November 12, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
British actor Dan Stevens, 31, has joined the cast of Tom McCarthy‘s indie “The Cobbler.” Variety reports that the former “Downton Abbey” actor will be starring alongside Adam Sandler in “The Visitor” director’s forthcoming drama.
Although plot details for “The Cobbler” are being kept hush, sources revealed to The Hollywood Reporter back in September that it will center on “a shoe repairman who has the ability to metaphysically step into the lives of the people whose shoes he restores.” Considering his star power, it’s safe to assume that Sandler will be taking on the main role of the shoe repairman.
Since departing from BBC’s “Downton Abbey,” Stevens has nabbed big screen roles in Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks pic “The Fifth Estate” and Christopher Menaul’s Edwardian drama “Summer in February.” He recently finished work on Adam Wingard’s thriller “The Guest” and Scott Frank’s crime drama “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” alongside Liam Neeson. After completing “The Cobbler,” Stevens will join Ben Stiller and Robin Williams in “Night at the Museum 3,” where he will play the film’s villain.
November 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Wow. Newcomer Travis Tope continues his takeover of Hollywood, with THR now reporting that in addition to the lead role in thriller “November Criminals” opposite Chloe Moretz, Tope has also been offered roles in Jason Reitman’s next, “Men, Women and Children” as well as Rupert Wyatt’s remake of “The Gambler” starring Mark Wahlberg.
THR believes scheduling can be worked out and Tope will join both “November Criminals” and “Men, Women and Children,” in which Tope would play a high school football player and son to Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt in Reitman’s adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel. Reitman apparently had trouble casting this role and even put out an open call on his Twitter, but it appears Tope fit the “quiet thoughtful giant” Reitman was looking for.
It’s not clear yet if Tope will be able to also say yes to “The Gambler,” which is based on the 1974 James Caan film, which is in turn based on the Dostoyevsky novel of the same name. Wahlberg plays a professor who seemingly has a great life but is secretly hiding a serious and growing gambling problem. Brie Larson is negotiating for the female lead, while Tope is being sought to play one of Wahlberg’s character’s students.
Tope, who’s done regional theater work in the Dallas area, also appeared as a child actor in 2007 indie drama “Divine Souls.” After auditioning from home on tape for a few Hollywood projects but not landing anything, he decided to move to Los Angeles for a harder push, and it immediately paid off in the form of horror remake “The Town that Dreaded Sundown” opposite Addison Timlin, which has wrapped and which is set for a 2014 release. And it looks like we’ll have plenty of more chances to see this rapidly rising star in the future.
November 12, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Callan McAuliffe, 18, and Lorraine Nicholson, 23, will co-star in Akan Satayev’s indie drama “Hacker,” according to a report by Deadline.
“Hacker” will follow Alex Danyliuk (McAuliffe), an “ambitious teen tech head” who is a member of a secret Internet criminal network known as DarkWeb. Nicholson will play opposite McAuliffe as Kira Whittal, a fellow DarkWeb member. Further details on the film’s plot or characters have not yet been unveiled. It will be penned by Sanzhar Sultanov (“Burning Daylight”) and is based on a story by Satayev and Timur Zhaxylykov (“Strayed”). Filming is scheduled to begin in Toronto at the end of this month. Other filming locations will also include New York City, Dubai and Thailand.
McAuliffe earned his breakout role as one of the leads in Rob Reiner’s 2010 coming-of-age romance “Flipped.” The Australian actor went on to nab notable roles in D.J. Caruso’s 2011 teen sci-fi flick “I Am Number Four,” and most recently, played a teenage version of Leonardo DiCaprio’s title role in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.” Next up, he stars alongside Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley in Jon Wright’s sci-fi pic “Our Robot Overlords.”
Lorraine (the daughter of Jack Nicholson and Rebecca Broussard) has slowly entered the world of acting with small roles throughout the years in films such as “Click”, “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” Her most notable role to date was opposite AnnaSophia Robb in the 2011 drama “Soul Surfer.” She will next be seen in Patrick Mulvihill’s thriller “Room 105.”
