It seems like Orlando Bloom‘s comeback is going to start…any…minute…now. He took a couple years off, and then did a film that there was reason to anticipate (Mark Ruffalo’s Sympathy For Delicious) and a few other projects that were destined to be baby steps back to public awareness more than anything else. (Main Street, The Good Doctor, and The Three Musketeers.)

Bloom has a couple additional films on the horizon: The Laureate; Cities; and a little thing called The Hobbit, in which he’ll reprise his breakout role of Legolas. But that role isn’t likely to be a particularly big part, and so there’s room for something else. So he’s added one more project: a South African crime tale called Zulu, in which he’ll co-star with Djimon Hounsou. Read More »

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The latest addition to Alex Proyas‘ adaptation of Milton‘s canonical poem Paradise Lost is Casey Affleck, who is in talks to play the God’s messenger, the angel Gabriel, in the film. Along with him comes Camilla Belle (10,000 B.C.), who is reportedly the top choice to play Eve. Read More »

It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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I talked about the very serious film Paradise Lost earlier today — the documentary about the just-freed West Memphis Three. But there’s that other Paradise Lost being developed by Legendary Pictures and director Alex Proyas. That’s the very loose adaptation of the epic poem by Milton that chronicles the break between Lucifer and Heaven. The film will be a largely mocapped, CGI affair with Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer and Benjamin Walker playing the archangel Michael. And now they’ll be joined by Djimon Hounsou as Abdiel, the angel of death. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Julie Taymor’s ‘The Tempest’

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Holy AfterEffects! Word out of festivals in the past month wasn’t terribly positive with respect to Julie Taymor’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. And now that the first trailer is here it is easy to make a guess or to as to why. The cast is phenomenal: Helen Mirren leads as Prospera, with Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones and Tom Conti. But the footage looks…well, see for yourself. Read More »

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One of the films that was in danger of being orphaned when Disney shuttered Miramax was Julie Taymor‘s adaptation of the William Shakespeare play The Tempest. But the film, which stars Helen MirrenDavid Strathairn, Djimon Hounsou and more, will be released by Disney offshoot Touchstone Pictures this fall, and will appear at both the Venice and New York Film Festivals.

Now there’s a great poster for the film, which only heightens my interest in seeing Taymor go back to Shakespeare with this cast in tow. Read More »

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Owen Wilson is often thought of in light of his broad comedies, but he’s not stuck doing silly stuff. There’s his long association with Wes Anderson, a project currently in the works with James L. Brooks, and now Wilson has signed on to be in Woody Allen‘s next movie. We don’t yet know what the film is called or whether it is a drama, a comedy or something in between. We know that Carla Bruni may have a role, and not much else.

Meanwhile, Allen’s next movie is You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which stars Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto and Lucy Punch and opens in September. [THR]

After the break, Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas go to Paris, and Kevin Bacon goes to Thailand. Read More »

Here’s your blast of casting bites for the end of the week. First up, Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson will team as unlikely cop partners in The Guard. Film follows the confrontational small-town Sgt. Gerry Boyle (Gleeson), who likes hookers and isn’t interested in drug runners, and FBI Agent Everett (Cheadle) in a tale of international coke smuggling. Sounds on the surface like an Irish reversal of Beverly Hills Cop, where the small-town local guy is the irreverent jokester while the outsider is terribly straightlaced. John Michael McDonagh writes and directs. If it weren’t for the cast, and the fact that it takes place in Ireland (not even sure why that’s a draw) I’d be brushing this one off already. [ComingSoon]

After the break, Reese Witherspoon demonstrates the first rule and Djimon Hounsou kicks some ass. Read More »

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