Briefly: Colin Trevorrow has been very busy prepping Jurassic World for release June 12, 2015. He’s assembled a solid young cast (Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins) with a few recognizable names (Josh Brolin, Bryce Dallas Howard) and now he might be adding another.
Hypable is reporting Jason Schwartzman, star of Rushmore and next month’s Saving Mr. Banks, is in talks to join the film in an yet-to-be-revealed role. His representation had no comment, which is generally a good thing (Idris Elba’s reps said he was not in the film when he was rumored). When there’s more to report, we’ll let you know, but for now lets just imagine how Schwartzman could fit into this sequel.
Bryce Dallas Howard, meanwhile, just said to USA Today, “they’re relaunching the Jurassic Park franchise, so I’ll be chasing dinosaurs. That’s going to happen next year.” [Hypable]
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If true, the latest Star Wars Episode VII rumor blows the lid off everything we expected the sequels to be. Though co-writer and producer Lawrence Kasdan has long said the new films won’t follow any stories from the Extended Universe, almost everyone assumed the main characters — all believed to be young adults — would somehow be related to the Skywalker and Solo families. They’d have to be, considering Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, who finished the series dating Han Solo, were the last two Jedi in the universe. Any future Jedi would surely be directly related.
That might not be the case. An open Disney casting call is happening this month in the United Kingdom and multiple websites, including the BBC, are reporting it is 100% for Star Wars. The casting sheet lists two roles, one of which is an orphaned female and the other is fatherless male. If those are main characters, they are not likely related to the Skywalkers or Solos. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine in six different movies over a decade and a half — seven if you count the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past – and now he’s going for one more. Jackman and his The Wolverine director James Mangold are now in negotiations to star in another installment of the series, which will be produced once again by Lauren Shuler Donner. Hit the jump for all the details.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson are following up 2007′s 1408 with another Stephen King thriller. Jackson has just signed on to star with Cusack in Cell, not to be confused with 2000′s The Cell. This one centers on the idea that cell phones can kill you, and we don’t mean via brain cancer. Hit the jump for the latest details on this project.
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Briefly: One video game adaptation that keeps restarting from save points is Kane & Lynch, which has had directors and potential cast members come and go over since shortly after the first game’s debut in 2007. The game series features the two title characters, two escaped death row inmates who find that they were broken out of prison only to be coerced into tracking down a giant cache of loot for a big criminal organization. Turns out that recruiting pychopathic, schizophrenic men to do such work isn’t the best idea, and much violence ensues.
Now Gerard Butler is in talks to play Kane, and F. Gary Gray, once set to direct a while back, on board once more to make the movie. To round out the lead duo, producers are hoping to land Vin Diesel. THR has the news, saying that an offer is out to Diesel, but even Butler isn’t signed just yet. Butler and Gray have worked together before, on the Gray’s most recent feature Law Abiding Citizen, and the director worked with Diesel on A Man Apart.
Briefly: An argument threatened to tear friendships asunder earlier this year, as audiences were divided over the merits of new summer-set coming of age movie The Way Way Back in relation to the effectiveness of Greg Mottola’s similar movie Adventureland. Clearly, Mottola’s movie has landed in the public consciousness. Which means this new project from two participants might have an advantage from day one.
The Adventureland duo of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, both enjoying higher profile gigs now than when they swam together for Mottola, are going to be on screen together again. Their new project sounds a lot more weird than their last pairing however. American Ultra, scripted by Max Landis (Chronicle), is written as an action comedy and will have Nima Nourizadeh (Project X) directing.
The actors will play a stoner and his girlfriend, whose lives get weird “when Mike’s past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a government operation set to wipe him out.” Producer Anthony Bregman says “Simply put, ‘American Ultra’ will be the most fun you can possibly have in a movie theater without the use of drugs, fireworks, or canola oil.” I don’t know quite what that means, but we’ll probably find out in 2015; the film is scheduled to shoot next spring. [THR]
Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
After making a mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as badass warrior Sif, Jaimie Alexander could head to Warner Bros. / DC to play the ultimate female superhero.
At this weekend’s Comikaze Expo, the Thor: The Dark World actress revealed that she has met with Warner Bros., possibly about playing Wonder Woman, and probably for Batman vs. Superman. Hit the jump to learn exactly what she had to say about it. Read More »
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Imagine being a journalist, landing an interview with J.J. Abrams about his new book (which means you can’t really talk about Star Wars Episode VII too much), then haphazardly running into a potential Oscar winner in Abrams’ office. Exclusive scoop!
That’s what happened to UK newspaper reporter Rhys Blakely, who writes for The Times. He walked into the Bad Robot office to speak with Abrams about S and found Chiwetel Ejiofor waiting there. Does that mean Ejiofor, considered a potential Oscar-contender for 12 Years A Slave, is in Star Wars Episode VII? Not necessarily, but it’s certainly possible. Read More »