Deadline are reporting that Brie Larson is in early negotiations to play the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in the remake of the 1974 James Caan film, ‘The Gambler.’ ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ helmer Rupert Wyatt is set to direct the new Gambler from a script by William Monahan. In the 1974 original, a literature professor with a gambling problem runs into trouble with some local gangsters.
Paramount Pictures continues to have a strong relationship with Mark Wahlberg, who recently starred for them in ‘Pain and Gain’ and is currently filming the next installment of the “Transformers” franchise, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ for the studio. Rupert Wyatt has been a director on the prowl for his next project after guiding Fox’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ to stellar reviews and a big win at the box office. Wyatt took himself off the the sequel ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ because he didn’t want to rush the production and has since been on the look.
With Bradley Cooper set to voice Rocket Raccoon in James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Chris Pratt, who stars in the film as Peter Quill, recently offered a description of the character to Access Hollywood, “You think it’s a cartoon character, but it’s not, it’s a very real creature. [Rocket Raccoon has been] tortured his whole life and no one else likes him, so he’s lonely and he’s angry and it’s like, [there are] all these elements [to the character]. You sort of forget about that, you wouldn’t think about, [and] hopefully will come to life. I think it will and that’s why they hired a really good actor to do the role.”
The badass, anthropomorphic raccoon, who is an expert marksman and master tactician, is a fan favorite in the comicbook world. On the topic of Bradley Cooper providing the voice of the tiny gunslinger, Pratt said, “I could not be more excited that Bradley Cooper is voicing Rocket Raccoon,” Pratt said. “It’s a great character. It’s probably the best character in the movie, just because it’s not what you would expect.”
Following the news that Russell Crowe will star in the Gabriele Muccino-directed ‘Fathers And Daughters,’ The Wrap bring word that Crowe’s ‘Les Miserables’ co-star Amanda Seyfried has also joined the film. ‘Fathers And Daughters’ is a love story between a father and daughter living in New York City 25 years apart. Crowe will play a famous novelist and widower who struggles with mental illness as he tries to raise his five year-old daughter Katie (Seyfried). The story will move back and forth between the 1980s and Katie’s life in present-day Manhattan where she battles the demons that stem from her troubled childhood. The script was written by Brad Desch (Shotgun Lovesongs).
Russell Crowe most recently starred in ‘Man Of Steel,’ and will next play the title character in the Darren Aronofsky-directed Biblical epic ‘Noah,’ and re-teams with ‘A Beautiful Mind’ scribe Akiva Goldsman in Goldsman’s directorial debut ‘Winter’s Tale.’ Crowe is also preparing his feature directorial debut, ‘The Water Diviner.’ Amanda Seyfried recently starred in ‘Lovelace’ and will next be seen in Seth MacFarlane’s western comedy ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’ alongside Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron.
The Weinstein Company has unveiled this new trailer for the much anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’ Based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s autobiography of the same name, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and produced by Anant Singh. Alongside Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris plays his wife, Winnie. The likes of Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto co-star.
Anant Singh began communicating with Nelson Mandela about making a film based on his life while he was still in prison and acquired the film rights to Mandela’s book at the time of its publication in 1996 and development on the film began immediately when Academy Award Nominee, writer William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Gladiator, Shadowlands) signed on. The film tells the story of the legendary South African freedom fighter, spanning over seventy years, including his struggle against apartheid, 27 years in jail and his rise to prominence as a political leader and head-of-state. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ arrives in cinemas on November 29th in the US and January 3rd in the UK.
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled this new retro poster for Peter Segal’s ’Grudge Match,’ which stars Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Kim Basinger and Alan Arkin. Set for a December 25th release, the story revolves around retired boxers Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, lifelong bitter rivals who are coaxed out of retirement and into the ring for one final grudge match – 50 years after their last title fight.
In “Grudge Match,” De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.
With the release of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ fast approaching, Marvel has debuted the following clip, featurette and “b-roll” for the film. The likes of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Rene Russo (Frigga), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) reprise their roles from the first ‘Thor’ film, while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandral, Christopher Eccleston will play the villainous Malekith The Accursed, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor” and ‘The Avengers,’ Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves… but our universe itself.