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Sean Bean Probably Won't Die in Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi 'The Martian'

Sean Bean

Briefly: After dying in nearly everything that's he's starred in, it sounds like Sean Bean is poised to survive a feature film. THR has word that the Lord of the Rings and National Treasure star has landed a role in The Martian, the next sci-fi drama from Alien director Ridley Scott. The film follows an astronaut (Damon) who is stranded in a Martian colony and struggles to survive, hoping he can last long enough for NASA to organize a rescue mission. Bean will play a NASA flight director, presumably back on Earth, trying to sort things out. Bean joins an interesting assembly of talent that includes Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig and Donald Glover. The film arrives on November 25th, 2015.

 Posted October 21 in Casting, Movie News | Comments

Patrick Stewart to Lead Gang of White Supremacists in 'Green Room'

Patrick Stewart

Just after Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots were cast to lead Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier's next colorful thriller Green Room, one more cast member has been added into the mix, and it should make this one of your most anticipated films ever. A press release from Broad Green Pictures and Filmscience announced that "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and X-Men franchise star Patrick Stewart has joined the thriller which follows a young punk rock band who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads.

 Posted October 21 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Eddie Murphy & 'Driving Miss Daisy' Director 'Cook' Up New Drama

Eddie Murphy

Fans will see Eddie Murphy get back into Axel Foley mode soon enough with Beverly Hills Cop 4 on the way. Plus, there's still that Twins sequel in the works that will team him up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the cleverly titled Triplets. But before he makes a couple more comedies, he's going to take some time to get into drama briefly. In what will be his first non-animated, non-comedy role since the 2006 musical Dreamgirls, Empire reports that Murphy is slated to star in Cook, a new project from Driving Miss Daisy director Bruce Beresford, that originally had Samuel L. Jackson on board to star.

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

Tom Hardy Also in Running to Play Title Villain in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Tom Hardy / Apocalypse

While Tom Hardy was recently listed as being up for a role in the forthcoming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad, the first film that will follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, he's got another comic book project chasing him too. The Wrap reports that The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star is also being courted for the titular villain role in X-Men: Apocalpyse. Funnily enough, Hardy was also shortlisted to once be up for the role of Doctor Strange along with Benedict Cumberbatch, the latter of which is still in the running for that role as Marvel continues to find someone to take the lead role in their Phase Three film.

 Posted October 20 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

Anton Yelchin & Imogen Poots Reteam for Saulnier's 'Green Room'

Anton Yelchin & Imogen Poots

Back in 2011, Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots starred in the remake of Fright Night, and now they're getting back together for another thriller. THR reports Yelchin and Poots (which sounds like a good name for a musical duo) will both star in Green Room, the next thriller from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier. We first reported on the film in May, and it's said to follow a punk rock band (led by Yelchin) who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a murder outside, forcing them to fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads. And the supporting cast has filled out too. Read on!

 Posted October 17 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Robert Redford Sticking with Disney for the Remake of 'Pete's Dragon'

Robert Redford

Disney has their remake of the 1977 classic live-action, animation hybrid family film Pete's Dragon beginning production this fall. The new version of the story against the backdrop of a group of loggers tearing down a forest. Pete's parents died in a car crash, which has left him to be raised by the dragon Elliot in the threatened forest. The boy is discovered living in the forest by a park ranger, and somehow the daughter of the mill owner comes into play, along with the mill owner's greedy brother. Oakes Fegley from "Boardwalk Empire" is set to play Pete with Broadway's Matilda star Oona Laurence playing the mill owner's daughter. And now veteran actor Robert Redford is being lined up for a role too. More below!

 Posted October 17 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Scarlett Johansson Has an Offer to Lead 'Ghost in the Shell' Instead

Ghost in the Shell / Scarlett Johansson

Though The Wolf of Wall Street and About Time star Margot Robbie was previously reported to be in talks to lead Ghost in the Shell, a live-action adaptation f the iconic Japanese manga of the same name set up at DreamWorks, those talks haven't worked out, and she's no longer linked to the project. However, in a report from Deadline about the actress closing in on a deal to star in Suicide Squad, with Ryan Gosling, Will Smith and Tom Hardy also circling, it's noted that Lucy and The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson now has an offer for $10 million to take the lead role instead. And that sounds like perfect casting. More below!

 Posted October 17 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Warwick Davis Confirmed for a Role in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Warwick Davis

There's still some spoilers floating about online for Star Wars: Episode VII, and we're doing our best to steer clear from them, hoping to preserve some sense of mystery and surprise when the film arrived next winter. But that doesn't mean there isn't stuff to reveal, and the latest post from StarWars.com does just that by announcing that a certain veteran of the sci-fi saga will be returning as well. Warwick Davis has been a part of Star Wars since he played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi, and he even had a small cameo role in The Phantom Menace. And now he'll pop up in Star Wars: Episode VII next year too. Watch!

 Posted October 16 in Casting, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

Gal Gadot & Pedro Pascal Circling Roles in New 'Ben-Hur' Adaptation

Pedro Pascal / Gal Gadot

Following the barrage of news about Warner Bros. Pictures' release plans for their DC Comics big screen ventures, which included a 2017 release date for Wonder Woman, the star of the female superhero flickĀ  is lining up another lead role before she has to whip out her lasso again. THR has word that Gal Gadot is in early talks to take the female lead role in Paramount and MGM's co-production of Ben-Hur, a new adaptation of the classic Lew Wallace novel of the same name from 1880. Jack Huston has already taken the lead role of the Jewish prince betrayed by his friend Messala (Toby Kebbell) and now the cast is filling out.

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

Ryan Gosling Sought After for 'Doctor Strange' and 'Suicide Squad'

Ryan Gosling

The last couple days have brought some big news for fans of both Marvel and DC Comics movies, and now one actor in particular has drawn the attention of both sides. THR reports Ryan Gosling, a gifted actor who has strayed away from big franchises and blockbusters, is currently being courted for two big comic book roles. First, Marvel Studios has met with the actor to take the title role of Doctor Strange, joining names like Ewan McGregor and more who are also in the running. Since Gosling is just one of many names, and doesn't seem all that interested in these kind of films, don't hold your breath, but it's possible. Read on!

 Posted October 15 in Casting, DC, Development, Marvel | Comments

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

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