Jeremy Renner Says “There Are Rumblings” of Hawkeye Joining CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Talks Upcoming Schedule

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It’s no secret that when an actor signs on to star in a Marvel Studios film, his or her contract also contains options to appear in X number of films for the studio.  The number varies from actor to actor (Samuel L. Jackson signed for nine movies, Chris Evans signed for six), but it helps ensure that the folks at Marvel can call on one of their many comic book characters to appear in any combination of films.  Since The Avengers, the team of superheroes has become more close knit, and so it makes sense that they would begin to populate each other’s movies going forward.  In the case of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel opted to have a S.H.I.E.L.D.-heavy sequel with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jackson’s Nick Fury playing major roles in the second Cap film.

Production just began on Marvel’s Ant-Man, but the next Marvel film set for release after the Paul Rudd-fronted feature is Captain America 3.  Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are likely fine-tuning the script for the third Cap film as we speak, and when we recently spoke with Jeremy Renner in anticipation of his upcoming film Kill the Messenger, he revealed that there are “rumblings” that Renner’s Hawkeye might have a supporting role in Cap 3.  More after the jump.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Welcomes Back Ving Rhames

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol felt like a mini-reboot for the franchise as it came off more like a team movie rather than Ethan Hunt and Friends.  Oddly, it was a team movie missing Hunt’s long-running teammate, Luther Stickell, who was played by Ving Rhames, although he did have a cameo at the end.

Thankfully, it looks like Luther is back in the IMF as Mission: Impossible 5 director Christopher McQuarrie has tweeted “Welcome Back, Mr. Rhames” and then CC’ing the Twitter handles for co-stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner.  While I’m a little bummed that Paula Patton isn’t returning, I’m glad Rhames is back in the mix.  As we previously reported, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson may also join the picture.  Mission: Impossible 5 opens December 25, 2015.

Alec Baldwin in Talks for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 and Sony’s Football Concussion Film Starring Will Smith, Plus He’s Developing a Rob Ford-Inspired TV Show

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If you wanted a trifecta of Alec Baldwin news, well then, my friend, you came to the right place!

  • Baldwin is in talks for Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 5, in which he would play the head of the CIA.  Jessica Chastain has declined the female lead in the film, but Paramount and Skydance have their eyes set on another.
  • He’s also in talks for the untitled Sony Pictures football concussion picture produced by Ridley Scott, directed by Peter Landesman, and starring Will Smith.
  • In the bonus round, Baldwin is reportedly developing a TV show with NBC Productions in which he would play the Mayor of New York City, a politician modeled after Canada’s own Rob Ford.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Jessica Chastain Offered Lead Role in Second Season of HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE [Update: Reps Deny Involvement]

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Ever since Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) made their mark in the first season of HBO’s taut drama True Detective, fans have been wondering just who would star in the anthology’s follow-up season.  If tonight’s news pans out, one of those leads could very well be Jessica Chastain.  The successful show, which is boldly vying for a Best Drama Series instead of Miniseries at this year’s Emmy Awards, was rumored to see a change in genders of the lead roles in its second season, so the Zero Dark Thirty actress would certainly be an inspired choice.  Hit the jump for more. [This story has been updated after the jump]

Will Staples to Write MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Script

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Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 5 have already secured director Christopher McQuarrie and a Christmas Day 2015 release date, but now the studio and star/producer Tom Cruise have tapped Will Staples to pen the script.  Who’s Will Staples, you ask?  Well the bulk of his resume takes place in the world of video games such as Need for Speed: Rivals and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.  He is, however, attached to several films in development, including Warner Bros.’ Ben Affleck-starrer and directing vehicle Blood & Treasure, Fox’s Myth, and the Jeremy Renner vehicle King of Heists

Cruise will return as operative Ethan Hunt, alongside Simon Pegg and the rumored Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton.  Drew Pearce was the previous screenwriter attached to Paramount’s upcoming franchise action picture, but that was before McQuarrie came on board last summer, so it will be interesting to see how the new writing/directing pair get along.  (Via THR)

Simon Pegg Confirms Return for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5; James Brown Biopic GET ON UP Casts Nick Eversman as Mick Jagger

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In today’s continuing casting news:

  • Simon Pegg, who starred as tech specialist Benji Dunn in Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, recently confirmed his return to the franchise in Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible 5, due out Christmas Day, 2015.
  • Nick Eversman (The Runaways) has been cast as a young Mick Jagger in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman (42).

Hit the jump for more on both pictures. 

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Opens December 25, 2015

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Director Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) and star Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) have set a dubious task for themselves: to reclaim the box office from Star Wars: Episode VII when their upcoming film Mission: Impossible 5 opens a week later.  Paramount has set a release date of Christmas Day, 2015 for the spy thriller.  Cruise will return to the fifth installment of the series to play Ethan Hunt; Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg are rumored to return but no official announcements have been made.  Scripted by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), Mission: Impossible 5 reunites the director/star team-up of McQuarrie and Cruise from the surprise worldwide hit, Jack Reacher.  Hit the jump for more.

Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Sci-Fi Anime Adaptation STAR BLAZERS; Filming on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Begins February 2014

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While doing the press rounds for Jack Reacher, director Christopher McQuarrie was not shy in admitting that he had spent the past decade in director’s jail following the disappointment of his 2000 feature directorial debut The Way of the Gun.  Luckily, it looks like that slump is very much over.  McQuarrie is currently prepping Mission: Impossible 5 as his next film, and he’s now added another project to his to-do list.  Deadline reports that McQuarrie will direct and produce an adaptation of the 1970s anime Star Blazers for Skydance Productions.  The sci-fi story revolves around an old spaceship in the year 2199 that must go to another planet and pick up a device that can save the Earth, which has been under siege from hostile aliens using radioactive warfare.

