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The next wave of future movie stars are graduating from playing best friends and sidekicks to lead roles and it’s exciting to hear about two of the most promising joining forces to do so. Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton will headline romantic comedy “Two Night Stand”, according to Variety.
Max Nichols will make his feature directorial debut from a Black List script by Mark Hammer. Teller and Tipton play “a pair of unlikely lovers” who have have a one night stand but are forced to stay together as they get trapped the next morning by a record-setting blizzard. We’re betting they end up discovering they’re more suited for each other than they initially thought over the course of the blizzard. Filming is set to begin at the end of September.
After making his feature film debut opposite Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”, Teller went on to do comedies, including supporting roles in “Footloose”, “Project X” and starring roles in the upcoming “21 and Over” and “Get a Job.” Before having a two night stand with Tipton he’ll film “The Spectacular Now” opposite Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson. Tipton, perhaps the most successful alum to come out of reality show “America’s Next Top Model”, recently appeared in “Crazy Stupid Love” and Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress”, and will next be seen in zombie love story “Warm Bodies” with Teresa Palmer and Nicholas Hoult.
Miles Teller will star opposite Shailene Woodley in the big screen adaptation of Tim Tharp “The Spectacular Now”, according to Deadline. The coming of age dramedy, to be directed by James Ponsoldt, follows party-hard high school senior Sutter Keely (Teller), who has no ambitions beyond high school except to have as much fun as possible. When he wakes up on a random front lawn and meets shy, introverted Aimee – to be played by Woodley – she begins to turn his world upside down as he does hers. Filming is set to begin this summer in Athens, Georgia.
After making his feature film debut opposite Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”, Teller went on to do comedies, including supporting roles in “Footloose”, “Project X” and starring roles in the upcoming “21 and Over” and “Get a Job.” Deadline also reports Sony is interested in Teller for the starring role in “The Kitchen Sink”, a genre comedy that had once been rumored to be the directorial debut vehicle for Jonah Hill.
Oliver Cooper, who played the instigator of the out of control house party in “Project X”, is set to get himself in even deeper as EW reports he has joined the cast of online gambling thriller “Runner Runner” opposite Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck.
In the Brad Furman directed flick, Timberlake plays Richie Furst, an Ivy Leaguer who gets drawn into the world of online gambling in order to pay for his expensive Princeton education. Cooper will play a fellow student and computer nerd who Furst gets hired alongside by Affleck’s Ivan Block, a billionaire with an internet gambling company that may be a lot shadier than it first appears. “He’s kind of the young guy in this crazy world,” Cooper tells EW of his character. “He really represents the innocence of someone who would get into gambling.” Filming is set to begin in June on location in Puerto Rico.
Cooper made his feature acting debut in “Project X” just a few months ago, and has already started lining up more roles. In addition to “Runner Runner”, he will also star opposite Taylor Lautner as a couple of frat guys who challenge Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Co. in “Grown Ups 2″, the sequel to the 2010 comedy hit.
The boys of “Project X” are taking their success and running with it, as Variety reports that Jonathan Daniel Brown is in negotiations to star in the true crime story, “Kid Cannabis.”
Brown broke out in hit party film “Project X”, his first big comedic lead role, alongside Miles Teller who can next be seen “21 and Over” and Thomas Mann, who is lining up some very important roles, including what could be the next big “Twilight.”
This new role will show Brown playing Idaho native Nate Norman, “who enlisted a crew of his pals to become an elite drug-running team that imported high-quality pot from Canada. As the stakes grow higher, so do the risks, and it’s not long before the Feds come snooping around and his dream scheme turns into a nightmare.”
Based on a Rolling Stone article by Mark Binelli in 2005, the film will be helmed by John Stockwell, who also penned the script, and is set to begin filming this summer in Canada.
Low budget party pic “Project X” did so unexpectedly well at the box office that it’s no surprise Todd Philipps’ friends want in on the Thomas Mann business. Variety reports Mann is in final negotiations to headline comedy “King Dork” from producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
Mann will star with Keir Gilchrist as a pair of best friends – Tom and Sam, respectively, “two outsiders who bond over their shared love of classic rock and roll, which helps them cope with the agony of getting through high school in 1987.” “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman is in talks to play Mann’s character’s stepfather. D.V. DeVincentis adapted the script from Frank Portman’s 2006 novel and Matt Piedmont will direct. Filming is slated to begin in June.
Mann made his feature film debut only two years ago in Emma Roberts-Zach Galifianakis comedy “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” (which also co-starred Gilchrist), but has been a fast rising star since. He’ll appear alongside Claire Danes and James Marsden in indie “As Cool As I Am” before taking the male lead opposite Victoria Justice in Josh Schwartz’s directorial debut “Fun Size.” He also recently landed what could be his biggest break to date as one of the leads in “Beautiful Creatures”, a potential “The Next Twilight/Hunger Games” supernatural teen franchise.
Warner Bros must have been impressed with their “Project X” star Thomas Mann (the surprising $21 million opening weekend box office probably helped), as they’re now in negotiations with him for their answer to “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games”, supernatural teen romance “Beautiful Creatures.”Variety reports Mann is in talks to join the cast that’s headlined by two relatively unknown young actors, Jack O’Connell and Alice Englert, and also includes Emmy Rossum, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson.
