Each time Andrew Garfield‘s name comes up for a project these days, it’s seemingly bigger and more impressive than the last thing. He was crucial to David Fincher’s The Social Network, he re-imagined your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and now arguably the greatest living filmmaker has tapped him to star in his new project.
Martin Scorsese has cast Garfield as the lead in in Silence, based on an Shusaku Endo novel about Jesuits who attempt to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan. He’ll be joined by Ken Watanabe and filming is set to start Summer 2014. Garfield will play Father Rodrigues, who travels to Japan with a priest and Watanabe will play the priest’s interpreter. Read More »
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Jane Got a Gun has changed so much in the last couple months that I don’t have any idea what to expect at this point. Original director Lynne Ramsay departed right on the eve of shooting (and still hasn’t spoken publicly about the reason for doing so) and that began a cycle of cast changes that continues weeks later.
Last week Bradley Cooper walked away from playing the film’s bad guy, reportedly because of scheduling conflicts with David O. Russell’s American Hustle, and his generally busy schedule. Indeed, Russell’s movie was thrown into a bit of chaos thanks to the Boston Marathon bomber manhunt, and so that’s a plausible reason. But after all the upheaval on the western that is now being directed by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) it’s somewhat difficult to imagine that scheduling was the only issue.
Regardless, Ewan McGregor has now stepped in to play the leader of a gang of outlaws. Among the gang was the husband of Jane (Natalie Portman), but he leaves the gang and heads for home, leading her to recruit an old flame (Joel Edgerton) to help defend her homestead in case the outlaws come calling.
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Director Paul Thomas Anderson will likely add an Oscar winner to the cast of his next film, Inherent Vice. Benicio Del Toro is in talks to join the project which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Doc Sportello, a stoner private detective on the case of a missing girlfriend. Kevin J. O’Connor (There Will Be Blood, The Master) will also reportedly appear in the film.
Del Toro would play the small, but crucial role of Sportello’s lawyer friend; O’Connor’s role is yet to be determined. Read More »
Briefly: Mission: Impossible 5 is a go. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions just signed star Tom Cruise to return for the fifth film in the blockbuster franchise, confirming rumblings that began after 2011′s Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was a massive hit. The studio has yet to officially announce a writer or director but all signs point to Christopher McQuarrie, who last directed Cruise in Jack Reacher. (Which comes out on DVD and Blu this week.) More on the project as information becomes available. [Deadline]
Relativity Media’s reboot of The Crow has been a long time coming. Back in 2009 Stephen Norrington (Blade) was writing and set to direct. Nick Cave eventually rewrote the script, and Mark Wahlberg might have starred. But Norrington moved on, and thus began a cycle of new directors and actors being linked to the project. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo almost made the movie with Bradley Cooper starring, and then F. Javier Gutiérrez signed to direct, with Jesse Wigutow writing.
Actors from James McAvoy to Tom Hiddleston have been linked to the lead role since, but now we have a definitive choice to play murdered musician Eric Draven, who is brought back to Earth to avenge his death, and the murder of his fiancé. No, really. This one is going to happen. Read More »
Briefly: The collaboration between director Christopher Nolan and actor Michael Caine is moving towards its tenth year, the two having first worked together on Batman Begins, shot in 2004 and released in 2005. Caine was in all three of Nolan’s Batman films, and played roles in the director’s “in-between” films The Prestige and Inception.
Now Caine has been confirmed for Interstellar, the sci-fi picture that also features Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, and fellow Batman vet Anne Hathaway. The film was originally scripted by Jonathan Nolan, and depicts “a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.” Steven Spielberg set the project into motion a few years ago after being inspired by physicist Kip Thorne. Christopher Nolan has been reworking his brother’s script before shooting. Interstellar is set for release on November 7, 2014. [Deadline]
Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:
- Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
- Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
- Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
- Downton Abbey gets its first black character
- John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
- Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
- NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
- The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
- FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
- Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
- Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
- The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills
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Briefly: Christopher Nolan has one more actor for his hardcore sci-fi film Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey is the chief cast member of the film that features a wormhole and alternate dimensions, and we knew that he would be joined by Anne Hathaway on ”a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”
Now Nolan has picked Jessica Chastain, the actress who has worked with directors such as Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hillcoat, and who has been one of the brightest “new” talents of the past couple years. There aren’t many actors who have a resume as impressive as what Chastain has built since 2010. Deadline says that Chastain will play the film’s “third lead,” but at this point your guess about the precise nature of the three lead roles is as good as ours.
This is the place where we say that we know very little about Interstellar, other than the fact that it was put into motion by Steven Spielberg, who was interested in the theories of experimental physicist Kip Thorne, and that Jonathan Nolan wrote the first script. After Spielberg moved on and Christopher Nolan signed to direct, the elder Nolan was reported to be reworking his brother’s script to make it a bit more his own.
We can tell you to expect loads of native IMAX footage, and that Interstellar is set for release on November 7, 2014.
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