Hit the jump for more, including the news of when M:I 5 will start production.

Christopher McQuarrie Officially Set to Direct MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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The fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise may now officially have a director.  Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher writer/director Christopher McQuarrie has been mentioned as being in talks to take the gig for quite some time, and with Cruise recently dropping out of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in order to focus his efforts on Mission: Impossible 5, we assumed that production was poised to begin sooner rather than later.  Earlier today, McQuarrie took to Twitter with the simple message, “Mission: Accepted,” seemingly indicating that he has agreed to sign on as the director of M:I 5.

Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) was tapped to pen the script for Mission: Impossible 5 a few months ago, and Cruise is officially onboard to produce and star in the follow-up to Brad Bird’s nearly $700 million-grossing fourth installment.  Simon Pegg recently told us that his 2014 schedule would include the filming of another Mission: Impossible, so it appears that Benji will (thankfully) return as well. [Update: Paramount has confirmed McQuarrie's involvement.  Read the full press release after the jump.]

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg Talk THE WORLD’S END, What They Collect, the TINTIN Sequel, STAR TREK 3, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5, MAN OF STEEL, and More

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While I did a lot of fun interviews at Comic-Con, what you’re about to watch might be my favorite.  That’s because during my ten minute video interview with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, not only did we discuss their great new movie The World’s End (read Matt’s review here), we geeked out over what they collect, future projects, how we first met nine years ago at Comic-Con (Pegg tells a great story about waiting in line for Carrie Fisher‘s autograph), and a lot more.  Also, since Frost and Pegg have been best friends for so many years and are extremely funny, they have the ability to make every interview feel organic and in the moment, and their answers are always great.

Also, Pegg and Frost revealed they just spoke to Peter Jackson and they might be doing the Tintin sequel next year.  Pegg also says he’s going to be back in Mission Impossible 5 (filming next year), he hopes they’ll be able to make the next Star Trek sequel in time for the 50th Anniversary, and talks about his problems with Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel.  Hit the jump to watch.

Tom Cruise Drops Out of MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. to Focus on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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In a rather unexpected development, director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the popular TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has lost its leading man.  Tom Cruise was originally set to star in the Warner Bros. spy pic, which is being planned as a potential franchise-starter, but with a fall production start-date looming Cruise has now vacated the starring role in order to focus his efforts on getting Mission: Impossible 5 off the ground. The film had recently started filling out its cast with Armie Hammer signing on to co-star and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) entering talks to play the film’s female lead, but Ritchie must now start searching to fill his leading role .  Hit the jump for more on the future of both U.N.C.L.E. and Mission: Impossible 5.

Bryan Burk Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, TREK 3, STAR WARS, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5, PERSON OF INTEREST, ALMOST HUMAN, BELIEVE, Bad Robot, More

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While everyone associates Bad Robot with J.J. Abrams, he actually has a producing partner that rarely does press and usually stays out of the limelight: Bryan Burk.  If you look over his IMDb profile, you’ll see he’s tremendously involved in all Bad Robot productions and was a key component in both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

With the movie getting ready to premiere around the world, I recently landed an exclusive interview with the busy producer.  During our wide-ranging interview, we talked about making the sequel, the editing process, the secrecy, the title, if we’ll get Star Trek 3 in less than four years, whether a new Star Trek TV show could happen in the near future, and more.  We also talked about other Bad Robot productions like Star Wars, Mission: Impossible 5, Infinitely Polar BearPerson of Interest, Revolution, Alfonso Cuaron‘s pilot Believe, Karl Urban‘s pilot Almost Human, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

IRON MAN 3 Screenwriter Drew Pearce to Pen MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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Drew Pearce’s latest screenwriting effort, Iron Man 3, was a little box office darling you may have heard of.  Though Pearce co-wrote the Marvel movie with director Shane Black, it looks like Pearce alone will get the first crack at Paramount’s new Mission: Impossible film.  It was recently reported that franchise star Tom Cruise is officially attached to produce and star in Mission: Impossible 5.  Production on the film is is expected to start in the fall after Cruise wraps filming on Warner Bros.’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E.  Plot details are being kept quiet, per THR, and the search for a director is currently underway.  Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) is reportedly in talks, but recently signed on to write and direct a remake of Ice Station Zebra.

Tom Cruise Officially Signs on to Produce and Star in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5

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It’s going to be incredibly tough to top director Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but it appears that Tom Cruise is officially up for the challenge.  Cruise has now signed a deal to star in and produce Mission: Impossible 5 for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.  There’s no official word on who will be writing and/or directing the next installment of the franchise, but Cruise’s Jack Reacher writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is supposedly in line to take the gig.  Hit the jump for more, including a refresher on Cruise’s upcoming schedule.

J.J. Abrams Will Still Be Involved with STAR TREK 3 and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Despite Commitment to STAR WARS

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A question that has stunted many philosophers and scholars throughout the ages—who will direct Star Wars 7?—was finally answered earlier this week with the news that J.J. Abrams will be taking the helm of the new Star Wars film.  The revelation was met with an even amount of joy, outrage, and confusion by the fan community, as one man will now be crossing the streams of Star Wars and Star Trek.

With anticipation for Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness at a fever pitch (and the film poised to do big, big box office), Paramount is likely eager to get a third Star Trek film into production sooner rather than later.  The studio’s vice chairman has now spoken up to ease fans’ concern over Abrams’ other franchises, clarifying the filmmaker’s role in Star Trek 3 and Mission: Impossible 5 going forward.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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