Variety are reporting that Universal and Imagine Entertainment have tapped ’42’ star Chadwick Boseman to play James Brown in the long-gestating biopic of the legendary artist known as “The Godfather of Soul.” Helmed by ‘The Help’ director Tate Taylor, the film follows Brown’s rise from extreme poverty in Georgia to becoming a world famous and profoundly influential musician with a string of hits in the 1960s and ’70s including “Please, Please, Please,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and many others.
James Brown, one of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, died in 2006 at age 73. Several actors were vying for the role, but Chadwick Boseman emerged as the top choice a few weeks ago, though no offer could be made until the pic was formally greenlit. Boseman will be seen next in the NFL pic ‘Draft Day,’ which stars Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ To Begin Principal Photography On January 21st 2014; Aiming For Christmas 2015 Release?
With pre-production on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ under way in the UK at Pinewood Shepperton’s Pinewood Studios, Latino-Review are reporting that the first day of principal photography on the film is January 21st 2014. Speaking of dates, the outlet are also hearing that the Disney/Lucasfilm are so far behind schedule that ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will in fact be released around Christmas 2015, as originally reported by BadAssDigest. The film will be directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Michael Arndt.
Lionsgate has announced that Stef Dawson has been cast as Annie Cresta, Finnick’s (played by Sam Claflin) love interest, in the final two chapters of the Hunger Games series, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockinjay – Part 1′ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.’A native of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, Dawson is known for her work on television as well as numerous independent films including the recent thriller ‘Wrath.’
To be directed by Francis Lawrence and based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockinjay’ follow Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer and Julianne Moore are slated to star with the first part hitting November 21st, 2014 and the final film arriving November 20th, 2015.
Deadline bring word that Scott Eastwood has joined David Ayer’s ‘Fury.’ The military action thriller also stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal and Logan Lerman. Principal photography is set to begin on the film in September, with a November 14th, 2014 release date being eyed. Eastwood, son of actor/director Clint Eastwood, joins the drama about a Sherman Tank crew in the final weeks of World War II.
‘Fury’ is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Following the news earlier this month that a fifth installment in ‘The Bourne Identity’ franchise is moving forward, Twitch are reporting that Universal Pictures is in simultaneous negotiations with both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for both to return to the Bourne franchise. The outlet are told Damon is only interested if Greengrass is directing so there are clearly a lot of moving parts here but if all comes together we could be seeing the return of the director and star of one of the strongest American action franchises of recent years.
A Jason Bourne-centric film would reportedly be developed in tandem with the recently announced fifth franchise entry, said to continue the adventures of Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross from last year’s ‘The Bourne Legacy.’ Cross was among a group of agents who took part in Operation Outcome. Medically enhanced to be smarter and physically superior, the agents were targeted for termination. Renner starred with Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. The studio has reportedly hired Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus) to pen that film. If Damon does decide to return to the franchise, a crossover between Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross could be in the works at some point down the line.
Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled this new poster for John Krokidas’ directorial feature debut, ‘Kill Your Darlings.’ Co-written by Krokidas and Austin Bunn, ‘Kill Your Darlings’ stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Cross, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews.
‘Kill Your Darlings’ revolves around the relationship between influential authors Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and the man who brought them together, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Their relationships are tested by the murder of Burroughs’ friend, David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall). ‘Kill Your Darlings’ opens on October 18th.