In the Richard LaGravenese adapted and directed film based on the first novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, O’Connell plays Ethan Wate, a popular high school student plagued by dreams of a mysterious girl – who then magically shows up in his town. That girl, of course, is Lena Duchaness, to be played by Englert, an outsider who’s also harboring a dangerous and, ahem, bewitching secret. Rossum plays bad witch Ridley while Mann will take on the role of Link, Ethan’s musically inclined and loyal best friend. The human-supernatural creature romance here is played out here throughout a series of four books, so the young stars have a lot riding on the franchise potential of this first movie.
Mann made his feature film debut only two years ago in Emma Roberts-Zach Galifianakis comedy “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, but has been a fast rising star since. He’ll appear alongside Claire Danes and James Marsden in indie “As Cool As I Am” before taking the male lead opposite Victoria Justice in Josh Schwartz’s directorial debut “Fun Size”, and also has a supporting role in Jeremy Renner-Gemma Arterton revisionist fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.”
Miles Teller is certainly turning out to be one to watch on the comedy scene. Already a favorite with the gang behind “Old School” and “The Hangover”, he’s now circling the lead in another similarly zeitgeist-mirroring youthful comedy. Variety reports the up and coming actor is in negotiations to star in “Get a Job”, which “Rodger Dodger” helmer Dylan Kidd is looking to direct.
The film follows Teller and his friends, recent college graduates who find themselves having trouble landing their dream jobs in the recession. The studio, CBS Films, cautions that no official deals are in place yet and the project has not been greenlit, but production could get underway as early as February. Offers for other roles are out to Anna Kendrick and Bryan Cranston, while a handful of other young actors are circling roles as well, including Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover of NBC’s “Community” fame, “Saturday Night Live”‘s Jay Pharaoh and “Rodger Dodger” star Jesse Eisenberg, though his role is presumed to be something of a cameo.
Teller, who broke out with a pivotal role in John Cameron Mitchell’s critically acclaimed “Rabbit Hole”, will star in a pair of frat-boy party-hard pics, first in “Project X”, the Todd Philipps produced found-footage high school party gone awry comedy releasing on March 2, and then in “21 and Over”, about three friends whose 21st birthday celebration gets a little too drunk and out of control, which marks the directorial debut of “The Hangover” scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
Stick to what you know seems to be the mantra of Todd Phillips, director of “The Hangover”, “Old School” and other similarly themed guys-partying-too-hard films. To his credit, all of them tend to score big time at the box office, so why fix what’s not broken, right? Though he’s only a producer on new found footage party pic “Project X”, Philips’ name – and the names of the aforementioned box office smashes – are all over the first trailer. A brand new, conspicuously younger face leads the partying masses this time, as rising star Thomas Mann takes advantage of a parent-free weekend to throw the biggest high school house party anyone’s ever seen. Of course, things quickly spiral out of control and before you know it, there are SWAT teams and flamethrowers involved.
Celebrate bad behavior when “Project X” releases in theaters on March 23, 2012 and don’t worry, the “Hangover” crew know full well that audiences are not quite sick of partying youngsters just yet. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who wrote both installments, are hard at work filming, as we speak, on the very similarly themed “21 and Over.”
On the rise actress Alexis Knapp has snagged a key supporting role in Anna Kendrick-starrer musical romantic comedy “Pitch Perfect”, reports Variety. “Bridesmaids” co-star Rebel Wilson and Comedy Central actor Adam Devine also have roles in the Jason Moore directed collegiate a capella film.
Kendrick plays a goth loner type who finds herself becoming the secret weapon of an all-female a capella group, while Devine is the leader of a “competitive” group. Knapp will play Stacie, a member of the group Divisi, who doesn’t notice that she always sings in an overtly sexual manner, no matter the song. Production is slated to begin next month in New Orleans.
Knapp, who only made her acting debut in 2010′s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief”, will be seen opposite Miley Cyrus college sorority caper “So Undercover” and has the female lead in the Todd Phillips produced party pic “Project X”, alongside fellow rising stars Miles Teller and Thomas Mann.
New Wolfpack alert! A trio of young, relatively unknown actors are picking up the mantles left by the gang of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galafianakis to headline “21 and Over”, another guys-partying-too-hard comedy from the writers of “The Hangover”.
Miles Teller, Justin Chon and Skylar Astin will be playing the youngsters whose birthday celebration is more than they can handle, according to Variety. “Hangover” scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote and will direct the film, about two hard-partying childhood friends (Astin and Teller) who drag their buttoned-up pal (Chon) out to celebrate his 21st birthday the night before an important med school interview. Inevitably, one beer too many descends the trio into “an epic misadventure of debauchery and mayhem.”
Teller, who broke out with a pivotal role in John Cameron Mitchell’s critically acclaimed “Rabbit Hole”, will next continue the “Hangover” connection in the Todd Phillips produced party pic “Project X”. Chon is most known for playing Bella’s classmate Eric in the “Twilight” series and will be seen in the final installment, “Breaking Dawn”, this November. Astin originated the role of Georg in the Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening” and had roles on the big screen in “Hamlet 2″ and “Taking Woodstock”.
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