Rumors about who might star in Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence have been floating around for months, but now that the film is actually about to start production it’s locking down some big names fast. Just last week we got confirmation that Johnny Depp would star, followed a few days later by news that Paul Bettany had also joined. Now the film has also found a female lead in Rebecca Hall, who beat out Rooney Mara and Emily Blunt.

Few plot details have been confirmed at this point, but the basic idea is that a man (Depp) has uploaded his brain into a computer. Hall will play Depp’s wife. The talented Brit actress previously starred in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, on which Pfister served as DP. Her other notable roles include The Town, Please Give, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the upcoming Iron Man 3. Transcendence starts shooting this spring for an April 25, 2014 release date. [Collider]

After the jump, Hall’s Prestige co-star Christian Bale may also have landed a new gig.

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Each year, there are a couple of actors who seem to be everywhere you turn. In 2011, it was Jessica Chastain. In 2012, it was Channing Tatum. In 2013, it could very well be Benedict Cumberbatch. The jury’s still out on whether we’ll be getting more Sherlock before the year’s out, but either way we’ll be seeing plenty of his handsome British visage. He has some four movies due out next year, and now HBO’s picked up his 2012 UK miniseries Parade’s End to air in the U.S. next month.

Adapted by Tom Stoppard from the book tetralogy by Ford Madox Ford, the series centers on a love triangle between the aristocratic Christopher (Cumberbatch), his unfaithful wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), and the spirited young Valentine (Adelaide Clemens) against the backdrop of World War I and a quickly changing society. Stephen Graham, Anne-Marie Duff, Rupert Everett, and Miranda Richardson also star. Watch the teaser trailer after the jump.

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Marvel Studios continues to slowly reveal Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3. Earlier this week, studio president Kevin Feige talked about the film’s tone (it’s not serious); mentioned the villain (the Mandarin is unlike anyone Iron Man has faced before); and confirmed none of the other Avengers would appear. That’s all fine and well, but let’s see some new stuff, right?

Right on cue, four brand-new photos have surfaced, including a new look at the Iron Patriot (with a possible minor spoiler), our first look at Rebecca Hall‘s character, and a shot of a really messed up mask. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

If one had to design a film to occupy the middle ground between The Orphanage and The Woman in Black (or between The Others and The Devil’s Backbone) it might be The Awakening, in which Rebecca Hall plays a woman in ’20s England  who is called to a boys boarding school to debunk the notion that a ghost roams the halls. A teacher played by McNulty, er, Dominic West helps bring her into the school, and Hall encounters a bit more than she was expecting.

The film was announced in 2010 and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year; now a new trailer heralds a full release of the film late this summer. (There was another trailer last year.) It’s a pretty good trailer, too, full of restrained gothic unease and a few out and out chills. See for yourself below. Read More »

Stephen Frears‘ record may not be flawless, but his hit to miss ratio’s high enough that I generally look forward to his movies. His newest project, Lay the Favorite, started out looking as promising as any other. The filmmaker collected a likable cast, including Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, Joshua Jackson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones for the dramedy, an adaptation of a favorably reviewed memoir by Beth Raymer about the strange world of sports betting.

Unfortunately, early reviews suggest that the result hasn’t lived up to that promise at all. The new trailer offers some hints as to what exactly went wrong, starting with a strangely off-putting performance by the usually charming Hall. Check it out after the jump.

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After Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain passed on the role, writer/director Shane Black is now likely to cast Rebecca Hall as the female lead in Marvel’s first post Avengers film, Iron Man 3. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 will begin production in North Carolina this month leading toward a May 3, 2013 release date. Read more about the role and Hall after the jump. Read More »

Now that Joel Kinnaman is locked for the lead role in José Padilha‘s Robocop reboot, MGM has started looking to fill out the rest of its cast — which of course means the rumor mill has begun churning in earnest. A new story has surfaced claiming that Edward Norton, Gael García Bernal, and Rebecca Hall are circling the project, and that producers are looking to get Sean Penn on board as well. If it’s true, Robocop could be pulling together a very promising cast. More after the jump.

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VOTD: A Retrospective of Woody Allen Surrogates

Woody Allen famously has a habit of casting a stand-in for himelf in his comedies, and you can usually tell which one it is — while neuroses and Judaism aren’t requirements, they’re often indications that you’re looking in the right direction. But in case there’s any doubt, Film Drunk‘s Oliver Noble has Woody Allen surrogatism (which is not a real word, but you know what I mean) down to a science. He’s put together a supercut of the director’s stand-ins over the years, from John Cusack in 1994′s Bullets Over Broadway to Owen Wilson in this year’s delightful Midnight in Paris, and pinpointed the essential qualities that mark these characters as Woody Allen surrogates. Jesse Eisenberg*, I hope you’re taking notes. Watch the compilation after the jump.

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