Casting across the live-action/animation spectrum:
- Chloe Grace Moretz is in final negotiations to star in Sony’s adaptation of Rick Yancey‘s young adult novel The 5th Wave.
- Salma Hayek joins Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz in the voice cast for the R-rated cartoon Sausage Party.
- Thomas Lennon joins Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, and Holt McCallany in the live-action/animation hybrid Monster Trucks.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
If you’re looking for a horror fix this October, then MGM and Screen Gems has you covered with Kimberly Peirce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel Carrie. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore). For more on the film, watch the first clip, check out a bunch of new images with a cool viral video, and read Adam’s 25 things to know from his set visit and his interviews with Moretz, Peirce, and Judy Greer.
A few days ago, I got to speak with Chloe Moretz here in Los Angeles. She talked about what she always remembers about making Carrie, what her friends and family thought about her taking on the role and what’s she looking to do in the future; you can also watch her flip the interview around when she asks me a bunch of questions. Hit the jump to watch. Carrie opens this Friday in theaters.
With her latest film Carrie arriving in theaters shortly, Chloe Grace Moretz is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The Wrap reports that the actress has signed on to star in the adaptation of the Sam Munson novel November Criminals, which Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) has rewritten and will direct. The story takes place in Washington D.C. and revolves around a rebellious teenager who takes it upon himself to lead the investigation into the murder of a classmate. Moretz will play the female lead role of Phoebe, and Gervasi is currently in the process of casting the male lead.
Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the script, and November Criminals will mark Gervasi’s second narrative feature film as a director after last year’s Hitchcock. Moretz recently wrapped a role in Lynn Shelton’s Laggies and another opposite Denzel Washington in The Equalizer. The actress is currently filming Dark Places with Charlize Theron. Hit the jump for a synopsis of November Criminals.
Screen Gems has released the first clip from director Kimberly Peirce’s horror remake Carrie. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers, and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore). This clip features a few of the hallmarks from Brian De Palma’s original film, as we see Moore’s character locked young Carrie up in the closet, which is adorned with religious imagery. This is Peirce’s first foray into the horror genre, and I’m very interested to see her take on the material.
Hit the jump to watch the clip, and if you missed any of my set visit coverage be sure to check out 25 things to know and my interviews with Moretz, Peirce, and Judy Greer. The film also stars Ansel Elgort, Portia Doubleday,Gabriella Wilde, and Alex Russell. Carrie opens in theaters on October 18th.
Filming has commenced on the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places. Written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), the film stars Charlize Theron as a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Years later, when confronted by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes, Theron’s character is forced to confront the truth about what she saw—or didn’t see. The film is told in a series of flashbacks and features an impressive cast that includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Mud breakout Tye Sheridan.
In addition to the announcement that filming is underway in Shreveport, Louisiana, it was announced that Sterling Jerins (World War Z) and Shannon Kook (The Conjuring) have joined the cast in supporting roles, with Jerins playing the younger version of Theron’s character. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City. The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.
During the interview, Moretz talked about making the sequel, how she got to sit on the purple ducati but not ride it due to insurance reasons, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, what she collects, and the experience of working with Denzel Washington on The Equalizer. Hit the jump to watch.
Universal Pictures has released five clips from director Jeff Wadlow’s action sequel Kick-Ass 2. The story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). The footage that we saw at Comic-Con promised another great blend of dark humor and no-holds-barred action sequences, and these clips highlight the same. If you missed Steve’s interview with comics creator Mark Millar, click here to check it out.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, and Morris Chestnut. Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.
The prospect of tackling a new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Carrie in the wake of Brian De Palma’s 1976 film is daunting enough in general, but the producers of Kimberly Peirce’s new film faced an incredibly tough task in filling the titular role—one that netted Sissy Spacek an Oscar nomination for her iconic performance. Luckily that’s where Chloe Grace Moretz comes in. The 16-year-old actress is one of the most promising young talents in recent memory, with a resume that already includes working with directors Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton in such varied films as Hugo, Let Me In, and Kick-Ass.
