Hot on the heels of Vin Diesel’s Facebook tease over the weekend, the actor has spoke with The LA Times about his possible role of Groot in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and his ongoing social media presence. For months Diesel has been teasing a possible collaboration with Marvel, posting on social media about secretive meetings with the studio and promising impending “big news.” All but confirming the role in Guardians, the ‘Fast & Furious’ star said, ”I’m an actor. Not everything has to be the most obvious choice. And sometimes, the best thing you can do — as far as Steven Spielberg and his advice — is to defy expectations. So if everybody thinks you’re going to go for this one thing and you flip it entirely and go for the strangest Marvel character, it’s interesting. And when something is interesting, it’s inspiring.”
Asked why he posted a picture of Groot on Facebook this weekend, Vin Diesel replied, “I get inspired by things. So if somebody sends me a book of conceptual art that’s the best character design work I’ve ever seen — I’m not kidding, I see that and I want to be a little cryptic and I want to say something positive. Even if it’s as cryptic as an old, dated image of a character.” Head on over the the LA Times for the full interview. For those that don’t know, Groot is an extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature who only speaks the one phrase: “I am Groot!”
THR bring word that Joel Edgerton is in talks to star opposite Christian Bale in Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic ‘Exodus.’ The actor, who cemented his in-demand status after a series of high-profile roles including ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘The Great Gatsby,’ would play the Egyptian ruler Ramses in the 20th Century Fox film that is moving toward a September start date. Bale is onboard to portray Moses.
‘Exodus’ will reportedly shoot in Spain, Morocco and England. The project had picked up steam earlier this year when Steve Zaillian came aboard to write. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage penned a previous draft. Peter Chernin, who bought the project as a pitch, is producing alongside Ridley Scott. Joel Edgerton, whose credits include the critically acclaimed crime drama ‘Animal Kingdom,’ broke out in Gavin O’Connor’s MMA drama ‘Warrior.’ He recently stepped into O’Connor’s ‘Jane Got a Gun’ opposite Natalie Portman. The Aussie actor is also onboard to star opposite Michael Shannon in Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi film ‘Midnight Special.’
The Huffington Post has set loose this new batch of images from Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy.’ Arriving in cinemas on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK, the upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult classic stars the likes of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone, Lance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, and Samuel L. Jackson. The original ‘Oldboy,’ released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s 90′s manga series.
Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ follows Josh Brolin’s character, Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughters birthday. For twenty years he is held captive, and upon his release must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. Sharlto Copley plays a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Joe’s life, while Elizabeth Olsen plays Marie, a caseworker who helps Joe investigate the past. Samuel L. Jackson plays the head of the motel where Brolin’s character has been held hostage.
Emileeid has debuted two new international posters for the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone-starring action-thriller, ‘Escape Plan’ (formerly titled ‘The Tomb’). Directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström (1408, The Rite), ’Escape Plan’ follows Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), who is the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed every high security prison and has gained a vast array of survival skills. But all Ray’s ingenuity and knowledge are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from the master prison of his own design.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the role of Church, plays a complex inmate with multiple shades of grey. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive. The two action icons are joined by the likes of Vincent D’Onofrio, Vinnie Jones, Sam Neil, Amy Ryan, Faran Tahir, Matt Gerald, Jim Caviezel and 50 Cent in ‘Escape Plan.’ The film opens on October 18th in the US and November 22nd in the UK.
In a long line of news, behind-the-scenes images and teasers, the official Twitter feed for X-Men Movies has posted a special Trask Industries blueprint that shows off the inner workings of a Sentinel from the upcoming ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Trask Industries, the fictional company responsible for designing the massive mutant-hunting robots, has been the subject of a viral website: Trask-Industries.com. Their official history of the technology reads as follows:
In 1973, Trask Industries introduced the first Sentinel production model, the Mark I. Bolivar Trask’s (Peter Dinklage) groundbreaking research in AI, robotics and autonomous ballistic systems laid the foundation for the world’s most capable anti-mutant defense system. Since the program’s inception, we’ve continued to advance our founder’s cause through eight additional generational upgrades and enhancements. As we celebrate five decades of achievement, we also bid farewell to regular production of the Mark I and shift our efforts to full-time manufacturing of the Mark X — our first complete overhaul of the Sentinel line. These highly anticipated units will combine next-generation nanotechnology and bioweapon breakthroughs, promising an even brighter future for the human race.
Sony Pictures today send word that Neill Blomkamp’s (Elysium, District 9) next movie, ‘Chappie,’ will begin filming this fall. Blomkamp will work from a screenplay he has written with Terri Tatchell. He will also produce the film with Simon Kinberg. ‘Chappie’ tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters.
‘Elysium’ opened at #1 in the US this weekend, and was also #1 in Russia, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine. Sony Pictures also released Blomkamp’s first feature film, ‘District 9,’ which took in over $200 million worldwide and earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.