Penelope Cruz

Briefly: The latest Sacha Baron Cohen movie has a talented new addition, as his comedy Grimsby has just recruited Penelope Cruz.

Unlike some of Baron Cohen’s other films, Grimsby is a scripted film about a soccer hooligan whose brother is a secret agent. He co-wrote the script and Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) is directing. Baron Cohen plays the hooligan, obviously, and Mark Strong is his brother. Also in the cast: Ian McShane, Rebel Wilson and Gabourey Sidibe.

The Wrap reported the news of Cruz’s likely involvement. She’s currently in talks. As for her role, they say it’s most likely a supporting role as a “Femme fatale.”

Grimsby is scheduled for release July 31, 2015. It’s now filming.

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UPDATE: Variety now confirms that Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct Now You See Me 2.

Lionsgate didn’t necessarily expect Now You See Me to hit as big as it did. Once it saw how much money the magician thriller was raking in, though, the studio knew just what to do: It got the wheels turning on a sequel.

Now, those wheels are moving toward a new director. According to a new report, G.I. Joe‘s Jon M. Chu is now the frontrunner to direct Now You See Me 2. Hit the jump for all the details on this latest development.

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Sacha Baron Cohen‘s next comedy is casting up. Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, David Harewood, and Johnny Vegas have just joined the cast of Grimsby, a spy spoof being directed by Louis Leterrier. Mark Strong was previously cast as one of the leads. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Sacha Baron Cohen

Briefly: The spy comedy Grimsby, co-written and starring Sacha Baron Cohen, has just been given a release date by Sony Pictures. Yes, you read that right. Though Paramount (who released his previous films) recently re-upped their first look deal with the comedic genius, his latest film has switched distributors.

Directed by Louis Leterrier, Sony will release Grimsby July 31, 2015. Filming starts this summer on the comedy which stars Cohen as an English soccer hooligan whose (yet to be cast) brother is a secret agent. [Deadline]

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Though much of it has been spent under the radar, director Louis Leterrier has so far crafted himself a pretty eclectic career. He’s done the action thing, the superhero thing, the fantasy thing, the mystery thing and now he’s moving onto the comedy thing.The director of The Transporter, Clash of the Titans, Incredible Hulk and Now You See Me has just signed on to direct Grimsby, a spy comedy starring Sacha Baron CohenRead More »

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One of the summer’s biggest surprises, both critically and financially, was Louis Leterrier‘s magic-based heist film Now You See Me. Sporting a solid cast, an original story and good word of mouth, the underdog film made over $115 million domestic and almost $300 million worldwide.

So what happens when a small film has some big success? You guessed it. A sequel. Turns out, Leterrier will once again be at the helm. Read More »

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When Louis Leterrier‘s Clash of the Titans hit theaters in 2010, it was marred by a relatively early attempt at post-converted 3D. The effect was bad, with the sense of depth inconsistent from shot to shot, and some stereoscopic effects that mocked the actors by poorly sculpting their faces in three dimensions. Cranked out to take advantage of the post-Avatar 3D boom, the conversion was a gimmick and nothing else.

Leterrier couldn’t say much about it at the time, because he was in the middle of the Warner Bros. machine that created the movie, and that put the conversion into action. Now, a few years removed, and with a different movie to promote (from a different company) the director is opening up about his take on the post-conversion. In short: it sucks. Read More »

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The upcoming film Now You See Me focuses on a character quartet nicknamed The Four Horsemen. Played by Jesse EisenbergWoody HarrelsonIsla Fisher and Dave Franco, they’re magicians who perform elaborate heists, giving the proceeds to the audience. This naturally gets the attention of the authorities and the story moves forward.

As the number “four” is so prevalent in the film, Summit has released the first four minutes of Now You See Me online. In the clip, you’ll meet each of the main characters and get a sense of their individual skills in the world of magic. It’s very cool, check it out below. Read More »

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