October 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s been a long process, but it looks like Aaron Johnson will officially be Quicksilver in Joss Whedon’s Marvel superhero team-up sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” with his contract talks finally closing today, according to The Wrap.
The Wrap reports scheduling issues with Johnson’s publicity commitments to another potential franchise, “Godzilla,” was what kept his deal from being finalized for so long. With his schedule now cleared, it must be only a matter of time until Elizabeth Olsen’s deal comes together as well, since his “Godzilla” co-star is in talks for the role of the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver’s twin sister, and they must have pretty much identical schedules. The two will reunite to join an already established billion dollar franchise with Hollywood heavy-hitters like Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in the sequel that will start filming in early 2014 for a May 1, 2015 release.
Johnson broke out in 2008′s “Nowhere Boy” and recently played Count Vronsky opposite Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” He’s already a big screen comic book hero having played the titular role in “Kick Ass” and this summer’s “Kick Ass 2.” Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla,” also starring Bryan Cranston, will be released on May 16, 2014.
June 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Watch out, Evan Peters, a new Quicksilver may be coming to town. By now we all know of the struggle between Fox and Marvel in their dueling bids to use twin mutants Pietro and Wanda Maximoff in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “The Avengers 2″, with Fox and director Bryan Singer throwing the first gauntlet with the casting of Peters. Today the duel got a little more real, with The Wrap reporting Aaron Johnson has emerged as the top choice for the role in Marvel and Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up sequel.
In the comics, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Wanda’s superhero alias) were the children of Magneto and are born mutants. With Fox and Marvel splitting rights on these two characters who began life as foes of the X-Men but eventually joined the Avengers, Whedon would not be able to call them by their superhero names, and would not be able to allude to their mutant bloodline or their famous father. On the Fox side, Singer will be able to call them by their code names, but not Pietro or Wanda. Oh what a tangled web rival film studios weave. The Wrap further cautions that Johnson is simply a frontrunner at this point, and no negotiating has begun. There’s also no word yet on who may play Wanda for Whedon, but Soairse Ronan has expressed interest after learning she was the “prototype” of the character in script form.
Johnson is already a big screen comic book hero, having originated and then recently reprised the titular “Kick-Ass” opposite Chloe Moretz and (coincidentally) Peters. This summer’s “Kick Ass 2″ promo tour should be fun! Johnson broke out in 2008′s “Nowhere Boy” and recently played Count Vronsky opposite Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” He’s currently filming “Godzilla” for director Gareth Edwards opposite Elizabeth Olsen.
April 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chloe Moretz is in talks to join Charlize Theron in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn novel “Dark Places”, according to Deadline. Gilles Paquet-Brenner is writing the script and will direct the adaptation of the 2009 hit novel.
Theron takes over the role of Libby Day, originally earmarked for Amy Adams, who, at seven years old, witnessed the murder of her entire family and later testified that her fifteen year old brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later, a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes pumps Libby for the truth as they uncover clues that point to Ben’s innocence. Moretz is in line for the role of Diondra, who will appear in flashback scenes along with the then-teenage Ben.
Moretz recently wrapped up reprising her role as Hit Girl in “Kick Ass 2″, out this August, and will next be seen in Kimberly Pierce’s “Carrie” remake, out in October. She recently signed on to star opposite Anne Hathaway, Sam Rockwell and Mark Webber in Lynn Shelton’s next feature, “Laggies” and is attached to the lead in Young Adult adaptation “If I Stay.”
March 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Newly minted Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Mark Webber and Sam Rockwell are all in negotiations to join “Your Sister’s Sister” director Lynn Shelton’s next film, “Laggies”, according to Deadline.
The long-gestating project will see Hathaway as Megan, a perpetually immature 28 year old, who responds to her boyfriend’s (Webber) marriage proposal with a major freakout. Telling everyone she’s going on a work-related trip, she instead spends a week hanging out with her new best friend, Moretz’s 16 year old high school student. Paul Rudd had at one point been attached to the film, but it’s likely he’s been replaced by Rockwell, who plays an older character named Craig. No word on when filming begins.
Hathaway, after having previously been nominated for “Rachel Getting Married”, won her first Academy Award for her role as Fantine in “Les Miserables” just a month ago. Moretz recently wrapped up reprising her role as Hit Girl in “Kick Ass 2″ and will next be seen in Kimberly Pierce’s “Carrie” remake. Webber, a rising figure on the indie scene appeared in three Sundance films last year year, sex hotline comedy “For a Good Time, Call…” with Ari Graynor, “Save the Date” with Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan and his own “The End of Love”, which he wrote, directed and produced, as well as starred in.
March 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Two more funny guys are joining Nicholas Stoller comedy “Townies”, with Deadline reporting Dave Franco and Christopher Mintz-Plasse have jumped on board, joining previously cast Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.
Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien wrote the screenplay for the long-gestating film, which sparked a bidding war last summer, about a family man (Rogen) who lives near a fraternity house and finds himself at odds with one of the frat brothers (Efron), whose constant partying and raucous behavior is wreaking havoc on his neighbor’s life. No word on who Franco or Mintz-Plasse will play but frat brothers would probably be a logical guess.
Franco and Mintz-Plasse are working together on a feature film for the first time here but have collaborated on a series of popular Funny or Die web videos. Franco, younger brother to James Franco, was last seen opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in “21 Jump Street” and Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer in “Warm Bodies.” He’ll next star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in magician heist thriller “Now You See Me.” Mintz-Plasse just completed reprising his role as Red Mist in “Kick Ass 2″ and voiced a character in Oscar-nominated “ParaNorman.”
January 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
One of our most anticipated but long-gestating projects appears to finally be getting some traction, with Variety reporting documentary director RJ Cutler is in talks to direct and Chloe Moretz attached to star in “If I Stay”, the Gaylfe Forman young adult novel that had Dakota Fanning in the lead role back in 2010.
Moretz will play the role of Mia, a young classical musician with an adoring family and rocker boyfriend. When she and her entire family are in a catastrophic car accident, she finds herself on the edge of death and having an out of body experience. She watches as her boyfriend, friends and family gather by her bedside and must decide between waking up to deal with the aftermath of the accident or giving up on life and dying. Fifteen year old Moretz seems too young for the role to us, particularly given the book’s sequel “Where She Went” jumps forward in time by several years.
Moretz, who broke out in 2010 with the twofer “Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In”, is gearing up for a big 2013. She recently wrapped up reprising her role as Hit-Girl in “Kick Ass 2″, as well as the titular role in Kimberly Pierce’s remake of horror classic “Carrie”, both of which will release this year.
January 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We knew it wouldn’t be Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but now it looks like “Godzilla” won’t be fended off by Scoot McNairy, Caleb Landry Jones or Henry Cavill either. Instead, a new contender has taken the frontrunner role in this casting game, with Deadline now reporting Aaron Johnson has emerged as the first choice for the lead role in Gareth Edwards’ reboot of the classic Japanese monster movie.
Frank Darbont is now putting the final touches on a rewrite, and Johnson is said to be interested, but waiting to make his decision until after he sees the final script. Despite a messy legal battle with exiting producers, Edwards is expected to get cameras rolling in March, with the film already set for a May 16, 2014 release. Deadline further reports Johnson would have a second franchise on his hands if he accepts the role, indicating this probably won’t be a stand-alone movie.
Johnson, of course, broke out as the star of 2010′s comic book adaptation “Kick Ass”, and he recently completed work on its sequel. A perennial name on various high profile properties casting for young male leads (“X-Men: First Class”, “Winter’s Tale”, etc), he was seen in this year in Oliver Stone’s “Savages” and Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina”, in which he played Count Vronsky opposite Keira Knightley.
November 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chloe Moretz, Tim Robbins and Michelle Pfeiffer will play house for dysfunctional family comedy “Man Under”, according to Deadline. Robbins will also direct the film from a screenplay by Ann Cherkis, which follows a New York family whose lives are turned upside down when photographs of them are displayed in a museum and they become overnight celebrities.
This will be the second time Moretz and Pfeiffer play mother and daughter after doing so – with a supernatural twist – in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows.” Moretz broke out big time in 2010 when she starred in shocking and controversial titles “Kick Ass” and “Let Me In”, and was most recently seen in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar nominated “Hugo.” She recently wrapped up reprising her role as Hit-Girl in “Kick Ass 2″, as well as the titular role in Kimberly Pierce’s remake of horror classic “Carrie.”
August 21, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz are about to get a new superhero sidekick. Deadline reports British rising star Robert Emms has been tapped to play the role of Insect Man in “Kick Ass 2″, the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 comic book adaptation.
Jeff Wadlow takes over the directing chair from Vaughn on the sequel, since the original director will be too busy prepping an early 2013 shoot for the “X-Men: First Class” sequel. In the 2010 film based on the comic book of the same name by by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr, Johnson played Dave Lizewski, an ordinary teenager and comic book fan who decides to become a real life superhero, giving himself the moniker Kick-Ass. He was aided by the foul-mouthed and highly trained Hit-Girl, played by Moretz. Emms’ Insect Man is a cop by day, but chooses street justice in his off-time since the law can’t take care of everything, as we well know from every action movie ending with sirens being heard only after the bad guy has been neutralized. Lyndsy Fonseca is also returning for the sequel, and a September shoot is scheduled.
Emms made his feature film debut only last year, in Roland Emmerich’s Shakespearean actioner “Anonymous”, and also had roles in Tarsem Singh’s Snow White redo “Mirror Mirror” opposite Armie Hammer, as well as Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” opposite Jeremy Irvine. He also starred in British indie “Broken” opposite Cillian Murphy.