According to various reports, Christina Hendricks has joined Charlize Theron, Corey Stoll, Andrea Roth and Chloe Moretz in the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s ‘Dark Places.’ Hendricks will play the older Krissi Cates character in the film from director Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Krissi has been haunted by a secret from her past that could have great implications for Theron’s Libby Day character and her jailed brother Ben (Stoll). In the book, Krissi is a barely-getting-by stripper who had accused Ben decades before of being a child molester and some other very serious misdeeds.
Before ‘Dark Places,’ the multiple-Emmy-nominated Christina Hendricks will be seen in the Ryan Gosling-directed fantasy noir film ‘How To Catch A Monster’ along with Matt Smith and Eva Mendes. She’s also in ‘God’s Pocket,’ a drama directed by her ‘Mad Men’ co-star John Slattery and starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro. Richard Jenkins and Eddie McGee. The synopsis for the ‘Dark Places’ novel is as follows.
First Trailer For ‘Parkland’ – Starring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden & Billy Bob Thornton
Yahoo! Movies has revealed this first trailer for ’Parkland.’ Based on the book ‘Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy’ by Vincent Bugliosi, the adapted screenplay is written by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, who is making his directorial debut. ’Parkland’ stars Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Ron Livingston, Colin Hanks, Tom Welling, Jeremy Strong, and David Harbour.
‘Parkland’ recounts the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, November 22nd, 1963. Part thriller, part real-time drama, ‘Parkland’ is described as a “ferocious, heart-stopping story of unexceptional people fighting for survival and reaching for heroism in an exceptional time.” The film is eyeing a 2013 US theatrical release around the 50th anniversary of the assassination.
Idris Elba To Star In & Produce An Adaptation Of Uzodinma Iweala’s ‘Beasts Of No Nation'; Cary Fukunaga Directs
Deadline are reporting that Red Crown Productions has set Idris Elba to star and Cary Fukunaga to direct ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel. The story follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who, when civil war engulfs his West African country is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. Not only must Agu face the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister, but must also join a life of violence and brutality. Agu befriends a mute boy named Strika and together they face the crimes and hardships of war. Elba will play the lead role of Commander and he will serve in a producing capacity as well.
Cary Fukunaga has directed ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Sin Nombre’ and is currently helming the HBO series ‘True Detective.’ Idris Elba was recently seen in the third season of Neil Cross’s celebrated detective series ‘Luther,’ which premieres on BBC America in September, and he plays Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,’ which The Weinstein Company releases in November. He’s coming off the Guillermo del Toro-directed ‘Pacific Rim,’ which is approaching the $400 million mark in worldwide gross. The official synopsis for the ‘Beasts of No Nation’ novel can be read below.
Complex has debuted this first image of Samuel L. Jackson in Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy.’ Arriving in cinemas on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK, the upcoming remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult classic also stars the likes of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone, Lance Reddick, and Michael Imperioli. The original ‘Oldboy,’ released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s 90′s manga series.
Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ follows Josh Brolin’s character, Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughters birthday. For twenty years he is held captive, and upon his release must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. Sharlto Copley plays a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Joe’s life, while Elizabeth Olsen plays Marie, a caseworker who helps Joe investigate the past. Samuel L. Jackson plays the head of the motel where Brolin’s character has been held hostage.
Warner Bros. Pictures has reportedly picked up ‘Empire Rising,’ a novel by Thomas Kelly set against the construction of the Empire State Building, that will be developed as a potential directing vehicle for Guy Ritchie. Kelly, who is also a writer and producer on BBC America’s ‘Copper,’ will pen the adaptation, which will be produced by Ritchie and his partner Lionel Wigram.
The 2006 novel tells an epic love triangle set in 1930 just as construction on the iconic building begins and the Depression is beginning to take hold. On one side is the Irish immigrant Michael Briody, a steelworker on the building who is also running guns for the IRA. On the other is Johnny Farell, a bagman for Mayor Jimmy Walker and adapt at running the corrupt political system. And in the middle is a beautiful artist named Grace Masterson. Historical figures also make appearances.
Sony Pictures send word that Neill Blomkamp’s (Elysium, District 9) next movie, ‘Chappie,’ is set for March 27th, 2015. Blomkamp will work from a screenplay he has written with Terri Tatchell. He will also produce the film with Simon Kinberg. ‘Chappie’ tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes. The film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters.
Sony Pictures also released Blomkamp’s first feature film, ‘District 9,’ which took in over $200 million worldwide and earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium,’ starring Matt Damon, is playing in theaters now.