Whether or not Rihanna really is joining Fast Six as a baddie remains to be seen, but if she does, she may have some company on the dark side. A new report has surfaced indicating that Luke Evans has just been offered the villain role in the sequel, directed by Justin Lin. It’s the same part that Jason Statham was in very early talks for back in October, but it seems the production has now moved on to a fresher face. Hit the jump for more.
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Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 by Angie Han
So, that Americanized version of Pierre Morel’s French thriller District 13 we reported on back in 2009 is still happening, and it may have just found one of its stars. Paul Walker has entered negotiations to join the cast of the remake, which will be titled Brick Mansions and relocated to a city in the States (probably Chicago).
But the news isn’t all bad! Also on board is David Belle, who starred in the original and its sequel but will be playing a different character here. Plus, the script comes from Luc Besson, who co-wrote the original, and Robert Mark Kamen, who collaborated with Besson on Taken. More details after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
The Die Hard 5 news continues Thursday. We recently learned that the film, directed by John Moore, would be called A Good Day To Die Hard and released February 14, 2013. It’ll focus on John McClane, once again played by Bruce Willis, heading to Russia to get his son out of prison which then escalates into some kind of massive terrorist threat. With the McClane’s son seemingly the second lead and possible torch-bearer for the franchise, it surely will be a sought after role.
Casting Bits: Julia Stiles in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, Chris Tucker Enters Final Talks; Aubrey Plaza in ‘Charlie Swan’; Paul Walker in ‘Hours’
Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
Julia Stiles is set to co-star in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel. The story centers around a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental hospital into the care of his mother (Jacki Weaver). Upon his release, he tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an troubled young widow (Jennifer Lawrence). Stiles has landed the role of Lawrence’s older sister.
But perhaps the more exciting bit of news is that Chris Tucker, who entered talks last month to play Cooper’s friend from the institution, is now in final negotiations to take the role. I got a little worried last week, when stories of Weaver’s casting didn’t mention Tucker’s name, but I’m happy to see I was overreacting. If Tucker finalizes the deal, Silver Linings Playbook will be his first film part since 2007′s Rush Hour 3. [Deadline]
After the jump, April Ludgate watches Charlie Harper lose his mind, and Paul Walker deals with the aftermath of Katrina.
Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2011 by Angie Han
I’m not sure exactly why this is happening, but hey, I’m not about to complain. As part of something called IMAX Big Movie Week, AMC Theatres is bringing back three past blockbusters to IMAX screens for one week starting today: Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek, and Fast and the Furious five-quel Fast Five. And the best part is, tickets will cost just $7 each. That’s significantly cheaper than regular, non-IMAX tickets cost in many AMC theaters, so it’s a pretty sweet deal. More details after the jump.
I was pretty skeptical when I heard that director Justin Lin would be making another Fast/Furious film. While Tokyo Drift was solid, Fast and Furious was lifeless and dull (though that didn’t stop the latter film from making a boatload of cash upon its release). For Universal, a studio that’s had a pretty rough past few years, the Fast/Furious franchise is the closest thing it can get to a sure thing. Right?
In my opinion, Fast Five, which is out in theaters today, is a shot in the arm for a moribund franchise. Not only does it trade on the nostalgia of reuniting virtually every character from the previous films, it also has action set pieces so audacious and ridiculous that they demand to be seen on the big screen (as if to emphasize this, the film is opening in IMAX theaters too).
What did you think of the film? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Assume SPOILERS lie after the jump.
Briefly: Evidently happy being connected to starring vehicles that are oriented around, er, vehicles, Fast Five star Paul Walker has signed to exec produce and star in a film called Vehicle 19. The movie is about ” an unsuspecting traveler (Walker) in a foreign country who picks up the wrong rental car and becomes tangled in a web of corruption by the local police.”
The film is written and will be directed by South African filmmaker Mukunda Michael Dewil, whose only produced credit is the film Retribution. So that doesn’t leave us a lot to go on with knowing what to expect out of Vehicle 19 based on his previous work. The basic premise certainly makes for a solid thriller, and we’ll keep track of who else is cast. The film should go before cameras at the end of this summer, so we’ll have more soon. [THR]
Yahoo Movies has just premiered the brand new trailer for Fast Five, the fifth film in the Fast and the Furious franchise, scheduled for release on April 29. Stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Ludacirs, Tyrese and Sung Kang all return from the previous films and face off against a specialized law officer played by Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Justin Lin, who also did the third and fourth films, it will play in both regular and IMAX formats. Check it out the new trailer after the jump. Read More »