We’ve a few casting stories for you today. First up Adam Scott is planning to reteam with Bachelorette director writer-director Leslye Headland for her upcoming comedy Sleeping with Other People. The movie stars Jason Sudeikis as “a womanizer who befriends a serial cheater; ultimately, the two develop a romantic attraction to each other.” According to THR, Alison Brie is in talks to replace Kirsten Dunst, who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Headland notes that neither deal is done, and that “‘It’s not set in stone, kids.’ I’ve seen shit fall apart over less.” As Harvey Weinstein‘s former assistant, she should know. Hopefully, Scott and Brie will sign on; they’re both immensely talented and are terrific on two of TV’s best sitcoms, Parks and Recreation and Community, respectively.
Hit the jump for casting news on the fantasy feature The Moon and the Sun and the adaptation of the Irish novel, The Secret Scripture.
J.C. Chandor‘s All Is Lost was a huge step forward for the Margin Call director, and so I’m incredibly excited for his latest picture, A Most Violent Year. The first image and official synopsis have been released for the film, which is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.” The great cast also includes Albert Brooks, Alfred Molina, and David Oyelowo.
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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar. The sci-fi pic stars Matthew McConaughey and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole “to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.” Though this teaser trailer features very, very little footage from the still in-production film, it’s a surprisingly moving piece that draws on the human spirit’s drive to keep moving forward. I’ll say no more and let you experience the teaser for yourself, but the prospect of seeing Nolan further explore these themes in the full film is definitely exciting.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, Timothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon. Interstellar opens November 7, 2014.
Because 2015 wasn’t crazy enough when it comes to must-see movies, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak will be released in April 2015. Although THR has the date right, the new title is not “Haunted Peak“. That’s a working title. The movie is still called “Crimson Peak“, which is a much cooler title.
According to THR, filming will take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios from February 10 – May 14th. The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and the logline says the story is about “a young author who discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be.” Those kinds of discoveries are never fun. It’s never “You’re the son of a wealthy prince, and you have a house made of candy? Huzzah!” The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. [Update: We reached out to del Toro for comment and he responded thusly: “the film Crimson Peak has not changed title. We created Haunted Peak as a production entity for the shoot. The film's title remains unchanged.”]
One might think that Guillermo del Toro is taking a little break now after the massive undertaking that was Pacific Rim, but one would be mistaken. Del Toro is currently in Toronto hard at work on directing the pilot for the upcoming FX series The Strain, but he’s also busy prepping his next feature film Crimson Peak, which starts principal photography in February. The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” that stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam, and del Toro called it his first adult movie in the English language. Other than that, though, very little is known about the film.
Chastain was recently in Toronto where she had a full body cast made for Crimson Peak, and she has now shared images of the process on her Facebook with guest appearances by Del Toro and Chastain’s young Mama co-star. It’s not incredibly illuminating, but it does beg the question why would Chastain’s character need a prosthetic mold? Curious. Very curious. Hit the jump to check out the images. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
- Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
- Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
- Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
- Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
The cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar is rounding out ahead of the film’s imminent production start date. The great John Lithgow is the latest actor to join the film’s cast, which is toplined by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine. Given that plot details are firmly under wraps, The Wrap’s report has no information on Lithgow’s role. Nevertheless, the Emmy-winning actor makes a swell addition, along with yesterday’s news of Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Timothee Chalamet joining the cast. Interstellar opens on November 7, 2014.
Hit the jump for news concerning Jessica Chastain possibly starring opposite Javier Bardem.
Mama’s producer Guillermo del Toro understands the nature of fear as few others do. Its purity. Its simplicity. The way it cuts through all the bullshit and grabs you by the fundaments. He once said, “fear is simply the presence of something that shouldn’t be there or the absence of something that should be there.” Everything else is details. Director Andres Muschietti takes that adage to heart with this, his feature film debut. He can’t quite find the brilliance of his producer, but he catches glimpses of it at times, and that propels Mama far past what we might otherwise expect. Hit the jump for my review of the film on Blu-ray.
Last month, we reported that The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt would helm Rodham. Per the synopsis, “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.” Since playing a famous person in a drama is a prime recipe for netting an Oscar, it’s a role that’s ripe to net an A-list actress.
Today, The Independent reports that Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Seyfriend have emerged as “frontrunners” to play the title role. I put “frontrunners” in quotations because these actresses are probably high on every list for most projects. Ponsoldt commented, “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.” Of course, once the role of Rodham has been cast, we can rev up the speculation machine on who will play a young Bill Clinton.
Reports have Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) in talks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar. This would make Chastain the third lead after Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) and Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) took roles just last month. The details of the sci-fi picture are, of course, being kept under wraps, but the story is based on Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne’s scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel. Hit the jump for what else we know about Interstellar.
Here’s today’s casting news:
- Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is set to star in The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on the Diana Ackerman novel about the true story of Warsaw zoo owners Jan and Antonina Zabinski’s rescue of hundreds of Jewish refugees during the Nazi invasion of World War II.
- Brad Pitt was courted to play the world’s greatest assassin in The Gray Man a number of years ago, but it looks like the veteran has departed this particular picture.
- Gael Garcia Bernal (No) and Alice Braga (I Am Legend) are set to star in El Ardor, pitched as a modern-day Western, a tale of survival and revenge set in in the Amazon jungle.
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Director David Yates—who helmed the final four Harry Potter films—is having a bit of trouble getting a post-Potter project off the ground. He was initially attached to direct the small-scale drama Your Voice in My Head with Emma Watson and Stanley Tucci attached to star, but was subsequently forced to drop out of the director’s chair for personal reasons. After briefly flirting with a large-scale adaptation of The Stand, Yates then moved on to a reimagining of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan as his next project.
The filmmaker has been developing Tarzan since last summer and recently set True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard as his lead. We learned last month that Jessica Chastain was circling the Jane role, but now Warner Bros. is putting the brakes on the project due to budget concerns. Hit the jump for much more.
After starring in the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film Mama earlier this year, Jessica Chastain will reunite with the director for his new haunting picture, Crimson Peak. The project has been steadily adding stellar talent to the cast, including Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and most recently Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock). The twice Oscar-nominated Chastain adds further star power and gravitas to a picture that del Toro calls a “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.” Del Toro spoke more about the picture and more in a recent interview with Steve at WonderCon. Hit the jump for more on Crimson Peak and Chastain’s casting announcement.
The events of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on the United States of America that forever changed us as a nation. We live in a post-9/11 world, and it is impossible to go back to “the way things were before.” Though it’s been a decade since the event, in the scope of things we’re still living in the immediate aftermath of the most devastating domestic terror attack in history. Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow has now dealt with these effects in two films, as she previously focused on the events of the Iraq War with her 2008 Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, and her brilliant 2012 drama Zero Dark Thirty masterfully chronicles the decade-long hunt for the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks: Osama Bin Laden. The result of the latter is a taut procedural thriller that not only entertains, but also provides a difficult and introspective look at America’s place in the post-9/11 world. Hit the jump for my review of Zero Dark Thirty on Blu-ray.