While visiting the Toronto set of the new Carrie late last summer with a group of journalists, we got to speak with Moretz about the daunting task of taking on such an iconic property, whether she watched De Palma’s adaptation before crafting her own performance, how integral her relationship with Julianne Moore is to the film, visiting homeless shelters as part of her research, her portrayal of Carrie’s telekinetic powers, how she landed the role, the arduous audition process that she went through with Peirce, and much more. Hit the jump to read on.
Just in time for the holiday weekend, Screen Gems has released a new motion poster for director Kimberly Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie. For those unfamiliar, the film revolves around a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers and who is abused at home by her ultra-religious mother (Julianne Moore) and tormented at school by her peers. This motion poster shows flashes of some of the more horror-infused scenes that were gleaned in the recent theatrical trailer, but the crux of the poster boasts a twist on the famous line, “Keep Calm and Carrie On.”
Hit the jump to check out the motion poster. The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, and Gabriella Wilde. Carrie opens on October 18th.
The cast of the long-in-development adaptation of the 1980s TV series The Equalizer is starting to come together. Denzel Washington has been set for quite some time in the lead role of a former covert operations officer who dedicates his life to helping people in trouble. The production has seen both Nicolas Winding Refn and Rupert Wyatt enter and exit the director’s chair over the past couple of months, but Washington’s Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua is now firmly set to bring the film to fruition. As they move towards a production start date later this year in anticipation of an April 11, 2014 release date, Fuqua has now cast his female lead, and it’s a bit of a surprising choice: Chloe Grace Moretz.
Hit the jump for more, including information on the Taxi Driver-esque character that Moretz will play and a continuation of the original character in book form.
A few new images from director Kimberly Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie have made their way online. For those unfamiliar, the film revolves around a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers and who is abused at home by her ultra-religious mother (Julianne Moore) and tormented at school by her peers. Matching the quality of Brian De Palma’s previous film adaptation is a tall order, and the recent full trailer for Carrie promised that Peirce isn’t holding back on the intensity of the story. It remains to be seen if this adaptation can confidently stand alone, but the prospect of some epic stand-offs between Moretz and Moore is certainly promising.
Hit the jump to check out the new images. The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, and Gabriella Wilde. Carrie opens on October 18th.
Here are today’s latest casting announcements:
- Jennifer Garner (Alias) is in negotiations to join Kevin Costner in Draft Day, a sports dramedy directed by Ivan Reitman.
- Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) is in talks to star opposite Charlize Theron in Dark Places, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel from writer/director Gilles Paquet-Brenner.
Hit the jump for more on both casting stories.
Director Lynn Shelton is rounding up a rather impressive cast for her next film. Deadline reports that Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell, and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) are in negotiations to star the Touchy Feely and Your Sister’s Sister filmmaker’s dark comedy Laggies. The story centers on a 28-year-old woman named Megan who is unable to cope with the pressures brought on by her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal. In turn, she escapes into the comfort of adolescence by befriending a group of high schoolers. Recent Oscar-winner Hathaway will lead the film as Megan, with Moretz eyed to play 16-year-old Annika, Webber in talks to play Megan’s boyfriend, and Rockwell set as an older character named Craig.
Andrea Seigel wrote the screenplay for Laggies, and the film marks the first time Shelton will direct something she hasn’t also written. She most recently directed the drama Touchy Feely, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year. This is one hell of an ensemble that Shelton has put together, and I look forward to checking out the finished product.
An international trailer for Kick-Ass 2 has been released. The red-band trailer focused on the plot of the film where we saw heroes banding together against the threat of The Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). The international trailer mostly ignores all that (there’s no Motherfucker to be found), and shines a light directly on Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). That’s not too surprising when you consider she was the most popular character in the first film, and Moretz looks like she’s even better this time around.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. There’s also a new character poster for Jim Carrey‘s superhero, Colonel Stars and Stripes. The movie co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, and Olga Kurkulina. Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16th.
The first red-band trailer for the sequel Kick-Ass 2 debut this morning, and now Universal has released a batch of high-resolution images and the first poster for the film. Jeff Wadlow takes over from the first film’s director Matthew Vaughn this time around, and the story finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes that join in their fight against evil. On the flipside, Christopher Mintz-Plasse has now become a supervillain named The Mother Fucker and is assembling his own masked evil league.
Hit the jump to check out the images and poster. The film also stars Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, and Jim Carrey. Kick-Ass 2 opens on August 16th.