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This year saw Keanu Reeves get some deserved attention for his ass-kicking role in John Wick, though the film should have gotten even more attention at the box office. The actor has a couple sci-fi projects lined up with the gestating space travel romance Passengers still kicking around, and there's also Replicas, which will reteam Reeves with John Wick producer Stephen Hamel. Now The Wrap reports Reeves is in talks to lead The Panopticon, an action thriller from director Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Mirror Mirror) and writer Craig Rosenberg (After the Sunset), and it sounds perfect for Reeves to tackle following John Wick.
Hot on the heels of news that Jude Law would play the primary antagonist of Knights of the Round Table, the first in a hopeful six-film franchise telling the tale of hero King Arthur, the final major role has been filled at last. Variety reports Gladiator and Guardians of the Galaxy star Djimon Hounsou has landed the role of Arthur's mentor, who is described as a Merlin-esque figure, but isn't exactly playing the iconic wizard from the classic tales. This is the role that Pacific Rim star Idris Elba was once being lined up for, but the actor didn't close a deal. Hounsou is a solid alternative to what will likely be a recurring role.
With Gone Girl making a big splash at the box office and having some staying power over the past month and a half, it's time for Rosamund Pike to lock down her next project. Variety reports the star of Jack Reacher and The World's End is now in early talks to star in The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of Charles Martin's book of the same name name set up at Fox 2000 & Chernin Entertainment. Previously Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was going to star in the film with Pacific Rim's Charlie Hunnam, but she probably fell away since she's likely playing Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad at Warner Bros. next.
After becoming a household name with the leading role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, there's no denying that Chris Pratt is a big star now. His profile will get even bigger next summer after he stars in Jurassic World, and now Collider reports the actor has lined up a new project. Reportedly, Pratt is attached to star in an adaptation of writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking. And while that sounds like a fake project, we can assure you it's merely a wild genre tale following an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking.
A month ago, almost exactly to the day, we learned that Peter Sohn had been named the new director of The Good Dinosaur after being part of the brain trust (along with John Lasseter, Lee Unnkrich and Mark Andrews) taking over direction of the film from Up helmer Bob Peterson. We've heard some overhauling and reimagining was taking place behind the scenes, and that explains why the film was pushed back to November 2015. Now a report from LA Times has Sohn discussing some of the changes being made, in addition to how difficult it was for Pixar to make the choice to push the movie in order to make it better.
It's time for the X-Men: Apocalypse cast to start locking down new talent for some new roles who will join returning cast members like Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and hopefully (presumably) Hugh Jackman. We've heard some new mutants would enter the mix, and that they would likely be young versions of the X-Men we had already seen in the original X-Men franchise. Now that has been confirmed as The Wrap reports Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld are all on the shortlist to play the telekinetic mutant Jean Grey, mentored by Professor X. But there's even more!
Just last month, we learned that Casey Affleck was tapped to star in Boston Strong, an adaptation of the book of the same name by by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the titular city's reaction to the Patriot Day bombing of the Boston Marathon and also the hunt for the two siblings wanted in connection with the bombings. However, as 20th Century Fox has picked up the script by The Fighter writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, it has been revealed that a deal with Affleck could not be reached, and he's no longer involved. However, the project does have a new director in talks to help move the project along. Read on!
It's been a tough year for DreamWorks Animation. The studio needs a boost this year at the box office, so they decided to bring The Penguins of Madagascar to theaters this month instead of the original, sci-fi comedy Home, which is now slated to arrive on March 27th, 2015. In addition, they also pushed back How to Train Your Dragon 3 to 2017 with no explanation. Now, hot on the heels of news that the discussion of a hopeful merger with Hasbro has ended, the animation studio also announced that their supernatural comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations has been removed from their 2015 release date.
At one time, Monster director Patty Jenkins was lined up to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel Studios, but some trouble behind the scenes saw her exit the project and the job ended up going to Alan Taylor. Sadly, that means the director hasn't found another big project since her breakthrough with the film famous for Charlize Theron's serial killer transformation. But she just might have another chance at becoming a household name as THR reports Jenkins will direct Jackpot, a remake of a Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens from 2011, an adaptation of a crime story by Jo Nesbo (Headhunters).
It's been over five years since we've heard anything on the development of the musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, the story of the famous three-ring circus creator P.T. Barnum. Last we heard, Hugh Jackman was slated to star in the film, and now Deadline reports the project is finally coming together with a plan to start shooting next summer in New York. This will be the first live-action, original big screen studio musical since The Goonies (though some argue you could count Moulin Rouge), and the most recent script comes from Bill Condon, writer and director of Dreamgirls. But who is directing?
Right now, G.I. Joe Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is busy with Jem and the Holograms, a big screen adaptation of the musical animated series of the same name. And after that, he'll continue a run of nostalgia with Can't Touch This, a high school dance comedy set during the increasingly old decade that is the 90s. Deadline reports Chu and his producing partner Hieu Ho have set up the project at Focus Features, returning Chu to the world of dance that launched his career in the form of films like Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D. And this one has great talent with plenty of nostalgia experience working on the script.
Though she's been busy with young adult fare like The Divergent Series: Insurgent (watch the teaser trailer here) and the romance The Fault in Our Stars, actress Shailene Woodley is making some time for something much different. THR reports the young star is currently in talks to take the female lead in the developing film about Edward Snowden from controversial director Oliver Stone. Previously we heard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in the running to play the NSA whistleblower who fled the country to avoid prosecution for his headline-making actions, and it sounds like he's still involved at this time. More below!
There's been some buzz about the developing reboot of Universal's classic movie monster universe ever since Dracula Untold hit theaters. The action thriller was said to be the first film to have ties to the new shared universe for the studio's reboot of their most famous properties, and the next films in the bunch will be The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman, coming in 2016, and also The Wolf Man in 2017. But if you were hoping for a great new round of horror movies, you may want to sit down for this, because we have some bad news. Universal's plan to reboot these franchises involves taking the horror out of the properties.
After teaming up for both Ocean's 11 and Ocean's 12, superstars George Clooney and Julia Roberts are set to reunite with another acclaimed actor directing them this time. The Wrap has word that Roberts is currently in talks to join Money Monster, a financial thriller to be directed by Jodie Foster that already has George clooney attached. The project is set up at the revamped TriStar and follows Clooney as Lee Gates, a bombastic financial TV personality who offers up stock advice on his hit show “Money Monster.” The plot takes off when he ends up threatened by a desperate blue-collar worker on the edge. More below!