If you have been reading the trades then you know that Australian actor Joel Edgerton has for a long been connected to the untitled Osama Bin Laden film with Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal attached. Edgerton, who is best known for starring in the Warrior has made it official – he has signed on to star.
According to the trades, Edgerton has been the number one choice since as early as May; but he had some scheduling conflicts and dealings with an unfinished script. Since Edgerton bowed out of Warner Bros. sequel to 300 and the script is now done, he’s joined the Bin Laden film, which also includes Jason Clarke.
Bigelow will direct the film from Boal’s script. The story focuses on the Navy Seal team that tracked and eventually killed Osama Bin Laden. Boal and Bigelow are well-known for their Hurt Locker collaboration – winning the Oscar for best movie.
The film is scheduled to go into production in February with a release date set for December 19, 2012.
Several roles are still open for casting. One role involves a female reporter entrenched with the Navy Seal team. Variety reports that Rooney Mara had been a possible choice, but her The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo promotion schedule ended that bright idea.
The Aussie has made a name for himself with such films as Animal Kingdom and Warrior. His next big film is The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
Liam Neeson has agreed to play the tattooist in Thailand for the movie The Hangover 2. Neeson told Variety that he was invited to take the cameo role via his A-Team co-star Bradley Cooper, who stars in The Hangover Part 2 along with Zack Galifianakis.
“I just got a call to do a one day shoot on ‘Hangover 2′ as a tattooist in Thailand, and that’s all I know about it,” Neeson told Daily Variety. “I just laughed my leg off when I saw ‘The Hangover, I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV.”
Neeson jumped on a plane to the set Thursday from his home in New York.
Slashfilm via Deadline reports that Emma Thompson, an Academy Award-winning actress, is attached to star in Men in Black III, the 3D sequel to Barry Sonenfeld’s two movies. She is set to work with Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Jemaine Clement and Josh Brolin.
The details about the casting of Thompson didn’t mention what type of role she will play. But it will add a new dimension to the film, which a third sequel needs to keep the movie fresh.
Emma Stone’s career is taking a huge jump based on the box office results from her recent movie Easy A. Variety is reporting that she is circling the female lead in a reboot of 21 Jump Street opposite Jonah Hill. The story comes from Hill and Michael Bacall with Bacall penning the script himself. Phil Lord is set to direct, which will begin production in early 2011.
Variety also reports that Stone has also been added to the “Female Lead Spider-Man” list, which now includes Lily Collins, Teresa Palmer and Mia Wasikowska. The Sony is in a creative phase trying to decide if the movie should have one or two female leads.
Variety also reported that Sony tends to work within their studio when they cast actors. Stone definitely has been working at Sony with Easy A being the last film.
Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner will star with one hot actress in Mission Impossible 4. According to Deadline via ISEB.net, Paula Patton is the choice for the fourth installment against actresses Lauren German and Kristen Kreuk.
The actress is set to play a young operative in this spy action movie. I am sure some of you are familiar with her talent. She starred in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Rain, Déjà vu, Mirrors and Swing Vote.
Brad Bird is directing the film, which is his first live-action film. I am looking forward to seeing the results of his work with real actors in front of the camera.
Reshoots of the Little Fockers is bringing Dustin Hoffman back to play Bernie, who was originally written out of the third installment of the hilarious movies starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.
Empire Magazine Online, who heard it from Deadline, reports that the second sequel to Meet the Parents was back in the studio for significant re-shoots. The shoots include Hoffman. Six new scenes will be filmed next month, and four will feature Bernie Focker. Important scenes will see Hoffman play opposite Barbra Streisand, once again, and he’ll also be part of a big scene at the end of the film that involves everyone.
Apart from Hoffman and Streisand, Little Fockers stars regulars Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson. Some new blood is in the mix with Jessica Alba, Laura Dern and Harvey Keitel.
The movie opens during the holidays, December 22, 2010.
Richard Lewis has been cast in Red Hour Films’ VAMPS starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and Alicia Silverstone. Lewis will play “Danny,” a former student activist who now works as a lawyer with the A.C.L.U.
The film will be directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless) with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld producing. Principal shooting starts in August in Detroit.
Simon Pegg will return to the next Impossible Mission movie. Pegg is talking the talk with Paramount to reprise his role as the lab geek Benji Dunn. I am excited that Brad Bird will direct.
THR is saying that the movie is not officially greenlit, but the movie is tracking for an early September start, and Bird has been reading actors this week.
Tom Cruise is returning as agent Ethan Hunt in a plot whose details are being kept under a lid of secrecy. J.J. Abrams, who is producing with Cruise and Paula Wagner, worked on the story with scribes Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, who have written the screenplay.
If you are a Abrams fan, you know that Pegg worked with Abrams not only in the third installment of MI but he directed the actor in the recharged Star Trek, in which Pegg portrayed Starship engineer Scotty.
Amanda Seyfried is set to star in sci-fi movie I’m.mortal (That’s not a typo.), from writer-director Andrew Niccol. Niccol past projects include Gattaca and The Truman Show.
Film revolves around a society in which aging stops at the age of 25–meaning that every role in mortal will be played by actors in their mid-20s. I guess, I won’t be cast in the movie.
In “mortal,” time has become the currency. The rich are immortal, while the rest struggle to stay alive. Ah, there might be a role for me.
When a rebel from the ghetto is falsely accused of murdering a wealthy man for his time, he is forced to go on the run with beautiful hostage (Seyfried). Together, this duo rages against the system, living minute to minute. They discover that love is more powerful than all the time in the world.
So, who do you see running with Seyfried? Bradley Cooper? Ryan Reynolds? Taylor Lautner? Daniel Radcliffe? Lead male hasn’t yet been cast.
Denzel Washington is taking a good look at starring in Safe House.
Universal brought in director Daniel Espinoza to work through a quick rewrite with David Guggenheim, who wrote the original script. The idea is to be in full production by fall or winter.
The story centers on a man at a CIA-run safe house who must help a criminal who’s being kept there, and avoid being killed by villains who want the witness dead.