‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ star Sebastian Stan has reportedly joined the cast of ‘Ricki and the Flash,’ the Meryl Streep-led comedy drama from director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody. Stan will play Joshua, the estranged son to Streep’s rocker mom in the film. The synopsis given for ‘Ricki and the Flash’ is as follows: “Ricki and the Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right. Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin’ mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.”
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ & Foxcatcher’ Cinematographer Greig Fraser Set For Gareth Edwards’ ‘Star Wars’ Film
Shortly after the release of ‘Godzilla,’ Lucasfilm and Disney announced that Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone Star Wars film. In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. This Edwards-directed film will be penned by Gary Whitta and is due out on December 16th, 2016. After that there’s Rian Johnson’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ in 2017 and then Josh Trank’s standalone ‘Star Wars’ feature in 2018. And while very little is known about Edwards’ movie, we do now know who will be shooting the film: Greig Fraser.
Speaking with HitFix’s In Contention, the ‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘Killing Them Softly’ cinematographer had the following to say about the film, “….I’m doing a fucking Star Wars movie, which is like – I don’t know about you but Star Wars is like my first film love, do you know what I mean?… Gareth is doing a standalone film. Of course I do know some specifics, but it’s obviously something I’ve signed my kidneys away for.” Due to the high level of secrecy surrounding the ‘Star Wars’ development process, it is unclear which spinoff Edwards (or Trank) will tackle, and Fraser understandably wasn’t able to spill the beans. Previously rumored for stand-alone movies include Boba Fett and Jedi master Yoda. There are also rumors of a potential Han Solo origin story or at least something on the Solo clan, and untold adventures of Luke Skywalker.
First Images From The ‘Dad’s Army’ Movie – Starring Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones, Michael Gambon…
Universal Pictures has unveiled this first batch of images from ‘Dad’s Army,’ which is based on the classic British comedy series of the same name. Leading the film is Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, a stiff-upper-lipped veteran who oversees the Home Guard in a small English village toward the end of the Second World War. His softly-spoken right-hand man, Wilson, will be played by Bill Nighy. The stellar cast also includes Catherine Zeta Jones as journalist Rose Winters, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Michael Gambon as Godfrey and ‘Inbetweeners’ star Blake Harrison as the naïve Pike. Danny Mays will take on the role of Walker and Bill Paterson will play Fraser while the supporting cast also includes Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, Mark Gatiss and Annette Crosbie.
Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride & More Join James Franco’s ‘Zeroville’ Adaptation
Screen Daily bring word that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have boarded James Franco’s comedy-drama ‘Zeroville,’ which is shooting now with Franco both directing and leading. In the adaptation of Steve Erickson’s acclaimed 2007 novel, Franco follows a young film-obsessed architecture student (with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift tattooed on his shaved head, as seen above) as he arrives on Hollywood Boulevard in 1969. Mistaken for a perpetrator in the Charles Manson murders, he enters a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, the decline of the movie studios and the rise of independent renegade directors. Through encounters with former starlets, burglars, political guerrillas, punk musicians and veteran filmmakers he dives into the ‘renegade America of the ’70s and ‘80s’.
4 New ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Posters – Starring Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch…
From DreamWorks Animation comes this batch of posters for ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ the animated spin-off from the ‘Madagascar’ series centered on the fan-favorite penguins. Set for a November 26th release in the US and December 5th bow in the UK, the film features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Chris Knights, John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annett Mahendru and Peter Stormare. Simon J. Smith is directing from a script by Michael Colton and John Aboud.
Out in the US today, Lionsgate has unleashed this new extended TV spot for Chad Stahelski’s action-thriller ‘John Wick,’ which stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Dean Winters, Jason Isaacs, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, John Leguizmo and Willem Dafoe. In the film, an ex-hitman (Reeves) comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground. The film, which I’ve heard is brilliant from a number of reliable sources, opens in theaters on January 2nd in the UK.