Escape from New York poster by Jay Shaw

Today, Empire ran a great new photo of the original Escape From New York team of director John Carpenter and star Kurt Russell. Along with the pic, Carpenter commented on the potential new reboot of Escape From New York (“they don’t know where they’re going with it”) and Russell opined on the problem with casting a new version of his character Snake Plissken. ”If you’re going to do him, do him young. He’s one of those guys,” Russell says. “When it comes to Snake, I can tell you one thing… he’s American. It’s really important that he’s American.”

Appropriately enough, we’ve now got some potential casting options for the reboot/prequel, and neither is an American actor. Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are the two actors that have been newly rumored as the possible new Plissken in the film Joel Silver is setting up to be the first in a new trilogy. Read More »

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Following last month’s news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had left Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, two more of his would-be co-stars confirmed their own departures earlier this week. Kurt Russell and Sacha Baron Cohen will no longer be appearing in the film, which is currently shooting for a December release. It’s disappointing for sure, but at least the remaining cast — which includes Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio — still looks pretty damn great. More details after the jump.

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Varsity Blues meets Mr. Destiny in the new film Touchback, which features TV star Brian Presley as a high school football star who lost his chance at glory, only to grow up and magically travel back in time with a chance to do it all again. Kurt Russell stars as his coach, Melanie Lynskey is his girlfriend, Christine Lahti is his mom and you can watch the trailer for the April 13 film after the jump. Read More »

This week cameras begin to roll on a heist film called The Black Marks, which has a cast led by Kurt Russell, with Matt Dillon, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jay Baruchel in supporting roles. Jonathan Sobol wrote and is directing the story of a group of thieves led by a former motorcycle daredevil (Russell) who go after one last big score.

Now the film has added more supporting players: Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick and Kenneth Welsh. Read More »

Kerry Washington is Broomhilda in ‘Django Unchained’

And there you have it, folks. For the past several months we’ve watched as Quentin Tarantino filled seemingly every single role in his Django Unchained except the key character of Django’s wife Broomhilda — but the part remains empty no more. Kerry Washington has landed the female lead in the “Southern-fried spaghetti Western,” in which she’ll star opposite Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others. More details after the jump.

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The latest actor to flirt with Quentin Tarantino and his new anti-slavery ‘Southern,’ Django Unchained, is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The actor reportedly wants to do the film, and is ready to take a role pending the resolution of some scheduling issues. One of those scheduling issues would have been press commitments for Premium Rush, but that movie was just pushed back to August, so that’s one hurdle gone. Hit the break for some speculation on his role. Read More »

Aaron Eckhart has landed the lead role in Randy Miller‘s The Drummer, a biopic of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson. The indie picture follows the last six years of Wilson’s life, leading up to his death in 1983 at the age of 39. In addition to starring, Eckhart will also serve as executive producer and record his own versions of Wilson’s 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue.

The Drummer is one of several intriguing projects Eckhart has booked for next year, including the comic book adaptation I, Frankenstein, the J.M. Barrie-based Pan, and Neil LaBute’s The Geography of Hope. He recently completed the CIA thriller The Expatriate, and will next appear opposite Johnny Depp in next week’s The Rum Diary. Shooting on The Drummer is scheduled to begin in late spring or early summer 2012. [Variety]

After the jump, a horror legend finds his way to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

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A couple weeks back, we reported that Kevin Costner had pulled out of talks for a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained due to scheduling conflicts. While it wasn’t a huge blow for the project, it was disappointing news nonetheless. But the project is moving forward quickly, and it seems Kurt Russell could be stepping into the part that would’ve been Costner’s.

Also joining the cast is Laura Cayouette, who had a minor role as Rocket in Kill Bill. More details after the jump.

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