The Weinstein Company has revealed the full cast list for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which includes Tarantino veterans like Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth, as well as newbies like Demián Bichir, Channing Tatum, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. READ FULL STORY
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• Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play the title role in The Black Phantom, replacing Jamie Foxx, who left the project due to scheduling conflicts. Jackson would join Kevin Hart in Screen Gems’ action comedy, which is being directed by Tim Story. The film follows a hit man (Hart) who strikes an unlikely partnership with the hit man hired to kill him, The Black Phantom. Dave Lease and Megan Hinds wrote the script. Will Packer and Will Gluck will produce. [Deadline]
• Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy) will star in the sci-fi thriller Prisoners of War, replacing Alex Russell (Chronicle) and joining Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall). The film, directed by Joe Miale, tells the story of an American soldier and a French foreign aid worker who pair in Africa in the midst of an alien invasion. Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, 42’s Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh, and Tea Shop & Film Company’s James Harris, Zev Foreman, and Nicolas Chartier are producing for Voltage. Mark Lane is co-producing for Tea Shop & Film. Filming is scheduled for September in South Africa. [Deadline]
• Eric Bana, Theo James, and Jack Reynor are in talks for The Secret Scripture, which tells the story of a woman’s experience at a mental hospital. The trio would be joining Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jeremy Irons in Jim Sheridan‘s film adaptation of Sebastian Barry‘s book of the same name. Bana would play a rebellious doctor who reviews Roseanne’s (Mara) case. James would play a local Catholic priest. Reynor would play a member of the British army and Mara’s romantic interest. Johnny Ferguson is writing the script. Noel Pearson is producing. [Variety]
• Geoffrey Rush will star in The Daughter. The drama marks Australian stage director Simon Stone‘s film debut. Rush joins Ewen Leslie (The Railwayman) in the story of a man who returns home to a family secret; his attempt to fix the problem threatens the lives of those he left earlier. Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue will produce the film, which will be distributed by Roadshow Films in Australia and Mongrel International overseas. [Variety]
• Dakota Fanning has been cast in Lakeshore Entertainment’s American Pastoral. She joins Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly in the film, directed by Philip Noyce and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth. The story follows a big-time high school athlete who grows up, marries a former beauty queen, and eventually inherits his father’s business; his life falls apart when his daughter, Merry Levov (Fanning), becomes a revolutionary during the Vietnam War. Filming is scheduled to begin in March in Pittsburgh. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce. [Variety]
• Jamie Dornan will star in Parallel Films’ The Siege of Jadotville, playing Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan in the geo-political thriller. The film, directed by Richie Smyth in his feature debut, is based on the 1961 siege of 150 UN Irish troops in the Congo after Moise Tshomber, a pro-Western leader, took control of the Katanga region and killed Patrice Lumumba, a Congoloese leader. Quinlan and his men held their own against 3,000 local troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries working for mining companies. Kevin Brodbin wrote the script for the film, which was developed in association with the Irish Film Board and will be an Irish/South African co-production. Parallel Films’ Alan Moloney will produce. The film will shoot in Ireland and South Africa in spring 2015. [Deadline]
• Casey Affleck is in talks for Disney’s The Finest Hours. The film will also star Chris Pine and will be directed by Craig Gillespie. The story takes place in 1952 and follows the Coast Guard’s rescue attempts after two oil tankers crash off the coast of Cape Code. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson adapted the novel by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias for the screen. Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero are producing. [Deadline]
• Ian McShane and Nelsan Ellis are set for Bolden. The biopic about jazz musician Buddy Bolden, written and directed by Dan Pritzker, has Gary Carr in the title role. Wynton Marsalis will perform the music for the film. McShane will play Judge Perry, Bolden’s enemy, who was originally supposed to be played by Jackie Earle Haley. Ellis will play Bartley, an entrepreneur who manages the Bolden Band. Jon Cornick and Michele Taylor will produce. Leonard Loventhal, Ed Arrendell, and Marsalis will executive produce. [THR]
• Rick Springfield will join Meryl Streep in TriStar Productions’ Ricki and the Flash. Diablo Cody wrote the script for the film, which will be directed by Jonathan Demme. It follows a rock ‘n’ roll lover (Streep) who pursued her musical dreams at the expense of her family, but has the opportunity to make things right. Springfield will play a band member with a crush on Ricki (Streep). Marc Platt and Mason Novick are producing. [THR]
Few actors have a history with Comic-Con as long as Samuel L. Jackson. A fixture of the convention ever since he played Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Jackson has come back year after year, usually with another comic-book role under his belt each time. This time around, it’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on a comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Jackson swung by the EW Hideout with co-star Sofia Boutella to talk a bit about their villainous roles and why he wants to do a Nick Fury solo movie. Check it out below:
Super spies aren’t born — they have to learn some manners first. And undergo heart-stopping, think-on-your-feet training, as we learn in the first trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service. Based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar and artist Dave Gibbons, it’s the next comic book movie from X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn, who also adapted Millar’s Kick-Ass for the big screen.
