We have some new TV spots to share with you from the following films:
- Dead Man Down – Director Niels Arden Oplev’s crime thriller starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace as an unlikely pair out for revenge against a mob boss. Dead Man Down, also starring Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard, opens March 8th.
- Dark Skies – Writer/director Scott Charles Stewart’s sci-fi thriller starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton as struggling parents whose limits are tested when strange events start happening to their family. Also starring Dakota Goyo and J.K. Simmons, Dark Skies opens February 22nd.
Hit the jump to watch the TV spots.
Here are some casting updates at a glance:
Hit the jump for more on each project.
We’ve got a couple of horror-related casting stories to share today. First up, Bloody Disgusting reports that Maria Bello is in talks to star in House of Horror. Produced by James Wan (Insidious), the story centers on a lead detective and a police psychologist who question a suspect following the brutal murder of five college students. Should she sign on, Bello would take the psychologist role. Xavier Gens (The Divide) was previously attached to direct, but he’s no longer involved with the project. The report doesn’t specify the structure of the film, but I’m assuming it’s not just two people talking to a suspect for 90 minutes. Producers are currently looking for a new director to sign on. Bello recently starred in the NBC drama Prime Suspect, but the series was not picked up for a second season due to low ratings.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the sci-fi horror pic Dark Skies.
A couple weeks ago, we reported that Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Ed Speleers (Eragon), and Leebo Freeman were all in the running for the male lead in Scott Charles Stewart’s adaptation of the young adult book series The Mortal Instruments. Deadline is now reporting that Bower has won that race and will play Jace Wayland. Jace is a member of a group known as “Shadowhunters” who are warriors devoted to ridding the world of demons. The book’s protagonist Clary Fray (played by Lily Collins and I swear I’m not making up these character names) witnesses a murder and is eventually drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters. In the synopsis, Jace is described as “a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk.” Is the tagline for this movie going to be “This totally isn’t anything like Twilight, but if you liked Twilight, you should see this movie.”
Hit the jump for a synopsis of the first novel in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones.
Tonight I was able to see some footage from Scott Stewart’s Priest as Screen Gems premiered a few scenes to a number of WonderCon attendees. 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. Hit the jump for my reaction to the footage.
Someone please put Paul Bettany in better movies. The new trailer for Priest has gone online and I have little faith in this movie. While I like the idea of a futuristic vampire western, this film, which re-teams Bettany with his Legion director Scott Charles Stewart, appears to go overboard on crappy CGI and po-faced self-importance. Someone please explain to me why a film where a guy throws a bunch of crucifix shurikens is trying to be deadly serious.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which features some unintentional laughs but very little joy. Priest also stars Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, and Lily Collins. It opens in 3D on May 13th.
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 unintentionally hilarious trailer for Priest has gone online. I challenge you not to giggle at the deadly-serious tone, the crappy-CGI vampires, or lazy scares. While I’m a huge Paul Bettany fan, the dude needs a hit. The only positive in the trailer is it looks like Karl Urban is having way too much fun. I want this flick to be better than the wretched Legion, Bettany’s last collaboration with director Scott Charles Stewart, but this trailer doesn’t give me a lot of hope.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Priest also stars Maggie Q, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer, and Christopher Plummer. It opens in 3D in spring 2011.
The first image from vampire action-flick Priest has popped up online. The film stars Paul Bettany as a renegade warrior priest (the best kind of priest) who goes on the hunt for the vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Sounds like a pretty cool plot right? The only problem is that it’s directed by Scott Charles Stewart who previously directed Bettany in this year’s abysmal Legion. Let’s hope that this time around Stewart provides Bettany a film that’s worthy of the fantastic actor.
Then again, it’s yet another vampire film and did we really need more of those? Sure, you get a great film like Daybreakers, but will we get another outlier with Priest. Again, I hope so.
Hit the jump to check out the image. Priest opens on May 13, 2011.