We’ve got a couple of casting updates, a seemingly cancelled project, and much more. After the jump:

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back adds Robert Catrini.
  • Social Network‘s Abhi Sinha joins Conjuring 2.
  • Warner Bros. pulls Project XX from its schedule.
  • Peyton Reed imagines a Bring It On sequel.
  • Simon Pegg talks about writing Star Trek Beyond.
  • Bruce Willis responds to that Die Hard 6 fan pitch.
  • No, Daniel Radcliffe won’t be back for Cursed Child.
  • The original Aliens comic is getting a fancy deluxe edition.

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philip ng bruce lee

Casting someone to play legendary martial artist Bruce Lee isn’t like recasting Captain Kirk or James Bond. This guy isn’t just a cinematic persona that a new actor can try on like a suit – he was a real-deal badass whose cinematic persona was built around the fact that he could take down every last challenger in the room.

So best of luck to Hong Kong-born actor Philip Ng, who has been officially cast in the Bruce Lee not-quite-a-biopic Birth of the Dragon, which is about to begin filming under the direction of The Adjustment Bureau‘s George Nolfi.

Hit the jump for more on the Philip Ng Bruce Lee casting.

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Val Kilmer joining Top Gun 2

A sequel to the fighter jet action thriller Top Gun has been gestating for years, but the project hit a snag a few years ago when director Tony Scott tragically passed away. But when Jerry Bruckheimer struck a new deal at Paramount Pictures, Top Gun 2 was part of the deal, and last year Justin Marks was hired to write the script.

Now it seems like the project is moving along as Val Kilmer took to Facebook last night to reveal that he’s been offered the chance to reprise his role as Iceman in the sequel, and he quickly accepted. Read More »

Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle, True Detective Series 1, Episode 4

Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower may get some A-list star wattage. Matthew McConaughey is reportedly circling the Stephen King adaptation, which is intended as the start of a sprawling franchise spanning multiple films and a companion TV series. More on the potential Matthew McConaughey Dark Tower casting, including details on the character he might play, after the jump. Read More »

Scott Adkins in Close Range

So far, Marvel’s Doctor Strange has collected a cast that seems like they’d be more at home at reciting Shakespeare or the brothers Coen than throwing down with supervillains. But the film’s latest addition guarantees we can count on some pretty kickass action scenes as well. Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2) has just joined the star-studded cast, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character. More about the Doctor Strange Scott Adkins casting after the jump.  Read More »

Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

A few weeks back, word got around that Sony was finally moving forward with a The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel — without David FincherDaniel Craig, or Rooney Mara. But that last part seems to be news to Mara. The actress says she’s still attached to the franchise, as far as she knows, and that “of course” she’d love to make another. Read the Rooney Mara Dragon Tattoo sequel comment after the jump.  Read More »

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Margaret Qualley in The Leftovers

Adam Wingard has found another new name for his Death Note. The Leftovers star Margaret Qualley is set to join Nat Wolff in Warner Bros.’ live-action, English-language adaptation of the hit Japanese manga, about a magical notebook that kills people. (Just go with it.) Learn more about the new Death Note female lead below.  Read More »

Tracy Morgan playing Redd Foxx

This past August, we learned that the long-gestating Richard Pryor biopic was finally moving forward, with Mike Epps leading the film to be directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Dreamgirls scribe Bill Condon and Fox’s Empire collaborator Danny Strong.

And now the production has just gained a new cast member to play another iconic comedian. We have word that Tracy Morgan will be playing Redd Foxx, the stand-up comedian and star of the hit classic comedy series Sanford and Son. Find out how Foxx fits into the Pryor biopic below. Read More »

‘Toy Story 4’ Adds Patricia Arquette to Voice Cast

Patricia Arquette in Boyhood

Patricia Arquette got the Academy’s stamp of approval earlier this year, picking up an Oscar for her phenomenal, decade-spanning work in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Now she’s caught the attention of an (arguably) even more highly respected Hollywood institution: Pixar. Arquette is in talks to join the voice cast of Toy Story 4, alongside returning stars Tom Hanks and Tim AllenRead More »