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Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston will be in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Marvel is just full of surprises: Idris Elba will be making an appearance in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, the star recently revealed.

The actor, who played Heimdall in 2013′s Thor, broke the news to the Telegraph“I’m in Avengers,” he said. “And I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.”
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'Finding Dory' meets 'The Wire'? It could happen

Stringer Bell and Jimmy McNulty might be sharing the screen again, sort of. But instead of confronting each other on the mean streets of Baltimore, they’ll be taking to the sea.

Wire alums Idris Elba and Dominic West are reportedly lending their voices to Finding Dory, Disney and Pixar’s followup to Finding Nemo. West revealed the news in an interview with ShortList magazine this week.

“I saw Idris recently,” West said in the interview. “We’re both in the sequel to Finding Nemo, so we were recording that.” Elba is also voicing the role of Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book, which is currently filming.

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Casting Net: Samantha Barks, Ken Stott join 'A Hundred Streets'

A handful of new cast members have been added to director Jim O’Hanlon‘s A Hundred Streets, which follows London residents from all backgrounds whose paths cross in a turn of dramatic events. Joining the previously announced Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton are Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Ken Stott (The Hobbit), Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element), Steve Mackintosh (Luther), Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), and Emma Rigby (Plastic). Barks will play Lotte, ex-girlfriend to rich playboy Jahmal (Adaam Bakri), who re-enters his life alongside her best friend (Rigby); soon, Jahmal makes a life-changing choice that sends him on the run with ex-special forces security guard, Gordon (Mackintosh), in hot pursuit. Creed-Miles will play cab driver George who hopes to become a father but first must pull himself back together when his life is torn apart. Cullen will play Emily’s (Arterton) handsome friend from her school days who interferes as she tries to pull her life back together, while Stott will play aging actor Terence who connects with young drug dealer Kingsley (Franz Drameh) and helps him aspire for more. Leon Butler wrote the script. Butler, Elba, Pippa Cross, Carl F. Pauwels, Farah Durrani, and Ros Hubbard will produce. [Variety]

Kevin Dillon (Entourage) will play a New York motorcycle cop who gets caught up in the race to save John Lennon in the The Lennon Report. Jeremy Profe and Walter Vincent wrote the script; Profe will also be making his directorial debut. The film follows real people—including WABC-TV producer Alan Weiss, who was being treated for an unrelated injury and broke the story of the assassination—who were at the Roosevelt Hospital as doctors and nurses attempted to save Lennon. Francisco Productions’ Gabriel and Rafael Francisco will produce. [THR]

Casting Net: Will Ferrell in talks to play producer Russ Meyer

• Will Ferrell may play schlock film producer Russ Meyers in the indie film Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Written by Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons), the movie will explore the relationship between Meyers and film critic Roger Ebert as they collaborated on the 1970 satire film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. [Variety]

• Joseph Fiennes and Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton will co-star in the first-century epic thriller ClaviusKevin Reynolds (Waterworld) will direct the film told through the eyes of Fiennes’ character, an agnostic Roman Centurion forced to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth. Production begins this month in Spain, aiming for an Easter weekend 2015 opening. [Deadline]

• Idris Elba will now star in the U.K. indie feature A Hundred Streets with Gemma Arterton (Runner Runner). He first joined the film as a producer back in June 2013, when it was titled One Square Mile. The drama will explore the lives of four people living within one square mile in contemporary London; Elba and Arterton will play an estranged married couple. Michael Caton-Jones (Basic Instinct 2) wrote the script but will no longer direct the project. He has been replaced by Irish TV director Jim O’Hanlon, who makes his feature debut. Adam Bakri (Omar) and Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow) are also joining the cast. [Deadline]

• One Tree Hill star James Lafferty will appear alongside Danny Glover in Waffle Street. Based on the 2012 memoir of the same name, the film follows the unlikely friendship that develops between two men when one loses his financial job in the market crash and begins working at a 24-hour diner. Ian and Eshom Nelms (Lost on Purpose) will direct the film from a script they co-wrote with Autumn McAlpin. [THR]

• Logan Huffman (Final Girl) has enrolled in the ’80s private school drug ring film The Preppie Connection from director Joe Castelo (The War Within). [Deadline]

• Nico Evers-Swindell, the New Zealand actor best known for playing Prince William in Lifetime’s William & Kate, has joined the cast of Wrong Side of Right, an indie feature about inhumane dog breeding from French director Alex Ranarivelo. [Deadline]

