September 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Gina Carano certainly is establishing herself as a go-to female action star ever since being hand-picked by Steven Soderbergh to headline “Haywire.” In unsurprising news, Variety reports Carano is the first to become attached to a much-buzzed about all-female “The Expendables”-esque action flick.
Producer Adi Shankar says, “I don’t know how I’m supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of ‘The Expendables’ without Gina Carano in it. It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba.” Dutch Southern is currently writing the script and filmmakers are talking to various other actresses prominent in the action genre.
Carano was an MMA fighter with Strikeforce when Soderbergh saw her in action and decided to write an action movie for her. Obviously his “Haywire” gamble paid off, as Hollywood is clamoring now to put her in their next action movie. She’s currently filming “Fast Six” opposite Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, and is also attached to John Stockwell’s “In the Blood”, which sees her as a vengeful wife seeking answers after the disappearance of her husband.
September 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Hardy is in early negotiations to star in director Doug Liman’s “Everest”, according to Deadline. The film chronicles the journey of George Mallory, the first man to scale the highest mountain in the world.
Adapted from Jeffrey Archer’s book “Paths Of Glory” by Oscar nominated scribe Sheldon Turner, Hardy will play Mallory, the devoted husband and father who was torn between his family and his ambition to scale Everest. He tried three separate times in the 1920s to climb the mountain, disappearing into its midst in 1924 with climbing partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine. Their bodies were not discovered until 1999, only a few hundred meters off the top of the mountain, and whether they reached the peak before dying remains an openly debated mystery to this day. Filming will begin after Liman wraps up shooting on sci-fi thriller “All You Need is Kill” with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
Hardy is a very in demand actor following his breakout performance in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”, then “The Dark Knight Rises.” He can currently be seen in John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” opposite Shia Labeouf and is attached to literary adaptation “The Long Red Road” opposite Michael Shannon. He’s currently filming “Mad Max: Fury Road”, the reboot of the Mel Gibson franchise, opposite Charlize Theron.
September 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
She terrorized Edward and Bella for two movies, now “Twilight”‘s original villainess Rachelle Lefevre is ready for more action. THR reports Lefevre has taken on supporting roles in a pair of upcoming action flicks, Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down” starring Channing Tatum, and Gary Fleder’s Jason Statham starrer “Homefront.”
“White House Down” centers around a paramilitary takeover of the White House, while Tatum plays an ex-CIA agent who’s tasked with saving the President and the country. Jamie Foxx stars as the President, while Maggie Gyllenhaal, Richard Jenkins and Jason Clarke round out the cast. Lefevre is in line to play Tatum’s ex-wife. “Homefront” sees Statham an ex-DEA agent fighting a local drug lord in a small town. Lefevre plays the school psychologist who tries to warn families about the hidden dangers in the neighborhood. The film also stars Kate Bosworth and James Franco. “White House Down” is filming now in Montreal, while “Homefront” begins next month in New Orleans.
Lefevre, who was famously fired and replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of villainous Victoria after the second installment of “Twilight”, “New Moon”, also appeared in “Barney’s Version” and was a regular on short-lived ABC drama “Off the Map.”
September 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
A plethora of rising young actresses are lining up for the chance to star in a biopic of three of the most influential women in music. Country singer Taylor Swift is already attached to the role of Joni Mitchell in “Girls Like Us”, and now Variety reports actresses are being auditioned for the remaining two roles of Carole King and Carly Simon.
For the role of King, filmmakers are reading actresses Analeigh Tipton, Allison Williams and Jessica Pare; while Alison Pill, Olivia Thirlby, Zoe Kazan and Ari Graynor are up for the role of Simon. When Swift became attached to the project, Pill was already in consideration for the role of Simon, but it appears she’s got it far less locked up than Swift. Variety also warns this project is in the exploratory stage, with casting needing to be firmed up – and the chemistry between the three leads passing muster – before it gets the green light at Sony Pictures.
September 21, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
All her co-stars are branching out to the big screen after finding massive success on HBO, and now sixteen year old “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is set to make her feature film debut as well. The Daily Mail reports Turner is in negotiations to star in indie thriller “Panda Eyes” opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Spanish director Isabel Coixet will helm the adaptation of Catherine MacPhail’s novel “Another Me”, with cameras rolling beginning on November 25th in Cardiff. Turner will play Fay, a high school student who becomes embroiled with a doppelganger attempting to take over her life.
