With the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie having kicked off filming this past Sunday, Variety bring word that singer-actor Rita Ora is set to play Christian Grey’s adopted sister, Mia, in the film. Dakota Johnson, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Max Martini and Jennifer Ehle are also on board with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.
Speaking recently to The Sydney Morning Herald (via The Playlist) director George Miller commented on the long awaited ‘Mad Max: Fury Road.’ “Our film, luckily after a ridiculous amount of work, is testing extremely well. We’re very happy. There has been a lot of doubt about it, [people saying] ‘it took so long’, but Warners have delayed it until 2015 to go into the top weekend of the year.” The outlet are reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures pushed the film – which began shooting in 2012 – to 2015 so as not to compete against the “World Cup” in 2014. Miller also commented on the rumor that Mel Gibson, the original “Mad Max,” will cameo in the film, saying, “It would have been nice somehow but, no, it’s not true.”
Last week, Warner Bros. Pictures first announced that they’ve set George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ for a 2D and 3D release on May 15th, 2015. While there are currently no other films slated for that specific date, it is two weeks after Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and one week before both Paul Feig’s ‘Susan Cooper’ and Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland.’
Universal Set ‘Bourne 5′ For August 2015 & The Scarlett Johansson & Morgan Freeman-Starring ‘Lucy’ For August 2014
Universal Pictures has today set an August 8th, 2014 release date for the Luc Besson-helmed action thriller ‘Lucy,’ Additionally, the studio pencilled in an August 14th, 2015 release date for their upcoming fifth entry in the Robert Ludlum-inspired ”Bourne” franchise that launched with ‘The Bourne Identity’ in 2002. Justin Lin (Fast & Furious series) will direct with Jeremy Renner returning as Aaron Cross.
In ‘Lucy,’ Scarlett Johansson stars as the title character, who is forced to become a drug mule and is subsequently transformed into an ass-kicking machine when a highly-specialized drug enters her system. As Lucy races against the clock to survive, her new abilities allow her to see into the future, move objects with her mind and disregard pain and other emotions. Morgan Freeman play sa professor well-versed in evolution and the capabilities of the human brain who Lucy is on a mission to find before she dies.
In a recent chat with Total Film for the home video release of ’Man of Steel’ (which is available on 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download now), Henry Cavill shared his thoughts on Ben Affleck playing Batman/Bruce Wayne. “I’m sure he’ll be fantastic, above all else! And as a filmmaker, he’s got his own style, you know? He’s not copying anyone else. And he’s also sort of being tenacious in his career. He’s had ups followed by downs, and now he’s very up again. I think that requires and shows a very special strength of character. And it’s something which I enjoy working with because jobs like this require strength of character. They require a dedication to the work and belief in oneself, and Ben has that, clearly.”
The Sun have debuted this first look at Daniel Radcliffe on the set of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming ‘Frankenstein.’ Paul McGuigan (Push, Lucky Number Slevin) is directing the movie, which retells the Mary Shelley horror classic from the perspective of Igor, the hunchbacked assistant to Victor Frankenstein. Radcliffe is playing Igor, while James McAvoy is playing the doctor who has plans to build a human body. Jessica Brown Findlay will play a trapeze artist who is saved by Igor after an accident, with the two becoming very close in the aftermath. John Davis is producing the film, which is being described as a tale of friendship and redemption. Set for January 16th, 2015, the script is by Max Landis (Chronicle).
This first trailer has arrived online for John Curran’s (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore) ‘Tracks,’ which stars Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. An adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir of the same name, ‘Tracks’ chronicles the author’s (Wasikowska) nine-month journey on camels across the Australian desert. In 1977, Davidson traveled from Alice Springs across 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) of Australian deserts to the Indian Ocean with her dog and four camels. National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) documents her journey. The Weinstein Company is expected to release ‘Tracks’ in 2014, after it hits Australan screens on March 6th.