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YA franchise “Divergent” has added another Oscar winner to its roster, with the announcement today that Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of the first sequel “Insurgent” opposite Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. The first film took home $56 million opening weekend and “Insurgent” was quickly greenlit to begin production later this month. Additionally, it’s been announced that the third book in the Veronica Roth trilogy, “Allegiant,” will be split into two films, following in the footsteps of “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” Woodley’s TrisRead More
“The Help” star Ahna O’Reilly has been set as the lead on The CW’s drama pilot “Identity,” according to Deadline. From superstar producing duo Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, “Identity” will follow O’Reilly’s Mia, a young New Yorker whose world is turned upside down when she learns she needs an organ transplant. This leads her to a reunion with a half-brother and a wealthy Southern family she never knew, made all the more complicated when she’s recruited by the CIA to investigate her newfound family, even as she grows closerRead More
From one iconic figure to another, “42”‘s Jackie Robinson Chadwick Boseman has just been cast to play singer James Brown in Universal’s long-gestating biopic on the singer. Variety reports the project also enters the officially greenlit stage following this crucial casting. “The Help”‘s Tate Taylor is directing the untitled biopic which will chronicle Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to becoming the “godfather of soul” with hits in the 60s and 70s including “Please, Please, Please,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and many, manyRead More
She’s worked basically nonstop since bursting onto the scene in 2011 and it looks like Jessica Chastain has no plans to slow down any time soon. She’s signed on to another high profile film, joining Javier Bardem in JC Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year”, according to Variety. Chandor became a hot director of the moment after last year’s surprise VOD hit “Margin Call” and even more so premiering maritime disaster flick “All is Lost” starring Robert Redford at Cannes this year. He also wrote “A Most Violent Year”, and loglinesRead More
Octavia Spencer will go to (custody) battle with Kevin Costner in Mike Binder’s courtroom legal drama “Black and White”, according to Coming Soon. Spencer and Costner will play warring grandparents to a bi-racial granddaughter, Eloise. While Costner has cared for the little girl since her mother (his daughter) died in childbirth, he’s now become a widower following the car crash death of his wife. As if that weren’t enough, in comes Spencer as the child’s paternal grandmother, who believes now Eloise should be put under the care of her fatherRead More
Christopher Nolan’s space epic “Interstellar” just got a little more stellar. Deadline reports Jessica Chastain is now in talks to join the cast that already boasts Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. The project has been in development for years, at one point with Steven Spielberg attached to direct, but now it’s being fast-tracked with Nolan on board directing from a script written by his brother and frequent collaborator Jonathan Nolan. Like everything he does, there are very few plot details available, but it deals with a group of scientific explorersRead More
Guillermo Del Toro continues to assemble an incredibly impressive young cast for his haunted house horror flick “Crimson Peak”, with Variety reporting Jessica Chastain is the latest to move in, joining the previously announced Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam and Benedict Cumberbatch. There are no plot details available other than to say it involves a haunted house, but with Del Toro and this cast, who needs ’em, really? Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon are working on a rewrite of the script which he first co-wrote with Matthew Robins. With such aRead More
Well, this is hardly a surprise and it’s probably too early to tell if they can actually get her, but The NY Post reports two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is the first choice to play the female lead role of Jane in David Yates’ new live-action adaptation of “Tarzan.” It appears at this point that no actors have been officially cast yet, though last we heard, “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard was Yates’ first choice to play Edward Rice Burroughs’ famous jungle-born hero, in this tale set years after heRead More
Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton and Naomi Watts have been cast in dark comedy “Birdman”, according to THR. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu will direct the Fox Searchlight project, which follows a washed-up former comic book movie star who sets out to mount a Broadway play based on a Raymond Chandler short story, but things get out of control with the arrival of the egotistical leading man. Keaton will play the former movie star while Stone will be his daughter-turned-assistant, who’s just out of rehab. Watts will play an actress inRead More
Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has decided on her first role since “Zero Dark Thirty” landed her her second nom in as many years (she was nominated last year for “The Help.”) Variety reports Chastain will star opposite Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton in “Miss Julie”, an adaptation of the August Strindberg play that Liv Ullman will direct. Chastain, in the titular role, will play a young upper class woman in 19th Century Sweden, who decides to go dance at the servants’ annual midsummer party for a bit of fun,Read More