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 »

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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 »

Well, there you go. We were just talking about Viggo Mortensen with respect to The Dark Tower. He and Javier Bardem have been rumored as the top choices for the lead role in that massive project, and the offer just went out to Mr. Bardem to star. But Mr. Mortensen isn’t going home empty handed, as he’s in talks for one of the two title roles in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. (Hint: he wouldn’t be Snow White.) Read More »

It’s probably the slowest week of the year and one of the more difficult times when it comes to verifying thinly-reported info. Just two weeks ago the LA Times talked to Ron Howard on the subject of his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King‘s massive series The Dark Tower. The project is in the early stages, with Akiva Goldsman scripting, but casting supposition is already in full swing. At the time of that interview Ron Howard acknowledged that Viggo Mortensen, an oft-mentioned fan choice, is a reasonable name to discuss.

Now the New York Post has reported that Javier Bardem is the first choice for the central role of the gunslinger Roland, with Viggo Mortensen as a backup choice. Read More »

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