This week in movie news:
10 hidden adult jokes in popular Disney films (see above); Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet join Collateral Beauty; High-Rise gets a new trailer; Amy Schumer joins Thank You for Your Service; a first look at Michelle Rodriguez in Tomboy; Hannibal Buress joins the Baywatch film; Hardcore Henry gets a new trailer; Jennifer Jason Leigh joins the cast of Annihilation; The Light Between Oceans gets a release date; In Bruges director’s new film gets financing; Paramount announces Josh Gad comedy Heavy Duty; Fifty Shades of Grey sequels add Arielle Kebbel and Eric Johnson; Goldie Hawn will play Amy Schumer’s mom in new comedy; and The Lobster gets a new trailer.
Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet join Collateral Beauty
Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet are in talks to join the cast of Collateral Beauty, the upcoming film from director David Frankel (Marley & Me). The film follows an advertising executive — played by Will Smith — reeling from a personal tragedy, as his colleagues launch a plan to shake him out of his depression. Frankel’s project already has an ensemble cast in place that includes Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris.
As part of its unconventional plot, Collateral Beauty features actors playing the living embodiments of Love, Time and Death. Knightley is currently up for the role of Love, but there’s been no confirmation which part Winslet is attached to. Reportedly, she’s in mind to take on the role previously linked to Rachel McAdams. Collateral Beauty hits theaters on December 16, opposite Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
High-Rise gets a new trailer
Studiocanal has released a new trailer for High-Rise, the upcoming sci-fi drama starring Tom Hiddleston as a man who finds himself entering a world of chaos and debauchery when he moves into his new apartment building. Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elizabeth Moss and James Purefoy round out the film’s main cast.
Based on the 1975 novel by J.G. Ballard, the film is the latest project from director Ben Wheatley (Kill List) and also marks the latest project to position Hiddleston as a leading man, following last fall’s Crimson Peak. High-Rise premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and hits theaters in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2016. A U.S. release has yet to be announced.
Amy Schumer joins Thank You for Your Service
Following her Golden Globe-nominated turn in Trainwreck, Amy Schumer has joined the directorial debut for screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper). Titled Thank You for Your Service, the film will see the comedy star take on a dramatic role centering on a group of U.S. soldiers facing post-traumatic stress disorder upon their return from Iraq.
The new film will share thematic ground with the true story behind American Sniper, but for Schumer it marks a deeper exploration of the acting skills she demonstrated in her big-screen debut last year. She’s joining a cast that already includes Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Brad Beyer.
A first look at Michelle Rodriguez in Tomboy
A new image has revealed our first look at Michelle Rodriguez in revenge thriller Tomboy, a Revenger’s Tale. In the film, the actress — best known for her role as Letty in the Fast and Furious franchise — plays a hitman who was transformed into a woman by a rogue plastic surgeon and sets out on a mission to get revenge. Sigourney Weaver plays the surgeon in question.
Tomboy is the latest film from director Walter Hill, the filmmaker behind films like The Warriors and 48 Hrs. The project marks Hill’s first directorial effort since 2012 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Bullet to the Head, but it remains to be seen if the film can mark a return to form for the filmmaker. Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia are also among the cast.
Hannibal Buress joins the Baywatch film
Hannibal Buress has joined the cast of director Seth Gordon’s film adaptation of the 1990s cult television series Baywatch. The comedian — who has appeared in films such as Neighbors and Daddy’s Home — will play a local member of the bay community, alongside a cast that already includes Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra and Kelly Rohrbach.
The film centers on a leader of an elite group of lifeguards (Johnson), who teams with a former Olympian to save the bay. The film looks to be taking a more comedic approach than the television series on which it is based, and to that end Buress makes a wise addition to the cast. Buress is also set to appear in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist and will lend his voice to both The Angry Birds Movie and The Secret Life of Pets later this year.
Hardcore Henry gets a new trailer
STX Entertainment has released a new trailer for Hardcore Henry, a new action film entirely shot from the first-person perspective of the titular main character, who must save his kidnapped wife. The project marks the directorial debut of Ilya Naishuller and features a cast that includes Tim Roth, Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennett and Danila Kozlovsky.
