Here’s the latest casting additions to the following films:
- Joel Edgerton is set for Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring opposite Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan.
- Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are in negotiations to star in the spy comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, which now has Greg Mottola attached to direct.
- Ciaran Hinds has joined Aleksander Bach’s Hitman sequel, Agent 47, starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, and Thomas Kretschmann.
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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this morning. First up, Joel Edgerton has signed back on to play corrupt FBI Agent John Connolly in Scott Cooper‘s Black Mass. The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and centers on how he amassed his power with the help of his childhood friend Connolly by turning informant on rival operations, and then being warned by Connolly when the feds were closing in. Edgerton signed on almost a year ago, and remained when Depp dropped out, but eventually left the project as well. Depp signed back on three weeks ago, and there was the possibility of Tom Hardy playing the Connolly role, but now Deadline reports that the part is Edgerton’s again. Production is set to begin in two months in Boston, and Warner Bros. is eyeing an October 2015 release. [Update: Deadline adds that, since WB has picked up Black Mass, it has dropped Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's planned Whitey Bulger film, which was to star Damon and be directed by Affleck and just had a new draft of the script turned in by Terrence Winter.]
Hit the jump for the first word on Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s The Final Girls in over two years.
For cinephiles, the behind-the-scenes drama on the revisionist western Jane Got a Gun will overshadow the film until at least the first trailer. Natalie Portman stars as a woman who must call on an ex-lover to help defend her farm and injured outlaw husband from the husband’s gang. Michael Fassbender was going to play the ex-lover and Joel Edgerton was to play the gang leader. Then Fassbender left because of a scheduling conflict, Edgerton moved to the ex-lover role, and Jude Law signed on to play the villain. Then matters got crazier when director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk about Kevin) unexpectedly dropped out on the first day of shooting, and the production scrambled for a replacement. They got Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), but then Law left because he wanted to work with Ramsay. Bradley Cooper came on to play the villain, then he left, and finally the production landed on Ewan McGregor.
It’s impressive that the production survived all of this hullaballoo, and The Wrap reports the movie will be released on August 29, 2014. The light competition is the horror film Jessabelle, and the thriller The Loft, which has been on the shelf for well over a year.
Joel Edgerton is having a pretty good year. He started things off with acting turns in Zero Dark Thirty and follow-up The Great Gatsby, then re-teamed with director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) for Jane Got a Gun, and has landed starring roles in Barry Levinson’s Black Mass, Ridley Scott’s Exodus and Warner Bros. adaptation of Shantaram. Now, Edgerton is taking a turn in the director’s chair, making his directorial debut with Weirdo. Hit the jump for more.
Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks with Warner Bros. for an adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ bestseller, Shantaram. The thinly-veiled memoir centers on the protagonist Lin, who narrates his travels as an escaped Australian convict who flees to the bustling city of Bombay in order to escape into the protection of the criminal underworld. Produced by Inifinitum Nihil partners Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski, and GK Films’ Graham King, Edgerton was personally tapped by Depp for the role, one which Depp himself previously considered taking. Hit the jump for more.
There are few stranger cinematic weddings that that of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby to Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top, nearly grating visual aesthetic. The fact that Luhrmann’s adaptation is in 3D is icing on the cake. But Luhrmann (best known for William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge) is at his best when he’s got a story to anchor his visuals to, and performers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton delivering the lines. His Great Gatsby is far from a definitive version of the novel, but it has its moments. My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus is coming together quite nicely. While Scott has been developing the pic for some time, the project picked up steam earlier this year when Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) turned in a rewrite of the Adam Cooper and Bill Collage script. Christian Bale was being courted to play Moses in the film, and now it appears that Bale has indeed signed on to play the Biblical character as THR reports that The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton is in talks to play the Egyptian ruler Ramses. Hit the jump for more.
Check out the latest casting news below:
- Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is set to star in writers-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s gambling pic, Mississippi Grind, along with Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly).
- Joel Edgerton (Warrior) is eyeing the new untitled picture from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud) which co-stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel).
- Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will replace Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) in Imagine, the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) that stars Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale.
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Here’s your latest casting news out of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival:
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Michelle Williams and Joel Edgerton are teaming up on a remake of the 2009 Italian film The Double Hour. Deadline reports that the two will topline the psychological thriller, which centers on two lovers “who find themselves victims in the midst of a dangerous and well planned robbery.” Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) is onboard to write and direct, and the project is currently seeking financing at the Cannes Film Festival. The Australian-born Edgerton was most recently seen onscreen as Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby and he’s currently filming the production-troubled Western Jane Got a Gun opposite Natalie Portman. As for Williams, she’s currently being eyed for the female lead in director John Wells’ drama Chef starring Bradley Cooper.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer for director Giuseppe Capotondi’s original film.
Filmmakers who adapt a novel are not beholden to the major themes of that novel. They’re free to take away what they want to see and leave the richer aspects of the material behind. Such is the case with Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby. Where Fitzgerald saw the relationship between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan as a laughable excuse to escape into the past, Luhrmann sees a doomed romance because Baz Luhrmann likes stories about doomed romances*. And like his previous movies—Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and Australia—Luhrmann is too afraid of actual intimacy, and covers it up in glitter and other shiny objects while laboring under the delusion that it makes the story operatic. With The Great Gatsby, Luhrmann isn’t adapting Fitzgerald as much as he’s remaking Baz Luhrmann.
We’ve been reporting on the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby since fall of 2010; the film will finally open in just a couple of weeks. While you’ve probably seen a fair portion of the movie due to all the images, clips and trailers that have been released over the last year or so, we have a gallery of over 60 hi-res images for you to peruse at your leisure!
Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Adelaide Clemens, and opens in 3D on May 10th. Hit the jump to view the images.
Warner Bros. has released 7 clips (almost 5 minutes of footage) from director Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. For those unfamiliar with F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s source material, the story centers on a would-be writer (Tobey Maguire) chasing the American dream who moves to New York City in the spring of 1922 and encounters a mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke and Adelaide Clemens.
If you weren’t aware, Luhrmann shot Gatsby in 3D, so I’d advise paying the extra money to see it in that format. Also, I saw some of the film in 3D and it looked like Luhrmann used the format to help tell the story. Hit the jump to watch the clips. The Great Gatsby opens May 10th.
Warner Bros. has released a new extended TV spot for director Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby. This TV spot appears to be geared towards the younger crowd, as it plays up the “Jazz Age” aspects of the film while highlighting Gatsby’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) lively parties and the flashier moments from the film. While I’ve mostly been onboard with the new music Luhrmann has showcased in the previous trailers, Fergie’s “jazz-pop” track that accompanies this new TV spot is just plain awful. Here’s hoping it doesn’t have a major showcase within the narrative of the film.
Hit the jump to watch the new extended TV spot, which also includes quite a bit of new footage. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Adelaide Clemens, and Jason Clarke. The Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10th.
Warner Bros. has released three more posters for The Great Gatsby because they’re Warner Bros. and they always release about 394 posters for every movie they do. Every character deserves at least 4 different posters featuring the actor in various poses or in combination with their co-stars. Eventually, extras will get their own posters if they’re in a Warner Bros. movie. I look forward to seeing the Great Gatsby poster for Flapper #4.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton. The Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10th.