While Matt Damon is currently the sole confirmed cast member for ‘The Martian’, the likes of Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Mackenzie Davis and Kate Mara have all been rumored for the feature adaptation Andy Weir’s novel. Today you can add another name to that list, as Michael Pena is reportedly in early negotiations to join the Ridley Scott-directed film. Sources tell Variety that negotiations are in early stages, and Pena’s involvement will depend on his busy schedule.
‘The Martian’ follows NASA astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), a botanist and mechanical engineer, who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth. The sci-fi survival thriller will arrive in cinemas on November 25th, 2015. With that new date, I expect filming will commence very shortly, so expect concrete casting appointments and production details shortly. The synopsis for the grippingly detailed and ingenious novel is as follows.
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From ‘Man of Steel’ helmer Zack Snyder, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ also stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Scoot McNairy, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ opens on March 25th, 2016.
Inspired by his recent role as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’, Idris Elba has curated, written and produced ‘mi Mandela’, an album of songs which “uncovers some of South Africa’s most gifted yet largely undiscovered world music talents”. Blending South African and British artists, the album will be released on November 24th via 7wallace (Idris’ own imprint)/Parlophone.
‘mi Mandela’ will feature contributions from Mumford & Sons, Nothembi Mkhwebane, Spoek Mathambol, Cody Chesnutt, James Blake, Maverick Sabre, Phuzekhemisi, Mr. Hudson, George the Poet, DJ Spoko, Future History and Mahotella Queens, among others. In a teaser trailer for the album – which can be viewed below, Idris Elba explains how he came to immerse himself in the music of South Africa while shooting ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.’ “South African music was part of my research. I wanted to understand what music he liked, and so in that journey I discovered the roots of South African music.”
UK Trailer For ‘Say When’ (Titled ‘Laggies’ In North America) – Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz & Sam Rockwell
From Icon Film Distribution comes this new UK trailer for Lynn Shelton’s (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister) ‘Say When,’ which opens on November 7th in the UK and October 24th in the US. In the film, having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28-year-old Megan (Keira Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When he proposes, Megan panics and given an opportunity to escape – at least temporarily – she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Annika’s world-weary single dad (Sam Rockwell). The coming-of-age comedy also stars Jeff Garlin, Gretchen Mol and Kaitlyn Dever.
6 New Pics From Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar'; Matthew McConaughey & Anne Hathaway Talk About The Film’s Ambitions
These new images have arrived online from Christopher Nolan’s hugely anticipated ‘Interstellar,’ providing us with fresh looks at Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, David Gyasi, Casey Affleck and Jessica Chastain. Set for release on November 7th, the top-notch cast for the sci-fi flick also includes Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Caine and Matt Damon.
Jeremy Renner Talks The Chances Of Seeing A “Hawkeye” Solo Film & Teases Possible ‘Captain America 3′ Role
After recently wrapping ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Jeremy Renner was asked by MTV News if he has any interest in a Hawkeye solo adventure: “I’m happy to be the ensemble…. I’m not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means. I think he’s a utility guy that can bounce around into other people’s universes a little bit, especially like ‘Cap 3.’” While Renner has been suggesting that Hawkeye could feature in the tentatively titled ‘Captain America 3′ for a while now, this is certainly the strongest comments we’ve heard from him yet.