Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Albert Brooks Set To Join Will Smith In The Ridley Scott-Produced NFL Concussions Project
According to a new report, Albert Brooks has joined Will Smith and Alec Baldwin in the untitled project based on the GQ article “Game Brain” for Scott Free and Sony Pictures, which will tackle the NFL’s concussion problem. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, whose fresh off strong reviews for her role in ‘Beyond the Lights’ at the Toronto Film Festival (and earlier this year she was fantastic in ‘Belle’), is also said to be in talks for the film. ‘Parkland’ director Peter Landesman is on board to write and direct the film.
While Charlie Hunnam was initially set to play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ last October it was announced that he had departed the project. The official statement read as follows, “The filmmakers of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule (Sons Of Anarchy) which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”
Almost a year later, and with Jamie Dornan now playing Christian Grey in the film, Charlie Hunnam has for the first time talked publicly about why he dropped out ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ revealing, “I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place if I didn’t want to do it…. It was a really, really difficult time in my life.” He also adds that when he met with director Sam Taylor-Johnson, he only went because he just wanted to meet her and was intrigued by her as a “super cool artist.” He was up-front from the get-go about his availability, in that he had none. “And then I just fell in love, creatively,” Hunnam explains. “I started talking about this thing and I just got so excited. I fell in love with the character and started seeing him and becoming intoxicated, which is the way I work: I find a character I love and I start thinking about it all the time.”
Lionsgate send word that they’ve updated their release schedule by penciling in a December 25th, 2015 release for the Zac Efron and Robert DeNiro-led comedy ‘Dirty Grandpa,’ and a June 10th, 2016 bow for ‘Now You See Me 2.’ The brief synopsis for ‘Dirty Grandpa’ (the film’s tentative title) is as follows: “Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, a former Army general, to Florida for spring break.” Dan Mazer, long-time writing and production partner of Sacha Baron Cohen, is directing the film.
The sequel to the 2013’s ‘Now You See Me’ sees the return of Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. ‘Now You See Me’ grossed more than $350 million worldwide and displayed staying power throughout a competitive summer. The film pit an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen,” a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits of their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is taking over from Louis Leterrier in the director’s chair for ‘Now You See Me 2.’
After premiering recently at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festival’s, this first poster has emerged online from writer/director Andrew Niccol’s ‘Good Kill’ – which stars Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Jake Abel and Zoë Kravitz. In the film, a Las Vegas-based fighter pilot turned drone pilot fights the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other 12. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end? This story follows one soldier’s tale with epic implications. Expect a release date for ‘Good Kill’ shortly.
After the enormous success of ’22 Jump Street,’ it is being reported that Sony Pictures and Original Film are moving forward with ’23 Jump Street.’ Rodney Rothman, one of the writers who penned ’22 Jump Street,’ is returning for the third film, yet at this moment in time it’s still unknown if ’21 Jump Street’ and ’22 Jump Street’ directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be back to direct the third film. They are said to be overseeing the script with Rothman as producers on ’23 Jump Street’ with Neal Moritz, and stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
Striking ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ Unofficial Concept Art Featuring Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor
Huy “Wee” Dinh has put together this great unofficial piece of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ concept art featuring Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in his Warsuit. From ‘Man of Steel’ helmer Zack Snyder, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ also stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Scoot McNairy, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ opens on March 25th, 2016.