While ‘Suicide Squad’ is still in early development and the script is being worked on, that is not stopping writer-director David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) and the studio from making overtures for what will seemingly be an A-list ensemble piece filled with colorful anti-heroes. Today it is being reported that ‘Terminator: Genesys’ and ‘Divergent’ star Jai Courtney is in talks for the role of Deadshot in the film. Based on the DC comic book, the ‘Suicide Squad’ story centers on the team of super villains who are given a chance at redemption by the government. The catch: Their mission will probably kill them all.
Earlier in the week it was reposed that Margot Robbie is set to play Harley Quinn – the frequent accomplice and girlfriend of Batman’s nemesis The Joker – in the film, and over the weekend news broke that Oscar winner Jared Leto is being eyed to play the Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’ (Ryan Gosling was initially sought to play the iconic character, but he was reportedly unwilling to sign a deal with options for multiple movies). Tom Hardy and Will Smith are also said to be in various stages of negotiations to star, although no casting is confirmed at this time. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, who co-stars in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ may also join the film.
Back in October, Warner Bros. Pictures officially announced that a standalone ‘Wonder Woman’ film will hit cinemas on June 23rd, 2017, a year after the character makes her debut in 2016’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ With Gal Gadot playing the part, the search is on for a director and, if a recent report from Variety holds weight, ‘Breaking Bad’ producer/director Michelle MacLaren is in talks to helm the project. MacLaren has made a name for herself in television over the past couple of years with shows like ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Breaking Bad.’ Given the cinematic feeling of her TV episodes, the leap to big-budget makes even more sense.
“Prepare For The Final Journey To Middle-Earth”: New ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ TV Spot
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s first TV spot, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this second TV spot for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ the epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. ‘The Hobbit’ films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’ ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ will be released in the UK on December 12th and in the US on December 17th.
Columbia Pictures has reportedly hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) to work on the screenplay for ‘Uncharted,’ the live-action adaptation of the top selling PlayStation video game series ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.’ Seth Gordon is attached to direct, and the next step is to find a protagonist to play Nathan “Nate” Drake, the treasure and antiquities hunter and descendant of the famed explorer Sir Francis Drake. With journalist Elena Fisher and his mentor Victor Sullivan by his side, Drake attempts to find the lost treasure of El Dorado. The film – which is set for set for June 10th, 2016 – is being envisioned as a swashbuckling adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones.
The video game series includes ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune,’ its sequel ‘Uncharted 2: Among Thieves,’ and second sequel ‘Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.’ Among Thieves is the highest rated title of the series so far, currently standing as the 3rd-highest rated PlayStation 3 title on Metacritic, and won numerous Game of the Year awards. There are also ‘Uncharted: Golden Abyss’ and ‘Uncharted: Fight for Fortune’ for Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld system. The next main installment will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 4. The series has sold almost 20 million copies worldwide.
Back in October it was first reported that Ben Affleck is set to star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action thriller ‘The Accountant,’ which has ‘Warrior’ director Gavin O’Connor attached to helm. Today we hear that Anna Kendrick is eyeing the female lead while J.K. Simmons – who is receiving awards buzz for his role in Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ – is in negotiations for an unspecified role. Currently filming ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and with ‘Gone Girl’ in cinemas now, ‘The Accountant’ looks set to be Affleck’s next acting role before he embarks on his upcoming directorial effort ‘Live By Night.’ Based on an original script by Bill Dubuque, ‘The Accountant’ centers on a mild-mannered accountant (Affleck) who moonlights as a lethal assassin.
The good people over at Marvel Studios have unleashed this new extended trailer and behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ Joss Whedon’s ensemble superhero flick stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat Ultron (James Spader), a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver), played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. The likes of Don Cheadle, Idris Elba, Andy Serkis and Tom Hiddleston co-star.