Vinnie Jones has signed on for the comedy Wedlocked as well as Joe Carnahan’s upcoming prequel Smokin’ Aces: Blowback.
Jones will play a Croatian mobster in Wedlocked who attempts to kidnap his crush, who is on her honeymoon with the American man she married to get US citizenship. Written and to be directed by Rob Hedden, the film also stars Dave Annable and Katharine McPhee.
Blowback sees Jones playing an assassin gunning for a mob snitch hiding in Las Vegas. The project also stars Tom Berenger, Clayne Crawford, Tommy Flanagan and Maury Sterling.
It is being directed by P.J. Pesce and will be released direct to DVD.
From Metro comes word that Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) will play the role of a villain in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.
The actor was reportedly overheard revealing this information to guests at the Global Cool London Fashion Week party in London. Moran was quite excited about the role, though he lacked enthusiasm with the film’s location – posh Watford.
Filming is currently underway on the film which will come in two parts, with the first hitting cinemas in late 2010 and the second in mid 2011.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is coming soon to the big screen as Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to animated feature film Dog Show.
Plot details are scarce at the moment, though it is known that the story centers on a stray dog and her misfit friends who shake up the famed and pure-bred world of a Westminster-like dog show.
The film was developed by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons and producer David Manpearl; Warner beat out various studios for the rights to the film. It will be produced by Eagle Eye writer John Glenn along with DeGeneres.
Variety reports that Imagi Entertainment has completed a $25 million financing plan to bring the CG animated feature film version of classic anime series Astro Boy back on track.
The film’s production was temporarily suspended last month due to financing issues, but that has now been sorted out. They are also continuing active development of the Gatchaman and Tusker projects.
Astro Boy is scheduled to hit cinemas on October 3.
Yogi Bear and his sidekick Boo Boo will soon be making their way to the big screen in the form of a 3D CG-animated feature that will be directed by Eric Brevig (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D).
The classic Hanna Barbera cartoon will be remade combining live action and CG in the likes of Alvin and the Chipmunks and will offer a new take on the half-century old characters as they get into a series of misadventures in Jellystone Park.
The screenplay is being penned by Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia (That ‘70s Show).
It might be a couple hundred years before they ooze the last bit of milk from the green cashcow that is Shrek, and with the third sequel in the works, no one’s holding their breath. Anyways, Alex Litel seems to have discovered a copyright pre-registration for Shrek Goes Fourth, which reveals some basic plot elements of the fourth film in the franchise.
“After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws’ kingdom, what’s an ogre to do? Well, if you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What’s happened to this ogre’s roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumplestiltskin.
Shrek suddenly finds himself in a in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.”
The film is due out May 21, 2010.
In more Iron Man 2 news, Spoiler TV has posted a new casting call for background roles in the upcoming sequel.
There are a couple of interesting roles up for grabs, including those of a French waiter with an ‘authentic Monaco accent’, various guards fluent in Russian, a Mongolian gangster and sexy and authoritative late 20s brunette.
Meanwhile, in major casting news, despite a quote from Mickey Rourke himself that he is out of the running for the sequel, EW reports that “an offer still stands, though nothing’s yet being negotiated.”
Talking to The Playlist, director Jon Favreau revealed that 20th Century Fox has exercised its option for Emily Blunt to star in Gulliver’s Travels, basically barring her from showing up in the upcoming Iron Man sequel.
She was set to star in Iron Man 2 as Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff, who doubles as Black Widow.
Development on the film is still going on, with the writers still “slaving away on a hot script.” Hopefully it will be “hot” enough and they will get another awesome actress to step into the shoes of Black Widow.
Having finished work on Watchmen, Zack Snyder is moving ahead with his “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns” project dubbed Sucker Punch. He aims to start filming this fall in Vancouver.
Snyder revealed that the story takes place in the late ‘60s and that it is “about a girl that’s been committed to an insane asylum and she fantasizes that she can escape and she has these crazy adventures in her mind where she goes into the past and into the future.”
The script is based off a short story Snyder and Steve Shibuya wrote.
Even with reports dismissing his involvement with the project, Brett Ratner still wants to be a part of Conan the Barbarian reboot, talking with MTV about the casting.
Who would he have play Conan? “It should be an unknown,” he said. “Conan is kind of iconic. It’s kind of like when you do Superman. It’s difficult to fill those shoes but they came up with a new Batman, they came up with a new James Bond, you know?”
Well, to be honest, both Christian Bale and Daniel Craig were well known actors before they got their respective roles.
Ratner will next be working on the fourth Beverly Hills Cop film that will be shot sometime later this year.