Morgan Freeman to Star in ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake

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We recently reported that Tom Hiddleston was being courted for the new version of Ben-Hur, but while he makes up his mind Timur Bekmambetov has gone ahead and cast the film’s first star. Morgan Freeman is set to join the epic. The news comes one day after he booked a role in Ben-Hur‘s polar opposite, Ted 2. Hit the jump for the latest details.

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Jessica Chastain Xavier Dolan

Quebecois writer/director/actor Xavier Dolan has been making acclaimed films in Canada for the last few years, and his most recent, Mommy, was a huge hit at Cannes this past May. Mommy was up for the Palme d’Or, and while it didn’t take that prize, Dolan did win the Jury Prize for the film. At the same time, Dolan said he was prepping his first English-language script, called The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Now that film may have a high-profile lead, as Jessica Chastain — who was a huge fan of Mommy — is reportedly signing on. More details on the Jessica Chastain Xavier Dolan picture follow. Read More »

‘Finding Dory’ Reunites Two Favorites From ‘The Wire’

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Two of your favorite characters from The Wire are reuniting for a very different kind of project. Dominic West and Idris Elba have been added to the voice cast of Finding Dory, Pixar’s sequel to the 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Bet that’s the last place you ever expected to see McNulty and Stringer Bell cross paths again. More Finding Dory casting details after the jump.

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Morgan Freeman Joins ‘Ted 2′

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Morgan Freeman is following up Dolphin Tale 2 with another sequel about an adorable animal — or at least, an adorable-looking, animal-shaped creature. Freeman has just signed on for Ted 2, joining Seth MacFarlane (who voices Ted and also directs), Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, and Patrick Warburton. Hit the jump to find out how Freeman fits into the story.

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drax in avengers 3

Most people couldn’t dream of stealing scenes away from colorful characters like Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon, but Drax the Destroyer isn’t most people. The hilariously literal warrior won us over in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, with his dry delivery, tragic sob story, and badass moves. Now it seems Marvel’s hoping he’ll do the same in Avengers 3.

Rumor has it Dave Bautista is being set up for a major role in the upcoming threequel, which is expected to close out Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Man in the High Castle TV series

The Man in the High Castle is among the more well-known Philip K. Dick novels, perhaps because it explores a premise many people have perhaps mused upon at some point in their lives: what if Germany and Japan won World War II? The novel is set in the early ’60s in an America that is occupied in the east by Germany and in the west by Japan, with a stretch of “free” land in the middle. Years of development attempts have so far failed to yield a TV or film adaptation of the novel, but now Amazon is pulling together a Man in the High Castle TV series.

Luke Kleintank is playing a new character called Joe Blake in the pilot, while Alexa Davalos (Clash Of The Titans, Mob City) has just won the lead female role, a slightly altered version of Juliana Frink from the novel.

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Al Pacino the irishman

Martin Scorsese has so many different projects on his to-do list at any point that it wouldn’t be a huge shocker if some of them dropped off eventually. But despite the fact that he’s making Silence next, he hasn’t forgotten about The Irishman, at least according to star Al Pacino.

In fact, not only does he still very much intend to make the film, Scorsese’s even added another cast member — Bobby Cannavale. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci remain attached as well. Hit the jump for the latest on Scorsese’s The Irishman.

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Johnny Depp‘s Captain Jack Sparrow could reconnect with an old friend in his next adventure. Orlando Bloom has revealed that he could step back into his role as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean 5, after sitting out the last film. Hit the jump to see what he said.

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