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UPDATE: The chief question I proposed below has been answered by Variety’s Justin Kroll on Twitter:

The original article continues below.

If there was any doubt about whether or not Universal was viewing their new monsters cinematic universe as something that should be taken very seriously, just look at the talent they’ve been assembling: Tom Cruise will battle the title creature in The Mummy, Russell Crowe is playing a new version of Dr. Jekyll, Johnny Depp is on board to portray the Invisible Man, and Dwayne Johnson is rumored to be the top choice for the Wolf Man. Okay, so that last one is a little weird, but at least everyone loves The Rock.

And now, we can add another name to the mix: the great Javier Bardem has been cast as Frankenstein.

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Jason Bourne Trailer

Studios may hope for “endless” franchises, but the faces of those franchises have an unfortunate habit of aging out or moving on. So the Han Solo torch gets passed from Harrison Ford to Alden Ehrenreich, the Rocky franchise turns into the Creed franchise, and James Bond continues to spark rumor after rumor about who could replace Daniel Craig.

And Matt Damon, who returns as everyone’s favorite amnesiac spy this month in Jason Bourne, has made his peace with that inevitable fate. Damon acknowledged the likelihood that he’ll be replaced someday by a younger actor as Bourne, and told press that while he’s “very excited” to reprise his role this time, he’s “totally fine” with the role getting recast eventually.  Read More »

Flatliners

Sony is trying to revive Flatliners, and they’re enlisting Kiefer Sutherland to help them out. The actor, who starred in the original Flatliners from 1990, has signed on for the upcoming remake, which will star Ellen PageDiego LunaNina DobrevJames Norton, and Kiersey ClemonsNiels Arden Oplev is directing the new version.  Read More »

Justin Timberlake Woody Allen

The primary cast of the next film from director Woody Allen has been revealed, and it has the filmmaker yet again pulling in some talent he hasn’t worked with before, including a couple of surprising names.

Justin Timberlake gets a chance to work with an iconic director again with a role in Woody Allen’s latest film while Kate Winslet will work with the filmmaker for the first time in her decorated career. But they aren’t the only ones. Find out more about the cast of Woody Allen’s next movie after the jump. Read More »

Kickboxer Sequel

You may remember back in March we highlighted the teaser trailer for Kickboxer: Vengeance, yet another installment in the franchise that starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. The original Kickboxer from 1989 followed JCVD as a fighter named Kurt Sloane who must learn the kickboxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge the death of his brother. Kickboxer: Vengeance was taking that story and updating it for contemporary audiences with Alain Moussi playing the Kurt Sloane character and Jean-Claude Van Damme playing his mentor. It’s basically a reboot of the original, and now it appears it will also be the beginning of a new franchise.

Earlier this week, Jean-Claude Van Damme took to his Facebook page to sign the contract for Kickboxer: Retaliation, a sequel that will follow Vengeance. JCVD will return as the mentor to Alain Moussi as he’s taken forcibly back to Thailand to fend for his life against a new formidable foe. Find out more about the Kickboxer sequel below. Read More »

Michelle Williams in the greatest showman on earth

Hugh Jackman has been attached to the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth for almost seven years. Every once in a blue moon, we’d get an update saying the project, which centers on the founder of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, is alive and well. After years of development, the project is maybe more alive than ever, as another actor, Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), may finally join Jackman in The Greatest Showman on Earth.

Below, learn more about the biopic and who Michelle Williams might play.

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If you are a slightly older actor from the United Kingdom capable of growing a fine beard and wearing a convincing scowl, there is a strong chance you have appeared on HBO’s Game of Thrones at some point. And if you haven’t appeared on Game of Thrones, it may be your fault for turning it down in the early days, before it was a gigantic hit that would put you in front of an audience of millions and millions of rabid fans who obsess over every episode.

Every so often, one of the actors who turned the show down speaks up, offering a glimpse at what could have been. Today, that slightly older actor from the United Kingdom capable of growing a fine beard and wearing a convincing scowl who turned down the show in its infancy is the great Brian Cox.

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We’re just a couple weeks away from the madness at San Diego Comic Con kicking off, and we’ll have plenty of coverage of all your favorite television shows and upcoming movies for you to check out from July 20th-24th. In the meantime, the cast of an upcoming Comic-Con heist comedy called Supercon has expanded to include an acclaimed actor who is no strange to comic book movies.

John Malkovich has been added to the Supercon cast, but the bad news is that he appears to be the best actor on the entire roster. But he’s not the only new cast member to be added to the project either. Get more details below. Read More »

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Justice League is making a last-minute addition to its cast. Julian Lewis Jones has climbed aboard the Zack Snyder-directed adventure, which brings together Ben Affleck‘s Batman, Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill‘s Superman, Ezra Miller‘s The Flash, Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman, and Ray Fisher‘s Cyborg for a superhero showdown.

And while you might assume that an actor cast this late in the game has just a small part in the film, we’re wondering if Jones might actually be playing Steppenwolf, the big bad of Justice League. Lets take a look at the Julian Lewis Jones Justice League casting and more, after the jump. Read More »