• Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson will play spouses in the dark comedy North of Hell. Wilson will play a successful business man, and Heigl, his controlling wife. Anthony Burns (Skateland) is set to write and direct. Heigl hasn’t really been on the scene much since 2012′s One for the Money, but she has a number of films in the pipeline, including The Big Wedding (out April 26) with Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams, and the animated flick The Nut Job. Wilson has a number of projects coming up as well, including The Conjuring (out July 19) and Insidious: Chapter 2. As far as we know, none of them will feature Wilson playing ping-pong with Lena Dunham. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Sean Bean teams up with the Wachowskis; Plus Paul Walker is 'Agent 47', Felicity Jones, Morena Baccarin, and more
• Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) has signed on to star in Lana and Andy Wachowski’s next film, Jupiter Ascending as “a Han Solo-type.” The English actor will join Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne in the film, reportedly about galaxies, a bounty hunter, a toilet-scrubbing Russian immigrant (Kunis), and DNA. [Deadline]
• [UPDATED] Paul Walker (The Fast and the Furious) has been tapped to star as the cloned super-assassin Agent 47 in a reboot of 2007′s Hitman. Skip Woods, who wrote the screenplay for Hitman (based on the video game), will be responsible for writing this film as well. Commercial director Aleksander Bach is set to direct Agent 47, which will shoot this summer in Berlin and Singapore. [Deadline]
• [UPDATED] Michael Keaton has been confirmed to join the new DreamWorks film, Need for Speed alongside Aaron Paul, Kid Cudi, and Dominic Cooper. Based on the video game of the same name, the film follows a street racer forced to go on the run. Keaton “will play the reclusive and eccentric host of an underground supercar race where he invites the best drivers from around the world.” [THR]
• Like Crazy actress Felicity Jones will join James Franco and Jonah Hill in True Story, an adaptation of New York Times Magazine contributor Michael Finkel’s memoir – a strange In Cold Blood-style tale. After being fired from the magazine for creating a false, composite character for a story, Finkel (Hill) begins to investigate Christian Longo (Franco), a man wanted for allegedly killing his family, who’d also taken on a new name and identity: Michael Finkel. [Deadline]
Casting Net: Ricky Gervais in talks to star in 'The Muppets' sequel. Plus: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Eddie Redmayne, Berenice Bejo
• Ricky Gervais, sure to lend his feisty brand of British snark, is in talks to star alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets gang in the sequel to 2011′s The Muppets, EW can confirm. Gervais would play off of Modern Family Ty Burrell‘s Interpol inspector in the Europe-set comedy. James Bobin, who helmed the previous Muppets film, is back to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller. Stoller co-wrote The Muppets with Jason Segel, and directed him in this year’s The Five-Year Engagement. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
• Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) are in talks to headline Animal Rescue, directed by Michael R. Roskam from a script by Dennis Lehane based on his own short story. The film circles around the story of a bartender in Boston who saves a dog and is targeted by the dog’s former owner, while a mob-related crime plot also plays out. Given Hardy and Rapace’s equal ability to take on intense, physical parts, their pairing would create amazing friction, alongside direction by Oscar-nominated Bullhead helmer Roskam. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
For over a decade after the release of The Matrix, Lana Wachowski avoided the public eye, practicing a Kubrickian anti-press policy alongside her brother Andy. But the director siblings have been slowly pulling back their veil of secrecy in advance of the release of their new three-hour epic Cloud Atlas, first in a teaser-explanation of the movie, then in a lengthy New Yorker profile. Over the weekend, though, Lana stepped decisively into the limelight, giving a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s gala dinner in San Francisco. Lana — a transgender woman, formerly Larry — gave a moving almost half-hour speech about her personal journey, including anecdotes about being beaten by a nun in a Catholic grade school and a teenaged planned suicide attempt. (Wachowski wrote a 4-page suicide note; she deadpanned, “I’m a little talkative.”)
The Hollywood Reporter has the full video of Wachowski’s moving speech, which also features a deconstruction of the term “transition,” an explanation for the Wachowski’s anti-media stance, and a dynamite use of the word “inculcate.”
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Toronto Film Festival: ‘Cloud Atlas’ premiere lands an emotional standing ovation for cast, including Halle Berry, Tom Hanks
Toronto Film Festival: ‘Cloud Atlas’ is an enthralling sci-fi ride and the Wachowskis’ best movie since ‘The Matrix’
Epic ‘Cloud Atlas’ to open in IMAX theaters in October
Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer is not only a talented writer and filmmaker, but he also knows how to weave his own music into his films. The orchestral original soundtrack for the upcoming sci-fi fantasy epic, composed by Tykwer and his longtime scoring partners, will be out digitally Oct. 23 and on CD Nov. 6 in a 23-track set, EW can exclusively confirm.
The movie, based on David Mitchell’s novel, spans 500 years and stars a long litany of A-listers such as Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant in multiple roles snaking through six different eras ranging from 1849 to 1973 to 2346. The movie comes out in theaters Oct. 26.
