Michael Bay has announced that Han Geng, a Chinese Mandopop singer, actor and dancer, has joined the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing and T.J. Miller in ‘Transformers 4.’ Bay said: “He’s one of Asia’s top stars in the worlds of music, television and movies and has become one of the most influential entertainers in China. Now he’ll also be known for Transformers 4. Welcome Han Geng to the cast of Transformers 4.”
Michael Bay’s first ‘Transformers’ film was a box office sensation in 2007, opening at #1 and earning more than $700 million worldwide. His second installment ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, ‘Transfromers: Dark of the Moon’ was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 6th highest grossing film of all time. The ‘Transformers’ franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide. Scheduled for a June 27th, 2014 release, ‘Transformers 4′ will be produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.
Amazing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Artwork Featuring Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle & Christian Bale’s Batman
Ben Oliver has put together these stellar illustrations centering on Christian Bale’s Batman and Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle. Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed earlier this year that the self-contained world of Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy will be left behind, and Zack Snyder’s Superman movie, ‘Man of Steel,’ will begin to open up a DC Movie Universe. Given the huge success of ‘Man of Steel’ at the box office, expect to be hearing the plans for the future DC Movie Universe at Comic-Con later this month.
Following the recent announcement that Alfonso Cuarón’s (Children Of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) ’Gravity’ will open the upcoming Venice Film Festival on August 28th, EW has premiered this brand new still from the film. The sci-fi thriller, which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts stranded in space after their shuttle is caught in a meteor shower, is pencilled in for a October 4th bow in 2D, 3D and IMAX.
‘Gravity’ is written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón. In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Warner Bros. Pictures has revealed this still of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in Doug Liman’s ‘All You Need Is Kill.’ Pencilled in for a June 6th, 2014 release, the film also stars Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic and Charlotte Riley. Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is directing the film from a screenplay by Dante Harper, Christopher McQuarrie and Joby Harold, based on the acclaimed novel ‘All You Need is Kill’ by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
The synopsis for ‘All You Need Is Kill’ is as follows: The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.
Twitch Film has uncovered this first full-length trailer for the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Unforgiven.’ Lee Sang-il, the acclaimed director of Hula Girlsand Villain (Akunin), is directing the film. The action is now set in late 1800′s Hokkaido with the lead actor Ken Watanabe playing a long retired samurai drawn back into action by the combination of poverty and a large bounty, at a time when Japan largely abandons the old ways to adopt a more modern stance.
The film also stars Koichi Sato as Gene Hackman’s character and Akira Emoto as Morgan Freeman’s character. The likes of Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna co-star. Pencilled in for a Japanese release on September 13th , expect to hear the international release schedule for the film shortly. Ken Watanabe starred in Clint Eastwood’s 2005 Oscar nominee ‘Letters from Iwo Jima.’
Cool Collection Of ‘The Hobbit’ Artwork Featuring Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel, Ian McKellen’s Gandalf, Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins & More
Alessia Pelonzi has drawn these pieces of ‘The Hobbit’ artwork centering on the likes of Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen’s Gandalf the Grey, Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel, Benedict Cumeberbatch’s Smaug the Dragon, Adam Brown’s Ori and Graham McTavish’s Dwalin. A newcomer to the trilogy, Tauriel is a female elf from Mirkwood. She is the Chief of the Guards for the Elvenking, Thranduil (Legolas’ dad). Her name means “daughter of the wood”.
If you weren’t already aware, Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Smaug the Dragon and The Necromancer in ‘The Hobbit’ film series. Smaug, one of the last remaining dragons in Middle-earth, guards the treasure in Erebor. Cumberbatch will portray Smaug and The Necromancer through motion capture, similar to Andy Serkis with Gollum. Smaug has a very brief appearance in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ during the opening prologue and the ending, but only portions of him can be seen. I’m looking forward to seeing him unleashed in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!’ Both Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be seen in series 3 of ‘Sherlock’ later this year.