Towards the end of last month, it was revealed that Lakeshore Entertainment intended to reboot the Underworld franchise. However, that's only half true as more details have emerged in a report from THR. Instead of rebooting the series completely, instead it will merely continue by following a new lead character. Theo James, who played David, the vampire ally of Selene (Kate Beckinsale) who came into play when she united with her daughter and sought out the hybrid Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) in Underworld: Awakening, will take the lead this time. So instead of being a reboot, this is basically a sequel or spin-off.
Just after news surfaced that Morgan Freeman would be playing a civil rights lawyer in Ted 2, the actor has also landed a role in Paramount Pictures and MGM's gestating new take on Ben-Hur. Like the original film, it's the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, the son of a Roman tax collector, who grew up best friends before the Roman Empire rose to power. But this version is more faithful to the book as it also ties in with the tale of Jesus Christ, with whom Ben-Hur has several encounters, moving him to become a believer in the Messiah, which culminates in Christ being sentenced to death. So who will Freeman play?
Briefly: Just after some footage of Tom Hiddleston singing as Hank Williams at a music festival in Michigan surfaced online before he steps in front of cameras for the country western musician's biopic I Saw the Light, the female lead of the film has been revealed. Deadline reports Godzilla and upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron star Elizabeth Olsen has landed the role of Williams' wife Audrey Mae, who tragically had to deal with the death of her husband at the far too young age of 29, due to heart failure. The film will chronicle the quick rise to fame Williams attained as a popular singer and musician and how it affected his personal life. That surely includes Mae on a number of levels. Stay tuned for more updates.
Production has resumed on Star Wars: Episode VII, but after some big leaks hit the web before the project went on hiatus for a few weeks, it seems the lid is even tighter on mystery box of the sci-fi sequel from director J.J. Abrams. So since we don't have any new stuff about Episode VII (besides some aerial photos of the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing making the rounds), it's never too early to start talking about Episode VIII. We already know that Looper director Rian Johnson is writing and directing the next installment of the new Star Wars trilogy, and one of his former stars is already lobbying for a part. Read on!
Though production on Ted 2 is currently underway in Boston, we haven't heard much about the comedy sequel from writer, director and star Seth MacFarlane. We know that Mark Wahlberg is back along with most of the suppoting cast (though Patrick Warburton is the only one who's been confirmed). And Amanda Seyfried has the female lead. Now one more cast member has been revealed with Variety reporting that Morgan Freeman has taken the role of n iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues. And considering how obnoxious Ted is, who knows what trouble he's in.
The developing, currently untitled football concussion drama starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin is slowly rounding up a cast as the film from producer Ridley Scott and Parkland director and writer Peter Landesman taking dual roles again. The film is based on the GQ article "Game Brain" from October of 2009, and will follow Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the forensic neuropathologist who single-handedly made the first discovery of CTE (or chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in a professional football player and made the affliction known to the public. And now Deadline reports Albert Brooks has joined the cast. More below!
Disney had already slated Chris Pine and Casey Affleck to star in their thrilling drama The Finest Hours, the story set back in 1952 and based on the non-fiction book of the same name about how two oil tankers were split in two, dumping all 84 of their crew members into the swirling sea, caught in the middle of a nor'easter, a macro-scale storm along the upper East Coast of the US and Atlantic Canada. On a small lifeboat faced with freezing cold and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the vessel. Now producion has begun in Quincy and Chatham, Massachusetts and two more cast members have been revealed as the cameras start rolling.
We already know Johnny Depp is signed on to return as Captain Jack Sparrow for Disney's fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, which was previously revealed to be called Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Keith Richards will also return as his father Captain Teague. But it sounds like one more familiar face might be around, one that was missing from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Yahoo UK recently spoke to Orlando Bloom about the possibility of returning as Will Turner in the high seas adventure series, and he said, "There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it."
While Matt Damon has teamed with director Kenneth Lonergan before, you may not have heard much about it. That's because Lonergan's drama Margaret hit the festival circuit in 2005, but sat on a shelf waiting for release until it got an unceremonious limited release in 2011 (which is a shame, because the film is pretty good). But now the two are going to work together again in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a drama that looks to be produced by OddLot Entertainment with pre-production beginning this week with an eye to shoot this fall. Lonergan, who got an Oscar nomination for You Can Count on Me, also wrote the script.
Production is already underway on Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions sequel Mission: Impossible 5 with director Christopher McQuarrie at the helm. Tom Cruise is back in action as Ethan Hunt and he's joined again by Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner with Alec Baldwin entering the fray as the head of the CIA, who must deal with the Impossible Mission Force for some reason. Now Deadline has word on who might end up with the chief antagonist role with Prometheus supporting actor Sean Harris being courted for the role. Though the source cautions that this isn't a done deal quite yet.
Besides delivering her most well-known performance in Fargo for Joel & Ethan Coen, actress Frances McDormand also has the honor of being married to the former of the sibling filmmaking duo. McDormand has popped up in other Coen films like Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and The Man Who Wasn't There, and now she's getting back in front of the camera with them again with their newest comedy Hail Caesar. The film has George Clooney on board to lead the film as Eddie Mannix, who works for the movie studios of Hollywood as a fixer, protecting the reputations of their biggest stars from becoming tarnished.
Before Ben Affleck took on the mantle of Batman for Warner Bros. and their comic book mash-up Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he was slated to direct an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live by Night at the studio. But now that he's busy as the Caped Crusader, the film won't hit theaters until October 7th, 2016. Since that project is slowly getting closer, it's time to round up a cast, and Deadline reports Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning and Sienna Miller are taking the female leads in the story set during the Prohibition Era of the 1920s. Could we be looking at the making of another Best Picture nominee again like Argo? Read on!
Back towards the beginning of the summer, 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor and Iron Man franchise leading lady Gwyneth Paltrow signed on for the remake of the Argentinian thriller Secret in Their Eyes. The story, which changes things a bit from the original, follows a retired attorney who returns to Boston, obsessed with closing an unsolved murder case. It just so happens that his unrequited love for his superior is waiting for him there as he's writing a book about the whole scenario to end that chapter in his life. Now THR has learned that Julia Roberts has come on board the film in a rather interesting way. More below!
Johnny Knoxville already became a Bad Grandpa in the Jackass spin-off film from last year, but now Robert De Niro may become a Dirty Grandpa. THR has word that the legendary actor is in early talks to play a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, and so he tricks him into driving down to Florida for spring break where, as we all know, there's plenty of sexy action. Zac Efron is also in early talks to take the role of the grandson with I Give It a Year director Dan Mazer getting behind the camera. The project was at Universal, but is now being shopped at TIFF by QED.