Over a year ago we learned that Tina Fey would team up with Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore for a new comedy called The Nest set up at Universal. The film hails from "Saturday Night Live" veteran writer Paula Pell and follows two thirtysomething sisters come home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale, so they decide to spend one more wild weekend together there, bonding, feuding and finally growing up. Now Showbiz 411 reports another "SNL" alum will join Fey in the fun, and we couldn't be more thrilled that it's the comedienne's awesome Golden Globe co-host, "Parks & Recreation" star Amy Poehler. Read on!
Over the past few years, Prometheus star Noomie Rapace has found some unique thrillers to sink her teeth into on the big screen. Dead Man Down was a refreshing, quiet thriller, while Passion was erotic and sensual, and coming up later this year she has Child 44 and The Drop, both films with Tom Hardy. Now Deadline has word on a new thriller called Unlocked being set up as an indie project. The story will see the actress playing a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side, thrusting her into the middle of a plan for a devastating biological attack in London. Read on!
Now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters, people who caught the Marvel sequel already are looking forward to the next few films in their cinematic universe. After all, the first credits scene (yes, there's two) teases a couple new characters in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so that's pretty exciting. But after our heroes assemble for another battle to save the world, we have Phase Three kicking off with Ant-Man from director Edgar Wright in the same year. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are leading the film as two different versions of the hero, and Deadline reports Matt Gerald will play a bad guy. Read on!
It's been nearly four years since the rumblings of a sequel to the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan began, and we just assumed that Sony Pictures had decided to bail on continuing the story. But now Deadline reports both Smith and Chan will be back for The Karate Kid 2, and The Crazies director Breck Eisner has been signed to direct. Harald Zwart directed the 2010 remake that actually became a decent hit with $343 million at the worldwide box office, and now that the son of Will Smith is growing up considerably, this could be a bit more of an edgy sequel to the family friendly original.
Just over the weekend we learned that casting was nearly complete for Star Wars: Episode VII as some preliminary shooting was happening overseas. However, we've yet to hear any concrete details on who will be the new heroes in the sci-fi sequel, and which of the saga characters will be returning. We already know R2-D2 will be back (and likely C-3PO), but now THR has word that Peter Mayhew will have a role in the film. If that name doesn't sound familiar, Star Wars fans like myself are happy to inform you that he's the man under the big walking carpet that is Chewbacca, loyal sidekick and co-pilot to Han Solo. More below!
"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" Oooh now this sounds nearly perfect. A number of Hollywood trades, including Variety/The Wrap, are reporting that MGM/Sony is looking at Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor for a villain role in the next James Bond movie. Casting and pre-production is underway on Bond 24, as it's currently known since they haven't revealed a title, but we do know Sam Mendes and of course Daniel Craig are back as director and 007, respectively. Their "sources" say that Ejiofor "is the top choice to play the villain" but no offer has been made and scheduling would need to work out before it's confirmed.
February brought news that horror director Eli Roth was going to reteam with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo, the writers of the earthquake thriller Aftershock he produced, for a new horror film called Knock Knock. The film was said to follow two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life. Now Deadline has word that Speed and The Matrix star Keanu Reeves will venture into horror with a commitment to star in the film as the married man, and he will also executive produce with production slated to begin in under two weeks.
While we know that not much will have to be done in order to make the late Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay complete, production on the film isn't finished yet. The first chapter of the two-part finale hits theaters this November, but one of the cast members in a pivotal role in the second chapter has just been replaced. Previously, Lily Rabe was slated to play Commander Lyme, one of the leaders of District 13 and previous victor of The Hunger Games from District 2, but now it will be "Game of Thrones" fan favorite star Gwendoline Christie taking the role instead. More below!
Fresh of an acclaimed supporting turn on the first season of the stellar HBO series "True Detective," actress Michelle Monaghan is going in a completely different direction with a role in the sci-fi adventure action comedy Pixels starring Adam Sandler. Based on a short film of the same name, the film follows an attack of aliens on the world after they misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, using the games as models for their attacks. The only people who can stop the aliens are a group of video game experts played by Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. More below!
Not too long ago, we learned that Andrew Garfield was going to join Helen Mirren in the World War II drama Woman in Gold. Using what feels like a story set after the events of The Monuments Men, the film follows the story of Maria Altmann, a woman who worked with lawyer Randol Schoenberg to take legal action against the Austrian government to recover art works that once belonged to her family but were stolen by the Nazis. Garfield was meant to play the attorney, but now Deadline reports Ryan Reynolds is surprisingly stepping into the dramatic role for The Weinstein Company film from director Simon Curtis.
Back in February we learned that Danny Boyle was developing a film about the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. And since Hollywood likes movies in pairs every year now, it only makes sense that another film focusing on the same subject is in the works. THR has word that Will Ferrell is currently attached to a comedy called Match Maker that will focus on the tennis rivalry with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty writer Steven Conrad writing the script based on the ESPN Magazine article "The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia & The Battle of the Sexes."
Well, if the newly redesigned heroes in a half-shell in the recent teaser trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't turn you off (though a fan "fixed" them using the magic of Photoshop), then this next bit of news might do the trick. The film had already cast Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo and Danny Woodburn as Splinter, but apparently the actors who took those roles knew their voice might be switched out for someone else. And that's what happened with at least one turtle as Deadline reports Johnny Knoxville will voice Leonardo.
With the larger roles cast in the developing Warner Bros. sequel to Man of Steel, which may or may not be called Batman vs. Superman still, the supporting cast is starting to fill up. Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are in the hero roles of Superman and Batman, and Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot is taking the role of Wonder Woman. The most recent casting additions were Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as mentor/butler Alfred. Now Deadline reports Holly Hunter (The Incredibles, Broadcast News), Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) and Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire) have also joined. Read on!
Following an Oscar win for writing The Descendants, and a fantastic directing debut with The Way Way Back, the duo of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon are reteaming with two of the supporting stars of the coming-of-age comedy. The Wrap has learned that Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney have joined The Heart, an action comedy starring "Saturday Night Live" veteran and Bridesmaids writer and lead Kristen Wiig. The film follows a cash-strapped woman (Wiig) who agrees to transport black market organs with a man she just met (Rockwell). Sounds like there's some flares of We're the Millers there, but it sounds fun. Read on!