Casting Net: Matthew McConaughey in talks to play CIA agent turned American enemy

• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]

• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book about the marketing maven who created the Tupperware home party strategy, thus making the household item a household name. The Help director Tate Taylor will write and direct the film for Sony Pictures. [The Wrap]

• Michael Caine has joined Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) in the supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter. Based on a pitch by Cory Goodman (Priest), the film follows an immortal witch hunter partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity. Breck Eisner (Sahara) will direct for Lionsgate, with a script by Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt) and the additional help of D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club). [THR]

• Naomi Watts is in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal for Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee‘s next film, Demolition. Watts would play a single mother who begins a relationship with Gyllenhaal’s character, a young investment banker struggling to deal with the tragic death of his wife. Bryan Sipe (Alpha Mail) will pen the script. [The Wrap]

• Idris Elba may reunite with his RocknRolla director Guy Ritchie for Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The reimagining of the English myth from Warner Brothers will feature a script from Joby Harold (Awake) with the title role yet to be cast. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star will reportedly play Bedivere, Arthur’s father’s right-hand man who teaches the future King to lead an army. [THR]

• Former TV wrestling diva Trish Stratus and veteran Canadian actor Saul Rubinek (Unforgiven) have both joined the cast of the Canadian action-thriller Gridlocked from director Allan Ungar (Tapped Out), playing a lead SWAT team member and Hollywood agent respectively. [THR]

'No Good Deed' trailer: Idris Elba is no good -- VIDEO

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Idris Elba played late civil rights leader and South African president Nelson Mandela in one of his more recent roles, but in Sam Miller’s No Good Deed, Elba plays quite the opposite of the beloved political figure.

Elba’s Colin is a murderous escaped con who is especially violent forward women. Insert Terri, played by Taraji P. Henson, a wife and mother of two. There’s a violent storm in full effect (pathetic fallacy!). Colin appears at Terri’s door, asking to borrow the phone for car trouble. He eventually smooth-talks his way into her home. Once inside, Terri becomes another pawn in Colin’s game. Terri must fight to survive, and boy is she in for a night of terror.

No Good Deed is written by Aimee Lagos and produced by Will Packer and Lee Clay. In addition to starring, Elba also served as an executive producer.

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'The Gunman': Sean Penn military thriller gets release date

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Open Road has set a release date for the Sean Penn-led action thriller The Gunman. Directed by Pierre Morel, the film will hit North American theaters on Feb. 20, 2015.

Penn plays a former special forces soldier and military contractor who races across Europe in an attempt to clear his name. Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, and Jasmine Trinca also star.

Casting Net: Jude Law in talks to join Melissa McCarthy in spy comedy; Plus, Idris Elba, more

• Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) and Rose Byrne (Insidious: Chapter 2) in the upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Jason Statham (The Transporter) has also been confirmed to co-star in the upcoming film, which centers on the adventures of a James Bond-esque female spy. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Golden Globes: Party Report! Inside scoop from all the after-ceremony festivities

EW is inside all the Golden Globes parties tonight. Check out our reports from inside all the carousing and celebrating. Check back often for updates and follow us on Twitter at #EWglobes.
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Nelson Mandela: Filmmakers of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' react to icon's death

Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died Tuesday at the age of 95, is the subject of the new film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, released last week. The film stars Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) and is directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl). On behalf of the Weinstein Company, which is distributing the film, studio Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein released the following statement:

“One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity. We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela’s story and legacy. It’s been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history’s greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice. I have had the privilege of spending time with President Mandela and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism. We are deeply saddened by his loss; our hearts go out to his family and the entire South African nation.”

Last August, EW spoke with director Chadwick about making the film, which was shot in South Africa. Weeks before shooting, Chadwick got to meet Mandela, who had been in frail health. “That was a moment and an afternoon I will never, ever, ever forget,” Chadwick told EW.  “I was invited to the house for tea. The electricity that came off him was amazing.  It was a great, great meeting.  I started shooting about three weeks later, and I  just carried that energy with me all the way through [filming].”

Read more at People.com:
Nelson Mandela: His Life in Pictures
Dignitaries and Stars Pay Tribute
Flashback: The Actors Who’ve Portrayed Him
Prince William at ‘Mandela’ Premiere: He Was ‘an Extraordinary and Inspiring Man’

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