Here’s today’s casting news update:
- Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) is in talks to star in Heaven is for Real, an adaptation of the best-selling Christian-themed book from Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, to be directed by Randall Wallace (We Were Soldiers).
- Vinnie Jones (Snatch) joins The Killer’s List, a hitman thriller directed by Phil Avalon (Liquid Bridge).
- Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) has boarded David O. Russell’s latest untitled picture about the Abscam scandal which already lists Jennifer Lawrence,Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams,Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Louis C.K. among its cast members.
- Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience) and Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) will star in the edgy thriller Careful What You Wish For, directed by Elizabeth Allen (Aquamarine).
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Today, we’re premiering a new TV spot for the upcoming remake of Red Dawn. The film focuses on a group of teenagers who become freedom fighters when their town is invaded and conquered by North Korea. Presumably, you’re investment in the movie rests on whether or not you can suspend your disbelief that North Korea could take over a 7/11 let alone entire parts of America.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Edwin Hodge, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Red Dawn opens November 21st.
A new trailer for the Red Dawn remake, dubbed a “patriotic trailer,” has been released online. Directed by Dan Bradley, the remake stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, and Arianne Palicki as a group of teenagers/young adults who must work together in order to repel invading North Korean forces. It appears that the marketing campaign is now heavily geared toward the film’s patriotic appeal despite the fact that the filmmakers troublingly switched the nationality of the film’s villains from Chinese to North Koreans in post-production by changing the colors of the flags (‘Merica!). Nevertheless, the film actually looks like it could be kind of fun if it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Isabel Lucas, Connor Cruise, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Red Dawn opens on November 21.
Three new clips have gone online for Dan Bradley’s directorial debut, Red Dawn. The veteran stunt actor and coordinator helms the remake of the 1984 film which centered on a group of American kids who defend their home against invading foreign soldiers. This time around, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki and Josh Peck are up against those no-good
Soviets Chinese North Koreans. The new clips show off a bit of flirtatious fun before the invasion, an alternate version of the invasion itself and an action scene that pays homage to the original film. Red Dawn opens November 21st. Hit the jump to check out the clips.
If you haven’t gotten enough casting news from us today, we’ve got even more. First up, THR reports that Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, and Mirando Otto have joined the Australian anthology film, The Turning. As we previously reported, the film is based off the short story collection by Tim Winton, and will feature 17 short films each from a different director. Per THR, “All of the stories in The Turning revolve around turning points in the lives of the people of the Australian coastal town of Angelus. While the segments are separate, there are plot and thematic links between them.” Actors Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska, and David Wenham are all set to make their directing debuts on the film. There’s currently no word on who Byrne, Weaving, and Otto will play or if they’ll be in the same segment.
Hit the jump for casting news on the 80s-set caper flick Electric Slide.
The first trailer for the long-delayed Red Dawnremake has been released. Watching this trailer, I’m reminded of why we now use aliens for all of our invasion movies. Being a superpower, it’s tougher to imagine the U.S. getting invaded by almost any other country. The original worked in 1984 because it preyed on Cold War fears, and those fears no longer exist. Even when China was the foe for the remake (a post-production change was made so that we wouldn’t lose money from their bustling economy; now the baddie is North Korea, which is laughable since they can’t even get a working rocket let alone an invasion force), there wasn’t too much fear, although that would at least provide a credible war. I will say that the rah-rah freedom on display is kind of cute, and it’s interesting that the remake focuses on the characters going on a mission rather than simply trying to survive like in the original.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Edwin Hodge, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Red Dawn opens on November 21st.
That Red Dawn remake that everyone nearly forgot about is finally hitting theaters this November, and a revamped poster for the film has been released. The pic was actually filmed in 2009, but sat on the shelf for years due to MGM’s financial troubles. Moreover, in a fairly disturbing move, the filmmakers decided to digitally change the film’s villains from the Chinese to the North Koreans once they realized the film’s box office chances in China would be severely crippled if the country was painted as villainous. Nevertheless, the pic is finally set for release this year and due to the delay, it now boasts the stars of two major franchises: Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson. This new poster plays up the “Go America!” aspect and makes damn sure audiences know that Thor and Peeta are here to save the U.S. of A.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. The film also stars Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Connor Cruise. Red Dawn opens on November 21st.
