October 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Television, TV Casting
Victoria Justice has found herself a crime-solving partner and potential love interest in Nico Tortorella, as Deadline reports the “Scream 4″ alum is joining MTV’s cyber thriller pilot “Eye Candy.”
In the Blumhouse thriller pilot to be directed by “Twilight” launcher Catherine Hardwicke, Justice will play Lindy, now described as a “reclusive hacker” (on MTV, all computer geeks look like Victoria Justice. See: “Catfish”). Exposing all kinds of dangerous secrets on her blog, she soon attracts the wrong kind of attention and things turn deadly. Consequently, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit in order to catch the killer. Tortorella plays Tommy, the sexy and flirtatious leader of the unit. Gotta say, this slight tweak to Lindy’s character already makes the show sound a lot better than its original online dating cautionary tale premise.
Tortorella most recently played the series regular role of Jacob Wells on Fox’s “The Following.” His big screen credits include “Scream 4″ opposite Emma Roberts, “Odd Thomas” opposite Anton Yelchin and Nicholas Cage-Nicole Kidman thriller “Trespass.”
August 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Another young adult fantasy adaptation is gearing up to go, and this time, as Deadline reports, Jeremy Irvine and Addison Timlin are set to play the would-be star-crossed lovers held apart by the supernatural.
Lauren Kate’s “Fallen”, which has been adapted for the big screen by Kathryn Price and Nicole Millard and which will be directed by Scott Hicks, follows Timlin’s Luce, who is accused of killing a boy by starting a fire and sent to the Sword and Cross reform school, where most of the students are fallen angels. There, she meets Daniel, a hottie she feels inexplicably drawn to. Naturally. The four-book series revolves around a love triangle that forms between Luce, Daniel and another classmate, Cam, against the backdrop of war between good and evil angels. Sounds more like “Beautiful Creatures” than the much more successful “Hunger Games”, but we’ll see.
Irvine was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg to headline his “War Horse”, which eventually went on to earn six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. He has since starred in Mike Newell’s new adaptation of “Great Expectations” as well as upcoming WWII drama “The Railway Man”, in which he plays a younger version of Colin Firth. He’s wrapped Ron Rash adaptation “The World Made Straight” opposite Minka Kelly and is attached to horror sequel “The Woman in Black: Angels of Death.”
Timlin, adept at balancing both TV and movie roles, beat out the likes of Emma Roberts and Kat Dennings for the female lead in Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas” opposite Anton Yelchin, out later this year, and received much critical acclaim for her role as David Duchovny’s love interest on the last season of Showtime series “Californiacation.” She was last seen opposite Hollywood heavyweights Al Pacino and Christpher Walken in action comedy “The Stand Up Guys” and recently wrapped horror remake “The Town that Dreaded Sundown.”
August 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker and Danny Glover are set to star in romantic drama “Blackbird”, according to Deadline.
Gina Prince-Bythewood is directing from a script she wrote, and Mbatha-Raw will play Noni Jean, a hot new singer who just won a Grammy but succumbs to the pressures of fame and nearly ends her own life. She’s saved by Parker’s character, a young policeman, and the two fall for each other despite their families’ objections.
Parker first garnered attention opposite Richard Gere in last year’s surprise hit “Arbitrage”, and will be seen opposite Casey Affleck and Rooney Marain buzzy Sundance drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” out this weekend. He’s also wrapped filming on Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” and is producing and starring in indie thriller “Eden.”
Mbatha-Raw, one of BAFTA’s Brits to Watch of 2012, was a regular on Fox drama series “Touch” and can be seen opposite Anton Yelchin in the upcoming “Odd Thomas.” Next month she heads to Toronto to premiere British historical drama “Belle”, in which she plays the title character opposite Sarah Gadon and Sam Reid.
April 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising actress Addison Timlin has landed the lead role in MGM’s remake of cult horror classic “The Town that Dreaded Sundown”, according to Deadline.
The 1976 film was a fictionalized account of actual murders that occured in the town of Texarkana in 1946. A masked assailant attacked eight people, five of whom were killed, over the course of three months, always late at night. The modernized remake will take a meta approach to the material, acknowledging the original film as copycat murders happen at an anniversary screening. Timlin will play Jami, a survivor of the new massacre who sets out to hunt down the new copycat killer “using clues from her own past.” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct for producers and modern horror mavens Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum.
