Speaking to The Times Of India, Matt Damon touched upon the news that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman/Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s 2015 Superman Vs. Batman film. Damon and Affleck go back a long way. They both wrote the screenplay for and acted in ‘Good Will Hunting’ in 1997, which won them an Oscar for Best Screenplay. “Good Will Hunting is probably my favourite role, just because we wrote it, and it put both Ben and me on the map. That will also be the one role that’s nearest and dearest to my heart.”
Commenting on Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Matt Damon said, “I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw ‘Argo’ or ‘The Town,’ and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.”
Screen Daily send word that Jessica Alba will join Hailee Steinfeld and Samuel L. Jackson in the action comedy ‘Barely Lethal.’ Production is set to commence on October 17th with Kyle Newman directing from a screenplay by John D’Arco. ‘Barely Lethal’ centres on Megan (Steinfeld), a 16-year-old international assassin yearning for “normal” adolescence who fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. When her former-employer (Jackson) comes calling, it becomes more extracurriculars than any teenager can handle. Alba will play Victoria Knox, the villain of the piece who pursues Megan. Alba will be seen in the forthcoming film ‘A.C.O.D.,’ ‘Machete Kills,’ ‘Stretch,’ ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ and ‘Dear Eleanor.’
Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver & John Turturro Joining Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ Alongside Christian Bale & Joel Edgerton
Variety bring word that ‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro have been tapped to join Joel Edgerton and Christian Bale in Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic ‘Exodus.’ Paul is still in negotiations while Weaver and Turturro’s deals are closed. With Bale onboard to portray Moses, the outlet believe that Paul will play the Hebrew slave Joshua who goes on to lead the people onto the promised land after Moses. Weaver and Turturro will portray the parents of the pharoah Ramses, which will be played by Edgerton.
‘Exodus’ will reportedly shoot in Spain, Morocco and England. The project had picked up steam earlier this year when Steve Zaillian came aboard to write. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage penned a previous draft. Peter Chernin, who bought the project as a pitch, is producing alongside Ridley Scott.
Following the casting of Chadwick Boseman as James Brown, The Wrap are reporting that ‘The Help’ director Tate Taylor is considering a reunion with three of the stars from his hit 2011 drama, as Viola Davis, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis are being eyed for supporting roles alongside Boseman in Universal Pictures’ untitled James Brown movie.
Chadwick Boseman, who broke out in a big way with his performance as Jackie Robinson in ’42,’ is now preparing to play a very different historical figure in the movie, which Universal and Imagine Entertainment have spent years trying to bring to the big screen. Spike Lee was at first attached to direct this film, and this article by Slate explains perfectly why I’d much rather see Lee in the directors chair for this film than Tate Taylor.
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled this latest behind-the-scenes featurette for the action-thriller, ‘Getaway.’ Directed by Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy, the film stars the likes of Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, Rebecca Budig, and Bruce Payne. ‘Getaway’ is described as a “gritty, heart-pounding action thriller in which former race car driver Brent Magna (Hawke) is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Shelby Cobra Mustang, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage.” ‘Getaway’ arrives in cinemas on August 30th in the US and October 4th in the UK.
During a recent chat with EW for Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ Joss Whedon shed some light on his upcoming Avengers sequel, ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.’ The outlet asked the writer-director if he was planning to axe one of the heroes, plus asked him why Loki wasn’t going to be in the ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ “I’m always joking about that,” he said when asked about his “death, death, death” quote (Whedon had previously teased “death, death, death” for ‘The Avengers’ sequel). “Um… maybe? But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know, as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’”
‘The Avengers,’ of course, killed off non-Avenger Agent Coulson, but even making that stick turned out difficult, as now he’s being resurrected for ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ As far as Loki goes, Joss Whedon had high praise for actor Tom Hiddleston, but sounded firm that Ultron would be the only villain in the next film. “Every movie is going to be a different villain. Loki’s awesome, and he is awesome in Thor 2. But The Avengers is a different thing. I worked with Tom more than any other actor [in the last film], because he was the only villain and there were six heroes. And he was as great as anyone I’ve ever worked with, and I get why people loved the character. But it’s an Avengers movie.”