Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 by Angie Han
Clint Eastwood cast Beyonce Knowles as the female lead in his A Star is Born remake some time ago, but he’s been searching for someone to take on the male lead. Now it’s being reported that his top choice for the part is Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Eastwood on the biopic J. Edgar. DiCaprio is just the latest of several candidates who have been named for the part over the past couple of years — Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, and Will Smith are among the actors once rumored for or attached to the film. DiCaprio would presumably be playing the role of Norman Maine, a fading star with a drinking problem who helps to launch the young starlet’s (Knowles) career.
DiCaprio isn’t the first actor I would’ve thought of for the part, but I’m all the more intrigued for it. We already know DiCaprio can do gloomy and brooding, but how often have we seen him do gloomy and brooding while surrounded by singing and dancing?
Eastwood’s A Star is Born is scheduled for a 2012 release. DiCaprio and Eastwood’s next collaboration, J. Edgar, will open later this year. [Deadline]
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Sherwood Schwartz and his son Lloyd Schwartz have signed a deal to bring Gilligan’s Island to the big screen. I loved Gilligan’s Island as a kid, and am not against the idea of a re-imagining of the series… But it seems to me that LOST is our generation’s version of the 1960′s television series, and anything closer to the source material would just be too silly (I’m imagining something like The Flintstones movie… ewww).
Schwartz broke the news at the Beverly Hills induction ceremony of Television Academy’s Hall of Fame on December 9th, where he told TV Guide that he wants Michael Cera to play Gilligan and Beyonce Knowles to play Ginger. It just seems like a bad idea. But if they could successfully update the series for the big screen, Cera might be perfect for the role of Gilligan. But I’m pretty sure if a movie makes it to theaters, it won’t be good.
Discuss: Who would you cast in the lead roles – Gilligan, The Skipper, Thurston Howell III, Mrs. Howell, The Professor, Ginger, and Mary Ann?
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Now that we’re finally getting a black President of the United States, how about a black superhero? Before you leave a comment telling me how Halle Berry played Catwoman in a 2004 feature film, or how Shaquille O’Neal played Steel in 1997, as I’ve tried very hard to forget about both of those films. Beyonce Knowles revealed to the LATimes that she actually recently met with DC Comics and Warner Bros to express her interest in playing Wonder Woman in a big screen movie adaptation.
“I want to do a superhero movie and what would be better than Wonder Woman? It would be great. And it would be a very bold choice. A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing. It’s time for that, right?” said Beyonce. “After doing these roles that were so emotional I was thinking to myself, ‘OK, I need to be a superhero’. Although, when you think about the psychology of the heroes in the films these days, they are still a lot of work, of course, and emotional. But there’s also an action element that I would enjoy.”
I’m still not sure what to think about the idea of Beyonce in the Wonder Woman costume. Could she make it work?
IESB is also reporting a rumor that DC/WB would like McG to direct Wonder Woman, but no one knows if the talk has progressed any further than “just talk”. After seeing what McG has done with Terminator Salvation (I visited the set, can’t say much more at this time), I believe he could be the right choice to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen. McG was also once attached to Superman, before he dropped out in the later stages of development. I think Wonder Woman might be more his style.
On the other hand, Wonder Woman has been one of the many comic book characters that I’ve just never been interested in. I mean, she drives an invisible plane! I’m betting you that is going to look stupid on the big screen?
Discuss: What do you guys think? Beyonce as Wonder Woman? McG?