Back in the fall of 2011, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intruders, 28 Weeks Later) was hired to direct Summit Entertainment's film reboot of the fan favorite franchise Highlander. Since then, Ryan Reynolds became attached to lead the film, but late last year Fresnadillo fell away from the project, and now The Wrap reports the film is without a leading man as well. The Green Lantern star has reportedly backed out of the production as well, leaving producers Neal Moritz and Peter Davis to start all over. Reynolds' departure comes after Summit wasn't able to find a replacement for Fresnadillo quickly enough.
Back in the spring, we learned that Scarlett Johansson was going to kick some ass outside of the Marvel universe again with The Fifth Element and The Professional director Luc Besson for his latest action thriller Lucy. The film follows Johansson as the title character who is forced to become a drug mule. But rather than just carrying the drug, it enters her system and turns her into a lethal vixen who can absorb knowledge with ease, move things with her mind, see into the future, and doesn't feel any pain at all. Now The Wrap has learned Morgan Freeman is in talks to take a pivotal role in the action thriller. Read on!
Okay, this is getting a little confusing. Just last month, John C. Reilly was rumored to have an offer for a role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Reilly was said to be playing a character named Rhomann Dey, an agent not entirely unlike Phil Coulson who works as the middle man between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Guardians of the Galaxy. This was interesting because in the comic books, Rhomann Dey is the leader of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic military force that serves the Marvel Universe that has been confirmed to be featured in the Marvel film. However, confirmation of Reilly's involvement from Deadline has different info.
Over a year ago, director Chris Columbus was slated to direct and produce Hello Ghost, a remake of a supernatural Korean comedy for Universal. The story follows a man who fails to kill himself, and then ends up being plagued by four ghosts who won't leave him alone until he helps each of them complete their unfinished business by granting them one wish. It sounds like Ghost Town meets A Christmas Carol, and now the film has been shoved into worriesome comedy territory as THR reports Adam Sandler is attached to star in and produce the film, from Admission writer Karen Croner, through his Happy Madison banner.
Just over a week ago, one of two new projects landing the talents of Spanish actor Javier Bardem was The Gunman, a new thriller from Taken director Pierre Morel. The film is based on Jean-Patrick Macnhette's novel Prone Gunman with a script by Dredd and Vantage Point director Pete Travis and Sean Penn in the lead role as international hitman Martin Terrier, who is betrayed by the organization he works for and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat-and-mouse across all of Europe. Now THR has word that Thor and The Losers star Idris Elba is in talks to take a role in the European cat-and-mouse thriller. More below!
Well, this is an interesting and late development. Along with the somewhat recent news that Robert Redford had a pivotal role as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another interesting casting move has just been revealed, and it brings back a character from Captain America: The First Avenger. Speaking with Xpose Entertainment (via ComicBookMovie), Dominic Cooper revealed that he has completed shooting some scenes where he returns as Howard Stark, founder of Stark Industries and father of Iron Man himself, Tony Stark. But how is that possible with a sequel in present day? Read on!
Right now you can see Emma Watson surviving the apocalypse alongside Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and more in This is The End, but Warner Bros. will be sending the Harry Potter franchise star back to blockbuster fantasy territory soon. Variety has word that the studio and Harry Potter producer David Heyman are teaming up for an adaptation of Erika Johansen's upcoming fantasy book Queen of the Tearling, the first in a trilogy which will hit shelves sometime in 2014. The project is described as a female-centric "Game of Thrones" style story with a 19-year-old protagonist leading the charge. Read on!
Just yesterday we learned that Megan Ellison's company Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison's Skydance Productions were in talks with Paramount Pictures for a deal to the distribution rights to Terminator 5, the gestating sequel in the iconic sci-fi franchise. At the time, we had also already known that Arnold Schwarzenegger was returning, but we weren't necessarily sure in what capacity. Now the actor has again confirmed his involvement, but with the added detail that he will definitely be playing The Terminator again, despite speculation he might be taking a human role. Plus, he also says when production may begin.
Following his musical turn in Les Miserables, rising star Eddie Redmayne might be making a run for Oscar. Deadline has word that the British actor has figured out his next project with Theory of Everything, a project that will see him playing Stephen Hawking for Man on Wire and Project Nim director James Marsh. Working Title is behind the film which will focus on the relationship Hawking has with his wife, though it's not clear if that's Jane Wilde, who was married to Hawking from 1965 to 1991, or Elaine Mason, married from 1995 to 2006. However, Redmayne is also being courted for another project.
Sony and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment are filling out the cast of their new adaptation of the classic musical Annie, which also has rapper Jay-Z aboard as a producer and Easy A director Will Gluck at the helm. Beasts of the Southern Wild actress Quvenzhane Wallis is taking the titular role with this spin on the story that is said to be geared towards African American audiences, and Jamie Foxx is playing a character named Benjamin Stacks, a New York City mayoral candidate that's essentially a variation on the Daddy Warbucks character. And now Sandra Bullock is said to be circling one of the pivotal roles. More below!
Last year, we learned that Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess was looking to team with Jim Carrey for a bank heist comedy called Loomis Fargo. The script comes from "Up All Night" creator and former "Saturday Night Live" writer Emily Spivey with a rewrite from Danny McBride and Jody Hill and follows four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from a Loomis Fargo armored truck. Carrey was the leading man in the film, and now one member of his ragtag team of thieves has emerged as Deadline reports Owen Wilson has landed a role in the film.
With the delay of Warner Bros. comedy reboot of Vacation, the hilarious Ed Helms had an open spot in his schedule this summer, and it's just been filled. Variety reports Helms will co-star in Stretch, the new film from director Joe Carnahan led by his A-Team villain Patrick Wilson. Paranormal Activity and Insidious producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Pictures banner are behind the project which follows a down-on-his-luck chauffeur (Wilson) looking to relieve his severe debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back. So now we know that the title refers to a limousine. More below!
DiCaprio as Rasputin? He's ideal! It's being reported on Deadline that Warner Bros has acquired a script written by Jason Hall (Paranoia, American Sniper) for a movie about Rasputin, the Russian mystic who became an advisor to the Russian Imperial family, The Romanovs, before being brutally killed. Currently attached in the role of Rasputin is three-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio. Apparently there was something about the ruthless Russian mystic which Hall uncovered and put into the script that intrigued DiCaprio enough to agree to the role. I just have a feeling about this that seems like a completely perfect fit.
It's no secret that Tom Hardy is one of the busiest and most sought after actors in Hollywood right now. The Dark Knight Rises star is shooting Animal Rescue right now, and he's got a more than a handful of future projects in the works. Now we can add one more to the mix as Deadline reports Hardy will lead The Outsider, which will be the English-language debut of Japanese filmmaker Takaski Miike (Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins). Joel Silver will produce the film that was originally set up through is deal at Warner Bros., but now the film will be independently financed for a shoot in Japan early next year. More below!