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Rumored for the role since Comic-Con, Deadline today bring word that Marvel Studios‘ talks with Joaquin Phoenix to play Doctor Strange have fallen through. Previous rumors indicated that Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto were on Marvel’s radar to play the “Master of the Mystic Arts”, although it’s unclear who Marvel are looking at for the role now – let the speculation begin (again!). ‘Sinister’ and ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ helmer Scott Derrickson is set to direct ‘Doctor Strange,’ and while unconfirmed, it seems that the film will arrive in cinemas on July 8th, 2016.
Last month it was reported that Marvel Studios is in advanced negotiations to shoot ‘Doctor Strange’ at Pinewood-Shepperton. Prep is set to start at Shepperton in late 2014/early 2015, and a tentative shoot date has been mooted for May 2015. If this deal comes together, it would further reinforce the strong ties between Pinewood, Marvel and parent company Disney. Disney’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is currently shooting at Pinewood, and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ recently wrapped at Shepperton. Two of Marvel’s most recent movies, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ also shot at Pinewood-Shepperton.
The first teaser trailer has arrived online for a film I’m ridiculously excited for, Pixar’s ‘Inside Out.’ From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. ‘Inside Out’ is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19th, 2015.
From Lionsgate comes these four character posters for David Koepp’s ‘Mortdecai,’ which is set to land in cinemas on January 23rd. Based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, the action-comedy crime film stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza and Jeff Goldblum. ‘Mortdecai’ is described as follows: “Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”
This first clip has landed online for Justin Simien’s ‘Dear White People,’ which premiered at earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival to stellar reviews and a special jury award for breakthrough talent. Starring Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon Bell, Malcolm Barrett, Brittany Curran, Justin Dobies, Marque Richardson, Dennis Haysbert and Peter Syversten, ‘Dear White People’ follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. ‘Dear White People’ opens on October 17th in the US. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this film, so fingers crossed there’s word on a UK release date shortly (it is showing at the London Film Festival on the 9th and 10th of October).
With the release of the film closing in, Focus Features has revealed this first trailer for Kevin Macdonald’s ‘Black Sea.’ Two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law captains the cast of the suspenseful adventure-thriller, which centers on a rogue submarine captain (Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea.
As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival. Joining Law in the cast are Grigoriy Dobrygin, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Sergey Kolesnikov, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sergey Puskepalis, British Independent Film Award winner Michael Smiley, David Threlfall, and Jodie Whittaker. ‘Black Sea’ opens on December 5th in the UK and January 23rd in the US.
Speaking to the good people over at Hey U Guys, Michael Caine revealed that Daniel Radcliffe will be playing his son in the sequel to ‘Now You See Me.’ Caine gave the following info, “There’s a sequel to ‘Now You See Me’ and we’re shooting in London. I shoot in December, the whole of December in London, and my son is Harry Potter. I thought it’d be funny, me and Daniel Radcliffe as father and son.”
The sequel to the 2013’s ‘Now You See Me’ sees the return of Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. ‘Now You See Me’ grossed more than $350 million worldwide and displayed staying power throughout a competitive summer. The film pit an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen,” a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits of their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.