We’ve got some new casting news covering a few different film genres:
- Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, and Cedric the Entertainer have joined Jason Statham’s upcoming action flick Heat, about a gambling addict and ex-mercenary named Nick (played by Statham) working for hire in Las Vegas.
- Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) has reportedly landed the role of the leading lady in Afonso Poyart’s upcoming film Solace, which will also star Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins.
- Veep star Timothy Simons has joined Ivan Reitman’s NFL comedy Draft Day, where he will play Marx, a Cleveland Browns scout with a big personality.
Hit the jump for more information on each casting bit, folks.
This morning we’ve got a set photo round-up for your viewing pleasure:
- Need for Speed – The adaptation of the popular video game series is going to have some absolutely sick cars. Even the sheriff has a sweet ride. The film opens March 14, 2014 and stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malik, Harrison Gilbertson, and Michael Keaton.
- Heat – The story enters on Nick Escalante (Jason Statham), a compulsive gambler on the streets of Vegas who takes odd jobs providing “security” to support his addiction. The film also stars Sofia Vergara and Michael Angarano.
- Untitled Abscam Movie – David O. Russell’s film is based a real-life undercover sting operation called “Abscam”, which was set up in the late 70s-early 80s by a con artist working for the FBI who rooted out corruption in Congress. The film stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Rohm, Alessandro Nivola, and Louis CK. The film opens December 13th.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos.
In The Brass Teapot, John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple) are a small town couple in their ‘20s, who are very much in love, but also very broke. Struggling to make ends meet while their friends enjoy the good life, a mysterious brass teapot in a roadside antique shop is seemingly the answer to all of their problems, when it starts spitting money out of its spout. But, as its demands for appeasement become darker and darker, its existence is a reminder that you should always be careful what you wish for.
At the film’s press day, actor Michael Angarano spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this odd little film appealed to him, keeping the relationship very real amidst this fantastical story, how they got to play around a bit with the script, and how much he enjoyed shooting the emotionally abusive moments. He also talked about what attracted him to the remake of the 1986 film Heat (that starred Burt Reynolds and Peter MacNicol), about a recovering gambling addict who finds work providing protection to his friends, which he’ll be starring in with Jason Statham. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to play the villain opposite Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) in Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii.
- Mark Duplass is joining Melissa McCarthy and Shirley MacLaine in the roadtrip comedy Tammy, which McCarthy will co-direct.
- Michael Angarano (Red State) is set to costar in the remake of Heat with Jason Statham.
Hit the jump for more details.
Mere hours after showing off her guns for Machete Kills, Sofia Vergara is now looking to turn up the Heat. Vergara is reportedly in talks to star opposite Jason Statham (The Transporter) for the remake of the 1986 crime actioner that starred Burt Reynolds. Simon West (Con-Air) will direct from a William Goldman (Heat) script. Variety reports that the updated version centers on Nick Escalante (Statham), a compulsive gambler on the streets of Vegas who takes odd jobs providing “security” to support his addiction. When his friend is brutally beaten, Nick’s professional and personal lives collide as he’s forced to take on the mob…as only Statham can.
Opening this weekend is director Taylor Hackford’s (Ray) Parker. Based on the novel Flashfire by Donald E. Westlake (published under the pseudonym Richard Stark) the crime thriller stars Jason Statham as the title character, a professional thief with a strict personal code of ethics. Parker doesn’t steal from people who can’t afford it, he doesn’t hurt people who don’t deserve it, and if you break his rules he will hunt you down and make you pay. When his team double crosses him on the job and leaves him for dead he tracks them to Palm Beach with a mission for vengeance. The film also stars Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Nick Nolte, Clifton Collins, Wendell Pierce and Micah Hauptman.
During the recent Los Angeles press day I got to talk with Statham. He talked about Hackford’s approach to the action genre, what it took to pull off the stunts, what kind of movie he’d like to make in the future, stepping into the role of producer on Heat, whether he’ll ever direct a film, and more. In addition, we got updates on Crank 3, Homeland and Hummingbird. Check out the full interview after the jump.
The first trailer for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s comedy The Heat has been released. The film stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as an uptight FBI agent and a foul-mouthed Boston police officer, respectively, who must team up to take down a drug lord. The “mismatched partners” buddy cop premise may seem a tad stale, but this trailer proves that the comedic talents of Bullock and McCarthy (not to mention Feige) are enough to turn the basic logline into a really fun ride. The two appear to have some excellent chemistry, and it’s especially neat to see one Thomas F. Wilson (ie. Biff Tannen from Back to the Future) back on the big screen.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Demian Bichir, Tony Hale, Taran Killam, and Michael Rapaport. The Heat opens on April 5, 2013.
We previously announced that action star Jason Statham (The Transporter) would be starring in Heat, and it looks like director Simon West (Con Air) is also on board. Around the time of Statham’s attachment, Brian De Palma (Scarface) was expected to direct, but now the remake looks to pair West and Statham once again; the director/actor duo have previously worked on The Mechanic and The Expendables 2. When next they meet, it will be for Heat, a remake of the 1986 film starring Burt Reynolds as a bodyguard taking odd jobs to support his gambling addiction in Vegas. Hit the jump to see how West and Statham plan on putting a modern spin on the film.
Brian De Palma is set to direct Jason Statham in a new adaptation of William Goldman‘s novel/screenplay Heat. The action-thriller will have Statham (his role originally played by Burt Reynolds) playing a recovering gambling addict who works protection gigs to pay the bills. He refuses to use guns in dealing with foes and resorts to using his fists and edged weapons (Statham-y!). When his friend is beaten by a high-roller, he helps her get revenge, which puts him in even more danger. I bet he’ll decide to pick up a gun at some point.
Considering that Statham only plays one character (gritty tough guy), it will be interesting to see if De Palma can get a different performance out of him or if the actor will simply be a tool for an exciting action flick. The last De Palma flick to hit theaters was 2007′s Redacted, but he’s currently at work on the thriller Passion starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. Statham will be seen later this year in Safe, The Expendables 2 and Parker. Filming on Heat is set to begin in France in late 2012 or early 2013. Hit the jump for the press release.
Bill Buford’s 2006 memoir Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-quoting Butcher in Tuscany has been optioned by screenwriter Stan Chervin and producer Rachael Horovitz, reports Deadline. The duo previously teamed up on Bennett Miller’s upcoming Brad Pitt-starred real-life baseball flick Moneyball.
Heat chronicles his journey from an editor at the New Yorker to learning firsthand about food, and eventually becoming “kitchen slave” to chefs like Mario Batali. Hit the jump to read the synopsis of the book.
Catalog titles FTW. I am one of those rare people who enjoy being “double dipped.” I like upgrading to Blu-ray if I love a film, because you only get to watch a movie for the first time once, and so a different and better transfer is a reason (at least for me) to get excited about a film you’ve seen a number of times. When I would go see something in the theater on multiple occasions, I’d often go to different theaters (or failing that, different seats). My reviews of the Blu-rays of Heat and Logan’s Run after the jump.