Jonathan Rhys Meyers Plays MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, Xavier Samuel Joins PLUSH [Updated with New Plot Details for PLUSH]

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A bit of casting news to share with you today.  Here are the important bits:

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Columbia Pictures Dumps THE BOYS While Screen Gems Ditches THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

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Back in March of last year, director Adam McKay (The Other Guys) spoke about the difficulty of making a Hard R-rated anti-superhero movie. Turns out that McKay is prophetic. Columbia Pictures has put the adaptation of the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic The Boys into turnaround. The Boys, an informal moniker for a CIA squad tasked with keeping tabs on (and occasionally putting down) superheroes, was apparently not to the studio’s liking. The reports don’t cite any specific reason for the drop, but McKay himself did mention the pic would be a hard sell and compared it to a “current day Watchmen.” Probably not what you want to tell a movie studio. In other news, Columbia Pictures’ sister slate Screen Gems has also backed out of the adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s YA fantasy series, Mortal Instruments. Hit the jump for more.

Rhys Ifans and Jamie Campbell Bower Talk ANONYMOUS, SPIDER-MAN, TWILIGHT, MORTAL INSTRUMENTS and 3D

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With Roland Emmerich’s period drama Anonymous opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with two of the stars, Rhys Ifans and Jamie Campbell Bower.  While Emmerich is known for his big-budget disaster movies like 2012 and Independence Day, Anonymous is quite a departure, as the story centers on a conspiracy to cover up the true author of William Shakespeare’s plays.  There are no monsters or aliens.  Instead, Emmerich has made a really entertaining political thriller wrapped in a conspiracy theory that also stars David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Rafe Spall, Xavier Samuel and Vanessa Redgrave.  Here are some clips and the trailer.

During a very fun and relaxed interview, Ifans and Campbell Bower talked about video games, karaoke, whether or not Shakespeare really wrote his plays, 3D, and Ifans talks about what fans can look forward to in The Amazing Spider-Man and Campbell Bower talks about Twilight and Mortal Instruments. Hit the jump to watch.

Jamie Campbell Bower, Ed Speleers and Leebo Freeman Up for Role of Jace in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

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Now that the cast of The Hunger Games is just about set, it’s time to move on to the next teen fantasy/adventure book series film adaptation: The Mortal Instruments. Lily Collins (Priest) is locked as the lead in the Scott Stewart-directed flick. The Wrap reports that Jamie Campbell Bower, Ed Speleers and Leebo Freeman all tested opposite Collins on the Sony lot last week.

Bower is somewhat of a veteran of teen books-turned-films, having appeared in both Twilight (as Caius) and Harry Potter (as Gellert Grindelwald). Speleers is best known for 2006’s Eragon and Freeman is a newcomer. The book series centers on 15-year-old Clary Fray who witnesses a murder only to discover that she has encountered the “Shadowhunters”, a secret tribe of warriors who are on a mission to destroy demons. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the first novel in The Mortal Instruments series.

Director Scott Stewart Talks PRIEST and MORTAL INSTRUMENTS at WonderCon

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Arriving on May 13 is director Scott Stewart’s Priest.  Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the film stars Paul Bettany as a renegade warrior priest who goes on the hunt for his niece who’s been kidnapped by vampires. The 3D film also stars Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins. At WonderCon, Screen Gems premiered a few scenes and I thought it looked like a pretty cool vampire movie.  In addition, while the film has been post converted, the 3D looked really well done and it just shows when you spend the time, post conversion works.  It took them 6 months to do it.

The day after the panel, I sat down with Stewart for an extended interview.  We discussed the footage he brought to WonderCon, did his previous experience in visual effects help him on Priest, the release date shift and how that helped the film, and he discussed his next project: Mortal Instruments (which is set to star Lily Collins).  While Priest was post converted, Stewart tells me he’s shooting Instruments in 3D and “we’re in the midst of doing a bunch of designs for the vehicles, the weapons, the creatures and the world.”  Hit the jump to watch.

Exclusive: Lily Collins Talks PRIEST, ABDUCTION, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS and THE BROTHERS GRIMM: SNOW WHITE at WonderCon

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Lily Collins has won the actors lottery.  I say this because after starring as Sandra Bullock’s daughter in The Blind Side, Collins jumped into filming director Scott Stewarts Priest alongside Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Karl Urban, and Maggie Q.  A short time after that, she starred alongside Taylor Lautner in director John Singleton’s Abduction, which gets released this September.  While that would be great for almost any actor, in the past two weeks she’s been named the frontrunner to play Stormy Llewellyn in director Stephen Sommers Odd Thomas, and she landed her biggest role to date: Snow White in director Tarsem Singh’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.  Needless to say, Collins is about to lose her anonymity.

