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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The World Cup is paused right now in the rest zone between the Round of 16 and the Quarter-finals. But there’s a new dash of soccer enthusiasm to be found today via Sacha Baron Cohen. The actor stars in the comedy Grimsby, a film about an oafish soccer hooligan (Baron Cohen) who goes on the run with his formerly estranged black-ops agent brother, played by Mark Strong. We don’t know a lot more about the story, but the first look at Baron Cohen’s shaggy look has been revealed, thanks to Eric Idle. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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Sony yesterday announced a summer 2016 release date for Sausage Party, an animated film from the comedy minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. We’ve heard vague details about the R-rated animated movie, but Seth Rogen recently talked about the project and revealed new details about how seriously crazy this film is. Find out, after the jump.
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With Disney’s Maleficent opening in theaters Friday, it’s the perfect time to remember that a new trend will continue. The trend: Disney reimagining its classic animated films in live action. Cinderella is out next year and then the one that started the revamp pattern, Alice in Wonderland, will get its sequel. Alice in Wonderland 2 will be called something like Alice: Through the Looking Glass. James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing and original stars Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will return.
Rumors have run rampant that Sacha Baron Cohen could be playing a role and, apparently, they’re true. He’s also being joined by Rhys Ifans, who’ll be playing the father of Depp’s Mad Hatter. Read More »
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]
Briefly: Sacha Baron Cohen and Johnny Depp are getting set to have a little Sweeney Todd reunion in the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass. Cohen is in talks to play an unknown role in the film that Disney is putting together, which also will have Mia Wasikowska reprising the role of Alice.
James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct; no plot details have been revealed. While Through the Looking-Glass is well-known as a novel, and one which somewhat inverts or reverses the sequence of Alice, given the degree to which the film Alice in Wonderland deviated from original text it’s safe to say that this will be its own creature as well. The film is set to open on May 27, 2016. [Variety]
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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 Cohen. Read More »