TOP 5: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, Josh Trank Lands STAR WARS Spinoff Film, EDGE OF TOMORROW, DOCTOR STRANGE, JUPITER ASCENDING Delayed

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The Fault in Our Stars will break you. Don’t think for a second that it won’t. If you come out of it saying otherwise then there are only two explanations: you’re lying or you’re a sociopath. Either way, I’m not sure we can be friends. Led by terrific lead turns by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (and solid supporting efforts by Laura Dern and Nat Wolff), director Josh Boone‘s adaptation of the John Green novel disguises a lesson in how much of a cold hard bitch the universe can be as a romantic teen drama. Every sweet moment that Hazel and Gus share (of which there are plenty) has an all-consuming gray cloud overhead. Even the catharsis that comes from pelting your ex’s car with eggs only lasts as long as the inevitability of your own mortality will allow. For all of its borderline grief-inducing moments, The Fault in Our Stars is actually a solid entry in the genre that handles its subject honestly and respectfully. It deserves praise for this even if it does depress the hell out of us along the way.

In addition to more on The Fault in Our Stars, this week’s Top 5 also includes Chronicle director Josh Trank landing a Star Wars spinoff film, Matt’s Edge of Tomorrow review, Scott Derrickson getting the Doctor Strange gig as well as casting rumors surrounding the pic, and Warner Bros. pushing Jupiter Ascending back from next month to February 2015. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

DOCTOR STRANGE Casting News: Marvel’s Short List Includes Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch

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Word has it that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are on Marvel’s short list of actors to play the lead in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange film.  Then again, it’s not really fair to label this as news since these two are on pretty much everyone’s short list from big-budget studio pictures down to your uncle’s buddy cop movie Kickstarter campaign.  Just a couple of days ago, we heard that Jared Leto was rumored to be circling the role as a more “controversial choice.”  Hardy and Cumberbatch would certainly be much less risky choices to play the arrogant surgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.  Hit the jump for more.

Tom Hardy Rumored for THE REVENTANT; Jack Huston Takes THE LONGEST RIDE; Elizabeth McGovern and Jonathan Pryce Join THE WOMAN IN GOLD

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Tom Hardy is rumored to reunite with Leonardo DiCaprio in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant.
  • Jack Huston is set to star in The Longest Ride, the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation directed by George Tillman and starring Scott EastwoodOona Chaplin and Britt Robertson.
  • Elizabeth McGovern and Jonathan Pryce have joined the Holocaust drama, The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Antje Traue, Tatiana MaslanyMax Irons, Charles Dance and Moritz Bleibtreu.
  • Wendell Pierce has joined Ava DuVernay’s Selma, starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Kathryn Bigelow to Direct THE TRUE AMERICAN; Tom Hardy to Star

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After a bidding war, Annapurna Pictures has picked up the screen rights to The True American: Murder and MercyKathryn Bigelow is on board to direct and produce—after working with Annapurna on Zero Dark Thirty—and Tom Hardy is set to star.  In The True American, author Anand Giridharadas recounts the fascinating true story of Bangladeshi immigrant Raisuddin Bhuiyan and American Mark Stroman.  Self-described “American terrorist” Stroman acted out revenge for the 9/11 attacks with a gas station shooting where he maimed Bhuiyan and killed two others.  Ten years later, Bhuiyan decides he must again meet Stroman face to face to find closure, and ends up fighting the Texas state government to save Stroman from the death penalty.

No writer is attached at this time, but I imagine Bigelow will reach out to Mark Boal, who wrote The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and the stalled Bigelow project Triple Frontier.  The book synopsis mentions Stroman “striving on Death Row to become a better man,” which gives Hardy (who I presume is playing Stroman) a redemption arc to play.  I am curious to see who they cast as Bhuiyan.  See the press release for more after the jump.

