• Things are about to get animated for Jon Hamm. The Mad Men actor will lend his voice to Minions, Universal’s spinoff of their Despicable Me movies that is capitalizing on the little yellow creatures that stole the show in the first film in 2010 (Despicable Me 2 comes out this summer). Hamm will voice the inventor Herb Overkill, husband of stylish super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). His previous voice acting work includes such TV shows as Robot Chicken and Archer. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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The East, a new high-stakes, big-ideas eco-thriller starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, and Ellen Page, closed out the SXSW Film Festival on Saturday and EW was invited to join director Zal Batmanglij and the cast for the long night of celebration. The evening began at the Four Seasons lobby bar with Batmanglij, a vegan, sitting on a sofa covered in cow pelt. “I honor this animal,” he said with a laugh.
He first met Marling at Georgetown University, and the two, along with fellow filmmaker Mike Cahill, quickly became best friends and collaborators. In 2011 the trio revealed the potency of their creative force with Another Earth (written by Marling and directed by Cahill) and Sound of My Voice (written by Marling and directed by Batmanglij), both purchased by Fox Searchlight. That same year, Marling and Batmanglij sold their spec script The East, about a private investigator (Marling) who infiltrates an anarchist collective and quickly feels her loyalties waver and shift. READ FULL STORY
The SXSW Film Festival announced Wednesday that Zal Batmanglij’s (Sound of My Voice) film The East will close the Festival on Saturday, March 16. Batmanglij co-wrote the script with Brit Marling. Starring Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson, the film follows a private intelligence operative trying to infiltrate a group of anarchists who are planning attacks on major corporations. But the operative’s loyalty to her mission wavers when she falls for the leader of the group.
The festival has also added a number of panels and films, including talks with the directors and casts of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Check out the complete schedule here, and some of our picks from the new additions after the jump.
Casting Net: Wes Bentley, Brit Marling join Lincoln biopic 'The Green Blade Rises.' Plus: Martin Freeman, Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
• Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) and Brit Marling have joined The Green Blade Rises, a biopic about U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s early years, including his father’s abandonment of him in the wilderness, according to a press release. Pegged as “the untold story of America’s greatest hero,” the movie will star Bentley as Lincoln’s first teacher, with Marling as Lincoln’s biological mother. Terrence Malick is producing from a script by AJ Edwards, who makes his directorial debut. The film also stars Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke as Lincoln’s step-mother and father.
• Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are set to star in in Philomena, based on the real-life story of a Irish woman searching for the son she put up for adoption in America as an unwed mother in the 1950s, adapted from journalist Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a 50 Year Search. Dench will play Philomena Lee, and Coogan will play Sixsmith. Stephen Frears (The Queen) is directing from a screenplay co-written by Jeff Pope and Coogan. [Variety]
• The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, plus Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike, have joined the cast of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost comedy The World’s End, according to a press release from Focus Features, which will distribute the film in North America. The film teams director Edgar Wright again with Pegg and Frost, following their pairing up in Wright’s 2004 comic zombie romp Shaun of the Dead and 2007′s Hot Fuzz. Wright co-wrote the script with Pegg. The movie centers on five childhood friends who reunite for a marathon pub crawl they attempted 20 years earlier, but also grapple with the future of humankind.
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