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The Wrap bring word that Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play 007′s nemesis in the next James Bond pic. While no offer has been made yet and scheduling would still have to be worked out, sources insist that Ejiofor’s the front-runner for the job. Daniel Craig is already set to reprise as James Bond with Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris set to return as well. ‘Skyfall’ helmer Sam Mendes will again direct while John Logan is writing the script. The plan is to start production in the summer.
The tentatively titled ‘Bond 24′ is set for release in UK cinemas on October 23th, 2015 and in US cinemas from November 6th, 2015. The previous 007 flick, ‘Skyfall,’ took in $1.1 billion worldwide and set a new mark as the highest-grossing film of all time in the UK; it was the best-selling Bond film on DVD/Blu-ray and was the most critically acclaimed film in the history of the longest-running film franchise.
This is shaping up to be a corker! Hot on the heels of the news that Emily Blunt has joined Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario,’ The Wrap are reporting that Benicio Del Toro is nearing a deal to also star in the thriller. Villeneuve will reportedly shoot ‘Sicario’ later this summer, and then follow that up with ‘The Story of Your Life, which will shoot in early 2015. The screenplay for ‘Sicario’ is by Taylor Sheridan.
Just as Denis Villeneuve’s films ‘Prisoners’ and ‘Incendies’ presented thrillers with complex moral dilemmas, ‘Sicario’ presents a similar opportunity for the filmmaker. It focuses on the murky legal loophole that allows mercenaries to breach the border of Mexico to corral drug kingpins, as long as they are accompanied by a legitimate law officer. In this case, a female cop (Emily Blunt) from Tucson accompanies two delta force-type rangers across the border to apprehend a drug lord. Once across the border, the cop finds she has stepped into ‘No Country For Old Men’ terrain, with violence and depravity she never imagined.
First Poster For Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ – Also Starring Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo…
Eater has unveiled this first poster for ‘Chef,’ which is based on an original screenplay by Jon Favreau, who will direct and star in the movie. The film also stars Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey, Jr. and young actor Emjay Anthony. Set for a May 9th release, ’Chef’ is the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), a man who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.
When Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.
Soda Pictures has unveiled this Chiwetel Ejiofor character poster for ’Half of A Yellow Sun,’ the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel of the same name. For me, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is one the most compelling novels of the last decade (her latest novel ‘Americanah’ is fantastic too!). The Orange Prize-winning story follows the intertwining lives of several characters before and during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old boy from a small village who becomes a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the warm, progressive and beautiful daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister.
Thandie Newton takes on the role of Olanna, with Anika Noni Rose as her sister Kainene. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of revolutionary professor Odenigbo, with John Boyega as his houseboy Ugwu. Joseph Mawle plays the English writer Richard. Set to arrive on April 11th in the UK and April 25th in Nigeria, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is directed and adapted for the big-screen by theatre director, playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele. Expect a US release date for the film shortly.
According to various reports, Gwendoline Christie will play Commander Lyme in Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.’ She’s replacing Lily Rabe, who was originally cast in the role. Rabe had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with a previous commitment to ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Shakespeare in the Park. Christie plays the tough warrior Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones.’
Commander Lyme is one of the leaders of District 13, the district in the futuristic Panem that is rebelling against the government. She hails from District 2 is a past victor of an unknown Hunger Games.
From Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures comes this new set of TV spots for ‘Godzilla.’ Described as an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic ‘Godzilla,’ the film pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
The key cast for ‘Godzilla’ includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston. This new take on the classic ‘Godzilla’ franchise is set to kick off the Summer movie-going season on May 16th. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is directing the creature feature centered on the giant city-destroying and monster-fighting lizard. The filmmaker directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham.