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Idris Elba to Play a Gangster Rapper in Harmony Korine's 'The Trap'

Idris Elba

Last fall, both Jamie Foxx and Benicio del Toro had joined Harmony Korine's next film, a revenge tale called The Trap. However, it looks like only one of those actors has stuck with the project as THR reports Focus Features is now picking up the US rights to the film, but with some changes to the cast. Idris Elba will be stepping up to take the role meant for Jamie Foxx, which is that of a gangster rap artist with a friend (del Toro) who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years ago. But now that friend is out of jail and looking for revenge. Honestly, you had me at Idirs Elba as a gangster rapper, but there's a great cast here.

 Posted March 25 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Bradley Cooper Looks to Direct and Star in 'A Star is Born' Remake

Bradley Cooper

A remake of the 1954 musical A Star is Born (which itself was a remake of the 1937 film of the same name) has been percolating since 2011. Last we heard, Clint Eastwood was going to direct the film and Beyonce was still attached to the female lead role in the project situated at Warner Bros. Pictures. But back in 2011, the chart-topping singer got pregnant, and that delayed the film for the time being. But it's been years since that happened, so it's time to get the project back on track. However, it looks like the director will actually be Eastwood's recent American Sniper star Bradley Cooper, aiming to make his debut behind the camera.

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

Kevin Smith Confirms Return of Jason Lee & Others for 'Mallrats 2'

Mallrats

Last week, writer and director Kevin Smith confirmed that he's going to make Mallrats 2, and even explained why he felt compelled to do it after 20 years. And now he's starting to firm up the returning cast from the 1995 comedy, and easily the most important part of the original ensemble was that of Jason Lee. Thankfully, Smith has just confirmed on Twitter that Lee will absolutely be back as Brodie Bruce, though we still don't know where we'll find his character 20 years later. At the end of the first Mallrats, he went on to host "The Tonight Show," and then in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back he was running a comic book shop.

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

Liam Neeson to Lead Ridley Scott Produced Action Thriller 'Narco Sub'

Narco Sub

After joining the Navy in Peter Berg's action adaptation of the board game Battleship, it looks like Liam Neeson is getting back in uniform again (kind of). The Wrap reports the Taken and Run All Night star is being eye to lead Narco Sub, a drug-trafficking thriller that was once going to be directed by the late Tony Scott before his tragic death in 2012. Since then, filmmakers like Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua have flirted with the project, but none of them have stuck with it. And now it will be "Game of Thrones" helmer Brian Kirk directing the film for 20th Century Fox and producers Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg.

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

Vivica A. Fox Returns for Roland Emmerich's 'Independence Day 2'

Vivica A. Fox

Following the addition of Nymphomaniac star Charlotte Gainsbourg last week, the blockbuster sequel Independence Day 2 has just landed another actress, but this one should be more familiar to fans of the original 1996 alien invasion hit. Vivica A. Fox will be back as Jasmine Dubrow, the stripper who was also the girlfriend of Will Smith and one of the few survivors who made it out of New York City. You may remember that she also had a son, played by Dylan Bagley in the original film, and that's the role Jessie Usher is playing with the kid all grown up. But don't hope that Smith is back, because it's not happening.

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

J.K. Simmons Heads into Action for Luc Besson Produced 'The Lake'

J.K. Simmons

Last year, Luc Besson brought us the action thriller Lucy, and director Steven Quale delivered the silly Into the Storm. Now the two are teaming up, for better or worse, for a new action thriller called The Lake. Besson will produce through his Europa Corp. production banner, and the project is said to be one of the most expensive projects they've taken on to date. Now Deadline reports J.K. Simmons, fresh off his Oscar win for Whiplash, has joined the supporting cast of the film which follows a group of Navy SEALs who attempt to solve an age-old mystery involving a treasure underneath a lake in war-torn Serbia. Sounds cool.

 Posted March 23 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Jennifer Lawrence Says 'X-Men: Apocalypse' is Her Last Mutant Outing

Jennifer Lawrence

When it comes to big budget franchises, there always comes a time when the contract is up and fans get worried that their favorite stars are moving on. Even though he's a big part of the next few years of the Marvel cinematic universe, Robert Downey Jr. once came close to walking away from Iron Man. And now it's time for Jennifer Lawrence to potentially make the same move. The Hunger Games franchise star is already slated to return for X-Men: Apocalypse as the shape-shifting mutant Mystique, but the Oscar winner just revealed to MTV turns out that this might be the last time we see her in the paint and scales.

