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'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' is Bringing in a Different Shredder

Shredder / Brian Tee

Even though Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 has been confirmed to bring back Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick and William Fichtner as Eric Saks, it looks like one part of the original cast won't be back. Variety has learned that Paramount is hiring The Wolverine star Brian Tee to play the villain Shredder instead of bringing back Tohoru Masamune, who played the villain in the first film. Considering Shredder was more of an action presence than a defined character in the first film, it makes sense that producers would get someone who has some more experience with acting and action this time.

 Posted April 28 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'It Follows' Horror Lead Maika Monroe Joins 'Independence Day 2'

Maika Monroe

After being pursued by a terrifying entity in this year's indie horror hit It Follows, actress Maika Monroe will have to deal with aliens this time. Director Roland Emmerich again took to Twitter today to announce that the actress has landed a role in Independence Day 2. Monroe is one among a few new additions to the sequel who were not part of the original 1996 sci-fi blockbuster. Other new cast members include Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Jessie Usher, Charlote Gainsbourg, Travis Tope and Joey King. However, at this time, we really don't know what roles these new actors will be playing in the sequel.

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

Aubrey Plaza is Joining 'Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates' Comedy

Aubrey Plaza

Earlier this month, Zac Efron and Adam DeVine landed quite the spectacular companion for their forthcoming comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates set up at 20th Century Fox. Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick took the role of one of the wedding dates that the titular dudes find after placing an ad online. But since there's two hard-partying, immature brothers in the title, they need two dates. And today, Variety brings word on that second date with "Parks & Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza playing one of the two women who Mike and Dave surprisingly find out might get wilder and crazier than they do. Read on!

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

Daniel Bruhl Confirmed as Baron Zemo in 'Captain America: Civil War'

Baron Zemo / Daniel Bruhl

We're bound to be getting plenty of Marvel updates this week with the arrival of The Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters beginning at 7pm on Thursday, April 30th. And today, we already have one update about the next film from Marvel Studios slated to go into production in May. Captain America: Civil War will have Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Captain America (Chris Evans) coming to blows, but there will still be a villain in play. We've known for awhile that Daniel Bruhl will play that villain, but there's been some confusion as to who he will actually play. Now we have confirmation from the actor himself. Read on!

 Posted April 27 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Tom Cruise May Sing Again in Disney's 'Bob the Musical' Comedy

Tom Cruise

In a surprising turn back in 2012, superstar Tom Cruise ventured into musical territory for the 80s rock infused Broadway adaptation Rock of Ages. The actor wasn't actually all that bad, and was easily the best part of a fun but somewhat messy musical. Now it looks like he might head back to the genre as The Wrap reports Cruise is circling the title role in the gestating Bob the Musical. He's not officially attached yet, but Disney has been circling Cruise for the role since January, and it sounds like he's still interested. Of course, there's plenty of movies Cruise is linked to, but they don't all come to fruition with him involved.

 Posted April 24 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Tyler Perry is Baxter Stockman in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'

Tyler Perry

After turning in an impressive supporting performance in David Fincher's fantastic thriller Gone Girl, it looks like Tyler Perry is moving into blockbuster territory. Variety reports the director and actor has just landed the key role of scientist Baxter Stockman in next summer's sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. The character's involvement in the film remains to be seen, but in the comics and animated series, Stockman is responsible for creating little robots called Mousers that gave our heroes in a half-shell some trouble. In the comics, they robb banks, but on the TV series they had another purpose. Read on!

 Posted April 23 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

'Catching Fire's Sam Claflin & Riz Ahmed Up for 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

Riz Ahmed

As of now, the only confirmed cast member for Star Wars: Rogue One is Felicity Jones, and details from Star Wars Celebration last weekend revealed that she'll be playing a Rebel soldier involved with the heist to get the plans to the first Death Star. . However, two more potential names have surfaced to join the first Star Wars Anthology spin-off slated for release on December 16th, 2016 as The Wrap reports The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay star Sam Claflin is being eyed for a role and Badass Digest adds that Four Lions and Nightcrawler star Riz Ahmed seems to be attached to the project too. Read on!

