December 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Duncan Jones has rounded out most of his lead cast for his “Warcraft,” with Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky joining the video game adaptation opposite previously announced Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton, while Dominic Cooper is in final negotiations to jump on board as well.
The high fantasy franchise spans video games, novels and other media and is set in the fictional Medieval-set Azeroth universe. Said to be based on the novel “Warcraft: The Last Guardian,” the story centers around Medivh, the last guardian of Azeroth, his new apprentice Khadgar, and Medivh’s fall from grace during the events of the First War. Previous reports have described the film as having four leads, and we are well above that quota now. Filming begins in January for a March 2016 release date.
Foster, who hasn’t done a big budget franchise movie since “X-Men: The Last Stand,” is a mainstay on the indie scene, often praised for gritty performances in films like this year’s “Kill Your Darlings” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” He’s currently playing Lance Armstrong for Stephen Frears’ untitled biopic. Kebbell, last seen in “The East” opposite Brit Marling, recently wrapped sequel-to-prequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Kazinsky had a role in “Pacific Rim” and recently joined HBO’s “True Blood.” Cooper will next be seen in another video game adaptation, “Need for Speed” opposite Aaron Paul.
September 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Aaron Paul drives angry in the first trailer released today for next year’s video game adaptation “Need for Speed.” Because one “Fast & Furious” franchise just isn’t enough.
Paul plays a man who’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to prison (Jesse Pinkman just can’t catch a break). After he gets out, he’s on a mission of revenge to track down those who put him there, and he’ll have to drive really, really fast cross-country in some amazing looking cars in order to do it. Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper and Dakota Johnson co-star.
The footage honestly looks fun as hell, and I got a kick out of the stylized trailer which is clearly a nod to video game trailers that trade on ominous orchestral music and Shakespearean dramatics in voice-over. “Need for Speed” opens on March 14, 2014 and you can watch the first trailer below.
September 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Breaking Bad” is ending but there will be plenty of chances to see Aaron Paul on your screen as his movie career begins to take off. First up is video game adaptation “Need for Speed” (cars, bitch!), and today EW has the first two official images from the film.
It’s a car chase movie, with Paul as a guy on a mission of revenge after being framed and jailed for a crime he didn’t commit, but Paul tells EW it’s not a “Fast and Furious” ripoff (but come on, it totally is, just a little): “It’s really a throwback to the Steve McQueen era of car movies. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised.” Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper and Dakota Johnson also star, with the latter two featured in the second still released from the film.
“Need for Speed” opens on March 14, 2014 and you can see the first stills from the film below, or watch a bit of bts footage released earlier this year.
July 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Les Miserables”‘ Eponine Samantha Barks leads a trio of actors joining Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon in the new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, according to THR. Icelandic actor Thor Kristjansson and “Game of Thrones” child star Art Parkinson have also hopped aboard the Gary Shore-directed tale.
The long-gestating project formerly titled “Dracula: Year Zero” 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. Barks is set to play a baba yaga, an Eastern European folklore figure who is a vicious witch disguised as a beautiful young woman. Parkinson plays Dracula’s son and Kristjansson will play a member of the Ottoman army. Filming is set to begin in August in Belfast and a release date of August 8, 2014 has already been set.
“Dracula” marks only the second film Barks has committed to since breaking out as Eponine in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of musical phenomenon “Les Miserables.” She contemplated starring in another musical, “Walking on Sunshine”, but ultimately passed, not wanting to be typecast, and joined a British period piece called “The Christmas Candle” instead.
June 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul looks to be having a blast in his first blockbuster starring role, driving a variety of exotic fast cars for 2014′s video game adaptation “Need for Speed.” The first footage from the film, which features tons of behind the scenes footage of mostly car chases, has been released, which showcase Paul as well as brief glimpses of co-stars Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper racing across an idyllic (but curvy) countryside road.
Scott Waugh, who can be seen talking about the movie and giddily watching action sequences from video village, is directing the film which is set in the 1970s, and Paul plays Tobey, an underground race car driver who is framed and imprisoned when his best friend is murdered. Upon his release, he races across the country at top speed to seek revenge. Cooper plays an ex-NASCAR driver who runs a business building supercars, while Poots plays an exotic car dealer.
Not a lot of character insight here in the footage unveiled at today’s E3 convention, but that’s to be expected, since moviegoers will be drawn to this one for its expensive cars, many of which can be seen gleefully driven off the road and destroyed in the name of popcorn entertainment. “Need for Speed” will be released on March 14, 2014. See the first behind the scenes footage below.
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.
November 6, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Dreamworks “Need For Speed” adaptation is quickly shaping up to be one of our most anticipated big budget blockbusters, casting indie star Aaron Paul in the lead mid-October and then just last week picking Imogen Poots to join her “A Long Way Down” co-star. Scott Waugh is already set to direct the pic, with an early 2013 shotting schedule tentatively set, ready for a 2014 release.
Variety today reports that Dominic Cooper is in negotiations to join the pic, which is an original story based on the entire Electronic Arts video game franchise. Following an underground racecar driver (Paul) who owns a garage that modifies expensive cars to make them faster for racing, Paul’s chracter is framed and sent to prison when his best friend is murdered during a race, only for him to seek revenge upon his release.
Cooper will play Dino, ‘an ex-NASCAR driver who uses his connections to the wealthy to create a business rebuilding and modifying supercars’. Previous reports stated Poots was to play a rising star on the stock car racing scene, whose father has “bet the farm” on her winning but this recent casting article suggests Poots’ character will actually be an exotic car dealer who does business with Paul and Cooper.
Cooper is one of the most exciting British rising stars in Hollywood at the moment. After breaking out in the musical adaptation of “Mamma Mia!“, the actor has recently starred in “Captain America“, “My Week With Marilyn” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter“. He has several films currently in post-production including the British drama “Summer in February” with Emily Browning, revenge thriller “Dead Man Down” with Noomi Rapace and indie drama “Reasonable Doubt”.
November 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Good news and bad news for fans of smash hit Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” The bad news is that Warner Bros has put the big screen adaptation, which has Jon Favreau attached to direct, into turnaround, according to Variety. This means Favreau and Co. now have to shop the project around to other studios and hope that someone likes it enough to pick it up. But meetings are already taking place, with Paramount talking to the filmmakers tomorrow and Twentieth Century Fox also in play. Warner Bros had it fast-tracked to begin filming in January and a December 2013 release date target, but all that will probably be pushed back now.
The good news is that if and when it finds a new home, Favreau already has a rather impressive line-up of young actors lined up for the lead roles in the film. While none have had official offers yet, Variety reports in recent weeks Favreau landed on John Magarao, James Badge Dale, Paul Dano, Dominic Cooper and Vincent Piazza.