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Channing Tatum Attached to 'Gambit' Spin-Off from 'RoboCop' Writer

Channing Tatum / Gambit

Earlier this year, X-Men franchise producer Lauren Shuler Donner was talking about landing Channing Tatum to play the Cajun, kinetically charged mutant Gambit in his own spin-off film. Then the actor was confirmed to take the role in May, and we've just been waiting to see how it all plays out. Well, Deadline has more details with official word that Tatum is officially attached to the film at 20th Century Fox and the script will be written by RoboCop remake scribe Josh Zetumer, based on a treatment from Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont, the man who created the cool character with Jim Lee back in 1990. More below!

 Posted 16 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ricky Gervais & Eric Bana Team for 'Special Correspondents' Remake

Ricky Gervais / Eric Bana

If Seth Rogen teaming up with Christian Bale for Danny Boyle's forthcoming biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wasn't weird enough, another peculiar collaboration is happening, this time in the world of comedy. Variety reports Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana will star in a remake of the French comedy Special Correspondents, the story of a struggling New York-based radio journalist (Bana) whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. So he decides to fake front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. So basically a funnier Wag the Dog.

 Posted 23 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Seth Rogen to Play Steve Wozniak in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic

Steve Wozniak / Seth Rogen

For anyone who had a bet going that Christian Bale would never star in a movie with Seth Rogen, the game is over. We already know that Christian Bale has been confirmed to play Steve Jobs in a biopic set up at Sony Pictures with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle at the helm with a script from Aaron Sorkin. Now the rest of the cast is starting to fill out around Bale as Variety reports none other than Seth Rogen will Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the once right hand man to Jobs and designer of both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s. This is a role far different than we've ever seen from Rogen. Read on!

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

Hailee Steinfeld Learns 'Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight'

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight / Hailee Steinfeld

After taking on some young adult sci-fi with Ender's Game last year, Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld is getting her own young romance too. Deadline has word that Steinfeld will star in The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, an adaptation of Jennifer E. Smith's young adult novel of the same name. The film will see Steinfeld as a young twentysomething who has having a pretty terrible day waiting in an airport for a flight to London to attend her father's second wedding. But while she waits, she meets a young British guy, and of course sparks fly when they're seated next to each other on the plane.

 Posted October 29 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Jason Bateman to Sell Himself as Director & Star of 'IPO Man' Comedy

Jason Bateman

After making his directorial debut with the thoroughly enjoyable Bad Words last year, Deadline reports  Jason Bateman has just lined up his sophomore directing effort with a comedy called IPO Man. Bateman will again also take the lead role in the film set up at Fox Searchlight and based on a Wired article by Joshua Davis called "Meet The Man Who Sold His Fate To Investors At $1 A Share." In case you haven't guessed, the film follows a man who turned himself into a public offering. However, what started out as a seemingly genius way to make money became a disaster as the shareholders wanted more control than he expected.

 Posted October 29 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Keanu Reeves Reteams with 'John Wick' Producer to Make 'Replicas'

Keanu Reeves

After blasting away countless bad guys in John Wick, it seems like Keanu Reeves is on the verge of a fun comeback. Now the actor is set to reteam with the action thriller's producer, Stephen Hamel (who is also working on Reeves' gestating sci-fi romance Passengers), for a sci-fi thriller called Replicas. The project is on sale at the American Film Market with Lotus Entertainment and Bonaventura Pictures (ran by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who worked on The Matrix trilogy and Constantine) behind the film that will be directed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) with a script from Chad St. Johnson. So what's this new project about?

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

Mark Rylance is Roald Dahl's 'The BFG' for Director Steven Spielberg

Mark Rylance

After once being slated to play the Mad Hatter's father in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Tony Award winner Mark Rylance ended up not taking the role, and it went to Rhys Ifans of The Amazing Spider-Man. However, Rylance did end up getting a role in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War thriller with Tom Hanks. And it turns out to have been a great move for the actor because DreamWorks has announced that Rylance has also landed the title role in The BFG, the adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel that will also be adapted by Steven Spielberg. Read on!

