• Guy Pearce and Dominic West have signed on for Genius, joining Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Linney. Michael Grandage is directing the film, marking his feature debut. John Logan adapted A. Scott Berg’s book for the screen. Pearce will play F. Scott Fitzgerald, while West will portray Ernest Hemingway. The film will relay the true, complicated relationship between novelist Thomas Wolfe (Law) and his editor, Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman will play Aline Bernstein, with Linney as Louise Perkins. Genius comes as the third collaboration between Grandage, producing partner James Bierman, and John Logan. Filming kicks off next month at Shepperton Studios and on location in the U.K. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
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Casting Net: Tom Hiddleston to play country legend Hank Williams; Plus, Demi Moore, Rebel Wilson, more
• Tom Hiddleston will star (and sing) as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic about the country legend. I Saw The Light will be directed by Marc Abraham (Flash of Genius), who adapted the script from Colin Escott’s biography of Williams. Quite different than his role in The Avengers, Hiddleston will sing from the entire Williams catalog, with songs like “Hey, Good Lookin’,” after the rights were secured through a deal with Sony ATV. The film will follow Williams’ rise to fame before dying of heart failure at age 29. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
Set in a lawless Australian outback 10 years after a devastating economic collapse, The Rover stars Guy Pearce as an embittered Aussie who has lost his family and Robert Pattinson as an American too young to remember a time before everything went to Hell. The second feature from David Michôd — director of 2010’s acclaimed, Pearce-starring gangster-thriller Animal Kingdom — debuts in New York and Los Angeles on June 13 and goes nationwide the following week.
• Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) is currently in talks to star opposite Johnny Depp (Transcendence) in Warner Bros. upcoming crime drama, Black Mass. The film tells the story of famed Boston mob boss and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger (Depp), who uses his double status as a way of picking off any criminal competition. Pearce is currently in talks to play Bulger’s brother on the project which is being produced by Warner Bros. and Cross Creek. [Variety]
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• 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]
Australia was founded as a repository for crooks and criminals — a wretched hive of scum and villainy, like the British Empire’s own Mos Eisley. Of course, that was a long time ago and the Australian national demeanor has since shifted from “kill or be killed” to “live and let live,” but David Michôd’s gritty 2010 drama Animal Kingdom chronicled some of the country’s more modern criminal descendents. In his upcoming sophomore effort, The Rover, the director takes things even further. READ FULL STORY
“I’m Tony Stark: I build neat stuff, I got a great girl, and — occasionally — save the world. So why can’t I sleep?”
So begins the newest trailer for Iron Man 3, continuing the film’s promotional march toward gloominess while also giving us longer looks at the franchise’s latest antagonists, Guy Pearce and a ponytailed Ben Kingsley.
In case the morose voiceover didn’t give it away, Iron Man 3 promises to include more explosions, more mayhem, and more frowns. The new trailer is also noticeably lacking in one-liners, while dramatically increasing the amount of time Gwyneth Paltrow spends struggling in a mean-looking metallic harness. Meanwhile, Kingsley is doing a spin on Ben-Kingsley-doing-a-spin-on-Tom-Hardy-as-Bane. There’s even a thing with an airplane exploding. Watch it below.
Casting Net: George Clooney teaming with Paul Greengrass. Plus: Daniel Bruhl, Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike
• George Clooney is attached to star in and produce an untitled crime film written by Argo scribe Chris Terrio. Filmmaker Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy) is attached to direct and produce, along with Clooney’s producing partner Grant Heslov. And that’s all we got for this one, folks — the details of the script remain top secret. Probably not a sci-fi adventure set in the Persian desert, though. [Variety]
• Inglourious Basterds‘ Daniel Brühl is logging onto the untitled Wikileaks movie as Daniel Domscheit-Berg (gesundheit!), the man who helped Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch — i.e. Benny Batch) build his site for clandestine government secrets. James McAvoy had been in talks for the role, but they fell through. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) is directing the film from a script by Fringe writer Josh Singer, based on Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website and Luke Harding and David Leigh’s book, WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy. [THR]
• Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans) and Bryan Brown (Australia) have boarded the Aussie production The Art of the Engine Driver, a period drama based on Steven Carroll’s novel about a New Year’s Eve party that goes sour. Mark Joffe (The MatchMaker) is directing from a script by Australian TV writer Matt Cameron. [Deadline]
• Mark Indelicato (Justin on Ugly Betty) has joined the ensemble cast of White Bird, a drama about a woman (Shailene Woodley) coping with the sudden disappearance of her mother. Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Eva Green, and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) costar. Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin) is directing from his script. [Variety]
Casting Net: Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye. Plus: Amy Smart, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz
Casting Net: Laura Linney, James McAvoy circling Benedict Cumberbatch/WikiLeaks movie. Plus: Marisa Tomei, James Corden
Casting Net: Bryan Cranston joining thriller ‘Eye of Winter.’ Plus: Christopher Meloni, Richard Dreyfuss, Gloria Reuben
Before the Internet, it was nearly impossible to get a true sense of what a hard-R rated movie was like from its trailer, which the MPAA insists must be palatable for all audiences. But thanks to the proliferation of the online red-band trailer — which can only be shown in a movie theatre before R-rated movies, and even that rarely happens — we can get a far more accurate idea of what’s in store for a movie like, say, the upcoming Depression-era thriller Lawless, starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clarke as the bootlegging Bondurant brothers. And indeed, the new red-band trailer makes clear the film, which opens Wed., Aug. 29, is chockablock with confrontations both savage and sexy. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
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