November 25, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Newcomer Katherine Hughes has joined Jason Reitman‘s “Men, Women and Children” as one of the female teen leads. An adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s book that charts the sexual frustations of teenagers and their parents in the new digital age, this will be the first major film role for Hughes.
Reitman, who is coming off of a great year with critical acclaim for “Labor Day”, starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, has also potentially booked “Labor Day” actress Elena Kampouris – although The Wrap caution that this remains unconfirmed. As well as sitting in the director’s chair, Reitman is adapting the novel with Erin Cressida Wilson.
Previous reports have suggested that Reitman is finding it difficult to cast the film with teenage actors due to the nature of the story, which explores the sexual pressures at work on two generations as they navigate the internet. Plots include a recent divorcee who reenters the dating world online, a mother who charges men to view suggestive pictures online of her teenage daughter, and a father and son duo with strong tastes in pornography.
Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jennifer Garner will all star as various parental figures, although no word yet on which storyline each will take, while hot new rising star Travis Tope is expected to take the role of a high school football player.
Hughes’ still short resume include a role in indie “Roadie” and guest-starring gigs on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Blue Bloods.”
November 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Well, we pretty much already knew this, but today Marvel has made it officially official: Elizabeth Olsen will play Scarlet Witch and Aaron Johnson will play Quicksilver in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The two will join an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye as well as James Spader as the big bad Ultron.
The sequel will start filming under the direction of returning director Joss Whedon in early 2014 for a May 1, 2015 release, with Johnson and Olsen as twins who, in the comics, were fathered by the mutant Magneto. Because Magneto is firmly part of the X-Men and Marvel don’t own the rights to him, it’s expected that the duo will not go by those names in the film, but will be referred to by their given names, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. Guess Marvel.com didn’t get that memo.
Olsen and Johnson are reuniting on “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” after having wrapped the leads in 2014′s reboot/franchise hopeful “Godzilla,” in which they play a married couple. She’s impressed in various Sundance films like “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Liberal Arts,” and will next be seen opposite Josh Brolin in Spike Lee’s remake of “Oldboy,” as well as an adaptation of Emile Zola’s Victorian thriller “Therese Raquin,” now called “In Secret,” opposite Oscar Isaac.
November 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It was probably only a matter of time until film producers started paying attention to “Orphan Black”‘s breakout star, and now Tatiana Maslany is indeed up for a major role on the big screen. THR reports Maslany recently tested for the role of Sarah Connor in the upcoming “Terminator 5,” another reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise.
“Thor: The Dark World” director Alan Taylor is taking the reigns of this one, and Arnold Schwarzenegger has expressed interest in returning, but the three leads are expected to be young, with Brie Larson, Emilia Clarke and Margot Robbie also in the mix for Sarah Connor, while Tom Hardy is the “prototype” for John Connor, her son. Garrett Hedlund, Boyd Holbrook, Taylor Kitsch and Nicholas Hoult are up for the role of Kyle Reese, John Connor’s father. Filming is expected to begin in 2014 with a July 1, 2015 release date already set.
Canada born Maslany had small roles in “Violet & Daisy” and “The Vow” before landing her big break on BBC America’s breakout hit series “Orphan Black,” on which she plays a plethora of characters who are all clones of each other. The show is coming back for season 2 (duh) and recently revealed the first trailer for the new season.
November 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
A sequel to 2010′s billion-dollar grossing “Alice in Wonderland” seemed like a no brainer, but it’s taken until now to make it official. “Alice in Wonderland 2″ is happening, will be released in 2016, and Mia Wasikowska will return as Alice, Disney announced today.
Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter is also returning, and probably some other cast members as well, but one person who is not is director Tim Burton. Instead, “The Muppets” and upcoming sequel “Muppets Most Wanted” director James Bobin will take over directing duties. Hopefully this means a slightly more whimsical approach to “Alice” as well, though it’s unlikely this sequel will ever feel like anything more than a blatant cash grab. “Alice in Wonderland 2″ will be released on May 27, 2016.
Wasikowska is probably under contract and her return was always inevitable, but one has to wonder how she feels abut this development given that she’s shied completely away from all studio fare since breaking through in the original “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010. Recently wrapping David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” with Robert Pattinson, she also impressed festival goers in Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Australian outback drama “Tracks” and Dostoyevsky adaptation “The Double” with Jesse Eisenberg. Next is Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” with Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston.
November 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The upcoming film with the coolest group of people working on it just got a little bit cooler. The Wrap reports Adam Driver is now joining Jeff Nichols’ next feature, “Midnight Special,” which already stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst.
The film, described as a modern day chase thriller, follows a dad and his 8 year old son who go on the run after they discover the son is developing special powers. Nichols also previously described the story as a tribute to 1980s John Carpenter, “Starman” in particular. Filming is set to begin in early 2014, with Driver in the role of an NSA agent on the father-son duo’s tail.
Early 2014 is also when that other movie Driver is up for films, so it’s unclear if this means he’s out of the running for Nightwing in “Batman vs Superman.” Driver, the unlikely breakout star of Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and has already impressed in “Frances Ha” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.” He’s also wrapped Noah Baumbach’s next, “While We’re Young” and ensemble comedy “This is Where I Leave You” and is attached to his first lead role in indie comedy “The Coward.”
November 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Before “Breaking Bad,” before “Les Miserables,” Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried played a married couple on HBO’s long-running, critically acclaimed “Big Love,” and now they’re getting an onscreen reunion. Variety reports Paul is joining Seyfried and Russell Crowe in mutli-generational drama “Fathers and Daughters.”
Set 25 years apart and described as “a love story”, Crowe will play an acclaimed writer in the 1980s who recently lost his wife and is struggling with raising his five year old daughter while battling mental illness. Seyfried will play that daughter, Katie, all grown up in modern day Manhattan, battling her own demons stemming from her troubled childhood. Paul will be her love interest, though his exact role is unknown. Gabriele Muccino will direct from a script written by Brad Desch.
Outside of his recently wrapped Emmy-winning role as Jesse Pinkman on AMC series “Breaking Bad,” Paul won raves opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Sundance hit “Smashed.” He recently wrapped up Nick Hornby novel adaptation “A Long Way Down” opposite Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan and Toni Colette, as well as potential racing action franchise launcher “Need for Speed.” He’s currently filming one of the lead roles in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic “Exodus.”
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.