• Tom Hardy (Inception) is in early talks to join Johnny Depp (who is now officially signed on again) in the Whitey Bulger pic Black Mass. Hardy would play FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger’s who gets in trouble when he reveals inside information to Bulger about an impending indictment. Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) recently agreed to direct the film. [Deadline]
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At first glance, there’s nothing particularly Hunger Games-y about How I Live Now, an upcoming film from The Last King of Scotland‘s Kevin MacDonald. In fact, the film’s new trailer starts out sort of like an updated version of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe: As World War III rages, a sad-faced American teen (Saoirse Ronan) gets shipped off to the idyllic English countryside, where she frolics around with her photogenic cousins. (A few differences: They don’t discover their own Narnia, and Ronan falls in love with one of the cousins (George MacKay). CS Lewis never would have gone for that.)
Halfway through the clip, though, the war comes to Ronan’s sanctuary — dividing her and a female cousin from her paramour and his brother. Suddenly, Roan finds herself roaming a post-apocalyptic wasteland, fighting for her own survival and that of her young charge. Can love prevail even as the world is ending? We don’t know for sure — but a concluding shot of Ronan wielding a gun shows that she may have entered full Action Grrrl mode by the end of the movie.
'Violet & Daisy': A tale of two hit girls, starring Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER AND PHOTO
When Geoffrey Fletcher won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2010 for Precious, it was a surprise success after 17 years of trying to find a foothold in the film industry. Now, Fletcher is gearing up for the release of his feature directorial debut, though taking a seat in the director’s chair was nothing new for him when he embarked on his first post-Precious project.
“Directing felt like being back at home. It felt very comfortable because I’d shot so many things growing up and through grad school,” said Fletcher, whose short film Magic Markers first attracted the attention of Precious director Lee Daniels.
Fletcher’s upcoming film, Violet & Daisy, which he also wrote, is the story of two teenage assassins (played by Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan) who accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until their target (The Sopranos’ James Gandolfini) is not what they expected. READ FULL STORY
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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Casting Net: Jennifer Aniston joins Peter Bogdanovich film; Plus Sandra Bullock, Saoirse Ronan, and Nicholas Hoult
• Jennifer Aniston is set to join the ensemble cast of the new Peter Bogdanovich film She’s Funny That Way. The film, previously titled Squirrel to the Nuts, tells the story of a Broadway director who has an affair with an aspiring actress (she also happens to be a former prostitute). Aniston will reportedly play a therapist alongside her Marley and Me co-star Owen Wilson, Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Jason Schwartzman, Eugene Levy, Kathryn Hahn, and Cybill Shepherd, who Bogdanovich directed in The Last Picture Show and Daisy Miller. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are serving as producers on the project. [Variety]
• Sandra Bullock is confirmed to star in the animated flick Minions, a spinoff of the Despicable Me movies. Going against type, Bullock will provide the voice for Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain with designs to rule the world, and potentially the new master to the Minions. The movie will be released in 3-D CG on December 19, 2014. Bullock can be next seen in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Paul Feig’s The Heat. [Deadline]
If you’re worried that the impending release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 means that there won’t be any more movies about lovesick teenagers with superpowers and glowing eyes, then the trailer for The Host should be a breath of fresh air. On the other hand, if you don’t care about Twilight or melancholy teenagers with massive feelings, you may still be intrigued by The Host, which was adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s novel for the screen by Andrew Niccol, a legitimate sci-fi filmmaker best known for Gattaca and his screenplay for The Truman Show. Then again, maybe you should just get excited that we’re probably all finally going to learn how to pronounce “Saoirse Ronan” when this gets released in March. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jude Law joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen of the Desert.' Plus: Kim Basinger, Nick Nolte, Soairse Ronan, Jason Bateman
• Jude Law (Anna Karenina) has joined the cast of Werner Herzog‘s Queen of the Desert, co-starring Naomi Watts and Rob Pattinson, announced Sierra/Affinity, which will handle international sales of the film, on Friday. The period biopic written and directed by Herzog revolves around writer, archaeologist and British Empire attaché Gertrude Bell (Watts), and T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia (Pattinson). Principal photography is set to start in Morocco in March 2013.
• Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses, Arrested Development) will star in his own directorial debut Bad Words alongside Allison Janney, Kathryn Hahn (Our Idiot Brother), Rohan Chandz (Jack and Jill), and Melissa McCarthy’s hubby and Bridesmaids lust object Ben Falcone, about 41-year-old high school dropout Guy Trilby (Bateman) who, through a loophole, is able to enter the National Quill Spelling Bee and is hit with the outrage of the spelling contest’s director (Janney), according to a press release Friday. Guy advances to the nationals, where he meets a contestant hopeful (Chandz). Andrew Dodge penned the original script.
