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We spend a day with Frank Grillo, Hollywood's one-two punch

“Who’s the toughest actor in Hollywood?” Frank Grillo asks, wrapping his hands in preparation for training.

Grillo’s posing the question to Terry Southerland, his trainer of more than 20 years. Lacing up Grillo’s gloves, Southerland doesn’t hesitate before responding, “You are.”

Standing in the middle of an underground boxing gym in New York City, Grillo is just one of the guys. He walks like a fighter, he talks like a fighter, and other than having the best hair in the gym—according to his trainers—he looks like a fighter. In this moment, there’s almost nothing that points to the fact that Grillo’s been a working actor for more than 20 years. READ FULL STORY

Frank Grillo talks Crossbones' return in 'Captain America: Civil War'

Frank Grillo’s role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened a big door. Although he was only in about half an hour of the film, there’s already rampant speculation about his return as the villainous Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War. And no one’s more pumped about it than Grillo, who loves the character.

“[Winter Soldier] was only a taste of what’s to come with the next film, and I couldn’t be more humbled and excited,” Grillo said. “They just kind of called and said, ‘What kind of shape are you in? We’re going to need a body scan.’ They scan your body so that whatever you wear fits you like a glove.”

Hopeful for a return, Grillo talked about his love for Crossbones, noting that, “He’s a badass. He is just vicious. I like the idea that it’s no holds barred. I love the physicality. We all know what Crossbones represents in his world.”

And Grillo’s aware of the other rumors surrounding the film, a fact that gets him even more excited at the possibility of returning. “I hear Iron Man is in Captain America 3—he’s got a big role—and the Black Panther. It sounds like this Civil War is going to be pretty interesting.”

Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theaters May 6, 2016.

Casting Net: Kevin Bacon in talks for 'Jungle'

• Kevin Bacon is in talks for Jungle. The thriller is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who penned a memoir about his dangerous trip to the Amazon jungle where he was accompanied by two friends and a mysterious guide. If the deal goes through, Bacon will play the Austrian guide, Karl. Greg McLean, whom Bacon worked with on 6 Miranda Drive, will direct. Justin Monjo adapted Ghinsberg’s 2005 book for the screen. The film will begin shooting early next year in Australia and Colombia. In addition to the film, Ghinsberg’s story also inspired the one-hour Discovery Channel docu-drama series, I Shouldn’t Be Alive. [Deadline]

• Frank Grillo has been cast as the lead in Beyond Skyline. Liam O’Donnell will make his directorial debut with the film, a spin-off to 2010’s Skyline. O’Donnell also wrote the script, and co-wrote the first film. Grillo will take the role of a detective who must save his son from an alien warship. Skyline‘s directors, Greg and Colin Strause, will produce along with Matthew Chausse. The film is a standalone, rather than a sequel. [Variety]

• Edmund Kingsley, son to Oscar winner Ben Kingsley, will take his first lead role in Capsule. Andrew Martin will direct, marking his debut, from a script he wrote. The film will star Kingsley as an experienced fighter pilot who is in charge of Britain’s first manned mission to space during the Cold War; he ultimately finds himself alone in space in a malfunctioning capsule. Lisa Greenwood and Joseph Baird also star. [Deadline 

• Ty Simpkins has signed on for The Nice Guys. Shane Black is directing the film, which stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) pair to solve the case of a missing girl as well as the death of a porn star; the cases are seemingly unrelated, but there’s likely more than meets the eye. Simpkins takes the role of Bobby, a young boy whose discovery brings the mystery that March and Healy must solve to light. [Deadline]

 Olivia Holt, known for Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It, is joining Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger in Same Kind of Different as Me. Based on the nonfiction book by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent, the story follows an art dealer, Hall (Kinnear), who befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) to save his marriage to his wife (Zellweger). Jon Voight takes the roll of Hall’s father with Holt as Regan, the daughter of Ron and Debbie Hall. Michael Carney will direct. He co-wrote the script with Alexander Foard and Hall. [The Wrap]

Casting Net: Sandra Bullock in talks to join a George Clooney project; Plus, Jason Segel cast as David Foster Wallace, more

• Sandra Bullock, who just picked up a SAG nomination for her work in Gravity, is in early talks to star in the comedy Our Brand Is Crisis for producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Peter Straughan wrote a script based on a 2005 documentary about the use of American political campaign techniques in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. EW’s Entertainer of the Year is currently voicing the lead role in The Minions, set for a July 2015 release. [The Wrap]


Casting Net: George Clooney lands Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman for 'Monuments Men.' Plus: 'Captain America' 2 finds its Crossbones

George Clooney: “Hi, Hollywood. It’s George. Want to be in my next movie?” Hollywood: “Sure!” That’s not really an exaggeration. Daniel CraigBill MurrayJohn Goodman, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), and Bob Balaban (Moonrise Kingdom) are all in talks to star in The Monuments Men, for which Clooney will serve as star, co-writer, and director. (Cate Blanchett and The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin entered negotiations to join the film earlier this month.) Based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, the story follows a troop of American and British art experts who step behind enemy lines to recover the artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Clooney adapted the script with regular collaborator Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck, The Ides of March). [Deadline]

• Frank Grillo (The Grey, End of Watch) will play the Marvel villain Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the comics, the character was a henchman for Red Skull, and his presence in the film seems to suggest the sequel could delve into (warning: the link is a SPOILER) one of the most momentous arcs in the Captain America canon. Grillo joins Chris EvansSebastian StanScarlett JohanssonAnthony MackieSamuel L. Jackson, and Cobie Smulders. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo (NBC’s Community) are helming from script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who penned Marvel’s first Captain America film. [Variety]

• Jaime King (The CW’s Hart of Dixie) and Jamie Chung (Premium Rush, Sucker Punch) have signed onto Sin City 2, the sequel to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller‘s adaptation of Miller’s noir graphic novel. King will play Wendy, the twin sister of the character she played in 2005’s Sin City, Goldie. And Chung takes over the role of the assassin Miho from Devon Aoki, who played it in the first film. Rodriguez and Miller are once again co-writing and co-directing the film, which has Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, and Jessica Alba reprising their characters. [THR]

• Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is attached to star, write, and produce an “anti-romantic comedy” entitled Leftovers, for Paramount Pictures. No other details were released. [Variety]

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