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After being in the works for about 20 years, Martin Scorsese finally has full funding to get his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence off the ground. Production was originally supposed to begin this past fall, but it took a little long to get all the money together to make it happen. Now Deadline reports Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have boarded the project as producers and are fully financing the film. The cast is also solidified with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Tadanobu Asano (though Ken Watanabe was once involved, he's no longer in the film). Production begins next week in Taiwan.
After scouring Hollywood for young talent, director Bryan Singer has finally found the stars who will play the younger versions of the familiar mutants Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment of the comic book franchise. Singer took to Twitter to make his casting announcement, revealing that "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner will play Jean Grey, Mud star Tye Sheridan is Cyclops and Drumline: A New Beat star Alexandra Shipp has landed the role of Storm. We're getting a little bit closer to the original X-Men line-up from back in 2000, but these are still very young versions.
Now that Marvel Studios has Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed to play Doctor Strange in the Phase Three film of their cinematic universe, it's time to fill out the rest of the cast. THR has word that Marvel has their eye on Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) for a leading role in the film, but there's no specifics on what character he might play. Reportedly some sources are saying that Ejiofor is wanted for a villain role while others say the opposite. All we know about Doctor Strange right now is that Cumberbatch is playing the title character, a surgeon named Stephen Strange who becomes the titular sorcerer supreme.
After bringing some pretty big laughs in last summer's hit comedy Neighbors, young star Zac Efron is sticking with comedy for a new project called Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. As if the title wasn't explanatory enough, THR reports the film will follow two brothers who post an online ad for wedding dates. Presumably they'll encounter some bad options in their search, making for some comedy. The film will actually reunite Efront with Neighbors producers and writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, who also had scripting duties on this new comedy set up at Fox. But just who will be directing?
As Universal Pictures is preparing a new cohesive cinematic universe for their classic movie monsters like Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman ad more (albeit without as much horror in the films), Goldcrest Films has just announced a remake of another horror classic. A press release reveals The Expendables 2 and Con-Air director Simon West will direct a remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror flick The Blob, about a gelatinous alien life-form attacking a small town. West says, "With modern CGI we can now fully realize the potential of The Blob. The world I create will be totally believable, immersive and emotionally satisfying."
After being the only female misfit in the young adult sci-fi adaptation The Maze Runner, British actress Kaya Scodelario may be heading to an established film franchise next. Deadline has word that the "Skins" cast member is in early talks to take the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in Disney's swashbuckling adventure franchise starring Johnny Depp. However, we're not sure what kind of character Scodelario will be playing, but there's probably a good chance she'll end up finding romance with another new cast member, Brenton Thwaites, who joined the cast last fall.
It's a pretty foregone conclusion that the principal cast members of the rebooted Star Trek franchise would be coming along for Star Trek 3. That includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg. But one of the crew members of the U.S.S. Enterprise has a new job outside of the ship as well. Deadline reports Simon Pegg will also now be responsible for co-writing the new draft of the script with Doug Jung, the creator of the TNT police drama series "Dark Blue." Previously, Roberto Orci was going to have his hand in writing the script, but that was before he departed the film.
If the incredible action and larger scale story in The Raid 2 left you wanting another round from director Gareth Evans, we have some disappointing news. Don't worry, The Raid 3 is still very much in the works, but Evans just isn't in a hurry to make it. The filmmaker teased a new project on Twitter by saying, "Time to find a brand new collection of streets & buildings outside of Indonesia to fuck up with cars and mayhem." That prompted a fan to ask whether or not it was related to The Raid 3, and sadly, the director dashed our dreams of seeing the sequel anytime soon. However, that doesn't mean he isn't thinking about it. Read on!
There's been a lot of terrible Nicolas Cage movies made over the past few years, and last year brought one of the worst with the new adaptation of Left Behind. But it sounds there might be a good one in the works, and it's not just another action thriller. THR has word that Cage is slated to star in Army of One, a satirical comedy from Borat director Larry Charles about an average guy who decides to begin his own hut for Osama Bin Laden. And the film has some serious producer power behind it as Harvey and Bob Weinstein have struck a deal for the North American rights to the film through the TWC-Dimension banner. Read on!
Back towards the end of the summer of 2013, you may remember Bruce Willis saying that he was bored with starring in action movies again. It's happened before for the actor, and we though this might mean some more thoughtful, substantial performances from the actor. Instead, he's just churning out more of the same action thrillers we've seen time and time again, and now he's just signed on for two more. Deadline reports Willis is set to star in Extraction where he plays a former CIA operative, and a press release reveals the Die Hard franchise star will also lead Wake, from John Pogue, the director of The Quiet Ones.
Just a few days after director Frank Darabont left the Snow White and the Huntsman spin-off, which is simply called The Huntsman, Universal has quickly found a director, and it sounds like they didn't have to look too far. THR reports Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will be at the helm of the film. You may not know that name as a filmmaker, and that's because this will be his directorial debut. But he has experience with this particular property because he worked on the first film both as the second unit director and visual effects supervisor, the latter for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. So maybe it's in good hands.
We've still got 11 months until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, but with the first Star Wars spin-off film slated to arrive one year after that, it's almost time for production to get into gear, and that means casting is getting underway as writer Gary Whitta departed the project after turning in a first draft. THR has word that Disney is in the process of testing females leads for the first standalone film set in the Star Wars universe that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. As of now, the names that have surfaced include Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, recent Oscar nominee Felicity Jones from The Theory of Everything and "Oprhan Black" star Tatiana Maslany.
There's no doubt American Sniper has been a hit with audiences, even as it faces some stirring criticism about its portrayal of the titular soldier Chris Kyle. But that's a different conversation entirely, and you can read more about that elsewhere. Instead, this is about a key difference that would have made the film much less two-dimensional and one-sided, adding more humanity to the real-life sniper with the highest confirmed kill count in United States military history. You may remember that Steven Spielberg nearly directed American Sniper, and now some details of how his vision may have been different have surfaced.
Early last summer, we learned that Locke director and writer Steven Knight was hired to script a sequel to the intense zombie epidemic thriller World War Z. But since then, we haven't heard anything new on the project. But Thompson on Hollywood recently sat down with the writer, who's still at the treatment stage of writing, and the conversation turned to the progress on the gestating sequel which Brad Pitt will produce again through his Plan B production banner. However, as we've suspected, it doesn't sound like he'll be starring as Knight says, "It’s not quite like the other, we're starting with a clean slate." Read on!