Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
Late last year, Salt director Phillip Noyce became the latest director to sign on for Our Wild Life, based on the story of Kenyan elephant conservationist Daphne Sheldrick. (Whose work was recently documented in the IMAX film Born To Be Wild.) The project had already racked up a pretty troubled history by this point — Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) was originally attached to direct, but left on bad terms. He eventually sued New Line for not letting him direct from his own rewrite of Jeff Stockwell’s original script. Since then, The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles has picked up and dropped the project, and Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron, and Drew Barrymore have each been reported or rumored to star at some point.
Now, a new story suggests that Nicole Kidman may be the latest actress to attempt to get the project up and running — but her involvement is nowhere near certain. Kidman is said to have “read and liked the script,” which is certainly not the same thing as “signing on to the project.” Indeed, her rep at CAA has said that she is not officially attached to Our Wild Life at this point. Still, it’s possible we’ll be hearing about more solid negotiations sometime in the near future.
Then again, maybe we won’t. As The Playlist points out, scheduling conflicts may ultimately prevent Kidman from coming on board, no matter how much she loved the script. Our Wild Life is reportedly aiming to begin shooting in September, but Kidman has already committed to starring opposite James Franco in Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway this fall. We’ll keep you updated as Kidman’s involvement, or lack thereof, becomes clearer. [The Wrap via The Playlist]
After the jump, an actress you’ve probably seen but don’t know by name snags not one, not two, but three new roles.
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One of the consistently great things about Scott Pilgrim vs the World was Johnny Simmons, who didn’t get a lot of screen time but still managed to shine as the wide-eyed aspiring bass player Young Neil. He’s only been in The Conspirator since, and was announced for The Hand Job. Now he has scored two new roles, in 21 Jump Street and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
21 Jump Street has been amassing quite a cast over the past several months: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Brie Larson, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco, DeRay Davis and Jake Johnson are all among the film’s many stars. But from the earliest stages of casting, one of the top questions has been whether Johnny Depp might appear in the cinematic remake of the television show that made him famous. As it turns out, the answer is: yes. Read more after the jump.
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OK, this is getting ridiculous. The latest bit of news on the John Gotti biopic front (Gotti: Three Generations just lost Nick Cassavetes as director earlier this week) is that Lindsay Lohan is no longer in consideration to play Victoria Gotti. Producer Marc Fiore told People that talks with her reps had stopped, but didn’t offer much by way of explanation. That seems to be the way it goes with Lindsay Lohan these days.
More to the point, how things seem to go with her these days is ‘crazy,’ and the story has already taken another turn. Just as I was about to publish this, TMZ comes out with the report that Lindsay Lohan is in the film after all, but now playing John Gotti Jr.’s daughter-in-law Kim, rather than Victoria Gotti. A smaller part? Probably. The report also links her to another movie called Mob Street. There are reports of reconciliation between her and producers, and, well, let’s see how long this lasts.
After the break, Jacki Weaver goes comic and 21 Jump Street adds another. Read More »
The other day when Alec Baldwin was set as one of the actors for Woody Allen‘s next film, Jesse Eisenberg was mentioned as a possible choice as well. And many of you probably thought “well, duh. Of course he is.” Is there any more obvious, even necessary actor to put in a Woody Allen movie? Not now. So, no shock to know that he’s now been confirmed for the currently mysterious project that will be shot in Rome. And along with Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page has been added to the mix, too. They join Penelope Cruz, who was the first cast. Because there is no plot or even a title announced just yet, that’s all we can tell you for the moment. [Variety]
After the break, 21 Jump Street gets one more, and Jeff Foxworthy makes his big-screen debut. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
Dave Franco, a.k.a. “Younger Brother of James,” has signed on to 21 Jump Street, the cinematic remake of the ‘80s show that launched Johnny Depp’s career. The plot revolves around cops (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) who go undercover to investigate drug dealings at a high school. Franco will play a popular high school student who deals drugs on the side. Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, and Brie Larson are also part of the cast. The picture will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the team behind 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
After the break, Depp considers a return to 21 Jump Street, and Zach Galifianakis drops out of R.I.P.D.
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The latest addition to the cast roster of The Three Stooges is Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, who is now in talks to play a femme fatale. (THR describes her as “a devious woman who pretends to be the wife of a dying man and tells the Stooges she’ll pay them a handsome sum if they kill the man in his sleep.”) The part factors into the middle section of the film; the Farrelly Brothers are presenting the movie structured as three 30-minute shorts. As for the rest of the cast, Will Sasso is Curly, Sean Hayes is Larry, and no Moe has been picked. (Or none has been announced, anyway.) [Original report: Variety]
After the break, Woody Allen and Penélope Cruz reunite; 21 Jump Street gets a bad guy and one more is added to David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. Read More »
The big-screen version of 21 Jump Street finally has a female lead. Brie Larson (United States of Tara, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) will play Molly in the rather unlikely R-rated comedy/action translation of the TV show that launched the career of a young Johnny Depp in 1987.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) are directing from a script by Josh Appelbaum with Michael Bacall, Joe Gazzam, Jonah Hill and André Nemec. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will play the primary roles as cops investigating the drug trade in a high school; Ice Cube is their captain. The Lord/Miller team had me locked after Cloudy, and this one has been talked up as a Bad Boys-style action picture. Let’s hope that really happens. [Deadline]
After the break, Luke Evans joins Robert Carlyle in the UK cop thriller Dogs of Law while Pierce Brosnan signs for All You Need is Love. Read More »
Ice Cube may be paying some bills and, hell, probably having a good time, doing roles in films like New Year’s Eve. But he’s got a bit more cooking than that fluff. For one, there is now a possible role in 21 Jump Street. That’s fluff, but it’s a more, er, explosive fluff (if that’s possible) than something like New Year’s Eve.
And then there is Chrome and Paint, which Ice Cube is readying as a as a writing and directorial project. Read More »