Timlin, adept at balancing both TV and movie roles, beat out the likes of Emma Roberts and Kat Dennings for the female lead in Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas” opposite Anton Yelchin, out later this year, and received much critical acclaim for her role as David Duchovny’s love interest on the last season of Showtime series “Californiacation.” She was last seen opposite Hollywood heavyweights Al Pacino and Christpher Walken in action comedy “The Stand Up Guys.”
April 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Selena Gomez, Anton Yelchin, Laurence Fishburne and Billy Crudup will star in William H. Macy‘s directorial debut, “Rudderless”, according to Deadline. The musical drama about a grieving father who forms a band after finding songs written by his deceased son will begin filming this month in Oklahoma. Macy and wife Felicity Huffman will also star.
Former Disney Channel “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Gomez is currently growing up before audience’s eyes in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” and has also wrapped shooting on another outrageous R-rated comedy, “Feed the Dog.” Yelchin will soon be seen reprising his role as Chekov in JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” as well as in the titular role in “Odd Thomas”, the adaptation of the Dean Koontz hit novels. He next reunites with “Fright Night” co-star Imogen Poots in Josh Boone’s “Pretenders.”
February 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Writer/director Josh Boone has taken to Twitter to announce his next project, entitled “Pretenders”, which will shoot this spring and will mark the onscreen reunion of “Fright Night” co-stars Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots.
No plot details are available, but the film will be Boone’s second feature after “Writers”, the Lily Collins-Logan Lerman family drama which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Boone also has an intriguing future ahead as it appears he has landed a much higher profile directing gig, helming the adaptation of John Green’s bestselling YA novel “The Fault in Our Stars”, which may already have Shailene Woodley attached to star. A spring shoot for “Pretenders” will leave him plenty of time to wrap up before moving on to “Fault”, which is slated for late summer, after Woodley wraps up “Divergent.”
Poots will have a busy spring as she is also set to star opposite Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper in video game adaptation “Need for Speed”, already set for a February 7, 2014 release. Poots, last seen on the big screen in the remake of “Fright Night” opposite Yelchin, recently wrapped up roles in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups”, Jimi Hendrix biopic “All is By My Side” and Nick Hornby novel adaptation “A Long Way Down.” Yelchin has also laid low since “Fright Night”, but recently wrapped up shooting on Jim Jarmusch’s vampire love saga “Only Lovers Left Alive” opposite Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and To Hiddleston. This year he’ll be seen as the titular “Odd Thomas” in the adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel series.
October 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Anton Yelchin and Diane Kruger will play unlikely romantic partners in indie romantic comedy “5-7″, reports Screen Daily. Victor Levin, who also wrote the script, will direct in February of 2013 in New York. Yelchin will play an aspiring writer who has an affair with Kruger’s character, the wife of a French diplomat.
Yelchin recently wrapped up reprising his role as Chekov in JJ Abrams’ sequel “Star Trek into Darkness” along with fellow “Star Trek” alums Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and John Cho. He has also completed filming on the titular role in Dean Koontz adaptation “Odd Thomas”, as well as Jim Jarmusch’s vampire romance “Only Lovers Left Alive” opposite Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston. He is also attached to indies “The Winter Queen” and “Pete and Goat” with Amanda Seyfried.
June 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Anton Yelchin has signed on for a role in vampire romance “Only Lovers Left Alive”, according to Deadline. He joins a cast that already includes Mia Wasikowska, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and John Hurt in the Jim Jarmusch directed film about the longstanding love affair between two centuries old vampires. There’s no word on who will play the two main characters, though presumably Wasikowska and Hiddleston would be a logical guess, and filming is set to begin this summer.
The “Like Crazy” star presumably dropped out of indie “Very Good Girls” in favor of his role here, since the two will be filming at around the same time. He recently wrapped up reprising his role as Chekov in JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek 2″ and will next be seen as the titular “Odd Thomas”, the big screen adaptation of Dean Koontz’s hit book series.