Since the reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation is still dead in the water, and we haven't heard anything about a remake of The Naked Gun, we've been waiting to see what else Ed Helms will be doing besides lending his voice to Captain Underpants. Now Deadline has word that Helms is attached to star in an action comedy called Epic Fail set up at Lionsgate. In a story that sounds like Tropic Thunder without the show business angle, the film would follow an elite but unorthodox Special Forces team taking their dysfunction and excessive firepower on a desperate mission to save America, led by a real tough guy called The Walrus.
After piloting a giant robot in Pacific Rim, fighting Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World and fighting apartheid in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, British actor Idris Elba is heading into the jungle. Deadline has word that Elba is in final talks to take on the role of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It is said that Elba will "perform the role and provide the voice" so it sounds like there will be some motion capture used on this film to have human actors play the animals, much like Andy Serkis has done Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong.
Though Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer part of The Deep Blue Good-by adaptation with James Mangold attached to direct, the actor is still attached to star in and produce the Warner Bros. adaptation of Jo Nesbo's thriller Blood on Snow (or Blood on the Snow as it was reported last fall), which was written under the pseudonym Tom Johansson. Now Deadline reports Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is on board to develop the film to direct. However, since this is the first in a two book series, we're not sure if both books will be combined into one single film, or if there's the chance for a two-part film adaptation as well.
As the start of production on Universal's franchise revival Jurassic World looms closer, the cast is filling out rather nicely. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have a couple of lead roles with Jake Johnson also along in some capacity, and they'll be joined by younger stars Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3). Now the dinosaur adventure from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has a bad guy with Deadline announcing Vincent D'Onofrio (Men in Black, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has landed the role on a villain. However, we don't know why he's a bad guy without any plot details.
We've seen the spectacular short films All's Fair and Valibation from A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas director Todd Strauss-Schulson, but we've been waiting on his next feature film for a little while now. Finally, Variety has word that his horror comedy The Final Girls is coming together at Sony Pictures after New Line took too long to get it off the ground. We're excited because the story begins by following a girl grieving the loss of her mother, a well-known scream queen of the 1980's, not unlike a young Jamie Lee Curtis. But suddenly, the girl and her friends are sucked into the world of her mother's iconic horror film.
Though his starring role in Stretch has been indefinitely shelved, Patrick Wilson hasn't exactly hit a lull in his career. The actor has found success in horror with The Conjuring and Insidious (both with sequels) and now the actor is heading into the Marvel universe. The Wrap has word that Wilson is in talks for an undisclosed role in Ant-Man, the Phase Three film in Marvel's ever-expanding cinematic universe to be directed by Edgar Wright. The trade predicts that Wilson might be up for another major supporting actor to join Michael Pena (whose role is said to be rather large), but it's not clear if he'll be a good guy or a bad guy.
Though it sounds like Will Smith won't be returning for Independence Day 2, we've already heard that Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman were supposed to come back for the blockbuster sequel, straight from director Roland Emmerich. Now Goldblum himself has confirmed his return as David Levinson while making the rounds for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Goldblum told Huffington Post, "Yeah, they've talked to me about it and I've talked to them about it and they're excited and I'm anxious and eager to see -- I haven't read anything -- what they cook up." But what about Jurassic World? Will Ian Malcolm make a return?
We were already pretty excited about Monty Python troupe members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin reuniting for the Terry Jones helmed comedy Absolutely Anything. The deal was made sweeter when Simon Pegg was announced to play a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by aliens (all voiced by the Monty Python crew). And while Eric Idle is sitting this film out, another British comedian and a lovely English actress getting involved might make up for it as Deadline says Kate Beckinsale and Eddie Izzard have joined the cast of the comedy. Read on!
It seems fortuitous that right now on the HBO series "Girls," the character played by Adam Driver just booked a big Broadway role that could change his life. Now Variety reports the real life actor has a role that will really launch his career. Driver is currently near closing a deal to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII, the follow-up to the classic original trilogy that concluded with Return of the Jedi. Though no details on the character are known, sources say the villain is in the same vein as the iconic Darth Vader. Driver has never had a role like this before, but he has a mysterious presence about him that's just perfect.
Way back in 2010, Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production banner picked up the short film Pixels in order to adapt it into a big screen adventure focusing on a slew of 1980s video game characters like Space Invaders attacking New York City, leaving four champion arcade gamers are called back into action to save the world. At one time, Seth Gordon was eyeing the project as a directing gig with Sandler in the lead, but as we learned last summer, it will be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Home Alone director Chris Columbus at the helm. Now we have word on two cast members who will be joining Sandler.
Along with the news that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be directed by Marc Webb, there were rumblings that Sony Pictures intends on releasing some sort of Spider-Man film every year starting in 2016, with spin-offs like Venom and The Sinister Six coming between the staple franchise films. That means Andrew Garfield is going to be pretty busy over the next few years, and in between these blockbuster roles, he's taking on smaller dramas. Garfield is already on board Silence from Martin Scorsese and 99 Houses with Michael Shannon, and now The Daily Mail reports he'll star in The Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren.
We already know Gerard Butler (300, Gamer) is taking the role once originated by Patrick Swayze in the remake of Point Break from Ericson Core, the director of photography from The Fast and the Furious (the first film from 2001) and Daredevil and director of the sports drama Invincible. And now we have word on who will take the role played by Keanu Reeves in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 action thriller. THR reports G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor Luke Bracey will play Johnny Utah, the FBI agent who must infiltrate a group of extreme sports nuts who live life surfing big waves, but get some extra thrills from robbing banks. Read on!
Briefly: Following Wet Hot American Summer 12 years ago, Bradley Cooper took on his now Oscar nominated role in American Hustle, and he's attached to an adaptation of American Sniper as well. Now he's going for a quartet of "American" films as Deadline reports Cooper is attached to star in American Blood, a project which Warner Bros. picked up based on a 50-age proposal for a crime story written by New Zealand author Ben Sanders. Cooper will also produce the film through his 22nd & Indiana production banner. The future book will be adapted by Andrew Sodroski, who wrote the Black List script Holland, Michigan. No plot details are available at this time, but the book will arrive in the fall of 2015. Stay tuned.
After about 20 years of trying, Warren Beatty is finally getting his gestating biopic about Howard Hughes off the ground. The last we heard about the project had Beatty rounding up a cast that included Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) signed on for the film along with names like Alec Baldwin, Shia LaBeouf, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Annette Bening circling the film. Now with the help of billionaire duo Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, with Terry Semel of Windsor Media and Arnon Milchan of New Regency, Beatty will direct and star, but who else has a role?