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Christian Bale Could Still Play Steve Jobs for Director Danny Boyle

Christian Bale

Though Christian Bale was director David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in a biopic about the Apple founder developing at Sony Pictures, it won't be the Gone Girl filmmaker at the helm of the project. Fincher fell away from the film due to disagreement over his paycheck and creative control, and in April, we learned that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was taking over the film with an eye to have Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. But now we've come full circle and met in the middle as Variety reports it will actually be Christian Bale playing the late technology innovator in the film that is currently called Jobs.

 Posted October 15 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ezra Miller is 'The Flash' & Jason Momoa is 'Aquaman' Both in 2018

The Flash / Ezra Miller

This morning, Warner Bros. is having a big shareholder talk, and a whole slew of news about their future plans for DC Comics properties has finally been revealed. Thanks to Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz on Twitter, we now know that the studio has cast We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower star Ezra Miller as The Flash, and they have confirmed that Jason Momoa will play Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the actor will reprise the role in his own standalone film as well. Both The Flash and Aquaman movies will hit theaters sometime in 2018. Read on!

 Posted October 15 in Casting, DC, Movie News | Comments

Ewan McGregor Rumored to Be in the Running for 'Doctor Strange'

Doctor Strange / Ewan McGregor

For those who haven't heard, Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the running for Marvel's forthcoming Phase Three title Doctor Strange. He was in talks, but apparently it just didn't work out. So now Marvel is still looking for a leading man to become the Sorcerer Supreme in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). And in typical internet fashion, a new rumor has popped up from Badass Digest, citing an untested source, that has pegged Ewan McGregor as doing some research for the role by checking out some comic books. But it sounds like he's one of a few contenders.

 Posted October 14 in Casting, Marvel, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Lizzy Caplan Ready to Get Tricky with a Role in 'Now You See Me 2'

Lizzy Caplan

Briefly: After landing boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe for a supporting role earlier this month, Now You See Me 2 has added another new cast member to the magician heist sequel from Summit Entertainment. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Mark Ruffalo have all been confirmed to return, and now The Wrap reports they'll be joined by Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, "Masters of Sex"). However, the film from director Jon M. Chu is still laying low when it comes to revealing plot details, and we don't even know what character Caplan will play. Stay tuned for more updates.

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

Javier Bardem May Set Sail as 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Bad Guy

Javier Bardem

After once being in talks to take the role of Blackbeard in Joe Wright's Pan (the role eventually went to Hugh Jackman), it sounds like Javier Bardem might end up setting sail after all. The Wrap reports the Spanish actor is in early talks to take the villain role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The role would make Bardem a ghost pirate named Captain Brand, who is hellbent on getting revenge on Captain Jack Sparrow, because he believes the perpetually drunk and flamboyant hero to be responsible for killing his brother. The role was offered to Christoph Waltz previously, but didn't stick.

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

Gillian Anderson Badly Wants Role in Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

Gillian Anderson

Thanks to "The X-Files," there's no doubt that Gillian Anderson will always be one of the most prominent females in the genre of science fiction. However, since she's not so busy tracking conspiracies, aliens and other strange cases, she's looking to enter the world of the paranormal. Anderson just recently took part in a Reddit AMA (via THR) and was asked whether or not she was interested in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot that's in the works from director Paul Feig and his The Heat writer Katie Dippold. Surely every female actress in Hollywood is hungry for a role in the film, and Anderson revealed that she's no different.

 Posted October 14 in Casting, Hype, Movie News | Comments

Robert Downey Jr. Joining 'Captain America 3' to Kickstart Civil War

Iron Man & Captain America

This is the biggest Marvel news to arrive since the revelation that The Avengers would be assembling on the big screen. While Robert Downey Jr. dashed hopes of Iron Man 4 happening, he did say that had some other Marvel projects coming up and that an announcement was imminent. Well, that news has broken and it has Downey reprising the role of Iron Man in a completely different franchise. Variety reports Downey will star in Captain America 3, and the sequel will kickstart the massive Civil War storyline that rocked the entire Marvel Comics universe eight years ago and pit Steve Rogers against Tony Stark. More below!

