This week in movie news:
Pan costars Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are set to reunite; Natalie Portman will play Jackie Kennedy; Kevin Smith reveals the title for his Mallrats sequel; Matt Bomer joins The Magnificent Seven; Katee Sackhoff to star in new horror film; production begins on a top-secret film for The Lonely Island; Alicia Vikander joins Tom Hanks in The Circle; Zoe Kazan will lead There Are Monsters
Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara are attached to star in Collateral Beauty, a new drama from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The film marks his second directorial effort following Sundance hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. He has previously directed episodes of Glee and American Horror Story.
Written by Allan Loeb, the film centers on a man who suffers a tragedy and spirals into depression. Jackman and Mara will share the screen in the upcoming Peter Pan origin story Pan.
Natalie Portman will play Jackie Kennedy in Jackie, a new film about the four days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Pablo Larrain will direct, and Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will produce.
Aronofsky first came across Larrain with his Berlinale competition entry The Club, which went on to win the Berlin festival’s grand jury prize. Jackie will start production at the end of 2015.
Writer/director Kevin Smith has announced that the upcoming sequel to his 1995 comedy Mallrats will be titled Mallbrats. To celebrate completion of the first draft of the film’s script, Smith shared a photo of the screenplay to his Facebook page.
This movie – which doesn’t currently have an expected release date – will reunite a number of cast members from Mallrats, including Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty and Jeremy London. Smith has continued to announce each new addition to the film over social media as they have come onboard.
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Matt Bomer has joined the cast of director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven. He will play a townsman who stands up to a ruthless robber baron, the foe that the title group of gunslingers are ultimately recruited to face.
Bomer – best known for his roles on TV’s White Collar and Magic Mike – joins an ensemble cast that includes Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wagner Moura, Haley Bennett and Jason Mamoa. The film hits theaters on January 13, 2017.
Katee Sackhoff will headline Don’t Knock Twice, a new supernatural horror film directed by Caradog James and written by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler. Sackhoff’s recent film roles include Riddick and Oculus.
The film focuses on a mother’s attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding an urban legend. It is being described as a cross between Candyman and The Ring.
Universal Pictures has announced that a top-secret film project for musical comedy trio The Lonely Island has begun production. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone – whose hits include “I’m on a Boat” and “D**k in a Box” – will star in the film, which Judd Apatow will produce.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but this movie will be set in the world of music. The Lonely Island’s previous film work includes 2007 comedy Hot Rod, which starred Samberg and Taccone under Schaffer’s direction.
Alicia Vikander has joined Tom Hanks in The Circle. Based on Dave Eggers’ novel, the film centers on a college graduate who becomes involved with a mysterious man while working for a Web-based company called the Circle.
Vikander currently stars in writer/director Alex Garland’s sci-fi drama/thriller Ex Machina. The Circle will begin filming in California in August.
Zoe Kazan (Olive Kitteridge, Ruby Sparks) has landed the lead role in There Are Monsters, a new horror film from Bryan Bertino. Production will start in Canada this summer.
The movie centers on a mother and daughter trapped by a terrifying creature. Bertino previously made his feature debut with the 2008 horror feature The Strangers.
Source: Atlas Independent