A red-band trailer has gone online for the thriller The Loft. The film centers on five friends who have a loft where they can go to cheat on their wives. Their perfect locale hits a bit of a snag when they find a woman brutally murdered in the loft, and they don’t know who’s responsible. I first thought that this would be a claustrophobic film where the five friends would be turning on each other since they each have a key to the loft. Instead, they start suspecting their wives to be jealous murderous who discovered their husbands’ secret. It’s an odd approach, although it makes sense since the guys seems sleazy enough to distrust the woman they’ve wronged rather than the dishonest guys in their company. The only question is whether or not we’ll care what happens to the five adulterers, and if we’d rather see them get their comeuppance than solve the mystery.
Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer. The impressive cast features Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra, Valerie Cruz, and Isabel Lucas. The film currently has no release date.
A sneak peek at the upcoming trailer for the remake of Red Dawn has gone online. For those unfamiliar with the film, it’s about a group of teenagers who decide to take up arms and fight against a foreign invasion. In the original 1984 version, it was the Russians, and the remake wanted to update the invaders to the Chinese. However, after they finished shooting, the producers discovered that this might hurt distribution in China, so they decided to do some CGI change-ups to the flags and turn the invaders into North Koreans (in the hopes that you don’t notice that Chinese people and Korean people don’t look the same).
If you forgot that there was a remake of Red Dawn, you’re not alone. The film was completed years ago, but had to sit on the shelf while MGM went through a financial meltdown (a fate shared by The Cabin in the Woods). The movie was picked up for distribution by Film District in September 2011, and it will finally hit theaters on November 21st. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Josh Peck, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Connor Cruise. Hit the jump to check out a sneak peek at the trailer.
With debut director Dan Bradley’s Red Dawn remake finally being released later this year, two new images have cropped up online. The 1984 original, starring Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Gray and C. Thomas Howell, became a cult classic, thanks in part to a group of American teenagers defending their town from invading forces from the Soviet Union. Look for the remake to cast the villains as North Koreans this time around. The surprisingly strong cast features Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Josh Peck, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Connor Cruise. Red Dawn should finally be in theaters on November 21st of this year. Hit the jump to see the newly released images and to read up on some choice quotes from the cast. Wolverines!
Not only is visionary director Terrence Malick becoming prolific as of late, he’s putting together some extraordinary casts. FilmNation has announced that they will be handling international sales and distribution on two new films from the Tree of Life director. Lawless will star Ryan Gosling as the lead, with Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Haley Bennett rounding out the supporting cast. Then we’ve got Knight of Cups, which has Bale assuming the lead role with a supporting cast that includes Blanchett and Isabel Lucas (Immortals). Hit the jump for much more.
We’ve been provided with eight clips from The Fall director Tarsem Singh’s new film Immortals. The pic centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal, who teams up with the Greek gods in order to defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Instead of depicting the gods as ginormous otherworldly creatures, Singh has taken a different route and instead the gods take the form of chiseled immortal beings that don’t look dissimilar from humans.
The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff. Immortals opens in 3D on November 11th and we’ll have exclusive interviews with the cast the week of release. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
Relativity has released new images from James McTeigue’s The Raven and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. The Raven is a period thriller that has Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) teaming up with Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) to stop a serial killer who’s using Poe’s work as inspiration. It’s an interesting premise and McTeigue still has my goodwill from V for Vendetta. As you can see from the image above, Fields will chase someone down but keep a firm grip on his top hat. Can’t afford to lose top hats. Speaking of hat-love, Singh continues his affection for ridiculous head-attire as seen by the first image of Athena (Isabel Lucas) in Immortals. The story is about the gods calling on Theseus (Henry Cavill) to help them defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). It looks less promising than The Raven.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The Raven opens March 9, 2012. Immortals opens in 3D on November 11th.
Relativity Media has released yet another trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals and I’m starting to seriously doubt the film. I liked what I saw when the teaser trailer debuted at WonderCon, but every trailer looks the same. It’s the same footage again and again just in a different order. Also, the plot is that King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) wants to bring down the gods so the gods hire Theseus (Henry Cavill) to stop him. None of the trailers explain why the gods can’t do this themselves. It’s kind of an obvious question and no amount of speed-ramping can answer it.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer. Immortals opens in 3D on November 11th.
A new trailer for director Tarsem Singh’s (The Fall) epic Immortals has been released. This one’s a bit more action-heavy than the first trailer that was released. The film looks decidedly 300-esque, but I’m hoping Singh brings something more to the table than slow motion fight scenes. He’s definitely proven his penchant for breathtaking visuals, and it’s a safe bet that Immortals will be no exception.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Immortals stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, John Hurt, and Mickey Rourke. [Update: We have updated the article with a higher-quality version of the trailer.]