October 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Steve Carell and Channing Tatum: an odd couple on their own and not exactly names synonymous with the word Oscar. But that could change a year from now as The LA Times reports the two are teaming up for starmaking director Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” follow-up: “Foxcatcher”, a true life murder/crime drama. Variety reported on Carell’s casting in September.
In the script by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Carell will play John du Pont, a millionaire heir and sports enthusiast who was also a paranoid schizophrenic and inexplicably shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz (Tatum) in 1996. The two were good friends and no motive was ever established for the shooting, which took place at the wrestling training facility called Team Foxcatcher on his Pennsylvania estate and was witnessed by Schultz’s wife and du Pont’s head of security. Du Pont locked himself away in his mansion and talked with police negotiators by phone for two days after the shooting. He died in prison last year at the age of 72.
Shooting is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2012.
Tatum will take a turn for the serious and prestigious if his deal closes on “Foxcatcher”, thus far known for lighter commercial fare such as “Step Up”, “Dear John” and “G.I. Joe.” He’ll next be seen in weepy romance drama “The Vow” with Rachel McAdams and two films with Steven Soderbergh: all-star actioner “Haywire” and “Magic Mike”, based on Tatum’s own experiences working as a male stripper at age 19. He’s also got two projects he produced, “Ten Year”, which he premiered at TIFF, and “21 Jump Street”, co-starring Jonah Hill and based on the classic TV series that launched the career of Johnny Depp.
July 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Friday Night Lights” star Adrianne Palicki has scored the female lead in one of those sequels no one really wants, “G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes”, reports Deadline. Dwayne Johnson and D.J. Cotrona also recently signed on and the three newbies will join returning cast members Channing Tatum and Ray Park as Duke and Snake Eyes, respectively. Other cast members from 2009′s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marlon Wayans and Rachel Nichols, are not expected to reprise their roles. As for G.I. Joe himself, the studio is said to be eyeing Bruce Willis, among others.
Palicki’s Alison R. Hart-Burnett – codename Lady Jaye – was originally created for the 1984 “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” animated series and is the team’s covert operations specialist. She shares a romantic relationship with Dashiell R. Faireborn – aka Flint – who is the Warrant Officer for the G.I. Joe Team and will be portrayed by Cotrona in “Cobra Strikes”. Paramount greenlit and fast-tracked the sequel despite lukewarm critical and box office response to “Rise of Cobra” because a blockbuster void existed for the studio for Summer 2011, with JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek” sequel deemed not ready in time. “Cobra Strikes” and Brad Pitt zombie apocalypse thriller “World War Z” will be the studio’s current offerings.
After a critically acclaimed run as troubled high schooler Tyra on NBC series “Friday Night Lights”, Palicki had trouble finding a breakout role. “Legion” underperformed, ambitious Fox series “Lone Star” was canceled after just two episodes and despite heavy buzz, her title role in the new “Wonder Woman” was never picked up by NBC, suspected to be due in large part to negative reactions to the updated costume and the remake of “Red Dawn” may never see a release at this rate. Will “Cobra Strikes” be the big breakout franchise moment for Palicki? We have our doubts, but are hopeful.