Another new character joining the cast of island-castaway show Lost: Martha, a smart, attractive Asian-American scientist who's taking time off to raise her baby. And there's speculation that she may be the wife of Marvin Candle aka Pierre Chang, and the mother of the crying baby we heard in his video that was shown at Comic-Con. [EW]
Also, the first episode of the season will include another new character, a construction foreman in his 40s or 50s. He's worked hard to get where he is and to provide for his family. He cares about his crew and hates it when the management is condescending or arrogant, but ultimately he knows his place in the pecking order. [Doc Arzt]
Meanwhile, speculation is increasing that those two new British characters we mentioned the other day are part of a storyline involving the Black Rock, the 19th century slave ship that crashed on the island. (The one whose First Mate's journal Charles Widmore purchased at auction.) And now it turns out the show is trying to hire a "big black ominous looking ship," plus another ship to chase it. So far, the show has hired the "chase ship," which looks old enough to be from the 1500s. The show will film these sequences in September, off the coast of California.
Also, at the show's open casting call over the weekend, one bald African American man was singled out for special attention and asked about his experience. And the casting people were interested in people who could speak any foreign language. They also wanted kids, but especially any boys who were blond haired and blue eyed, from babies to five-year-olds. What does it all mean? [Lost Spoilers]
Meanwhile, a trustworthy source (named "Super Sock") claims the first episode of the season is about "several" of the Ocanic Six already coming to terms with their need to return to the island, on their own terms. And the title, "Because You Left," refers not to one character but several characters, in different ways. [Doc Arzt again]
Also, filming on the first episode is already underway, including scenes at the house where Kate lives after leaving the island. Seen on set were a man in a doctor's coat, and a blond toddler, who looked around two years old. But no sign of Kate herself. Could Aaron be sick? Also, a second unit was working on some scenes involving Spanish speakers elsewhere. [Hawaii Blog]