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A trio of young actors have signed on to kidnap thriller “Gone”, according to Variety. Emily Wickersham, Wes Bently and Jennifer Carpenter join the already-cast Amanda Seyfried in the film about a kidnap victim who escapes and is convinced the serial killer who abducted her has abducted her newly missing sister. When the police refuse to believe her claims, she must take matters into her own hands to face down her kidnapper and save her sister. Seyfried plays Jill, the young vigilante, but there’s no word on who the three new cast members might play, though Wickersham certainly would be the right age to play Seyfried’s sister and Bentley continues to give off that glorious serial killer vibe.
Shooting begins in April under the direction of Heitor Dhalia from a script by Allison Burnett.
Wickersham was recently seen in “I Am Number Four” and has also appeared in “Remember Me” and “Definitely, Maybe”. Bently had his breakout moment all the way back in 1999 in the Oscar-winning “American Beauty”, playing the creepy boy next door who romances Thora Birch. He was last seen in “Jonah Hex”. Carpenter is a regular on Showtime’s “Dexter” and was on the big screen in “Faster”.
Little known actor Miles Fisher has signed on for a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s Hoover biopic “J. Edgar”, according to Deadline. Fisher will play Agent Garrison, an FBI agent who interviews his boss Hoover at different stages in the movie, which has been filming since February. Leonardo DiCaprio leads the cast as the former FBI director, with Armie Hammer as his best friend/alleged lover, Naomi Watts as his personal secretary, Josh Lucas as famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, Damon Herriman as Lindbergh baby kidnapper Bruno Hauptmann and Ed Westwick as Agent Smith, a writer who is drafted to pen Hoover’s biography but comes a little too close to Hoover’s secrets. It was also announced earlier today that TV’s “Burn Notice” star Jeffrey Donovanwill be playing Hoover rival Robert F. Kennedy.
Fisher garnered some buzz for spoofing Tom Cruise in 2008′s “Superhero Moive” and then Cruise’s “Tropic Thunder” persona Les Grossman in a video spoofing the pitching of a Pinkberry movie, and has had guest starring roles on “Gossip Girl”, “The Cleaner” and “Mad Men”. Most recently he wrapped one of the lead roles in this summer’s next installment of the franchise that, ironically, will not die: “Final Destination 5″.
Relative unknowns Adelaide Clemens and Kit Harington will headline “Silent Hill: Revelations 3D”, the sequel to the 2006 horror film “Silent Hill”, based on the video game of the same name, reports THR. While the 2006 film deviated from the characters of the video game, the plot for the sequel will go back to its roots and follow the character of Heather Mason, who appears in Silent Hill 3, the third installment of the video game franchise: “For years, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.”
Heather’s father, Harry, was the central character of the first video game installment but was not seen in the film version, making this sequel more of a spin-off and more true to its origins. There is no word on who will play Harry Mason or who Harington might play, though the private investigator Douglas Cartland, who assists Heather on her mission, might be a reasonable guess.
Clemens was last seen in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and will be part of the ensemble cast of “Mad Max: Fury Road”, which begins filming early 2012. Harington is a true newcomer, his only previous credit a two-episode arc on HBO’s upcoming “Game of Thrones.”
UPDATE: Sturgess’s reps have contacted us to let us know that he is not attached to the film.
Jim Sturgess and Malin Akerman will help introduce audiences to a new form of wife-swapping in “Wildwood Inn”, the indie drama directorial debut of actor Christopher MacDonald. Bleeding Cool confirms with producers of the project that Akerman will play one of the four leading characters, two married couples that share the same vacation cabin on alternating dates: “When two young couples dissatisfied with their marriages discover they both stay in the same mountain cabin each year, at alternate times, they begin to explore relationships outside of their marriage via the cabin’s welcome journal.” The script was written by Jon & Lisa Vandergriff, while the two other leads are being kept under wraps for now.
Akerman had a string of supporting roles in romantic comedies, including “The Proposal” and “27 Dresses”, but has been moving into darker fare in recent years. She has no less than five films in pre-production phases and will next be seen in the indie dramedy and festival circuit favorite “happythankyoumoreplease”.
Hang tight to your memories of childhood fairytales, because most of them are about to get a make-over in the next couple of years. Thanks in no small part to the massive success of Tim Burton’s live-action 3-D fantasy “Alice in Wonderland”, nearly every fairytale, legend and folklore is being snatched up by studios to remake, re-invent and re-imagine for the big screen, sometimes more than once (yes, there really are threeSnow Whites and twoPeter Pans in active development). And each one has a new “twist” to make you believe you’re not paying $14 just to see a tale as old as time. From modern-day Beasts to self-sufficient Snow Whites and grown-up Hansels and Gretels, each new project promises to be “modern”, “edgy” and inevitably, “brand new”.
It all kicked off yesterday with the release of “Beastly”, a modern-day retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens. What better place to start?
Relatively unknown actress Brie Larson has landed the coveted female lead role, Molly, in the upcoming reboot of “21 Jump Street” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Hill is also producing and rewriting the screenplay from an original draft by Joe Gazzam. Deadline broke the Larson news this afternoon. Emma Stone had reportedly been offered the role back in September, but by November she had confirmed that she would not be signing on, most likely due to being cast as Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
The original television series, which ran from 1987 to 1991, focused on a group of youthful looking police officers who could be mistaken for high school or college students, going undercover to catch criminal behavior in the act. It famously gave Johnny Depp his breakout in Hollywood and though it was a drama, the casting of Hill certainly points to a more comedic take on the premise for the reboot, saying the film will be an “R-rated, insane, Bad Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie”. There’s no word if it will be modernized as well, or if it will be set in the 1980s.
