• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]
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Casting Net: Bruce Willis is 'The Prince'; Ellen Page may play a British spy in a comic book adaptation, more
• With a title like The Prince, die-hard Bruce Willis fans might worry that he’s decided to go from blue collar to blue blood. Thankfully, it’s a little misleading. Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan (American Heist) will tell the story of a retired Las Vegas mobster who must return to the city when he discovers that his teenage daughter is missing. Willis will play the man who has been cautiously awaiting the return of the mob enforcer. Filming will begin in New Orleans in October. Willis’s next scheduled release is Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which hits theaters Aug. 22, 2014. [Deadline]
Ellen Page is no amateur.
Not only has she starred in some of the most beloved and successful modern indies, including cult favorite Hard Candy and her star-making role in Juno, she’s also held her own in big-budget endeavors too, stealing scenes from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception. But on her first day on set for director Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely, Page suddenly found herself paralyzed with fear and doubt.
What happens when a massage therapist suddenly can’t stand to touch her clients…or anyone?
That’s at least one of the questions explored in Touchy Feely, writer-director Lynn Shelton’s followup to Your Sister’s Sister and Humpday. The film follows Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), the aforementioned masseuse, and Paul (Josh Pais), her dentist brother who suddenly discovers he can actually heal people with his touch. Argo’s Scoot McNairy co-stars as Abby’s boyfriend Jesse who, apparently, takes a liking to her niece (Ellen Page).
The film, which also stars Ron Livingson and Allison Janney, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it picked up a Grand Jury Prize nomination. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Following in his own footsteps from a few weeks ago when he tweeted out pictures of both Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has once again released a behind-the-scenes photo. This time, it’s of Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde.
The highly anticipated Days of Future Past will feature both original X-Men: Last Stand characters such as Wolverine and Storm, and also First Class favorites played Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. In the Days of Future Past comic, Kitty is the character who brings the present and future X-Men storylines together. All in all, Page will be joined by (deep breath) Jackman, Lawrence, Berry, Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, and Shawn Ashmore.
Check out Singer’s photo of Page below: READ FULL STORY
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: Kristen Stewart to play a muse; Plus Ellen Page's directorial debut, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, and more
• Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks have signed on to star in the upcoming film The Big Shoe. Directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary), the film is about a brilliant shoe designer (Jim Sturgess) whose mother (Susan Sarandon) wants him to get into the lucrative knock-off business. When he tries to go off on his own, she hires a “muse” (Stewart) and a therapist (Banks) to try to convince him to do her bidding. [THR]
• Anna Faris is set to star in Ellen Page’s directorial debut Miss Stevens about a depressed teacher forced to chaperone a group of high school students on a trip to a state drama competition. Miss Stevens will apparently discover her own self-worth over the course of the weekend thanks to her students, making it sound like it could be a huge departure from the types of comedies Faris generally stars in. [THR]
Casting Net: Robin Williams boarding drama 'Boulevard.' Plus: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ellen Page, Larry the Cable Guy
• Robin Williams will star in Boulevard, a drama about a man whose marriage is called into question after he encounters a mysterious younger man (newcomer Roberto Aguire), the films producers announced late Wednesday. Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Fighting) will direct from a script by Douglas Soesbe (The Wrong Woman).
• Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick Ass, Savages, Anna Karenina) is currently the frontrunner to play the lead in the reboot of Godzilla. No deal is in place yet, or even close; Taylor-Johnson is reportedly awaiting Frank Darabont‘s pass on punching up the script by upcoming screenwriter Max Borenstein. Monsters director Gareth Edwards is helming the gritty take on the beloved Japanese fire-breathing giant lizard. [Deadline]
• Ellen Page is attached to headline an adaptation of Jean Heglan’s novel Into the Forest, about two sisters living in the California wilderness who have to cope when civilization begins to collapse. No other information about the project (writer, director, producer) has been released. [Variety via Twitter]
• Chad Michael Murray, Larry the Cable Guy, Tika Sumpter (Sparkle), and Kathy Najimy (The Guilt Trip, Rat Race) have joined the latest Tyler Perry production, A Madea Christmas. Murray will play a redneck antagonist, Sumpter a teacher, and Larry a man in an interracial marriage. Perry will write, direct, and star as the irascible Madea. [THR]
Casting Net: Tina Fey teaming up with the ‘Muppets.’ Plus: Josh Brolin, Christopher Meloni entering ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’
Casting Net: Joseph Gordon-Levitt signs up for ‘Sin City’ 2. Plus: Hailee Steinfeld, Amber Heard join Kevin Costner thriller
Casting Net: Maggie Gyllenhaal joins Michael Fassbender’s band in ‘Frank.’ Plus: Ashley Tisdale, Stephen Lang, Vinnie Jones
Lynn Shelton’s latest film has a touchy subject. Literally. The writer-director of Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister is re-teaming with Rosemarie DeWitt — who just scored a Spirit nom for Sister — on Touchy Feely, a drama about a massage therapist who develops an aversion to bodily contact. Shelton spoke exclusively with EW about the project, which she says goes into more dramatic territory that her previous projects. ”It doesn’t have this rollicky, bantering feel that my last couple films have had,” she says. “It definitely has laughs, but it really is a drama. It’s really about attempting to live in your own skin, both literally and metaphorically.” READ FULL STORY
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