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Johnny Depp Confirmed To Play Whitey Bulger In Scott Cooper’s ‘Black Mass'; Tom Hardy In Talks To Join
From Deadline comes word that Johnny Depp has signed on to star in ‘Black Mass,’ the drama Scott Cooper will direct about the Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger. Additionally, Tom Hardy is said to be in early talks to play John Connolly, the FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, who is in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted. That led Bulger to go from ruthless Boston crime kingpin to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list.
Johnny Depp was originally expected to play Bulger when Barry Levinson was attached to direct, but the deal fell through. Along with last months news that Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) was negotiating to rewrite and direct ‘Black Mass,’ it was reported that talks had rekindled with Depp. The script for ‘Black Mass’ is by Mark Mallouk, who adapted the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller ‘Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob.’ Production will begin in May.
The Wrap are reporting that Russell Brand, Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) and 17 year-old Austin Abrams (The InBetweeners) are in talks to star in Werner Herzog’s ‘Vernon God Little,’ which chronicles the aftermath of a tragic school shooting. Based on DBC Pierre’s provocative debut novel that was published in 2003 and won the Booker Prize, ‘Vernon God Little’ is expected to reach the screen as a satirical black comedy that comments on America’s obsession with both fame and violence. UPDATE: Mike Tyson and Pamela Anderson are also said to be in talks (I’m being serious).
Werner Herzog will turn his focus to ‘Vernon God Little’ once he wraps the Gertrude Bell movie ‘Queen of the Desert,’ which stars Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis. Herzog, who joined the project in October 2012, is directing from a script by Andrew Birkin (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer). ‘Vernon God Little’ is scheduled to start production this spring in Mexico.
Yahoo! Movies has debuted this fantastic Mondo poster for ‘The LEGO Movie.’ Created by artist Tom Whalen, the poster features all the plucky plastic heroes — including DC Comics’ Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — and block-headed villains of the new movie.
Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael said in a statement, “The film obviously comes from a place of true enthusiasm and fandom, and we tried to match that same effort and enthusiasm on the poster.” The custom design will be available in a 18″ x 24″ screenprint with a limited edition of only 475 prints. Priced at $45, the poster will be available for sale at MondoTees.com today (February 7th) at a random time during the day. Follow @MondoNews on Twitter to learn when it goes on sale (and pay attention, because Mondo prints sell out in mere minutes).
Fox Searchlight Pictures has unveiled this new poster for the acclaimed drama ‘Starred Up’, which will be released in cinemas in the UK and Ireland on March 21st. ’Starred Up’ is the story of a young man, Eric (Jack O’Connell), who is prematurely transferred from a young offenders’ institution to adult jail for being too violent. As he struggles to assert himself against the prison officers and the other inmates, he has to confront his own father Nev (Ben Mendelsohn), a man who has spent most of his life in jail. As Eric forges allegiances with other prisoners, and learns that his rage can be overcome through his work with prison therapist Oliver (Rupert Friend), he discovers the new rules of survival. But there are forces at work that threaten to destroy him.
The film is directed by award-winning UK filmmaker David Mackenzie (Young Adam, Hallam Foe, Perfect Sense) from a screenplay written by first-time scriptwriter Jonathan Asser, who has a background in the prison system working as an innovative therapist. The title comes from the process of prematurely upgrading a teenager from a Young Offenders’ Institution to Adult Prison. Expect word on international release dates shortly.
In ‘RoboCop,’ the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it’s meant billions for OmniCorp’s bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees its chance to build a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
’RoboCop’ is directed by José Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The screenplay is by Joshua Zetumer, based on the 1987 motion picture written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. The film hits the big screen on February 7th in the UK and February 12th in the US.
What was the appeal of this film for you? Considering the prevalence of drones in the 21st Century, we seem to have caught up with many of the things touched on in the original ‘RoboCop’? Can you recall your initial discussions about this film?
Joel Kinnaman: My excitement was a lot to do with the fact that José Padilha was going to direct this movie. I’d seen his movie ‘Bus 174,’ the documentary, and then I’d seen his two ‘Elite Squad’ movies. I considered him one of the most interesting directors in the world. And then the fact that he even knew who I was, that was amazing to me – and when he wanted to sit down with me, I was so honored by that. I liked that he wanted to make a big exciting action movie that also has intelligence, a lot of emotion, that appeals to both the kid in me and the adult in me – and I feel that this movie does all of those things. I’m proud of it on many levels. It’s entertainment but then it’s also entertainment with some substance, it discusses some very interesting philosophical and political ideas.
According to Variety, Paul Bettany, best known in the Marvel world for voicing J.A.R.V.I.S., Iron Man/Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) helpful A.I. system, will be playing the Vision in Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ In the comics, the Vision was originally a Golden Age character, yet his back-story was altered later on to be an android created by robotic villain Ultron (James Spader). Initially battling against the heroes, he becomes a hero, and even gets into a romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). At this moment in time there’s no information regarding how the Vision will factor in the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ plot. Production on the film starts next month.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen join the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the Avengers’ return to the big screen from writer/director Joss Whedon. The film comes to cinemas on May 1st, 2015. While plot and cast details have been kept under wraps, the ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ cast will also include Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Captain America and Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker.