Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled this new UK trailer for ’300: Rise of an Empire,’ the upcoming follow-up to Zack Snyder’s ’300.’ Planned for a March 7th, 2014 release, ’300: Rise of an Empire’ stars Rodrigo Santoro returning as Xerxes, Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, Jack O’Connell as Calisto, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, David Wenham as Dilios, and Eva Green as Artemisia.
’300: Rise of an Empire’ is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in ’300,’ and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistokles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC. Previous reports had Zack Snyder – who in my eyes done a fantastic job with ’300′ – pegged to direct until Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan signed him up to helm ‘Man of Steel.’ Noam Murro (five-time DGA nominated commercials director) is on board to direct the film. Snyder produces.
Screen Daily bring word that Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier is in talks to direct the biopic ‘Mary Queen of Scots.’ Saoirse Ronan is attached to play the eponymous Queen Mary, who famously attempted to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Acclaimed playwright Penelope Skinner, who recently penned Kevin Macdonald’s drama ‘How I Live Now,’ also starring Ronan, is working with ‘The Tudors’ and ‘Elizabeth’ writer Michael Hirst on the script, with Working Title aiming for a 2014 shoot.
Queen of Scotland between 1542-1567, Mary Stuart famously tried to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, a move which was supported by many Catholics but saw her condemned in later life to years of imprisonment and finally execution. Her turbulent life included a marriage to the King of France, the murder of her second husband and subsequent marriage to a suspect in his murder, her abdication from the Scottish throne after an uprising, and imprisonment in both Scotland and England. After 18 years of imprisonment Mary was eventually found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth, and was subsequently executed.
New Trailer For ‘The Butler’ – Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman & Terrence Howard
With ‘The Butler’ set to arrive in US theaters later this week, The Weinstein Company has released this new “Faith” trailer for Lee Daniels’ (Precious) historical drama. Danny Strong wrote the script with Daniels based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about Allen, ”A Butler Well Served by This Election.” Eugene Allen started at the White House as a “pantry man” in 1952, when blacks weren’t allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia. He ended up serving eight presidents and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made, from the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. Allen is portrayed in the film by Forest Whitaker.
Forest Whitaker is joined in ‘The Butler’ by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Alex Pettyfer, David Oyelowo, Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Aml Ameen, Nelsan Ellis, Yaya DaCosta, Terrance Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz and Liev Schreiber. The music for ‘The Butler’ is being composed by Quincy Jones. The film arrives in US cinemas on August 16th. Expect a UK release date for the film shortly.
Bryan Cranston On Potentially Playing Lex Luthor In The ‘Man Of Steel’ Follow-Up/Batman Vs. Superman: “Give Me A Call”
Ever since Zack Snyder announced last month at Comic-Con that he’s bringing together Batman and Superman for the first time on the big screen, speculation has shifted up a gear with regards to who’s playing Batman/Bruce Wayne in the 2015 film. While a number of names have been speculated for that role (Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Richard Armitage and Joe Manganiello), there’s also been some chatter with regards to who’s potentially playing Lex Luthor in the film.
Following the release of Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel,’ it was strongly rumored that Superman’s iconic nemesis would feature in the sequel, with both Bryan Cranston and Mark Strong named as two contenders for the role. Asked earlier this month whether there was any truth to the rumors, Strong responded: “All I can say is… watch this space.” Now the ‘Breaking Bad’ star said of potentially playing Superman’s arch-nemesis, “Give me a call. I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a loveable, sweet man.” Please note: it’s not confirmed that the character will even be featuring in the ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up/’Batman Vs. Superman’ movie at this moment in time ( although from all the Lexi Corp easter eggs in ‘Man of Steel’ it seems incredibly likely!). Source: Digital Spy.
According to Deadline, HBO Films is closing a deal with Julie Delpy to adapt the Marisa Acocella Marchetto memoir ‘Cancer Vixen: A True Story’ as a star vehicle for Cate Blanchett. Blanchett is an executive producer on the project alongside Maven Pictures partners Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray. Delpy is coming off acclaim for her performance opposite Ethan Hawke in the Richard Linklater-directed ‘Before Midnight,’ and she wrote that script with her co-star and director. Her other co-writing credits include ‘Before Sunset’ and ’2 Days In New York.’ She and Blanchett turned in two of the most buzzed-about actress performances of the year, counting Blanchett’s turn in ‘Blue Jasmine.’
In the film Cate Blanchett will play a cartoonist for magazines like The New Yorker and Glamour with a supercharged Manhattan lifestyle. She’s about to get married but must re-examine her life through wit and her animation when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. The synopsis for the memoir is as follows: What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds a lump in her breast? That’s the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. In vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer—from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.
Anchorman Ron Burgundy To Publish Tell-All Memoir: “Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life & Other Musings”
In awesome piece of viral marketing, The New York Times reports that legendary San Diego Action 4 News Team anchorman Ron Burgundy is set to publish a tell-all memoir titled “Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings.” The book is scheduled to hit shelves on November 19th, almost exactly a month before Burgundy returns to theaters in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’
‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ itself finds Ron Burgundy putting the 70′s behind him as San Diego’s top rated newsman returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Harrison Ford, Greg Kinnear, Josh Lawson, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson and Nicole Kidman star in the Adam McKay-helmed film.