Hardcore Henry premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall and was STX Entertainment’s first acquisition at the festival. The ambitious film is set for a wide release on April 8, 2016, when its major competition will be Melissa McCarthy comedy The Boss and horror film Before I Wake.
Source: STX Entertainment
Jennifer Jason Leigh joins the cast of Annihilation
Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) is in talks to join the cast of Annihilation, an upcoming sci-fi film starring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson. Last year, Leigh received critical praise for her roles in both Quentin Tarantino’s latest film as well as Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa.
Annihilation centers on a group of women embarking on a dangerous mission where the laws of nature don’t apply. This project is the next outing for writer/director Alex Garland, who is Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay for his debut film Ex Machina. Prior to taking the director’s chair, Garland had contributed screenplays for Dredd, Sunshine and 28 Days Later.
Source: The Wrap
The Light Between Oceans gets a release date
Dreamworks and Disney have announced that The Light Between Oceans will receive a wide release on September 2, 2016. The film is based on M.L. Stedman’s debut novel, an international best-seller that follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a dead body and a baby girl inside of an abandoned boat.
The film — directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) — was pushed back from a 2015 release and will now likely be positioned as an awards contender for next year’s Academy Awards. Stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are both Oscar-nominated for their performances in Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl, respectively.
In Bruges director’s new film gets financing
Film4 and Fox Searchlight have agreed to co-finance Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the next film from acclaimed filmmaker Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths). The film marks the first directorial project for him since 2012 and will enter production in April in North Carolina.
Frances McDormand was previously attached to star in the film, though the latest release doesn’t mention the Oscar winner. The story follows a woman who goes to war with her local police on a quest for justice after her daughter is murdered. Both Film4 and Fox Searchlight will finance the film on a 50/50 basis, with the latter taking on worldwide distribution rights.
Paramount announces Josh Gad comedy Heavy Duty
Paramount Pictures has announced a new comedy titled Heavy Duty, based on an idea by Josh Gad. The actor will star in the film, which is based on the script by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit. The film follows an ordinary guy who signs up for a wellness retreat to get in shape, but faces an unexpected test when he arrives.
In the past few years, Gad has starred in a variety of films, including Disney’s monster hit Frozen, The Internship, Pixels and The Wedding Ringer. He has a number of projects already on the way. These include the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, The Angry Birds Movie and Russ & Roger, in which he’ll play iconic film critic Roger Ebert.
Fifty Shades of Grey sequels add Arielle Kebbel and Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson and Arielle Kebbel have joined the cast of the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels, which are being shot back-to-back by director James Foley. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprise their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, in the films, set for release in in February 10, 2017, and February 9, 2018.
Johnson — who stars on the Cinemax series The Knick — will play Jack Hyde, Anastasia’s new boss and a rival for Christian, in both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Kebbel currently has a recurring role on Ballers and will appear in Fifty Shades Freed as Gia Matteo, an architect Christian hires to build his home.
Goldie Hawn will play Amy Schumer’s mom in new comedy
Oscar winner Goldie Hawn is in talks to join Amy Schumer in an upcoming comedy from director Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, Warm Bodies). In the untitled film, Hawn would play Schumer’s mother, and the project will mark Hawn’s first big-screen appearance since 2002 comedy The Banger Sisters.
The new film — written by Katie Dippold (The Heat) — is inspired by her relationship with her own mother and follows the two female leads during a family vacation gone horribly awry. The film will likely be Schumer’s follow-up starring vehicle to last year’s hit comedy Trainwreck, for which she was recently nominated for a Golden Globe.
Source: The Wrap
The Lobster gets a new trailer
Alchemy has released a new trailer for The Lobster, the upcoming comedy/drama from filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth). The project is the director’s first English-language film and stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Léa Seydoux. The story is set in a dystopian near-future in which single individuals must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into animals.
The Lobster was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and ended up winning the Jury Prize. The film is an international co-production that involves companies based in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Greece, France and the Netherlands. It is set for release in the U.S. on March 11, 2016.