November 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The Cinderella story for newcomer Travis Tope continues, as the Texas transplant and “Town that Dreaded Sundown” remake star has landed another major role, this time opposite Chloe Moretz in thriller “November Criminals,” according to The Wrap. Catherine Keener is now also on board.
Based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Sam Munson, the story is set in Washington DC and follows Addison Schacht (Tope), a high school senior juggling getting into college, selling drugs to his classmates and his complicated relationship with his best friend Phoebe aka Digger (who will be played by Moretz in the film). All that gets shoved aside though, when a classmate is murdered and Addison finds himself obsessed with solving the mystery himself. “Hitchcock” director Sacha Gervasi will direct, with production tentatively scheduled for February 2014.
Tope, who’s done regional theater work in the Dallas area, also appeared as a child actor in 2007 indie drama “Divine Souls.” After auditioning from home on tape for a few Hollywood projects but not landing anything, he decided to move to Los Angeles for a harder push, and it immediately paid off in the form of horror remake “The Town that Dreaded Sundown” opposite Addison Timlin, which has wrapped and which is set for a 2014 release.
November 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dan Stevens continues to make the most of his post-”Downton Abbey” time, now booking a major role in threequel “Night at the Museum 3.” Deadline reports Stevens will play Lancelot – like out of Arthurian legend – opposite Ben Stiller as security guard turned entrepreneur (turned security guard again?) Larry Daley.
The third installment in the family-friendly comedy/action franchise will see Stiller’s Larry across the pond, dealing with museum exhibits at the London Museum coming to life. Somehow his old buddy Theodore Roosevelt – well, a statue of him, anyway – played by Robin Williams also gets shipped over too, so I’m betting we can expect other familiar faces like Owen Wilson’s tiny cowboy and Rami Malek’s ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ahkmenrah to make an appearance too. Lancelot is described as a pivotal role. I just hope he’ll have a Guinevere! Filming under Shawn Levy is expected to begin in early 2014.
Stevens, who played the key role of Matthew Crawley for three seasons on hit series “Downton Abbey,” was most recently seen in Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film “The Fifth Estate” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl. He’s also wrapped crime thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” with Liam Neeson and indie thriller “The Guest” with Maika Monroe.
November 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: Latest rumor from Comic Book Movie indicates the other two candidates for the job are Ezra Miller and “Gossip Girl” star Penn Badgley.
They wanted a “young John Hawkes” and it looks like they just might get one. The Wrap reports “Girls” breakout star Adam Driver is the frontrunner for the newly revealed role of Dick Grayson in Zack Snyder’s “Batman Vs. Superman” team-up flick.
While most of the attention has focused on the search for the female lead, which may or may not be Wonder Woman, Latino Review revealed that Ben Affleck’s Batman may have another key relationship in the film, with an estranged partner, who’s younger and who calls himself Nightwing (after retiring the Robin moniker). Henry Cavill is set to return as Superman. The trade reports two other unnamed actors may also still be in the running, though Driver is a favorite with the studio after impressing in Shawn Levy’s upcoming ensemble comedy “This is Where I Leave You.” On the female lead front, they also update that Olga Kurylenko does seem to be the front-runner, with Gal Gadot and Elodie Young still in the mix. Looks like things are really moving along on the highly anticipated sequel, and it looks like we may have some iconic superheroes locked down soon. Now, who will play The Flash…?
Driver, who shot to fame playing a fictional character also named Adam on Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” has been making tons of leeway on the big screen and is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, obviously for very good reason. He impressed with small roles in “Lincoln” and “Frances Ha” and appears in this year’s festival favorites “Inside Llewyn Davis” with Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan and “Tracks” opposite Mia Wasikowska.
