The Wrap bring word that Chloe Moretz has agreed to star in the upcoming adaptation of Sam Munson’s ‘The November Criminals,’ which Sacha Gervasi (Hitchcock) has rewritten and will direct. Based on the 2011 novel by Sam Munson and initially adapted by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), the story is set in Washington D.C. and follows a rebellious teenager who finds himself leading his own investigation into the murder of a classmate. Moretz is attached to play the female lead of Phoebe, and Gervasi is currently casting the “hotly-contested” male lead. ‘The November Criminals’ could start shooting as soon as late January 2014.
Chloe Moretz recently starred in ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ and will soon be seen in ‘Carrie,’ Sony’s Denzel Washington movie ‘The Equalizer’ and Lynn Shelton’s indie film ‘Laggies.’ Sacha Gervasi is the unique talent behind the beloved documentary ‘Anvil: The Story of Anvil’ and Fox Searchlight’s ‘Hitchcock,’ which starred Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren. ‘The November Criminals’ novel is officially described as follows.
After receiving rave reviews for his work on ‘Short Term 12,’ Destin Cretton may have landed his next big gig as he’s reportedly in early negotiations to direct Lionsgate’s Jennifer Lawrence-lead ’The Glass Castle.’ Cretton would also rewrite the script with Andrew Lanham. Marti Noxon wrote the first draft of the adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 bestselling memoir. The source material is described as follows:
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.
Saoirse Ronan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Margot Robbie, Kit Harington & More Eyed For ‘Fantastic Four’ Roles
Following the recent story that Simon Kinberg has been brought on to do a polish on the ’Fantastic Four’ script, Fox is now reportedly preparing to test a handful of actors for the roles of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, and Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Girl, in the upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot. Sources tell Variety that Kit Harington, Jack O’Connell and Miles Teller are in line to get test offers to read for the role of Richards while Saoirse Ronan, Kate Mara and Margot Robbie are being tested for Storm. Michael B. Jordan is the only actor currently being mentioned as a possibility to play Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, but that could change. No names have yet been mentioned for the role of the villain or Ben Grimm, aka the Thing.
‘Chronicle’ director Josh Trank is on board to helm, hoping to do for ‘Fantastic Four’ what Fox recently did with the ‘X-Men’ franchise – reinvigorate the series with a group of younger, rising stars and build the films around them. The studio still needs a script before giving an official greenlight, but Simon Kinberg is not expected to do a full rewrite, giving the studio time to begin working out test offers and check on availabilities of the actor to make sure they can make the dates. No names have yet been mentioned for the role of the villain or Ben Grimm, aka the Thing.
Rovio Entertainment send word that Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis will direct ‘Angry Birds,’ the upcoming 3D CG-animated film based on Rovio’s bestselling app. The film is being produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder and executive produced by David Maisel; the screenplay is by Jon Vitti. The movie is slated for a July 1st, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.
Reilly and Kaytis are both animation veterans, making their directorial debuts with ‘Angry Birds. Kaytis began his career as an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. In his 19 years at Disney, he served as animation supervisor of ‘Tangled’ and the follow-up short, ‘Tangled Ever After.’ He also conceived and oversaw the end credits sequence of ’Wreck-It Ralph’ and animated on that film; in addition, he was the supervising animator of the character Rhino in ‘Bolt.’ Kaytis also animated on the upcoming film ’Frozen’ and the Oscar-winning short, ‘Paperman.’ Reilly joined Sony Pictures Animation in 2003 as a storyboard artist, contributing to the films ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.’ He was a director and Head of Story on several development projects at Sony Pictures Animation. Previously, Reilly was a storyboard artist on films including ‘Spider-Man 2′ and ‘The Iron Giant.’
New Full-Length Trailer For ‘American Hustle’ – Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence….
Yahoo! Movies has set loose this new theatrical trailer for David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle.’ The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 13th before going wide on Christmas Day in the US. Written by Eric Singer and O. Russell, and starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Alessandro Nivola, Louis CK, Michael Pena, Jack Huston, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, the drama is based on the true story of a notorious financial con artist (Christian Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Amy Adams), who were forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Bradley Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians. At the epicenter of the entire tale is the passionate and volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly (Jeremy Renner) who is also the local hero and mayor of impoverished Camden. ‘American Hustle’ is set for December 20th in the UK.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock the 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.
Yahoo has unleashed this latest clip from writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete Kills.’ In the sequel, Danny Trejo returns as the titular Machete, joined by Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba reprising their roles from the first film. The story finds Machete recruited by the U.S. government to take down a cartel leader and stop an arms dealer from launching a deadly missile. ’Machete Kills’ arrives in cinemas on October 11th.
‘Machete Kills’ has Mel Gibson on-board as the villainous arms dealer, while Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Alexa Vega round out the newcomers. The official synopsis for ‘Machete Kills’ is as follows: “Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.”