Here’s the latest casting news:
- Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, and Lauren Lapkus have joined Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, which stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.
- Lea Michele and Rohan Chand are negotiating to lead DreamWorks Animation’s Bollywood musical, Bollywood Superstar Monkey.
- John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins, and Jim Belushi sign on for Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s The Man on Carrion Road.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
I’ll admit it: director Luke Greenfield’s Let’s Be Cops just wasn’t on my radar. While I’m a fan of Greenfield’s The Girl Next Door, I wasn’t sure what to expect with his new comedy starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson. However, after watching the great-looking red band trailer at CinemaCon, I think we might have an early contender for box office surprise of the summer. If you haven’t heard of the film, Let’s Be Cops stars Johnson and Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster. The film also stars Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael Key and it opens August 13th.
Shortly after presenting the trailer at CinemaCon, I landed an exclusive video interview with Johnson and Wayans Jr. They talked about how the project came together, how much was improvised, the test screenings, how it’s a hard R-rated comedy with nudity (they say it’s like the 80s movies where it’s a big comedy, then it turns and the action happens), deleted scenes, working with Greenfield, the promotional tour for the film, and more. In addition, Wayans Jr. talked about his upcoming standup tour and Johnson discussed about his small role in Jurassic World and how he’s about to start filming director Joe Swanberg’s next film Digging for Fire, which starts filming soon and will also star Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Brie Larson. Hit the jump to watch.
With CinemaCon in full swing in Las Vegas, over the past 24 hours I’ve managed to see the first footage from a lot of upcoming movies from Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios. Yesterday, Paramount unveiled the first teaser trailers for Hercules and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a lot of footage from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Today, Universal showed attendees footage from Luc Besson’s Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken (which looks like it’s going to be an awards contender), Fifty Shades of Grey, Fast & Furious 7, Minions, Dumb and Dumber To, a CGI-only trailer with voice over for Jurassic World, and a lot more. Like previous years, Universal’s presentation really impressed me with the wide variety of great looking movies. Hit the jump for more.
French actor Omar Sy had a breakthrough role with the French film The Intouchables and landed the part of Bishop in the upcoming blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now he’s joined another tentpole feature by signing on to co-star in the fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World. Unsurprisingly, since we don’t know much about the plot, we don’t know much about his role, but it’s good to see another talented actor join the cast. The movie also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins.
Hit the jump for tweets from Sy and director Colin Trevorrow about the actor joining the film. Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015. [Update: THR reports that Idris Elba and Jake Johnson have also joined the cast.] [2nd update: THR has quietly removed Elba from their listing of the cast members, and @slashfilm is tweeting that the rumor is "NOT true. I have this 100% confirmed".]
Every Jurassic Park sequel has had a returning character from the original, but they were leads (Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill, respectively). Jurassic World won’t break from tradition, but it will take a much smaller character and bring him into the cast. According to IGN, B.D. Wong, who played the InGen’s chief geneticist Dr. Henry Wu, will be returning for the upcoming sequel. “He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction,” director Colin Trevorrow explains. “He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.”
Hit the jump for some more details about the lead characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film also stars Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3). Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.
The highly anticipated Jurassic World has cast its villain, and it’s not exactly a T-Rex this time around. Deadline reports that Vincent D’Onofrio has landed the antagonist role in director Colin Trevorrow’s follow-up, about which we know next to nothing. One assumes the dinosaurs will still be the main threat for the film’s protagonists as D’Onofrio will likely be playing the pic’s human foil—possibly a person favoring monetary potential over the human life, though it’s also possible that Trevorrow has crafted a decidedly different feature in which a human character is actively controlling/using the dinosaurs to attack the core group of heroes. Hit the jump for more, including news of another cast member being added in a supporting role.
[Update: A new report has revealed the character details for both D'Onofrio's role and the role to be played by Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), giving us our first hint at the plot of the film. Read on after the jump.]
We got some encouraging news about Jurassic World this morning when director Colin Trevorrow announced that he will be shooting the pic on 35mm and 65mm film, and now even more exciting news has surfaced regarding the project’s story. Chris Pratt is set to star as the lead in Jurassic World, and the actor recently spoke a bit about his involvement and Trevorrow’s take on the material. This is the first big franchise film for Trevorrow, who only just made his feature debut with 2012’s impressive indie Safety Not Guaranteed, so fans have been curious about how he’ll make the transition to a big franchise film.
According to Pratt, the filmmaker has found a fascinating way to approach the material by directly answering the burning question about a third Jurassic Park sequel: why would anyone think it’s a good idea to interact with dinosaurs again after it went so badly the previous three times? Hit the jump to see what Pratt had to say about the film and whether his character is more like Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Malcolm or Sam Neill’s Dr. Grant.
