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Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson in talks for 'The Black Phantom'

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]

'Divergent' stars Theo James and Shailene Woodley recall their sweaty first meeting -- VIDEO

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It was not all work and no play for Divergent star Theo James on set, who recounted during a visit with EW Radio the time he vomited at a Whole Foods after “hitting it very hard” at a party. He was joined by his co-star Shailene Woodley who, in response to the partying story, promptly fist-bumped James and said, “Good job.”

Not surpisingly, there was more to shooting the dystopian film than being hungover. In the clip below, the two also discuss what it means to be “divergent,” how it was to meet for the first time, and the challenges of a big-budget film. READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' stars Theo James and Shailene Woodley talk pushups and injuries -- LISTEN!

Divergent stars Theo James and Shailene Woodley have had a lot of fun together on the promotional trail, but when they joined EW’s Sara Vilkomerson for an Entertainment Weekly Radio special, James learned there was one thing he did during prep for the film that annoyed her (for, okay, just a day). In the clip below, the duo also talks about filming some of their big stunts in the movie, which is in theaters now, and the injuries Woodley sustained.

UPDATE: In the video below, James and Woodley also reveal which faction they’d choose.

Tune in to EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) on March 21 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET to hear the full Divergent special.

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'Divergent' premiere: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, more strut their stuff on L.A. red carpet -- VIDEO

The stars of Summit’s upcoming Divergent film hit the black carpet in style Tuesday for the film’s Los Angeles premiere, and EW’s time-lapse video gives you a closer look at which stars went for classic chic and which rocked bolder fashion choices. Check out everything from Shailene Woodley’s stunning one-shouldered floor-length gown to Maggie Q’s risqué black number in the video below: READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' star Theo James surprises fans at the Alamo Drafthouse

Forty-two hardcore Divergent fans were treated to a nice surprise on Thursday in Austin, Texas, when star Theo James (who plays brave and brooding Tobias Eaton, or Four, alongside Shailene Woodley’s Tris) surprised them at the Alamo Drafthouse. The fearless pack of fans, who’d gathered to participate in a field trip event testing their Dauntless potential, were stunned when the British actor  showed up to wish them courage on their adventure. They were preparing to depart on a bus for Cypress Canopy Tours, where they’d test their own initiate skills, from zip-lining to knife-throwing and hand-to hand combat. The evening of fun chest-thumping would wrap up with a game of Capture the Flag and a Dauntless-approved hamburger barbecue.

Granted, this was an unlikely group of warriors—sweet tweens and their moms, blushing women and a smattering of pale boyfriends, everybody in new, black studio-supplied Divergent t-shirts. As for how to best weather their initiation rites, James advised, “If anybody gets in your face, give them an elbow. Make sure at all times you’re watching your back because you never know for sure who’s going to come up and try to break your neck. No,” he said with a laugh, ” just don’t kill yourselves. Shailene and I saw the movie last week and we think you’re going to be really happy with it so don’t kill yourselves with knives today.”

When asked what were his favorite stunts to do in the movie, James told the eager crowd about the thrill of shooting the infamous ferris wheel scene. “Shai and I we were up on the ferris wheel and the whole crew was down on the ground and there were just a few cameras on cranes,” he said. “So, it felt like we were actually doing it. It was five in the morning on a beautiful spring Chicago night. And then the big climax at the end during the fight sequence, I think at one point there were seven guys I had to battle at once. It was a childhood fantasy I have to say.”

When EW asked James if he’d ever participated in similar fandom like Veronica Roth devotees, he said that when he was a child, growing up the youngest of five, his family worshipped en masse The Lord of the Rings series. “That was a massive thing in our family so when all the movies came out we all went to see them on Christmas together,” he said. “We always loved Aragorn from the books the best of course, because he’s a legend.”

James is in Austin to co-present with Woodley the award for Best Music Video and present an exclusive clip from the movie at Thursday night’s mtvU Woodies. Divergent opens in theaters on March 21.

'Divergent' poster puts Shailene Woodley on top of the world, plus character posters for the whole Dauntless crew -- PHOTOS

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Summit Entertainment has released the official poster for their highly anticipated film adaption of the best-selling novel Divergent.

The new poster features Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior and Theo James as Four situated high above a futuristic version of Chicago. Fans of the series will be happy to note that the poster features a few nods to Veronica Roth’s book as well — in the distance,  we see a flock of birds that are reminiscent of the tattoo that runs across Tris’ collarbone, and the iconic ferris wheel, which plays an important role in the development of Tris and Four’s relationship. The poster also includes the official tagline for the film: “What makes you different makes you dangerous.”

Additionally, Summit released a slew of dark character-centric posters for Dauntless faction members just last week. The set of eight character posters feature solo posters for Tris (Woodley), Four (James), Christina (Zoe Kravitz), Eric (Jai Courtney), Max (Mekhi Phifer), Peter (Miles Teller), and Tori (Maggie Q).

Check out the official character posters for the entire Dauntless crew below:
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Casting Net: Channing Tatum in talks for 'Bad Romance'; Plus, Michael Fassbender, Bill Murray, more

Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]

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Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence to star in 'East of Eden'; Plus, Theo James, and more

Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in Universal’s adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s classic novel East of Eden. Lawrence will re-team with her Hunger Games director Gary Ross for the project, which Brian Grazer is producing through Imagine Entertainment. The novel was previously adapted for the big screen in 1955 by Elia Kazan, and starred James Dean. Ross and Lawrence are also looking to work together on an adaptation of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites. [Deadline]
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New 'Divergent' photo! Here is the first picture of (drumroll) Theo James as Four -- EXCLUSIVE

Attention all you Four fans: here’s an exclusive reveal of Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton, the mysterious–and rather dreamy–Dauntless leader that takes a special interest in Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley).

For those of you who haven’t read the Veronica Roth books, Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where all of society is divided into five factions: Amity (peaceful), Abnegation (selfless); Candor (honest, Erudite (intelligent); a nd Dauntless (brave). Our heroine, sixteen-year-old Tris, chooses the Dauntless faction. READ FULL STORY

First Look: Shailene Woodley faces knives in 'Divergent' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Divergent, the highly anticipated adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s best-selling YA series, only recently began filming on location in Chicago. But Shailene Woodley, who stars as heroine Beatrice “Tris” Prior, tells EW that the younger members of the Neil Burger-directed movie — which includes Ashley Judd, Kate Winslet, Theo James and Zoë Kravitz — have already clicked. “It’s a good group,” she says. “We’re hanging out on weekends, celebrating birthdays. Everyone just wants to get to know one another. It’s rare to get a big group together and not have any conflicts. It’s really kind of amazing.”

Divergent takes place in a dystopian future where society is divided up into five factions. In this exclusive photograph, Tris is taking the place of a fellow Dauntless initiate, and must stand still while knives are thrown at her head. “It’s about being selfless and standing up for what’s right,” Woodley says.

But don’t worry about those knives: “They’re just rubber,” she says.

Read more:
Tony Goldwyn joins ‘Divergent’ — EXCLUSIVE
‘Divergent’ has found its ‘Four’! Theo James talks about starring in the next big YA franchise — EXCLUSIVE

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