Woody Harrelson Joins John Hillcoat’s ‘Triple Nine’; Also Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Winslet…
Deadline bring word that Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of John Hillcoat’s crime thriller ‘Triple Nine,’ opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot. Harrelson will play Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen, the uncle to the cop played by Casey Affleck. Both actors were recently seen together in Scott Cooper’s ‘Out Of The Furnace.’
The ‘Triple Nine’ story follows a group of thieves who plan to kill a young LAPD officer to divert the police away from a daring heist they’re perpetrating across town. The title refers to police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance. Casey Affleck will play the targeted officer, while Chiwetel Ejiofor will play a career criminal who masterminds the heist. Michael B. Jordan will play a street-wise cop in Ejiofor’s gang who partners with Affleck and plans to set him up. John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless, The Proposition) is directing from a script by Matt Cook. Expect more news about this project shortly as it begins shooting this summer.
THR bring word that Zhang Yimou is in talks to direct ‘Great Wall,’ a pet project of Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, who conceived it with ‘World War Z’ writer Max Brooks. The script for ‘Great Wall’ will be getting a rewrite, although the basic concept will remain: the mystery and secret origin of why the Great Wall was built.
Zhang Yimou’s body of work ranges from dramas ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ to martial arts epics such as ‘Hero’ and ‘House of Flying Daggers.’ He is an icon in his home country and also directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. His latest movie, ‘Coming Home,’ is set for release later this year and is expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. ‘Coming Home,’ which stars Gong Li, is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920′s to the 1990′s.
With Joe Wright now gearing up to shoot his 2015 Peter Pan movie, Deadline are reporting that Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring) is in talks to direct Universal Pictures and Working Title Films’ live-action take on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale ‘The Little Mermaid.’ Caroline Thompson of ‘Edward Scissorhands’ fame is rewriting the script, about the mermaid willing to make a Faustian bargain to live on land after she falls in love. This is a departure for Coppola in that her projects are usually focused on adult themes.
‘The Little Mermaid’ tale was first published in 1837 and has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre and animated film. ‘The Little Mermaid’ marks the latest Disney animated classic to get live-action treatment at another studio. Warner Bros. Pictures is currently in pre-production on a live-action version of ‘The Jungle Book.’ Joe Wright had previously been linked to direct ‘The Little Mermaid.’
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Takes Place 30yrs After ‘Return Of The Jedi’; Story Follows “A Trio Of New Young Leads Along With Some Very Familiar Faces”
While there’s still been no official casting announcements, over the last few weeks it has been reported that Oscar-winning ’12 Years A Slave‘ actress Lupita Nyong’o has been reading for a ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ role. Additionally, Ed Speleers (Downtown Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), and theater actors Matthew James Thomas and Ray Fisher are said to be among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead male role. Adam Driver is also said to be in final negotiations to play a undisclosed villain character in the movie.
Today at Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting, Disney head Bob Iger confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII’ will begin production at London’s historic Pinewood Studios in May. Furthermore, they’ve also confirmed that the sequel will be set 30 years after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’ and that the story line follows “a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”
Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger today announced that Pixar Animation Studios is developing a third ‘Cars’ feature film, and that ‘The Incredibles’ creator Brad Bird is writing ‘The Incredibles 2.’ The announcement was made during a meeting of shareholders and D23 Members at the company’s annual meeting today in Portland, Oregon. No word on release dates yet or any other information. Fingers crossed we get to hear some more substantial news about these projects shortly (in particular ‘The Incredibles 2.’ To be honest, I’m not too fussed about a ‘Cars 3,’ as the previous two installments are by far and away my least favorite Pixar movies.).
‘The Incredibles’ was written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2004. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar Animation Studios. The film’s title is the name of a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with an evil villain and his killer robot.
New Full-Length Trailer For Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ – Also Starring Elle Fanning, Sam Riley & Sharlto Copley
Disney has set loose this new full-length trailer for ‘Maleficent,’ the live action re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Lead by Angelina Jolie as Disney’s notorious evil queen, ‘Maleficent’ co-stars Elle Fanning as Aurora, and Sharlto Copley as Stefan, the half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king. In the film, Miranda Richardson plays Queen Ulla, a fairy queen who is Maleficent’s aunt – and dislikes her niece. Kenneth Cranham plays the human king who plots to conquer the fairy kingdom. Sam Riley takes the role of Diaval, a raven who changes into human form and is Maleficent’s right hand. Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville play the three pixie fairies in the tale.