Sophie Turner Mary Shelley

Sophie Turner will go from being victimized by monsters to creating them. The Game of Thrones actress is set to star in Mary Shelley’s Monster, about the the life and times of the Frankenstein author. Jeremy Irvine and Taissa Farmiga are also on board.

If all of this sounds oddly familiar, that’s probably because this is the second Shelley biopic we’ve heard about this month. The other one is A Storm in the Stars, from director Haifaa Al-Mansour and star Elle Fanning. Hit the jump for more details.

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Veronica Mars web series

The whole Neptune gang is reuniting, but it’s not for a sequel per se. Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, and more are set to star in Play It Again, Dick, a Veronica Mars spinoff about a Veronica Mars spinoff.

In keeping with the meta angle of the web series, the actors will be playing both themselves and their Veronica Mars characters. As creator Rob Thomas puts it, it’s the cast of Veronica Mars meets the “L.A. ‘reality’” of Party Down. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu tv series

Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s film career remains plenty busy, with the dark comedy Birdman due out later this year and the revenge drama The Revenant gearing up for next year. Nevertheless, he’s preparing to dive into the world of cable TV.

Starz has just given a ten-episode order to The One Percent, a drama co-created by Iñárritu. Ed Helms, Hilary Swank, and Ed Harris are on board to star. Hit the jump for more on the Iñárritu TV series.

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Michael C Hall God Fearing Man

Michael C. Hall has hinted that he might be done with TV after Dexter, but apparently he’ll make an exception for material written by Stanley Kubrick. He is now set to star in God Fearing Man, a miniseries based on one of Kubrick’s unproduced scripts. Hit the jump for more details.

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Evil Dead

In this edition of Sequel Bits, people talk about movies they’re doing, movies they wish they were doing, and movies they’re probably never doing. After the jump:

  • Helen Mirren would “love” to do Fast and the Furious
  • Daniel Radcliffe wants a cameo in Sharknado 3
  • Evil Dead 2 is dead, according to star Jane Levy
  • Justin Theroux thinks Ben Stiller may helm Zoolander 2
  • Simon Pegg talks up Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci
  • Rumor has it Lea Seydoux could be the next Bond girl
  • … and Sam Smith may be the next Bond theme singer

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mark ruffalo spotlight

Tom McCarthy is recently wrapped a fanciful dramedy called The Cobbler, in which Adam Sandler plays a shoe repairman who walk in his customers’ shoes (in the metaphysical sense, not the boring literal one). But now the director is getting ready to head into much darker, heavier fare.

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Stanley Tucci have entered talks to lead McCarthy’s Spotlight, about the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal. Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and Aaron Eckhart are circling other key roles. Hit the jump for all the details.

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The Hunger Games Catching Fire - Jeffrey Wright as Beetee

HBO is quickly filling slots on its upcoming sci-fi show Westworld with some top end talent. The show, produced by J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, is based on the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. It’s about robots at a theme park that run amok, an idea the author evolved two decades later for Jurassic Park.

Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood were already cast as two of the show’s leads and now six more actors have joined. Best known among them are Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Rodrigo Santoro (300) along with Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman. Read who each actor plays on the Westworld TV show Read More »

Samuel L Jackson Black Phantom

Samuel L. Jackson is using his time off from Avengers-corralling duty to get back into contract killing. He’s just signed on to play the title role in The Black Phantom, one of two hitmen who form an unlikely bond. The other one will be played by Kevin Hart. Hit the jump for all the details.

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