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Astrid Berges-Frisbey is Guinevere in Guy Ritchie's New 'King Arthur'

Astrid Berges-Frisbey

With "Sons of Anarchy" and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam set to play the title role in Guy Ritchie's medieval flick Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, it's time to get the royal warrior his leading lady. And Deadline reports it will be French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey taking the role of Guinevere, a character who has been a love interest, warrior and betrayer in previous incarnations of King Arthur's tales. This is a potentially big role for the actress since there's a plan for a story from Joby Harold that could span six films. And since Guinevere is a big part of Arthur's history, you can bet she'll stick around. Read on!

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

Andie MacDowell Joins 'Magic Mike XXL,' No Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey / Andie MacDowell

Sorry to disappoint fans of Magic Mike, but The Playlist has confirmed that Matthew McConaughey won't be back for the sequel Magic Mike XXL. So all you lawbreakers will just have to settle for the return of Channing Tatum. Though he's not the only returning cast members since Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello are also coming back. There's supposed to be more, but director Greg Jacobs wouldn't say anything else. But then came reports from Variety and Deadline that some ladies were getting in on the fun with Groundhog Day star Andie MacDowell and The Matrix Reloaded star Jada Pinkett-Smith joining.

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

Toby Kebbell Taking Villain Role in MGM & Paramount's 'Ben -Hur'

Toby Kebbell

We're going to be seeing a lot of Toby Kebbell in the near future. The actor has roles as the villain Dr. Doom in the reboot of Fantastic Four at Fox (which just got pushed back to later in 2015) and also a supporting role in the big screen version of the popular video game Warcraft. Plus, he'll be seen in lower profile films like A Monster Calls and the war drama Sand Castle. But now he's landed another big blockbuster role with Variety reporting that Kebbell has landed the role of the antagonist Messala in MGM & Paramount's remake of Ben-Hur, which landed "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston in the title role.

 Posted September 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Adam McKay to Direct Ben Schwartz & Seth Rogen in a New Comedy

Adam McKAy

Though Seth Rogen had bit parts to play in both Step Brothers and the original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, he's let to have a lead role in a comedy from director Adam McKay. That all changes today with an announcement from McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, Rogen's Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe (the company behind Neighbors and 50/50) that they've picked up a comedy pitch from "Parks & Recreation" star and Emmy-winning writer Ben Schwartz for an untitled feature film. Both Rogen and Schwartz will also star in the film produced by all of the aforementioned companies. Read on!

 Posted September 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Liam Neeson to 'Tell No One' in Adaptation of Harlan Coben's Thriller

Liam Neeson

This weekend, Liam Neeson heads into thriller territory again for Universal Picture in A Walk Among the Tombstones, and he's already in the midst of lining up another one. Deadline reports the studio is looking to reteam with Neeson by making him the star of Tell No One, the adaptation of Harlan Coben's thriller novel that was already turned into the French thriller of the same name directed by Guillaume Canet. Previously, the new adaptation was set to be directed by Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor, and before that Ben Affleck was going to direct the film, but it appears there's no director attached to the project anymore. Read on!

 Posted September 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Channing Tatum Gets a Beautiful Mind When He's 'Struck by Genius'

Channing Tatum

Following his forthcoming, buzzed about performance in Foxcatcher this fall, which could get him some Oscar love, Channing Tatum seems poised to be taking some more challenging roles between his forays into action and comedy. THR reports Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to Struck by Genius, a memoir written by Jason Padgett and Maureen Ann Seaberg about a man who became a surprise math sensation at the age of 31. Following in the footsteps of Matt Damon and Russell Crowe's turns in Good Will Hunting and A Beautiful Mind, Tatum will take the lead role of the sudden mathematical genius. Read on!

 Posted September 18 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' Lands Former 'Doctor Who' Matt Smith

Matt smith

The cast of the adaptation of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, which much like the monsters in the period romance remix novel has refused to die, is already full of some great up-and-coming stars. Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth are all starring in the film from Igby Goes Down and 17 Again director Burr Steers. Now one more familiar face from across the pond has joined the cast, and any sci-fi fans who weren't interested in the project already might start paying attention. THR reports former "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith has landed a part in the horror comedy based on the popular novel.

