Warner Bros. has announced early 2015 release dates for a pair of its upcoming films.
- Director Guy Ritchie’s 1960s spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been given the surprisingly unceremonious release date of January 16, 2015. The film stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.
- The con man film Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), will hit theaters on February 27, 2015. Crazy, Stupid, Love. scribes Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct.
Hit the jump for more on both films and what kind of competition they will face at the box office.
After first teaming up on Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer have now worked together a total of four times (five counting Man of Steel, which Nolan produced), and the two are set to reteam once again for Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi film Interstellar. Unsurprisingly, very little is known about Interstellar at this point. We know that the film has an absolutely stacked cast and follows a group of space explorers journeying through a wormhole, but the rest is under lock and key until the film hits theaters next November.
Steve recently visited Hans Zimmer in his studio for an extended interview, and while the composer was tight-lipped about story details for Interstellar, he did reveal that he wrote a theme back in January while Nolan was writing the script. He said the two are trying to tell the story in a way that nobody has ever done, which includes throwing out all the hallmarks of their previous collaborations. Additionally, Zimmer addressed the influence of his Dark Knight trilogy score on the current blockbuster climate and talked about whether he will score The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Hit the jump to read on.
Rounding up some casting:
- Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis will star in Hellion, an indie drama about a fractured family living in a small Texas town.
- Guy Ritchie cast Luca Calvani as the villain in his adaptation of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander.
- Albert Brooks joins James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti in the star-studded voice cast for The Little Prince.
Details after the break.
Bill Murray is poised to team up with Wag the Dog and Rain Man director Barry Levinson on the aptly named Rock the Kasbah. The Wrap reports that Murray will lead the pic, which centers on a music manager who goes on the USO tour to Afghanistan with his last remaining client. Once there, “he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport and discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show The Afghan Star, Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol.” QED is producing the film, which boasts a script by Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Magic City).
Hit the jump for a familiar cast addition to Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. along with an official synopsis for the film.
And today’s latest casting news features:
- Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas) takes a supporting role in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.
- Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Retribution) signs on for a regal role in Michael Almereyda’s contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, also starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Penn Badgley.
- Mike Doyle (Green Lantern), Erich Bergen (How Sweet It Is) and Johnny Cannizzaro (Dark Fantasy) join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys musical adaptation, also starring Christopher Walken.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
Casting continues on director Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., as another female role has been filled. The pic has been in development for years with a number of different directors coming and going, but Ritchie will finally be the one to see this thing through. After losing Tom Cruise in one of the lead roles, Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill was subsequently tapped to play U.N.C.L.E. agent Napoleon Solo alongside Armie Hammer as fellow agent Illya Kuryakin. Alicia Vikander signed on to the film a few months ago, and now The Great Gatsby actress Elizabeth Debicki is set to play another female role in the pic. Hit the jump for more, including plot details for Ritchie’s “serious” take on the popular TV series.
With director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger opening this Wednesday, Disney held a big press junket Santa Fe, New Mexico. While I’ve done a lot of interviews, it was incredibly cool to be talking to the cast and filmmakers with the beautiful New Mexico desert behind us. If you’ve missed the trailers, the story focuses on John Reid (Armie Hammer) surviving an attack, being saved by Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), and the two teaming up to fight injustice. As you can see in this featurette, the production went to enormous lengths to film the majority of The Lone Ranger practically, and they shot at some amazing locations all around the country. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Ruth Wilson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, and Helena Bonham Carter.
During my interview with Armie Hammer, he talked about a particular scene he was nervous to shoot,what he likes to collect, what it’s like to go from David Fincher to directors that shoot a lot fewer takes, and much more. In addition, he also talked about Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Hit the jump to watch.
With the recent news that Tom Cruise would be dropping out of Guy Ritchie’s feature treatment of the 60s show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in order to focus on Mission: Impossible 5, it looks like Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) might swoop in to save the day. Warner Bros. is apparently flying high on Cavill with positive buzz surrounding their upcoming Superman movie and has entered into talks with the star for the studio’s action comedy. Hit the jump for more.
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.
Here’s more of today’s casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
When last we talked about Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation, Tom Cruise was set to star as one half of the agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. It looks like Armie Hammer (The Social Network) will be playing the other half. The original 1960s series starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents who fought against the evil organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. using only their wits and specialized weapons and gadgets. It looks like Cruise will be playing Solo while Hammer takes on Kuryakin. Hit the jump for more.
Reports have Tom Cruise in early talks to star in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Warner Bros. feature adaptation of the 1960s series. The show starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement who used gadgets and wits to fight against the evil organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. Guy Ritchie (Snatch) will direct from a Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) script. Hit the jump for more.
Opening this weekend is director Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects. Written by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!), the film is about “a successful New York couple (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law)—intended to treat anxiety—has unexpected side effects.” The film also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.
At the recent Los Angeles press junket, I landed an exclusive interview with Burns. We talked about his feelings regarding Soderbergh’s retirement, how he originally wanted to direct Side Effects himself, changes to the script during development, his writing process, and much more. In addition, I got updates on rumors he might be writing the new Blade Runner, what happened to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and what it was about, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and more. Hit the jump to either read or watch the interview.
As we move closer towards the release of Side Effects, which could very well be the final theatrically released film from director Steven Soderbergh, many are looking back at the multitude of great features that the filmmaker has made over the past two decades. One of the more fascinating projects that Soderbergh was attached that didn’t come to fruition was a feature film adaptation of the 1960s spy TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. The filmmaker was developing the project only just a couple of years ago, before ultimately bowing out in late 2011 over creative differences with Warner Bros.
Steve recently sat down with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns in anticipation of Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller Side Effects, and during the course of their conversation Burns talked about working with Soderbergh on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. In addition to talking about possible casting for the film, Burns went into quite a bit of detail with regards to the proposed plot of their take. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Warner Bros. looks to have found their point man for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The studio has been searching for a suitable replacement since director Steven Soderbergh left the long-in-development project over budget and casting disagreements, and now Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie has signed on as producer with an eye to direct. Deadline reports that Ritchie and his Sherlock Holmes partner Lionel Wigram have signed on to produce the pic, with the intention of having Ritchie take the helm.
The film is based on the 1960s spy TV series and has a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion). There’s no word on whether Ritchie will want a new draft, but one assumes he’d like to tailor the project to his strengths. Production was set to begin this spring, but depending on how drastically Ritchie wants to change the project it may be a while before it goes in front of cameras. As for the lead role, Ritchie has gotten along famously with Robert Downey Jr. on the two Sherlock Holmes pics and the actor would certainly bring a great deal of fun to the role, so I’d be all for the two teaming up again on U.N.C.L.E. At this point though, there’s no new information regarding casting. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon.