Joker was a smash-hit over the weekend. That would usually all-but-assure that a sequel would be in the works. But Joker isn’t your typical comic book adaptation, and star Joaquin Phoenix has tended to avoid franchises in his career. But a Joker sequel might just happen. According to Phoenix, he and director Todd Phillips had such a good time making the first movie that there are “endless” possibilities for the character.
In addition to this news, Joker co-star Brett Cullen, who plays Thomas Wayne in the flick, has some thoughts on a spoiler-heavy twist.
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The standalone Joker movie has found its Thomas Wayne. Brett Cullen, a character actor who already has some Batman history, will play Bruce Wayne’s father in the Todd Phillips film starring Joaquin Phoenix. Cullen replaces Alec Baldwin, who was first announced in the role only to immediately drop out. More on the Joker cast below.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
Way back before we knew Chris Evans would become the next Captain America, he took a role in a small indie drama titled Puncture. Directed by Adam and Mark Kassen from a screenplay by Chris Lopta, the film centers around a young, drug-addicted lawyer (Evans) who takes on a case that pits him against a massive healthcare conspiracy. Brett Cullen, Jesse L. Martin, Michael Biehn, Kate Burton, Tess Parker, and Marshall Bell also star, with Vinessa Shaw as Evans’ ER nurse client. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Lots of casting news has been flying about for the past few days, and in the wake of Comic Con we’re still catching up on a few things. In this particular casting break you’ll find:
- Nick Nolte will lend his wonderfully grizzled talent to Robert Redford’s new film.
- A Stargate SG-1 actor gets a role in The Dark Knight Rises.
- Jay Chou stars in a new Chinese action film, complete with a teaser. Read More »
You might have seen the footage in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 this weekend, or perhaps you caught one of the many bootlegs that have been circulating for the past week. But here’s the real thing: the first official teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Read More »
Briefly: Given that Christopher Nolan is now shooting The Dark Knight Rises, we probably won’t see too many more notable names added to the cast. In fact, this might be the last: Josh Stewart from The Collector and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has taken an unknown role in the film. Like many of the other recent cast announcements, his part may not be significant, but he joins what is looking like an impressive ensemble cast.
So we’ve got returning actors Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman; Michael Caine as Alfred; Gary Oldman as James Gordon; and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, with newcomers Tom Hardy as Bane; Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle; Juno Temple as a “street-smart Gotham girl;” Josh Pence as young Ra’s al Ghul; Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, “a Gotham City beat cop;” Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate; and Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff and Burn Gorman. Quite a lineup, and you know we’ll keep you posted (possibly in Superhero Bits) with any new pieces of info that come out. [Variety]
Briefly: We just heard that Matthew Modine, Tom Conti and Joey King would join Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway in the cast of Christopher Nolan‘s final Batman film, the now-shooting The Dark Knight Rises. Now they’re getting company in the form of Brett Cullen (LOST, Ghost Rider) and Chris Ellis (Catch Me If You Can, Transformers). Both are solid, veteran character actors. We probably won’t see much of either man in the final film, but I’d expect both guys to be more than capable.
They’ll play a judge (Cullen) and a priest (Ellis). That’s actually more info than we’d usually expect to get in a somewhat minor casting brief for a Christopher Nolan film. [Variety]