According to The Wrap, ‘Hugo’ and ‘Ender’s Game’ star Asa Butterfield is in talks to star opposite Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver in the indie comedy ‘King of the Kastle.’ Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka co-wrote and will direct the movie, which stars Owen as a philanderer who is blackmailed by a teenager. Butterfield is in line to play Owen’s teenage foil, while Weaver will co-star in an unspecified role. Gatewood and Tanaka will make their feature directorial debuts with ‘King of the Kastle.’ The duo previously wrote the Jonah Hill comedy ‘The Sitter’ and the upcoming Jackie Chan movie ‘Skiptrace,’ as well as Paramount’s planned ‘Baywatch’ movie.
Deadline are reporting that Shawn Levy has been tapped to develop and direct ‘City That Sailed,’ a 20th Century Fox adventure film that now officially has Will Smith aboard to star. Audrey Wells is writing the script for the tentpole and Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment will produce. The story centers on a father and daughter on the island of Manhattan as it breaks loose and sails across the Atlantic Ocean.
Shawn Levy begins production early next year on the third installment of the lucrative ‘Night At The Museum’ franchise that is set for a Christmas 2014 release. Will Smith’s name had been attached to ‘City That Sailed’ for some time among many starring vehicles — as far back as 2010, after finishing up shooting ‘Men In Black 3.’ This makes him officially aboard. Levy recently wrapped ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ for Warner Bros, directed Fox’s comedy ‘The Internship’ that came out this summer, and produced ‘The Spectacular Now.’ His director credits also include ‘Date Night’ and ‘Real Steel.’
This new trailer has arrived online for Ian Gabriel’s ensemble coming of age thriller ‘Four Corners,’ South Africa’s Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Ian Gabriel’s last work, ‘Forgiveness,’ was an African Voices selection for the 10 Best African Films of the past decade, last year. In ‘Four Corners,’ four lives will change forever as the destinies of a reformed prison general, a local cop, a charismatic gang leader and a surgeon back from London intersect with a young boy’s coming of age in a tale of family lost and family regained in the unknown world of the Cape Flats. ‘Four Corners’ stars Brendon Daniels as Farakhan, Irshaad Ally as Gasant, Lindiwe Matshikiza as Leila, Abduragman Adams as Tito, and introducing Jezzreil Skei as Ricardo. Source: ShadowAndAct.
Cape Town today. Home to South Africa’s toughest maximum Security prison – Pollsmoor. When Farakahn (Brendon Daniels) a general in the Numbers Gang, is released after 13 years, he wants a quiet life and a ‘river of peace’. But he finds himself in a world more violent than when he left it. Now ruthless street gangs – Americans, Nice Times, Mongrels, Dixie Boys – control the ghetto streets, crack and guns are sold openly, and young boys are disappearing, victims of a serial killer. In this turbulent world, Farakahn seeks to make contact with his 13-year-old son – who he’s never known.
Jonathan Glazer’s (Sexy Beast, Birth) ‘Under The Skin’ is to be released in the UK on March 14th, 2014. In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien, sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power to capture, destroy and presumably send home human males. She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening alien resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind. Glazer and cowriter Walter Campbell adapt Michael Faber’s acclaimed novel of the same name.
‘Under The Skin’ has already been critically-acclaimed at the Venice, Toronto and London film festivals. The score for the movie, which has also received lots of praise, is by Mica Levi. Expect a US release date shortly. Source: Entertainment Focus via The Playlist.
New ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Images Showcase Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly…
Warner Bros. Lebanon has provided Emileeid with a new collection of images from Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ featuring Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen’s Gandalf the Grey, Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel, James Nesbitt’s Bofur and Stephen Hunter’s Bombur. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey 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 film arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’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.
The first behind-the-scenes photo from the pre-production of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ has arrived online, courtesy of Bad Robot’s Twitter account. “Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII”. ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ which is expected to begin production early next year and will hit theaters on December 18th, 2015.