Though we’ve been hearing rumors and reports for months about who might star in Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled Osama bin Laden thriller for months, Joel Edgerton was only the film’s second confirmed star when his casting was announced hours ago. (The first, Jason Clarke, signed on back in November.) With just a month to go until the production’s targeted start date, however, the cast now seems to be falling into place at rapid speed.

It appears that Parks & Recreation star Chris Pratt has accepted the offer that was extended to him last month, making him the movie’s third star. Meanwhile, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez are said to be circling the project as well. More details after the jump.

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The casting for J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel is going strong, with Peter Weller and Alice Eve being the high-profile additions of late. Benicio Del Toro was said to have a lock on the key villain role (possibly Khan) but ended up passing on the part last week.

The combination of interest in Del Toro and the rumor of Khan as villain — originally played by Ricardo Montalban — led some to wonder if Del Toro’s replacement would be another Latin actor. That seems to be the case, as the latest report is that Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez, so very good in the Olivier Assayas miniseries Carlos, is the current front-runner for the role. Read More »

Our friends at LatinoReview have been on top of the Superman scoops as of late and clearly have some sources in the know. Their latest report claims that Edgar Ramirez is “being eyed” for a villain role in Zack Snyder‘s Superman. Last week, Snyder nixed reports that Viggo Mortensen would be playing Zod. El Mayimbe is unsure if Ramirez is up for that role or another bad guy part. It is also unclear if Ramirez auditioned, is in talks, or if his name is just being tossed around.

Ramirez was nominated for a Golden Globe for the five-hour tv mini-series Carlos, and has appeared in movies like Domino, The Bourne Ultimatum, Vantage Point and Che. He is next set to play Zeus’ son Ares in the Clash of the Titans sequel Wrath of the Titans, which is also being produced by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures.

The Clash of the Titans sequel, which has been referred to as Wrath of the Titans but a press release today calls Clash of the Titans 2, started shooting this week under the direction of Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles). Sam Worthington returns to star as Perseus, but it looks like Gemma Arterton‘s commitment to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters means she definitely won’t be in the film, as her name is MIA from the release. We’ve now got a pretty full cast line-up, and a full plot for the film, after the break. Read More »

Update (by editor Peter Sciretta): Now The Wrap is reporting that in addition to Ramirez, Toby Kebbell (The Sorceror’s Apprentice) is in talks to play Agenor and Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Georgina Haig (Wasted on the Young), Janet Montgomery (Black Swan), Dominique McElligott (Moon) and Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) are on the shortlist of actresses who are actually testing for the role of Andromeda.

With his down and dirty good looks, Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez is already practically a god to many women. But now he’s about to officially become one to all of us. The star of Domino, Vantage Point, The Bourne Ultimatum and this year’s epic release Carlos is in final negotiations to play Ares, the God of War, in the sequel to 2010’s 3D hit Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans. Directed by Jonathan Liebsman, who also did the upcoming Battle: Los Angeles, it will return stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes among others. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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I wonder how they celebrated? Smoking Aces director, Joe Carnahan, has hired Edgar Ramirez (right) for his Colombian nose candy kingpin, Pablo Escobar, in the true-crime epic Killing Pablo. Ramirez plays the revolutionary, Ciro Redondo, in both of Steven Soderbergh’s Che biopics, and he previously starred in The Bourne Ultimatum and Vantage Point. Our friends at CHUD got the scoop from a clearly amped Smokin’ Joe…

“…I couldn’t be more fired up by the prospect. He’s coming at it with boundless enthusiasm, conviction to the role and and the understanding that he’s going to have to pack on anywhere from 35 to 40lbs.”

My favorite part in the book, Killing Pablo, is when an especially tubby Escobar is at wit’s end, his crime syndicates fragmented or sniped, and he’s juggling phones and smoking joints by himself in bed. Carnahan’s going to rock this material, and I’m confident in his casting choice. Earlier this month we reported that Javier Bardem had dropped out of the titular role. CHUD didn’t discuss Christian Bale‘s involvement, but he remains attached to play Steve Jacoby, the U.S. authority who lead the agonizingly complex hunt for Escobar. In a twist, on IMDB Ramierz is listed to play Escobar in Antoine Fuqua’s competing 2009 film Escobar, produced by Oliver Stone. I wonder how this switch played out?

The Bourne Ultimatum International Teaser Trailer


The International teaser trailer for The Bourne Ultimatum (poster) is now online. While the new trailer doesn’t reveal/show much, but one can’t argue that it’s not intense.

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Bourne Ultimatum“This summer Jason Bourne comes home”. That’s right, the theatrical poster for The Bourne Ultimatum shows Jason Bourne looking at the New York City coast. Click on the picture for a higher resolution version.

Until now we’ve known very little about the plot for the third Bourne film. While the film is “based on Robert Ludlum’s bestselling novel of the same name,” the movie is expected to have an almost completely different plot.

Here is what we know: “Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) continues to trace his past in order to find a future. He must travel from London, Madrid, Moscow, and Paris to NYC and Tangier as he continues his quest to find the truth of his life—all the while trying to out-maneuver the scores of federal officers, Interpol agents, and police officers with him in their crosshairs.”

The co-stars include: Joan Allen, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Julia Stiles, and David Strathairn. And the film is directed (again) by Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy).

Poster photo courtesy of LatinoReview.
And check out Patrick’s photos below, from the New York City set:

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