July 27, 2011

James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson & Vincent Cassel Join Danny Boyle's Trance

Deadline confirms that James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel have joined Danny Boyle's Trance. The film is expected to be as dark as Boyle's previous films such as Trainspotting and Shallow Grave. McAvoy will play the lead which Michael Fassbender originally tested for.

"An assistant at an auction house masterminds the heist and teams up with a gang of thieves, but suffers a blow to the head and wakes up with amnesia. He is the only one who knows where the painting’s location is and after his continued failure to remember, the gang begins to suspect duplicity on his part and hire a female hypnotist to get into his brain." 

Kerry Washington & Kevin Costner Could Join Django Unchained

Two possible additions are being reported for Quentin Tarantino's epic western Django Unchained. First, Variety says Kerry Washington has met Quentin to play the role of Broomhilda. Django's wife being held captive by Clavin Candie (DiCaprio) at Candyland. Deadline has another impressive cast member with Kevin Costner in talks for the role of Ace Woody. A sadistic trainer of the male fighting slaves that entertain patrons at Candyland and is just as villainous as Candie.

Amanda Righetti Confirmed As SHIELD Agent, Is It Sharon Carter?

One of the Captain America scenes that went over my head during the end was the appearance of actress Amanda Righetti (Friday The 13th, Mentalist, Role Models) as a SHIELD agent. This likely means that Amanda is playing Sharon Carter in Avengers considering her stunning resemblance to Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter. It would also make sense considering Sharon could explain what happened to Peggy along with developing a relationship that would flow into Cap 2. The other possible SHIELD agents include Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) and Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine.

July 26, 2011

Emma Stone In Talks For Gangster Squad

ShowBlitz reports that Emma Stone (Amazing Spider-Man, Zombieland, Superbad) is in talks for the role of Jean in Gangster Squad. The film already boasts an interesting group of actors which includes Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi and Michael Peña. The mob-drama focuses on the takedown of L.A. gangster Mickey Cohen (Penn).

Ray Stevenson, Adrianne Palicki & Joe Mazeello Join G.I. Joe 2

Deadline reports the new addition of Joe Mazzello to G.I. Joe 2, best known for his role as Tim in Jurassic Park. Yet more recently has earned praise for his work in the HBO series The Pacific along with his supporting role in The Social Network. Other previous additions included Ray Stevenson set to play Cobra villain Firefly and Adrianne Palicki (Red Dawn) taking the role of Lady Jaye.

July 24, 2011

Edgar Wright Gives Small But Promising Update On Ant-Man

BleedingCool was able to report on a quick statement from Edgar Wright concerning the status of Ant-Man. While brief, it sounds like the third draft of the script is done and the announcement of concept art in existence is beyond promising.

Ant-Man and Wasp are of course founding members of the Avengers but it's been stated that the pair would have their origins told in Wright's film rather than overloading Avengers even more.

Joe and I turned in a draft on Monday… we’ve got some concept art… I love it and hope we get to make it soon.

Screengrabs From Avengers Teaser Trailer

New Avengers Poster Featuring Hulk

Joe Johnston Hopes To Make A Winter Soldier Spin-Off

While Joe Johnston is signed on for at least one more Captain America film which is currently in the outline/writing phase. He seems to be keen on another popular Marvel character which would end up a spin-off of his own film. Joe would like to tackle a Winter Soldier movie according to his interview with ScreenRant.

Bucky Barnes becomes the Winter Soldier after being captured and brainwashed by the Russians to become an elite government assassin. It seems like it could be a better bet than a Howling Commandos spin-off which I had been expecting. Sebastain Stan had been in the running for the role of Steve Rogers before landing Bucky and has previously stated he's signed on for more Marvel films. It's expected that the studio is looking at supporting characters from the films to branch out into spin-offs similar to Nick Fury/SHIELD, Black Widow and Hawkeye. Personally I've been hoping that the Winter Soldier storyline would eventually be used in the films. Here's hoping it ends up being put to good use.

“I told the Marvel guys that there is a character that I’m really interested in called ‘The Winter Soldier’ and that if, ‘you guys decide to make that picture I would definitely be interested.’ It’s the Bucky Barnes story. We talked about ‘The Winter Soldier’ which is the continuation of what his story is. It’s basically that he is captured by the Russians and he’s brainwashed and turned into an assassin. But you know there are a thousand ways to go with that. I just think that it would be interesting to take a character that was in ‘Captain America’ and build a story around him. Plus, I like Sebastian Stan a lot (who played Bucky) I think he would be an interesting actor to build another feature around.”

Nicolas Winding Refn Wants Christina Hendricks To Play Wonder Woman

We haven't heard much since director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Pusher Trilogy) began his campaign to make his gritty Wonder Woman film. Previously Ryan Gosling said he'd be up to take a role in the purposed projected if offered just to work with Nicolas again. The pair are about to start work on the Logan's Run remake for Warner Bros.

During promotion for the upcoming heist thriller Drive the director gave another bit of casting hopes this time involving the lead. Nicolas wants Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive) for the Wonder Woman role and also would like a crack at writing the film.

Oscar Isaac Joins Jeremy Renner In Bourne Legacy

Deadline reports that Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Drive) has joined the cast of Bourne Legacy which stars Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker, The Town, Avengers, MI4). Oscar had been one of the many candidates to take on the lead role which eventually went to Renner.

Amazing Avengers Poster Artwork, First Look At Maria Hill & Helicarrier

Red-Band Trailer For Drive

FIRST LOOK: Len Wiseman's Total Recall Reboot

FIRST LOOK: Ridley Scott's Prometheus

Marvel Studios Regains Blade Rights From New Line Cinema

Marvel's Joe Quesada (via ComicBookMovie) has confirmed that Marvel Studios has officially gained the rights to make future Blade films. A reboot has been long in-development with Idris Elba (Thor) very interested in the role.

It would make sense that Blade along with a new Punisher film could be a way for the studio to break into the R-rated action market with fall releases.

July 6, 2011


Today Variety officially released the casting of Jamie Foxx for the role of Django in Tarantino's Django Unchained. Foxx's character is a freed slave, who teams up with a german bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife Broomhilda (rumored Kerry Washington) from a slave owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). Samuel L. Jackson is also starring in the film. This film is scheduled to hit theaters Christmas Day 2012.