character in 1984’s “Supergirl” on the big screen) also returns in tonight’s episode as Lara, the Kryptonian mother of Kal-El / Superman.
J.J. ABRAMS TALKS NEXT “STAR TREK”
“I’m as excited to read it as anyone,” J.J. Abrams said regarding the script for the next “Star Trek” big screen adventure. Access caught up with the prolific director/producer last night at the NYC red carpet premiere of “Morning Glory.”
Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias” “Mission: Impossible III & IV”), who is a producer on the Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton starring comedy, shared the latest news on the follow up his 2009 blockbuster “Star Trek” reboot.
“We’re working on the story right now,” he said. “The writers are finishing up this big outline.” Returning “Star Trek” screenwriters (and frequent Abrams collaborators) Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have been joined by Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) for mapping out the next mission for the Enterprise crew.
Abrams also teased that there may be more in store for eager fans in addition to seeing Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura) and the rest of the crew on the big screen again. “The actors in the first one will be back, but I’m sure there will be some surprises.”
J.J expects the still untitled film to start shooting “in theory, I’m sure sometime next summer,” for a scheduled summer 2012 release.
OLIVIA WILDE ON BARING IT ALL IN “COWBOYS & ALIENS” – “NO WAY!”
Earlier this week, AccessHollywood.com brought you Harrison Ford’s take on starring in next summer’s big budget “Cowboys & Aliens.”
At the NYC premiere of “The Next Three Days,” Access caught up with Ford’s “Cowboys” co-star Olivia Wilde, and asked her to set the record straight regarding recent rumors of shooting a scene not only in the buff, but also in front of hundreds of extras dressed as Apache warriors.
“At Comic Con, (co-star) Adam Beach was joking around with reporters that I was naked in the scene,” she laughed.
“No, I am not naked in it,” she confirmed. “It will look like I’m naked, but I’m not naked,” she said, separating fact from fiction regarding shooting at nighttime bonfire sequence in the desert.
“I’m far too shy,” she said of the possibility of really baring it all in front of so many Old West costumed co-stars. “No way!” she smiled.
LYNDA CARTER TALKS NEW “WONDER WOMAN” TV SHOW
Last month, David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “The Practice”) announced that he was developing a new series chronicling the adventures of Wonder Woman, the iconic super heroine famously portrayed on TV by Lynda Carter from 1975 – 1979.
When Cater talked to Access Hollywood Live this week, she revealed she has already talked to Kelley about the new show.
“I spoke with David E. Kelley and he told me all kinds of secret things, but I can’t tell you any of them! I promised!” she smiled.
While Carter was tight lipped regarding any hints on whom Kelley was considering to take on the role, the questions remains whether or not Kelley and Carter have discussed working together on the new show. Many brand remakes like to pay homage to their histories, often giving fans subtle and not so subtle nods to previous incarnations.
“I asked David E. Kelley what he wanted me to say when people asked me, and he said, ‘Tell them to be patient.’”
Bringing Lynda aboard in some way would certainly bridge the generations between her “Wonder Woman” and the new version.
The easiest casting prediction would be as Wonder Woman’s mother, Queen Hippolyte. If the new show were to do an origin story with parts taking place on Paradise Island, home of the Amazons, it would provide a perfect opportunity for Lynda to return possibly in a recurring mentor role.