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'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr. Leads 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2'

Harry Shum Jr.

About a year and a half ago, news surfaced that a sequel to the martial arts drama Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was in development with a story that bring back Michelle Yeoh's character Yu Shu Lien. The actress is confirmed to return along with a new character named Silent Wolf played by Donnie Yen, and now these two will be joined by a fresher face who might help bring in the younger crowds. Harry Shum Jr. is a regular on "Glee" known for his slick dance moves on the musical comedy series, and now he's taking a lead role in the sequel that will be set 20 years after the events of the original 14-year old film.

 Posted 19 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

John Goodman Back to Hollywood with Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo'

Argo

Following supporting roles in the Best Picture winning Argo, it looks like John Goodman and Bryan Cranston will deal with the Hollywood of the past all over again. The Wrap reports Goodman is joining Cranston in Trumbo, the periods drama from director Jay Roach which features the "Breaking Bad" star as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the writer of classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday who was blacklisted and sent to prison during the Red Scare when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC) was questioning Hollywood talents about Communist ties, forcing many, like Trumbo, to have pseudonyms.

 Posted 22 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Jamie Foxx to Lead Mike Tyson Biopic by 'Wolf of Wall Street' Writer

Jamie Foxx / Mike Tyson

After having his head tattooed in Horrible Bosses, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx will end up getting one on his face next. Variety has word that Foxx will be getting into the boxing ring to play iconic boxer Mike Tyson in a biopic that will be written by "Boardwalk Empire" creator and The Wolf of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. The film will be produced by Rick Yorn, who also happens to be Foxx's manager, and it will be shopped to a studio once the entire package is put together. But the real question is how will Foxx, at 47 years of age, be able to play Tyson in his younger years. Well, the boxer himself has the answer. Read on!

 Posted July 30 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Christopher Walken to Play an Orangutan in Disney's 'Jungle Book'

Christopher Walken

It's the role that everyone has been dying to see Christoper Walken take, they just didn't know it. Walt Disney Pictures has just announced the star of a wide variety of films such as Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, Wedding Crashers, Man on Fire and Mousehunt will take an animal role in their new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau. The studio has announced that Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes. In addition, "Breaking Bad" star Giancarlo Esposito  will play Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. That's a great cast!

 Posted July 28 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Eva Green to Reteam with Tim Burton for 'Miss Peregrine's Home'

Eva Green & Tim Burton

After teaming up with direct Tim Burton for the lackluster Dark Shadows, the stunning and brilliant Eva Green will reunite with the director of Batman and Beetlejuice for another project. Variety has word that the star of the forthcoming graphic novel sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is currently in talks to star in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of Ranson Riggs' novel of the same name. Green would play the title character, a guardian for a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live threatened by creatures out to destroy them.

 Posted July 28 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Joaquin Phoenix in Consideration to Lead Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

Doctor Strange / Joaquin Phoenix

Everyone is eagerly awaiting the Marvel panel this Saturday at Comic-Con, but it sounds like some news might be leaking a little early. The Wrap reports that Walk the Line and The Master star Joaquin Phoenix has been mentioned over and over again for the role and that the actor is currently in consideration and may already be in discussion for the film. He was once wanted for a role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, specifically the role of Lex Luthor, so it seems like he's keen to take on a comic book role of some sort, and a character like Doctor Strange seems like a perfect fit for the gifted and sometimes odd actor.

 Posted July 25 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Idris Elba Will Mentor 'King Arthur' for Guy Ritchie's Medieval Epic

Idris Elba

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!

 Posted July 22 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Matthew McConaughey Eyes 'The Company Man' Cold War Thriller

Matthew McConaughey

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.

 Posted July 22 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Amy Ryan & Alan Alda Joining Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller

Amy Ryan

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!

 Posted July 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Skyfall' Star Ben Whisaw Replacing Colin Firth as 'Paddington' Voice

Ben Whishaw / Paddington

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!

 Posted July 18 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Focus Features Nabs Jesse Owens Biopic 'Race,' Adds Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis

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!

 Posted July 16 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Christian Bale May Play Travis McGee in 'The Deep Blue Good-By'

The Deep Blue Good-by

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!

 Posted July 15 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Disney's 'Jungle Book' Casts Mowgli as Only On-Screen Actor in Film

The Jungle Book / Neel Sethi

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!

 Posted July 15 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

D.J. Caruso Moves Kate Beckinsale into 'The Disappointments Room'

Kate Beckinsale

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!

 Posted July 11 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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