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Natalie Portman Now in Talks to Join Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic

Natalie Portman

Now that Universal Pictures has grabbed the Steve Jobs biopic from Sony Pictures, the studio is starting to round up a supporting cast to surround star Michael Fassbender in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Deadline has word that Natalie Portman is now in talks for a role in the film, and while specifics of her character have not been revealed, it's said to be a major role for the Oscar winner. The script from Aaron Sorkin has been said to focus on the launch of three separate Apple products, which will end up spanning 16 years in the life of the technology innovator, but more details have come to light now.

 Posted 2 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Mel Brooks Lends Voice to Dracula's Father in 'Hotel Transylvania 2'

Hotel Transylvania 2

Next fall brings the return of Adam Sandler as Dracula in the animated sequel Hotel Transylvania 2. We have heard anything about the sequel since it was announced back in 2012, but now we have word on some of the returning voice cast, which includes Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James and Steve Buscemi, with Keegan-Michael Key stepping in for Cee-Lo Green this time. But the real news is one of the new cast members, and that's the legendary comedian Mel Brooks, director of the iconic monster comedy spoof Young Frankenstein, lending his voice to the ancient vampire Vlad, the cranky old father of Dracula. And we also have a first look at his character and the rest of the gang too. Look below!

 Posted 7 hours ago in Animation, Casting, First Look, Movie News | Comments

Oscar Isaac Set to Play the Title Villain in 2016's 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Apocalypse / Oscar Isaac

Though Tom Hardy was rumored to be in the running to play the title villain in the next installment of the X-Men franchise, the role has gone to one of the cast members of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which will unleash a teaser trailer this weekend). Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has signed Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) to play the villain Apocalypse in the aptly titled X-Men: Apocalypse, already slated for release on May 27th, 2016. This comes just after learning that Fox is also eyeing actors and actresses to play the roles of young Cyclops and Jean Grey for the sequel set in the 80s.

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

'The Giver' Star Brenton Thwaites Joins 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'

Brenton Thwaites

Production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is getting closer with a start date of February planned in Australia, and that means it's time for the cast to start surfacing. We already know Johnny Depp will be back as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush is also returning as Captain Barbossa with rumblings of Ian McShane possibly being back in the mix as well. New cast members include Javier Bardem as the film's villain, Captain Brand, a ghost bent on revenge against Sparrow, whom he holds responsible for the death of his brother, and now The Wrap has added The Giver star Brenton Thwaites.

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

Bryce Dallas Howard Heads to Disney's Remake of 'Pete's Dragon'

Pete's Dragon / Bryce Dallas Howard

When the first trailer for Jurassic World arrives next week, we'll likely get to see Bryce Dallas Howard in some capacity along with a peek at the new dinosaurs on the scene. But now that Howard has dealt with prehistoric specimens, she's ready to move on to mythical creatures. THR reports the Spider-Man 3 and The Help star is in talks to take a role in Disney's remake of the 1977 classic Pete's Dragon. The film already counts the legendary Robert Redford as part of the cast, along with child actors Oakes Fegley as the title boy and Broadway star Oona Laurence as his friend. So who will Howard play in the updated version of the tale?

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

Martin Freeman Joins Tina Fey & Margot Robbie in 'Taliban Shuffle'

Martin Freeman

This winter will bring the final installment of Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, which kept Martin Freeman busy for awhile, and has given him a promotional tour to look forward to every year for three years. In the meantime, in between those publicity engagements, he had time for The World's End, a new series of "Sherlock" and the first season of the anthology series "Fargo." Now the actor finally has time for a different project on the big screen again as THR reports the British actor is in talks to join Tina Fey in Taliban Shuffle, the adaptation of journalist Kim Barker's war memoir of the same name. More below!

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

Summit Wants Tom Cruise to Mentor 'Highlander' in Movie Reboot

Tom Cruise

It's been over a year since visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was set to make his directorial debut on Highlander, a reboot of the film franchise of the same name that's set up at Summit Entertainment. Ryan Reynolds was once going to star in the film, but fell away from the project last summer. The hunt is still on to find someone to take the lead role, and they might get a boost to finding a big name, because The Wrap is looking to land a superstar for the role of Ramirez, the man who mentors and trains an immortal Scottish swordsman seeking revenge against a barbarian chasing him across time.

