Warner Bros. Pictures has set loose this new batch of images from ’The LEGO Movie.’ Scheduled for a February 7th release in the US and a February 14th bow in the UK, ’The LEGO Movie’ is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) from their own original screenplay. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Cobie Smulders, and Morgan Freeman.
Chris Pratt stars as Emmet. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks will star as two of Emmet’s fellow travelers: Vitruvius, an old mystic; and tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest. She also calls upon the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure voiced by Will Arnett, with whom she shares a history. Will Ferrell will play Emmet’s primary adversary, President Business; Liam Neeson is the president’s powerful henchman, Bad Cop; Nick Offerman is a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Brie is a member of Emmet’s team with a powerful secret.
The Hollywood Reporter bring word that Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the cast of the tentatively titled ‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie. Zack Snyder is directing the ‘Man of Steel’ follow-up, which is quickly turning into a who’s who of DC superheroes as Momoa could possibly join Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Godot as Wonder Woman.
At this moment in time it’s unclear whom Jason Momoa may play due to the top secret nature of the project. There’s been speculation that the movie’s villain could be Doomsday, a Kryptonian scientifically engineered into an intergalactic killing machine. Doomsday famously “killed” Superman in the comics, which became a media event in 1992. The character’s existence is even hinted in the extras of the ‘Man of Steel’ Blu-ray. That said, a source for the outlet speculated that if Warners is populating the movie with members of the ‘Justice League,’ Momoa could also play the Martian Manhunter, a super-powered alien trapped on Earth. Momoa, with his muscular physique, could be a fit for either character.
According to reports, actor-director-writer Dexter Fletcher has closed a deal to helm the movie on the rock supergroup Queen, with the late frontman, lead vocalist and lyricist Freddie Mercury to be played Ben Whishaw. GK Films’ Graham King is producing, and Sony Pictures has first crack at the film. This has been a passion project for King for several years, and it started with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to play Freddie Mercury. Fletcher made his directorial debut with ‘Wild Bill’ before directing ‘Sunshine On Leith,’ a musical based on the Proclaimers songbook. Whishaw has been rumored to be getting the Mercury role for some time.
Ben Whishaw will soon be seen as Herman Melville in the Ron Howard-directed ‘The Heart Of The Sea,’ the Warner Bros film that stars Chris Hemsworth about the actual whale attack that spawned Melville’s ‘Moby Dick.’ He recently starred in ‘Cloud Atlas’ and played Q in the 007 film ‘Skyfall’ and will reprise that role in the next installment.
Thrilling First Trailer For The Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ – Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum & Sean Bean
Warner Bros. Pictures has let out the hatch this first trailer for ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis lead an international cast that also includes Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith. ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is opening on July 25th.
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ was conceived and written by the Wachowskis, who are also directing. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom the writer/directors have collaborated since ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy, is producing the film together with the Wachowskis. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.
Deadline are reporting that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are moving forward with a sequel to ‘Jack Reacher,’ the 2012 film that starred Tom Cruise and is based on Lee Child’s bestselling novel series. This one will be based on ‘Never Go Back,’ which was published earlier this year. In it, Reacher heads back to his old military based in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force.
The outlet add that a rumor went around that Paramount might be trying to squeeze in a ‘Jack Reacher’ film before ‘Mission: Impossible 5.’ Paramount has denied that, but Deadline believe that they’re trying to fast track another installment. Paramount is looking for writers for the sequel since ‘Jack Reacher’ writer-director Christopher McQuarrie adapted the first one, but is too busy prepping ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ for a summer production start. Cruise and the studio hope McQuarrie will direct the sequel. The original cost around $57 million in production costs, grossed $218 million worldwide and has done well in ancillaries.
Focus Features has revealed, via Yahoo! Movies, the red band trailer for Jason Bateman’s feature directorial debut, the comedy ‘Bad Words.’ Opening in limited theaters on March 21st before expanding wide on March 28th, the film stars Bateman, Rohan Chand, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Ben Falcone and Philip Baker Hall.
Jason Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter (Kathryn Hahn of We’re the Millers) attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year-old Chaitanya (Rohan Chand of Homeland), who is completely unfazed by Guy’s take-no-prisoners approach to life.