Variety bring word that Idris Elba is set to join Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content’s upcoming action thriller ’Bastille Day.’ From a script by Andrew Baldwin, the story revolves around a US operative (Elba) who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy “disappear” in order to avoid embarrassment to the US government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro. After a several more attacks, the operative realizes the boy is innocent and also may be the only link to the person actually orchestrating the attacks.
Recently seen in ‘Pacific Rim’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ Idris Elba can next be seen in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ which is already getting award season buzz for his performance as Nelson Mandela. The Golden Globe-winner also has ’Beasts of No Nation,’ ‘The Gunman,’ ‘No Good Deed’ and ‘Second Coming’ on the horizon
Bryan Singer Reveals A New ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Production Image; Centers On Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine
One to always keep his followers up to date with his work, director Bryan Singer has took to his official Twitter account to reveal this new production image from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Singer Tweeted the following caption with the above pic: “A little pre-looping session by remote satellite. @RealHughJackman @ShuDonner.”
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.’
Walt Disney Pictures has premiered two new clips from ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, ‘Mary Poppins’, and the testy partnership the filmmaker develops with the author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks plays Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar-winner Emma Thompson in the role of Travers.
Before actually signing away the book’s rights, P.L. Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Walt Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars at the 1965 ceremonies – the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations.
According to Deadline, Jason Statham and his manager and producing partner Steve Chasman have acquired rights to the J.J. Connolly novel ‘Viva La Madness,’ Connolly’s follow-up novel to ‘Layer Cake.’ Just as he did with the Matthew Vaughn-directed film that starred Daniel Craig, Connolly again is turning his novel into a script. Connolly never names his chief protagonist anti-hero, but Statham will take on the nameless lead role (played by Craig in the 2004 film).
‘Viva La Madness’ is the second film for Jason Statham and Steve Chasman under the SJ Pictures banner. They recently wrapped the Simon West-directed ‘Heat,’ which William Goldman adapted his novel, with Statham starring with Sofia Vergara, Milo Ventimiglia and Stanley Tucci. Statham also wrapped ‘The Expendables 3′ and is shooting ‘Fast & Furious 7.’ He next stars with James Franco and Kate Bosworth in ‘Homefront.’
With the release of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ fast approaching, Lionsgate has revealed 4-minutes of behind-the-scenes “B-Roll” footage from the film. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sees Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth reprising their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Maria Howell, E. Roger Mitchell, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, Sam Claflin and Amanda Plummer join the “Hunger Games” film series for this sequel.
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled this triptych poster for Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ 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.