Briefly: Ridley Scott is prepping Exodus, his film about Moses, at Fox. Christian Bale is set to play Moses, and now Scott is looking to Joel Edgerton to play Ramses (or Ramesses II). The actor is in early talks now for the role. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage scripted the film, and Steven Zaillian did a rewrite. This is one of two high-profile Moses films that have been in development in the past year. The other is Gods and Kings, which Steven Spielberg was set to make for a while. He ultimately dropped out, and the film doesn’t have a director at this point.

Edgerton, as you can see thanks to the pic above, isn’t the first guy that comes to mind for an Egyptian ruler who is contemporary to Moses. Perhaps there’s some unexpected element in the script that makes Edgerton suited for the role in a way that isn’t obvious from afar. He’s a fine actor, no argument, but this choice will kickstart arguments about whitewashed casting.

A more obviously great placement for Edgerton is in Jeff Nichols‘ new film Midnight Special, which will feature him alongside Michael ShannonDeadline announces that Kirsten Dunst has also signed on for the sci-fi tinged chase film. [THR]


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No, that header image isn’t flipped — Kirsten Dunst‘s world is. She and Jim Sturgess are the stars of Upside Down, Juan Diego Solanas‘ sci-fi romance about star-crossed lovers in two adjacent planets with opposite gravitational pulls. Though the pair meet and fall in love in childhood, they’re unable to be together because strict laws forbid them from entering each other’s worlds.

We’ve been tracking the film since about 2009, and finally got our first look at some footage when the international trailer hit about a year ago. Now, at long last, we have a domestic trailer to share. Check it out after the jump.

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We’ve already seen a couple of trailers for Walter Salles‘ adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s Beat classic On the Road, but the latest to hit may be the most arresting one yet. Thanks to sharp editing and a relentless pounding drumbeat, it does a fairly good job of capturing the heady exuberance of being young and carefree, hopped up on drugs, and in pursuit of the next awesome thing.

Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart star as the central trio of Dean Moriarty, Sal Paradise, and Marylou as they journey across America, crossing paths with all manner of people along the way. The star-studded supporting cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Alice Braga, and Terrence Howard. Check out the video after the jump.

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The latest female-driven R-rated comedy is Leslye Headland‘s film Bachelorette, which wouldn’t mind finding some of last year’s Bridesmaids audience. The film hit at Sundance and got some good buzz for being a little more dark than the Kristen Wiig film, without sparing any of the laughs.

A green-band trailer we saw a couple weeks back got the story across — Rebel Wilson is getting married and her old friends Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher see the pre-wedding celebration as a chance to cut loose. Really loose. Guys like Kyle Bornheimer, Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden, and Adam Scott have moments, too, which as Angie noted, should keep the Party Down fans happy.

This red-band trailer won’t tell you much of what the movie is about beyond the basic concept, but it does offer some dirty jokes that promise a lot about the comedy’s tone, without seeming to give too much away. Read More »

The success of last year’s Bridesmaids got the wheels in motion for a wave of female-driven wedding comedies, among them Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette. But this first trailer for Bachelorette should dispel any notion that it’s simply a watered-down Bridesmaids retread.

Early buzz out of Sundance was that Bachelorette was sharper and darker than last year’s wedding-themed comedy, and while reactions were mixed it seems worth checking out for its for its cast alone. Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher play a trio of mean girls called upon to serve as bridesmaids for an old pal (Rebel Wilson), but it’s not wrong before things go awry. Kyle Bornheimer, Hayes MacArthur, James Marsden, and Adam Scott also star, which means, yup, it’s a mini-Party Down reunion. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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‘On the Road’ Finally Gets U.S. Distribution

After some thirty-odd years in development, On the Road is finally nearing the end of its long, long journey to the big screen. A week before the film’s scheduled debut at the Cannes Film Festival, IFC Films and Sundance Selects (subsets of AMC Networks) have closed a seven-figure deal for the U.S. distribution rights to the Walter Salles-directed adaptation, which features a strong roster of both rising and established stars.

Among them are leads Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund, who play Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty (understood to be the fictional alter egos of author Jack Kerouac and his pal Neal Cassady), as well as Kristen Stewart, who plays Dean’s wife Mary Lou. Kirsten Dunst, Amy AdamsTom SturridgeDanny MorganAlice BragaElisabeth Moss, and Viggo Mortensen round out the supporting cast. More details after the jump.

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You may not remember the first time we reported on the sci-fi romance Upside Down, because it was over two years ago, in fall 2009. The film stars Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess as lovers of a sort. They inhabit two different worlds, visualized in the film as inverted images of one another, and where the world ‘up top’ is far more well to do than the one ‘down below.’

The film has some striking visuals — there is some Alex Proyas, some Andrew Niccol, and even some Wong Kar Wai in there. It’s a great trailer to kick off the new year, and you can check it out below. Read More »

As we head toward the end of the year, it’s clear that 2011 has yielded some damn great performances from both established stars (Gary Oldman, Glenn Close) and rising talents (Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska). So naturally, the best way to celebrate their accomplishments is by inviting each of them to play characters wholly unlike the ones they’ve recently received acclaim for.

In a video gallery from The New York Times Magazine titled “Touch of Evil,” thirteen of this year’s most notable stars tackle thirteen villainous types, from “The Menacing Dummy” (Oldman) to “The Sociopath” (Rooney Mara channeling A Clockwork Orange‘s Alex DeLarge) and everything in between. Hit the jump for a photo gallery from the feature.

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