Photos From Mira Nair’s Amelia

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Filmz.ru has a first look at the first batch of photos from Mira Nair’s Amelia, the Amelia Earhart biopic which is currently in production. Hilary Swank stars as the legendary American pilot who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world. Richard Gere plays publisher and promoter George Putnam, who Earhart eventually married. The movie also stars Ewan McGregor as Gene Vidal, and Virginia Madsen as Dorothy Binney Putnam.

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The G.I. Joe casting news marches on, blankly. The main villain in the film, the silver-headed Destro, will be played by theater actor David Murray [iesb.net], previously seen in Batman Begins as…”Jumpy Thug.” A face you will recognize, actor Dennis Quaid‘s, is now set for General Hawk, the unkempt elder leader of the Joes. There’s your marquee value. The Cobra-backed villain, Zartan, who is a dead ringer for the old school wrestler the Ultimate Warrior, will be played by South African actor Arnold Vosloo [iesb.net]. How much more of this do we have to take? In what seems like a move directed at all of the Internet moaning, G.I. Joe creator Larry Hama [latinoreview] has signed on as a consultant to the film. Late, much?

Three years have passed since her last forgotten supernatural mystery, The Forgotten, so the lovely and veddy talented Julianne Moore is set to top-line a new $25 million supernatural mystery entitled Shelter. Plot details are under wraps, but Swedish directors Mans Barlind and Bjorn Stein are aboard. Peter and John are not.

The Weinstein Co. liked how Dario Argento‘s latest film and his first in the English language, Giallo, was coming together, so the company is distributing the film theatrically in the United States. Wild-eyed stars Vincent Gallo and Ray Liotta will face off bathed in the director’s stylish color palette. More details on the film here.

Freshly detached in the press from the next Jack Ryan vehicle, director Phillip Noyce (Sliver, Patriot Games), is now officially unattached to helm the untitled Amelia Earhart biopic starring Hilary Swank. Noyce was torn between waiting out delays in filming and directing Mary Queen of Scots with Scarlett Johansson in the titular role. Scarlett > Swank.

AICN apparently has an ear to the howls coming from the set of The Wolf Man, which director Mark Romanek just left. Among the directors now rumored to take over the film, which begins filming in February (rush!), is Brett Ratner [lightning crashes, birds fly backwards]. Earlier we reported that Cloverfield‘s Matt Reeves has also been mentioned.

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Oscar Nominated Stars That Could’ve Been

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One of our favorite new websites is NotStarring.com, a website that is dedicated to your favorite stars and the roles they didn’t get. Recently they put up a section dedicated to the directors and stars who turned down roles in Oscar nominated movies. We’re not sure about the accuracy, but that won’t stop us from taking a look at some of our favorites from the class that could have been 2007:

The Departed: Robert De Niro was originally set to play Queenan (Martin Sheen’s role), but dropped out to go ahead with his own directorial project, the Good Shepherd. Mel Gibson had to turn down a role in Martin Scorsese’s crime drama due to his commitment to Apocalypto. Denis Leary had to say no because of his ongoing commitment to his TV series. Brad Pitt was cast as Sullivan but dropped out, but continued to produce the film. Kate Winslet and Hilary Swank were reportedly some of the actresses considered by Scorsese for the part of Madolyn (Vera Farmiga).

Dreamgirls:
Aaliyah was to play the lead role which later went to Beyonce Knowles. Lauryn Hill expressed interest in the role in the early to mid 1990′s. Whitney Houston was attached to the role in the late 1980′s. Terrence Howard auditioned for a part but didn’t get it. Usher could not commit six months to the project and turned down the role (Keith Robinson). Denzel Washington reportedly turned down the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jaime Foxx) because he can’t sing.

Little Miss Sunshine:
The role of uncle Frank (Steve Carell) was reportedly written for Bill Murray.

Borat: Director Todd Phillips (Old School) left the project in 2005 over creative differences.

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