Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
It seems like Jeremy Renner‘s been up for every juicy role in Hollywood these past couple of years, but apparently even he’s no match for Javier Bardem. Both went up last month for Ridley Scott‘s Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller The Counselor, with Bardem said to be the preferred choice, and indeed, the Spanish star has now officially sealed the deal. Also just locked is Brad Pitt, who was first rumored for the picture a few weeks ago. The pair join lead Michael Fassbender, who — despite all the A-list interest in Scott’s latest project — was the only confirmed star up to this point.
Meanwhile, it’s looking increasingly likely that Pitt’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star / real-life partner Angelina Jolie will board the cast as well, in a more significant role than we previously suspected. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Ridley Scott‘s never had trouble attracting top-shelf talent, but even so, the cast for The Counselor is looking like it could be one of his strongest yet. Scripted by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy, the thriller already has Michael Fassbender lined up to play an attorney who dips his toe into the drug trade, only to find himself getting in over his head.
Over the past month or so, Natalie Portman has entered talks to play his wife, both Javier Bardem and Jeremy Renner have been up for the villain role, and Brad Pitt has been rumored to be considering a supporting role. Now the latest A-lister said to be circling is Angelina Jolie, who’s reportedly met with Scott to discuss a particular role. Read more after the jump.
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After a very long development period, the Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie as the fairy tale’s evil queen, is finally getting rolling. Robert Stromberg was set to direct not long ago, and with a script in hand, a star who wants to make the picture now, and a director ready to go, the Disney project needed just one thing: someone to be Sleeping Beauty.
Now it looks like Elle Fanning could take that role. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
Seeing as everything else from the ’80s has been dragged back to the movie theater, it probably really is just a matter of time before we get another Twins. Also after the jump:
- We now know who won’t be writing Scream 5
- Paramount’s Jack Ryan film hits money trouble
- Angelina Jolie rejects the script for Salt 2
- Ice Cube’s working on the Friday 4 script
- Iron Man 3 starts set work, code name revealed
- MIB3‘s massive, ballooning budget partially explained
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Disney’s Maleficent may have lost Tim Burton as director last year but Angelina Jolie, long attached to star as the wicked witch introduced in Snow White, isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the actress says the film is next after her promo run ends for her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over the past two years, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty retelling Maleficent has attracted the attention of several high-profile directors. Tim Burton was the first one attached to the project, back when it was first announced, and Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, and Guillermo del Toro are among the other names who’ve been rumored or who have expressed interest in the film.
The man who’s actually landed the job, however, is somewhat lesser known. Disney has tapped visual effects supervisor and production designer Robert Stromberg to helm the film, which will mark his directorial debut. Previously announced star Angelina Jolie is still set to play the lead. More details after the jump.
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With David Fincher doing a lot of interviews for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo over the past few days, there is a good amount of talk out there about the possible second and third films that could follow Dragon Tattoo. David Fincher doesn’t yet know if he’ll direct those films — or he isn’t yet saying, at least. That’s something that likely won’t be announced until after the film has its first opening weekend, which is coming up in a couple days.
Whether or not those films happen, there are quite a few other projects in Fincher’s queue. Some are movies he might direct, like the Cleopatra film that would star Angelina Jolie, and the pilot for the Netflix series House of Cards. He’s also got 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea on the docket, and he’s still working as a producer on films like Black Hole (based on the Charles Burns graphic novel, not the Disney sci-fi film) and The Goon. He has offered slight updates on all those projects in the past couple days, and we’ve rounded up his quotes below. Read More »
Briefly: We heard very recently that Luc Besson might make new live-action thriller, possibly with some sci-fi aspect, and that Angelina Jolie is in talks to star. We still don’t know many details about the movie, and in fact Jolie isn’t even 100% locked. But now Universal has picked up a controlling distribution interest in the project, which should give it a lot more momentum.
Deadline reports that while Luc Besson’s company EuropaCorp will co-finance the movie (it also developed the story that Besson wrote) it will be Universal that releases the film in the US and many other territories. EuropaCorp plans to shoot the still-untitled movie in April 2012. Plotwise, all we know is that the film has been called “a dramatic thriller that is rooted in true scientific elements.”
And while the details aren’t all ironed out, Deadline suggests that things are pretty close to being sorted, and that this will be Jolie’s next starring role before she does Ridley Scott’s Gertrude Bell biopic, Disney’s Maleficent, or the film version of Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta mysteries.
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