Though filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are widely considered some of the most popular directors of all time, James Cameron has the distinct honor of directing the two highest grossing films ever made in addition to helming films in two other incredibly successful (and ongoing) franchises. Fans had to wait over a decade for the follow-up to Cameron’s mega-hit Titanic, the performance-capture-heavy Avatar, and we’re currently in another waiting stage as we prepare for the long-promised Avatar sequels.
Cameron is deep in pre-production on Avatar 2, 3, and 4 right now with production set to get underway on all three films simultaneously later this year, but he recently took some time out of his schedule to participate in a fascinating and characteristically candid Reddit AMA in support of his upcoming Showtime docu-series Years of Living Dangerously. In the lengthy AMA, the director discussed the status of the Avatar sequels, his initial plan for Alien 5, his thoughts on Prometheus and the Terminator reboot, the status of Battle Angel, what he thought about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and even his South Park “appearance”. We’ve compiled some of the more interesting highlights after the jump.
Here’s the latest casting news of the day:
- Norman Reedus will join John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine, starring Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, and Gal Gadot.
- Byung-hun Lee is the latest to join Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis, along with Michael Gladis and Sandrine Holt.
- Jonny Weston takes on Olivier Megaton’s Taken 3, starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, and Forest Whitaker.
- Sean Mewshaw’s Tumbledown, a comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall, adds Dianna Agron, Griffin Dunne, Richard Masur, and Blythe Danner.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Here’s the day’s latest casting news:
- Peter Dinklage is in final negotiations to join Chris Columbus’ Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad.
- The Hunger Games’ Dayo Okeniyi has landed the role of Miles Dyson’s son in Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and Jason Clarke.
- Tom Wilkinson is being eyed to play President Lyndon B. Johnson in Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. movie, Selma.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
In filmmaker David Ayer’s Sabotage, elite DEA task force agent John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) heads a team that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. But after the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they mysteriously start to be murdered, one by one, making everyone a suspect, including the team members themselves. The film also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau and Martin Donovan.
At the film’s press day, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about always looking for projects that are unique and different, why he wanted to work with director David Ayer and follow his lead, how impressed he was with his fellow actors, and what he does to make sure that he’s not singled out with any special star treatment. He also talked about returning to the Terminator franchise and how the script for Terminator: Genesis has the feel of Terminator 2, reprising the role of Conan for The Legend of Conan, and the Twins sequel, Triplets. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The Star Wars casting game has been going on for a long, long time now, but the latest bit of casting rumors offered up an exciting possibility for one of the leads: John Boyega. The young British actor had his breakthrough role in the excellent 2011 sci-fi film Attack the Block, and he seems like an inspired choice to lead this new Star Wars universe.
However, director J.J. Abrams remains undecided on the young leads in Episode VII, and now it appears that another major franchise property has Boyega in mind as well: the reboot Terminator: Genesis. Moreover, the role that Boyega is being eyed for in Genesis is Terminator canon, as he would be playing the son of Skynet creator Miles Dyson. Hit the jump for more.
Arnold Schwarzenegger first played the Terminator when he was 37, and then returned to play the role again in 1991 at the age of 44. He once again played the Terminator in 2003 for Terminator: Rise of the Machines, and at that time he was 56. Rise of the Machines explained the older-looking Schwarzenegger by saying that he was an older model, the T-850 instead of the T-800. Now Schwarzenegger is 66, and he’s still happy to be playing a killer robot, and never has a catchphrase been used so literally. The series is undergoing a reboot of sorts with Terminator: Genesis, and yet he’ll still be around, so how is he going to be back this time?
Hit the jump for Schwarzenegger’s explanation even though it raises another question. The film also stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney. Terminator: Genesis opens July 1, 2015.
In Sabotage, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays elite DEA task force agent John “Breacher” Wharton, whose team takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. But after the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they mysteriously start to be murdered, one by one, making everyone a suspect, including the team members themselves.
During the film’s press day, Collider was given the opportunity to sit down with the film’s star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is truly reinvented by filmmaker David Ayer for this role, and while we will run what he had to say about Sabotage closer to the film’s March 28th release, we did want to share what he had to say about his upcoming roles, returning to the Terminator franchise, reprising his role as Conan for The Legend of Conan, and the Twins sequel, Triplets. In regard to Terminator, he said that the script for this Terminator film has the feel of Terminator 2, that they’ll start shooting in April in New Orleans, that he doesn’t yet know if it will be PG-13 or R, but that there will be hardcore action and some great visual effects, and that the title of the film is not yet official. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Here’s the latest casting information for the following films:
- J.K. Simmons is in talks to join Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis, starring Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film opens July 1, 2015.
- Aubrey Plaza is set to lead Hal Hartley’s dark comedy, Ned Rifle.
