Baltasar Kormakur in Early Talks to Direct REYKJAVIK Starring Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz

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We haven’t heard much lately in the way of progress on the historical drama Reykjavik, but apparently Baltasar Kormakur is now in early talks to direct.  The 2 Guns director would replace Mike Newell, who was sitting at the helm when last we checked.  The film takes its name from the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, an historic meeting that marks the end of the Cold War.  Michael Douglas is set to play Reagan, with Christoph Waltz starring as Gorbachev; Frank Langella also stars as Paul Nitze, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Reagan’s senior adviser.

As THR reports, Kormakur is only in the earliest of talks and no deals are in place, but there’s now word of why Newell left the project.  Kormakur is currently in Iceland in post-production on Everest, the hiking expedition tale starring Jason ClarkeJosh BrolinJohn HawkesJake Gyllenhaal, Keira KnightleyMartin HendersonEmily WatsonMichael KellyThomas M. WrightSam Worthington, and Robin Wright.  That film is due out September 18, 2015.

Frank Langella Signs on for REYKJAVIK, Kevin Durand Joins QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, Cody Horn Boards James Wan’s Untitled Paranormal Thriller

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Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) has signed on for director Mike Newell’s political drama Reykjavik as Paul Nitze, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Ronald Reagan’s senior adviser.
  • Kevin Durand (Real Steel) reunites with Devil’s Knot director Atom Egoyan for Queen of the Night, starring Ryan Reynolds, Mireille Enos, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson and Alexia Fast.
  • Cody Horn (End of Watch) joins the untitled thriller written by James Wan (Insidious) and directed by Will Cannon (Brotherhood).  The paranormal pic already stars Frank Grillo (The Grey) and Maria Bello (A History of Violence).

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

Christoph Waltz to Play Mikhail Gorbachev in Mike Newell’s REYKJAVIK

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In August, we reported that Michael Douglas was set to play Ronald Reagan in Mike Newell‘s Reykjavik.  The movie takes place in 1986 during the time Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev went to the Icelandic capital to work out a peace deal, with the devastating backdrop of Chernobyl.  Today, Variety reports that Christoph Waltz has nabbed the role of Gorbachev.  Hopefully, screenwriter Kevin Hood has turned in a strong script because it could be great seeing Douglas and Waltz play off each other.  Filming is set to begin in March 2013.

Waltz will next be seen this Christmas in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained.  The Oscar-winning actor is also attached to star in Terry Gilliam‘s The Zero Theorem.

Michael Douglas to Play Ronald Reagan in REYKJAVIK; Mike Newell in Talks to Direct

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Already set to play Liberace in the Steven Soderbergh biopic Behind the Candelabra as well as star in the upcoming comedy Last Vegas, a busy Michael Douglas has added a third major role to his slate by signing on to play the former actor who became the 40th U.S. President, Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik.  Director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is likely to take on the film that was once a Ridley Scott-led project.

Reykjavik takes place in 1986 during the time Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev went to the Icelandic capital to work out a peace deal, with the devastating backdrop of Chernobyl.  (Gorbechev has not yet been cast).  For more on the film, hit the jump.

Ridley Scott to Produce and Direct Cold War Drama REYKJAVIK

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If you’re wondering how Ridley Scott keeps so busy, it’s because he’s attached to about 5,236 different project at any one time.  That’s how he’s come out with eight films in the last ten years.  While we won’t be getting a Scott film this year, he’s currently hard at work at the Alien-prequel-but-not-an-Alien-prequel, Prometheus.  He’s also continuing to attach himself to new movies, the latest being the Cold War drama Reykjavik.

ScreenDaily reports that the film, written by Kevin Hood (Becoming Jane), “is about the meeting between US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-1980s which helped bring about the end of the Cold War.”  Headline Pictures will develop along with Participant Media.  Hit the jump for a refresher on other movies Scott might make once he’s finished with Prometheus, which opens in 3D on June 8, 2012.

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