 Posted October 13 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Jackie Earle Haley Joins 'London Has Fallen,' Melissa Leo is Back Too

Jackie Earle Haley

Following a creative hiccup that resulted in the loss of director Fredrik Bond, the action sequel London Has Fallen is seemingly back on track with Scandinavian director Babak Najafi, director of the Snabba Cash sequel Easy Money II: Hard to Kill, behind the camera. We already knew Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman were all returning from Olympus Has Fallen, and now The Wrap has added a new cast member into the mix with Watchmen and A Nightmare on Elm Street remake star Jackie Earle Haley taking the role of Deputy Chief Mason. What are the odds that he ends up being the main bad guy?

 Posted October 13 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

'Freaks & Geeks' Reunion Likely Happening in Reboot of 'Vacation'

Freaks and Geeks

The reboot of National Lampoon's classic road trip comedy Vacation is already in production with Horrible Bosses writing duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley making their directing debut. Well, Vulture recently got a change to catch up with Daley, a veteran of the short-lived but beloved series "Freaks & Geeks," and he teased that a reunion of some of the cast members just might be happening in their comedy reboot, which is also a sequel to the original franchise. Daley also opened up a bit about the pressure of a reboot like this with such iconic source material, and it just might get more people on board.

 Posted October 13 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Len Wiseman Says Kate Beckinsale is Returning for 'Underworld 5'

Underworld

Just last month, we learned that the developing Underworld reboot was actually more of a sequel in the franchise that would focus on Divergent star Theo James in the role of David, the vampire ally of Selene who came into play when she united with her daughter and sought out the hybrid Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) in Underworld: Awakening. There have been rumblings that the film will feature Selene and Michael's hybrid daughter Eve, because Kate Beckinsale wasn't going to return for this film. However, director Len Wiseman spoke to IGN at New York Comic-Con this weekend, and said that wasn't the case.

 Posted October 13 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Dave Bautista to Give 007 Some Trouble as James Bond 24 Henchman

Dave Bautista

After being one of the most surprisingly entertaining parts of Guardians of the Galaxy this past summer, wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista has reportedly landed another big blockbuster role. Latino Review reports Bautista has bagged the iconic henchman role in James Bond 24. Talk of the role surfaced in August with MI-6 revealing that this bad guy was going to be crafted in the mold of Jaws or Oddjob, but different than any of the villains who have been created before. The henchman's name is Hinx (that might be a codename), and will reportedly have several altercations with 007. This is such a huge role for Bautsita!

 Posted October 13 in Casting, James Bond, Movie News | Comments

Sony's Crackle Officially Bringing Back David Spade for 'Joe Dirt 2'

Joe Dirt

You may remember this past spring that David Spade revealed in a Reddit AMA that he was developing a wholly unnecessary sequel to the 2001 comedy Joe Dirt. But rather than hitting theaters, the film was going to be the first to be distributed by Sony Pictures' streaming video service Crackle, which is where Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" can be found. Now Crackle has officially announced that Joe Dirt 2 will begin shooting next month with Spade also executive producing and co-writing the film again with Fred Wolf, the original film's co-writer, who will be directing the film too.

 Posted October 10 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Billy Crystal to Lead & Co-Write Jim Henson Company's 'Which Witch'

Billy Crystal

Though he's one of the most iconic comedy stars of all-time, Billy Crystal has laid pretty low key over the past decade. With the exception of voice work in Monsters University, the actor has only starred in a handful of films. We would say that he's picky, but those films have been the terrible comedies Parental Guidance and Small Apartments. But we're rather interested in a new project Crystal has lined up as Variety reports the When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers star will write, produce and star in Which Witch, a new animated film at The Jim Henson Company with Brian Henson in the director's chair. More below!

 Posted October 10 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Jennifer Jason Leigh Takes the Lead in Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

Jennifer Jason Leigh

It looks there will be some casting changes after all between the script reading of Quentin Tarantino's latest western The Hateful Eight and the actual film production. When the script was read live at an event at LACMA back in April, it was Amber Tamblyn who read the part of Daisy Domergue, the lead female role, a woman wanted for murder and due to hang for her crimes. She's the prisoner being handled by two bounty hunters and a local sheriff in Wyoming after the civil war. But the group finds themselves stuck in town with four other men as a storm passes outside. But The Wrap reports Jennifer Jason Leigh now has the part.

 Posted October 10 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

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