From Warner Bros. Pictures comes this latest trailer for the David Dobkin-directed (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) ‘The Judge.’ In the thriller/family drama, Robert Downey Jr stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. The likes of Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty and Denis O’Hare also star. ‘The Judge’ opens on October 10th.
According to the good people over at Screen Daily, Marvel Studios is in advanced negotiations to shoot the upcoming superhero film ‘Doctor Strange’ at Pinewood-Shepperton. Prep is set to start at Shepperton in late 2014/early 2015, and a tentative shoot date has been mooted for May 2015. The outlet add that Marvel have penciled in the film’s release for July 8th, 2016. ‘Sinister’ and ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ helmer Scott Derrickson is set to direct ‘Doctor Strange,’ and three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be in talks for the title role.
If this deal comes together, it would further reinforce the strong ties between Pinewood, Marvel and parent company Disney. Disney’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is currently shooting at Pinewood, and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ recently wrapped at Shepperton. Two of Marvel’s most recent movies, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ also shot at Pinewood-Shepperton.
Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga have been tapped to star in Rick Famuyiwa’s (The Wood, Brown Sugar) ‘Dope.’ The film is described as a coming-of-age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime. Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station) are producing the film, which will feature original music by Pharrell Williams, who’s also executive producing. Principal photography on ‘Dope’ is currently underway.
Brie Larson & Ben Kingsley Join ‘Brooklyn Bridge’, Mackenzie Davis Set For ‘The Martian’ & Margaret Qualley In Talks For ‘The Nice Guys’
A slew of casting appointments/reports have hit the web, so here’s a quick roundup. First up, Brie Larson and Ben Kingsley have joined Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Brooklyn Bridge,’ which is to be directed by Douglas McGrath. Inspired by true events, it details the story of a brilliant but inexperienced engineer (Radcliffe) who is left to oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when his father (Kingsley) passes away. Besieged by calamity, danger and doubt, his obsession to get the job done threatens his health and his family until he discovers an improbable ally in his charming and shrewd wife Emily (Larson). Production is scheduled to begin next Spring.
According to a new report, ‘Broadwalk Empire’ actor Jack Huston has been set to play the title character in Timur Bekmambetov’s new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ,’ which in its time outsold every book but ‘The Bible’ until it was eclipsed by ‘Gone With The Wind.’ Judah Ben-Hur was played in the iconic 1959 William Wyler-directed version by Charlton Heston. That adaptation won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, an accomplishment that was not equaled until ‘Titanic’ in 1997 and then again by ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ in 2003.
Jack Huston joins Morgan Freeman, who will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer. Huston also recently landed the role of Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies,’ alongside Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote.
‘Her’, ‘Let The Right One In’ & ‘Interstellar’ Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema To Replace Roger Deakins On ‘Bond 24′
While three of the key ingredients for enormous success of ‘Skyfall’ have been confirmed for its untitled follow-up (director Sam Mendes, writer John Logan and lead Daniel Craig), cinematographer Roger Deakins won’t be returning for the latest 007 adventure. Hitfix’s Kristopher Tapley revealed back in February, “At dinner with Deakins last night I learned some news that makes me sad: He won’t be shooting the next Bond.” No reason was given for Deakins not returning for ‘Bond 24,’ but I believe it would be safe to assume that scheduling is the likeliest culprit, as Deakins is one of the most in-demand cinematographers around – and he might just be at the top of my “how-the-hell-does-this-guy-not-have-an-Oscar” list considering his incredible work on the likes of ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘Fargo’ and especially ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,’ for me the most beautifully shot film in modern cinema history.