Posted on 01 October 2014 by William Gatevackes
What was it that Andy Warhol said? Every middle-aged actor in Hollywood will be in the running to play Doctor Strange for 15 minutes?
Well, it’s just about time for another name to be thrown in the ring, and that name appears to be Ethan Hawke.
This Is Infamous, the website that also told us both Joaquin Phoenix and Jon Hamm were up for the role, is going all in on Hawke as Doctor Strange. They claim that Marvel has already made an offer to the actor on Friday, the actor accepted over the weekend and now it just comes down to contract negotiations. According to the site, Hawke is signing on for a six-picture deal, so expect him to pop up in other films if this casting rumor is true.
Hawke does appear to have the quality-acting-to-salary-cost that Marvel looks for. He is an Academy Award nominated actor (Best Supporting, for Training Day), yet has a remarkable number of low budget and B-movies on his resume, which lends itself to the fact that he works relatively cheap.
Another positive check mark for this rumor is the fact that Hawke played the lead in Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson’s 2012 film, Sinister, a connection that the site says played a big part in the hiring decision.
I guess time will tell if this is true, but you can say one thing, Hawke certainly looks the part.
Posted on 25 August 2014 by Rich Drees
In 2012, the James Bond film Skyfall ended the franchise’s three-film reinvention of itself with a number of classic elements firmly in place. Now it looks as if the producers are looking to add another element to the next film when production gets underway in December, an iconic hulking villainous henchman.
The folks over at MI6 are reporting based off of a casting notice that the still untitled 24th Bond film is looking to cast an actor who could play a bad guy in the vein of such classic characters as Oddjob or Jaws.
Casting has begun for the main assassin, with the search specifically focussed on someone extremely physically fit and over 6′ 2″. Whoever wins the role will have several altercations with Daniel Craig’s 007 throughout the film and also a driving sequence. Former sports athletes will be under consideration along with anyone ‘very unusual’. The character has the working name of ‘Hinx’ (which may change before shooting starts) and is said to be between 30 and 45 years old… The goal is to find the next Jaws or Oddjob – a henchman so different to anything that has gone before that they will become instantly iconic in the film series…
It should be interesting to see who fits the bill.
Posted on 05 August 2014 by Rich Drees
Like the shambling undead in its title, it just seems that the prospect of getting an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies onto the big screen seems to never truly die. After a number of attempts have fallen apart, it looks as if the film will be getting in front of cameras as early as this fall.
Deadline is reporting that heading up the cast for this latest attempt will be British actors Lily James and Sam Riley and Australia’s Bella Heathcote with Igby Goes Down‘s Burr Steers directing. James will be playing Elizabeth Bennett, Riley is set as Mr. Darcy and Heathcote will be Elizabeth’s sister.
The adaptation started life shortly after the book was published in 2009, with Natalie Portman in the lead role. Portman is still attached as a producer, but a number of actors being temporarily attached to the film. On the directorial side, the project has seen David O. Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie all saw time attached to the project before moving on.
Posted on 30 July 2014 by Rich Drees
Back in the beginning of 2013, we learned that the Weinstein Company was prepping a sequel to Ang Lee’s hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, with the intention of shooting the film that May. But since then, things have been fairly quiet, and I had begun to think that the project had pretty much died in development. But today comes word that the film is very much alive and is in the process of assembling its cast for a shoot that is beginning in New Zealand this week.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Glee co-star Harry Shum Jr has just been added to the film’s cast just as cameras are beginning to roll. He will be joining Michell Yeoh, who will be reprising her Crouching Tiger role of Yu Shu-lien, and Donnie Yen.
Titled, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny, John Fusci’s script is reportedly an adaptation of Silver Vase, Iron Knight, the fifth novel in Chinese writer’s Wang Du Lu’s wuxia romance Crane-Iron Pentalogy. Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based on the fourth novel in the series, though the film did appropriate some plot points from earlier the three earlier novels in the series. As per the Reporter’s synopsis the story –
[R]evolves around four heroes of the martial arts world — Silent Wolf (Yen), Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang (Shum) and Snow Vase — who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from the hands of the villainous Hades Dai.
The film will be directed by the legendary Woo-ping Yuen, who amongst his numerous credits in wuxia films include serving as the action director for the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Posted on 26 July 2014 by Rich Drees
Marvel Studios confirmed one of the latest worst keep secrets that Josh Brolin would be playing the intergalactic villain Thanos in the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy. Additionally, he’ll probably be appearing in a Guardians sequel and The Avengers 3.
Brolin strode on to the stage towards the end of Marvel’s panel this evening, wearing a toy version of the Infinity Gauntlet, the powerful weapon that Thanos has craved in the comics. It is suspected that any of the powerful gems we are starting to see in the various Marvel movies are actually the msytical stones that power that Gauntlet and are slowing appearing through the various films as a set up for the third Avengers film.
Brolin’s casting was originally speculated on back in May.
In a press release, Marvel honcho Kevin Feige stated –
Josh brings all the weight and stature necessary for a character as iconic and significant as Thanos. We’re incredibly excited for fans to see more of him as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Posted on 26 July 2014 by William Gatevackes
Marvel didn’t waste any time starting promoting Ant-Man, as after a short montage showing their films to date and a short piece about Guardians of the Galaxy (with our first look at Thanos), the studio brought out director Peyton Reed, stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, long rumored cast member Evangeline Lilly, and new addition Corey Stoll.