The movie stars Colin Firth as a suave agent who recruits a promising street punk (newcomer Taron Egerton) for Kingsman, an elite independent international intelligence agency. At the same time the kid signs up, a global threat from a nasty tech genius emerges. Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson — who speaks with a lisp and complains about everyone’s British accents — also star. Take a look below: READ FULL STORY
The Hateful Eight isn’t dead after all.
Quentin Tarantino vowed to kill the project — a Wyoming-set, post-Civil War western — when the script was leaked in January.
“I’m going to publish it [as a book], and that’s it for now,” the director said at the time. “I give [the script] out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”
But at an all-star reading of The Hateful Eight script on Saturday, the director admitted things had changed. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Sandra Bullock in talks to join a George Clooney project; Plus, Jason Segel cast as David Foster Wallace, more
• Sandra Bullock, who just picked up a SAG nomination for her work in Gravity, is in early talks to star in the comedy Our Brand Is Crisis for producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Peter Straughan wrote a script based on a 2005 documentary about the use of American political campaign techniques in the 2002 Bolivian presidential election. EW’s Entertainer of the Year is currently voicing the lead role in The Minions, set for a July 2015 release. [The Wrap]
What should a highly-advanced society fear more — a zombie that once was human, or a robot that’s part man?
A reboot of the 1987 original starring Peter Weller, the newest trailer for RoboCop begins with director José Padilha comparing the “automated violence” of the earlier film to our current use of drones and bots in warfare. The OmniCorp CEO, played by Michael Keaton, wants to bring robot-law enforcers to the streets. But they’ll need someone to wear the robotic armor. That’s where good cop, Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) comes in as the RoboCop. Some highlights? The commanding presence of Samuel L. Jackson (sporting some serious Al Sharpton hair), who’s booming voice delivers the pro-robot sermon. The cast also boasts Gary Oldman, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley.
What do you guys think of the new RoboCop? Watch the new trailer below. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart reunite for 'American Ultra'; Plus, Marisa Tomei, more
• Adventureland co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart have signed on to play a couple in the action comedy American Ultra. Eisenberg’s stoner character Mike becomes the unwitting target of a government operation, disrupting his small-town life with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart). Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh is set to direct from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). [THR]
Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and the rest of the posse from Captain America: Winter Soldier popped into the EW.com Comic-Con studio on Saturday to discuss some of the nuances of playing characters in the Marvel universe. Watch the video below. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Cate Blanchett to star in Mamet film; Plus Samuel L. Jackson mentors teens and Scarlett Johansson runs a restaurant
- Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is playing the lead role in Blackbird, a present-day take on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Blanchett’s character, Janet, discovers that her grandfather – a Hollywood visual effects artist who also worked for the U.S. government – had been keeping secrets about the president’s death. Traveling to Los Angeles after his death, she embarks on a twisting, turning journey to discover the truth. David Mamet wrote the script for the thriller. [Variety Exclusive] READ FULL STORY
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