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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’

'Mandela' featurette: Idris Elba talks about the icon who was saint and sinner -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was the toughest ticket to get in the very few theaters it played last holiday weekend, when it averaged more per-screen than Catching Fire and Frozen. With the film set to expand nationwide on Christmas, a new featurette titled “Mandela: The Leader You Know, The Man You Didn’t” aims to reintroduce the man behind the legend, as well as promote Idris Elba’s candidacy for acting accolades.

In the video, which features commentary from public figures as eclectic as Tom Brokaw and Sean Combs, the inspiring words of the hero himself combine with grainy footage of the early anti-apartheid movement to set the tone for the story of how Mandela became Public Enemy No. 1 for fighting against the white South African regime.

At a precise moment, Mandela’s words overlap with Elba’s, and the actor takes over. There’s very little physical resemblance between the two men, a fact Elba himself has admitted, but the actor emits a determined strength that honors both men.

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Casting Net: Idris Elba will battle terrorists in 'Bastille Day'; Plus, 'Terminator' rumors, more

• Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) has signed on to star in the thriller Bastille Day, which finds a young artist and a former CIA agent teaming up on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct. Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider) penned the script. Elba can be seen next as Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (out Dec. 18). [Variety]

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New 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' trailer set to epic U2 song -- VIDEO

If there’s one real-life story that doesn’t require a swelling soundtrack for added drama, it’s Nelson Mandela’s decades-long struggle to end apartheid and regain his freedom. But in the latest trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, it sure doesn’t hurt.

Idris Elba plays the South African icon in the film, and his powerful performance is backed by an original song by U2, whose frontman, Bono, has long supported Mandela’s cause. The movie is based on Mandela’s 1994 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

Check out the preview below:
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Casting Net: Rachel McAdams to play James Franco's girlfriend; Plus, Idris Elba, more

• Rachel McAdams is set to join Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, which tells the story of a writer (James Franco) who causes the death of a young boy. McAdams will take on the role of Franco’s girlfriend — a part that Sarah Polley was originally attached to play. Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia) will appear as the slain boy’s mother. The story chronicles the 10 years after the accident. [THR]

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