Eddie Redmayne, the Tony-winning actor (Red) who stars opposite Michelle Williams in the upcoming My Week With Marilyn, will play Marius, the young revolutionary who falls for Cosette, in director Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation of Les Miserables, his spokesperson said, confirming a Deadline report. He joins a star-studded cast that includes Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, and Anne Hathaway as Fantine. The film is scheduled to be released Dec. 7, 2012.
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Fourteen years after Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have finally agreed to reunite. Not surprisingly, their new project has a Boston connection. As Deadline first reported, Damon will star as Whitey Bulger, the real-life South Boston crime boss who was recently arrested in California after eluding the FBI for years. Bulger was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed, in which Damon also played a mole in the Boston police department.
Affleck will direct, co-star, and produce along with Damon under their production company, Pearl Street Films, through their first-look deal with Warner Bros. Casey Affleck, who co-starred in Good Will Hunting and co-wrote 2002′s Gerry with Damon, will also have an on-screen role. Terence Winter, creator and writer of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire will write the script, which will focus on Bulger’s troubled youth leading to his incarceration at Alcatraz, and through his rise to become one of the most powerful gangsters in America — while secretly serving as an FBI informant.
After months of speculation, Anne Hathaway has officially joined Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the musical, Les Miserables. Her spokesperson confirms a Deadline report that she’ll play Fantine, the tragically abused mother of young Cosette. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe have already been cast as the noble Jean Valjean and the heartless Inspector Javert, respectively. Hathaway has demonstrated her vocal talents at Academy Awards ceremonies, once even performing a duet onstage with Jackman when he hosted.
William Nicholson, who co-wrote Gladiator, is writing the script, with the film being targeted for a Dec. 7, 2012 release.
Oscar Isaac, the 31-year-old actor who played the arrogant Prince John in last year’s Robin Hood and currently appears in Drive, has been cast in the lead role of the Coen brothers next film, Inside Llewyn Davis. A spokesperson for the sibling filmmakers confirms a Deadline report that Davis will star in the film, loosely based on the singers who helped build the folk-music scene in Greenwich Village during the 1960s.
After months of speculation about who would play the villain in the next James Bond installment, we finally have an answer, friendo: Javier Bardem. During an interview with Christiane Amanpour on Nightline, in which the Spanish actor talked about his involvement with a charity to help west Saharan refugees, Bardem confirmed that he would be playing the bad guy in Bond 23. “I am very excited. My parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them. So to play that is going to be fun,” Bardem said about his joining the 00-franchise. “They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”
You can check out Bardem’s interview after the jump. READ FULL STORY »
Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight‘s Harvey Dent, has been cast as Adam Frankenstein in I, Frankenstein, writer-director Stuart Beattie’s adaptation of Kevin Grevioux’s graphic novel. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, has survived to present day thanks to a genetic quirk in his creation. He arrives at a gothic metropolis and finds himself caught in an epic war between two immortal clans. “Mary Shelly’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human,” Beattie said in the announcement. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the U.S., while Lakeshore Entertainment will handle international sales and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Beattie’s native Australia.
The film begins shooting in Jan. 2012 for a Feb. 22, 2013 release. Beattie helped develop the story for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and his writing credits include Collateral, Derailed, 30 Days of Night, Australia, and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra. He made his directorial debut with the 2010 Aussie flick Tomorrow, When the War Began.
“You never know when I’ll be back …”
This is how Clint Eastwood answered my question* recently about whether he planned to act again after 2008′s Gran Torino. That movie was one of his most successful — earning $148 million domestically ($270 worldwide) — largely because audiences wanted to see that iconic face, permanently marked with contempt for punks, on the big screen again.
Before he was an Oscar-winning director, he was a movie star — and fans still want him to be. He may soon oblige them. READ FULL STORY »
Werner Herzog will play the villain in Tom Cruise’s in-the-works Paramount thriller One Shot, EW has confirmed. The eccentric German auteur will play a character named The Zec, an ex-prisoner of war that first came to life in one of Lee Child’s bestselling Jack Reacher novels, according to Variety, which first reported the story.
The movie also stars Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, and Robert Duvall, and will be directed by The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie. While Herzog may be a relative newbie when it comes to acting in front of the camera, playing a creepy villain opposite Cruise seems like a natural fit thanks to the auteur’s idiosyncratic, slightly off persona, which was recently put to good use as a guest voice on The Simpsons. Herzog is best known for such feature films as 1982′s Fitzcarraldo and 2006′s Rescue Dawn, starring Christian Bale. His documentaries, in which he often plays a part of the narrative, include 2005′s Grizzly Man and this summers’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
EW has confirmed that Steve Carell has signed on to star in Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s follow-up to Moneyball about paranoid schizophrenic John du Pont, the heir to the du Pont dynasty who was convicted of murdering Olympic wrestler David Schultz. The story of du Pont, who died in prison last year, is shrouded in intrigue as police never discovered a motive for the attack. Miller’s friend and frequent contributor Dan Futterman (Capote) will pen the script with E. Max Frye (Band of Brothers, Amos & Andrew). Production on the film is set to begin in March. Variety initially reported the casting news.
Rooney Mara is threatening to become the belle of violent hard-R cinema.
The striking star of David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is in talks to join Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy, according to a source close to the production. Twitch Film first reported the news that Mara, who made an enormous impression in just a few scenes as Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend in The Social Network, was considering a leading role in Oldboy.
The 2003 South Korean revenge film, about a man seeking vengeance after 15 years of mysterious confinement, shocked audiences with its gruesome depictions of violence. Mara would play the chef who connects with the newly-free man and helps him seek justice.
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