• 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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• Michael Fassbender (Shame) is attached to play the title role in a film update of Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about a scheming nobleman intent on ruling Scotland. The play has been adapted for the big screen a number of times, including Orson Welles’ 1948 version in which he also played the character of Macbeth, and Roman Polanski’s 1971 version which starred Jon Finch. Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will direct the Fassbender update which will reportedly use the original language. The part of Lady Macbeth has not been cast yet. [Screen Daily]
• Jamie Foxx is in talks to star in Will Gluck’s (Easy A) film update of Annie, alongside Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis. The Django Unchained star would play Benjamin Stacks, an update on the Daddy Warbucks character, famously played by Albert Finney in the 1982 John Huston film. Foxx is no stranger to musicals, having appeared in both Dreamgirls and Ray. Will Smith and Jay-Z are producing the film, which is aiming for a 2014 release. [THR]
• Johnny Depp is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 musical that borrows characters from classic Grimm fairy tales while following a baker and his wife as they venture into the woods to find the witch who put a spell on them. Meryl Streep will reportedly play the evil witch, a character originated on Broadway by Bernadette Peters, and Depp would play the baker. Rob Marshall (Chicago) is set to direct the project, and held a script reading in October 2012 with Anna Kendrick reading the role of Cinderella, Patrick Wilson as her Prince, and Megan Hilty as Lucinda, among others. But don’t get too excited — participating in a script reading doesn’t necessarily mean any of them are up for the roles. [Variety]
• Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is going back to his indie roots. He’s currently in talks to secure the financing that would allow him to write, direct and star in Chef, a comedy about a chef in Los Angeles. Favreau became known for writing and starring in 1996′s Swingers, but in the 2000s he transitioned into directing (and sometimes acting in) big budget productions such as Elf, Iron Man and its sequel, and Cowboys & Aliens. [Variety]
• Key and Peele favorite Keegan Michael Key might be joining Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Damon Wayans, Jr. (Happy Endings) in the comedy Let’s Be Cops. Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door), will direct the film, which he also wrote, about two guys who decide it’ll be fun to impersonate police officers. [The Wrap]
• Would you want to relive the worst day of your life? Well, for some reason the lead character in Unmasked does, and he joins a dangerous club in order to do so. That part has yet to be cast, but Christina Ricci (Speed Racer) is in talks to join the independent feature from first time writer Peter Scott Vicaire. It will be directed by Geoffrey Sax (White Noise). Ricci can be heard in the upcoming Smurfs 2 (out July 31) where she voices the part of Vexy. [THR]
• French director Luc Besson, who introduced the world to Natalie Portman in The Professional, has cast Scarlett Johansson as his lead in his newest film, Lucy. In the film, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule. But, when the drug gets into her system, she turns into a super-being with telekinesis abilities, martial arts skills, and the helpful bonus of being immune to pain. Johansson is certainly finding a new life as an action star ever since she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff for the Marvel universe. She also stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (and festival favorite) Don Jon, which finally hits theaters on October 18. [THR]
• James Franco is continuing his auteur tour, and may sign on to star in Werner Herzog’s (Grizzly Man) Queen of the Desert about Gertrude Bell, the turn of the 20th century British adventurer. Jude Law was attached to star but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The report says that Ridley Scott may also have a Gertrude Bell in the works that Angelina Jolie is interested in. There is no word yet on which actress would play Bell in Herzog’s version. [Deadline]
• Has Woody Allen found a new muse? Emma Stone is in talks to appear in his next film that will reportedly shoot in the south of France. The Amazing Spider-Man actress has a number of enviable projects coming up, including a film for Cameron Crowe, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, of course the Spider-Man sequel. With her quick delivery and deft comedic timing, Stone seems a natural fit for an Allen film. Thankfully, Allen has been taking himself out of the leading romantic man equation in his more recent projects. Now we’d just like to know who her co-stars might be, the plot, the title of the film, and how we can score a set visit. [Deadline]
• Armie Hammer can’t get enough of classic television remakes. The Lone Ranger star is set to join Tom Cruise in the Guy Ritchie-directed update to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Social Network actor will play the role originated by fellow blondie David McCallum. In addition to his role in The Lone Ranger (in theaters July 3), Hammer is also about to start work on the thriller By Virtue Fall with Kerry Washington and Connie Britton. [Deadline]
Are Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt the next Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando?
