Apparently, there was enough gold in them thar hills this weekend with Cowboys & Aliens that Universal is developing another western-themed star vehicle — this time with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. According to the Los Angeles Times (and confirmed by EW), the studio is developing an adaptation of Boston Teran’s 2010 novel about a smalltime assassin who runs guns to Mexico in 1910 with a lawman in hot pursuit. It’s not clear yet which role DiCaprio is considering, but if the A-lister signs on, it would not only help fast-track the film, but would also be his second commitment to the genre following his recent casting in Quentin Tarantino’s in-the-works oater Django Unchained. Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) adapted the screenplay and is attached to direct the film.
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Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) is currently in Paris to promote his new film Warrior, the action-packed tearjerking tale co-starring Tom Hardy, written and directed by Gavin O’Connor (Miracle), about estranged brothers who must face each other in a mixed martial arts championship. (It hits theaters Sept. 9.) But EW was also able to ask the 37-year-old actor about his next role: that of Tom Buchanan in the highly anticipated Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
“I can’t wait,” says Edgerton. READ FULL STORY »
Though its cast is still coming together, Quentin Tarantino’s next movie at least has a release date. Django Unchained, a spaghetti Western about a former Southern slave who attempts to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner, will greet fans on Christmas Day 2012, The Weinstein Company confirmed today. (ComingSoon.net had the initial story).
Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in final talks for the role of the evil slave owner, while Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) is expected to play a German bounty hunter. Will Smith, Idris Elba, Chris Tucker, and Jamie Foxx have been mentioned as possible candidates for the lead, with Samuel L. Jackson in the mix for another role.
Unchained would be Tarantino’s first December release since Jackie Brown opened on Christmas Day in 1997.
A 3-D re-release of James Cameron’s Titanic will sail in to theaters April 6, 2012. The release celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ship’s historic first and last voyage. “There’s a whole generation that’s never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen,” Cameron said in a statement. “And this will be Titanic as you’ve never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.”
“This new presentation of Paramount’s top-grossing film is particularly special because 2012 is the 100th anniversary of our studio,” said Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “Paramount has had the pleasure of introducing audiences to some of the all-time classics of cinema during that century of moviemaking and we cannot think of a better way to mark the occasion than with this re-release of Titanic.”
EW has confirmed that Ben Affleck is in talks to join the all-star cast of Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic The Great Gatsby. The star and director of The Town would join Leonardo DiCaprio, who’ s set to play the dashing title character, Jay Gatsby, a wealthy mystery man who pines for his lost love amongst the swirling cocktail parties of Jazz Age Long Island. Also in the cast are Tobey Maguire as the story’s narrator Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as the objection of Gatsby’s affection, Daisy Buchanan. Affleck is rumored to be up for the part of Daisy’s hard-headed, cheating husband, Tom Buchanan. According to reports, Affleck is trying to iron out his schedule so he can appear in the film and also direct the 1979 Iran hostage thriller, Argo (both projects are set up at Warner Bros., the studio that released The Town). If Affleck does sign on to the project, that still leaves one juicy part to be filled: that of Daisy’s easy-on-the-eyes gal pal Jordan Baker. Gatsby was previously made into a film in 1974 with Robert Redford as Gatsby, Sam Waterston as Nick, Mia Farrow as Daisy, and Bruce Dern as Tom, the Affleck role.
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It’s hard to look at Leonardo DiCaprio and see the bulldog FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, but in one short clip of the Clint Eastwood movie that premiered at CinemaCon, the actor shows his chops.
And in this case, I mean that literally. There seems to be something different about his face. It’s jowlier, even though the scene is from the early ’30s, when Hoover was still relatively young. It doesn’t look like exterior makeup, but perhaps some dental addition that adjusts the shape of his cheeks. In any case, DiCaprio acquits himself well as the camera slowly inches in on that slightly different, yet very familiar face. READ FULL STORY »
he and DiCaprio became attached. Scorsese eventually dropped out and went on to other projects, but apparently the material proved too tantalizing. Based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir, Wolf chronicles the author’s debauched, hard-partying rampage in the world of high finance during the go-go ’90s. Belfort’s law-breaking bender eventually landed him in federal prison. “After almost four years in development, I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to finally be working with Leo and Marty on this,” said Belfort. “They’re the ultimate dream team, and it was definitely worth the wait.” The Wolf script was adapted by Terry Winter, who recently worked with Scorsese on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. READ FULL STORY »It’s official: Martin Scorsese has signed on to direct The Wolf of Wall Street with his go-to leading man of late, Leonardo DiCaprio. The project, which was initially set up at Warner Bros., has had a long and winding history in Hollywood, with directors jumping in and dropping out. Originally Ridley Scott was attached to direct. But then, in 2007, shortly after Scorsese won the Best Picture Oscar for The Departed,
Josh Lucas is in negotiations to play Charles Lindbergh in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover biopic, a Warner Bros. spokesperson tells EW. Deadline initially reported that Lucas had landed the role of the 1920s American hero, but both Warner Bros. and Lucas’ rep clarify that no deal is yet in place. That said, with J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the shady FBI chief, set to begin shooting Feb. 7, Lucas is well positioned to nab the part.
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