Here is today’s casting news:
- Cole Hauser (Olympus Has Fallen) joins the already star-studded cast of executive producer Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence.
- Rosario Dawson (Trance) is in final negotiations to play the leading role opposite Chris Rock in his latest comedy.
Hit the jump for more details on each project.
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for director Shawn Levy’s comedy The Internship. The film reteams Wedding Crashers stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two out-of-work salesmen who attempt to reinvent themselves by competing against young up-and-comers for an internship at Google. This trailer delves a bit deeper into the film’s plot, as we learn that those competing for the internship at Google are split up into teams and Vaughn and Wilson find themselves in the “misfit” group. There are a few new jokes here and there, but the highlight is the appearance of Book of Mormon star Josh Gad who has a nice bit in this trailer.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, Dylan O’Brien, and Jessica Szohr. The Internship opens on June 7th.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Angelina Jolie will cameo in director Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty.
- Aasif Mandvi joins Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in The Internship.
- Comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo have landed roles in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s untitled comedy alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Hit the jump for more details.
A new trailer for the thriller Premium Rush has gone online. The film was initially slated to open in January of this year before being pushed back to August, so we saw the first theatrical trailer way back in September. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a New York bicycle messenger who has a routine delivery turn into a life or death situation. I’m a big fan of both Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon, who plays the film’s antagonist, but I’m unable to muster any real enthusiasm for this pic. The trailer plays up the film’s high-octane thriller aspect while singling out a lot of bike stunts, but I can’t help but feel like Premium Rush would have been more relevant/enticing during the X-Games boom in the 90s. That said, with Gordon-Levitt and Shannon in the cast I’m willing to give the film a shot.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Co-written and directed by David Koepp (Secret Window), the film also stars Jamie Chung and Dania Ramirez. Premium Rush opens on August 24th.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 15th, 2011 at 5:39 pm
The first trailer for co-writer/director David Koepp’s (Ghost Town) action/thriller Premium Rush is now available online. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez and The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi, the film centers on Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), a New York bicycle messenger who has a routine delivery turn into a life or death situation. Based on the trailer, Premium Rush looks to be a stylish thriller and while some of the dialogue may seem a little heavy-handed, I’m willing to take a chance on anything that features both Gordon-Levitt and Shannon.
Check out the trailer for yourself after the jump. Premium Rush hits theaters on January 13, 2012.
Antonio Banderas has joined the cast of Fox Searchlight’s He Loves Me. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), He Loves Me stars Paul Dano as a writer who, in an attempt to overcome writer’s block, pens a female character he thinks will love him. As the story goes, Dano actually wills the character into existence. Dano’s real-life girlfriend, Zoe Kazan, will play the character brought to life. Kazan also wrote the screenplay. As for Banderas, he will take on the role of Dano’s mother’s (played by Annette Bening) boyfriend.
In addition to Banderas, 24 Frames reports that The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi is in talks to join the pic as well. Per the report, Mandvi would play the role of Dano’s agent. The actor most recently appeared alongside Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts in It’s Kind of a Funny Story and also has a role in writer/director J.C. Chandor’s Margin Call starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, and Penn Badgley. Margin Call hits theaters this fall on October 21st. Bringing it back to He Loves Me, the film is currently in production in Los Angeles with Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould, and Chris Messina rounding out the cast.
Oh, M. Night Shyamalan. You made The Sixth Sense, and the world was ready to declare you the new Spielberg, the new Hitchcock. And your follow ups had fans. Unbreakable, Signs. People liked these movies, but they didn’t have that Barton Fink feeling. But the next three films (The Village, The Lady in the Water and The Happening) kept getting worse and worse, with star Mark Wahlberg recently decrying The Happening as terrible. But with The Last Airbender writer/director M. Night was finally adapting material, which (one hoped) might get his head back in the game. Based on the Nickelodeon cartoon, there was a great story there and there was hope he might rebound. Noah Ringer stars as Aang, a mythical trained “bender” who can fight using air, water, fire and earth, and is called the last Avatar. He’s joined by water bender Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) in protecting him from an evil Fire Lord army (which features Dev Patel, Cliss Curtis and Aasif Mandvi) that are bent on world domination. And my review of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Selma Blair, Jordan Gelber, Aasif Mandvi, Justin Bartha, Zachary Booth, and Donna Murphy have all joined the cast of Dark Horse, the latest from writer/director Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime). THR provides a brief outline for the indie drama:
The film centers on a thirtysomething man (Gelber) in arrested development who lives with his parents (Walken and Farrow), reluctantly works for his father and avidly collects toys. He seeks out a thirtysomething woman (Blair) in arrested development in an attempt to shed the “dark horse” status in his family and finally accomplish something.
Mandvi plays Blair’s “not quite ex-boyfriend,” Bartha and Booth are Gelber’s more successful brother and easygoing cousin (respectively); Murphy will portray Walken’s secretary. Filming began earlier this week in New York.
Hit the jump for news details on Vanessa Hudgen’s role in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and the teaming of Jessica Lange and Sam Neill for The Vow.
Paramount has released the full press kit for director M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender which includes are over 30 images and 11 movie posters (domestic and international). While some of the images have been previously released over the past six months, there are a lot of new ones. So if you’ve been counting the days till The Last Airbender gets released, hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi and Cliff Curtis.
A new TV Spot for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender debuted during last night’s Olympic games. The commercial has some new footage from the movie…but not more than 4 or 5 seconds. Saying that, I’m starting to get excited for the movie as the footage has looked very cool and I’m a huge fan of Shyamalan’s early work. I’d love for Airbender to be a return to form. We’ll all know July 2. Hit the jump to check out the new ad: