Over four years ago, Brad Pitt was said to be circling Go Like Hell, a racing drama based on the book of the same name by A.J. Baime. However, he fell away from the project and went on to other films. But now it sounds like Pitt is interested again after Tom Cruise and his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski decided to pick up the project that caught Michael Mann's interest years ago. THR has word that Pitt is being courted to join Cruise in the story about how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and racing champ turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a plan to reinvent the Ford company. Read on!
After hearing this past fall that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd were the frontrunners to play Ant-Man in Marvels Phase Three title from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), the deliberation is over, and it seems we have our tiny superhero cast. The Wrap has learned that with Joseph Gordon-Levitt heading to the comic book adaptation of Sandman at Warner Bros., the Anchorman and I Love You, Man star is now taking the lead role as Hank Pym, the man who would become Ant-Man. Recent interviewers have noticed Rudd being in better shape than he was previously, but denied any involvement. Read on!
After years of playing a comic book hero in X-Men and The Wolverine, Australian actor Hugh Jackman will be getting into bad guy mode for Warner Bros. this time. Variety has word that the Les Miserables Oscar nominee is in talks to play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in Pan, the new adaptation of the classic story J.M. Barrie fairytale that has Atonement director Joe Wright at the helm, working from a script by Jason Fuchs that actually appeared on this year's Black List. This will be the first time Jackman has played a bad guy, and he must have been looking for one because one of his other options was a bad guy role too.
We already know that Jason Momoa is in the running for some sort of villain/hero role in the gestating comic book sequel Batman vs. Superman, the follow-up to this year's Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder, but now we have word on a potential talent being lined up for the film's primary villain. Variety has word that Warner Bros. wants to get their Her leading man Joaquin Phoenix for a role in the film, but it's still very early in the process, so it's far from a done deal. The actor has strayed away from blockbusters and is currently considering a role in Sea of Trees, the next film from Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant.
Nearly four years ago, we learned producer Charles Roven (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) and his Atlas Entertainment production banner are working with Warner Bros to develop a feature length film adaptation of the classic castaway television series Gilligan's Island. Writer Brad Copeland (Yogi Bear, Wild Hogs) was hired to script the film, but now it's in different hands. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has hired Josh Gad (Frozen, "Book of Mormon") to lead the film, and he will also write the script with Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (who scripted "1600 Penn" with Gad). However, Gad's not necessarily playing Gilligan.
Here's a double dose of news involving Joseph Gordon-Levitt for you. First of all, after hearing that the star and director of Don Jon was somehow involved in Man of Steel and The Dark Knight trilogy writer David Goyer's pitch to bring Neil Gaiman's Sandman to the big screen, we now have confirmation as to what he'll be doing on the adaptation. Deadline reports Gordon-Levitt is finalizing a deal to produce the film and also attached him to the project as the lead. In addition, the actor also hopes to turn the project into his sophomore directing effort, but that sounds like a less certain part of the deal. But that's not all for JGL.
After leading the poppy alternative rock band The All-American Rejects for years, frontman Tyson Ritter entered the world of acting in 2007 with an episode of "House M.D." and followed with a small role in The House Bunny and arcs on "Parenthood" and "Betas." Now he's going to lead a film that will feature his acting and musical chops. THR has word that Ritter will play Gregg Allman, one half of the classic rock duo The Allman Brothers, in a biopic called Midnight Rider. Ritter will be joined by Wyatt Russell (This is 40, 22 Jump Street) playing Duane Allman, and both will sing and play guitar, piano and organ on film.
After getting all sorts of awards attention for 12 Years a Slave, the recently Golden Globe and SAG-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is looking to work with Lawless director John Hillcoat in the crime drama Triple Nine. Back in 2010, Shia LaBeouf was slated to star in the film, but when it resurfaced earlier this year, Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy") was tapped to lead the film with Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett in town. Now Casey Affleck is replacing Hunnam as the lead in the film about a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title refers to the code used when a police officer needs assitance. Read on!
After being the mother of dragons on "Game of Thrones," the HBO series star is now the mother of John Connor. Variety reports Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the fantasy adaptation, has landed the role of Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genesis after being pegged an early favorite when testing with actresses like Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Short Term 12) and Margot Robbie, though the latter never read for the part. Now the deal is done and Clarke is on board the film after we learned Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke (no relation) entered talks to play her son John Connor. Now Kyle Reese needs to be cast.
After Leslie Nielsen passed away in November of 2010, we thought we'd seen the last of Detective Frank Drebin. But if the last ten years have proven anything, it's that Hollywood loves bringing things back from the dead. No, Paramount Pictures isn't digging up Nielsen's body for a strange experiment, but they are developing a remake of the spoof franchise The Naked Gun, which featured Nielsen playing the skilled but bumbling detective. Variety reports The Hangover franchise and We're the Millers star Ed Helms will play Drebin in a new film written by "Reno 911!" creators Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. Read on!
In what might have been an accidental reveal after being woken up with a nomination for a Golden Globe for the Showtime series "House of Lies," actor Don Cheadle has revealed that he will be popping up in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. USA Today (via ScreenCrush) spoke with the actor this morning who said that he was heading to a production meeting for the Marvel sequel after he got off the phone with the newspaper. We don't know if Colonel James Rhodes will suit up as War Machine or Iron Patriot to help out Iron Man and The Avengers, but this is good news since his presence in the first assembly was missed. More below!
Since making a splash at Sundance with the alcoholic drama Smashed starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, director James Ponsoldt returned to the festival this year with the stellar coming-of-age drama, The Spectacular Now. Ponsoldt has lined up a busy future with a developing biopic on Hilary Clinton and an adaptation of the Pure young adult novel series (not to mention some scripting duties on a couple films), and now one more project has been added to his list. The End of the Tour will star Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg in a film following author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky.
Next year we'll see Frank Grillo get tangled up with Captain America: The Winter Soldier (fans who saw Thor: The Dark World in IMAX already saw him in action with a tease before the film), but now he's getting involved in a different sequel. Deadline has word that Grillo will lead the sequel to last year's low-budget horror thriller The Purge. There was speculation recently that the film might be called The Zone, but this news pegs the sequel as being given the laborious title of The Next Chapter of The Purge. Since Blumhouse Productions already has Insidious: Chapter 2, I guess they had to change the title format a little.
Sadly this year's Oscar hopeful The Monuments Men from director George Clooney was pushed back to February 2014. That likely puts it outside of any Oscar chances for that year (unless it pulls a Silence of the Lambs), but maybe a long-deveoping film from Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures can get the job done at some point down the road. The Wrap has word that Our Brand is Crisis, the political comedy adaptation of Rachel Boynton's 2005 doc of the same name has life again, this time with Clooney's Gravity co-star Sandra Bullock in early talks to lead the film about American political strategies being used in Bolivia.