Will Smith is set to star in Ridley Scott’s NFL concussion film; Tom Hardy may join The Revenant; Naomi Watts signs on for the Divergent franchise; Tarzan nabs Djimon Honsou; and Wahlberg and Ferrell may reteam for Daddy’s Home;
Will Smith has signed on for Ridley Scott’s upcoming film about NFL concussions.
The news comes shortly after Smith formally dropped out of the blockbuster Brilliance, which was just a few months away from shooting. He now takes on a very controversial topic in NFL concussions, both because of their impact on players and because the NFL organization has fought to keep the issue out of the limelight.
With Smith now on board, it appears this film, based on the GQ article “Game Brain,” is slowly gearing up for production. Just recently, the project tapped Peter Landesman (Parkland) to write and direct.
Tom Hardy is reportedly in deep negotiations to join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant.
Although nothing is official yet, The Revenant would reunite Hardy with his Inception co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio, who has already committed to the film, will play a fur trapper that is left for dead by his companions and then goes on a quest for revenge.
Earlier in development, Sean Penn was slated to play the villain in the film, one of the cowardly companions, but he has since pulled out of the project. Now, many are assuming that it will be Hardy who steps into the villain role. DiCaprio vs. Hardy? Sounds like a winner in our books.
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Well, technically Watts will be starring in three films, as Allegiant will follow the new YA trend of splitting the final book into two separate films. Either way, the actress is committed to what is reportedly a pivotal role in the forthcoming films as Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless.
She joins a cast that includes returning stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. Divergent‘s director Neil Burger, however, will not be back; instead it will be Robert Schwentke who helms both Insurgent and Allegiant.
In other Divergent trilogy news, Daniel Dae Kim (LOST, Hawaii Five-0) has agreed to the role of Jack Kang in Insurgent. Much like Watts, Kim’s role is a pivotal one, but he doesn’t have as big of a commitment.
Honsou will play Chief Mbonga, but little is known about his character. There are references to a Mbonga in the Tarzan novels, but they are a race of people not a single character.
And so the Tarzan cast continues to grow, with Alexander Skarsgard slated to play the vine-swinging hero and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) on board as Tarzan’s number one gal Jane. Harry Potter 7 helmer David Yates will direct.
The Other Guys co-stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are in talks to reunite for the comedy Daddy’s Home.
The film will feature Ferrell as a doting step dad who wants nothing more than to win the affections of his wife’s kids. Unfortunately, when the kids’ neglectful father returns, the stepdad is forced into a competition of sorts.
Ferrell has been committed to the project for quite some time, but production struggles have kept it from getting off the ground. At one point, Vince Vaughn was set to play the father, but now it appears Wahlberg will be taking on that role.
Horrible Bosses 2 directors Sean Anders and John Morris are set to helm the film, based off a script by Brian Burns, Ferrell’s producing partner Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, and Etan Cohen. Warner Bros. is hoping to begin production on Daddy’s Home in the fall.