November 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Like it or not, plenty more horror movies are heading to theaters, thanks in no small part to Blumhouse Productions and their modestly budgeted but mega successful offerings like the long-running “Paranormal Activity” franchise and new “Insidious” franchise. The newest from Jason Blum and Co. is called “Visions” and is set to star Isla Fisher, Ellen Barkin and Jim Parsons, according to Deadline.
Kevin Greutert will direct the film which follows Fisher’s character, a pregnant woman who “joins her husband at his vineyard home and begins to have unsettling visions that get increasingly more realistic and terrifying.” Lucas Sussman wrote the script and the film is now out to buyers at AFM, but I have a feeling this one will get snatched up quick.
A veteran of romantic comedies like “Definitely, Maybe” and “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” Fisher has found more success recently branching out into other genres like Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” in which she played Myrtle Wilson opposite Jason Clarke and Joel Edgerton, and magician heist actioner – and surprise hit – “Now You See Me” opposite Jesse Eisenberg.
November 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Ok, so it’s still not 100% officially confirmed that it’s really Wonder Woman, but add Variety to the list of sources now reporting actresses are lining up to test for an unknown role in “Batman vs Superman” that is probably, most likely, maybe Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman.
We heard about former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko being up for the role yesterday, and now Variety adds two more names to the list: Gal Gadot, who plays Gisele in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, and Elodie Young, who played Rooney Mara’s sometime paramour in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Variety also updates that despite Jaimie Alexander basically putting herself into the ring for the role, it’s unlikely she’s in the running since she’s committed to Marvel franchise “Thor” and “Batman vs. Superman” is rival DC’s property. And just for safety, Variety states the role – albeit one that calls for “tall, brunette, athletic and exotic” actresses – could still end up just being a love interest for Ben Affleck’s new version of Batman. Filming is set to begin in February for a 2015 release, so decisions should start getting made soon.
Young played Miriam Wu opposite Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and would presumably reprise her role if the sequels ever happen. She also played Jinx in “G. I. Joe: Retaliation.” Gadot, a former Miss Israel, appeared in the last two “Fast and Furious” franchise installments as well as “Knight and Day” and “Date Night.”
November 7, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It would be safe to say that Freida Pinto is still best known for 2008′s “Slumdog Millionaire” but now it looks like the Indian actress is looking to branch out, joining comedy film “Mis-Fits” with Guy Pearce.
The directorial debut of L.D Napier, Variety reports that “Mis-Fits” stars Pearce “as a Brooklyn detective, whose job is to find dead relatives.” Pinto will play the love interest.
Producer Doug Claybourne said of Pinto: “We’ve been looking for just the right combination of warmth and chutzpah and Freida is the perfect fit: Intelligent and talented, and she completely gets the humor in this story about finding family. ["Mis-Fits"] will definitely be enjoyed by the 30s-and-up for the quirky, intelligent comedy element.”
The “Slumdog Millionaire” actress also starred in 2011′s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Immortals“. She has two films in post-production, the Terrence Malick-directed “Knight of Cups” and “Desert Dancer” with Tom Cullen and Nazanin Boniadi.
November 7, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
Deadline reports that “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington is set to star in “Spooks: The Greater Good,” a film adaptation of the long-running hit British spy series, also known as “MI-5″ in the United States.
Harington will join Jennifer Ehle and former “Spooks” star Peter Firth as ex-MI5 operative Will Crombie, who is brought back in by the Deputy Chief (Ehle) to find out how terrorist Adam Qasim escaped custody during a routine handover and why Head of Counterterrorism Harry Pearce (Firth) disappeared soon afterward. Also Harry’s former protégé, Crombie uncovers a conspiracy that runs from Vietnam to the Mediterranean as an impending attack on London looms. “Spooks” writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent have penned the script, and the film begins shooting in early 2014 with Bharat Nalluri, the originating director on the series, behind the helm.
Best known as Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones,” now filming its fourth season, Harington will next be seen in fantasy adaptation “The Seventh Son” opposite Alicia Vikander and Ben Barnes as well as Paul W. S. Anderson’s period action flick “Pompeii” opposite Emily Browning.