• Oscar winner Ben Kingsley will provide the voice of panther Bagheera in Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The movie, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), will be a combination of live-action and animation with a script by Justin Marks. Kingsley joins previously announced stars Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Scarlett Johansson (Her), and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) as the voices of Shere Khan, Kaa, and Rakcha, respectively, for a scheduled Oct. 9, 2015, release. [THR] READ FULL STORY
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• Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson will play spouses in the dark comedy North of Hell. Wilson will play a successful business man, and Heigl, his controlling wife. Anthony Burns (Skateland) is set to write and direct. Heigl hasn’t really been on the scene much since 2012’s One for the Money, but she has a number of films in the pipeline, including The Big Wedding (out April 26) with Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams, and the animated flick The Nut Job. Wilson has a number of projects coming up as well, including The Conjuring (out July 19) and Insidious: Chapter 2. As far as we know, none of them will feature Wilson playing ping-pong with Lena Dunham. [Deadline]
When Dermot Mulroney last visited the Sundance Film Festival 13 years ago, he was co-starring in an Alan Rudolph film titled Trixie, opposite Emily Watson and Nick Nolte. “I think it was a little less commercial then,” says Mulroney, who returns to Park City, Utah, next week with a trio of films. One other thing that’s also changed since 2000: the “Park City at Midnight” showcase, which specializes in some truly bizarre, outside-the-box filmmaking. (Think last year’s Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.) When night falls at Sundance, the cool-crazies come out, and Mulroney arrives this year with a potential doozy. The Rambler, a surreal Western based on a short that writer/director Calvin Lee Reeder screened at Sundance in 2008, seems almost perfectly engineered for a manic midnight crowd. Judging from Mulroney’s description, it might just be like a Cormac McCarthy story directed by Terry Gilliam. “It’s going to be nuts,” says the actor. “This movie will spin some heads, many of which might already be spinning at a midnight show.”
Mulroney, who also appears in the Nicole Kidman thriller Stoker and the festival-closing biopic about Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, checked in with EW to try and explain The Rambler and discuss his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Looking at the lineup up films for the festival, you might be a frontrunner for Mr. Sundance 2013. You have three films screening, yes?
DERMOT MULRONEY: I do. I have a small role in Stoker. I appear as the Rambler in The Rambler, and also a role in jOBS, which closes the festival. I can’t wait to see The Rambler with an audience. It’s a very unique film, let’s say. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Robert Pattinson to play Lawrence of Arabia. Plus: Tobey Maguire, Dermot Mulroney, Robin Wright
• Robert Pattinson will play T.E. Lawrence — i.e. Lawrence of Arabia — in Queen of the Desert, a biopic of English writer and explorer Gertrude Bell (Naomi Watts), who worked with Lawrence to help establish the nation states of Jordan and Iraq after World War I. Director Werner Herzog also penned the screenplay, so it’s sure to be a lighthearted laugh riot. [Variety]
• Tobey Maguire is attached to produce and star in Z for Zachariah, an adaptation of the Robert C. O’Brien novel about a young woman who, thanks to the unique weather patterns of the small, self-contained valley where she lives, believes she is the sole survivor of a nuclear apocalypse. Maguire will play the scientist who comes upon the woman’s home. Craig Zobel (Compliance) is set to direct from a script by Nissar Modi. [Variety]
• Dermot Mulroney is the latest actor to sign on to the star-studded feature film version of Tracy Letts‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County. He’ll play Steve, the too-slick-for-his-own-good fiancé to Juliette Lewis‘ Karen, the youngest daughter of Weston family doyenne Violet (Meryl Streep). Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, and Margo Martindale round out the rest of the highly dysfunctional family. John Wells (The Company Men) is directing from Wells’ screenplay. [Deadline]
• Robin Wright is negotiating to join Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams in A Most Wanted Man, based on the John le Carré spy novel about a Chechnian Muslim who finds himself embroiled in the War on Terror when he sneaks into Germany. Anton Corbijn (The American) is directing; Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness, Lantana) penned the script. [Variety]
Casting Net: Aaron Paul taking ‘A Long Way Down.’ Plus: Eric Bana, Christoph Waltz, Richard Dreyfuss
Casting Net: Steve Carell will help Will Ferrell ‘Swear to God.’ Plus: Heather Graham’s back for ‘The Hangover Part III’
Casting Net: Shia LaBeouf courting Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac.’ Plus: Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Kim Basinger
Casting Net: Will Arnett to play Batman...in Lego form. Plus: James Woods, Catherine Keener, James Marsden
• James Woods, Ron Eldard, Lesley Ann Warren, and John Getz (The Social Network) have joined jOBS, the indie biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher), the filmmakers announced on Tuesday. Eldard will play Apple designer Rod Holt; Getz and Warren, Jobs’ adoptive parents Paul and and Clara Jobs; and Woods, Jobs’ onetime Dean of Students Jack Dudman. Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, and Dermot Mulroney costar; Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) is directing.
• Catherine Keener will star opposite Mark Ruffalo in Can a Song Save Your Life?, the music-driven drama starring Keira Knightley as a struggling musician who meets up with Ruffalo’s struggling music producer. Keener will play Ruffalo’s estranged wife, but no word on whether she is also struggling. Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine costar, and John Carney (Once) will direct. [Deadline]
• James Marsden will play a naval commander with the unenviable job of giving Mark Wahlberg orders in Two Guns. Wahlberg and Denzel Washington play a Navy SEAL and DEA agent, respectively, who work together to steal money from the CIA not realizing the other is an undercover government agent. Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband) is directing. [Variety]
• Dermot Mulroney and Josh Henderson (TNT’s Dallas) have signed up for the indie thriller Swelter, about a quartet of fugitive convicts who come to a California small town seeking a fifth associate who absconded with $10 million. Director Keith Parmer (Mob Rules) also penned the script. [Variety]
Casting Net: Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart join ‘Olympus Has Fallen.’ Plus: Derek Luke, Ron Livingston, Kristen Schaal
Casting Net: Colin Firth, Cate Blanchett attached to Barbra Streisand-directed drama. Plus: Charlie Sheen, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph
Casting Net: Jim Parsons, Rihanna to give voice to ‘Happy Smekday!’ Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Rob Reiner, Edgar Ramirez
Casting Net: Jean Dujardin to work with 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' Plus: Adam Levine, Benicio Del Toro, Dermot Mulroney
• Adam Levine, Maroon 5 frontman and sassy judge/mentor on The Voice, is venturing into the world of feature film acting, signing on to star in Can a Song Save Your Life, the next film from Once director John Carney. Levine will play the not-so-nice musician boyfriend to Keira Knightley‘s character. Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld costar. [Deadline]
• Benicio Del Toro will play the title role in Jimmy Picard, based on the non-fiction book Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, about a Native American WWII vet who befriends a French psychiatrist (Mathieu Amalric, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale) will direct. [Deadline]
• Dermot Mulroney has joined Jobs, the currently filming indie biopic of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher). He’ll play Mike Markkula, one of the earliest investors in the Silicon Valley company. Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) is directing from a script by first-time feature screenwriter Matt Whiteley. [Deadline]
• Judy Greer (The Descendants) and Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt) have signed on to director Kimberly Peirce‘s remake of Stephen King’s novel Carrie. Greer will play gym teacher Miss Collins, one of the only characters who’s kind to Carrie White (Chloe Moretz); and Doubleday will play Chris Hargensen, the ringleader of the popular kids who torment Carrie. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Charlize Theron to enter ‘Murder Mystery.’ Plus: Bill Paxton, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan
Casting Net: Hugh Laurie to battle ‘RoboCop.’ Plus: Lindsay Lohan, John Stamos, Justin Bartha
Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth boarding ‘In the Heart of the Sea.’ Plus: Stephen Colbert, Ray Winstone, Anton Yelchin
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