 Posted March 23 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Nymphomaniac' Leading Lady Gets a Role in 'Independence Day 2'

Charlotte Gainsbourg

After taking on a variety of sexual exploits in Lars Von Trier's erotic Nymphomaniac, actress Charlotte Gainsbourg may end up getting probed by aliens next. Well, THR reports she's in talks for a role in Independence Day 2 anyway, even though the aliens from the soon-to-be-20-year-old film weren't really known for body cavity invading. However, at this time we don't know what character she will play, though she would probably make a good companion for Jeff Goldblum, who has been confirmed to come back as David Levinson for the sequel, while his ex-wife (Margaret Colin), seems to be out of the picture by now.

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

Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves & More Join Amirpour's 'The Bad Batch'

Jim Carrey

Even though A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has been mostly under the radar as an independent release, there's been plenty of buzz about the film as well as the future of director Ana Lily Amirpour as a great new filmmaker. Now the winner of Breakthrough Director at the Gotham Awards has just lined up a pretty interesting cast for her next film, The Bad Batch. A press release has ust announced that Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna (The Terminal), Jason Momoa ("Game of Thrones") and rising star Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent) have all joined the film that Amirpour is directing from a script she wrote herself.

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

'Fraggle Rock' Back to Life, Now with Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring

Fraggle Rock / Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Before becoming the big star that he is today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a child actor, and he had roles in films geared towards younger audiences, such as Beethoven (a bit part), Angels in the Outfield, and 10 Things I Hate About You. And now he's heading back to more family friendly fare as Variety reports Gordon-Levitt will produce and star in the new film adaptation of Jim Henson's classic puppet series Fraggle Rock set up at New Regency. This is a project that has been stuck in development hell for nearly 10 years, but with someone like Gordon-Levitt attached, this could finally come together and get made.

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

'The Huntsman' Adds Rob Brydon & Two Female Dwarves This Time

Rob Brydon

The cast of The Huntsman, the prequel to the 2012 fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman, already has a solid cast. Chris Hemsworth is reprising his title role, with Charlize Theron back as Ravenna and newcomers Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain coming aboard. And while all the dwarves from the first film aren't back, Nick Frost is at least back as Nion. Now some more dwarves are entering the mix as THR reports The Trip star Rob Brydon, Quartet actress Sheridan Smith and The Iron Lady supporting star Alexandra Roach have all taken roles as the gruff ensemble of dwarves this time. Yeah, there's some female dwarves!

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

'Beauty and the Beast,' Arrives in March 2017, Gets Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson

After Cinderella crushed the competition at the box office this past weekend, Disney is sticking with spring releases for their live-action fairytales as the studio has just announced that their new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (which will be getting a 3D release) will arrive in theaters on March 17th 2017. And with that news comes a couple new additions to the cast as well. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) will be playing Mrs. Potts while Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) will be playing the father of Belle (Emma Watson). But we're wondering who will play the bickering duo of Lumiere and Cogsworth in the adaptation.

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

Peter Dinklage Joining Christian Bale for 'The Deep Blue Good-by'

Peter Dinklage

After Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike, fresh off an Oscar nomination for her performance in the David Fincher film, joined Christian Bale in the forthcoming adaptation of John D. MacDonald's novel The Deep Blue Good-by, two more supporting stars have come aboard as well. The Wrap reports "Game of Thrones" favorite Peter Dinklage will take a role in the film along with Nicola Peltz, who starred in Transformers: Age of Extinction. In the film, Bale is playing as Travis McGee, a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women.

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

Eddie Murphy to Play Richard Pryor's Father in Comedian Biopic

Eddie Murphy / Richard Pryor

For those who didn't know, there's still a biopic about iconic comedian Richard Pryor in the works from The Butler director Lee Daniels. Taking the lead role is Mike Epps, who played Black Doug in The Hangover franchise, but now a familiar face who was supposed to play Pryor in a film about six years ago has joined the cast. THR reports Eddie Murphy, a once iconic comedian who now makes silly, terrible comedies, is taking the role of Pryor's father. The good news is that this has the potential to be an Oscar role for Murphy, because Pryor's father was an abusive alcoholic, and a brutal influence on his life. Read on!

 Posted March 14 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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