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!
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).
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.
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.
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!
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!
After starring in dumb comedies like Dinner for Schmucks, Evan Almighty and most recently Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Long Title, it sounds like Steve Carell has the potential to star in a smart comedy about getting dumber. Deadline reports Paramount Pictures has hired Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to do a page one rewrite of I.Q. 83, an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog, being developed for Steve Carell to lead. While the sci-fi was written as a serious story, the film adaptation will be a satire like Dr. Strangelove.
Back in 1997, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger starred in the fantastic noir thriller L.A. Confidential, and now the same genre will bring them together again 17 years later. THR has word that Basinger (Batman, 8 Mile) has joined the cast of The Nice Guys, the next film from Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang director Shane Black. The film stars Crowe teamed up with Ryan Gosling and follows a private eye (Gosling) and a hired leg breaker (Crowe) who must solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. And just because Basinger has aged doesn't mean she's not getting saucy this time. Read on!
Briefly: After dying in nearly everything that's he's starred in, it sounds like Sean Bean is poised to survive a feature film. THR has word that the Lord of the Rings and National Treasure star has landed a role in The Martian, the next sci-fi drama from Alien director Ridley Scott. The film follows an astronaut (Damon) who is stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission. Bean will play a NASA flight director, presumably back on Earth, trying to sort things out. Bean joins an interesting assembly of talent that includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig and Donald Glover. The film arrives on November 25th, 2015.
Just after Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots were cast to lead Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier's next colorful thriller Green Room, one more cast member has been added into the mix, and it should make this one of your most anticipated films ever. A press release from Broad Green Pictures and Filmscience announced that "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and X-Men franchise star Patrick Stewart has joined the thriller which follows a young punk rock band who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads.
Fans will see Eddie Murphy get back into Axel Foley mode soon enough with Beverly Hills Cop 4 on the way. Plus, there's still that Twins sequel in the works that will team him up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the cleverly titled Triplets. But before he makes a couple more comedies, he's going to take some time to get into drama briefly. In what will be his first non-animated, non-comedy role since the 2006 musical Dreamgirls, Empire reports that Murphy is slated to star in Cook, a new project from Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford, that originally had Samuel L. Jackson on board to star.
While Tom Hardy was recently listed as being up for a role in the forthcoming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, the first film that will follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he's got another comic book project chasing him too. The Wrap reports that The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star is also being courted for the titular villain role in X-Men: Apocalpyse. Funnily enough, Hardy was also shortlisted to once be up for the role of Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch, the latter of which is still in the running for that role as Marvel continues to find someone to take the lead role in their Phase Three film.
Back in 2011, Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots starred in the remake of Fright Night, and now they're getting back together for another thriller. THR reports Yelchin and Poots (which sounds like a good name for a musical duo) will both star in Green Room, the next thriller from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier. We first reported on the film in May, and it's said to follow a punk rock band (led by Yelchin) who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a murder outside, forcing them to fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads. And the supporting cast has filled out too. Read on!
Disney has their remake of the 1977 classic live-action, animation hybrid family film Pete's Dragon beginning production this fall. The new version of the story against the backdrop of a group of loggers tearing down a forest. Pete's parents died in a car crash, which has left him to be raised by the dragon Elliot in the threatened forest. The boy is discovered living in the forest by a park ranger, and somehow the daughter of the mill owner comes into play, along with the mill owner's greedy brother. Oakes Fegley from "Boardwalk Empire" is set to play Pete with Broadway's Matilda star Oona Laurence playing the mill owner's daughter. And now veteran actor Robert Redford is being lined up for a role too. More below!