If you count “Kid,” tonight’s casting report features a great group of first names.
- Holliday Grainger is in negotiations to star opposite Christoph Waltz in the period romance Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom).
- Kid Cudi has joined the cast of the Entourage movie, written and directed by series creator Doug Ellin.
- Genesis Rodriguez will join Topher Grace and Patricia Clarkson in the supernatural thriller Home, directed by Dennis Iliadis (The Last House on the Left).
More on each project after the jump.
A Need for Speed movie is nothing without slick driving moves, so it stands to reason that its star Aaron Paul would probably need to learn some. I never thought of actors needing this kind of stunt training since most driving shots are done at a distance, and interiors can be handled with green screen. But Need for Speed will at least have some stunt shots with Paul behind the wheel, and a new featurette showcases his training. Paul looks like he’s having a fun time with it, and I’m curious to see how much of his stunt driving will be used in the finished film.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film also stars Dakota Johnson, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, and Michael Keaton. Need for Speed opens March 14th.
DreamWorks has released a new full-length trailer and some high-resolution images for the upcoming Need for Speed movie. Directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor), the film chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. This new trailer plays up the revenge angle while also highlighting some genuinely thrilling race sequences, but I’m interested to see how much humor is layered throughout the film. One of the keys to the success of the Fast & Furious franchise is that it’s fun and has increasingly embraced its outlandishness. Waugh seems to be taking a more dramatic approach to racing in Need for Speed, but as we’ve seen on Breaking Bad, Paul certainly has comedic chops; hopefully some of that has the chance to shine through.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and images, and click here to read our recent interview with Paul, Waugh, and the film’s producers on the practical stunts. The film also stars Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, and Michael Keaton. Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14, 2014.
DreamWorks has released the first trailer for director Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) video game adaptation Need for Speed. The film chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. Judging by the trailer, Need for Speed is almost the opposite of what I expected. I assumed it would simply try to rival the Fast & Furious movies, and instead it looks far more dramatic. There’s no rule that an adaptation of a video game can’t be serious, and the car stuff looks good. Consider me interested.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, and Michael Keaton. Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14, 2014. [Update: DreamWorks has released two new images from the film, which are now included after the jump.]
We’ve cobbled together a collection of new images from the following films:
- Need for Speed – Scott Waugh’s film adaptation of the street racing video game franchise starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Dakota Johnson, Kid Cudi, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton opens March 14, 2014.
- Horrible Bosses 2 – The Sean Anders-directed sequel (which star Jason Bateman recently talked about in an interview with Steve) is about to kick into production with stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis.
- In the Heart of the Sea – Ron Howard’s film about the whaling ship Essex that inspired Herman Melville’s famous whale tale stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Benjamin Walker.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
In wildly unrelated casting news:
- Kid Cudi will join Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots in DreamWorks’ Need for Speed, directed by Scott Waugh.
- Jerry Lewis will make his return to the big screen in a starring role in writer/director Daniel Noah’s indie drama Max Rose, which is also Noah’s directorial debut.
- Billy Campbell will join the indie rom-com 10 Things I Hate About Life. The Gil Junger-directed picture already stars Evan Rachel Wood and Thomas McDonnell.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Casting additions today are as follows:
- Mike Epps (The Hangover) will portray comedian Richard Pryor in Nina, the Nina Simone biopic from writer/director Cynthia Mort that stars Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland).
- Hip hop artist, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi will join the indie rom-com, Two Night Stand, which marks the directorial debut of Max Nichols.
- Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance) will star opposite Joel Edgerton (Warrior) and Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) in Felony. Matthew Seville (Noise) directs from Edgerton’s script.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
The full tracklist for The Hunger Games companion soundtrack has been unveiled, and it’s pretty damn eclectic. Producer T. Bone Burnett has been hard at work on the score with with composer James Newton Howard as well as the soundtrack album made of up original songs inspired by the film’s themes. The Hunger Games: Sounds from District 12 and Beyond features songs by Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, The Civil Wars, The Decemberists, Glen Hansard, Neko Case, Miranda Lambert, Kid Cudi, and many more. It’s a nice mix of artists and should prove fairly successful if the Twilight soundtrack sales are any indication.
Hit the jump to check out the full tracklisting, and to listen to the original songs by The Decemberists and Taylor Swift. The soundtrack hits stores March 20th and The Hunger Games opens March 23rd. [Update: We've added Swift's music video for "Safe & Sound" after the jump.]