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Deadline are reporting that French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella has been set to play the lead female antagonist alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn’s ‘The Secret Service.’ The actress has been a dancer on Madonna’s world tour and in some of her videos and a runway favorite of Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris. After doing French films and TV, this is her first major role in a Hollywood film.
In ‘The Secret Service,’ Colin Firth will play a James Bond-like superspy who works for MI6 and takes his slacker nephew under his wing. Named ‘Uncle Jack’ in the comic, he mentors his nephew Gary (Taron Egerton) in tradecraft in the hopes that Gary can change and become an MI6 agent. Michael Caine is said to be playing the leader of the secret agents. Sophie Cookson also stars.
‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Sequel Set With ‘London Has Fallen’; Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart & Morgan Freeman To Return
Screen Daily bring word that Millennium Films is moving forward with ‘London Has Fallen,’ a sequel to ‘Olympus Has Fallen.’ Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Basset, Radha Mitchell and Morgan Freeman are set to reprise their roles from the original action smash.
Shooting is scheduled to begin on ‘London Has Fallen’ in London on May 5th, 2014. The story follows a plot to strike the city during the funeral of the British Prime Minister. Only the President Of The United States, his secret service head and an English MI6 agent can save the day. Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger will return to write the screenplay and the producers are out to directors. ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ scored $161m worldwide earlier this year, of which $62.1m came from international and $98.9m from domestic box office.
Vin Diesel has again took to his hugely popular Facebook account to reveal this new behind-the-scenes image from James Wan’s ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ this time featuring Dwayne Johnson. No plot details have been unveiled yet, except that the film will return to Los Angeles after the previous five films were set in other locations. Newcomers to the cast include the likes of Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Djimon Hounsou, while the likes of Diesel, Paul Walker, Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Ludacris and Jordana Brewster are returning. This May’s ‘Fast & Furious 6′ is the highest grossing film for Universal Pictures, having made more than $750 million at the worldwide box office. Expect more news about ’Fast & Furious 7′ shortly. The film is set for July 11th, 2014.
With the new trailer for ‘The LEGO Movie’ set to arrive online in two days, Warner Bros. Pictures has sent over this video introducing President Business, who is voiced by Will Ferrell. This teaser closely follows the videos centering on Chris Pratt’s Emmett and Elizabeth Banks’ Wyldstyle. Scheduled for a February 7th, 2014 release in the US and a February 14th, 2014 bow in the UK, ’The LEGO Movie’ is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) from their own original screenplay. The film also features the voices of Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders, and Morgan Freeman.
Chris Pratt stars as Emmet. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks will star as two of Emmet’s fellow travelers: Vitruvius, an old mystic; and tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest. She also calls upon the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure voiced by Will Arnett, with whom she shares a history. Will Ferrell will play Emmet’s primary adversary, President Business; Liam Neeson is the president’s powerful henchman, Bad Cop; Nick Offerman is a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Brie is a member of Emmet’s team with a powerful secret.
Steve McQueen, director of ’12 Years A Slave,’ ’Shame’ and ’Hunger’, is making his first foray into television. McQueen has reportedly teamed with ‘World War Z’ co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, Russell Simmons and Oscar-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech) on the drama project, which is in development at HBO. Co-written by McQueen and Carnahan and to be directed by McQueen, the untitled drama is carrying McQueen’s signature style of provocative filmmaking and is described as an exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems.
According to Deadline, the project is described by some as “‘Six Degrees Of Separation’ meets ‘Shame,’” is being fast tracked, with casting choices already being explored for a potential shoot before Steve McQueen starts his next movie. McQueen, Matthew Michael Carnahan and Russell Simmons executive produce with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. Canning and Sherman produced McQueen’s second feature, ‘Shame,’ with Canning also serving as an executive producer on McQueen’s feature debut, ’Hunger,’ which won the Camera d’Or in Cannes. McQueen’s third feature, ’12 Years A Slave,’ is considered a prime Oscar contender.
Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled this collection of behind-the-scenes ”B-Roll” footage from their 53rd full-length animated flick, ‘Frozen.’ Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Gad, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana and Alan Tudyk, ‘Frozen’ journeys into theaters on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck direct the 3-D musical adventure, while Tony-award winner Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the music. The official synopsis for ‘Frozen’ is as follows.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.