Back in December, the lovely Oscar-nominated Felicity Jones was revealed to join Tom Hanks for Inferno, an adaptation of another Dan Brown-penned adventure featuring symbologist Robert Langdon from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Now the rest of the supporting cast has been filled out with an array of international actors as Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have just revealed that Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, The Lunchbox), Omar Sy (The Intouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Sidse Babett Knudsen ("Borgen") have all taken roles with more other stars from around the world in talks. Read on!
Just last week, we learned that MMA fighter turned actress Gina Carano would join Ryan Reynolds for the anticipated big screen adaptation of Deadpool. At the same time, it was reported that the metal mutant Colossus would also be involved in the X-Men spin-off, but we didn't know if franchise star Daniel Cudmore, who played the character in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, would be back to play the character. Now the actor himself has taken to Twitter to clarify that he will not be part of Deadpool, meaning a new actor will be cast as the strong, Russian mutant. Read on!
Just after Ryan Reynolds teased a prototype of the mask he'll don for Deadpool this week, the cast of 20th Century Fox's anticipated comic book adaptation is adding another cast member. THR reports MMA fighter turned actress Gina Carano will take a role in the film as a character called Angel Dust. That name should sound familiar to comic book fans as she was part of an underground mutant group known as the Morlocks, but we'll see if they actually end up using that storyline detail in the film or not. Considering how badass Carano was in Haywire and Fast & Furious 6, she should make for some solid action scenes. More below!
Last month, we heard the unfortunate news that Tom Hardy had walked away from Suicide Squad. Scheduling conflicts were cited, but word on the street is that Hardy became part of the project without seeing a script, and once the project started moving along, he wasn't interested in where things were headed. When Hardy left, there were rumblings that Jake Gyllenhaal may take over the role, which would have been great. But instead, The Wrap reports we've been downgraded severely with RoboCop remake star Joel Kinnaman playing Rick Flagg, the leader of the group of supervillains hired for dangerous missions.
The video game adaptation Assassin's Creed was already going to mark a reunion for Michael Fassbender with director Justin Kurzel after working on their Shakespeare adaptation Macbeth. And now that reunion has added another member as Deadline reports the New Regency and Ubisoft project has just landed Marion Cotillard in a pivotal but unknown role in the period action adventure. Cotillard starred alongside Fassbender in Macbeth, and while we haven't seen the film yet (there's first look photos here), they must have turned in good work for Kurzel to get them back for something completely different.
The next couple years are going to be very busy for Matt Damon. In addition to the return of Jason Bourne in a new film directed by Paul Greengrass, he's working on The Martian for release this year, and is set to star in Downsizing with director Alexander Payne. In addition, he's also got The Great Wall at Legendary Pictures from director Zhang Yimou, and the action adventure has just gained a new cast member. THR reports Willem Dafoe has joined the film which features a fantastical retelling of the origin of The Great Wall of China. However, details on Dafoe's character are being kept under wraps for the now. More below!
After pulling double duty in 2010 with TRON: Legacy and True Grit, it's been a rough few years for Jeff Bridges with duds like R.I.P.D., The Giver and The Seventh Son. But maybe he can turn it around with his new project, an adaptation of Claire Messud's novel The Emperor's Children that will be directed by actress Lake Bell for her sophomore directing effort following In a World a few years ago. The film hails from Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing from a script by Noah Baumbach. THR reports Bridges will play legendary journalist and liberal opinion-maker Murray Thwaite.
After literally becoming Nicolas Cage in Face/Off, now John Travolta will be replacing the actor in the action thriller I Am Wrath. The film was previously in the hands of William Friedkin with Cage in the starring role, but The Wrap reports Eraser and The Mask helmer Chuck Russell behind the camera working from a script by Paul Sloan based on a story by Yvan Gauthier. That sounds like a considerable downgrade, but Travolta hasn't been doing much when it comes to quality films lately, so that's not surprising. In the film, he plays a man out for justice after corrupt cops are unable to catch his wife’s killer.
In case you haven't heard by now, the character of Spider-Man is now being shared by Marvel Studios & Sony Pictures. Your friendly neighborhood wallcrawler will now be part of Marvel's Cinematic Universe appearing in a Marvel Studios release in the next couple years and will begin a new franchise of his own beginning on July 28th, 2017. And because this is a new Spider-Man, it has been confirmed that Andrew Garfield is no longer suiting up as Spidey, creating a major opportunity for an actor to gain superhero status. And I've rounded up my favorite picks as to who I would like to see shooting web around NYC now.
As Warner Bros. Pictures and Bradley Cooper are enjoying the success of American Sniper at the box office, even though it was dethroned by SpongeBob SquarePants last weekend, the studio is looking to reteam with the Oscar-nominated actor again. THR has word that Warner Bros. is in the midst of picking up Orphan X, a yet-to-be-published book by Gregg Hurwitz that will be produced by Cooper, who also has an eye towards possibly starring in the film. The project marks another collaboration between Cooper and The Hangover director Todd Phillips by way of their new production banner that is based at Warner Bros.
While 2016 is sleted to be a big year for X-Men with the arrival of Deadpool, Gambit and X-Men: Apocalypse, let's not forget that the next installment of the Wolverine spin-off franchise (which we've been calling The Wolverine 2, though it's technically the third film for the character) is coming on March 3rd, 2017. Last we heard, Hugh Jackman was still figuring out how his deal for X-Men: Apocalypse and a new Wolverine movie would work out, but it sounds like plans are coming together. Patrick Stewart was recently speaking with Oregon Live (via ComingSoon) and he revealed that Professor X will be involved.
This week will see Samuel L. Jackson creating a little chaos as the bad guy in Kingsman: The Secret Service before he gets back into hero mode for The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. And now we have word that Jackson will work with a director he hasn't yet collaborated with before. Deadline reports Tim Burton is recruiting the Pulp Fiction star for a role in his adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children that's set up at 20th Century Fox. The film follows a young boy who discovers an orphanage on an island where children with special powers are cared for. Read on!
Two of the biggest stars of the past few years may be heading to space together. After just learning at the end of last month that The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum was boarding Sony's gestating romantic drama in space called Passengers, it sounds like the studio is zeroing in on their leads. Names like Keanu Reeves, Rachel McAdams and Reese Witherspoon have flirted with the project before, but now Variety reports The Hunger Games franchise star and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is in early talks to take the female lead, while The Wrap reports breakout Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is also in talks.
Briefly: Paramount Pictures announced a new project today without a title or plot, but since Forrest Gump and Cast Away director Robert Zemeckis and actor Brad Pitt are attached to the film, it's still a pretty big deal. The film is merely described as a "sweeping romantic thriller" that comes from an original story by Steve Knight (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dirty Pretty Things). In addition, it will be produced by Graham King (The Departed, Argo) and his GK Films banner, who developed the project with Zemeckis and Real Steel producer Steve Starkey. This must be a hell of a project to announce without any details.