Sony Pictures Entertainment announced the upcoming Angry Birds film’s cast today, and it includes more than a dozen well-known comic actors and actresses.
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• Keegan-Michael Key and Regina Hall have signed on for New Line’s Vacation reboot, joining Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, and Leslie Mann. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are directing, marking their directorial debut. They also wrote the script. The film will tell the story of a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) who takes his wife (Applegate) on a cross-country road trip, similar to one he took as a kid. Their destination is Walley World, an amusement park. Key and Hall will play family friends to the Griswolds. David Dobkin is producing through his David Dobkin Productions alongside Chris Bender. Jeff Kleeman and Marc Fisher are executive producing. [Variety]
• Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph are set to star in Diego Luna‘s Mr. Pig. The film follows a farm-worker (Glover) who travels from the U.S. to Mexico, joined by a pig whom he strikes a friendship with. Luna and Augusto Mendoza wrote the script. The film is being produced through Canana, which was founded by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Pablo Cruz. Mundial is managing international sales. The film is currently in production. [Variety]
• Pierce Brosnan will star in the dramatic thriller Urge as the maker of a new designer drug that takes away the ability to control any urges. He experiments on a group of friends vacationing on a island together. Aaron Kaufman, a producer on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, will make his feature directorial debut from a script he co-wrote with Jason Zumwalt (Flock of Dudes) and Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight). [Deadline]
• Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is in talks to join the psychological thriller Man Down starring Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara, and Gary Oldman. Set in a post-apocalypitc America, the film centers on an Afghanistan war veteran haunted by his experiences as he searches for his family. Dito Montiel (Fighting) will direct the picture written by Adam Simon. [The Wrap]
• Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children) are set to star in Dead Rising: Watchtower. Zach Lipovsky is directing. Tim Carter wrote the script based on the Capcom franchise. Set during a zombie apocalypse, a group of survivors must fight to survive, while also searching for the source of the outbreak, leading to a government conspiracy. The pic comes from Legendary Entertainment and Crackle. It is the first project from Legendary’s Digital Media division. Carter and Tomas Harlan are producing for Contradiction Films. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is executive producing. The film will debut as a feature on Crackle. Content Media has international rights to the film, and will release it as a feature and episodically. Filming is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Vancouver. [Deadline]
Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts will join James Franco in Michael, directed by Justin Kelly. Based on the New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis titled “My Ex-Gay Friend,” the story follows a pastor who was formerly gay, but later renounced homosexuality. Quinto will play ex-boyfriend to Franco’s character; Roberts will play his girlfriend. Chris Zylca (The Leftovers) will play another former love interest. Gus Van Sant is executive producer, alongside producers Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer, and Scott Reeve. [Variety]
Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed its voice cast for Big Hero 6, which follows a young robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada, and his robot friend, Baymax. The duo form a team of crime fighters to save the city of San Fransokyo. Ryan Potter will take the lead as Hiro, and Scott Adsit will voice Baymax. The rest of the cast includes: Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, and Daniel Henney. Big Hero 6 marks the first Disney film to feature Marvel characters. Don Hall and Jordan Roberts are adapting from the Marvel comic mini-series of the same name. The film hits theaters on Nov. 7 in 3-D. [Deadline]
Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove), Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), and Cody Horn are set to star in Burning Bodhi, directed by Matthew McDuffie, who also wrote the indie drama. The film follows a young man (Liboiron) in his 20s who discovers that one of his best friends from high school, Bodhi, died suddenly of an aneurysm. He heads home to New Mexico to cope with the death, but finds he must also confront his issues with friends and family. Virginia Madsen and Sasha Pieterse will also appear in the film. Marshall Bear, Mary Vernieu, and Michael Lazo are producing. [THR]
Morena Baccarin (Homeland) has joined Malevolent, an animated horror thriller that follows a young woman (Dani Lennon) who must defeat her powerful, evil father to save herself and her siblings. The film will be directed by Jason Axinn; it also stars Ray Wise and Bill Moseley. Baccarin has been cast as a Gamemaster, a supernatural being who entraps humans into conflicts while her species bets on the results. Jim Cirile and Tanya C. Klein wrote the script and will executive produce the film. Paige Barnett and Cindi Rice will produce. The Coverage Ink Films project is aiming for an early 2015 release. [THR]
Japanese stars Sometani Shota (Himizu) and Maeda Atsuko (The Drudgery Train) star in Ryan Hiroki‘s Sayonara Kabukicho. Sometani plays a “love hotel” manager, while Maeda plays a failed musician and his live-in lover. Minami Kaho, Matsushige Yutaka, Omoro Nao, Murakami Jun, and Taguchi Tomorowo occupy the supporting cast. Arai Haruhiko wrote the script for the film, which will open in January in Japan through distributor Tokyo Theatre. [Variety]
According to a report from Variety, John Leguizamo (seen earlier this year in Chef) will appear alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the upcoming comedy The Nest, which will be released on December 18, 2015.
