Iron Man 2 may have shut him out, but Terrence Howard is in talks for the high profile role of Marvin Gaye in Cameron Crowe’s planned biopic of the renowned soul singer. Howard commented, “Nothing’s been signed on paper yet. Everybody who loves music will hate me if I get this one wrong.” Indeed we will, Mr. Howard, but there is reason to have faith: Howard was rather improbably nominated for an Oscar for his role in the hip hop tale, the music-heavy Hustle & Flow. Crowe (Almost Famous) has “secretly” been working on the film for three and a half years, somewhat prolonged by the fact that Will Smith reportedly rejected the role. The R&B legend is an obvious choice for a biopic, as Gaye is an icon whose life story has yet to be told on the big screen. [via Deadline]
Hit the jump for details on Jessica Biel’s relationship with The Tall Man and triple-threat Julie Delpy’s out-of-this-world fascination with The Skylab.
French writer/director Pascal Laugier will make his English-language debut with the thriller The Tall Man, and he has landed a rather notable American starlet for the lead. Jessica Biel (The A-Team) will play a woman who hunts down the enigmatic “Tall Man” who has kidnapped her child. Laugier commented, “I like to think of The Tall Man as a sort of Panic Room . . . outside! It is a ‘woman in jeopardy’ movie with a lot of twists and a strong female character that you feel very connected to.” The $15 million production is set to begin this September in Vancouver. [via Screen Daily]
Veteran actress Julie Delpy (Before Sunset) has been travelling down the path of the writer/director/star over the last decade, the next effort of which will be The Skylab. The film takes place in 1979, when opportunists sold hard hats to the paranoid public who feared the U.S. space station would plummet to the earth. Delpy will focus the narrative around on a French family who wait and watch for the Skylab to plummet. Production starts early June in Normandy. [via Screen Daily]