Peter Dinklage To Play E.T. In Reboot Planned For 2020

Peter Dinklage as ET

We have been told that, despite what we see in this pre-production spy shot, the final costume will use practical effects almost entirely. All other scenery and set work will be computer generated. A spokesperson from Mr. Dinklage’s team says the studio has assured them the final costume will be tasteful.

Los Angeles— Fans of the HBO mega-hit “Game of Thrones” finally now know what the show’s creators as well as its biggest star will be doing once the show finishes its 8th and final season in 2019.  

D.B. Weiss and partner David Benioff announced yesterday that they’ve been given the green light to reboot Steven Spielberg’s alien epic, “E.T.” And they will working with an actor for the role that they’ve become very familiar and friendly with the past few years: Peter Dinklage.

“We-I’d guess we probably talked about using CGI for ‘E.T.’ for maybe 10 seconds,” Weiss said. “But then we figured we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use Pete if we could get him. And we did. He said he’s all in. And we all know he’ll be great.”

The duo were also thrilled to get the blessing of Spielberg himself. “Ste-Mr. Spielberg, excuse me, called us up while we were filming in Malta last week and said he’s excited to see the new twist we would bring to the story,” Benioff said. 

A reboot has been in the Hollywood rumor mill for years, with every well-known director from J.J. Abrams to Bryan Singer to Jon Favreau attached at different times. But Weiss and Benioff said their great chemistry and the timing of them finally finishing up “Game of Thrones” just worked out wonderfully. “The stars just aligned, as it were,” Benioff said.

Other roles in the reboot that have been cast besides Dinklage include Giselle Eisenberg as young Gert, the loudmouthed little sister played by Drew Barrymore in the original; Nancy Travis as the mom originally played by Dee Wallace Stone; Jacob McCarthy as Michael, the older brother played by Robert MacNaughton originally; and Gaten Matarazzo as Elliot, the boy who finds and befriends “E.T.” 

Weiss confirmed that filming would begin on “E.T.” in Majorca shortly after they finished editing the final season of “Game of Thrones,” and he was excited to show how “E.T.” would interact with modern-day society “with all its dragons, magic, corruption and frozen walking zombies, then use an iPad to phone home. It’ll be great.”

“I Used To Sing And Dance For Whoever Would Watch Me:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress Kim Poirier

Kim Poirier

Kim Poirier

In this week’s TDQ Q&A, our dreams come true as we get to speak with gorgeous Canadian actress Kim Poirier. Kim spoke with us about her crush on David Bowie, the worst piece of advice she ever got, (which, coincidentally, is the same advice we get ALL THE TIME) and about her gig hosting a science and technology show on The Space Channel. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Actress Kim Poirier:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

Kim Poirier: My favorite actress growing up was Catherine Deneuve. I remember thinking she was so beautiful and talented. Her work inspired me!

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

KP: Definitely the “Labyrinth” with David Bowie. At 7 years old, I saw him live for the “Glass Spider Tour.” He was my first crush!

TDQ: What was your favorite Canadian soap opera growing up?

KP: I didn’t have one… My teenage version of a soap opera was “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place.”

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

KP: It’s always been in me. I was bit by the bug early on. I use to sing and dance for whoever would watch me. I did my first commercial when I was a baby; then I proceeded to do 29 more. I’ve always loved film and television and it’s something I’ve worked hard to immerse myself into in a myriad of ways.
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