• Biopics can be challenging to cast. Not only do you need a great actor, there has to be at least a passable physical resemblance. For someone as infamous as Lance Armstrong, the task is all the more difficult. Ben Foster, a former Disney star who transformed into a serious, respected actor as an adult, is in final talks to take on the role of the disgraced super athlete for Working Title. With a script from John Hodge (Trainspotting) and Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen) helming the movie, the untitled project is aiming for a fall shoot and will focus on the doping scandal. There are two other Lance Armstrong movies in development at Warner Bros. and Paramount/Bad Robot (the project where the Bradley Cooper casting rumors started) as well. Foster can be seen next in the Sundance hits Kill Your Darlings, and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Cillian Murphy to go 'In the Heart of the Sea' with Ron Howard; Plus, Sandra Bullock will not join 'Annie', more
• Cillian Murphy, best known for his work with Christopher Nolan in Inception and the Dark Knight movies, has joined the cast of Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea. Based on the Nathaniel Philbrick novel about the whale ship Essex, Murphy will play the role of Matthew Joy, the second mate aboard the doomed ship. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) also stars. Murphy is currently filming Transcendence, and recently wrapped Cry/Fly with Jennifer Connelly and Mélanie Laurent. [Deadline]
If you’re a fan, friend, or Evil Ex of Ramona Flowers, it’s a good time to make a Pilgrimage to Hollywood.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will get a next-level celebration on May 1 when the Entertainment Weekly CapeTown Film Festival in Los Angeles reunites filmmaker Edgar Wright with two of the film’s stars — Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman — and Bryan Lee O’Malley, the Canadian cartoonist who has followed Pilgrim’s progress (or lack thereof) over six bestselling graphic novels.
Maybe the inventive 2010 film didn’t light it up at the box-office like studios execs hoped, but with its 8-bit spirit and subversive wit (not to mention all of the superhero cameos) it’s a natural fit at the CapeTown Festival. The EW event with a quirky name — no, the home office is not in South Africa — has a truly stacked first-year schedule with on-stage guests such as Terry Gilliam, Kurt Russell, Richard Donner, and Neil Gaiman. The festival, sponsored by TNT’s Falling Skies, kicks off April 30 with a free screening of Iron Man 3 for EW subscribers and wraps up May 6 with Star Trek (2009) and Leonard Nimoy’s return from retirement for a one-night visit to Federation space. All tickets are $11 or less but most screenings are sold out.
The EW festival is staged at the Egyptian Theatre in partnership with the American Cinematheque, the non-profit arts center that owns and operates the 91-year-old movie palace that was shuttered for years until a $12 million renovation returned to its Old Hollywood glory. The festival is also the site of a special May the Fourth be with You celebration of Star Wars Day (May 4) with four screenings of The Return of the Jedi (which made its world premiere at the Egyptian in May 1983) and a free fan-fest at the Egyptian Courtyard, with activities, cosplay photo ops, giveaways, and merchants.
Fox Searchlight has acquired Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and is eyeing a late 2013/early 2014 release date, EW has confirmed. If you need 11 incentives to see the movie: Ralph Fiennes, Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson are all in it.
Screen Daily first reported the news with this plot summary ”The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.”
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It was a Coppola family affair at the Los Angeles premiere of Four Stories, a short film series sponsored by and featuring W Hotels and Intel Ultrabooks. Roman Coppola curated. Jason Schwartzman and Robert Schwartzman starred in two of the films. And Talia Shire turned out to support her sons and nephew.
Die Again, Undead One is Roman Coppola’s bonus contribution to the slate. It’s part Coppola just having fun with the idea of Hollywood, B-movies, and his cousin (Schwartzman), and part plug for A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swann III (in theaters February 8).
But the main event was to show the four films that were selected from over 1,000 screenplays by a panel of indie film cool kids like Chloë Sevigny and Michael Pitt, and quickly turned into sleek shorts set in W Hotels around the world on budgets of around $75K each.
After the jump, take a look at the Four Stories, directed by Lake Bell (In a World…), Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste and Jesse Forever), Spencer Susser (Hesher), and Kahlil Joseph (Until the Quiet Comes).
Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman attempt to get 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III' -- TRAILER
Although writer-director Roman Coppola (CQ, screenwriter on Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited) recently told EW that he’s wary of drawing overt connections between the title hero in his film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and the well-documented lifestyle of his film’s star, Charlie Sheen, it’s difficult not to draw them watching the film’s first trailer. Over the course of 11 short seconds, Sheen’s character is called “a big fake liar,” “incredibly irresponsible,” and “crazy [and] selfish.” His playboy past gets in the way of his relationship with the girl of his dreams. And he’s plagued by fanciful fantasies involving scantily clad women, some of whom belong to an organization called the Secret Society of Ball Busters.
On the other hand, the word “winning” is never uttered, there aren’t any tigers to been seen, and Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman are around to make Swan’s personal crisis look much, much cooler.
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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: Alex Pettyfer to run off with Kristen Stewart in 'Cali.' Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti
• Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti, and Ruth Wilson (BBC’s Luther) have signed up for Saving Mr. Banks, about the struggle between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) over the feature film adaptation of Travers’ children’s novels about magical nanny Mary Poppins. Schwartzman will play Richard Morton Sherman, who penned many of the songs in the Disney version of Mary Poppins; Giamatti will play Travers’ L.A. chauffeur; and Wilson will play Travers’ mother in flashback sequences. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is directing from the script by Kelly Marcel (creator of the Fox series Terra Nova). [Variety]
• Vince Vaughn may be keen on branching beyond his current comedy persona. His production company Wild West Picture Show Productions, has picked up the rights to Ridley Pearson’s thriller The Risk Agent – about a hard-charging hostage extraction expert working to free a Chinese citizen in Shanghai — as a possible starring vehicle for Vaughn. The project remains in the development stage, however, so it has a long road to hoe before getting a greenlight. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play ‘The Equalizer.’ Plus: Jon Favreau, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber
Casting Net: Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks sign on for ‘Inevitable Defeat.’ Plus: Kellan Lutz, Camilla Belle to play straight lovers in a gay world
Casting Net: Kenneth Branagh to play villain in (and direct) Jack Ryan film. Plus: Lena Headey, Abigail Breslin, Josh Holloway
Casting Net: Jim Parsons, Rihanna to give voice to 'Happy Smekday!' Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Rob Reiner, Edgar Ramirez
• Since we’re discussing DreamWorks Animation projects, Jason Schwartzman has been offered to star opposite Chloe Moretz in the studio’s next film, Trolls. [Deadline]
• Rob Reiner is in negotiations to join Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, playing the father of living-on-the-edge trader Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). Not quite the same resemblance as Martin and Charlie Sheen in Wall Street, but, sure, why not? [THR]
• Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) will play famed 19th century Latin America revolutionary Simón Bolívar in the Venezuelan-Spanish co-production Libertador. Bolívar was instrumental in securing independence from Spain for Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Danny Houston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), and María Valverde (Three Meters Above the Sky) will costar. Albert Arvelo Mendoza (Cyrano Fernández) will direct from the script by Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men). [Variety]
• Ryan Phillipe will make his directorial debut and star in Shreveport, about a past-his-prime movie star who is kidnapped and tortured while shooting an indie film in the deep south. Phillipe also penned the script with Joe Gossett. [Variety]
Casting Net: Jon Hamm may face off against Larry David. Plus: Jon Bernthal, Amber Heard
Casting Net: Tony winner James Corden to play Paul Potts. Plus: Alex Pettyfer, Cam Gigandet, Ed Helms
Casting Net: Jean Dujardin to work with ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Plus: Adam Levine, Benicio Del Toro, Dermot Mulroney
Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom has grossed over $7 million in just 178 theaters since it opened four weekends ago, a most impressive word-of-mouth run. To help keep that momentum going, Anderson shot a cute extended ad for the film, with premiered today on Funny or Die. Seems Jason Schwartzman’s Khaki Scout leader Cousin Ben runs a very tight ship when it comes time for movie night. Check out the clip below: READ FULL STORY
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