 Posted September 17 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Boardwalk Empire' Star Jack Huston Takes Lead in 'Ben-Hur' Remake

Jack Huston

After flirting with Tom Hiddleston for the lead role in MGM & Paramount's remake of the classic epic Ben-Hur, Deadline reports the studios have instead picked up "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston to take the title role in the film directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Leading up to his casting, Huston actually could have ended up playing Messala, the close friend of Judah Ben-Hur who becomes his nemesis, but the director decided Huston was better suited for the lead role. Now the search is still on to find an actor to play Messala, but that announcement shouldn't be too far behind.

 Posted September 17 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Chris Hemsworth Sees Hank Williams' Ghost in Odd Indie Adaptation

Chris Hemsworth

We already know Tom Hiddleston is bringing county western singer Hank Williams to life in the biopic I Saw the Light, and we've even seen him belt out one of his trademark tunes at a music festival in Michigan. But there's another, odd indie movie developing with ties to the singer as well. The film is called I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, and The Wrap reports Thor star Chris Hemsworth will star in and produce it, based on Steve Earle's novel of the same name. The story follows Toby “Doc” Ebersole, haunted by the ghost of Hank Williams after being involved in the country singer's mysterious death back in 1953.

 Posted September 16 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Tom Hiddleston Heads to 'Skull Island' for 'Kings of Summer' Director

Tom Hiddleston

At Comic-Con this past summer, Legendary Pictures made a surprise announcement regarding development of an action adventure called Skull Island, a film that was said to explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong. Since then, we've heard that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was being courted to be at the helm, and 2005's King Kong director Peter Jackson suggested that Guillermo del Toro should direct the film. But instead, a press release from Legendary has announced that Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the helm of the film, and Thor franchise star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to lead.

 Posted September 16 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ben Kingsley & Brie Larson Cross Daniel Radcliffe's 'Brooklyn Bridge'

Ben Kingsley

It's a shame that Ben Kingsley never got in on the Harry Potter franchise while the films were still being made, but the actor will get to work with Daniel Radcliffe on another project from across the pond anyway. THR has word from Goldcrest Films, a British production banner, that Kingsley has joined the cast of Brooklyn Bridge, a new drama from Emma and Infamous director Douglas McGrath. The film sees Radcliffe playing smart but inexperienced civil engineer Washington Roebling, the man who oversaw the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge, designed by his father, in the second half of the 19th century. More below!

 Posted September 16 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Paul Greengrass & Matt Damon Get Back Together for More Bourne

Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass

It might be hard to believe, but Universal Pictures has managed to convince director Paul Greengrass and The Bourne Identity franchise star Matt Damon back together for the fourth film in the series following secret government organization Jason Bourne. This will be the third time Greengrass and Damon have worked on the Bourne series together (Doug Liman directed the first film in 2002), and we never really thought the studio could success in getting the duo back together after they couldn't figure out a way to continue the story of Jason Bourne after The Bourne Ultimatum when the character learned about his past.

 Posted September 15 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Leslie Mann to Play Audrey Griswold in New Line's 'Vacation' Reboot

Leslie Mann

After New Line's reboot of the comedy classic National Lampoon's Vacation gained a superhero in Chris Hemsworth and a cameo appearance by Charlie Day (reteaming with his Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, directing this time), the supporting cast continue to fill out. THR reports Leslie Mann (This is 40, The Other Woman) is now in talks to play Audrey Griswold, brother of Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) who is all grown up and taking his own family on the kind of road trip that his parents (Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo) took the family on when they were just kids. More below!

 Posted September 15 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Dane DeHaan & Rooney Mara Get Musical in the 1920s with 'Ziggy'

Dane DeHaan / Rooney MAra

Over the past few years, both Rooney Mara and Dane DeHaan have become quite the impressive young actors, with the former making waves in The Social Network, Ain't Them Bodies Saints and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the latter breaking through with Chronicle and expanding with Kill Your Darlings, Life After Beth and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now the two will team up in a completely different genre for both of them as THR reports DeHaan and Mara will star in a 1920s set musical called Ziggy, which will be directed by Australian filmmaker Diesel Schwarze, a protégé of Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann.

 Posted September 12 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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