Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig has settled on the “female James Bond” pic Susan Cooper as his next project, and he’s assembling a little Bridesmaids reunion in the process. Melissa McCarthy is already set to lead the film in the title role, and now The Wrap reports that Rose Byrne is in early talks to sign on. Feig penned the script for the potential franchise starter, which will begin filming next spring while McCarthy is on hiatus from her CBS sitcom Mike & Molly. Byrne will be seen early next year opposite Seth Rogen in the comedy Neighbors.
Additionally, in a Les Miserables reunion Deadline reports that Amanda Seyfried has been set to play Russell Crowe’s daughter in director Gabriele Muccino’s (Seven Pounds) drama Fathers and Daughters. The film takes place in two time periods: one in the 1980s where Crowe’s famous novelist and widower character struggles with mental illness while he raises his 5-year-old daughter, and another in present day New York where the grown up daughter battles her childhood demons.
A collection of six new clips is now available for Playing with Keeps, a romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel. Directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), Playing for Keeps follows a washed-up soccer star (Butler) who drifts back to his hometown to put his life back together. Wrangled into coaching his son’s soccer team, he tries to balance the relationship with his ex-wife (Biel) against the relentless soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.
Playing for Keeps, also starring Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer, opens December 7th. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld has recently become attached to the upcoming novel Forgotten and a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, and now she has a third project on her slate. THR reports that Steinfeld is in talks to star in an indie adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) wrote the screenplay and Italian director Carlo Carlie (Flight of the Innocent) will direct with Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds) attached as a producer. There are currently no details on how Carlie plans to differentiate his Romeo & Juliet from the countless other adaptations, but the budget is in the $15 million range and shooting is expected to begin in Italy later this spring.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer have joined Gerard Butler in Gabriele Muccino’s Playing the Field. The comedy centers on a former soccer star (Butler) who decides to coach his son’s little league soccer team, but ends up becoming the object of attraction for the town’s local women. 24 Frames reports that Zeta-Jones will play a vixen newscaster while Greer will play a hot-and-bothered housewife. The cast also includes Uma Thurman as another wife who’s attracted to Butler’s character, Dennis Quaid as Thurman’s husband, and Jessica Biel as Butler’s estranged wife. Additionally, The Kids Are All Right co-writer Stuart Blumberg recently came on to write a new draft of Rob Fox’s script. Filming on Playing the Field began shooting this week.
Hit the jump for casting news on the coming-of-age drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
We have a couple of quick casting stories for you this afternoon. One of the break-out stars from this year’s indie film scene is actress Brit Marling. She has played critically acclaimed roles in Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice and Mike Cahill’s Another Earth and now she tells Movieline that she’ll co-star in Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage. The film stars Richard Gere stars as “a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.” The film also stars Eva Green and Susan Sarandon. Filming is expected to begin in April. Marling, who co-wrote Another Earth and Sound of My Voice, also says she plans to reunite with Batmanglij and Cahill for future projects.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Gabriele Muccino’s Playing the Field.
The next big American soccer comedy (after The Big Green, yes that one with the Sandlot kid) has added two more names to its cast. Uma Thurman and Jessical Biel have joined previously announced Gerard Butler in Playing the Field. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film tells the story of a troubled father trying to make up for lost time by coaching his son’s team — but who finds himself in hot water after some of the local mothers take a little too much of a shine to him (and he to them).
Variety reports that Biel will star as Butler’s ex-wife, while Thurman will play one of the soccer moms trying to seduce Butler. The actor is also producing the film, with a script from Robbie Fox (So I Married an Axe Murderer). Pre-production is underway with filming set to start soon. As we reported earlier today, Muccino will move on to direct the romance film Adaline following Playing the Field.
Director Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds) is in talks to helm the romance flick Adaline. The story centers on a woman who hasn’t aged for 100 years but risks losing her immortality when she begins to fall for a man. Last summer, Katherine Heigl was attached to star with Andy Tennant (The Bounty Hunter) set to direct, but now both have dropped off the project. Variety reports that principal photography is scheduled to begin next January.
In the mean time, Muccino is in pre-production on Playing the Field (previously titled “Slide“) with Gerard Butler playing a father who coaches his son’s soccer team and starts getting a little too friendly with the mothers of the players. I would only find this premise interesting if Butler’s son was in his 40s.
Quick, name your favorite American-made soccer movie. If you said The Big Green: correct. If all that came to mind were ineligibly foreign titles like Shaolin Soccer or Bend it Like Beckham, I don’t blame you — Hollywood isn’t exactly pumping ‘em out with any sort of quality control. Gerard Butler would like to change that, to the extent that he will revamp the baseball-centric project Confessions of a Little League Coach so that it revolves around youth soccer instead.
Butler was on board Confessions solely as a producer; now that the script from Robbie Fox (So I Married an Axe Murderer) is being reimagined as the soccer film Slide, the Scottish actor is in talks to star. In an attempt to further Slide‘s international pedigree, Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino (Pursuit of Happyness) has been keen on the film for awhile as a potential directing gig, though may be held back by scheduling issues. More after the jump:
Gabrielle Muccino is in negotiations, according to Variety, to helm the Keanu Reeves film Passengers, described as a love story in a science fiction setting. Except this has a creepy twist.
The rough description of the film is that a spaceship is making a long journey to reach a distant planet when a computer malfunctions and wakes up Reeves 90 years early. Whoa! Knowing that he is alone and will likely die before any of the others passengers come out of deep sleep, he chooses to awaken a female that he fancies for, you know, love.
Muccino, a prominent Italian director, is known to American audiences for his films Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds, which both prominently feature Will Smith in the leading roles of their dramatic tales. The director expects to begin shooting around summer with a script by Jon Spaihts (writer for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel).
When you’re Will Smith and you’re not currently attached to any film, life is good. It’s a little less good when the news comes out that your potential Oldboy adaptation with Steven Spielberg is dead and the entire Internet cheers. But you pick yourself up, say a hearty, “Awhellnaw”, and move on to then next project, which could be another adaptation of Daniel Keyes’ novel Flowers for Algernon. Hit the jump to pull a hammer out of your skull and raise your IQ.