After the disaster that was Transformers: Age of Extinction, we know you're just chomping at the bits to get Mark Wahlberg back on the big screen as an inventor and friend of the Autobots. Well, the good news is that the actor is currently making the publicity rounds for this month's release of The Gambler, and of course he was asked about the future of the toy-selling franchise. MTV asked if he was coming back for the inevitable Transformers 5, and Wahlberg said, "Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more… you know I can’t speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be on the set soon.” Wait, what's that about Bay now?
After teaming up with Red Granite to get the sequel Dumb & Dumber To off the ground, Deadline reports Jim Carrey is getting ready to reteam with the production banner for a new project. Deep Cover is a new comedy that was just picked up by Red Granite from an original pitch by Johnny Rosenthal, an up and coming writer who has a project called The Three Tenors in development at Lionsgate, a comedy called Iron Jack at Sony, and his work on Bad Santa 2 at Dimension. Unfortunately, the plot of this new original pitch is being kept under wraps, but it's likely a comedic approach to an undercover cop situation. More below!
Back in the summer of 2013, we heard that MGM was developing a Rocky spin-off called Creed that would focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers from the original film franchise) as he follows his natural instinct and talent to get into the boxing ring with champ Rocky Balboa as his mentor. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and his star Michael B. Jordan were brought aboard the film, and Sylvester Stallone was even going to reprise his role as Rocky. Well, believe it or not, that project is still happening, and Deadline reports they've just landed Dear White People star Tessa Thompson in a role.
The cast of Suicide Squad was officially confirmed at the beginning of the month with Jared Leto as the Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne as Enchantress. But that's only our heroes. What about their overseers? Well, after names like Oprah Winfrey an Octavia Spencer were said to be in contention for the role of prison warden Amanda Waller, Latino Review is reporting that Viola Davis (Ender's Game, The Help) is taking the role of a former congressional aide and government agent placed in charge of the Suicide Squad, a semi-secret government-run group of former supervillains working in return for amnesty. More below!
Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG. Read on!
Next year we'll likely see Tom Hanks in the adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram for a King, though no specific release date has been revealed. And now Deadline reports Hanks is looking at taking on another one of Eggers' books. The star of Saving Mr. Banks and Saving Private Ryan is said to have his eye on The Circle, which is set to be adapted for the screen and directed by The Spectacular Now and Smashed filmmaker James Ponsoldt. The novel was just published last year and follows a woman hired at The Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, but the dream job turns into a questionable nightmare.
Though Hugh Jackman indicated earlier this year that the sequel to The Wolverine might be his last outing as the adamantium clad mutant, a month later he pulled back citing X-Men: Days of Future Past as the force pulling him back to the franchise and the character that made him a star. There's been rumblings of him shooting X-Men: Apocalypse and the next solo chapter of Wolverine's story back-to-back, but as of now, Jackman told Josh Horowitz on The Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via Empire) that he's still in talks about his role in the future of X-Men, and nothing is set in stone. But there could be some bigger plans too.
Over the summer, we learned that 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o would reateam with Brad Pitt's Plan B production banner for an adaptation of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winning book Americanah, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Oscar-winning actress will star in and produce the film along with 2 Productions and Potboiler Productions, and now she's just gained a co-star who has had a hell of a year on the big screen in 2014. Variety reports David Oyelowo, who is getting awards buzz for his turn in Selma, is set to co-star in the story of Nigerian immigrants who face struggles in their love.
Briefly: Just before we weekend, we learned that Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures were shifting their action adventure Skull Island back to March 10th, 2017, and they had also changed the title to Kong: Skull Island. Now Deadline reports the film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) and starring Tom Hiddleston has just gained a cast member in the form of J.K. Simmons, fresh off endless praise for his stirring turn in this year's Whiplash. No word on who he is playing, but the film has been said to focus on the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island, so he's likely part of the team. Stay tuned for anymore details.
Now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title mystical hero in Doctor Strange, the focus has shifted to the supporting roles. So far nobody else has been cast in the film that will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), though there have been rumblings (and potentially confused details) about Daniel Bruhl's character from Captain America: Civil War potentially crossing over into Doctor Strange. But a new rumor pegs Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & Ken Watanabe on a shortlist for a supporting role. More below!
Now that we know Columbia Pictures is actively developing a reboot of Ghostbusters from director Paul Feig and his The Heat writer Katie Dippold with an eye towards an all-female cast, there's no doubt that pretty much every actress in Hollywood probably wants in on that gig. Therefore, we're not surprised to hear from an interview on "Today" with Rebel Wilson that she has met with her Bridesmaids director about potentially starring in the film. Matt Lauer asked about the prospect and the Pitch Perfect star said, “I have had a meeting. But who knows? They will have to look at the script when it’s finished... I’d do that for free."
Right now, the final season of "The Newsroom" is airing on HBO with just one episode left in the season (which has been stirring up some controversy for this past Sunday's episode). And now it looks like one of Aaron Sorkin's stars from the show may head over to the Steve Jobs biopic that he scripted and is now set up at Universal Pictures after being shut down at Sony Pictures. The Wrap reports Jeff Daniels is currently being eyed to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. He doesn't have an offer yet, but he's Boyle's top choice for the role, so this should easily be finalized.
Just last month we learned that Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper may reunite with David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence in Joy, the story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano. Cooper isn't officially on board, but De Niro has indeed joined the project as Lawrence's father. And now THR reports Deliver Us from Evil star Edgar Ramirez, who will be seen next year in the remake of Point Break, has joined the film before production begins in February. Ramirez will play Mangano's husband, who is dapper, but has also taken to sleeping around behind her back. Who in their right mind would cheat on Jennifer Lawrence? Read on!
After taking a surprising turn in Fast & Furious 6, mix martial artist turned actress Gina Carano will bring her acting skills into the fighting arena this time. THR reports Carano has joined the cast of Kickboxer, a reboot/remake of the original 1989 martial arts flick which just landed Jean-Claude Van Damme to return in a mentor role. This time the story follows Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi, a UFC welterweight champion), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand, where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). So what's Carano doing in the film? Read on!