November 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Emily Blunt is attached to the lead role in psychological thriller “Sister,” an adaptation of a bestselling novel, according to The Wrap.
Based on Rosamund Lupton’s novel of the same name, Blunt is set for the role of Beatrice (Bee), who is not satisfied with the official ruling of her sister’s death as a suicide. Becoming single-minded in her pursuit of what she believes is actually a murder, Bee moves into her wilder, more free-spirited younger sister’s apartment and begins digging into her secrets, like her affair with a married man, a dangerous entanglement with a stalker and even an experimental medical treatment. Naturally, Bee gets in over her head and could end up in danger herself. This one is in the early stages as the search for a writer to adapt the novel is now on. Probably a post-baby production for the currently-pregnant Blunt.
Blunt recently wrapped playing the female lead role of the Baker’s Wife in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Sondheim musical “Into the Woods.” Following a breakout turn in Rian Johnson’s “Looper,” Blunt has been on a string of high profile film sets over the past year, including the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s “Edge of Tomorrow” (formerly “All You Need is Kill”).
November 19, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Well, THR called dibs on the moves like Jagger joke, but indeed, newcomer Nick Eversman, currently recurring on the CW’s “The Tomorrow People,” will play Mick Jagger in James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” starring “42″‘s Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. The currently-filming biopic also stars Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer and Craig Robinson.
Boseman signed on for the lead role back in August, with “The Help”‘s Tate Taylor directing. “Get On Up” will chronicle Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to becoming the “godfather of soul” with hits in the 60s and 70s including “Please, Please, Please,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and many, many more, to his eventual downfall. At one point, a young Brown meets a young Jagger at a concert. The real Jagger is producing the film and probably had a hand in picking his doppelganger, who landed the role based on an audition and also on sending in a comparison shot of himself next to the real Jagger.
Eversman’s done two episodes so far of CW’s “The Tomorrow People,” and he also played the son who goes “Missing” in Ashley Judd’s short-lived ABC thriller series. But it looks like his future may be on the big screen as in addition to “Get On Up,” he’s also booked a role opposite Reese Witherspoon in the also-currently-filming “Wild.”
November 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sofia Coppola discovery Katie Chang, who led the director’s latest, “The Bling Ring,” has been cast in Tim Blake Nelson’s ensemble indie drama “Anesthesia,” according to THR. Sam Waterston, Corey Stoll, Gretchen Mol, Glenn Close, Michael K. Williams and Kristen Stewart round out the cast.
Filming has been underway for the past couple of weeks in New York, with Waterston in the lead role of Walter Zarrow, a charismatic Columbia University professor whose violent mugging brings together an eclectic group of New Yorkers. Close plays his wife, while Stoll plays an investment banker who witnesses the attack. Mol plays Stoll’s wife, while Stewar plays a troubled student of Zarrow’s. Chang will play love interest to Zarrow’s grandson, who has yet to be cast as far as we know.
THR points out that Chang should feel right at home on the location shoot, since she’s currently studying creative writing as a college freshman at Columbia herself. “The Bling Ring” was only Chang’s second feature film. She also has a small role in “A Birder’s Guide to Everything,” which also came out this year but made a much smaller impact.
November 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dakota Fanning has been set to play the lead role in an indie coming of age drama that will be the English language debut of Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo, according to Deadline. In the untitled film, Fanning will play Viena, “a roadie who’s on a journey of self-discovery and survival as part of a punk band’s convoy, traveling through America circa the 1980s.” Filming is set to begin February.
Fanning, a household names at the tender age of 19 with 50 credits to her name, recently wrapped up indie drama “Franny” opposite Richard Gere and “Divergent” star Theo James. She can currently be seen opposite Emile Hirsch in 2012 Rom Film Festival winner “The Motel Life” and next has eco thriller “Night Moves” with Jesse Eisenberg coming out. Errol Flynn biopic “The Last of Robin Hood” and crime drama “Every Secret Thing” are also complete and awaiting release.
November 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Todd Field’s adaptation of massively popular Jess Walter novel “Beautiful Ruins” is moving right along and has cast its first leading lady in British actress Imogen Poots, according to Variety.
Walter’s 2012 novel spans two time periods and two settings – Italy in 1962 and modern day Hollywood – with interweaving stries. It kicks off in the 1960s with the arrival of a beautiful young American actress (Poots) to the coastal Italian town of Porto Vergogna to film a movie. There she would meet a young man whose family owns the only hotel in the village, which sets into motion the story that would span decades and two coasts.
Poots is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 but we predict she will have an even bigger 2014 and beyond. “That Awkward Moment” opposite Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller comes out in January, followed by video game adaptation “Need for Speed” opposite Aaron Paul in March. Another team-up with Paul in Nick Hornby adaptation “A Long Way Down,” Jimi Hendrix biopic “All is By My Side” and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” are waiting in the wings.
