Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
While Dwayne Johnson‘s plans to play DC’s Lobo were dashed earlier this year, he could still find his way to another superhero movie if Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has his way.
I think yeah, I mean his name has come up in the past. I’m a gigantic fan of his, I think he’s an incredible – I might have met him once a long time ago, but I haven’t really met him. I don’t really know him – but I think he’s an unbelievable personality and an unbelievable sort of force of nature. He’s awesome in Pain & Gain, he was great in G.I. Joe, he’s really kind of an amazing human being. His Twitter’s always cool and he promotes the hell out of everything he does. I would love him to be part of the Marvel universe somewhere, someday.
Johnson would be a fun addition to the MCU, though Feige doesn’t say exactly how the actor might fit in. Johnson has previously expressed his interest in playing Luke Cage, though as far as we know there’s no Luke Cage project in the works right now. (Well, S.H.I.E.L.D. rumors notwithstanding.) Who would you like to see him play? [Collider]
After the jump, Dominic Cooper is returning for the Captain America sequel, and Mark Ruffalo talks The Avengers 2 and Iron Man 3.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
As Dom Toretto and Brian O’Conner rev their engines for Universal’s Fast & Furious 6, DreamWorks is preparing a high-speed franchise of its own. Last spring, the studio nabbed the rights to the EA Sports racing video game Need for Speed and set Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct. Casting got off to a strong start last fall as Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper joined the cast, picking up Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi along the way. Now it’s bringing on some more grown-up talent, in the form of Michael Keaton. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
The $1 billion worldwide box office take for Skyfall is proof positive that affection for James Bond is alive and well. It only makes sense, then, that there are now plans in place to highlight the man who invented him. Dominic Cooper has signed on to play Bond author Ian Fleming in a four-episode British miniseries tentatively titled Fleming. He’s joined by Annabelle Wallis, who’ll play rumored Bond Girl inspiration Muriel Wright.
While some authors are more adventurous on the page than in real life, Fleming was by most accounts the basis for his famed creation. Many of Bond’s daring escapades were inspired by Fleming’s own experiences in intelligence. And also like Bond, Fleming was notorious for boozing and womanizing. Read more after the jump.
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Director Niels Arden Oplev and actress Noomi Rapace found great success across the globe with the trilogy of films based on Steig Larsson’s Millennium novels, beginning with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The duo has reunited for Dead Man Down, a revenge tale in which Rapace plays a woman who coerces hit man Victor (Colin Farrell) into helping her execute a revenge plot.
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Need for Speed, the adaptation of the popular EA gaming franchise, is already racings toward its 2014 release date. Directed by Scott Waugh and written by George Gatins, the film recently grabbed itself a lead in Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul. Next up, Imogen Poots (Fright Night) was cast and now Dominic Cooper, best known for his role in Captain America: The First Avenger, has joined the team. Along with Cooper’s casting comes details of how all those pieces fit together. Read about it after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
So far, the footage we’ve seen from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been, well, pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The “secret history” of our 16th president’s double life as a hunter of supernatural monsters is a premise that’s deeply silly but potentially entertaining, and accordingly, the first trailers have been both kind of dumb and kind of cool.
But I do have one big quibble, and it’s that we haven’t seen nearly enough actual vampire hunting. Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) wields his axe pretty much constantly in the footage we’ve seen so far, but where’s the satisfying splatter of blood and guts? Fortunately, the new red-band trailer rectifies that situation, offering up plenty of bloodshed, several explosions, a couple of decapitations, and even a bit of what the MPAA might call “brief sensuality.” Watch the NSFW video after the jump.
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Briefly: Brian De Palma is nearly set to roll on Passion, his remake of Alain Corneau’s thriller Love Crime, with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in the lead roles. The film watches as a young businesswoman turns murderess when her boss and mentor steals one of her ideas.
Now Dominic Cooper (The Escapist, An Education, The Devil’s Double) and Karoline Herfurth (The Reader) are signing on to the film as well. We don’t have any info on what parts they’ll play, though Herfurth may be a character named Dani, perhaps a gender-altered version of the character played by Guillaume Marquet in the original.
De Palma is known for a heightened visual style, and I’m now more excited to see footage from Passion because it is being shot by veteran cinematographer José Luis Alcaine, who may be best known for his extensive collaboration with Pedro Almodovar. (On Volver, The Skin I Live In, Bad Education, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and more.) That’s a great pairing. [MediaBiz via De Palma A La Mod and The Playlist]
Yesterday we got our first look at footage for Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, scripted by and based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel of the same name. Now we’ve got a trailer for international audiences that has a lot more footage, and also offers some dialogue from Dominic Cooper. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
For a while there it looked like Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman was on the verge of falling apart, as James Franco dropped out of the project. But the hitman biopic is moving along with David Schwimmer and Chris Evans added to the cast in recent weeks, and now Winona Ryder has boarded the picture as well in a role once slated for Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Ryder will play the wife of mob contract killer Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. The Iceman (Michael Shannon), who’s unaware of the true nature of her husband’s career. Ray Liotta and Ryan O’Nan will also star.
Based on interview footage and Anthony Bruno‘s book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, the picture is scheduled to begin production early next year in Louisiana. [Deadline]
After the jump, a former Everybody Loves Raymond star gets fired by a former The Office star, a Broadway adaptation casts a Broadway star, and a trio of rising Brit talents sign on for an artsy romance.
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