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After dropping out of ‘Ant-Man’ last summer – which I was gutted about, Edgar Wright is moving forward on his next film: his long-gestating action/crime film, ‘Baby Driver.’ The project, which Wright wrote, is described as a collision of crime, action, music and sound. Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Nira Park (they’re the same trio that helped Wright make his Cornetto trilogy, and the film follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Rodrigo Santoro is in negotiations to play Jesus Christ in ‘Ben-Hur,’ Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov’s new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.’ Jack Huston will play the title character in the film, with Morgan Freeman playing the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer. Toby Kebbell is playing the antagonist role of Messala, and Nazanin Boniadi will play Esther. Olivia Cooke and Ayelet Zurer also star.
The story, despite the expected bloodshed, will have a message of forgiveness and Jesus Christ appears several times in the piece. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion. Rodrigo Santoro next appears opposite Will Smith and Margot Robbie in ‘Focus’ and opposite Natalie Portman,n Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor in ‘Jane Got a Gun.’
‘Ghost In The Shell’ Set For April 2017. ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Set For August 2016. New Dates For ‘The Jungle Book & ‘The Finest Hours’
Walt Disney Pictures have today updated their release schedule, penciling in David Lowery’s remake of ‘Pete’s Dragon’ for release on August 12nd, 2016, and Rupert Sanders’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ film, which recently set Scarlett Johansson to lead, for release on April 14th, 2017. To date, ‘Pete’s Dragon’ stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence.
Additionally, Craig Gillespie’s (Lars and the Real Girl) ‘The Finest Hours’ will now open on October 9th, 2015, while Jon Favreau’s ‘The Jungle Book’ has been pushed back to April 15th, 2016 (the two films swapped dates). Starring Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Eric Bana and Holliday Grainger, ‘The Finest Hours’ is set in February of 1952, and follows one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.
Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale Teaming Up For The Adaptation Of Michael Lewis’ ‘The Big Short’
Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are teaming up to star in financial drama ‘The Big Short,’ which is based on ‘Moneyball’ author Michael Lewis’ bestseller ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.’ Adam McKay is adapting the script for the big screen and will direct, while Paramount and Pitt’s production company Plan B are backing the film.
The synopsis for the book is as follows: “From the author of ‘Liar’s Poker,’ Michael Lewis’s international bestseller ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine’ is the extraordinary true story of the men who made millions from global economic meltdown. From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, ‘The Big Short’ tells the outrageous story of the misfits, renegades and visionaries who saw that the biggest credit bubble of all time was about to burst, bet against the banking system – and made a killing.”
‘Gone Girl’ Team Of David Fincher, Gillian Flynn & Ben Affleck Looking To Remake Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers On A Train’
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Pictures are looking to reunite the ‘Gone Girl’ team of director David Fincher, screenwriter/author Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck to produce a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller ‘Strangers on a Train.’ The film will be produced by Affleck under Pearl Street, the Warner Bros-based banner he runs with Matt Damon.
This version will be based on the Alfred Hitchcock adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, but it will be a modernized version of the story that might just be called ‘Strangers.’ The outlet write, “Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced, but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of exchanging murders. The twist here is a compelling one. Affleck will play a movie star–in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season–whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger.”
Hot of the heels of its “Best Original Song” win at the Golden Globes, the music video has arrived online for Common and John Legend’s “Glory”. Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ my favorite film of 2014, is the story of the historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Out now in the US, ‘Selma’ opens on February 6th in the UK.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, Wendell Pierce as Hosea Williams, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson, Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Award-winning cinematographer Bradford Young shot the film.