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'Suicide Squad' cast announced: Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie to star

Jared Leto and Will Smith are among the members of the Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. announced principal cast members for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, one of their large slate of DC movies.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Will Smith and Margot Robbie in the first 'Focus' trailer

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Will Smith’s tapped back into his inner romantic in Focus, an upcoming con-artist tale that pairs him with The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie, but don’t expect him to go full-on Hitch.

Focus follows Smith’s Nicky Spurgeon, a grifter who shows Robbie’s Jess Barrett, an alarmingly attractive intern, the tricks of the trade. But things get complicated  even for con artists  when he falls for her.

The film from writing/directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, has been in the works for a while, with several actors attached and then dropping out, including Kristen Stewart and Ben Affleck. Ficarra and Requa reportedly wanted Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone to star originally, but judging from the trailer, Smith and Robbie have plenty chemistry.

Focus hits theaters on Feb. 27, 2015.

 

Casting Net: Will Smith may tackle NFL concussion pic, more

• Will Smith is reportedly in talks to star in an untitled NFL concussion drama for Sony. The story will be based on Jeanne Marie Laskas‘ 2009 article “Game Brain” that was published in GQ. Peter Landesman (Parkland) is set to write and direct the pic, which is being described as a whistleblower tale similar to The Insider. Smith would play Dr. Bennet Omalu, according to the report. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Noomi Rapace in talks to join Will Smith in 'Brilliance,' more

• Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) is in talks to star opposite Will Smith in the sci-fi thriller Brilliance. The Marcus Sakey adaptation imagines a world where 1 percent of humans (the brilliants) are born with supernatural powers. Federal agent Nick Cooper (Smith) is a 1 percenter who specialized in hunting terrorists. He meets his match in a fellow brilliant intent on starting a civil war. Rapace will play yet another of these special beings who the government also determines is a terrorist. Julius Onah (The Girl Is in Trouble) is set to direct. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jennifer Aniston in talks for 'Mean Moms'; Plus, Will Smith, Tina Fey, more

• Jennifer Aniston is reportedly in talks to star in Mean Moms, an upcoming New Line pic based on Rosalind Wiseman‘s book about parenting. TV-vet Beth McCarthy-Miller, who recently directed The Sound of Music Live, is set to direct the comedy, which is reportedly scripted in the vein of Mean Girls (also based on one of Wiseman’s books). The story follows a mother who moves to a fancy suburb from a small town and is suddenly pitted against an army of hypercompetitive parents. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Tom Hardy in talks to join Johnny Depp in 'Black Mass'; Plus, Will Smith, Saoirse Ronan, more

• 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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'Best Man Holiday': Does its success change the future of black film?

The Best Man Holiday, the R-rated sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, opened to $30.6 million this weekend, surprising box-office watchers who had predicted the $17 million film wouldn’t generate half of its ultimate take home. Yet to director Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote and produced the film along with its predecessor, the only surprise is how Hollywood hasn’t evolved its thinking toward films featuring black actors.

“I’m tired of the dismissive, marginalized way that movies starring African-American actors who don’t happen to be Will Smith or Denzel Washington or Kevin Hart, [are talked about when they] perform well at the box office,” Lee says. “Tyler Perry makes a movie and it’s number one almost every time. Think Like a Man was number one two weeks in a row. People talk about [Best Man Holiday] over-performing, but I feel like we got under-estimated.”

The majority of the audience for Best Man Holiday (87 percent) was African-American females,  90 percent of whom saw the original film. More important, the sequel generated an A+ with exit pollster Cinemascore indicating that the film should broaden out to a wider audience.

Lee is counting on it.
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Casting Net: Will Smith set to sail off with Manhattan; Plus Asa Butterfield, more

Will Smith (After Earth) will star in City That Sailed for 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy (The Internship) will develop and direct the film about a man and his daughter on the island of Manhattan after it breaks loose into the Atlantic Ocean. Smith has been rumored for the film for a couple of years but this marks his official attachment. Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun) is writing the script with Smith producing via Overbrook Entertainment. (Deadline)

Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) is in talks to join Clive Owen (Children of Men) and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) in the indie comedy King of the Kastle. Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (The Sitter) co-wrote and will direct the movie about a philanderer (Owen) who is blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). Michael Benaroya (Margin Call) and Jonathan Gordon (Silver Linings Playbook) will produce. (The Wrap)
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Casting Net: Kristen Stewart in talks for a sci-fi love story; Plus, Will Smith, more

• Felicity Jones may have helped put director Drake Doremus on the map with her affecting performance in his lovely indie Like Crazy, and then again in Breathe In, but Doremus is eying a new heroine for his next project: Kristen Stewart. The director is reportedly courting the Twilight star and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) for Equals, a science fiction love story. Moon scribe Nathan Parker wrote the script. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks for 'A Most Violent Year'; Plus, Linda Cardellini, Anna Kendrick

• Jessica Chastain is eyeing the starring role in J.C. Chandor’s new film A Most Violent Year. Chastain would play opposite Javier Bardem in the film. [Variety]

• Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar has rounded out its cast nicely today with the addition of John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, and Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2). Sources close to the project told The Wrap that the actors were in talks to join the project — a story about explorers who travel through a wormhole into a different dimension. Already attached to the star-studded film are Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine. [The Wrap]
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