Lilly will be playing the daughter of Hank Pym (Douglas) and was referred to as both Hope Pym and Hope Van Dyne on Twitter (Marvel’s website refers to her as Van Dyne). Does this mean that Janet could be her mother? I hope so.
Director Reed tried to ease the fears of anyone who was disappointed by Edgar Wright dropping out by playing up his geek cred. Apparently, Reed has been attending San Diego Comic Con for 20 years, and once portrayed Ant-Man on a poster for his punk band that paid homage to the cover from Avengers #1.
Stoll is playing Darren Cross, a former protege of Pym turned evil and has taken on the identity of Yellowjacket. In a recurring theme, he has also stolen some of Pym’s technology for his alter ego, and will be fighting Rudd’s character, who also stole Pym’s technology. This is believed to be the role that Patrick Wilson had before he dropped out from the project days ago. If so, this is might quick turnaround time for casting the part.
While Lilly is known to most from her work on Lost, Stoll is a bit of a lesser known quantity. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on House of Cards and can currently be seen in The Strain. He has appeared in films such as Midnight in Paris (where he played Ernest Hemingway) and Non-Stop.
The film will be shooting in Atlanta starting August 18th, although Marvel did show some test footage of Douglas as Hank Pym and Ant-Man riding a flying ant.
Posted on 25 July 2014 by Rich Drees
It’s been an up and down day for Marvel Studios. Earlier this afternoon we learned that the studio was in discussions with Joaquin Phoenix to lead up their forthcoming Doctor Strange film, but that excitement may be tempered by the fact that their Ant-Man project, scheduled to begin shooting next month, has just had three cast members drop out.
According to Deadline, Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman will all no longer be part of the superhero film which is scheduled to hit theaters on July 17. The reasons given are that Wilson now has a scheduling conflict while recent script rewrites have eliminated Gerard and Weisman’s characters.
Of course, the biggest upset in the pre-production of the film was this past May when Edgar Wright, the writer/director who had spent nearly eight years developing the project abruptly parted ways with the studio. In that aftermath, Peyton Reed had been brought aboard to direct, and production, which was set to begin last month, had been delayed while some last minute script rewrites were done. Apparently these delays were what lead to the conflict for Wilson.
It should be interesting to see how this gets addressed tomorrow evening when Marvel Studios presents their highly anticipated panel at San Diego Comic Con.
Posted on 24 July 2014 by Rich Drees
This is probably one of those stories that isn’t going to go away even after Marvel announces who will play the character, but fans just seem to want British actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of Doctor Strange. The topic came up again at San Diego Comic Con as the Sherlock star was being interviewed by the folks at MTV.
Cumberbatch stats in the video below that he is already committed to a appearing in a production of Hamlet – apparently a prequel to that Steve Coogan movie from a few years back – at the time that the film will be in production. Of course, what this admission does tell us is that Marvel indeed has plans to have their Doctor Strange in production sometime in the later half of 2015, as Cumberbatch’s run in the show is from August 6th through October 31st next year, which would put the film in theaters sometime the following year. Since the only release date in 2016 we know Marvel has staked out but hasn’t yet announced an actual film for is July 8th, I would feel very confident in placing money that that’s when they’re going to release their Doctor Strange film. We’ll probably find out if we’re right or not tomorrow at Marvel’s SDCC panel.
Posted on 24 July 2014 by Rich Drees
Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa has been cast in the upcoming remake of the 1989 action flick Kickboxer. Tai Chi 0 and Tai Chi Hero helmer Stephen Fung is set to direct with stuntman and martial artist Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Pacific Rim and White House Down) in the lead. Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy) also star.
For those unfamiliar with the original which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, here is the remake’s official synopsis –
Kickboxer tells the story of David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a well-known Venice, Calif., fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his brother’s protestations that the man is a crook. When Kurt travels to Thailand to meet his brother, he discovers he has died, and seeks his revenge.
The part Jaa has been offered is that of Xian Chow, the martial arts master who trains the hero for his revenge-filled rampage. Filming is set to get underway later this fall.
Given that genre fans have known about the amazingness of Jaa and his particular brand of muay thai martial arts for several years now. In 2015, mainstream audiences will be getting a taste of what Jaa can do in the upcoming Fast And Furious 7.
Via Film Combat Syndicate.
Posted on 21 July 2014 by William Gatevackes
It seems like the Internet is all in a tizzy about Dwayne Johnson dropping strong hints that he might be in Warner’s upcoming Shazam! project in an interview with Total Film while promoting his latest film, Hercules. However, Johnson has been dropping hints for a while.
I covered this back in June when discussing the rumored slate of DC Comics films were first leaked. Johnson was hinting back in March that he has signed on with Warners to play a complex DC character that was well known yet never brought to the screen before, one that was on a similar power level to Superman. I connected that with the fact that Shazam! was still in active development at the time, and theorized the role Johnson was talking about was in that film. Johnson reiterates much of the same points in the Total Film interview embedded below. However, this is the first time that Johnson has come close to indicate that the character is in the Shazam universe with the sly way he hinted, “Just say the word.” (Billy Batson turns into Captain Marvel by saying “Shazam!,” and other characters change into their alter egos by saying similar words.)
Up to this point, Johnson has been linked to the role of the villainous Egyptian Black Adam in the film, but this was the first indication that Johnson might be playing the heroic Captain Marvel.
In the video, Johnson says that we will be finding out soon what his involvement really is, which I assume to mean during the DC Entertainment panel at San Diego Comic Con. So we should know before the week is out exactly what Johnson is playing.