At this past weekend’s WonderCon, I got to sit down with Collins for an extended video interview.  We talked about attending her first convention, how she got into acting, her character in Priest, filming Abduction and what it was like to work with Lautner and all his Twilight fans, what’s up with Mortal Instruments (talks about how she is tweeting as her character and the movie is filming in 3D), and we end the interview talking about getting cast as Snow White and what can people expect.  She reveals they start filming in June and she will be training for “quite a bit of fighting.”   Hit the jump to read or watch the interview.

Alex Pettyfer Starring in THE LAST APPRENTICE Instead of MORTAL INSTRUMENTS?

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Last week, we reported that I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer was mulling over starring in the feature film adaptation of another teen fantasy/adventure series, The Mortal Instruments. Well, now it looks like he may have ditched that series in favor of yet another teen fantasy/adventure series. Apparently he’s now been offered the starring role in Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series (known as The Wardstone Chronicles in the UK), which centers on a young boy in the 1700’s training to be an exorcist.

Vulture reports that Jeff Bridges and Winter’s Bone star Jennifer Lawrence are also circling roles in the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures production. Bridges would play Pettyfer’s mentor, while Lawrence would take on the role of a suspected witch. Russian director Sergey Bodrov (Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan) will helm the film. Apparently Pettyfer was a fan of the Mortal Instruments series, but likes The Last Apprentice even more. However, at this point Pettyfer is not officially attached to either project. It seems that he’s (wisely) taking his time in choosing which series he wants to tackle next. Hit the jump to read the synopsis of the first novel in the The Last Apprentice series, Revenge of the Witch.

Alex Pettyfer Addresses the MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Rumors

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A few days ago, Vulture reported that an offer went out to 20-year-old British actor Alex Pettyfer, star of the upcoming I Am Number Four and Beastly, for the role of Jace Wayland, the male lead in the film adaptation of the Mortal Instruments book series. Screen Gems President Clint Culpepper apparently even said that he feels so strongly about the actor that he only wants to greenlight the film, if he signs on.

At this weekend’s press day for I Am Number Four, we got the opportunity to ask the actor (who was paired with director D.J. Caruso for the interview) if he is, indeed, interested in signing on for the fantasy film, based on the best-selling novel City of Bones (the first book in the series) by author Cassandra Clare. For what he had to say, hit the jump:

Lily Collins to Star in MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

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The publicist of Lily Collins (The Blind Side) has informed us that the actress is set to play Clary Fray in Scott Charles Stewart’s adaptation of Mortal Instruments.  The film is based on City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.  Despite the title, City of Bones is not about a city where everyone exclaims that they’re doctors, not some other profession.  The young adult novel centers on 15-year-old Clary Fray who witnesses a murder only to discover that she has encountered the “Shadowhunters”, a secret tribe of warriors who are on a mission to destroy demons.

Collins will next be seen in Stewart’s apocalyptic-vampire-action-horror film Priest and is also set to costar with Taylor Lautner in Abduction.  Hit the jump for the synopsis of City of Bones.

THE HANGOVER PART II, THE IDES OF MARCH, CONTRABAND, THE DOOR, CITY OF BONES, and SO UNDERCOVER Fill Out Casts

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With production in Hollywood getting ready to shut down for the holidays, agents all over town are scrambling to finalize last-minute deals for their clients. Hence, tons of casting news was released today.

Max Minghella, who played Divya (the Winklevoss twins’ third partner) in The Social Network, is set to star as Ben Harper in George Clooney’s The Ides of March. Clooney wrote, will direct, and stars in the political drama alongside Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Hit the jump for many more casting announcements for The Door, The Hangover Part II, City of Bones, Contraband, and So Undercover.

Screen Gems Positioning CITY OF BONES as the First Film in a MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Franchise

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Screen Gems has partnered with Constantin Film and Unique Features to adapt Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones into the first film in a potential franchise based on her Mortal Instruments book series.  In Bones, “seemingly ordinary teenager Clary Fray discovers she is the descendent of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world.”  Greenhorn Jessica Postigo scripted the adaptation, which sets a variety of mystical creatures (fairies, warlocks, werewolves, etc.) loose on New York City.  Hit the jump for the official announcement.

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