November 14, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
British actor Asa Butterfield, 16, is in talks to join Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver in Benaroya Pictures’s forthcoming indie comedy “King of the Castle,” according to The Wrap.
The film will mark the directorial debuts of Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, whose notable screenwriting credits include their short-lived NBC comedy “Animal Practice” and David Gordon Green’s 2011 comedy “The Sitter.”
As reported by The Tracking Board, “King of the Castle” will follow a middle-aged boat salesman who is blackmailed by a teenager with evidence of his extramarital affair. Owen is set to play the middle-aged man, while Weaver’s character remains unknown. If Butterfield signs on, he will play role of the teenage foil.
Butterfield first made a name for himself as the star of Mark Herman’s 2008 World War II drama “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” opposite Vera Farmiga. The role earned him a Most Promising Newcomer nomination at the British Independent Film Awards. He went on to nab supporting roles in Susanna White’s family comedy “Nanny McPhee Returns” and Joe Johnston’s thriller “The Wolfman.”
Most recently, Butterfield earned leading roles in Martin Scorcese’s fantasy epic “Hugo” with Chloe Mortetz and Gavin Hood’s sci-fi adaptation “Ender’s Game” with Hailee Steinfeld and Harrison Ford. Next up, he stars alongside Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan Morgan Matthews’s drama “X Plus Y.”
November 14, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Skyler Gisondo, 17, has landed a lead role as Ben Stiller‘s son in Shawn Levy’s “Night At The Museum 3,” according to a report by The Wrap. He also joins returning star Robin Williams as Teddy Roosevelt and Dan Stevens as Lancelot.
Other than the fact that it will be set in London, England, the plot details for “Night at the Museum 3″ are still being kept secret. However, as seen with the previous two films in the series, you can expect Stiller’s museum security guard Larry Daley to have more crazy adventures with various historical figures.
It’s also important to note that Jake Cherry played the role of Daley’s son Nicky in both 2006′s “Night at the Museum” and 2009′s “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.” In addition, he voiced the role in the film’s video game. The reason for why he is not returning remains unknown.
Production Weekly reports that filming for “Night at the Museum 3″ is set to begin in February of next year in both Vancouver and London. The film is scheduled for a December 25, 2014 release date in North America and followed a day later by the U.K.
Gisondo is no stranger to being on set of big budget films. He previously played Howard Stacy, Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) younger brother in last year’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” He has also had previous roles in Jake Kasdan’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” and Seth Gordon’s “Four Christmases.” In addition to reprising his role as Howard for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, he will also be seen as the lead Sean Nalaboff’s romantic comedy “Hard Sell.”
November 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Bright Abbott is officially on his way to becoming a movie star. As we enter the Era of Chris Pratt, led by his role as Star-Lord in 2014′s highly anticipated Marvel blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy,” now comes word via The Wrap that he may be adding another franchise launcher to his portfolio. Pratt is now in early negotiations to take the lead role in “Jurassic World,” which had originally been earmarked for Josh Brolin.
Brolin had been negotiating to take the role but a deal could not be made, and The Wrap cautions it won’t be easy to get Pratt locked in either, in part because of his commitment to NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” But if this does come together – and oh I hope it does – Pratt would be joining Colin Trevorrow’s relaunch of the franchise and a cast that already includes Bryce Dallas Howard, “Kings of Summer” star Nick Robinson and “Iron Man 3″‘s scene-stealer Ty Simpkins. Indian actor Irrfan Khan is also being sought for a role, the trade further reports, which just doubled this movie’s chances of having a character named Richard Parker. “Jurassic World” will be released on June 12, 2015.
Pratt is currently a regular on NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” but it’s unclear at this point if the show will return for a season 7. He’s been branching out to dramatic big screen roles, the most current being a reluctant baseball player in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” and a Navy SEAL in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” Both films received Best Picture Oscar nominations and he can currently be seen in comedy “The Delivery Man” opposite Vince Vaughn, but 2014 will really test his leading man mettle when he hopes to lead the “Guardians of the Galaxy” to box office victory. For what it’s worth, the footage so far has been nothing short of awesome.
November 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Stephen Frears’ already-filming, still-untitled Lance Armstrong biopic has added “The Hobbbit” star Lee Pace to its cast, reports The Wrap. Ben Foster stars as the disgraced former Tour de France winner (and the resemblance is uncanny), with Chris O’Dowd as the journalist who supported him, then ultimately brought about his downfall. Jesse Plemons and Guillaume Canet have supporting roles, while Pace’s role is unspecified as well.
Pace, who has something of a cult following thanks to roles in short-lived but beloved TV series “Pushing Daisies” and “Wonderfalls,” had a busy year last year on the big screen with roles in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”, “The Hobbit” and “Lincoln.” He’ll soon be seen in sequel “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” as well as Marvel Phase 2 blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and he also recently filmed AMC pilot “Halt and Catch Fire” with fellow buzzy rising movie stars Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe, which will air on AMC in 2014.