• Kim Basinger has joined the aging fight comedy Grudge Match, about two boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro) who come out of retirement to go head-to-head for one last match. Pete Segel will direct from a script by Tim Kelleher that was spruced up by Entourage creator Doug Ellin. Let the bloody brawl begin! [Variety]
• Nick Nolte, Jeremy Irons and Thomas Jane (Hung) will headline thriller Western indie Magnificent Death From a Shattered Hand, with Jane directing from his own script co-written by Jose Prendes. The movie is about a man’s journey through the violent West, which includes an ex-soldier being sought for the rape-murder of an upper class woman. [Variety]
• Saoirse Ronan (The Host, Hanna), always adding a dash of sharpness to any project, has signed on to star in Wes Anderson‘s highly anticipated The Grand Budapest Hotel, with longtime Anderson muses Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, plus Ralph Fiennes and Owen Wilson, also attached. Details are still cloudy, but the movie is reportedly set in a Hungarian hotel. Anderson, who snagged accolades for this year’s sweet, funny coming-of-age Moonrise Kingdom, is directing from his own script. [Variety]
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Kristen Stewart’s not the only would-be fairy tale heroine out there with a steely gaze and chutzpah to spare.
Stewart swept aside her pouty Twilight image with a hefty sword as a rebel in Snow White and the Huntsman, but there may be room for other actresses to leap into the franchise, even if Stewart does return for a Huntsman sequel.
Still, sweeping aside a Hollywood Reporter story claiming Stewart was being dropped from any sequels, Universal Co-Chairman Donna Langley said in a statement on Wednesday, “We are extremely proud of Snow White and the Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”
Even with Stewart in the mix, a sequel could include other asskicking female roles in a Snow White-centric Huntsman follow-up or another potential spinoff revolving around costar Chris Hemsworth as the mega-blonde, strapping Huntsman. Maybe he’ll take on Sleeping Beauty next? Regardless, there are a number of young actresses just waiting to pick up the sword/bow-and-arrow/other archaic weapon of choice.
Here are a few we think could take a mighty swing: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Steve Carell will help Will Ferrell 'Swear to God.' Plus: Heather Graham's back for 'The Hangover Part III'
• Heather Graham will reprise the role of Jade, the stripper with a heart of gold, in The Hangover Part III. The character did not appear in the 2011 sequel, but it appears she’s due for a reunion with her one-time husband Stu (Ed Helms). Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Helms, and director Todd Phillips are all returning for the threequel. [Variety]
• Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) is attached for the eponymous role in Mary Queen of Scots, about the tumultuous life of the half-sister to Queen Elizabeth I. Appropriately, the screenplay was written by Michael Hirst, who penned Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age — both of which earned star Cate Blanchett an Oscar nod for Best Actress. No director is yet attached. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Shia LaBeouf courting Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac.’ Plus: Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman, Kim Basinger
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Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence may go to ‘Ends of the Earth.’ Plus: Mickey Rourke, Kevin Costner, and a ‘Catching Fire’ baddie
If you thought the romantic triangle at the center of The Twilight Saga was complicated, then you haven’t yet experienced the passions at the center of Stephenie Meyer’s other novel, The Host, also a feature film arriving in theaters on March 29, 2013.
Set on an Earth that has been overrun by body-snatching aliens called “souls,” the story follows Melanie (Saoirse Ronan), one of the last humans left on the planet, after her body has been inhabited by the well-traveled soul known as Wanderer (or Wanda, for short). Melanie’s strong-willed consciousness cajoles Wanda into the American desert to find Melanie’s uncle Jeb (William Hurt), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury), and her boyfriend Jared (Max Irons). But once Wanda comes upon this ragtag band hiding out in a network of caves, she begins to develop feelings herself for another human, Ian O’Shea (Jake Abel, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, I Am Number Four, The Lovely Bones). So, to recap: Jared loves Melanie, whose body is controlled by Wanda, who is in love with Ian.
In this exclusive first look at Ian’s character in The Host, Abel talks about what he calls the “love box” between the four characters, his thoughts on Ian’s progressive attitude towards the souls, and what it was like working with Meyer and the film’s writer-director, Andrew Niccol (Gattica, In Time). Check it out below! READ FULL STORY
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