Briefly: Attention, fans of The Shield, there is a little mini-reunion of sorts brewing. Actors Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker have both been cast in an indie called Pawn. The movie is, as you might hope, a crime picture, and one that features “a hostage situation that has gone terribly wrong” in which “an ex-con becomes entangled in a manipulative chess game between the Feds, local police and the mob.”
Deadline gets to announce the project, which will be the feature directorial debut of cinematographer David A. Armstrong, who shot the Saw series. He will be working from a script by Jay Anthony White. Common and Ray Liotta are also in the cast, which is already sounding like a pretty solid lineup for a good criminal potboiler.
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Here’s one of several casting breaks to come your way in the next few hours, and this one is pretty damned good. Why? Because after the break you’ll find info on the following:
- Nick Nolte takes a role in hard-boiled crime thriller Parker.
- Jesse Eisenberg plays dopplegangers in The Double.
- And Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried join the increasingly promising FBI vs magicians thriller Now You See Me. Read More »
Briefly: Casting has been coming together quickly for Parker, which Taylor Hackford is directing with Jason Statham starring as the classic Richard Stark anti-hero. (As previously played on screen by Lee Marvin, Mel Gibson and others.) Jennifer Lopez is in talks for a key role, and Clifton Collins Jr. and Wendell Pierce signed to play other small roles. Now Deadline says that Michael Chiklis will play “Jason Statham’s nemesis” in the film. Word is that the John J. McLaughlin script jumps off from a number of Stark’s novels to create a new story. The debut novel The Hunter (’62)and later novel Flashfire (’00) are said to be part of the ingredient list.
Parker shoots in August.
One of our most anticipated films of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival was the stoner comedy High School. I attended a midnight screening of the film, and the crowd was hysterical with laughter. That said, I thought the premise was much more clever than the actual film. What’s the premise? Here is the official description from Sundance:
“Michael Chiklis plays a smarmy high school principal who suddenly institutes a zero-tolerance crusade, introducing mandatory drug tests for all students. Failure of which will result in immediate expulsion. Matt Bush plays a straight-arrow valedictorian named Henry Burke who normally would have nothing to worry about, except he just tried marijuana for the very first time. I’ll let the Sundance description take over: “With his college scholarship hanging in the balance, Burke begrudgingly teams up with charismatic pothead Travis Breaux to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize this threat—get the entire student body stoned.”
Twitch has discovered a trailer for the film online, which we’ve embedded after the jump. Watch it now and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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John Stalberg‘s feature directorial debut HIGH school will premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the Park City at Midnight category. Many people are comparing the film to The Wackness, another pot dramedy that played Sundance a couple years back. Michael Chiklis plays a smarmy high school principal who suddenly institutes a zero-tolerance crusade, introducing mandatory drug tests for all students. Failure of which will result in immediate expulsion. Matt Bush plays a straight-arrow valedictorian named Henry Burke who normally would have nothing to worry about, except he just tried marijuana for the very first time. I’ll let the Sundance description take over:
With his college scholarship hanging in the balance, Burke begrudgingly teams up with charismatic pothead Travis Breaux to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize this threat—get the entire student body stoned. In his debut feature, director/cowriter John Stalberg Jr. percolates his deliriously manic narrative with sparkling energy and deviant characters, joyously ramming his protagonists deeper and deeper into frenzied chaos. HIGH school paints its slacker wit with lush broad strokes, firmly accomplishing the conclusive stoner fantasia run hilariously amuck.
The film also stars Sean Marquette, Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks, Mykelti Williamson, Andrew Wilson, Yeardley Smith, Michael Vartan, Curtis Armstrong, Erica Phillips and Adhir Kaylan. Check out 33 photos after the jump.
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Gotta love how the four actors who make up the Fantastic Four all treat a (non-) proposed Fantastic Four 3 sequel like a huge pile of lowbrow dishes in the sink. Actor Chris Evans, who plays Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in the cornball Marvel franchise, follows up recent “whatever”-like comments from co-stars Michael Chiklis (The Thing) and Jessica Alba (The Invisible
Mind Woman) with a similar cricket-call to MTV…
“I’m pretty sure we won’t do [another] one,” insisted “Fantastic Four” star Chris Evans. “I’m assuming that one is a closed book. …It takes up a lot of time. It’s a big commitment. I’m happy with walking away.”
Evans adds that if Fox wanted to make another flick following the last one, the $130 million grossing Rise of the Silver Surfer, they probably would have called him last summer. You know, Swingers logic. Thought to be a springboard for a spin-off movie focusing on The Silver Surfer (played by Doug Jones, voiced by Laurence Fishburne), the sequel made less than its 2005 predecessor domestically, but neither film is publicly viewed as a loss after DVD sales et al. Of course, if a trifecta does occur, Alba said in January that she wants to go the preggo route and give birth to superpowered infant Little Franklin. About time a comic book movie challenged Knocked Up‘s money shot, eh? Up in the beautiful early spring sky, Galactus’s cloud doesn’t move.
Discuss: Okay, so who’s the guy with the Fantastic Four voodoo dolls? I owe you a beer.
“Everywhere this thing goes, eight days later the planet dies.”
“How do you fight something that can eat planets?”
“Leave that to me!”
The first television spot for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is now available for your viewing pleasure.
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