The Nest, directed by Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore and written by Paula Pell, is about two sisters who decide to throw one last party in their childhood home before their parents sell it.
The cast also includes fellow Saturday Night Live alumna Maya Rudolph, who will play a childhood friend of Poehler and Fey’s characters; The Mindy Project‘s Ike Barinholz as the male lead and Poehler’s character’s love interest; and Greta Lee (of Girls) as a woman who gets a “pity invite” to the party. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series‘s Madison Davenport will play Fey’s daughter.
Fey is producing the film alongside Jay Roach, and Poehler will executive produce.
• Maya Rudolph will reunite with her Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for Universal’s The Nest. She’ll play a childhood friend of Poehler and Fey’s characters, who are sisters who throw one last blowout in their parents’ up-for-sale house. Greta Lee (Girls) has also joined the cast. She’ll play a woman who gets a “pity invite” to the party. Paula Pell wrote the screenplay, and Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) will direct. [THR; Deadline] READ FULL STORY
• Sandra Bullock is circling the role of Brownie Wise in an untitled pic about the rise of Tupperware. Wise was the saleswoman who helped the airtight containers succeed in the ’50s thanks to her innovative “party plan” marketing scheme. The Help‘s Tate Taylor is attached to direct the movie, which will be based on Bob Kealing‘s non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed. [THR] READ FULL STORY
We’ve seen Steve Carell do funny. We’ve seen him play crazy. We’ve seen him do awkward. But in Sundance favorite The Way, Way Back, Carell plays mean, and he’s the one picking on the awkward guy: his girlfriend’s teenage son, Duncan (Liam James).
The Way, Way Back follows Duncan through his summer break that’s rather nightmarish whenever he’s with his mom (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend, but has bright moments whenever he’s at the local water park, where he strikes up a friendship with one of the slacker employees (Sam Rockwell).
The trailer shows off a good chunk of Way, Way Back‘s impressive cast, including Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, and co-director/co-writer Jim Rash.
Check out the trailer, which kicks off with one of Carell’s toolish moments inspired by a traumatic moment in Rash’s real life, below: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Colin Firth, Cate Blanchett attached to Barbra Streisand-directed drama. Plus: Charlie Sheen, Reese Witherspoon, Maya Rudolph
• Type casting alert. Charlie Sheen will play the President of the United States in director Robert Rodriguez‘s exploitation thriller sequel, Machete Kills, Rodriguez announced Thursday on Twitter. The film will follow ex-Mexican Federale Machete (Danny Trejo) as he takes on a drug cartel for the U.S. government. Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, and Zoe Saldana costar. [@Rodriguez]
• Reese Witherspoon is an alien! Specifically, a Venusian. The actress is attached to a feature adaptation of Dr. John Gray’s mega-bestseller Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Commercial director Bryan Buckley will make his feature directing debut with the film, which was adapted by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Leap Year, Made of Honor). [Deadline]
• Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, and Amanda Peet have joined The Way, Way Back, the coming-of-age dramedy penned by recent Oscar winners Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Descendants). The pair will also make their directorial debut with the project, as well as star in two small supporting roles. The cast also includes Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, and Liam James (AMC’s The Killing), in the lead role of a teenager who spends a summer at a local water park. [Deadline]
• Max Minghella (The Social Network) is in preliminary talks to star opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in director Shawn Levy‘s comedy The Internship. Minghella would play an ambitious intern who squares off against Vaughn and Wilson, playing has-been salesmen who try to reboot their careers by taking internships at a technology company. [Variety]
• Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek), Michael Gladis (AMC’s Mad Men) and Matt Letscher (ABC’s Scandal) have all signed onto the West Memphis Three film Devil’s Knot. Greenwood will play the presiding judge in the case that controversially sent three Arkansas teenagers to jail for the murder of three young boys; Gladis and Letscher would play defense attorneys in the case. Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) is directing. [THR, Deadline]
Casting Net: Jim Parsons, Rihanna to give voice to ‘Happy Smekday!’ Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Rob Reiner, Edgar Ramirez
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
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