 Posted November 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Zach Braff May Direct Dustin Hoffman in Remake of 'Going in Style'

Zach Braff

It took Zach Braff 10 years to get back behind the camera for his directorial effort Wish I Was Here, but it sounds like he's not waiting that long to do it again. Variety has word that the "Scrubs" star who has starred in both of his own films is looking to be at the helm of Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 comedy of the same name starring George Burns. The project is set up at New Line, and Braff would replace Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) as director on the project if a deal can be solidified. Since I wasn't super impressed with his sophomore film, I'm not as excited for a new Braff film, but the cast certainly grabs my attention. Read on!

 Posted November 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Zoolander 2' Ready to Turn Left Again with Justin Theroux Directing

Zoolander

Ever since Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was greenlit and unleashed in theaters last year, fans have been hoping that Paramount Pictures would also grant the same courtesy to Zoolander 2, the sequel to Ben Stiller's comedy favorite from 13 years ago. The film has been developing for years, and this year rumblings of it finally happening came from both co-star Will Ferrell and Justin Theroux, who was named as co-writer and director of the sequel back in 2010. Now Deadline reports the project has life again with Theroux still directing from his own script, and a sexy new co-star has popped up on the catwalk too.

 Posted November 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Mel Gibson to Direct Andrew Garfield in 'Hacksaw Ridge' War Drama

Mel Gibson

Since Mel Gibson hasn't gained much traction on a comeback as far as his acting career is concerned (Machete Kills and The Expendables 3 were fun, but didn't make waves), it looks like he's going to try the directing door again instead. THR reports Gibson is currently in talks to direct Hacksaw Ridge, a World War II drama that tells the true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor. What makes this all the more interesting is that Doss was drafted into the military in 1942 for the war, but he refused to bear arms on religious ground, and still ended up being a war hero. Read on!

 Posted November 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Melissa McCarthy to Be Comedic Tinker Bell for Director Shawn Levy

Melissa McCarthy / Tiinker Bell

With the exception of a series of home video releases, we've never seen Disney's famous fairy Tinker Bell get her own movie, since she's always been relegated to appearing with Peter Pan. However, now the blonde pixie will star in her own film at 20th Century Fox. However, it won't be the kind of film you would expect since Deadline reports Tammy and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy will play the title fairy, and Night at the Museum franchise director Shawn Levy will be at the helm. The project is currently untitled, but it's based on a fresh approach to the iconic character which was fleshed out with the help of McCarthy herself.

 Posted November 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Keanu Reeves to Lead Tarsem Singh's Action Thriller 'The Panopticon'

Keanu Reeves

This year saw Keanu Reeves get some deserved attention for his ass-kicking role in John Wick, though the film should have gotten even more attention at the box office. The actor has a couple sci-fi projects lined up with the gestating space travel romance Passengers still kicking around, and there's also Replicas, which will reteam Reeves with John Wick producer Stephen Hamel. Now The Wrap reports Reeves is in talks to lead The Panopticon, an action thriller from director Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Mirror Mirror) and writer Craig Rosenberg (After the Sunset), and it sounds perfect for Reeves to tackle following John Wick.

 Posted November 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Djimon Hounsou Mentors King Arthur in 'Knights at the Round Table'

Djimon Hounsou

Hot on the heels of news that Jude Law would play the primary antagonist of Knights of the Round Table, the first in a hopeful six-film franchise telling the tale of hero King Arthur, the final major role has been filled at last. Variety reports Gladiator and Guardians of the Galaxy star Djimon Hounsou has landed the role of Arthur's mentor, who is described as a Merlin-esque figure, but isn't exactly playing the iconic wizard from the classic tales. This is the role that Pacific Rim star Idris Elba was once being lined up for, but the actor didn't close a deal. Hounsou is a solid alternative to what will likely be a recurring role.

 Posted November 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Rosamund Pike Joining Charlie Hunnam in 'Mountains Between Us'

Rosamund Pike

With Gone Girl making a big splash at the box office and having some staying power over the past month and a half, it's time for Rosamund Pike to lock down her next project. Variety reports the star of Jack Reacher and The World's End is now in early talks to star in The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of Charles Martin's book of the same name name set up at Fox 2000 & Chernin Entertainment. Previously Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was going to star in the film with Pacific Rim's Charlie Hunnam, but she probably fell away since she's likely playing Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad at Warner Bros. next.

 Posted November 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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