• Robert De Niro is set for Bus 757, a thriller about a card dealer aiming to rob a bank by taking a group of bus travelers hostage and using them as collateral. De Niro’s character is the owner of the casino in question. Scott Mann (The Tournament) will direct. His upcoming projects include the boxing drama Hands of Stone, staring Edgar Ramirez, and the cop thriller Candy Store, with Keira Knightley and Omar Sy. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning writer and director of films like Million Dollar Baby and Crash, sticks with romance in his latest, Third Person.
The film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, and Moran Atias, and is set in New York, Rome, and Paris. Everyone is paired off, and everyone is connected — think Love Actually, but dramatic. (Or Crash, minus racism?)
The film doesn’t have a release date for the U.S. yet, but premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer below:
Casting Net: Sacha Baron Cohen exits Freddie Mercury biopic; Plus Rapunzel gets a new prince in 'Into the Woods,' more
• Sacha Baron Cohen will no longer play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the long-gestating biopic about the band, reportedly due to creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. Apparently, the band was quite involved in the process, rejecting proposed directors such as David Fincher and his Les Misérables director Tom Hooper, and insisting that the movie be PG. No word yet on other options to play Mercury. [Deadline]
• Tony-nominated actor and former As The World Turns star Billy Magnussen is set to replace Jake Gyllenhaal (who dropped out recently, reportedly to star in Nightcrawler) as Rapunzel’s prince in Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of Into the Woods. Magnussen recently appeared on Boardwalk Empire as Roger and had a memorable turn in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress as Thor. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Liam Neeson in talks for 'Taken 3'; Plus, 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' finds a lead, more
• Liam Neeson is reportedly in talks to star in a third installment of Taken, about the retired CIA agent who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are already at work on a script, but no director is currently attached. Pierre Morel directed the first installment, which brought in $145 million on an estimated $25 million budget. Olivier Megaton (Colombiana) stepped in to direct the second film, which made about $139.9 million with a $45 million production budget. Lost‘s Maggie Grace played Neeson’s daughter in both films. [Deadline]
• Disney has found its Alexander. Puberty Blues actor Ed Oxenbould will star as the title character in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Based on the classic Judith Viorst children’s book, Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner are starring as Alexander’s parents. Production is slated to begin on the project in August, with Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) set to direct. [Deadline]
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Fox Searchlight has acquired Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and is eyeing a late 2013/early 2014 release date, EW has confirmed. If you need 11 incentives to see the movie: Ralph Fiennes, Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson are all in it.
Screen Daily first reported the news with this plot summary ”The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.”
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Casting Net: Adrien Brody in negotiations to play villain in thriller 'Motor City.' Plus: Jason Momoa, Chloe Moretz, Benedict Cumberbatch
• Slender, suave Adrien Brody is in negotiations to play a villain in the crime thriller Motor City. The film, starring Gerard Butler, is about a felon, after he leaves jail, who goes after the guys who framed him. Albert Hughes is directing from a script by Chad St. John. Brody would reportedly replace another traditionally intense actor, Gary Oldman, in the role. [Variety]
• Former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa and Canadian actress Merritt Patterson are joining the werewolf thriller Wolves. First time feature director David Hayter is helming the film from his own script. It stars Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) as an 18-year-old who leaves town after being accused of killing his own parents. Momoa plays a werewolf villain. [Variety]
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