After a lengthy search, Variety are reporting that Travis Fimmel has landed one of the four leads in Duncan Jones’ upcoming adaptation of ‘Warcraft.’ Fimmel is the star of History Channel’s ‘Vikings,’ which is currently in production on season two. Legendary Pictures’ ‘Warcraft,’ based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe, will be released by Universal Pictures on December 18th, 2015. Paula Patton is in talks to co-star and Colin Farell also has an offer but his deal is not as far along. Details on the plot or the character Fimmel will play are still unknown.
Earlier this year it was announced that Duncan Jones is making the jump to big-budget tentpole movies, signing on to helm the live-action adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s video game universe ’World of Warcraft.’ ’World of Warcraft,’ one of the most popular multiplayer online role-playing games out there, is part fantasy, part science fiction and — depending on the game you’re playing — includes elements such as dragons and orcs, zombies and werewolves, and aliens and spaceships.
With the December 13th release of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ on the horizon, New Line and MGM have announced a global fan celebration to be held on Monday, November 4th, at 5:00pm EST/10:00pm GMT/2:00pm PST, and simultaneous times around the world. At each of the satellite-linked cinemas in four host cities - Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington – Peter Jackson and members of his cast and filmmaking team will gather with fans to show exclusive footage from the new film and answer questions in front of a live audience, as well as offer a few surprises.
CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper, who serves as special host for the entire event, will be based in New York, where he will welcome Richard Armitage, the film’s Thorin Oakenshield, and Orlando Bloom, who returns to the role of Legolas from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy. Evangeline Lilly, who joins the cast as a new Elf warrior, Tauriel, will be based in Los Angeles. London will host new cast member Lee Pace, the film’s Elf King Thranduil; Luke Evans, who joins the cast as Bard the Bowman; and Andy Serkis, second unit director and, of course, the first trilogy’s Gollum. Peter Jackson will then join the celebration from Wellington, New Zealand (where it will be Tuesday, November 5th, at 11:00am).
Following the report earlier this week that Jamie Dornan has replaced Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ Focus Features send word that Luke Grimes has now been cast as Christian’s brother, Elliot. The ‘True Blood’ actor is also joining Dakota Johnson and Jennifer Ehle in the August 1st, 2014 release based on E L James’ #1 bestselling book. To be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the script for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was written by Kelly Marcel.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy in March 2012. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release. To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever.
Deadline are reporting that Michael K. Williams has joined ’Captive,’ a thriller directed by Jerry Jameson and written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke. Williams joins David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers. The story is based on the true events that occurred in Atlanta on March 11th, 2005. That’s when Brian Nichols, who will be played by Oyelowo in the movie, broke out of a courthouse jail and shot dead the judge assigned to his case as well as a court reporter, sheriff’s deputy and FBI officer.
While eluding a statewide manhunt, Nichols took Ashley Smith (Kate Mara), a single mother struggling with meth addiction, hostage in her own apartment. Over the course of her ordeal, Smith used a book she had been given, ‘The Purpose Driven Life,’ to reason with her captor, with surprising results. Michael K. Williams plays a lead detective in the film that begins shooting this weekend in North Carolina.
DreamWorks Animation has released, via Apple, this first trailer for Rob Minkoff‘s (The Lion King) ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman.’ Based on the titular characters from the ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,’ the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman. Set for March 7th, 2014, the film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel Brooks.
Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine – The Wabac – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.
THR bring word that Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house thriller ‘Crimson Peak’ has been given a “Haunted Peak” production name as it books into Pinewood Toronto Studios for a February 2014 start. The gothic horror story, being made by Legendary Pictures, is set to shoot from February 10th to May 14th. Set for April 2015, the film portrays a young author who discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be.
Guillermo del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins, with Lucinda Coxon doing a rewrite. Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska are attached to the project. Del Toro shot ‘Pacific Rim’ at Pinewood Toronto Studios, and is also shooting ’The Strain’ drama pilot for FX in Toronto. With ‘Crimson Peak,’ del Toro plans to “toy with the conventions of the genre while subverting some of its long-standing rules.”