May 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actor Dominic Cooper is in talks to join Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon in origin tale “Dracula”, according to Variety.
Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the long-gestating project formerly titled “Dracula: Year Zero”, which sees Evans as a young Prince Vlad who offers up his soul to a bloodthirsty sultan in exchange for the lives of his wife (Gadon) and child, and thus becomes the world’s first vampire. There’s no word on who Cooper will play, but with the isolated nature of a character such as Dracula, an adversary of some sort is probably the most logical conclusion. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the script and filming will begin soon with a tentpole-friendly August 8th, 2014 release date already set.
This will not be Cooper’s first brush with vampires, as he played one in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” opposite Benjamin Walker’s axe-wielding 16th President. He was last seen in revenge thriller “Dead Man Down” and the Oscar-nominated “My Week with Marilyn” as well as “Captain America: The First Avenger”, and has recently wrapped shooting on another 2014 potential blockbuster, video game adaptation “Need for Speed” opposite Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots.
April 22, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Looks like Tom Hiddleston’s Robert Capa has found his Gerda Toro. Hayley Atwell has been cast in the wartime photojournalism drama “Close Enough” (previously titled “Capa”.)
Toro was one of the first female war photographers and met Capa in the early 1930s. They embarked on an intense love affair and “Close Enough” is set during their time in Paris during the mid-1930s and their dramatic conclusion.
Paul Andrew Williams will be directing and Screen Daily report that filming will begin in June this year. Talking to Screen Daily, Williams told them that “Hayley is someone I have wanted to work with for a long time and after a few near misses we have finally found, what I believe to be, the best project to collaborate on. The chemistry between Capa and Gerda was electric and I have confidence that Tom and Hayley will repeat that chemistry on film.”
Atwell was last seen on the big screen in British crime drama “The Sweeney” but has remained rather quiet since her break out role in “Captain America: The First Avenger” alongside Chris Evans. The sequel is currently filming but Atwell only has a small role as this next film in the Marvel universe will show Steve’s struggle to fit in with the modern world. Atwell will next be in the Jimi Hendrix biopic “All Is By My Side“, playing Hendrix’s girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
April 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
One of our most anticipated sequels kicks off production today and to mark the occasion (and perhaps to lower the price tag for the first unofficial paparazzi photos from the set), the first official image of Chris Evans reprising his role as Steve Rogers in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has been released via EW.
Nothing too exciting to see in the first photo, just reinforcing Rogers’ relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. but the film’s official tagline was also released, which proves a bit more interesting: “Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.” That would make Scarlett Johansson front and center in this sequel, while that shadowy enemy, as comic fans are well aware, is taking the form of Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, Steve’s wartime buddy who’s been resurrected as the titular villain Winter Soldier.
Emily VanCamp is also on board and her long-rumored role as Agent 13, aka Sharon Carter, is finally officially confirmed, while Hayley Atwell, as the first Carter Steve loved, will make an appearance via flashback. Samuel L. Jackson is expected to have a large supporting role as Nick Fury, and Robert Redford recently signed on to play the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, under the direction of Joe and Anthony Russo, will be released on April 4, 2014. The first photo of Evans can be seen below.
February 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s been a long-fought battle but it looks like a victor is finally emerging in the quest to become Chris Evans’ newest leading lady in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Deadline reports the role is going to Emily VanCamp, best known for her current starring role on ABC series “Revenge.”
VanCamp came as a surprise to those of us who have been following this casting process, as her name had never appeared on any of the previous shortlists, and she has landed the role over a plethora of some of the hottest rising film actresses right now, including Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Imogen Poots, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Teresa Palmer. The character still has not been officially confirmed but is largely expected to be Sharon Carter, relative of Steve Rogers’ first love in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, Peggy (played by Hayley Atwell). Filming on the sequel under the direction of Joe and Anthony Russo will begin on April 1st. Evans, Scarlet Johansson and Sebastian Stan are returning to reprise their roles, while Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time.
VanCamp is a TV actress through and through, earning recognition on TV series from “Everwood” to “Brothers and Sisters” to her current gig on “Revenge”, which is now in its second season. With the boost this role will surely add to her profile though, she may find herself a little bit busier during hiatuses in the future.
October 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The search for the female lead of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is becoming one of those long-winded musical chair sessions. First it was Imogen Poots vs. Felicity Jones vs. Anna Kendrick, then it was Poots up against a few other names, including Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Teresa Palmer and Jessica Brown-Findlay. Now, the latest rumor suggests it may not be any of the above. Latino Review reports that Marvel actually “has the most traction” with a name that has not been on either list: Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The young lady chosen will likely be playing Sharon Carter, or S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent 13 in the film opposite Chris Evans returning as Steve Rogers. Depending on the mythology, which varies even in the comics, Sharon is the niece or granddaughter or some other relative of Peggy Carter, Rogers’ love interest in “Captain America: The First Avenger” as played by Hayley Atwell. Latino Review further details that actresses auditioning for the role should be in their 20s and read their lines with “an accent.”
October 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke, “Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay and “Community” star Alison Brie are vying for “a significant new role” in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, according to Deadline. This new report also appears to take the previously-rumored Anna Kendrick and Felicity Jones out of the running.
Chris Evans is reprising his role as the super soldier turned leader of “The Avengers” for the sequel that will take in modern times, with Sebastian Stan set to reprise his role as Bucky Barnes, who becomes the titular Winter Soldier and Scarlett Johansson returning to play the Black Widow, who shares significant history with Bucky in the comics. Anthony Mackie signed on recently to play Falcon, Cap’s longtime partner in crime in the comics, making his Marvel Film Universe debut. Anthony and Joseph Russo will direct “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” next March, with a release already set for April 4, 2014.
