One of the better-received films at this year’s Sundance was Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The film is playing to good reviews at Cannes now as well, and the writer/director, Jeff Nichols, is prepping his second film. Mud, as the picture is called, has Chris Pine in talks to star as Mud, a fugitive that is assisted in his escape from an island in the Mississippi river by two 14-year old boys.
The LA Times has the news, and says, “the ambiguity of the story lies with Mud, who is both an unsavory and a redemptive character and who teaches the boys as much as he learns from them,” making the obvious and obligatory Huck Finn reference immediately afterward. Stand By Me is also name-dropped. The reviews for Take Shelter are all I need to be interested in what Jeff Nichols does next, and picking Chris Pine for a definitively non-blockbuster sort of role sounds like a good move.
After the break, Matt Dillon may beat up a pretend Linda Lovelace, and a shortlist emerges for the Great Gatsby role that Ben Affleck had to give up. Read More »
Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games isn’t the only movie that can dole out individual casting breaks on a daily basis. Adam Shankman‘s Rock of Ages — the movie version of the ‘jukebox musical’ that tells a tale of love and abition partially through the performances of anthemic ’80s tunes — seems to add a major name every other day.
The latest is Malin Akerman, who takes on the role that was originally intended for Anne Hathaway and then Amy Adams, both of whom bailed to do big comic book movies. (The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: The Man of Steel, respectively.) Can she sing? I’m not sure, but looking at the rest of the cast of the film, I’m not sure that it matters, either. Read More »
The last time we saw footage from The Bang Bang Club it was via a sales trailer that appeared late last summer. Now there’s a real trailer for the Tribeca Film release of the movie, which stars Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch as combat photographers in South Africa in the early ’90s. Malin Akerman plays an editor/love interest, and it is all based on a memoir by two of the photogs, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva. (Played by here by Ryan Phillippe and Neels Van Jaarsveld.) Read More »
Danny Huston will join Nicolas Cage in the Taken-like action thriller Medallion. The film has Nic Cage as a thief whose daughter is abducted and shoved in the trunk of a NYC cab. With help from another thief who is also his ex-girlfriend (Malin Akerman) the guy faces a ticking clock if he wants to rescue his girl.
Simon West directs, from a script by David Guggenheim and the film is just about to shoot in New Orleans. We don’t yet know Danny Huston’s role. [The Playlist]
After the break, Luke Evans is an Amateur American, and Rock of Ages opens up a key role to newcomers. Read More »
Nicolas Cage has found a real partner in crime at Nu Image / Millennium films (or maybe it is the other way around) and the next film from the actor and mini-studio is the Taken-style action thriller Medallion, to be directed by Con Air helmer Simon West.
While the folks at the studio seem to want Amber Heard to be a part of their regular cult cast, too, it looks like Red Sonja, also with Simon West directing, might be the company’s next chance to put her to work. Nic Cage’s Medallion co-star will be Malin Akerman instead. Read More »
It’s that time again to present possible choices for a couple big roles in upcoming films. With Henry Cavill announced for Superman, naturally people are turning to speculation about other big roles in the film. Chief among them is Lois Lane, and there is a rumored shortlist of people who are in the running to play the intrepid reporter.
In addition, David O. Russell has mentioned a couple actresses that are of interest for the equally intrepid Elena in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. Read More »
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Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Happythankyoumoreplease ( or “Happy Thank You More Please” for people who like spaces in their titles), was scheduled to come out this summer. It didn’t – obviously – but finally, the funny, poignant and contemporary story of how a missing boy changes the lives of a bunch of struggling New Yorkers will be released this March. Written, directed and starring Josh Radnor of How I Met Your Mother, the romantic comedy also stars Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Kate Mara, Pablo Schreiber and Tony Hale. The poster was revealed earlier today and you can check out the brand new trailer, and read some thoughts about the film, after the jump. Read More »
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Today has seen major developments for the TV version of the graphic novel Locke & Key. Earlier director Mark Romanek was revealed to be in talks to helm the pilot episode of the Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci-produced adaptation of Joe Hill‘s work. Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) serves as showrunner and pilot scriptwriter.
Now Miranda Otto has been tapped as one of the leads. She’ll play Nina Locke, who with her three children tries to rebuild a life in Lovecraft, MA. Keyhouse, their family home, is riddled with secrets and filled with keys that are being sought by a hate-filled creature. [Deadline]
After the break, the recent troubles of Lindsay Lohan have forced producers of Inferno to recast the role of Linda Lovelace. Read More »
It’s about time Jenna Fischer got to headline a film. The Office star has had a few choice roles in comedies like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Blades of Glory, but even then she’s been somewhat sidelined as the ancillary love interest. This time around, she’ll be at the center of an indie romantic comedy that finds two guys at opposing ends of her affection. It’s a fairly standard rom-com formula, accompanied by a rather baffling title: The Giant Mechanical Man. Read More »