• Rooney Mara and David Fincher are reportedly circling the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. The two haven’t worked together since 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film will be set in present-day Russia, centered on an intelligence officer who is forced to become a “Sparrow” — someone who basically seduces people for information. She falls for the CIA officer she’s assigned to operate against. Fox is also in talks with Eric Warren Singer, who scripted American Hustle, to adapt the Jason Matthews book. Darren Aronofsky was previously considering the project. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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If you’re gonna rob a fast food restaurant, don’t do it like Tammy.
In the upcoming comedy Tammy, Melissa McCarthy plays the title character, a woman who goes on the run with her drunk grandmother after losing her job and unfaithful husband. McCarthy co-wrote the script with her real-life husband, Ben Falcone, who directed and appears in the comedy that features a foul-mouthed Susan Sarandon as McCarthy’s nana. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
• Allison Janney (The West Wing) and Morena Baccarin (Homeland) will both play CIA agents in Paul Feig‘s Spy, which is currently filming in Europe. The comedy, about a CIA analyst who gets a shot at field work, reunites the Bridesmaids director with Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne, while Jude Law, Jason Statham, and Bobby Cannavale round out the ensemble cast. [Deadline; THR] READ FULL STORY
• Amy Adams (American Hustle) is in early talks to star in Story of Your Life, a sci-fi thriller based on a Ted Chiang short story about a linguist who is hired to determine whether the aliens who have just landed on Earth are a threat. During her communication with the visitors, she beings to experience visions that help her determine why they are there. Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) will direct off of a script from Eric Heisserer (Final Destination 5). [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
Maggie Kiley’s acclaimed 2009 short film Some Boys Don’t Leave with Jesse Eisenberg left viewers wondering where the young protagonist came from and what happened to him after the breakup (and subsequent hanging around) that’s the story’s focus. Fortunately for us, Kiley has turned the short into a full-length feature, Brightest Star, which EW can announce exclusively will open in theaters Jan. 31.
The film stars Chris Lowell (The Help) in the role played in the short by Eisenberg, and features Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), and Allison Janney (The Way, Way Back). Janney and Lowell reunite in the film for the first time since starring together in The Help. In the film, Lowell’s character tries to reinvent himself after being dumped by his first love. After working in corporate-land for Gregg, he finds a kindred spirit in an astronomer (Janney).
EW spoke with Kiley about the challenges in turning a short into a feature and working with Gregg — her former drama teacher.
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Your nostalgia is getting a 3-D twist.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman — from the 1960s Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon — are getting a big-screen adventure, featuring the voices of Ty Burrell, Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, and Max Charles. In the family comedy, Sherman takes off with his dad’s time machine, The WABAC, screwing up history. When the gang must all go back to fix things, they stumble upon all sorts of big history moments — from the mummies in ancient Egypt to the painting of the Mona Lisa.
“At first, we were thinking, ‘Will we have to find somebody who will do a Bill Scott impression?'” director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) recalled about casting Mr. Peabody at an event for the film this week. “That’s sort of where we quickly came to the conclusion that that would be a bad idea because we couldn’t really find anyone that did that. And so we sort of liberated our thinking and thought, ‘Who is this character and who is this character for today?’… This was something that was done over 50 years ago, and we wanted to make sure that we really brought him to life in the right way. And I think that Ty… he kind of embodied all the different aspects we were trying to convey, not just, you know, the intellect or the suave personality. But somehow, there was a sort of an underlying warmth that we really, really liked and wanted to bring to this character.”
Check out the first trailer below: READ FULL STORY
We’ve seen Steve Carell do funny. We’ve seen him play crazy. We’ve seen him do awkward. But in Sundance favorite The Way, Way Back, Carell plays mean, and he’s the one picking on the awkward guy: his girlfriend’s teenage son, Duncan (Liam James).
The Way, Way Back follows Duncan through his summer break that’s rather nightmarish whenever he’s with his mom (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend, but has bright moments whenever he’s at the local water park, where he strikes up a friendship with one of the slacker employees (Sam Rockwell).
The trailer shows off a good chunk of Way, Way Back‘s impressive cast, including Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, and co-director/co-writer Jim Rash.
Check out the trailer, which kicks off with one of Carell’s toolish moments inspired by a traumatic moment in Rash’s real life, below: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch teams up with Guillermo del Toro; Plus, Omar Sy, Jacki Weaver, more
• Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) has signed on to star in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. The English actor is joining Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) for the project, which is being described as a gothic horror story set at the turn of the century. Cumberbatch has been a cult favorite amongst Sherlock fans, but till recently he’s stayed mainly on the margins with his film roles. But with upcoming roles in Star Trek Into Darkness, August: Osage County, and Twelve Years a Slave, he will be a household name in no time. [Variety]
• Speaking of future household names, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) have both joined the cast of The Candy Store. Directed and co-written by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), the action film will follow multiple storylines set in the criminal underworld of Brighton Beach. Clarke will play a former covert operative who decides to do some work on his own and ends up finding some of the leaders, including Sy’s king pimp. [THR]
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