This week:

Billy Ray serenades Scorsese with some Sinatra; Dale Dickey gets mysterious in Iron Man 3; Emms and Chestnut Kick-Ass; Johnson and Carano are Fast & Furious and NBC get Hench

Writer Billy Ray (NOT of Cyrus fame) has been brought in to write the script for Martin Scorsese’s Frank Sinatra biopic.

Scorsese has long been interested in bringing a Sinatra tale to the screen, originally planning a Rat Pack film that was set to star Tom Hanks and John Travolta. That seems to have gone by the wayside, with the famed director now focused squarely on Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) wrote a previous draft of the script, although it looks like Billy Ray will be starting from scratch.

The big issue is casting, will Scorsese favorite Leonardo DiCaprio be top of the list? After all, Scorsese did cast him as Howard Hughes in The Aviator – and they don’t exactly look alike.

Source: Deadline

True Blood and Winter’s Bone actress Dale Dickey has snagged a role in Iron Man 3.

Dickey is quoted as saying:

“I’m filming now. That’s it. They asked my agent not to put anything in the trades when I was cast over a month ago, so they are trying to keep as much mystery as possible.”

According to Comic Book Movie, the actress is listed as “Mrs. Davis” on her IMDB page.

Oooooh the mystery.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Robert Emms has been cast as Insect Man in Kick-Ass 2, while Morris Chestnut (what a great name) has also joined the cast “essentially playing the guardian” of Chloe Moretz’s Hit-Girl.

Chestnut has also snagged a role in Brad Anderson’s on-again, off-again thriller The Hive alongside Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin.

According to Deadline:

“The Hive focuses on a 911 call center: a hub of frenzied activity where desperate phone calls come in. When a call comes in from Hyden (Breslin) a kidnapped teen who is stuffed in a trunk, a veteran operator (Berry) takes the line, using her considerable skills to keep the girl calm, while trying feverishly to find the kidnapper before it’s too late.”

Source: Deadline

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is currently cooking up some Fast and Furious action. The multi-franchise-saver (TM) has tweeted a picture of himself on the set of the series’ sixth movie with co-star, Gina Carano.

MMA star Carano showed that she could give the boys a run for their money, action-wise in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire.

The latest installment in the long-running franchise, Fast Five, surpassed expectations – grossing more than $209 million domestically and over $626 globally.

Source: Dwayne Johnson

NBC is developing Hench, a series which is set to be based on the comic book created by Adam Beechen and Manny Bello.

According to Deadline:

“[Hench] centers on a regular guy who, in order to support his family, gets jobs temping for super villains.”

The series will be produced by Peter Berg (Battleship) and Sarah Aubrey, with a script by Alexandra Cunningham.

Hench, was originally picked up by Warner Bros. as a starring vehicle for Danny McBride, it looks like that idea has been shelved.

It could work as a series – if it gets the right tone.

Source: Deadline

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.