We have a couple of brief Jurassic World stories for you this morning. First off, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) tweeted that he’ll be working with cinematographer John Schwartzman on the picture, and they’ll be shooting on 35mm and 65mm. As Bleeding Cool points out, 65mm strongly hints towards an IMAX release, although I would say the movie being a major blockbuster hints towards an IMAX release. The 65mm just means it will probably look much better in IMAX. Schwartzman’s filmography notably includes The Rock, Armageddon, and The Amazing Spider-Man, so he more than knows his way around a blockbuster.
Hit the jump for more. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins. Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.
Why have one major franchise when you can have two? A couple months ago, we reported that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt was being sought for the lead in the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World. Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer), and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) had already signed on, and now Ron Howard has tweeted that “Bryce and Chris meet for the 1st time on red carpet they will be co-stars in next Juraissic”. We don’t know any details on Pratt’s role or anything on the plot beyond being “a new sci-fi terror adventure” that will take place 22 years after the events of the first movie.
Pratt’s voice will soon be heard in the lead role of The LEGO Movie on February 7th, and then he’ll be leading Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st. Filming on Jurassic World is set to begin in Louisiana on June 2nd for a June 12, 2015 release date.
Three of 2015’s blockbusters will be setting up shop in Louisiana this summer. Production weekly has announced that The Fantastic Four is set to begin filming in Baton Rouge on March 31st, which is a bit surprising since casting has yet to be announced. If this March 31st date holds, then we should be hearing some casting news for the upcoming reboot very soon. Next, Alan Taylor’s, Terminator: Genesis, will be shooting in New Orleans beginning on April 21st, and stars Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke. Finally, Jurassic World starts filming on June 2nd, and will star Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins. Both Terminator: Genesis and Jurassic World are still in the casting process as well.
These three films are scheduled to come out within a month of each other. Jurassic World leads off when it opens in 3D on June 12th; The Fantastic Four follows in 3D on June 19th; and Terminator: Genesis will be released on July 1st. I assume it will also be in 3D, but we haven’t heard an official announcement.
As director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) prepares to begin production on Jurassic World next year, he’s adding a Jurassic Park veteran to his team. Trevorrow has confirmed that Phil Tippett, who acted as “Dinosaur Supervisor” on Steven Spielberg’s original film, will be working on Jurassic World. Tippett, a visual effects supervisor specializing in stop-motion, initially planned to head up the stop-motion dinosaur effects on Jurassic Park before Spielberg opted to try out the nifty new CG technology after seeing tests of James Cameron’s Terminator 2. Nevertheless, he stayed involved with JP and supervised the animation of the dinosaurs given his extensive background in animal movement and behavior. He also became a pretty funny internet meme.
Not necessarily a reboot, Jurassic World is described as “a new sci-fi terror adventure” and will take place 22 years after the events of the first film. The confirmed cast thus far includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins, with Chris Pratt being eyed for a starring role. The film opens in 3D June 12, 2015.
We’ve yet to receive any official plot description for director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, but we’re slowly piecing together some evidence from his own Twitter account. He hasn’t posted any Earth-shattering news of late, but rather bits and pieces which we can use to support other unverified rumors that have been floating around. What we do know at the moment is that Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins star in the 3D sequel due out June 12, 2015. For more on the film’s timeline and possible characters, hit the jump.
Riding sky-high off of his casting in the lead of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt is now in very early talks to join the latest installment of Universal’s prehistoric franchise, Jurassic World. Talks are only in the earliest of stages at the moment and no plot details are available. Pratt will have to make sure his Parks and Recreation commitments don’t interfere, and then his schedule should be clear for the Colin Trevorrow-directed picture. Josh Brolin was previously reported as being eyed for the lead, but talks ended without finalizing a deal. The studio is also looking at Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) for a supporting role. Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins also star in the 3D sequel due out June 12, 2015. (Via The Wrap)
We still don’t know the plot for Colin Trevorrow‘s upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, Jurassic World, but the casting seems to be coming together. As we previously reported, Ty Simpkins (Insidious) will play one of the leads in the movie, and he’ll possibly be joined by Jake Johnson, Josh Brolin, and Kings of Summer star Nick Robinson. Bryce Dallas Howard was also in the mix, and now she’s confirmed to USA Today, “They’re relaunching the Jurassic Park franchise, so I’ll be chasing dinosaurs. That’s going to happen next year.”
The movie might also be adding Jason Schwartzmann to the cast. According to Hypable [via Bleeding Cool], Schwartzmann is coming on board to face off against dinosaurs. I must admit the thought of that scenario gives me no shortage of joy. Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.
Here’s a bit more casting for you this evening:
- Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) is rumored to be starring in director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. The fourth picture in the Jurassic Park franchise stars Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), and Nick Robinson (Melissa & Joey).
- Jason Statham (Homefront) is about to enter negotiations to star in Paul Feig’s upcoming spy comedy, Susan Cooper, starring Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) in the title role.
- Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) has landed the role of Bobby Byrd in Tate Taylor’s James Brown pic, Get on Up.
Hit the jump for more on each project.