Tykwer, who wrote and directed Cloud Atlas with The Matrix filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski, composed the film’s equally dramatic score with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil. The trio have worked together for years as Pale 3, composing, arranging and playing music for Tykwer’s films Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, among others.
Check out this exclusive Cloud Atlas track, below, titled “All Boundaries Are Conventions,” which starts off with a slow piano melody that spreads upwards into an emotional flurry of violins and a deep-voiced choir. READ FULL STORY
Toronto Film Festival: 'Cloud Atlas' is an enthralling sci-fi ride and the Wachowskis' best movie since 'The Matrix'
I arrived in Toronto on Monday, five days into the festival, and with this festival that’s so late it can feel like showing up for Thanksgiving dinner around the time dessert is being served. Most of the major, high-profile movies had already been consumed and buzzed about (not to say that some smaller, unheralded gems weren’t waiting to be discovered), and this meant that I’d probably read or heard a thing or two about them, which isn’t the way I like to roll here, but whatever. I bring all this up only because I’d taken in bits and pieces of the divided reactions to Cloud Atlas, the new film by Andy and Lana Wachowski (they co-directed it with Tom Tykwer, the one-hit art-house wonder who made Run Lola Run). And I can honestly say that virtually everything I heard about the movie made me think that I wouldn’t like it at all. A time-tripping multiple-storyline phantasmagorical science-fiction hodgepodge. (It sounded like homework.) Actors like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry playing half a dozen characters apiece. (It sounded like a labored stunt.) Tell-tale comparisons to Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain. (Sorry, but that’s not the comparison you want to hear.) Nearly three hours long. All derived from a novel that even the filmmakers considered nearly unadaptable. It sounded like a pile-up of pretension, a hyper-mystical jumble — and, frankly, coming from the Wachowskis, it sounded like the worst “cosmic” aspects of the two Matrix sequels compounded and inflated. READ FULL STORY
Fascinated and confused by that six-minute trailer for Cloud Atlas that hit the internet in late July? Well, there’s a new theatrical trailer for the Wachowski/Wachowski/Tykwer head-trip odyssey that strives to package the movie’s narrative flourishes — multiple timelines, lofty themes, Tom Hanks completely breaking the bank on his wig budget — into a relatively more manageable two and a half minutes. Plenty of new footage awaits you, so watch the trailer below! READ FULL STORY
The Wachowski siblings racked up plenty of firsts while making their new movie Cloud Atlas, out Oct. 26. The new time-jumping drama — starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant — is the first movie of the decade for the pair, who became some of Hollywood’s most respected and elusive filmmakers after the success of the Matrix trilogy. Cloud Atlas is their first crack at adapting a novel and working with a codirector, German auteur Tom Tykwer, who wrote and shot the epic film with them. And as plenty of sites including our own have already pointed out, it’s also the first time the siblings are credited as Andy and Lana, rather than Andy and Larry. Lana identifies as female and made her first public appearance in a promotional Cloud Atlas interview, sporting a neon hairstyle reminiscent of Franke Potente in Tykwer’s 1998 hit Run Lola Run. “We’re brother and sister,” says Andy Wachowski, who talked to EW alongside Lana and Tykwer for our Fall Movie Preview (on stands now). “It’s different in the way people perceive it and the way that the media perceives it. But the set is our set, and we run it like we always run it.” Read ahead to see what else the trio had to say about their Cloud Atlas collaboration. READ FULL STORY
Were you a little bit confused by that Cloud Atlas trailer? Did all the time-hopping make you dizzy? Was the combination of different genres perplexing? Are you wondering if there will be different action figures for Blonde-Wig Tom Hanks and Eyepatch Tom Hanks? Well, the directors of Cloud Atlas released an introductory video. It doesn’t really explain anything, but it’s still a lot of fun — especially considering that this video marks the first official appearance by Lana Wachowski (previously Larry), joined by equally secretive sibling Andy and their collaborator Tom Tykwer. READ FULL STORY
Cloud Atlas (out Oct. 26) is certainly one of the most ambitious films of this fall: an epic, genre-spanning amalgam of the six interlocking stories in David Mitchell’s 2004 novel, adapted for the screen and co-directed by the trio of Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) and Tom Tywker (Run Lola Run). So it seems only appropriate that the movie’s trailer, which went up today on Apple’s trailer site, is equally grand.
Each of the book’s six stories is represented, including the tales of an investigative journalist (Halle Berry) hounding an energy company, a Hawaiian tribesman (Tom Hanks) befriending a representative of a futuristic society (Berry again), and a young British composer (Ben Whishaw) living with his mentor (Jim Broadbent). But the overall effect is that the stories blend into a continuous narrative, with each actor playing multiple roles to underline the theme of connectivity. The clip is over six minutes long and has no shortage of impressive sights, from futuristic sci-fi effects to sweeping historical panoramas — exactly what you’d expect from a collaboration between visual maestros like the Wachowskis and Tywker. Watch it below.
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