Sabotage

Arnold Schwarzenegger could use a hit right about now, not that he’s at a loss for the ability to crush things. Based on the new Sabotage red-band trailer, however, this could be that hit. The David Ayer-directed thriller looks tough and exciting, with plenty of badass moments and stone-cold violence to go around.

The plot, loosely inspired by the Agatha Christie mystery And Then There Were None, follows a team of DEA agents who start to get picked off one by one after they bust a drug cartel safe house and make off with the cash. Watch the newest promo after the jump.

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Alive Alone

Briefly: The odds of a Prometheus sequel seemingly dwindle by the day, but two of its stars are set to team up for a Black List script and are bringing Jake Sully alone for the ride. Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Sam Worthington are set to star in Alive Alone, written and directed by Khurram Longi. Elba will play a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who now drives a cab in New York City. Rapace is a prostitute on the run from an evil crime boss (Worthington); she jumps in Elba’s cab and seeks his help. The deal was made at the Berlin Film Festival. [THR]

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Not that they weren’t going to sign on, but it’s now official. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed on for the three sequels to James Cameron‘s Avatar. They’ll reprise their performance-capture roles as the Na’vi Jake Sully and Neytiri in films scheduled for release December 2016, 2017 and 2018. Read More »

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End of Watch director and Training Day writer David Ayer takes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, and Olivia Williams to the mean streets of Atlanta for the violent DEA story Sabotage. Arnie leads a DEA crew that gets into trouble when millions of dollars go missing after a huge cartel bust. (Or what looks like a bust, at least.) Worthington, slightly disguised with a shaved head, Enos, and Howard are part of his crew, and Williams is a local detective who is looking into cartel activity and murders.

While Schwarzenegger’s movies haven’t done big business since he really got back into the game, he was the most entertaining part of Escape Plan (he was really doing some acting, and had a great stretch of performance in German), and here he’s in super-serious mode, which could be a good time. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Briefly: We often get a bit suspicious when actors announce filming dates, but in the case of Avatar and Sam Worthington, he might know what’s really up. On an interview with Australian radio station Nova 96.9, he said that James Cameron will shoot Avatar 2 starting in October 2014. More specifically, he said, ”we are going to start this time next year and we will do two, three and four. I’ll be grateful if it finishes.”

Quotes are going around saying that “the second, third and fourth films will be filmed in their entirety within a year of the beginning of the production.” I haven’t heard Worthington’s interview or seen direct quotes to that effect (that one is a paraphrase that is being passed around) but that does seem like a logical step. It’s been four years since the release of Avatar, and the second through fourth films are slated for each December from 2016 to 2018.

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Posters, quotes, casting and replacements are all part of this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Sam Worthington discusses the Avatar sequels and a possible third Clash of the Titans film.
  • The Hangover Part III Twitter account has revealed some more character posters.
  • Is Antonio Banderas joining The Expendables III?
  • Benjamin Bratt replaces Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2.
  • Listen to Star Trek Into Darkness writers Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talk secrets, fan influence, and villains.
  • The poster for Grown Up 2 is a throwback.
  • Actress Sophia Myles joins Transformers 4.
  • Michelle Rodriguez confirms the villain for Fast and Furious 7.
  • Check out an image of FEMA’s role in Godzilla.
  • Check out the cover of the Art of 300: Rise of an Empire book.

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Here’s what looks like the surfer version of Dogtown and Z-Boys. The Australian film Drift is based on a true story of brothers who moved from surfing into the manufacture and sales of surf gear. It’s a ’70s-set tale of enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit, with Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel in the lead roles, and Sam Worthington in a wig for a supporting role as the photographer who pushes them forward, but might also direct them towards the seductive potential of crime.

Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott co-directed from a script by O’Neill. The last shot is pretty impressive, but there’s enough in the trailer as a whole that Drift looks like it’s worth a look. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Avatar star Sam Worthington has had two films in theaters this year, Wrath of the Titans and Man on a Ledge, but it feels like he’s been relatively low-profile, especially after the dual push of Terminator: Salvation and James Cameron’s mega-hit.

He does have a couple projects in the pipeline, however, including the Avatar sequels. The latest one would put him on screen with the original Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a film called Ten directed by Training Day writer and End of Watch wrter/director David Ayer. Read More »

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