Hot on the heels of the news that Gerard Butler is in talks to join ‘Gods of Egypt,’ THR are reporting that Geoffrey Rush has closed a deal to join Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Alex Proyas (I, Robot) epic fantasy. The film is set in ancient Egypt against the legendary world of great pyramids and sphinxes. Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones,’ is set to play Horus, the god of the sky, who teams up with a human thief and Hathor, the goddess of love, on a magical quest to avenge the death of his father, Osiris. Butler would play Set, the Egpyptian God of the desert, storms, and foreigners. The story is set in motion when Set kills Osiris. Rush will play the sun god Ra, the father of Set and Osiris who is also Set’s ultimate target.
Deadline are reporting that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has joined the likes of Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx in ‘Annie,’ the update of the classic comic strip-turned-musical that Sony Pictures is making with producers Will Smith and Jay-Z. Agbaje will play Nash, the tough but lovable bodyguard and driver for Stacks (Foxx) and a good friend of Annie (Wallis). He next appears in the upcoming films ‘Thor: The Dark World’ and ‘Pompeii.’
Set for a December 19th, 2014 release, ‘Annie’ is to be directed by Will Gluck (Easy A, Friends with Benefits) and lead by Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild.’ ‘Annie’ is being produced by James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Will Smith through Overbrook Entertainment, and by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Jay Brown, and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith through Marcy Media. The cast also includes Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Cameron Diaz.
The Wrap are reporting that Focus Features has acquired screen rights to ‘ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun’ and attached Derek Cianfrance to direct the film. The book is an oral history that chronicles the formation of the Worldwide Leader in Sports. 20th Century Fox acquired the book by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales back in July 2011. Several months ago, Fox put the movie into turnaround, though Focus has come to the rescue, seeing potential in the project.
‘ESPN’ chronicles the cable network’s rise to power using the voices of past and present ESPN personalities and producers, including Bill Simmons, Chris Berman and Keith Olbermann. Derek Cianfrance is the director of ‘Blue Valentine’ and Focus’ multi-generational crime drama ‘The Place Beyond the Pines,’ which is expected to be a contender in the acting categories this awards season. He recently signed on to direct ‘The Light Between Oceans’ for DreamWorks. There’s no writer on-board for ‘ESPN’ yet, so I’d expect we’ll be seeing ‘The Light Between Oceans’ on the big screen first. The synopsis for the ‘ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun’ book is as follows.
Raj Khatri has put together this brilliant painting for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ centering on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Set for a May 23rd, 2014 release date, director Bryan Singer announced last month that production wrapped on ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ The film has the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) playing the main antagonist in the film, Bolivar Trask. With Bryan Singer merging past and present ‘X-Men’ actors for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the director has Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Halle Berry (Storm), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) returning for film – which is ostensibly a sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but will prominently feature actors from the first ‘X-Men’ trilogy.
Vin Diesel has again took to his hugely popular Facebook account to reveal this latest behind-the-scenes image from the set of James Wan’s ‘Fast & Furious 7,’ showcasing our first look at Kurt Russell. “Kurt Russell, such an honor to work with… P.s. One from set…”
No plot details have been unveiled yet, except that the film will return to Los Angeles after the previous five films were set in other locations. Newcomers to the cast reportedly include the likes of Ronda Rousey, Tony Jaa, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Djimon Hounsou, while the likes of Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black, Ludacris and Jordana Brewstar are returning. This May’s ‘Fast & Furious 6′ is the highest grossing film for Universal Pictures, having made more than $750 million at the worldwide box office. Expect more news about ’Fast & Furious 7′ shortly.
Walt Disney Pictures has unveiled three international posters for their 53rd full-length animated flick, ‘Frozen.’ Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel, ‘Frozen’ journeys into theaters on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck direct the 3-D musical adventure, while Tony-award winner Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the music. The official synopsis for ‘Frozen’ is as follows. Source: IMP.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” comes to UK cinemas December 6, 2013.