Over the summer, we learned that Owen Wilson was being lined up to join Jim Carrey in a heist comedy called Loomis Fargo (currently untitled). However, as has become the case with many projects that get the star of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Dumb & Dumber involved, Carrey is no longer attached to the film. Instead, The Wrap has learned that Zach Galifianakis is in final talks to take the role opposite Wilson in the Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) directed film about four dim-witted Southerners who pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history, robbing $17 million from an armored truck.
After originally being slated for release on July 10th, 2015, Disney's latest high seas sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was pushed back to an unknown date in the summer of 2016 instead. At the time, the studio only had an advanced outline from writer Jeff Nathanson, and while they have time to get the script done before the film would have to start shooting in February, they decided not to rush. However, new details have emerged from The Daily Mail (though some seem premature), including the return of Captain Teague, played by Keith Richards, who also happens to be Jack Sparrow's father.
During the American Film Market, we learned that Bruce Willis would star in The Prince for Lionsgate Films and Grindstone with Emmett/Furla Films producing and financing. Brian A. Miller (House of the Rising Sun) is directing this story of a retired Las Vegas mob enforcer forced to return to the city and face his former enemies when his teenage daughter goes missing. But as we reported, Willis is playing a man who has been waiting for this mob enforcer to return to town, and is ready for a confrontation. Now Deadline has word that Jason Patric (The Losers) will play the protagonist and John Cusack will also have a role.
Following the conclusion of "Breaking Bad," actor Aaron Paul has the action thriller Need for Speed coming early next year, but the most recent theatrical trailer showed the film looks pretty cheesy. But maybe a drama with some heavy-hitting actors will get him back on track. Variety reports Paul will be reunited with "Big Love" co-star and love interest Amanda Seyfried in Fathers & Daughters, a new film from director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds). The film follows a father (Russell Crowe) and daughter (Seyfried) who live in Manhattan 25 years apart. Jumping back and forth from the 1980s to present day, we follow each of their lives, seeing how the former years have affected the present. Read on!
With Mission: Impossible 5 preparing to shoot early next year, Christopher McQuarrie is already busy as a director following his debut with Jack Reacher. In addition, we've also recently heard that McQuarrie will direct the adaptation of the sci-fi series Star Blazers (for which he also wrote the script) and he still has an adaptation of the British series Unforgiven and a remake of Ice Station Zebra on his plate. We're not sure if he'll end up working on all these projects, but now he has another one added to his slate as Deadline reports he will direct an adaptation of the French novel Three to Kill and Colin Firth will star in the film.
While everybody and their mother has been auditioning for Star Wars: Episode VII, most of the names that have popped up in discussion have been pretty discreet about trying out for the film until after the fact. Saorise Ronan has indicated she didn't get the role, but her audition involved using lightsabers and doing dialogue. Otherwise, we haven't heard much about the auditions. But now X-Men: First Class star Jason Flemyng (he played Azazel) has been pretty bold and posted a page from the Star Wars script. How do we know? Well, along with the picture from Instagram, he wrote, "Pint of Stella and Star Wars script!" Look!
We haven't heard anything about the action thriller El Presidente since 2010 when Tom Cruise was attached to the project and the actor was trying to get the likes of Jack Nicholson and even Robert Downey Jr. involved in the project with Jay Roach (Game Change, The Campaign) directing. Now Cruise is back with a vengeance trying to get the film off the ground at Warner Bros. again, and this time he has his Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman at the helm, and the two are making a last ditch effort to get Nicholson involved in the project which would mark their first big screen reunion since A Few Good Men back in 1992.
Briefly: Following last week's news that Mission: Impossible 5 was making the bold choice to open on Christmas Day in 2015, just one week after Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters, we have one returning cast member confirmed to join Tom Cruise in the sequel from Jack Reacher director and The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie. Speaking with MTV, Simon Pegg confirmed that the IMF team's computer and gadget expert Benji will be back in the field with Ethan Hunt. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol threw him into the action mix after introducing him behind a computer in Mission: Impossible 3. Pegg provides perfect comic relief and fits in with the team, so it's good to have him back. Stay tuned for more.
Just before Halloween, we learned that Tim Burton and Michael Keaton were officially in talks to reunite for Beetlejuice 2, a sequel to the 1988 horror comedy that is held in high regard by many cinephiles. Rumors of a sequel had circulated for awhile, and then the project came closer to reality with author/screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith set to script the sequel that was going to be developed for Warner Bros. The involvement of Burton and Keaton gives the project a huge push now, but we've been wondering if any of the original cast members would return, and now we have a line on one. It seems Winona Ryder will be returning as Lydia.
Today, you can pick up The World's End on Blu-Ray and DVD as star Simon Pegg has another project in the works. Deadline has word that the actor will star in the romantic comedy Man Up, but the film will focus on In a World... star Lake Bell as the lead. The script from Tess Morris (which made the UK's version of The Black List) follows Bell as a woman who is mistaken for a stranger's blind date while on the way to her parents' anniversary celebration. But the mistaken identity might have her finding the perfect boyfriend. And for all you fans of UK TV, "The Inbetweeners" director Ben Palmer will be at the helm.
Though director Joe Dante is responsible for campy genre classics like Gremlins, The Burbs and Piranha, over the past 20 years, he's struggled to find his footing again. His films include the likes of Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and The Hole in 2009. This past year he's directed a few episodes of the CBS remake series "Hawaii Five-0," but now he's ready for the big screen again. The Wrap has word that Dante will direct the horror comedy Burying the Ex for Voltage Pictures. The film is written by Alan Trezza, based on his short film of the same name which follows a relationship gone wrong and the undead. Read on!
Not too long ago, we learned that Adam Sandler was in talks to star in The Cobbler, a new indie drama from Win Win and The Station Agent director Thomas McCarthy. It was said that Sandler will play a shoe repair man with the ability to literally walk in other people's shoes; he can metaphysically step into their lives for a certain period of time, but now The Wrap says the plot is under wraps. But they do add some names to the supporting cast by reporting Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi have landed roles in the film that is already shooting in NYC. Hoffman's role is unknown and Buscemi will play a guy named Manny.
After playing a bad guy in Skyfall (on Netflix Instant now) and No Country for Old Men, the stellar Javier Bardem (who can be seen with wild hair in The Counselor right now) is desired for yet another villain role. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has made an offer to the Spanish actor to play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in Joe Wright's recently announced Pan, the adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic tale that will be an origin story for the green tights-clad, flying hero. This would be the first time that we see the hero face off against Blackbeard on the big screen since most of the iterations have used Captain Hook as the villain.
After fighting an alien force in Ender's Game, young actor Asa Butterfield is going to dabble in comedy for a future project. The Wrap reports the star of Hugo is currently in talks to join King of the Kastle, an indie comedy that also stars Clive Owen, another actor who hasn't venture into the funny genre. The film will follow Owen as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). We're not sure just what kind of information the teen has to blackmail someone like Owen, but these two in an indie comedy is compelling enough. Plus, the fantastic Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) has an unknown role.