The cast of Columbia Pictures adaptation of the short film Pixels is already pretty full with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage leading the film about a group of video game experts who are recruited by the government to help deal with the threat of popular 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. In addition, Michelle Monaghan is on board the film as a weapons developer who also turns out to be a love interest for Sandler. Now another cast member has been added with Deadline reporting that "30 Rock" prima donna Jane Krakowski will play the First Lady in the sci-fi action comedy. More below!
It's been over three years since director Richard Linklater was revealed to be attached to a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, the hybrid animated and live-action film from 1964 that starred Don Knotts as a man who is turned into a cartoon fish. Earlier this year we learned that Linklater was still involved after all these years with the filmmaker's Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly collaborators Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta working on the animation side of things. Now the cast around leading man Zach Galifianakis is starting to fill out with names like Jon Hamm, Danny McBride and more comedy gems.
Universal has found success bringing Robert Ludlum's covert asset Jason Bourne to the big screen with a film trilogy starring Matt Damon, and a spin-off franchise starring Jeremy Renner. Now one more might be added to the mix as Variety reports the studio is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to lead The Janson Directive. Similar to the main character from the Bourne series, the book follows a former consular ops agent who leaves the covert operations behind due to a high number of sanctioned serial killings. Like a less aggressive Jack Reacher, Janson decides to go into business as private security consultant. More below!
If that trailer for Reach Me left a bad taste in your mouth, Sylvester Stallone might be able to redeem himself with a developing project at Millennium Films from The Expendables franchise producer Avi Lerner. Deadline has word that Stallone will lead Scarpa, a new organized crime thriller from The Lincoln Lawyer director Brad Furman that will tell the story of Gregory Scarpa Sr, a hitman also known as "The Grim Reaper" who was the chief enforcer of the Colombo crime family during the 70s and 80s and an FBI informant for over thirty years. And there's a writer aboard who will please fans of quality mob films as well.
While most of the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been revealed, there are probably dozens of smaller roles that have been and will be cast, but since they're not major roles, they won't be announced as news. However, Lucasfilm and Disney have gone out of their way to announce the casting of two unknown talents in the film following their open casting call last year that hit 11 cities in the United States and United Kingdom where 37,000 people came to audition, along with 30,000 more applying online. The two names are Crystal Clarke, an American studying across the pond, and Pip Anderson, an actor from the UK.
Following the recent addition of Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Snitch) to the cast of Ride Along 2, one more name has been added to the mix, and it's a recipe for one of the loudest films we might ever see. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are already returning in the Universal action comedy sequel with Tim Story back in the director's chair. And now Deadline reports they'll be joined by Ken Jeong, better known as Mr. Chow from The Hangover trilogy or Chang in the NBC series "Community" (which just recently avoided death again). However, at this time, with no plot details, there's no word on who Jeong will play. More below!
This fall we'll see Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth together as part of the revolution against The Capitol in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, but outside of the sci-fi franchise, they'll reunite again. Deadline has word that the two co-stars will head into a completely different genre with By Way Of Helena, a western revenge thriller from Australian director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) from a script by Matt Cook that made the Black List in 2009. Hemsworth will lead the film as an 1880 Texas Ranger sent to a small, isolated town on the frontier to investigate a series of mysterious murders.
Right now director Judd Apatow is busy in New York filming his latest comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and many more. But two more names will pop up in the film that we weren't expecting. On Twitter yesterday, Apatow addressed a question from a fansite about whether or not Harry Potter franchise star Daniel Radcliffe was in the film after being spotted walking a bunch of dogs on the set in NYC. And while Apatow played coy online, other onlookers with cameras saw Radcliffe filming a scene along with Crazy Stupid Love star Marisa Tomei. More below!
Following news last week that Jason Sudeikis would reunite with Kristen Wiig for the big screen heist comedy formerly known as Loomis Fargo, even more cast members have signed up for the film led by Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis. The film from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess is still being called the Untitled Armored Car Project, and the supporting cast has just filled out with some more great comedy names. Recent breakout "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kate McKinnon is taking a role along with "The State" member and frequent David Wain collaborator Ken Marino. But that is not all.
Along with rumors from Lou Ferrigno that another standalone Hulk movie was coming after The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has since been backed up by star Mark Ruffalo, we also learned that motion-capture performance master Andy Serkis was working on the film. Serkis had been working closely with Ruffalo regarding some more intensive motion-capture work to help bring the big guy to life in the Marvel sequel, and the actor's company The Imaginarium is performance capture consultant, just like on Star Wars Episode VII. But now we have word that Serkis actually has a role in The Avengers follow-up too.
Briefly: A sequel to this year's hit not-so-buddy cop comedy Ride Along has already been announced with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube returning in the lead roles, and director Tim Story back behind the camera. There's not any specifics on what the story will be, but Variety has learned that the sequel will take the action to Miami this time, and they'll have a new cast member in the form of Benjamin Bratt. The Snitch and Miss Congeniality star is just coming off a villainous voice role in Despicable Me 2 and also a nice supporting role in the event series revival "24: Live Another Day," but his role in this sequel isn't revealed. Expect to hear more soon with the sequel moving closer to production to meet Universal's date of January 15th, 2016.
After starring in Non-Stop earlier this year, and having a small role the Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave last year (not to mention Oscar winner Argo the year before), character actor Scoot McNairy is stepping into comic book territory. Deadline has word that the star of Monsters and Killing Them Softly is taking a role in the DC Comics blockbusters Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, the actor's role is being kept under tight wraps for now, so we don't know if he's playing a character who has roots in the DC Comics universe, or someone created just for the film like Christopher Meloni's character in Man of Steel.
After garnering some big laughs in last year's comedy hit We're the Millers, rising British star Will Poulter is on the verge of a huge breakthrough. Later this year, young adult fans will see him struggling to survive in the adaptation of The Maze Runner, and now he's landed another pivotal dramatic role. Variety reports Poulter will co-star in The Revenant, the latest film from Babel director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Poulter will join Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio in the period revenge thriller about a 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. More below!
With Joe Versus the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, we've seen Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together on the big screen three times so far, and now it's time for a fourth. THR has word that Ryan is getting ready to make her feature directorial debut in Virginia with a World War II coming-of-age tale called Ithaca, based on William Saroyan's 1943 novel The Human Comedy. Hanks was already set to executive produce the film along with collaborator Gary Goetzman through their Playtone banner, but the Oscar winner will also make a cameo in the film, something he doesn't do often on the big screen. Read on!