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Last year, we heard that Warner Bros. wanted Christopher Nolan to be at the helm of their adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel Ready Player One. But coincidentally enough, it will be the director who was once supposed to be at the helm of Interstellar behind the camera for the anticipated project. Deadline has learned that none other than iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg is set to direct the film based on the novel of the same name by Ernie Cline that follows a teenager on an elaborate digital treasure hunt in 2044 to win the fortune left behind in the will of the creator of his favorite virtual reality game, Oasis. This is awesome!
Holy crap! Cannes has announced that one of the main films playing at the 68th Festival de Cannes this May will be George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road - playing out of competition of course. This bodes will for the kick ass new Mad Max movie, that looks increasingly awesome the more and more we see in trailers. Cannes has recently chosen big Hollywood movies to play the festival, including some animated 3D movies, but it's good to see George Miller and this badass action flick getting the spotlight and the red carpet on the Croisette this year. Fury Road stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Nathan Jones, Hugh Keays-Byrne & Josh Helman.
As of now, we still know very little about Star Trek 3 when it comes to the story. What we do know so far is that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin will all be back on the Enterprise, with Pegg pulling double duty as co-writer of the script with Doug Jung. Getting behind the camera this time is Justin Lin of the Fast & Furious franchise, which has certainly raised some eyebrows. And now it's time for the supporting cast to get filled out, including the new villain for the sequel, and Variety has word that Pacific Rim and Thor: The Dark Wold star Idris Elba is in talks for the key role.
Following yesterday's new poster for Fantastic Four, which showed a vague display of powers from the quartet of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, we have a new look at the team, but this one reveals a bit more. While the teaser trailer and even yesterday's poster have obscured our look at The Thing from any angle other than behind is naked stone body, an international banner has gone up that gives us our first good lock at the clobbering hero from the front. And he looks…exactly like you'd expect him to look. Hopefully he's less of a punchline than the one Michael Chiklis played before. Look!
After director Zack Snyder gave us a look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman in the forthcoming DC Comics blockbuster Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it's time for a glimpse at another familiar comic book character, but this time on the villain's side. We've known for awhile that Jesse Eisenberg will be playing Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor in the film (he may even reprise the role in Suicide Squad), but we've been waiting to see if he would be bald from the beginning or eventually lose his hair. Well, now we have confirmation with a first look photo, or rather portrait, of Eisenberg completely bald. Look below!
Last fall, both Jamie Foxx and Benicio del Toro had joined Harmony Korine's next film, a revenge tale called The Trap. However, it looks like only one of those actors has stuck with the project as THR reports Focus Features is now picking up the US rights to the film, but with some changes to the cast. Idris Elba will be stepping up to take the role meant for Jamie Foxx, which is that of a gangster rap artist with a friend (del Toro) who took the fall for a robbery the two committed years ago. But now that friend is out of jail and looking for revenge. Honestly, you had me at Idirs Elba as a gangster rapper, but there's a great cast here.
"There is life with you, not with me." The idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger starring in a drama called Maggie where he attempts to care for his daughter (Abigail Breslin) as she slowly turns into a zombie sounded like a promising concept, but also with the potential to be disastrous. However, a trailer for the indie that premiered at TIFF last year has just arrived, and this looks surprisingly good. It's very somber and serious, and not in a way that seems insincere or laughable. This has the potential to be Schwarzenegger's best film since he returned to acting. At the very least, it's an original zombie story in a tired genre. Watch?
"Does he even know how to direct?" The HBO series Entourage worked through the ups and downs of movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), and now that the show is headed to the big screen, it's time for him to take on a new challenge: directing. We already got a taste of the movie Vince is directing in the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of the comedy series, and now we get to see the behind the scenes woes that come from Vinnie getting behind the camera. And as usual, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), Eric "E" Murphy (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), Johnny "Drama" Chase (Kevin Dillon), Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and more are along for the ride with tons of assorted celebrity cameos. Watch!
A remake of the 1954 musical A Star is Born (which itself was a remake of the 1937 film of the same name) has been percolating since 2011. Last we heard, Clint Eastwood was going to direct the film and Beyonce was still attached to the female lead role in the project situated at Warner Bros. Pictures. But back in 2011, the chart-topping singer got pregnant, and that delayed the film for the time being. But it's been years since that happened, so it's time to get the project back on track. However, it looks like the director will actually be Eastwood's recent American Sniper star Bradley Cooper, aiming to make his debut behind the camera.
Next month we'll see how Daniel Espinosa fares with his latest thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace (watch the trailer right here). But the director of Safe House is already looking ahead to his next project, and it's going to take him into the realm of sci-fi. The Wrap reports that Espinosa is in talks to be at the helm of Morningstar, a secretive sci-fi flick set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. Details are being kept under tight wraps, but the script from David Birke is said to have the potential for some world-building (which means potential franchise) and has a story in "the tradition of a Cold War thriller."
Director Kenneth Branagh has already brought several of William Shakespeare's classic plays, such as Hamlet, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, to the big screen. But now it looks like he's going to let a cinema master turn one of his own stage productions of another Shakespeare tragedy into a film instead. Branagh recently appeared on BBC Radio's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review (via The Playlist) and revealed that his stage production of Macbeth is being developed to become a feature film directed by none other than Martin Scorsese. It doesn't sound like it's a done deal yet, but there's definitely been talks. Read on!
There's a lot of Star Wars fan films out there, so it takes some pretty impressive work in order for people to turn their heads and actually check one out every now and then. Well, it looks like animator Paul Johnson's anime short TIE Fighter is one of those films. Johnson has spent the last four years making this short film that takes a look at a space battle from the point-of-view of the Galactic Empire, making some of the pilots in the iconic ships actual characters as opposed to just faceless soldiers. As someone who's not really a fan of anime (I don't dislike it, just not my thing), this is still an impressive piece of work.