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Variety bring word that Adam Drives is close to signing on to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Exact details are unknown, but the character is said to be in the vein of iconic ‘Star Wars’ villain Darth Vader. If Driver does indeed sign on for the role, he would be the first cast member to be revealed for Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated ‘Star Wars’ installment, which will open in theaters on December 18th, 2015. The big-budget tentpole is scheduled to shoot at London’s Pinewood Studios in April. Additional cast members will likely be announced in the next month. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will continue the Jedi saga where ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ left off.
Adam Driver’s name had been rumored during the casting process, but in recent weeks he’s reportedly become Disney and Lucasfilms’ top choice to play the main villain. The delay in making a decision was due to scheduling issues with ‘Star Wars’ and his HBO show ‘Girls.’ Sources say it’s not just Season 4 that was the hangup, but also future seasons, since future ‘Star Wars’ installments could also coincide with upcoming seasons of the HBO Lena Dunham comedy. Variety add that Disney was also rumored to be looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for the villain role.
The Hollywood Reporter bring word that Josh Gad and Kevin James are in early talks to join Adam Sandler in Sony’s ‘Pixels,’ which Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Home Alone) is set to direct. The Wrap add that Sandler’s ‘Just Go With It’ co-star Jennifer Aniston has been courted for the female lead and not only is she a fan of the script, but there was mutual interest in having her reteam with Sandler.
‘Pixels’ was one of the Internet shorts that garnered Hollywood buzz in 2010 and depicted 1980s video game characters attacking NY. Patrick Jean, who made the short, is executive producing the feature film version, while Happy Madison’s Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo are producing with One More Production’s Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves and Matias Boucard. You can give the ‘Pixels’ short film a peak below.
NSFW Teaser Video For Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Enemy’ – Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent & Sarah Gadon
A24 has let out the hatch this new NSFW teaser for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Enemy,’ which stars his ’Prisoners’ co-lead Jake Gyllenhaal in dual roles. Based on the José Saramago novel ‘The Double,’ the movie finds Gyllenhaal playing a college professor with a mundane life – until he spots his exact double playing a bit part in a movie. He tracks down the small-time actor (also played by Gyllenhaal), sparking a mutual obsession. The likes of Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini co-star. ‘Enemy’ is available now on DirecTV and will open in limited release on March 14th.
ENEMY tells the story of a university lecturer named Adam (Gyllenhaal) who is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend Mary (Laurent). One night, while watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. The film is a haunting and provocative psychosexual thriller about duality and identity, where in the end only one man will survive.
According to Deadline, the BAFTA Award-winning English screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne has been tapped to write the screenplay for ‘Sandman’ from a pitch by David Goyer. Based on the Neil Gaiman comic book classic, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing with Goyer and the hope is for him to star and possibly direct. Gordon-Levitt made his feature directorial debut on ‘Don Jon,’ but this would be a considerable step up in scope and scale. Thorne scripted ‘How I Live Now’ and co-wrote ‘This Is England ’86’ and ‘This Is England ’88’ with Shane Meadows. In 2012 he won Bafta awards for both drama series (The Fades) and serial (This Is England ’88).
The ‘Sandman’ series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros has long tried to crack the subject matter, and there is optimism that David Goyer did that. Joseph Gordon-Levitt next stars in another seminal graphic novel-based film, ;Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,’ which Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller helmed.
Marvel has unveiled this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release on April 4th in the US and March 28th in the UK.
Christian Bale portrayed Dicky Eklund in David O. Russell’s biopic ‘The Fighter,’ for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. With ‘American Hustle’ he’s received his second Academy Award nomination, his first in the Best Actor category. Bradley Cooper’s work in O. Russell’s films ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle’ earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the United States, ‘American Hustle’ tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
Christian, there’s a lot to your character in ‘American Hustle.’ For me, Irving Rosenfeld is a hustler and a romantic, and there’s a lot of comedy, charm, and vulnerability to him. I also liked how he admired his father as an honest man, but at the same time he’s determined to not allow that same fate to happen to him….
Christian Bale: Yeah. There was something that David and I found to be strangely optimistic about Irv. And the fact that he really was a man who just said, “Look, I’ve been born into a situation, but it’s not the situation I want. Why should I accept that? Am I just going to sit back my whole life and say, “Yeah, I was born this way, and I’m not trying to change it.” No, I’m gonna change it and I’m going to create myself.” It’s a little bit Pygmalion like. He says, “No, I’m not happy – and why should I be?” I’m going to become somebody who has a more exciting life and who has a more romantic life.” He wants to be someone who has something to really live for, and someone who wants to do stuff that exhilarates him – and who doesn’t want that? Everyone does. Just the difference is in search of this bigger truth that Irv is after; he’s willing to tell as many lies as he has to in order to get there.