• The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort will play the title role in Van Cliburn. The film tells the story of the Texan piano prodigy who has been credited as bridging the Cold War gap between America and Russia when, at age 23, he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. Andrew Stern (Disconnect) is penning the script, and Elgort, a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, will perform the piano playing himself. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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After three casting changes, two directors, and one lawsuit, Jane Got a Gun is finally making it to theaters. Relatively has announced a Feb. 20, 2015 release date for the Western, starring Natalie Portman.
Portman plays Jane, a woman who is forced to ask her ex-fiance (Joel Edgerton) for aid after an outlaw gang led by Colin (Ewan McGregor) torments her new husband (Noah Emmerich).
• Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man 3) and Ewan McGregor (The Impossible) are in negotiations to join Johnny Depp‘s Mortdecai. The story follows Charles Mortdecai, an art dealer racing to uncover a Nazi bank account full of gold. The project is expected to start production later this year. [Variety]
• 99 Homes, a story of a man who loses his home due to foreclosure, has snagged Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for the lead role. Garfield’s character will find himself so desperate that he starts working for the man who took his home, going so far as to assist him in illegal activities. [THR]
• Abigail Breslin (The Call) will be returning to the world of the walking dead in Maggie, where she’ll play the titular role — an unfortunate young woman who is infected by a virus that is sweeping the globe. Arnold Schwarzenegger will play her father. [THR]
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August: Osage County (out Nov. 8) may well become the year’s fanciest movie about a trashy family. It’s based on Tracy Letts’ hours-long, Pulitizer prize-winning play (which we said was “horrifyingly, deliciously mesmerizing”) and is directed by John Wells from Letts’ adaptation. The cast is stuffed from every angle with talent: Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts (as the favorite daughter), and Meryl Streep (as the hated mother).
As the film’s first trailer makes clear, Osage County is a Jenga-like drama of family dysfunction, with funerals and divorces piling atop dinner-table conflicts. Roberts is weary. Streep, with a frizz of black hair, has the juiciest role in the play. Edward Sharpe plays in the background.
Is it foolish to admit I’m most excited for Juliette Lewis?
'The Impossible' Blu-ray: Tom Holland talks about tsunamis, Shakespeare, and Ben Kenobi -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Naomi Watts was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Impossible, and Ewan McGregor starred as the husband and father who refused to quit looking for his missing family in the devastating aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. But the emotional core of the heartrending disaster film was Tom Holland, the 13-year old English actor who played their oldest son Lucas. Nearly swept away by the wave, Lucas clings to life among the dangerous flotsam and survives to help his injured mother to safety. Never striking a false note as his character veers between terror, hopelessness, and bravery, Holland delivers a performance reminiscent of Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun. The first-time movie actor, who’d starred in the London stage production of Billy Elliot, won several newcomer acting awards for his role in The Impossible, including a Breakthrough Award from the National Board of Review.
Now 16, Holland is poised to star in three upcoming high-profile movies in the next year. But speaking to EW just after coming home from school in London, it’s clear he’s in no rush to hurry matters.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released five posters for Jack the Giant Slayer — Bryan Singer’s heroic re-imagining of Jack and the Beanstalk — via its Twitter feed. This movie is finally hitting the big screen March 1 after many date shifts and a title change. November’s trailer didn’t show much of the giants up close, so here they are! They’re very “dinosaurs dressed as humans.” Get ready for some closeups of jagged, dimpled teeth and eerily beautiful green eyes…. READ FULL STORY
Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): 'The Impossible' wave whisperer explains breathtaking tsunami sequence
Translating the raw power of 2004’s cataclysmic Thailand tsunami to film would be an immense feat under any circumstance. But the task was all the more challenging for Félix Bergés, the visual effects supervisor of The Impossible (out in limited release on Dec. 21), who opted to skip the CGI in favor of real — read: unpredictable — water. After more than a year of testing and planning, Bergés and his team had precisely “one and a half takes” to pull off the film’s most pivotal set piece. Below, he explains the process behind the stunning, 10-minute sequence.