Tom Hardy and Director Steven Knight Talk LOCKE, BMW’s Generosity, Low Loaders, SPLINTER CELL and More

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Tom Hardy is Ivan Locke, a successful building site manager and dedicated family man.  The night before one of the biggest concrete pours of his career, Ivan learns that a woman he once slept with is about to have to his baby.  Determined to be there for the birth, Ivan spends the night driving to the hospital, switching from phone call to phone call trying to keep the soon-to-be mother calm, walk his second-in-command through the preparation process for the big pour and attempt to keep his marriage afloat, and every single bit of it takes place in a single location – Ivan’s car.

To match Locke’s unconventional setting, writer-director Steven Knight used an unconventional filming method for the shoot; he shot the material in full twice each night and then edited the best parts together.  With Locke due for release this weekend, both Knight and Hardy sat down in New York City with Collider to discuss the pros and cons of running with such a technique, including securing the right car, how Knight gave Hardy and his voice-only co-stars notes throughout the shoot and more.  Catch the details on the making of Locke as well as an update on the adaptation of Splinter Cell after the jump.

LOCKE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Locke opens today in limited release.]

When a film is executed under a series of conditions, it can feel like an exercise. It can come off like a director running a test rather than telling a story. But restrictions can also spur creativity and yield unexpected results. Steven Knight’s Locke sets its conditions: a story told in real time where the protagonist is stuck behind the wheel of a constantly moving car, he’s the only character on screen, and he only talks to other characters over the phone. Under these conditions, Knight and star Tom Hardy have created a surprisingly captivating picture where adultery and concrete maintenance carry the same dramatic weight.

Felicity Jones to Lead A MONSTER CALLS; Emily Browning in Talks for LEGENDS; Mark Strong Joins GRIMSBY

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We have a few casting stories for you this afternoon.  First up, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is set to star in A Monster Calls, the new film from director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible).   The story, written by Patrick Ness from an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, “tells the tale of a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith.”  According to Deadline, Jones will play “Mum”, and Liam Neeson is being courted to play the Monster.  Jones will next be seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is co-starring opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in the drama True Story.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding Emily Browning (Pompeii) and Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun).

Tom Hardy to Star in BBC Miniseries, TABOO

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When he’s not putting on a mask and taking on the Batman, we don’t hear too much about Tom Hardy stateside.  That’s unfortunate, because he continues to churn out incredible work.  His latest feature film effort, Locke, which opens here on April 25th, was written and directed by Steven Knight.  Knight is also the creator of the early 20th century gangster series Peaky Blinders, which just added Hardy in a second season role.  See the pattern yet?  Well, Knight also provided the pen behind Taboo, an eight-episode drama series for the BBC that has Hardy attached to star.  Hit the jump for more on the Taboo miniseries.

Trailer for THE DROP Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini

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Fox Searchlight has released the trailer for the crime drama The DropTom Hardy plays Bob, a former criminal and current bartender working at a bar that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  When the bar gets robbed, Bob and his cousin/employer Marv (James Gandolfini) find themselves in the crosshairs of an investigation and the criminal underworld.  Directed by Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) working from a script by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone), who adapted his own short story, I have high hopes for this one, not only because of the talent on board, but because it’s Gandolfini’s final film, and I want his filmography to go out on a high note.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz, Ann Dowd, and James FrechevilleThe Drop opens September 19th.

UP IN THE AIR Screenwriter Sheldon Turner to Reteam with Tom Hardy and Doug Liman for SPLINTER CELL

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Screenwriter Sheldon Turner had written a screenplay for a Mount Everest movie set to star Tom Hardy and be directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity).  That film was going to center on George Mallory, who tried to scale the mountain, but disappeared during his ascent.  However, that movie has fallen apart because Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest is already filming (it’s about a present day group of climbers) and will reach theaters first.  Turner, Hardy, and Liman are now reuniting for another project: an adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game series, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.  According to Deadline, Turner will write a new draft of the script, and production is gearing up to shoot in August.  Turner will then go direct the “modern day Western”, Borderland.