Though she joined a local theatre group at the age of three and has wanted to be an actress her whole life, playing fan favorite Sansa Stark on HBO’s critical and commercial hit “Game of Thrones” thus far marks Turner’s first and only professional gig. Not a bad place to start.
September 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Isabelle Fuhrman will join Kodi Smit-McPhee in indie coming of age drama “The Wilderness of James”, according to Deadline. Chloe Moretz had been in talks for the role, but it was contingent upon working out a schedule around her commitment to the now filming “Kick Ass 2.” Well, looks like a schedule couldn’t be worked out, and Fuhrman gets the job instead.
Plot details remain vague, but in the Michael Johnson written and directed film Fuhrman will play the role of Val, while Smit-McPhee plays a young boy in Portland dealing with the absence of his father. Filming begins on location in Portland this month.
Fuhrman, who played vicious Career Tribute Clove in “The Hunger Games” earlier this year, got her breakthrough role playing a different sort of vicious child in horror flick “Orphan.” She recently wrapped up M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi family adventure “After Earth” opposite Will and Jaden Smith.
September 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Secret Circle” star Britt Robertson is joining Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders in the remake of French-Canadian comedy “Starbuck”, according to Deadline. Original flick director Ken Scott will be directing the English language remake as well.
Vaughn stars as a perennially immature middle aged guy who finds himself the target of angry criminals demanding money he owes them, estranged from his pregnant girlfriend (Smulders) after she deems him not mature enough to be a father, and facing giving up his identity to 533 children who he fathered as a sperm donor in his younger days. Robertson will play just one of those children fathered by the man they know only as Starbuck, while Pratt plays his lawyer, who has a large brood of his own. Filming begins later this year.
Robertson headline two short-lived teen series on The CW, first on “Life Unexpected”, then in this year’s “The Secret Circle.” On the big screen, she played Steve Carell’s daughter in “Dan in Real Life” and will next be seen opposite Dylan O’Brien in Sundance hit “The First Time.” She recently wrapped shooting on indie thriller “White Rabbit” opposite “The Descendants” star Nick Krause.
September 10, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Not all “The Hunger Games” fans may have been pleased with Sam Claflin joining the cast of the hotly anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire“, but for one lucky actor it’s been a blessing.
Deadline reports that Sam Reid, a British actor who also studied at LAMDA where Claflin graduated in 2009, has taken the lead role in the historical drama, “Belle“, after Clafin was forced to exit due to scheduling conflicts.
The film, directed by Amma Asante, is based on the true story about a mixed-race young woman raised as an aristocratic lady in Great Britain at the end of the 18th Century, set against the backdrop of a legal case concerning the end of slavery in England. Fellow British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw will play the titular character, full name Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay, while Canadian Sarah Gadon, most recently seen on screen in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” will play her cousin. Reid will take the lead male character, John Daviner, a man of high social standing who Dido falls in love with.
The film also stars Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson and Matthew Goode, and production begins at the end of the month.
Reid has recently finished filming on “The Railway Man” with Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine, and stars alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the upcoming “Serena“.
September 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Juno Temple, Joe Anderson and Kelli Garner are in talks to join Daniel Radcliffe and Max Minghella in supernatural thriller “Horns”, according to Variety.
Under the direction of Alex Aja, Radcliffe will play Ignatius Perrish in this adaptation of the Joe Hill bestseller, a man who, on the anniversary of the murder of his beloved girlfriend, grows horns and supernatural powers, the ability to drive people “to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses.” Minghella plays a district attorney with a hidden dark side, and Temple is lining up the role of the dead girlfriend. No word on who Anderson and Garner will play, but filming begins this fall, so more details should emerge soon.
Temple recently wrapped up shooting on thriller “Magic Magic” and will next be seen opposite Amanda Seyfried in “Lovelace”, and is currently filming Disney’s Sleeping Beauty redo “Maleficent” opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. Anderson and Garner had always been promising rising stars on film (“Across the Universe” for him, “Lars and the Real Girl” for her), but both took a detour to TV last season, Anderson with “The River” and Garner with “Pan Am”, both ABC shows that will not see a second season.