It’s unclear what role the young actresses are testing for, though it’s believed to be a new love interest for Steve. Could it be Sharon Carter, great-niece to Peggy Carter, the love Steve left behind in the 1940s and played by Hayley Atwell in “Captain America: The First Avenger”?
September 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan will star in indie comedy “A Many Splintered Thing”, reports Deadline from Toronto.
In the film described as an anti-romantic comedy, Evans will play a man disillusioned with love, who meets the beautiful but engaged Monaghan while pretending to be a philanthropist at a charity dinner. He pretends to put himself into the Friend Zone in order to continue to pursue her romantically. Commercials director Justin Reardon makes his feature directorial debut from a Black List script by Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair. Production begins on October 26th.
“Captain America” himself has smartly interspersed his portrayals of Steve Rogers with smaller, darker fare to contrast the popcorn blockbusters like “The Avengers.” He’ll be seen in serial killer drama “The Iceman” opposite Michael Shannon and recently wrapped up futuristic thriller “Snowpiercer” opposite Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer. He’ll return to the Marvel universe to begin filming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in early 2013, but they’ll have to find him a leading lady first.
August 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Now that “Iron Man 3″ filming is underway and “Thor: The Dark World” is well on its way to production, attention turns to casting on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, the sequel to Joe Johnston’s hit Marvel “Avengers” prequel that saw Chris Evans as the quintessential American soldier and superhero leader.
With Evans back on board and Sebastian Stan most likely reprising his role as Bucky Barnes, who eventually becomes the titular Winter Soldier, as well as Anthony Mackie joining the team as Falcon, the search now turns to the female lead. The identity of the role is not revealed but has been speculated to be that of Sharon Carter, SHIELD agent and love interest to Evans’ Rogers, and descendant of his first love Peggy (played by Hayley Atwell in the first film). Page Six reports three young actresses who are considered front-runners for the role are Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones and Imogen Poots. Anthony and Joseph Russo will direct “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, with a release already set for April 4, 2014.
Jones and Poots are no strangers to shortlists. Jones, who broke out in Drake Doremus’ improv romance drama “Like Crazy”, most recently lost out on the female lead role in Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan” reboot to Keira Knightley, though she did win out over Poots – who has appeared in “Fright Night” and currently shot footage for Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” – for the lead role in Ralph Fiennes’ Charles Dickens biopic “The Invisible Woman.” Kendrick, though critically lauded, has seemed to have a hard time breaking into leading lady status, often playing quirky, supporting roles in comedies instead. One of those roles – opposite George Clooney in Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air” – did win her an Oscar nomination, so it’s obviously working for her, but the female lead role in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” would still certainly be a major breakthrough for her.
July 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
More “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” news? Bring. It. On. Especially when it’s casting news as awesome as one of our favorite rising stars, Anthony Mackie, in talks to join the cast as Marvel superhero Falcon. THR reports Mackie is in negotiations for the role of Sam Wilson opposite returning Cap Chris Evans (and most likely Sebastian Stan as well).
The title of the film definitely seems to indicate Stan’s deceased Bucky Barnes will be revived and brought back to battle Evans’ Steve Rogers in modern times, following his fate in the comics. Mackie’s character Wilson is credited as being the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics, who is endowed with the ability to fly and communicate with birds by Cap’s nemesis, Red Skull. Rogers befriends Wilson and successfully turns him against the villain who “created” him, and the two go on to have many crime-fighting adventures together. Of course, this is the Marvel movie universe, so a whole new history could be created for this version of the Falcon. Anthony and Joseph Russo will direct “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, with a release already set for April 4, 2014.
After breaking out in Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Picture Oscar winner “The Hurt Locker” opposite Jeremy Renner, Mackie has been increasingly in demand, appearing in four movies in 2011 and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” already out this year, with “Gangster Squad” set for release in September. He recently wrapped up Michael Bay’s dark indie comedy “Pain and Gain” opposite Mark Wahlberg and is currently filming gambling thriller “Runner Runner” with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.
July 15, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Out of all the major announcements and teases at San Diego’s Comic-Con this year, one that elicited some of the biggest response was the reveal of sequel titles for Marvel’s upcoming “Avengers” related properties. “Thor 2″ has now been dubbed “Thor: The Dark World”, which is vague, but if you’re a comics fan, “Captain America 2″‘s official title should give you a pretty good idea of where it’s going: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is coming at you on April 4, 2014.
One person who’s bound to be amongst the most excited is Sebastian Stan, who played Chris Evans’ WWII era Steve Rogers’ best friend Bucky Barnes in the first film, and — SPOILER ALERT — who appeared to plunge to an icy death from a speeding train amidst battle. Well, it looks like Marvel is ready for Bucky to follow in the footsteps of his comic book counterpart and return as his newly revived and enhanced identity, Winter Soldier. As it’s been confirmed Cap will remain in modern times in his sequel, it appears Bucky is probably headed for the 21st Century as well. Bucky has a long history of being friend and foe to Marvel’s heroes, which we won’t go into, though it’s hard to tell how he will be tweaked for the movie universe. Anthony and Joseph Russo will direct “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Stan has stuck mostly to TV since his “Captain America” adventures, starring in a sizeable arc on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” (with more likely for season 2) and is a regular on USA’s new drama “Political Animals.” He’s also completed filming on his first starring big screen role opposite Ashley Greene in Warner Bros’ horror “The Apparition.”