Last year, before The Dark Knight Rises had fully shot, there was a lot of speculation about what Christian Bale would do after his tenure as Batman ended. Turns out he planned a couple films with Terrence Malick, but another project that was mentioned as a possible one for Bale has reared its head once more.

We’d heard that Scott Cooper, who directed Crazy Heart, was courting Bale last year to star in The Low Dweller, a revenge drama that Brad Ingelsby wrote and Cooper had latched on to as director. Cooper was also rewriting, and the project got a new title: Out of the Furnace. Bale had fallen away from the project late last year, but now he’s back in talks to take the lead role. Read More »

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Oh, I can’t wait for this. Here’s the second trailer we’ve seen for David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, which tells the story of Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who both fall into a web tethered by Jung’s patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).

The previous trailer was just a bit more explicit — as you’d expect from the intersection of Cronenberg and early psychoanalysis, there is some kink ahead. So this trailer is much the same as the international one that arrived in June, only with a handful of shots swapped out for tamer stuff. But there’s a proper HD version now, and it is lovely. Read More »

Good news for David Cronenberg fans: his next film, A Dangerous Method, has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. The movie is an adaptation of the play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton, and stars Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, the woman who was their mutual patient. Read More »

And now Relativity Media has pulled ahead in the Snow White race. The company and Universal have been neck and neck in development of competing Snow White movies over the past six months. Relativity has Tarsem Singh directing The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, which had only one primary cast member locked: Julia Roberts, who will play the evil queen.

Universal seemed to be further along with Snow White and the Huntsman, with Rupert Sanders set to direct Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as the evil queen and Viggo Mortensen in talks for the titular Huntsman. But now Viggo has dropped out, reportedly because he was asking for a pretty hefty deal. (THR says that the Snow White discussions have been problematic and that, yes, at one point Viggo did talk with WB about being in Superman. That didn’t work out either, as Superman director Zack Snyder said last week.) There is some slight indication that things could move forward once again, but THR says that Universal is moving on. So expect to hear a new Huntsman choice soon.

After the break, Relativity locks down two stars for Tarsem’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow WhiteArmie Hammer and Saoirse Ronan. Read More »

You’ll have to forgive us for the Superman overload in the past few days, but there are a lot of little tidbits out there about the film, thanks to the promo cycle for Sucker Punch. We recapped a bunch of Zack Snyder’s statements about the film yesterday — he calls it his most realistic movie, oddly, and talked about how casting the Kents fit into that approach.

Now we’ve got a couple other key quotes, in which the director talks about Superman as the top dog in the superhero pantheon and simultaneously dumps a little on Marvel movies. He also puts to rest any supposition about Viggo Mortensen being in the film. Read More »

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Viggo Mortensen is “a person of interest” to play the villain in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Superman reboot and they’re reporting that character is, in fact, General Zod. While Mortensen isn’t the only actor being considered for the role, he’s the one Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan are hoping to get. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: Universal and Rupert Sanders appear to be one step closer to choosing their new Snow White. Mr. Sanders is close to directing Snow White and the Hunstman, based on a script by Evan Dougherty, with Viggo Mortensen looking as if he’s basically set to be the Hunstman, and Charlize Theron looking more and more like a lock for the wicked queen that tasks the Hunstman with killing Snow White.

Deadline first linked Kristen Stewart to the role of Snow White a week ago, but saying the actress ‘looms large’ as the favorite is a different thing from THR’s report that Universal has put an offer out to the girl to star in the film. The site says the deal isn’t done, but that “both sides want it to happen.”

So last night we got what seems to be the first really reliable word on the casting of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman: Viggo Mortensen is in talks to play the Huntsman. With Charlize Theron also in talks (to play the wicked queen) that leaves a couple major roles wide open. The pivotal one, obviously, is Snow White. The latest actresses mentioned in conjunction with the role are Kristen Stewart and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, A Series of Unfortunate Events). Read More »

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