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'Arrow' Star Stephen Amell to Play Casey Jones in 'Ninja Turtles 2'

Stephen Amell / Casey Jones

Following last week's addition of Alessandra Ambrosio to the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 as a seemingly inexplicable love interest for cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett), the sequel has lined up a new supporting star taking a role that will have fans pretty excited. Variety has learned that "Arrow" series star Stephen Amell has taken the role of the hockey-masked crime fighter and turtle ally Casey Jones. The trade reports Amell tested for the role with about six other actors over the weekend, and it was his chemistry with Megan Fox as April O'Neil that convinced the studio he was right for the job. Read on!

 Posted 9 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Christopher Walken Has 'Nine Lives,' Will Ski with 'Eddie the Eagle'

Christopher Walken

There can never be too many movies with Christopher Walken, and that's why we're happy to hear from Deadline that the Pulp Fiction and Catch Me If You Can star has just landed two more projects. First up, Walken will take a role in Eddie the Eagle, the true story about Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper, Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton), who became famous for finishing dead last in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, despite his best efforts. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie's mentor, and Walken has been brought on board as the mentor of Jackman's character. Don't forget we got a first look at the film recently.

 Posted 11 hours ago in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is Joining 'Suicide Squad' as Killer Croc

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje / Killer Cros

The primary cast of Warner Bros. Pictures' forthcoming adaptation of DC Comics' property Suicide Squad is all assembled with Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress and Jared Leto as The Joker. Plus, Jay Hernandez is on board as El Diablo and Viola Davis is playing Amanda Waller. But yet another name has joined the cast as The Wrap reports "Lost" star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is taking the role of Waylon Jones, aka Killer Croc, a reptilian supervillain known for giving Batman a fair share of trouble.

 Posted 12 hours ago in Casting, DC, Movie News | Comments

Vincent D'Onofrio Joins 'Magnificent Seven,' Arriving January of 2017

Vincent D'Onofrio

Earlier this year a viral video introduced us to Vincent D'Onofrio's character in Jurassic World, and we definitely got the vibe that he could be some sort of villainous character in the summer blockbuster. Plus, let's not forget that he's playing Kingpin in Netflix's series adaptation of "Daredevil" from Marvel Studios. Now the actor has lined up another key bad guy role as Variety reports D'Onofrio will be giving Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke some trouble in MGM and Sony's remake of The Magnificent Seven, which in itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. So who will he play?

 Posted March 30 in Casting, Movie News, Release Dates | Comments

Bill Hader Joins the Cast of Steven Spielberg's 'The BFG' Adaptation

Bill Hader

After Judd Apatow's latest comedy Trainwreck played South by Southwest earlier this month, the reviews frequently said that this might be the filmmaker's best work yet. Thankfully, in addition to Amy Schumer making a big screen splash as the leading lady, "Saturday Night Live" alum Bill Hader is also a force to be reckoned with as the comedienne's love interest, and now he's getting ready to work with another Hollywood heavy-hitter. Deadline reports Skeleton Twins star Bill Hader has joined the cast of The BFG, the adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's book of the same that that is being directed by Steven Spielberg.

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

Model Alessandra Ambrosio Joins 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'

Alessandra Ambrosio

If you saw the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles last year and thought that it needed more supermodels, then you are in luck. THR reports that Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is taking a role in the forthcoming sequel from Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes. I can't help but think that this is Michael Bay's doing as one of the producers of the new franchise, especially since the director gave another Victoria's Secret model, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, her big screen debut in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Megan Fox is already playing April O'Neil, so who is Ambrosio playing?

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

Jeremy London & Ethan Suplee Confirmed to Return for 'Mallrats 2'

Mallrats

Earlier this week, Kevin Smith confirmed the return of Jason Lee and Shannen Doherty reprising their character in Mallrats 2. At the time, Smith was touting that he still had six to go, and it looks like two more have been locked down. Jeremy London, who played the pining ex-boyfriend of Claire Forlani in the original 1995 film, will be back as T.S. Quint. We're not sure where his relationship stands after the two got married at the end of the original Mallrats, but we'll surely find out. In addition, one of the memorable side characters from the mall will be back with Ethan Suplee back as William, who finally saw that sailboat.

