Alexander Skarsgard in Talks to Star Opposite Brit Marling in Eco-Thriller THE EAST
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: August 22nd, 2011
I have not started watching season four of True Blood yet, and I probably never will. But at the end of the season, I will seek out a compilation of the Eric scenes, because Alexander Skarsgard is a boss. Filmmakers agree, and are increasingly wooing Sarsgard for a variety of roles, including big studio releases like Straw Dogs and Battleship, and smaller fare like Melancholia and What Maisie Knew. His new role is an interesting entry in the latter category: Skarsgard is in talks to join fellow rising star Brit Marling in The East.
The story centers on a female FBI agent who infiltrates an eco-terrorist group that call themselves The East. According to Heat Vision, Skarsgard would play “the leader of the group who seeks revenge against unethical corporations.” Zat Batmanglij will direct from a script he co-wrote with Marling—the duo previously collaborated on Sundance darling The Sound of My Voice. Fox Searchlight, the home of Sound of My Voice, is the likely home for the production, tentatively scheduled to shoot in Nashville in October. We will definitely keep our eye on The East as the project develops.
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Are Kate Beckinsale, Milla Jovovich and Sofia Vergara Starring in the DANGER GIRL Movie?
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 22nd, 2011
File this one under rumor for now, but word on the street is (and by street, I mean the highly accurate interwebs) that the feature film version of Danger Girl now has three very good-looking women attached to star. Latino Review reports (via tracking boards) that Kate Beckinsale, Milla Jovovich and Sofia Vergara are attached to the adaptation of the Wildstorm comic book series Danger Girl from J. Scott Campbell. Benderspink is apparently shopping the rights to the project, which is described as Kill Bill meets Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the team element of Mission: Impossible thrown in for good measure. Todd Lincoln (The Apparition) is supposedly attached to direct.
The casting seems a bit too “teenage boy’s fantasy” to be true, so I’m reluctant to report this as solid fact at the moment. Then again, it could also turn out to be spot-on (egg, meet face), but for now just take this with a grain of salt. When the Danger Girl film was first announced, producer Adrian Askarieh said that the film would be the anti-Charlie’s Angels and more in the vein of Batman Begins. Hit the jump to read the supposed logline as well as a brief synopsis of the comic.
Djimon Hounsou is the Angel of Death in PARADISE LOST Opposite Bradley Cooper, Tom Wilkinson Joins LITTLE BOY
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 22nd, 2011
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of Alex Proyas’ adaptation of John Milton’s classic epic poem Paradise Lost. The film has Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set to star as Lucifer and the archangel Michael, respectively. Variety reports that Hounsou will take on the role of Abdiel, the angel of death. The story revolves around the epic battle between Michael and Lucifer and Proyas will be utilizing motion capture and 3D in the adaptation. Paradise Lost is targeting a late 2013 release.
Additionally, Tom Wilkinson is in talks to join the cast of Alejandro Monteverde’s (Bella) historical drama Little Boy. The WWII-set story revolves around an 8-year-old boy with developmental problems who is left vulnerable to the cruelty of his classmates when his father, his only friend, leaves to go to war. Variety reports that Wilkinson will join a cast that includes Ben Chaplin, Emily Watson, David Henrie and possibly Kevin James (yes, that Kevin James), though his name is conspicuously absent from the trade’s report. Nevertheless, Little Boy is currently filming in Baja California.............. more; http://collider.com/paradise-lost-djimon-hounsou-little-boy-tom-wilkinson/110933/
Caleb Landry Jones to Play Male Lead Neil Jordan’s BYZANTIUM
by Matt Goldberg Posted: August 22nd, 2011
Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) has landed the male lead role in Neil Jordan’s vampire drama Byzantium. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as a daughter and mother who are vampires who arrive in a small British town. According to Variety, they reveal their secret to the town and the daughter begins a relationship with teenager dying of leukemia (Jones) which in turns forces him to struggle with his mortality, causing Saorsie Ronan’s character to struggle with her own immortality. When we first reported on the film back in May, the cast also included Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), but there’s no mention of them in Vulture’s story. Hopefully Fiennes and Carter are still on board (I haven’t seen Irvine in anything so I can’t really judge either way).
Jones was one of the weaker cast members in First Class, but in all fairness his character was broadly drawn and he didn’t get much screen time. He’ll next be seen alongside Mark Wahlberg in the crime-thriller Contraband............. http://collider.com/caleb-landry-jones-neil-jordan-byzantium/110867/