 Posted April 23 in Casting, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

Common Taking an Unknown Role in Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad'

Common

The cast for Warner Bros. Pictures' adaptation of the DC Comics property Suicide Squad has been assembled for quite some time, but every now and then new names get added into the mix. Recent additions noticed when the cast was assembled for a photo by director David Ayer included Adam Beach and Ike Barinholtz. And now one more name has entered the mix in a mystery role with THR reporting that rapper turned actor Common, fresh off an Oscar win for Best Original Song earlier this year for the song "Glory" form Selma, has now joined the cast of the super villain assembly in the DC Comics cinematic universe.

 Posted April 23 in Casting, DC, Development, Movie News | Comments

Elizabeth Olsen Back as Scarlet Witch in 'Captain America: Civil War'

Elizabeth Olsen

In just one week, The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be hitting theaters here in the United States, even though it's already started playing overseas. We're eagerly awaiting to see how it progresses the Marvel cinematic universe and potentially sets up what will be a major conflict for our heroes in Captain America: Civil War. The sequel already has Robert Downey Jr. on board as Iron Man, and it will also see Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner will also pop up as Black Widow, Falcon and Hawkeye, and Chadwick Boseman will debut as Black Panther. And now one more character will be back.

 Posted April 23 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield & Three More Shortlisted for 'Spider-Man'

Asa Butterfield / Spider-Man / Nat Wolff

It's been a couple months since Sony Pictures struck a deal with Marvel Studios to share the iconic superhero Spider-Man, allowing him to enter the Marvel cinematic universe while Sony creates yet another franchise featuring a new version of Peter Parker. The last substantial update on the Spider-Man front pegged Drew Goddard to write and direct what will be the first film in a new franchise, beginning on the big screen July 28th, 2017. Since then, we've learned that Spider-Man will definitely be Peter Parker (not Miles Morales), but we've had no indication as to who may play the webcrawler. That changed today.

 Posted April 23 in Casting, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

'Portlandia' Resident Fred Armisen Goes to Europe for 'Zoolander 2'

Fred Armisen

Ever since production began on Zoolander 2, there's always been some kind of cool update on the film, whether it's a new cast member, or a glimpse behind the scenes. Billy Zane was recently revealed to pop up again after having a cameo in the original flick, but this time we have word of a new cast member joining the mix. "Portlandia" creator and star Fred Armisen recently posted a video to Instagram revealing that he's heading to Europe, and Ben Stiller confirmed it was for a role in the comedy sequel when he reposted the video. Armisden was even nice enough to pack some iced coffee for Stiller and the crew. The comedian joins his former "Saturday Night Live" colleague Kristen Wiig as another unknown new character in fashion.

 Posted April 22 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ewan McGregor to Play Lumiere in Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'

Ewan McGregor / Lumiere

Not too long ago, Ian McKellen was secured to play the butler turned clock named Cogsworth in Disney's forthcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title romantic roles. Now Cogsworth's suave counterpart Lumiere has been cast as well with THR reporting Moulin Rouge and Star Wars prequel trilogy star Ewan McGregor has landed the role of the maitre d' who is turned into a candelabra due to the curse put upon the prince and his castle. Fans will know Lumiere well since he leads the iconic musical number "Be Our Guest," featuring a cavalcade of dancing dishes.

 Posted April 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Emma Stone to Face Steve Carell in 'Battle of the Sexes' Tennis Match

Steve Carell & Emma Stone

After playing father and son in Crazy Stupid Love, last year's Oscar-nominated stars Steve Carell and Emma Stone will face each other on the tennis court. You may remember that over a year ago, we learned Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, the director and writer behind Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, were developing a film about the famous Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. Now Deadline reports Fox Searchlight is behind the film to be produced by Boyle, but directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, directors of Ruby Sparks and Little Miss Sunshine.

 Posted April 20 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ben Stiller Fantastically Reveals Billy Zane is Back for 'Zoolander 2'

Billy Zane

"Listen to your friend Billy Zane. He's a cool dude." It looks like Derek Zoolander may find himself in a position to get some advice from his good friend Billy Zane yet again. Zoolander 2 is currently in production, and we've seen bits and pieces of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson back in character as male models Zoolander and Hansel, not to mention Derek's teenage son, played by Cyrus Arnold. And now Stiller has revealed that Billy Zane will also be back. The actor, who also directed the first film (Justin Theroux is directing the sequel), made a post to Instagram today revealing the news in a delightfully weird way. Look!

 Posted April 20 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

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