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

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Lead Fox Searchlight's 'Force Majeure' Remake

Force Majeure

Even though the Swedish drama Force Majeure wasn't eligible for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, it was still one of the best international offerings of 2014, winning a bunch of awards that are the Swedish equivalent of the Oscar, as well as the Un Certain Regard jury prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is available on Netflix Instant now, but for those who just can't handle subtitles or would rather see the same story adjusted to your own American sensibilities, THR reports Fox Searchlight has picked up the rights to remake with "Veep" and "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in talks to star.

 Posted March 26 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

William H. Macy to Direct Lea Michele & Kate Upton in 'The Layover'

Kate Upton / Lea Michele

Most romantic comedies are pretty formulaic and predictable, but every now and then one comes along to shake things up a bit. I'm hoping that's the case with a new road trip sexy comedy called The Layover being produced by Unified Pictures and Bron Studios. Kate Upton (The Other Woman) and Lea Michele ("Glee") will star in the film about two lifelong best friends who decide to avoid their problems by taking a vacation only to find that their plane has been rerouted due to a hurricane warning. Things are made even more complicated when they both fall for the same gentleman at the airport they're stuck at in St. Louis.

 Posted March 26 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal May Become 'Nocturnal Animals' Next

Amy Adams & Jake Gyllenhaal

Both Amy Adams hand Jake Gyllenhaal had considerable awards buzz last year, though neither ended up getting nominated at the Academy Awards for their respective roles in Big Eyes and Nightcrawler. But now the two are teaming up for a new project, as THR reports the two talented stars are circling roles in Nocturnal Animals, a new thriller being produced by George Clooney and his Smokehouse Productions banner. The project doesn't have a studio yet, but Smokehouse has a first-look deal with Sony, so it could easily end up there. As of now Adams is in talks to star while Gyllenhaal is reportedly attached as the male lead. In addition, Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson may also end up with roles.

 Posted March 26 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ben Mendelsohn Maybe Circling Lead Role in 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

Ben Mendelsohn

Now that the first standalone spin-off to follow Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the official title of Star Wars: Rogue One and a confirmed leading lady in Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, it's time for the rest of the film's cast to get rounded up before production begins later this year. Deadline has word that Ben Mendelsohn, a spectacular Aussie character actor you should recognize from The Dark Knight Rises and Killing Them Softly, is circling another lead role alongside Jones. Of course, as has become customary with all Star Wars casting news, there's absolutely no hint of what kind of character he will be playing at all.

 Posted March 25 in Casting, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Adds Another Mutant: Lana Condor as Jubilee

Jubilee / Lana Condor

Another day, another mutant adding to the extensive line-up in X-Men: Apocalypse. Even though Jennifer Lawrence seems to be departing the X-Men franchise after this forthcoming sequel, it sounds like there will be plenty other mutants to help carry the franchise without the presence of one of its biggest stars. Director Bryan Singer made another post to Instagram today to announce that newcomer Lana Condor would be taking the role of Jubilation Lee, better known as Jubilee. The character has appeared ever so briefly in the original X-Men franchise but has never been a staple of the X-Men team. Could that change?

 Posted March 25 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Anna Kendrick Takes Seat at 'Table 19' with 'Rocket Science' Director

Anna Kendrick

Before Anna Kendrick was the wonderful sensation she is today, she starred in a little indie called Rocket Science. Even then, Kendrick showed tons of potential in the role of a fast-talking, intimidating debate competitor, and it's no surprise that she's one of the most popular and talented actresses working today. Well, Deadline reports she's reteaming with Rocket Science director Jeffrey Blitz for a new comedy called Table 19. The film follows a group of total strangers forced to sit together as the misfits at a destination wedding. Surely hilarity, and maybe romance will ensure, especially when you hear who else is starring.

 Posted March 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Idris Elba Now in Early Talks to Play Unknown Villain in 'Star Trek 3'

Idris Elba

As of now, we still know very little about Star Trek 3 when it comes to the story. What we do know so far is that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin will all be back on the Enterprise, with Pegg pulling double duty as co-writer of the script with Doug Jung. Getting behind the camera this time is Justin Lin of the Fast & Furious franchise, which has certainly raised some eyebrows. And now it's time for the supporting cast to get filled out, including the new villain for the sequel, and Variety has word that Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark Wold star Idris Elba is in talks for the key role.

 Posted March 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

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