For those unfamiliar with Splinter Cell, the games center on Sam Fisher, a black ops agent who uses stealth to carry out his missions.  I’ve personally never played any of the Splinter Cell games because I find stealth games tedious unless they’re from the Batman: Arkham series where Batman pretty much has all the power, and it’s hilarious to watch the bad guys freak out.  Hit the jump to check out a trailer for the most recent Splinter Cell game, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

First Look at James Gandolfini in His Final Film THE DROP Alongside Tom Hardy

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The first images from director Michaël R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) crime drama The Drop (formerly titled Animal Rescue) have landed online, offering us a first look at what will sadly be James Gandolfini’s final film.  Tom Hardy leads the pic as a former criminal and current bartender working at a place that serves as a money “drop” for local gangsters.  Gandolfini plays his cousin, and the story kicks into gear when Hardy’s character rescues a pit bull puppy, only to become the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner.  Mystic River and Shutter Island author Dennis Lehane penned the screenplay, and the impressive cast also includes Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Hit the jump to check out the debut images.  The Drop opens in theaters on September 19th.

BOURNE IDENTITY Director Doug Liman to Helm SPLINTER CELL for Planned 2015 Release

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The long-in-development Splinter Cell movie now finally has a director.  Ubisoft has been working on a feature film adaptation of the video game series for some time, and last year things finally started progressing as screenwriter Eric Singer (The International) was tapped to pen the script and Tom Hardy became attached to star.  The property is ripe for a movie adaptation, as the video game series follows the adventures of a covert operative named Sam Fisher.  Now Ubisoft and New Regency have found their director to bring the idea to fruition in The Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer, Images, and Poster for LOCKE Starring Tom Hardy

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A24 Films has released the U.S. trailer for writer/director Steven Knight’s thriller Locke.  The film stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man driving to London in the middle of the night to take responsibility for a mistake he made, and as a consequence, trying to handle the personal and professional reverberations of his decision. All of the action of the film takes place within the confines of the car during Locke’s drive, which is quite a tricky conceit to keep compelling for the length of a feature film.  By all accounts, though, Knight has succeeded, as Matt called the film “surprisingly captivating” in his review.  This trailer showcases the immense amount of pressure that Locke is under as well as Hardy’s intense performance, and it certainly looks to be engaging stuff.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer, images, and poster.  Locke opens on April 25th.

New Trailer and Poster for Steven Knight’s LOCKE Starring Tom Hardy

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Lionsgate has released a new trailer and poster for Steven Knight‘s real-time drama Locke. The film stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man driving to London in the middle of the night to take responsibility for a mistake he made, and as a consequence, trying to handle the personal and professional reverberations of his decision. He does all of this over the phone while he’s driving in his car. I really liked the film when I saw it at Sundance last month, and while this trailer makes the movie look more like a thriller, it’s more “nail-biting” in the sense of personal stakes rather than some paranoid fear of violence. However, I’m glad that this trailer doesn’t really give anything away.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster. The film also features the voices of Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, Ben Daniels, Bill Milner, and Olivia Colman. Locke opens in the U.K. on April 18th.

Johnny Depp Confirmed to Star as Whitey Bulger in BLACK MASS; Tom Hardy in Talks to Co-Star

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Last year, Johnny Depp was attached to star in Black Mass, a biopic about the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.  However, Depp dropped out because he reportedly wouldn’t reduce his salary, and the project went into stasis although Barry Levinson remained in the director’s chair and Joel Edgerton was still on board to co-star as John Connolly, an FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger.  That combination ultimately fell apart, but last month Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper signed on, and Depp started circling the project again.  Today, Deadline confirms that Depp has returned to play Bulger, and now talks are underway with Tom Hardy to play Connolly.

Hit the jump for more.  The script is by Mark Mallouk, who adapted the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between The FBI and The Irish Mob.  Production begins in May.

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