- Adeel Akhtar will play Smee to Garrett Hedlund’s Hook in Joe Wright’s Pan.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
With next summer’s Terminator: Genesis, the Terminator franchise is getting a reboot except for the one piece it can’t seem to let go: Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was even awkwardly shoehorned into Terminator: Salvation, and now he’ll be along for the new installment even though all of the other major characters—Sarah Connor, John Connor, and Kyle Reese—are being playing by new actors. Speaking to TheArnoldFans, Schwarzenegger said, “We start filming in the middle or in the end of April and it will be a four or four-and-a-half month long shoot. We will be filming it in New Orleans with some of it in San Francisco and maybe a little of it in LA but most of it will be done in New Orleans.”
Hit the jump for the full quote from Schwarzenegger as well as some possible details about the script. The film also stars Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, and Jai Courtney. Terminator: Genesis opens July 1, 2015.
The new Terminator film has found its Kyle Reese. After testing a number of actors for the key role in director Alan Taylor’s (Thor: The Dark World) reboot Terminator: Genesis, we learned recently that Taylor and Paramount had narrowed their focus to two actors: Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher) and Boyd Holbrook (The Host). Now Variety reports that the former has come away with the role, as Courtney has been tapped to play Kyle Reese opposite Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) as John Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic Terminator. Hit the jump for more.
About a month ago, we reported that Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook were among a shortlist of actors testing for the part of Kyle Reese in Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis. It sounds as if you can narrow that list down further to just those two individuals. Courtney’s latest efforts include the actioners Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, and I, Frankenstein, with a role in Divergent coming out March 21st. Holbrook has had less high-profile pictures of late, including The Host, Out of the Furnace, and television’s Behind the Candelabra. He’s got a hot list of films coming up, however, such as David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun and Terrence Malick’s untitled project.
Whoever wins out to play the role made famous by Michael Biehn in the original film will join Arnold Schwarzenegger in the robotic title role, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, and Jason Clarke, who was in talks to star as John Connor at last report. Terminator: Genesis is due out July 1, 2015. (Via Deadline)
Three of 2015’s blockbusters will be setting up shop in Louisiana this summer. Production weekly has announced that The Fantastic Four is set to begin filming in Baton Rouge on March 31st, which is a bit surprising since casting has yet to be announced. If this March 31st date holds, then we should be hearing some casting news for the upcoming reboot very soon. Next, Alan Taylor’s, Terminator: Genesis, will be shooting in New Orleans beginning on April 21st, and stars Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke. Finally, Jurassic World starts filming on June 2nd, and will star Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins. Both Terminator: Genesis and Jurassic World are still in the casting process as well.
These three films are scheduled to come out within a month of each other. Jurassic World leads off when it opens in 3D on June 12th; The Fantastic Four follows in 3D on June 19th; and Terminator: Genesis will be released on July 1st. I assume it will also be in 3D, but we haven’t heard an official announcement.
With Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) set to play Sarah Connor and John Clarke onboard as John Connor, producers are now looking to fill the role of Kyle Reese in the Terminator reboot Terminator: Genesis. Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is set to helm what is envisioned as the first in a trilogy of Terminator films, and the pic is going big with regards to Terminator canon. The studio first approached Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) about filling the Kyle Reese role, but both actors apparently refused to read. Now Paramount is focusing on casting a lesser known actor in the part, and word has come as to which actors will be testing for Kyle Reese next week. Hit the jump to find out.
What began as a way to keep my mind off of my upcoming fantasy football playoff matchup has blossomed into a full-on love affair. Over the past week I’ve watched a considerable amount of Parks and Recreation via Netflix and I couldn’t be happier with my time killer of choice. I’ve made it through the first three seasons, all of which have delivered consistent laughs and excellent character moments (Ron’s inability to resist his ex-wife and Leslie’s attempt to stay awake during Pawnee Cares’ diabetes telethon come to mind). I’ll admit that my television viewing is often marred by my own skepticism. When Parks debuted, I watched the first few episodes and wrote it off as cutting and pasting The Office‘s format into a small town, local government setting. These last few days I’ve realized that’s almost exactly what Parks is and yet I couldn’t care less because it’s smart, funny, and endearing at nearly every turn.
My new found love of Parks and Recreation now officially on the record, this week’s Top 5 includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug interviews and review, the first trailer for director Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, a recap of Steve’s visit to the set of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, several bits of news out of the Terminator reboot camp, and the first trailer for The Wachowski Siblings‘ latest Jupiter Ascending. What comes next is a brief recap and link to each of the above.
It looks like Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) has won out for the role of Sarah Connor in Skydance/Annapurna Pictures/Paramount’s Terminator reboot. The decision was down to Clarke and Brie Larson (Short Term 12) as to who would play the character made famous by Linda Hamilton’s badass performance in the original films. Clarke would play the mother to John Connor, a hero of the human revolution against the machines; Jason Clarke is currently in talks for the role. (Hey, at least they already have a last name in common.) Due to the near-twenty-year age difference between the two Clarkes, there’s likely a time-travel element to the reboot, which is due out July 1, 2015. Hit the jump for more.