• 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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Casting Net: Chris Pine reunites with 'Smokin' Aces' director; Plus, Will Smith, Christoph Waltz, Zach Braff's Kickstarter movie, and more
• In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
• Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reunite with her Bad Teacher team, including co-star Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Orange County) for the Sony Pictures comedy Sex Tape. The story is about a married couple who makes a sex tape that goes missing by the morning. The Back-Up Plan scribe Kate Angelo wrote the script. [The Wrap]
• Will Smith is making moves. First news broke that he was in final talks to star in Focus from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, then After Earth got an earlier release date, and now he may be ready to line up a few more projects. Deadline reports that Smith is hoping that Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) might direct him in American Can, the true story of a Gulf War veteran who ends up helping a group of seniors stranded in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He’s also considering the thriller The Accountant about a government bureaucrat who doubles as an assassin. [Deadline]
After Earth will now be released May 31, one week early than had been previously planned, EW has confirmed. The Wrap originally reported the news.
”We love the date!” Sony said in a statement, adding, ”It is a wide open slot on the calendar that allows the film to get a little more summer play time.” The studio also mentioned that footage shown at Cinemacon Wednesday was met with a fantastic reaction from the audience. The movie now opens a week after Fast & Furious 6 and two weeks before Man of Steel.
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Will Smith is in final negotiations to star in the upcoming Warner Bros. comedy Focus, about a grifter who takes a young woman under his wing, from the writing-directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris). The news was first reported by Variety.
Ficarra and Requa co-directed 2011’s Crazy Stupid Love, and, according to the report, the studio had originally hoped for Crazy co-stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to reteam in Focus, but they couldn’t get their schedules to line up. Kristen Stewart boarded the pic in late 2012, and for a while there it looked like Ben Affleck was going to play the conman/love interest, but the Oscar-winner had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The Will Smith casting is somewhat revelatory and breaks up his current trend of sequels and sci-fi flicks.
But as it goes in Hollywood casting, it turns out Smith will not be starring alongside Stewart. Warner Bros. confirmed to EW that the Twilight actress dropped out of the film some time ago.
Back in 1996, Will Smith launched onto the A-list after playing alien-slugging pilot Steven Hiller in Independence Day — and he’s stayed there ever since, reigning for nearly 20 years as one of Hollywood’s most respected and bankable stars. So now that two new Independence Day movies are in the works, fans are asking the obvious question: Is Smith coming back for the sequels?
When Quentin Tarantino’s western revenge-fantasy Django Unchained was first announced, casting rumors pegged Will Smith as the titular slave-turned-vigilante. But Smith, who teams with his son Jaden in this summer’s sci-fi epic After Earth, tells EW that he turned down the part because his character would’ve been second fiddle to the bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz) who teaches Django his trade . “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!” says the Men in Black star, whose departure opened the door for Jamie Foxx to play the role.
Smith says that before he left the project, he even pleaded with Tarantino to let Django have a more central role in the story. “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!'” (Ironically, Waltz was considered a supporting actor during his Oscar-winning award season, while Jamie Foxx was promoted as the movie’s lead.)
But no hard feelings: Smith was a big fan of the final product. “I thought it was brilliant,” he says. “Just not for me.”
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It’s been a good month for Quvenzhané Wallis! Not only is the actress, now 9, the youngest-ever Best Actress nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, but EW has learned that she’s in consideration to star in Sony’s upcoming remake of the Broadway musical Annie. A studio rep stresses, though, that newly named director Will Gluck (Easy A) and the producers at Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment banner and Jay-Z’s Marcy Media, which have been developing the project, have yet to make any casting decisions. READ FULL STORY
'After Earth' trailer: Will Smith and Jaden Smith together again, for the first time, for the last time
Following a successful collaboration in The Pursuit of Happyness and also a lifetime of being related to each other, Will Smith and Jaden Smith are reteaming in After Earth, a film about a father and son in the far-future who land on a the most terrifying planet of all: [planet’s name redacted to avoid ironic spoiler]. The first trailer for After Earth looks intriguing. It also looks intriguingly similar to Oblivion. Watch the trailer, which unfortunately doesn’t mention the very important fact that Will Smith is playing a character named General Cypher Raige: READ FULL STORY
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