The answer? Maybe. EW has confirmed that 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to Guys and Dolls, the Frank Loesser musical about two gamblers who make a bet about a girl. But as far as Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are concerned, Deadline reports that Fox is interested in casting the actors in a remake of the 1955 film.
All we know is that Gordon-Levitt can sing, Tatum can dance, and both would look really good in fedoras. Bottom line: If luck were a lady, she would choose these two actors in a heartbeat.
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• Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Fall) is in final talks to star in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy film as the villain. At one point, Pace was being considered for the lead, which eventually went to Chris Pratt. Details on his role are sparse, but we’re not complaining if Guardians wants to take the Avengers route of casting a handsome bad guy. Pace donned a variety of different elaborate costumes recently for his roles in Lincoln, The Hobbit, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and will be appearing in the next two installments of The Hobbit as well as the AMC drama Halt & Catch Fire. [The Wrap]
• James Franco, Omar Sy (the breakout star of The Intouchables), and Kate Hudson are set to star in the thriller Good People. Franco has been circling the project since late November 2012. Based on Marcus Sakey’s 2009 novel, the story is about a young couple burdened with crippling debt. They think they’ve found an out when their downstairs neighbor dies and leaves $370,000 in cash just sitting around. Suddenly they begin to encounter all sorts of unsavory characters. Danish director Henrik Genz will be making his English-language debut with the film. The Millennium Films project is expected to begin production in London at the end of May. The original story, like most of Sakey’s novels, was set in Chicago. [Deadline]
• Oscar-nominee and Pitch Perfect lead Anna Kendrick is set to star in the psychological thriller The Voices, alongside Ryan Reynolds. Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) has also joined the cast. In the film, Reynolds plays Jerry, a lonely bathtub factory worker with an evil talking cat and a kind talking dog. Persepolis author and director Marjane Satrapi is set to direct. [Deadline]
• Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reunite with her Bad Teacher team, including co-star Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Orange County) for the Sony Pictures comedy Sex Tape. The story is about a married couple who makes a sex tape that goes missing by the morning. The Back-Up Plan scribe Kate Angelo wrote the script. [The Wrap]
• Will Smith is making moves. First news broke that he was in final talks to star in Focus from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, then After Earth got an earlier release date, and now he may be ready to line up a few more projects. Deadline reports that Smith is hoping that Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) might direct him in American Can, the true story of a Gulf War veteran who ends up helping a group of seniors stranded in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He’s also considering the thriller The Accountant about a government bureaucrat who doubles as an assassin. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg pic rounds out cast; Plus, Will Ferrell and Jack Black, more
• For some directors, the more absurd the log line, the better the movie. David Cronenberg’s (Videodrome) next film, which will reunite him with his Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson, is described as a ghost story that also serves as a withering critique of the fame and celebrity-obsessed culture in Los Angeles. Called Maps to the Stars, Julianne Moore and John Cusack have just signed on to join the film as well. Moore can be seen in a number of big films in the next year including the Carrie remake, Non-Stop with Liam Neeson, and The Seventh Son. [Deadline]
• What started as a Wall Street Journal article (published just recently on January 28) may now be a movie starring comedic powerhouses Jack Black and Will Ferrell, who are both currently attached to New Line Cinema’s Tag Brothers about a bunch of adults who never called an end to their childhood game of tag. The report says that Ferrell and Black’s involvement will be dependent on the screenplay which is currently being written by Mark Steilen, who served as a second unit director on The Three Stooges and Hall Pass, and wrote and directed 1999′s The Settlement. If Tag Brothers ends up going through, maybe Ferrell will have the opportunity to avenge Baxter. [The Wrap]
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