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?
With a role in Lawless, actor Tom Hardy has already dabbled in the wrong side of the law during America's history, but now he's heading into gangster territory in his homeland of the United Kingdom. ScreenDaily reports Hardy will actually play two gangsters, the infamous identical twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray known for their criminal activities in the 50s and 60s. Payback and 42 director Brian Helgeland, who previously wrote the film noir L.A. Confidential, will write and direct the film currently going by the title Legend. However, Hardy is only in talks right now, and hasn't closed a deal to star yet.
This summer Amanda Seyfried will be seen with Seth MacFarlane in the "Family Guy" creator's sophomore directing effort A Million Ways to Die in the West. The western comedy debuted a hilarious red band trailer not too long ago, and it sounds like Seyfried had a great time on the film, because Deadline reports the Les Miserables star is sticking with MacFarlane and his brand of comedy by taking the female lead role in Ted 2. Apparently Mila Kunis, the female lead from the successful first film and voice of Meg on "Family Guy," will only (maybe) have a small role in the sequel, mostly because the plot doesn't need her.
Take some of the Mean Girls we all knew in high school and have them all grown up and we get Mean Moms. No, this isn't exactly a spin-off of the fantastic 2004 comedy starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, but the project does have source material hailing from author Rosalind Wiseman, who wrote Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book the film written by Tina Fey was based on. THR reports Mean Moms will be based on Queen Bee Moms and King Pin Dads, and will tell the story of a mother forced to deal with some adult versions of The Plastics in her suburban neighborhood, and Jennifer Aniston will be the star.
Former "Saturday Night Live" head writer and cast member Tina Fey found success with her NBC comedy series "30 Rock" and won a number of Emmys with fellow writer Robert Carlock. Now the two will reteam for a big screen romp as The Wrap Paramount Pictures is developing an adaptation of Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which Fey optioned and Carlock will be adapting. In addition, Fey has been tapped to star in and produce the film by way of her Little Stranger production banner, and she'll be joined by familiar company as "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video banner are producing too.
Way back in 2011, we heard about a new project from Legendary Pictures called Spectral, which sounded like a gritty version of Ghostbusters. The story follows a special ops group whose sole purpose is to take down evil ghosts who have taken over Manhattan. At the time, there were rumblings the project might move away from New York City to avoid the eventual comparison (both legally and creatively) with Ghostbusters, but it sounds like it's different enough that Legendary is moving forward without any changes, and THR has word that they've hired World War Z and Iron Man 3 star James Badge Dale to star in the film. Read on!
After rumors have swirled for months, we finally have the official cast line-up for Josh Trank's reboot of the Marvel superhero team Fantastic Four. Just as we heard previously, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are being lined up for the roles of Johnny Storm (aka Human Torch) and Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), and now Kate Mara ("House of Cards") and Jamie Bell (King Kong) are in talks to play Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman) and Ben Grimm (The Thing). However, the deals are not yet finalized, and there are some pieces that might not perfectly fall into place before production officially begins. Read on!
Rising young stars Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan have already teamed up in That Awkward Moment, and we're still waiting to hear if the two will be officially cast in the reboot of Fantastic Four after being rumored to play Mr. Fantastic and The Human Torch respectively. While Fox still figures out their cast of the comic book franchise mulligan, Teller and Jordan have already decided to start together in another film at Warner Bros. The Wrap has word that the two stars will reteam with the Tom Gormican, the writer and director of the aforementioned sex comedy released last month, for an untitled heist film.
After playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady in 2011, Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is reaching further back into political history and reuniting with that film's writer for her next role. ScreenDaily reports Streep will play iconic political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in the drama Suffragette written by Abi Morgan and directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane). But Streep won't be the lead as the film focuses on Carey Mulligan as Maude, a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement” who turns radical and begins using violence for change. Streep's role is small but pivotal with a rousing rally speech on women's rights.
Just over a week ago, we learned that the role of Kyle Reese in the franchise reboot Terminator: Genesis would be played by either A Good Day to Die Hard star Jai Courtney or rising actor Boyd Holbrook, who will be seen in Gone Girl later this year. Well, Paramount and Skydance Productions have made their decision, and Variety reports it will be Courtney taking the role of the future revolution hero who was sent back in time to save Sarah Connor in the original James Cameron film. Since plot details are under wraps, it's not clear how Reese will be involved with the story, but the role is said to span at least a couple films.
While it's fantastic that The LEGO Movie has been a hit critically and at the box office, that also means we might have to grit our teeth through on onslaught of other toy movies trying to build on the success of the Warner Bros. animated movie. One such project is Paramount Pictures new action adventure Monster Trucks, which the studio hopes will kick off a franchise like Transformers. The new project is also based on a Hasbro toy line and is already scheduled for release on May 29th, 2015. Now two rising stars may join the film as The Wrap reports Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and Jane Levy (Evil Dead) are being eyed.
Whether people wanted it or not, the Entourage movie is coming to continue the story of Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his Hollywood gang of friends after the HBO series came to an end a few years ago. Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly are all back as Drama, Turtle and Eric respectively, not to mention Jeremy Piven as super agent turned studio executive Ari Gold. And they'll also be joined by other series regulars Perrey Reeves (Mrs. Ari), Rex Lee (Lloyd) and Debi Mazar (Vincent's publicist Shauna). Now Deadline has word that a grown up Haley Joel Osment has a supporting role in the movie.
The cast of Judd Apatow's new comedy Trainwreck is already rather promising with comedian Amy Schumer leading the film set for release on July 24th, 2015. Joining her is "Saturday Night Live" veteran and The Skeleton Twins star Bill Hader. Now we have another great cast member joining in the fun as Variety reports Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has landed some sort of role in the developing project. Larson is certainly on the rise after her much praised performance in last year's indie darling Short Term 12, one of the films on our list of The 19 Best Movies That You Didn't See in 2013.