Back towards the beginning of the year, we learned that Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. were hoping to create a six film franchise following the exploits of King Arthur and his Knights at the Roundtable. We're not sure if the studio is still hellbent on that plan, and they'll likely wait for box office receipts before making solid plans, but the first film, simply called King Arthur, seems to be progressing with a July 22nd, 2016 release date set. And now Variety reports Idris Elba is coming on board the film as a Merlin-eseque character who trains and mentors Arthur, a role that will be testing actors for the part in August. Read on!
Fresh off an Oscar win for his role in Dallas Buyers Club and an Emmy nomination on the acclaimed HBO series "True Detective," it looks like Matthew McConaughey is finally trying to lock down his next project. Deadline has word that McConaughey is attached to star in The Company Man, a script by Andrew Cypiot that made The Black List known as the Untitled Ed Wilson Project. McConaughey is reportedly involved in helping find a director for the true story about CIA agent Edwin Wilson who went behind enemy lines to secure a weapons contract and report info back to the CIA shortly after the Cold War.
By the time the next film from Steven Spielberg hits theaters, it will have been nearly three years since Lincoln hit theaters. That just goes to show you how hard it is to find the right project or even get one made, regardless of whether you're an iconic filmmaker or not. But Spielberg is hard at work on getting an untitled Cold War thriller off the ground, aiming to begin shooting this fall, with Tom Hanks reuniting with the director for a fourth time. And now Deadline has a line on some supporting cast members with Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Win Win) and veteran actor Alan Alda both taking roles. But that's not all. More below!
Last month, following the debut of the very British teaser trailer for the upcoming family holiday release of Paddington, about the bear, we learned that Colin Firth would not be providing the voice of the title bear due to "conscious uncoupling." But now the film has a grand replacement as The Daily Mail has learned that Skyfall and Cloud Atlas star Ben Whishaw will lend his voice to the film instead. Much like Firth, Whishaw wasn't sure it was for him, "I resisted a little bit, because I had a bad experience doing this kind of work in the past and I thought I was no good at it. But I was persuaded to go, slightly grudgingly." Read on!
Back in May, one of three competing Jesse Owens biopics made some progress by casting up and coming star Stephan James in the film called Race directed by Blown Away helmer Stephen Hopkins. Now that film is looking even better as Focus Features has just picked up the US distribution rights to the film, and added two more cast members. Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers) and Jeremy Irons (Beautiful Creatures) have both landed roles in the film about the iconic African-American track-and-field star who competed in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany and won four gold medals to rub Adolf Hitler's face in. More below!
After spending years in development, it seems the adaptation of The Deep Blue Good-By, featuring John D. MacDonald's recurring character Travis McGee, is finally making progress. The Wolverine director James Mangold boarded the film this past spring, after directors like Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone flirted with the project and Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to star. But now a new name might end up with the lead role as Variety reports Out of the Furnace and American Hustle star Christian Bale is in early talks to play the self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game who appears in 21 books. Read on!
The cast of Disney's new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book has filled out rather nicely with Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Ben Kingsley all taking roles. However, all those talents are voicing the animals in the Rudyard Kipling tale, and we've been waiting to see who would end up taking the lead role of the young boy Mowgli, who is raised by the jungle around him. Now Disney has announced that 10-year old Neel Sethi will make his acting debut in the film directed by Jon Favreau after being picked out of thousands of auditions from across the United States, New Zealand, London, Canada and India. Read on!
There's been an abundance of bland projects lately for the lovely Kate Beckinsale. With films like Total Recall, Contraband and Underworld: Awakening being the most recent films in her career, she needs to do some recovering. Perhaps she'll find relief in The Disappointments Room, a new project that Deadline reports Disturbia and Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso will direct for Relativity Media. The film is described as being a psychological thriller in the same vein as The Shining, but the film sounds just like plenty of other horror films we've seen about a family moving into an old, haunted house with dark secrets. More below!
Earlier this year, we learned that Michael Fassbender was going to team with Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Dianfrance for The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of M.L. Stedman's novel of the same name set up at DreamWorks. The story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife in Western Australia after World War I when they find a dead body in a rowboat along with a 2-month old baby girl. While the husband wants to report the deceased and the baby, his wife decides it's a gift from God. And now THR reports Rachel Weisz is being lined up to take the role of Fassbender's wife. More below!
Sacha Baron Cohen already has his gorgeous wife Isla Fisher on board his spy comedy Grimsby at Sony Pictures, but another lovely lately has just entered the mix as well. THR has word that Penelope Cruz is in final talks to join the film about a soccer hooligan (Cohen) forced to team up with his a British black ops agent brother (Mark Strong). It's interesting that Cruz is taking a role in this kind of spy comedy since the actress has been rumored a couple times for a role in the James Bond franchise as one of the signature vixens. But in this film, she'll be playing a philanthropic corporate leader who might be keeping a secret.
This summer, Elle Fanning was part of Disney's box office winning revisionist fairytale Maleficent, but now she's heading into much more enticing territory. THR reports the star of Super 8 will lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an adaptation of a 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman, author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline and The Sandman. The story takes place in 1970s London and follows two boys heading to a party where one has no trouble hitting it off with a girl immediately, while the other shy one doesn't have the easiest time striking up a conversation. So what will Fanning's part be in the film then? More below!
The best thing Alec Baldwin has done in the past decade (besides The Departed) is undoubtedly his Emmy winning role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC comedy series "30 Rock" where he played the NBC and General Electric executive with unwavering confidence, swagger and hilarity. Now Deadline reports the actor is getting ready to take another pivotal superior role as Parmount is lining up Baldwin to play the head of the CIA in Mission: Impossible 5. There's a part of us that wishes he was simply playing Jack Donaghy in the film, but that probably isn't in the cards. Though it likely means that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) will either clash or work with the CIA again in some capacity. And that's not the only role the actor has lined up either.
The cast of Joel & Ethan Coen's forthcoming film Hail Caesar already counts George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes as part of the cast, but it's about to get a little sweeter. Variety has word that Scarlett Johansson is currently in talks to take a role, and it's one that she may have some familiarity with in her real life. The film will see her playing an actress who suddenly becomes pregnant as one of her films is about to go into production. Johansson herself announced this past March that she was pregnant, and it sounds like she'll still be that way when the film shoots this fall. More below!
As a filmmaker, Robert Redford has never strayed from personal politics, whether it's his early work like All the President's Men or The Candidate or more recent films like Lions for Lambs or The Company You Keep. Now after staying quiet in last year's All is Lost, he'll be diving back into a political topics with Truth, an adaptation of Mary Mapes' memoir Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. For those not familiar, the film will dig into the scandal that followed a controversial report by veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather on "60 Minutes II" that former President George W. Bush received preferential treatment that placed him in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft. More below!