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British actor Ian McKellen has become very well known for his franchise roles as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and now he's heading into Disney territory for a perfect role. Variety reports McKellen will play the clock Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast. Cogsworth was the beast's butler before the curse placed over the castle turned everyone into various pieces of furniture. In the animated version from 1991, the clock was a rather worrisome uppity little fellow, constantly clashing with the suave energetic Lumiere, the candelabra, a role that has yet to be cast.
Briefly: While we still don't know if Idris Elba will be taking the villain role in Star Trek 3, the sci-fi sequel has just gained another cool cast member instead. Deadline reports Sofia Boutella, the literally sharp assassin from this year's fun spy action adventure Kingsman: The Secret Service, is taking a lead role in Star Trek 3, scripted by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, directed by Justin Lin and set to arrive July 8th, 2016. But much like everything else about the film, details on her character are being kept under wraps. She could make a great addition to the Enterprise, or she could be a killer secondary villain. Either option works.
There's no doubt that Furious 7 was a hit around the world last weekend, and it's likely to take the top box office spot again this weekend too. And that means director James Wan is now a hot commodity in Hollywood, and now THR reports Warner Bros. is eager to snag him from Universal and get him behind the camera for Aquaman. There's no offer on the table yet, but Wan is the studio's top choice to direct the first big screen iteration of the aquatic superhero, and they're already had some early talks about the project. However, Universal holds an option to bring Wan back to direct Fast & Furious 8 if they were so inclined.
It's been a long road to try to get Stephen King's The Dark Tower novel series to the big screen. Both Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. passed on an ambitious film and television deal that would have brought the western horror and fantasy series to life. Last we heard anything about the project over a year ago, Aaron Paul mentioned he had several meetings to take a role in the film while it was being developed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment. Now Deadline reports there's hope for the film again as Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital have agreed to co-finance the first film in the series.
Fresh off winning an Oscar for her stirring performance in Still Alice, the wonderful Julianne Moore has lined up her next project. Variety reports the Boogie Nights star is in talks to lead Can You Ever Forgive Me, an adaptation of Lee Israel's 2008 memoir of the same name that's set up at Fox Searchlight. The story certainly sounds different as it follows Israel's real-life exploits as a respected biographer who fell on hard times and began creating counterfeit letters "written" by deceased authors and celebrities in order to sell them just so she could pay her rent. However, the forgeries raised some eyebrows, so she changed her game.
After hearing that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street franchise directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller were wanted for both a new Ghostbusters movie at Sony Pictures and the DC Comics cinematic universe title The Flash at Warner Bros. Pictures, they've officially joined one of those projects. Deadline reports Lord & Miller will be writing the treatment for The Flash, the super speedy character who currently has his own television series on The CW. And while the studio really wants Lord & Miller to direct as well, it remains to be seen if they'll end up behind the camera as they're still figuring out what they want to do next. Read on!
Following the arrival of Kingsman: The Secret Service earlier this year, comic writer Mark Millar also had his time traveling adventure comic book series Chrononauts picked up for a feature film. And now yet another of Millar's titles will be heading to the big screen. THR reports the sci-fi comic Jupiter's Legacy will head to the big screen as Millar has decided to team with Transformers and G.I. Joe franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to adapt the comic into a feature film. And as with pretty much all of the comic writer's properties, the idea sounds pretty damn fantastic, focusing on the lazy offspring of superheroes.
Like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling got his start on Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club" as a child star. Since then, he's become quite the heartthrob and an amazing talent on the big screen, and now he's headed back to the House of Mouse. The Wrap reports Gosling is currently in talks to take a role in Guillermo del Toro's long developing adaptation of Haunted Mansion, the classic Disney theme park attraction. The project has been in the works for years ever since del Toro made the announcement at Comic-Con back in 2010. Can it finally come together soon?
Just after hearing that Christopher Walken would work with Kevin Spacey for the first time in the comedy Nine Lives, the cast has just gained two more members. TheWrap and Deadline have two separate reports saying that Jennifer Garner and Robbie Amell both have roles in the goofy-sounding film from director Barry Sonnenfeld that follows Spacey as a workaholic businessman looking for redemption himself after an accident leaves him trapped in the body of his family’s cat. As we've noted, this sounds plain silly, but with Europa Corp. involved, we're not sure what to expect, especially with this kind of cast aboard. Read on!
Over a year ago, we got word that Pixar Animation was officially planning to make The Incredibles 2 after over 10 years of waiting (so far). However, director Brad Bird has been busy with this summer's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, so there hasn't really been any update on the progress of the film. Well, that changed recently when Bird was asked about the sequel while appearing on NPR (via The Playlist) , and his update was short and sweet, "I’m just staring to write it, so we’ll see what happens." That likely means he's just now starting to focus on the film full time, but has been thinking about and working on the idea awhile.
It's been awhile since writer and director Spike Lee had a film that wowed me. Though I'd call myself a fan of Lee's previous efforts such as Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, School Daze and The 25th Hour, his recent efforts just haven't measured up to his potential. In fact, I would say that the last great film Lee made was Inside Man back in 2006. But his next project sounds promising as The Wrap reports Amazon Studios has picked up Lee's next drama called Chiraq. And right now Lee is hoping to land Samuel L. Jackson, Common, Jeremy Piven and rapper Kanye West for the ensemble cast. So what's the new film about?
Briefly: Even though Andrew Rannells has broken out due to his recurring role in the HBO series "Girls," the actor had plenty of success as part of the original cast of the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, for which he wont a Grammy and a Tony. But now he's taking significant roles in moves with a turn in Nancy Meyers forthcoming comedy The Intern. Though he's keen to make his own movies too as Deadline reports Universal has just picked up and untitled comedy pitch that Rannells will write with Mike Doyle, one of the cast members of Jersey Boys. In addition, "Girls" producer Judd Apatow will produce the film. There's no plot details yet, but this could be Rannells' chance for his own Trainwreck like Amy Schumer. We'll see.
After finishing the Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe has made some really interesting choices for big screen roles. He was haunted in The Woman in Black, fell in love with Zoe Kazan in What If, got a little mischievous in Horns and played Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Now Radcliffe is heading into the world of video games, but not for an adaptation of a hit game, but rather the headline-making story that revolved around the cultural impact of a certain title. THR reports Radcliffe is in talks to star in Grand Theft Auto, a drama that will recount the fight between the creator of the infamously violent game of the same name and a relentless, unorthodox Miami lawyer fighting against violence in video games. Read on!
Following the addition of Kristen Stewart to the cast of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, a new drama from Life of Pi director Ang Lee, the project has gained two new co-stars, and some information about how the film will be shot has also come to light as well. Deadline reports Fast & Furious franchise star Vin Diesel and Rush Hour franchise star Chris Tucker have both landed roles in the film about a 19-year old soldier whose squad survived a battle that was captured on embedded news cameras, making them instant heroes. But there time in the war is told in flashbacks during their leave back home for a promotional tour.