Larson is most known for playing Toni Collette’s daughter on the Showtime series “The United States of Tara” and was last seen on the big screen as Envy Adams, Michael Cera’s rockstar ex-girlfriend in “Scott Pilgrim vs the World”. She has also wrapped “Tanner Hall” opposite Rooney Mara, which is set for a late 2011 release.
“21 Jump Street” already has a release date of March 26, 2012.
We are happy to report that, judging solely from this trailer anyway, Robert Pattinson’s little American accent problem, which was so distracting in all the “Twilight” films and “Remember Me” (seriously, just let the character be British if it’s that impossible!), seems to have improved greatly for his new 1930s era romance flick “Water for Elephants”. Pattinson is Jacob Jankowski , a veterinary student who literally runs away with the circus after the death of his parents. Working as a vet for the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, he meets the head animal trainer, the vicious and brutal August, played by the scene-stealing Christoph Waltz and his beautiful young wife Marlena, played by Reese Witherspoon.
More dialogue and drama in this full length trailer than the first teaser trailer, but the real star remains the beautiful Rodrigo Prieto cinematography. “Water for Elephants” releases in theaters on April 15, 2011.
Despite just recently turning seventeen, Dakota Fanning has had no problem making a name for herself. There must be something in the Fanning drinking water as her younger sister Elle, twelve years old, is quickly following in her footsteps. Now real life will transfer over to the screen as Vulture reports that the two sisters are in talks to play sisters in a film about the 1960’s all-girls quartet ‘the Shaggs’. The Shaggs were a “no-hit wonder” band who consisted of four sisters from New Hampshire who lacked interest and training in music, but were nevertheless forced by their father to start a musical band.
Katherine Dieckmann, who most recently directed 2009’s “Motherhood” starring Uma Thurman, will direct the film. Dieckmann has actually been attached to this project for a while, as it’s been floating around for a few years, but is only now going into actual production.
Coincidentally, an off-Broadway musical about the Shaggs is also in the works and scheduled to begin previews in May. The musical’s director/co-creator John Langs describes the story of the Shaggs as “almost Greek in nature” due to the treatment of the girls by their father. Presumably, Dieckmann’s film will tell a similar tale which will include the relationship between the girls’ and their father as a major plot point.
No productions dates have been announced as of yet, nor an official title for the film.
Jason Segal and Emily Blunt comedy “Five Year Engagement” is firming up its supporting cast fast, with “Community” star Alison Brie signing on just yesterday to play Blunt’s younger sister. Today two more join the trio, as Variety reports “Parks and Recreation” star Chris Pratt and “The Amazing Spider-Man” villain Rhys Ifans have jumped on board in unspecified roles as well.
Production is expected to be underway by the end of March for the film that charts the highs and lows of a couple’s (Segal and Blunt) long-gestating engagement. Judd Apatow, Rodney Rothman and director Nicholas Stoller are producing the project. Stoller also co-wrote with Segel, having previously collaborated on “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him to the Greek.”
Pratt, who first captured our attention on the canceled-way-too-early “Everwood”, has been sticking to TV with a starring role on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”, but has started to venture more into features, mostly co-starring with wife Anna Faris in her various romantic comedy capers. He recently wrapped “Ten Year” opposite Channing Tatum and will be seen opposite Faris once again in “What’s Your Number?”. Ifans is currently in the midst of playing The Lizard opposite Andrew Garfield as “The Amazing Spider-Man” and will next be seen in Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous”, a Shakespearean-set political thriller.
Looks like Anne Hathaway dodged a bullet. Kidding. Sort of. Though the Oscar host had been in talks to join the big screen adaptation of Broadway hit “Rock of Ages”, Variety reports that it’s now “Dancing with the Stars” champion turned country singer turned actress Julianne Hough who is in final negotiations to play the female lead, Sherrie, in the film. Hough’s character will be an aspiring actress/waitress who lands in a love triangle with still yet to be cast male lead Drew, an aspiring musician, and Stacee Jaxx, a bad-boy rockstar played by Tom Cruise.
Set in the 80s, the musical is littered with iconic 80s rock songs, with Drew and Sherrie falling in love to “Waiting for a Girl Like You”, and Stacee and Sherrie on “I Want to Know What Love Is” before their love scene. Russell Brand is also still circling the role of club manager Lonnie, with Alec Baldwin eying Dennis, the club’s owner. The two of them would have their own duet to REO Speedwagon’s “I Can’t Fight this Feeling Anymore.”
Hough joins many aspiring cross-over artists attempting to succeed in more than one medium, and perhaps takes a smart approach by signing onto roles that play to her strengths as a singer and dancer. Before belting out 80s tunes in the all-star “Rock of Ages”, she’ll co-headline the remake of another hit musical, “Footloose”, made famous by Kevin Bacon in 1984. She’ll be joined by fellow newcomer Kenny Wormald in the October 14, 2011 release.
“Rock of Ages” begins filming under the direction of Adam Shankman on May 19.
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