Relativity Media and director Michael Hoffman have reportedly offered James Marsden the male lead role in ‘The Best Of Me,’ an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller that Paul Walker planned to star in. Deadline report that Marsden’s deal needs to be negotiated, but the offer was just made for him to star alongside Michelle Monaghan. Relativity had been quietly looking to recast since the tragedy that took Walker’s life late last year. This had boiled down to a short list of Marsden and Joe Manganiello.
While Universal Pictures put ‘Fast & Furious 7′ on extended hiatus to creatively find a way to finish the movie after Walker died halfway through the shoot, Walker had several projects he was sparked to star in. ‘Homeland‘ star Rupert Friend is reportedly circling one of the others, ‘Agent 47.’
With ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ out in cinemas around the world now, Lerms has put together this brilliant fan poster for the series. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.’ The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
Digital Spy has unveiled these two new stills from ‘Divergent,’ the first installment of the futuristic action-adventure trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s The New York Times bestselling novels. Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer and Amy Newbold, ‘Divergent’ is set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
The film, a futuristic action adventure, is directed by Neil Burger (Limitless, The Illusionist) from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Summit will release the film theatrically on March 21st, 2014. The official synopsis for Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ novel can be read below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elijah Wood has signed on to star in ‘Set Fire to the Stars,’ a period movie exploring the relationship between poets John Malcolm Brinnin and Dylan Thomas. Andy Goddard, best known for helming key episodes of ‘Downton Abbey,’ co-wrote the script and is directing. Celyn Jones co-wrote the script with Goddard and will portray Thomas opposite Wood’s Brinnin. ‘Set Fire to the Stars’ is set to begin filming at the end of the month and counts Kelly Reilly (Flight, Sherlock Holmes), Shirley Henderson (the ‘Harry Potter’ movies) and Steven Mackintosh (Luther) in its cast.
John Malcolm Brinnin was a Canadian-born American poet who was instrumental in bringing Dylan Thomas, known as the “doomed poet,” into the US for his famed visits in the early 1950s, leading up to his death in 1953. He had to deal with the drunken Welsh man’s increasingly erratic behavior, even writing about those final years in a 1955 book, ‘Dylan Thomas in America.’ The movie will explore the turbulent relationship between Brinnin and his hero, with shooting taking place on location in and around Thomas’ home of Swansea, Wales.
Paramount Pictures has debuted these two behind-the-scenes featurettes for ’Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ which opens on January 17th in the US and January 24th in the UK. In the film, Chris Pine takes on the eponymous Tom Clancy character; who’s previously been played in novel-to-screen adaptations by Alec Baldwin in ’The Hunt for Red October,’ by Harrison Ford in both ’Patriot Games’ and ‘Clear and Present Danger,’ and finally by Ben Affleck in ‘The Sum of All Fears.’ The story for this film centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan, who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the US economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife (Keira Knightley).
Kenneth Branagh will be pulling double-duty as the film’s director and villain, while Kevin Costner stars as William Harper, a legendary CIA Field Agent. Colm Feore, Nonso Anozie, Karen David and Gemma Chan co-star. The synopsis for ’Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ is as follows.