According to The Wrap, Lee Pace has joined the cast of Stephen Frears’ untitled Lance Armstrong movie that stars Ben Foster as the controversial cyclist. Pace’s role remains under wraps. Adapted by John Hodge from journalist David Walsh’s book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong”, the film chronicles Armstrong’s rise to fame and fall from grace, including his Tour de France championships and battle with cancer. Chris O’Dowd co-stars as Walsh, with Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons in key supporting roles. Walsh was among the integral figures who helped expose doping within professional cycling.
Seeing as we’re exactly a month away from the release of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled this Bilbo Baggins poster for the epic fantasy adventure film.’ ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
The film arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
Don Cheadle Confirmed To Direct & Star In The Miles Davis Film ‘Kill The Trumpet Player’; Ewan McGregor & Zoe Saldana Co-Star
BiFrost Pictures have officially announced that Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, and Zoe Saldana are set to star in Cheadle’s long planned ‘Kill the Trumpet Player,’ the story of a few dangerous days in the life of Miles Davis (Cheadle), the virtuoso, fighter and genius, as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (McGregor) to steal back his music. Saldana will play Frances Davis, the legendary artist’s former wife.
Don Cheadle will also make his feature directorial debut from a script co-written with Steven Baigelman. Production is finally set to begin in June. Davis collaborator Herbie Hancock will be involved in the production. BiFrost principal Daniel Wagner commented, “Don is one of our generation’s greatest actors, and this is the role he was born to play. His take on the conventional biopic of one of music’s most celebrated icons is cinematic ‘jazz’ and too unique to resist. It fits naturally with BiFrost’s commitment to support talent and their passion projects, so we are thrilled to work with Don on his feature directorial debut.” Expect more details about ‘Kill the Trumpet Player’ shortly.
Variety bring word that Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in the adaptation of the best-selling memoir ‘Not Without Hope.’ Relativity Media recently acquired the worldwide rights to finance, produce and distribute the film. Based on the memoir by Nick Schuyler, the story follows four friends – Schuyler along with NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and Schuyler’s best friend, Will Bleakley, a former University of South Florida football player – who were on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico when their boat capsized, stranding the four men at sea. In the days that followed, the men fought to survive as they awaited to see if help would come. Johnson will play Schuyler in the movie.
Nick Schuyler, a former football player is now a personal trainer in Tampa, said “I’m humbled that Relativity was interested in paying tribute to Marquis, Corey and Will, and I was impressed with their vision for the film and how they wanted to honor how these guys lived and loved their families, friends and teammates.”
On the promotional campaign for ’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ IGN asked Jennifer Lawrence about where we find Mystique at the start of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ “We find Raven… she’s split off from Eric and Charles and she’s kind of her own agent. She has one mission of trying to assassinate somebody and it will be her first kill basically, and because we’ve seen her in the future and what she becomes and this is kind of a turning point for her.”
Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Not long after releasing the first trailer for ’Maleficent,’ Disney has sent over these three stills from their live action re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Lead by Angelina Jolie as Disney’s notorious evil queen, ‘Maleficent’ co-stars Elle Fanning as Aurora, and Sharlto Copley as Stefan, the half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king. In the film, Miranda Richardson plays Queen Ulla, a fairy queen who is Maleficent’s aunt – and dislikes her niece. Kenneth Cranham will play the human king who plots to conquer the fairy kingdom. Sam Riley takes the role of Diaval, a raven who changes into human form and is Maleficent’s right hand. Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville play the three pixie fairies in the tale.
Set for release May 30th, 2014, the film explores the origins of the evil fairy Maleficent and what led her to curse Princess Aurora in Disney’s animated classic ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Academy Award-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Oz The Great and Powerful) directs from a script by Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Alice in Wonderland).