Casting Net: Shailene Woodley in talks for YA novel adaptation 'Divergent.' Plus: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Ewan McGregor
• Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton are attached to the comedy And So It Goes…, about a realtor (Douglas) who leans on his neighbor (Keaton) when he finds himself dealing with a granddaughter he didn’t know he had. P.J. Hogan (Confessions of a Shopaholic, My Best Friend’s Wedding) is directing from a script by Mark Andrus (Georgia Rule, As Good As It Gets). [Deadline]
• Ewan McGregor has signed on and Kate Hudson is in talks for the romantic comedy Born to be King, about a Hollywood extra (McGregor) who happens to look a great deal like a movie star at odds with his leading lady (Hudson). Actor Peter Capaldi (In the Loop) is directing from his screenplay. [Variety]
• Shirley MacLaine is in early talks to costar with Melissa McCarthy in Tammy, about an ex-fast food worker who ends up on a road trip with her irascible grandmother. McCarthy co-wrote the screenplay with her husband (and Bridesmaids costar) Ben Falcone. No director is currently attached. [THR]
Casting Net: Woody Harrelson, Martin Sheen pair up for Sept. 11 drama. Plus: Elizabeth Banks, Diane Kruger, Willem Dafoe
Casting Net: Robert Pattinson set for ‘Hold On to Me.’ Plus: Tyler Perry, Amy Adams, Tom Hardy
Casting Net: Christoph Waltz will play Gorbachev to Michael Douglas’s Reagan. Plus: Jim Carrey, Mike Epps, Jai Courtney
Casting Net: Ewan McGregor to star in heist thriller 'Son of a Gun.' Plus: Penelope Cruz, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Schwartzman, James Franco
• Ewan McGregor is set to star in the Australian heist thriller Son of a Gun, playing Australia’s public enemy no. 1, who takes on a protege. Up-and-coming director Julius Avery is helming the project from his own original screenplay. The movie is being touted as a cross between gritty Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom and Michael Mann’s bank robbery opus Heat. McGregor has already been reaping critical accolades for his role as a father and husband in the upcoming tsunami drama The Impossible with Naomi Watts. [THR]
• Penelope Cruz is in talks to star in a film titled Gucci, about the Italian family at the core of the iconic fashion brand. The movie is being directed by Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan Scott, and has apparently gone through several iterations already, with Ridley Scott himself at first on board as director in 2006, with a script by Andrea Berloff, and other writers brought in since then. The brand’s founder’s grandson, Maurizio Gucci, was shot to death in 1995, and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani was later imprisoned for the murder. [TheWrap.com]
• Ryan Reynolds is attached to headline Battle for Bonneville, with Jon Favreau set to direct. The film, written by Dan Gilroy, who co-wrote The Bourne Legacy, is about real-life half-brothers and race-track rivals Art and Walt Arfons, who joined forces to set world speed records. The ever-busy Favreau is also currently in pre-production on a film adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys, about the Four Seasons. [Deadline]
• Jason Schwartzman has confirmed he will indeed be in Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. No big surprise there, considering Schwartzman has starred in several of Anderson films, including Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, plus this year’s Moonrise Kingdom. Details have been murky about Hotel, but we do know that it’s set in Europe, and that Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Owen Wilson, and Jude Law are also attached. Anderson is directing from his own script. [Movies.com]
• James Franco, Glenn Close, and Brit Marling are set to star in The Grace that Keeps This World, an adaptation of Tom Bailey’s novel about a father and his sons prepping for hunting season, and a young cop’s investigation into hunting violations that unearths family differences. Azazel Jacobs will direct from a screenplay by Matthew Aldrich. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Julianne Moore going ‘Non Stop’ with Liam Neeson. Plus: Chris Hemsworth, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Williams
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Casting Net: Anne Hathaway joins Mindy Kaling-penned comedy. Plus: Ron Perlman, Paul Dano
Casting Net: Ewan McGregor boarding 'August: Osage County.' Plus: Christian Slater joins Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'
• Christian Slater is boarding director Lars von Trier‘s lightning rod drama Nymphomaniac, as the father of a self-diagnosed sex addict played by Charlotte Gainsbourg (as an adult) and model Stacy Martin (in flashback). The film costars Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, and Connie Nielsen. [Variety]
• Awkward‘s Jillian Rose Reed will play the love interest in the indie romcom Confessions of a Womanizer, in which Reed’s character falls for the titular lothario. Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan is making his feature directing debut from his script. [THR]
Casting Net: Nicolas Cage attached to vigilante thriller ‘I Am Wrath.’ Plus: Joan Allen boards Stephen King adaptation
Casting Net: Cynthia Nixon set to play poet Emily Dickinson. Plus: Sean Bean, Tom Wilkinson, Peter Facinelli
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