Filmgoers will be seeing a lot of rising stars Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain in the coming months, and it seems the two rising stars will be quite a bit of each other as well. Edgerton and Chastain are already set to co-star in Kathryn Bigelow’s untitled Osama bin Laden thriller, and they’ve now signed on to work on two more films together, called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers. The pair may be joined by William Hurt, who is currently in talks. More details after the jump.

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Although this November’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the last film currently planned in The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer will be back at the box office again just four months later, with March’s The Host. The adaptation of Meyer’s first non-Twilight novel has been in the works for a couple of years now, and picked up steam last year when Saoirse Ronan and Andrew Niccol (In Time) signed on to star and direct, respectively. Max Irons, Jake Abel, and William Hurt joined a few months later, and now Inglourious Basterds actress Diane Kruger has been announced as the latest addition to the cast. More details after the jump.

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William Hurt is the latest addition to The Host, the adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer‘s sci-fi romance that will be directed by Andrew Niccol (In Time, Gattaca). The actor is in talks to play Jeb, “eccentric uncle” to Saoirse Ronan‘s character Melanie. Ronan’s character has her mind taken over by an alien intelligence called Wanderer as part of an invasion. But Melanie fights off Wanderer’s dominance, and the girl’s love for a boy named Jared (Max Irons) ends up infecting the alien.

Jake Abel will play another character named Ian, who has his own feelings for Wanderer. In addition to being Melanie’s uncle, Jeb is a leader of the human resistance to the alien effort. The Host will be released on March 29, 2013. [EW]

After the break,Abbie Cornish joins the new film from In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, and Felicity Jones will play a lover of Charles Dickens, for director Ralph Fiennes. Read More »

Did you enjoy the economic meltdown so much the first time around that you just can’t wait to relive it? Then has HBO got the film for you. Too Big to Fail tells the story of the 2008 financial crisis, as chronicled by Andrew Ross Sorkin in his bestselling book of the same title. William Hurt stars as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, alongside Paul Giamatti as Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernake. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Robin Hood

Universal Pictures has released 54 high resolution production photos from Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood. Check them out now, after the jump. And check back tomorrow for an unofficial early review of the film.

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It’s rare that I look at a TV project and wish that it were a $100m theatrical production instead of a much smaller television affair. I like seeing what creative teams can do with ingenuity rather than money, so almost never think something should be more expensive. But I do wish the $25m television version of Moby Dick, currently shooting, had more cash to work with. Oceangoing stories look amazing on the big screen, and we get so few of them. Still, with the cast assembled for this version of Herman Melville’s novel, I’ll take what I can get. Read More »

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William Hurt has joined the cast of Ridley Scott‘s untitled Robin Hood film. Hurt will play the Earl of Pembroke, William Marshall, a man who served four kings: Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, John and Henry III. Marshall was a servant to the Plantagenet kings, who grew to become one of the most powerful men in Europe. Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury, called Marshall the “greatest knight that ever lived.” The film is set to be a retelling of the classic story, set in a more historically accurate setting than previous adaptations.

The main cast has already been announced: Russell Crowe as Robin Hood, Cate Blanchett as Lady Marion, Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Eleanor, Mark Strong as Sir Godfrey, Oscar Issac as King John, Léa Seydoux as French Princess Isabella, and the Merry Men: Scott Grimes as Will Scarlet, Kevin Durand as Little John, Alan Doyle as Allan Adayle.

I’m still not quite sure who is playing the Sheriff of Nottingham. The original plan calld for Crowe to play a dual role as both Robin Hood and the Sheriff, but Scott has said that is no longer the case. While the official plot synopsis mentions the Sheriff (see after the jump), Scott has said that it’s the “history of the time” and the “entire country” who will become the real villain in his film.
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The Incredible Hulk

The new issue of Empire Magazine due in newsstands on April 25th features a couple new photos from The Incredible Hulk. Meanwhile my friend Alex from Firstshowing who is at the New York Comic Con, saw footage that confirms the much rumored Iron Man / Incredible Hulk crossover. Apparently Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) shows up and talks with a drunk General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross (William Hurt) in a bar. Meanwhile ComingSoon reports that director Louis Leterrier offered Lou Ferrigno voice work for the film, saying his trademarked “Hulk Smash”.

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The Incredible Hulk Movie Trailer

The Incredible Hulk

FINALLY!! After months and months of waiting, Universal has released a movie trailer for The Incredible Hulk reboot/sequel.

Whatever company cut this trailer deserves a bonus. I love how you could have no idea this is an Incredible Hulk movie until the last 30 seconds. And the prolonged suspense of seeing the first reveal of the big green guy was handled masterfully. I don’t think he looks much different than the Ang Lee version, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many feel that Ang Lee’s film failed due to the lack of action and over dramatized plot (oh yeah, and the unfinished special effects superbowl incident). I’m not too impressed by Abomination however, and I’m not sure if they story will be a-level quality we expect from Marvel (especially from all the script reviews I have read). But it definitely sounds like this film will address all the concerns raised by Lee’s failed effort. Watch the trailer, and tell me what you think in the comments below.

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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on MTV. Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt smashes its way into theaters on June 13th 2008.

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