 Posted October 27 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Benedict Cumberbatch Back in Talks to Be Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

Doctor Strange / Benedict Cumberbatch

After being in the running for the role of Doctor Strange this past summer, and then falling away for a few months, "Sherlock" and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch is now in talks with Marvel to take the lead role in their Phase Three film. Previously, Joaquin Phoenix was the top pick, but a deal wasn't finalized. Marvel has been considering various names since then, and right now they're just trying to figure out if they can work around Cumberbatch's schedule in order to get him in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That's some positively great news!

 Posted October 27 in Casting, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Warner Bros. Wants Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in 'Suicide Squad'

Lex Luthor / Jesse Eisenberg

When Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment announced their full slate of films planned for release from now through 2020, many were surprised to see that the next film to follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice would be Suicide Squad. The film is set for release on August 5th, 2016 and while we've heard that Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie may end up starring in the film, there's another interesting casting move the studio wants to make. Deadline reports Warner Bros. is in talks to have Jesse Eisenberg reprise his Batman v. Superman role as villain Lex Luthor in the film. Read on!

 Posted October 24 in Casting, DC, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ben Wheatley Comes to US for 'Free Fire' with Olivia Wilde and More

Ben Wheatley

You may not know the name Ben Wheatley yet, but the British filmmaker has gotten quite a bit of buzz previously for his films Sightseers and Kill List. His next film will be an adaptation of High Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, but after that, he's coming to the United States for his next film. THR has word that Wheatley is set to direct a 1970s crime drama called Free Fire, and he has quite the cast assembled to star in it. The project is on sale at the American Film Market and is touting Olivia Wilde (Rush), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and also Armie Hammer (The Social Network).

 Posted October 24 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

James Franco's 'Zeroville' Lands Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen & Tons More

Zeroville

In case you hadn't heard, James Franco is directing and starring in an adaptation of Zeroville, the 2007 novel of the same name by Steve Erickson. The story follows a naive, alienated young man who moves to Hollywood in the 1960s, driven by his love and obsession for the movies, and meeting various filmmaking types like John Milius and Martin Scorsese. But he ends up getting caught up in the world of sex, drugs and rock and roll. It's a must-read for any cinephile, and the film is already in production right now. So far we hadn't heard any cast members beyond Franco taking the lead role (he shaved his head for it), but that changes today with a report from ScreenDaily revealing that some of Franco's best buddies are on board too.

 Posted October 24 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Adds Chiwetel Ejiofor & The Winter Soldier

Chiwetel Ejiofor

For a film that primarily focuses on an astronaut (Matt Damon) who is stranded in a colony on Mars and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission, there sure seems to be a lot of supporting cast members signing on to The Martian. Director Ridley Scott is at the helm of the film written by Cabin in the Woods scribe Drew Goddard, which starts shooting next month, and EW has learned three more names have just joined the film. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Mackenzie Davis (That Awkward Moment) are on board.

 Posted October 23 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Greta Gerwig and Julie Delpy to Star in Todd Solondz's 'Wiener Dog'

Greta Gerwig / Julie Delpy

It's been nearly 20 years since Todd Solondz directed his breakthrough film Welcome to the Dollhouse, and now the filmmaker is putting together a film that will somewhat act as a sequel, but not really. THR has learned that Solondz has quietly been developing a film called Wiener-Dog that will be backed by Megan Ellison and her awesome Annapurna Pictures production banner. Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) will both star in the film featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy. Read on!

 Posted October 23 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale to Talk a Lot in Steve Jobs Biopic

Steve Jobs / Christian Bale

Just over a week ago, we learned that Christian Bale was again in the running to play Steve Jobs in the new biopic about the Apple founder and technology innovator. Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is directing the film with a script from Aaron Sorkin, and it's the acclaimed writer who confirms that Bale will indeed take the starring role in the film that is currently titled Jobs (though that might change since the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher had the same title). In addition, Sorkin has more to say about the film, unsurprisingly noting that he's given Bale a lot to say as Jobs. More below!

 Posted October 23 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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