Marvel have let out the hatch these new two pieces of concept art for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ and if that wasn’t enough, the following selection of test footage stills for ‘Ant-Man.’ The all-star cast for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ includes Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Batista as Drax, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Benicio del Toro as The Collector, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Ophelia Lovibond, Gregg Henry and Enzo Cilenti also star.
Debuting moments ago on the ABC’s one-hour special, ‘Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe,’ Marvel has unveiled these first pieces of concept art for the enormously anticipated ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ The pieces provide us with early looks at Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson), the Hulk, Black Widow, and a new meatier version of Iron Man.
The international production schedule for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ includes locations in London, United Kingdom, where the production will be based, as well as Johannesburg, South Africa; South Korea; and Aosta Valley, Italy, with additional locations to be announced. The cast list will also include Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, along with newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Thomas Kretschmann as Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, and James Spader as Ultron. It has been rumored that Paul Bettany will play The Vision in the film, although nothing has been confirmed by Marvel at this moment in time. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ arrives in cinemas on May 1st, 2015.
The Wrap are reporting that Joe Cornish, the director of ‘Attack the Block’ and co-writer of ‘Ant-Man’ and Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ has signed on to helm Jack O’Connell in Universal Pictures’ franchise hopeful “Section 6.’ The studio acquired Aaron Berg’s script in a bidding war back in October.
The historical spy thriller follows the World War I-era formation of British intelligence agency MI6 and its first director, Sir George Mansfield Cummings, who served as the inspiration for M in the “James Bond” series. Not only does Universal think ‘Section 6′ has the potential to launch a hit franchise, but the studio believes in rising star Jack O’Connell, whose performance as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ is expected to garner awards buzz. Several A-listers have expressed interest in playing Cummings, while O’Connell is expected to play a promising young protege.
Woody Harrelson Joins John Hillcoat’s ‘Triple Nine’; Also Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Winslet…
Deadline bring word that Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of John Hillcoat’s crime thriller ‘Triple Nine,’ opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot. Harrelson will play Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen, the uncle to the cop played by Casey Affleck. Both actors were recently seen together in Scott Cooper’s ‘Out Of The Furnace.’
The ‘Triple Nine’ story follows a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title refers to police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance. Casey Affleck will play the targeted officer, while Chiwetel Ejiofor will play a career criminal who masterminds the heist. Michael B. Jordan will play a street-wise cop in Ejiofor’s gang who partners with Affleck and plans to set him up. John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless, The Proposition) is directing from a script by Matt Cook. Expect more news about this project shortly as it begins shooting this summer.
THR bring word that Zhang Yimou is in talks to direct ‘Great Wall,’ a pet project of Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, who conceived it with ‘World War Z’ writer Max Brooks. The script for ‘Great Wall’ will be getting a rewrite, although the basic concept will remain: the mystery and secret origin of why the Great Wall was built.
Zhang Yimou’s body of work ranges from dramas ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ to martial arts epics such as ‘Hero’ and ‘House of Flying Daggers.’ He is an icon in his home country and also directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. His latest movie, ‘Coming Home,’ is set for release later this year and is expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. ‘Coming Home,’ which stars Gong Li, is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920′s to the 1990′s.
With Joe Wright now gearing up to shoot his 2015 Peter Pan movie, Deadline are reporting that Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring) is in talks to direct Universal Pictures and Working Title Films’ live-action take on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale ‘The Little Mermaid.’ Caroline Thompson of ‘Edward Scissorhands’ fame is rewriting the script, about the mermaid willing to make a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love. This is a departure for Coppola in that her projects are usually focused on adult themes.
‘The Little Mermaid’ tale was first published in 1837 and has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre and animated film. ‘The Little Mermaid’ marks the latest Disney animated classic to get live-action treatment at another studio. Warner Bros. Pictures is currently in pre-production on a live-action version of ‘The Jungle Book.’ Joe Wright had previously been linked to direct ‘The Little Mermaid.’