New posters for the following films:
- Fifty Shades of Grey - Sam Taylor-Johnson’s steamy adaptation stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Marcia Gay Harden, and Rita Ora, and opens February 15, 2015.
- Cesar Chavez – Diego Luna’s biopic starring Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich opens March 28th.
- 300: Rise of an Empire – Noam Murro’s Spartan sequel stars Eva Green, Lena Headey, Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell and David Wenham, and opens March 7th.
Hit the jump to check them out.
A couple of intriguing composer announcements have been made today. First up, Trent Reznor has confirmed on Twitter that he and Atticus Ross will compose the score for director David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation Gone Girl. This will mark the third collaboration between Reznor/Ross and Fincher, and the two previously won an Oscar for their The Social Network score. Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck as a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as her killer. Rosamund Pike plays the wife, and the highly anticipated pic is scheduled for release on October 3rd.
Additionally, Film Music Reporter (via The Playlist) reports that Danny Elfman will score director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s steamy adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan lead the sexually charged drama, and it’ll be interesting to see what Elfman puts together. The film opens February 15, 2015.
We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to. Briefly:
- Oscar Isaac will replace Javier Bardem in director J.C. Chandor’s (All Is Lost) new film A Most Violent Year opposite Jessica Chastain.
- Zach Galifianakis is in negotiations to star opposite Owen Wilson in the heist comedy formerly titled Loomis Fargo.
- Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden and recording artist Rita Ora have been added to the cast of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.
Last week, we shared an enlightening roundtable video interview with the directors of some of this year’s awards contenders like Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, and Steve McQueen. Today, THR has released a new roundtable interview this time focusing on producers, as Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), David Heyman (Gravity), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave, World War Z), Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel), and Pam Williams (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) sat down for 50-minute discussion on all things moviemaking. The conversation covers a lot of ground, touching on why Wahlberg almost fired his agent over Fifty Shades of Grey, Roven showing Heath Ledger the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight, Entourage salary disputes, horrible test scores for Boogie Nights, and so much more.
Hit the jump to watch the full conversation.
While genre fans are understandably eager to hear anything and everything about Star Wars, Batman vs. Superman, and pretty much all the upcoming Marvel movies, there’s an in-development project of a different sort that’s generating an incredibly high amount of buzz as well: Fifty Shades of Grey. The feature film adaptation of E.L. James’ racy novel has been in the works for over a year now, but with a director (Sam Taylor-Johnson) and cast (Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson) finally set, production is gearing up to begin in just a few weeks. In fact, the first images of Dornan and Johnson in character were released by EW a few days ago.
Steve recently sat down for an extended interview with producer Dana Brunetti, and during their wide-ranging conversation he spoke extensively about Fifty Shades of Grey. Brunetti discussed the competitive process of landing the job as the film’s producer along with his partner Michael De Luca, collaborating with James, the difficult casting process, why they’re filming in Vancouver, and he talked about the possibility of releasing an NC-17 cut of the film in theaters. Hit the jump for much more.
Following a rather lengthy development period, the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally off and running. The adaptation of the sultry E.L. James novel was thrown a curveball when Charlie Hunnam abruptly dropped out of the male lead role, leaving director Sam Taylor-Johnson scrambling to find a replacement with an August 2014 release date looming. The Fall actor Jamie Dornan was eventually cast as Hunnam’s replacement opposite Dakota Johnson (Ben & Kate), but now Universal has understandably pushed the film’s release date back a few months. Instead of going head-to-head with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, Fifty Shades of Grey will steam up movie theater screens on February 13, 2015. Happy Valentine’s Day!
In anticipation of production beginning very soon, the first images of Dornan and Johnson in character as the book’s sex-adventurous duo has been revealed on the latest cover of EW. Hit the jump to take a look and for release date news for the James Brown biopic Get on Up and the genre redo Dracula Untold.
Today’s casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) is in negotiations to join Horrible Bosses 2. New Line has set a November 28, 2014 release date for the sequel that also stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Chris Pine.
- Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris) is in talks to replace Reese Witherspoon in the science fiction picture, Passengers, starring Keanu Reeves.
- Luke Grimes (Taken 2) has been cast in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, which stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
- Robin Weigert (The Sessions) has signed on to Edward Zwick’s chess drama, Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
After Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) abruptly left the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, the search was on to cast the lead before the planned start date of November 1st. It seems as if the search is over, as Jamie Dornan (The Fall) is reported as having landed the lead of billionaire and S&M connoisseur, Christian Grey. Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street) is still on board as Anastasia Steele; Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) will direct. In related non-casting news, THR’s Borys Kit also reports that “Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) passed on the part of Kate, Anastasia’s best friend, and Frank Grillo (The Grey) passed on bodyguard, Taylor.” The adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling novel is now set to kick off production and is scheduled to open August 1, 2014. (Via Variety)
Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) was only attached to director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey for about a month before suddenly dropping out. At the time, the reason for his departure was blamed on scheduling difficulties and lack of time for proper preparation for the role. Now, it looks as if Hunnam had substantial conflicts of interest with the film’s creative team, ones strong enough to turn down a $125,000 payday. Hunnam also submitted his own script notes on the Kelly Marcel adaptation, which were well-received but led to further disagreements when Hunnam began grasping for further script control. While scheduling issues were certainly part of the problem, they’re only going to get worse now as Universal Pictures and Focus Pictures are still in search of a male lead with a planned November 1st start date rapidly approaching. Hit the jump for more.
Universal and Focus Features’ adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is moving closer towards an August 2014 release date, but there are still many pieces of the puzzle to complete before filming can begin. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) lost her leading man in Charlie Hunnam over the weekend as the actor opted to depart the project, and now the search is on for a replacement. THR reports that Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and The Fall star Jamie Dornan are among the list of possible replacements, and the studio is also revisiting its previous list of candidates that includes Theo James (Divergent) and Christian Cooke (Magic City), though Garrett Hedlund is out of contention due to scheduling issues.
Hit the jump for more, including news regarding script rewrites.
Last month, Charlie Hunnam signed on to star in Fifty Shades of Grey, ending months of speculation as to who would play young entrepreneur and BDSM enthusiast Christian Grey. Hunnam throws us back on the speculation carousel with today’s announcement that he is leaving the project. Here’s Universal’s statement:
“The filmmakers of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”
Production was slated to begin later this month for an August 1, 2014 release, so Universal will announce a replacement soon or push back production. Dakota Johnson is still on board to play Anastasia Steele alongside co-star Jennifer Ehle in Sam Taylor-Wood‘s adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Read the book synopsis after the jump.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Rather than announce the casting of both leads in Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s Fifty Shades of Grey at the same time, Universal Pictures has decided to break up the announcements but release them within the same hour. Author E.L. James said on her Twitter that Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) will be playing the female lead of college student Anastasia Steele, and now James tweets that Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) has the role of Steele’s lover, business magnate Christian Grey. While I wish Universal had just made both announcements at the same time, at least we don’t have to play the casting sweepstakes for the lead male role.
Hit the jump for the press release. Fifty Shades of Grey opens August 1, 2014.
A couple weeks ago, we reported that Ben and Kate star Dakota Johnson was in consideration to play the lead role in Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s adaptation of E.L. James‘ erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey. A tweet from James and a press release from Universal Pictures have now confirmed the casting of Johnson to play Anastasia Steele, a young college student who begins a relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey. [Update: Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey.]
Hit the jump for the press release. Fifty Shades of Grey is set to open on August 1, 2014.