Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Inherent Vice,’ Studio Shake-Ups & More

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This week:

Richard Madden joins Disney’s Cinderella; Joe Johnston will direct Gotti; The Man from U.N.C.L.E. finds its female lead; Owen Wilson is in talks for Inherent Vice; those Iron Man 3 scenes exclusive to China may pop up in a future short film; Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. might split; and Chloe Moretz has been offered the lead in The Equalizer.

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Game of Thrones star Richard Madden has been cast as the prince in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella.

Richard Madden Cast Prince in Cinderella Movie News Wrap Up: Iron Man 3, Inherent Vice, Studio Shake Ups & More

Shortly after confirming Lily James had been cast as the titular character, Disney promised that more announcements would soon follow. It was then that we speculated the studio might also reveal Madden’s casting, and now here it is.

Cinderella is somewhat of a change of pace for Madden, who will be trading wolves and sword fights for glass slippers and ballroom dancing. He will still be in a position of power, but without the constant threat of beheading. Madden joins a cast that already includes the aforementioned James and Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine.

Source: Hero Complex

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Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) has signed on to direct John Travolta as the infamous mobster, Gotti.

Joe Johnston Direct Gotti Movie News Wrap Up: Iron Man 3, Inherent Vice, Studio Shake Ups & More

Gotti has been something of a passion project for Travolta, who expressed enthusiasm over Johnston’s involvement in a public statement:

“I’m looking forward to portraying John Gotti — it’s been a long time coming. And I think that Johnson is an exciting and fresh addition to the vision of the film. We are all looking forward to starting production.”

At one point, the biopic (then titled Gotti: Three Generations) was to feature Al Pacino, Ben Foster, and Lindsay Lohan but they have all since gone their separate ways.

Leo Rossi wrote the script for the film (which was later revised by Lem Dobbs) based off a story by Gotti’s son, John Jr. Relativity Media plans to shop Gotti to international buyers at Cannes this week before production starts in New York this September.

Source: THR

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Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is in final negotiations to star opposite Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer in Warner Bros’ The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Alicia Vikander in Talks Man from UNCLE Movie News Wrap Up: Iron Man 3, Inherent Vice, Studio Shake Ups & More

Vikander will play a character that was not featured in the ’60s TV series, but who reportedly has a “thing for fast cars.” Although most moviegoers won’t recognize the actress by name, she had a small role in Anna Karenina and can be seen later this year in The Seventh Son.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. follows the exploits of an American spy (Cruise) and a Russian spy (Hammer) who work for a fictitious international espionage agency called U.N.C.L.E. At one point Steven Soderbergh was to direct the big screen adaptation, but that task now befalls Guy Ritchie.

Source: THR

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Owen Wilson is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice.

Owen Wilson in Talks for Inherent Vice Movie News Wrap Up: Iron Man 3, Inherent Vice, Studio Shake Ups & More

According to The Wrap, Wilson is in negotiations for a leading role, although it’s unclear who exactly that might be. If cast, Wilson will join Joaquin Phoenix, who will play the film’s pothead protagonist, Doc Sportello. Benicio Del Toro was also in talks for a role, but no official announcement has been made.

Anderson is reportedly looking to start production on the film later this month, so we should hear more news (good or bad) regarding the Wilson deal, soon.

Source: The Wrap

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Fear not Iron Man 3 fans living outside of China, Marvel plans to release the footage exclusive to that region in a short film called ‘The Prologue.’

Iron Man 3 Prologue Short Film Movie News Wrap Up: Iron Man 3, Inherent Vice, Studio Shake Ups & More

The Prologue will include scenes with Chinese natives Wang Xueqi (as Dr. Wu) and singer Fan Bingbing that were only included in a special Chinese version of the film. While international audiences saw Dr. Wu for less than a minute – in the film’s opening and a pivotal scene towards the end – this special version included some 3+ minutes of additional footage.

Although those scenes which feature Xueqi are said to be inconsequential to the core Iron Man 3 narrative, there’s no telling whether Marvel might repackage the footage in a more meaningful manner, presumably on the Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray. For the moment, however, it sounds like The Prologue will be more of a deleted scene compilation than a fully-fledged short film.

Source: THR

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The blockbuster partnership between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. might come to an end if the two parties can’t reach an agreement.

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros Split Movie News Wrap Up: Iron Man 3, Inherent Vice, Studio Shake Ups & More

According to Variety, the relationship between the two companies has become strained in recent months, with current reports suggesting it is “unlikely” that the studios will extend their current co-production and distribution pact. If the two cannot reach a deal, that would put to rest an 8-year pairing that has yielded such high-profile as The Hangover and The Dark Knight. Not to mention the two are preparing to release Man of Steel next month.

Legendary chairman Thomas Tull has reportedly been entertaining conversations with Universal, Fox, and Sony. Even if Legendary finds a new home, though, they are still obligated to co-fund any previously greenlit projects through the end of 2013. That includes films like 300: Rise of an Empire, The Seventh Son, and Godzilla. Negotiations between the two studios are said to continue in the next few months, so stay tuned for more details.

Source: Variety

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Kick-Ass 2 and Carrie star Chloe Moretz has reportedly been offered a leading role in The Equalizer following a stellar chemistry read opposite Denzel Washington.

Chloe Moretz Offered The Equalizer Lead Movie News Wrap Up: Iron Man 3, Inherent Vice, Studio Shake Ups & More

While the female lead in The Equalizer, a big screen adaptation of the ’80s TV series, was originally written for a twentysomething, it is apparently being rewritten specifically for Moretz. According to Deadline, everyone on hand for the chemistry read – Washington included – were very impressed with Moretz performance.

The Equalizer reunites Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, who most recently delivered the surprise hit Olympus Has Fallen. Washington will play Edward Woodward, better known as “The Equalizer,” a former spy that now offers his particular set of skills free of charge. If Moretz signs on, she will play a young prostitute that presumably seeks out Washington’s character for help.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Denzel Washington won’t “play Edward Woodward”, I think you meant he’ll play Edward Woodward’s role of Robert McCall!? (^-^)

  2. Inherent Vice is going to be awesome! I really hope that Benecio signs on. Seeing him and Phoenix on screen together would be great.

    The Equalizer could be good too. Denzel was my favorite actor, by far, growing up when I was first getting into movies. And Chloe Grace Moretz has been killer in Kick Ass, Let Me In, and 30 Rock. Antoine Fuqua, IMO, is a very underrated director, too. Obviously Training Day is amazing, but when I first saw Brooklyns Finest I was blown away, I loved it. I know it gets a lot of criticism, but everytime I watch it, I get goosebumps. Great performances all the way around.

  3. If Legendary splits from WB, kiss a competently-run DC shared movie universe goodbye. In simple terms, WB + Legendary = TDK and MOS. WB – Legendary = Green Lantern. This bears further scruntiny.

  4. Does Nolan/Snyder work strictly with Legendary?

  5. That’s great news about “The Prologue”. They need to do re-shoots showing Dr.Wu becoming “Radioactive Man”, or use him in future movies where he’ll eventually become said character, OTHERWISE IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE CASTING HIM AS THAT CHARACTER. Marvel also needs to do some re-shoots with Sr.Ben Kingsley actually being “the real” Mandarin and that it was his plan after all, that’s the only way that they can fix that mess of a twist Shane Black created and make it even better. Marvel NEEDS to do that, and put it on bluray and dvd, then those sales might even reach epic proportions too.

    • Living here in China,and the extra footage really felt out of place in the movie,and totally changed the pace ! You really could feel it was somehow inserted,and out of place ! As a short it could work much better !

      Besides that,does anybody know why here in China all after credits scenes are cut out ????

      I hate that ! They did this to every Marvel Movie,its very disappointing especially if you sit and wait till the end and there is nothing there but you know it should ! POOR !!

    • Yes I heard about that in China, agree with Ios, meaningless footage shown in China, negative reaction from viewers there as Disney tried to make the “Chinese factor” a big deal when in fact it’s useless footage.

      No wonder Andy Lau didn’t take up the offer

  6. @ios, That is very odd, I don’t know why they do that in China, that’s a very good question, one that maybe only Marvel Execs like Kevin Feige could answer. But yeah, scenes like that need to be made as shorts to glue things together AFTER the movie, not inserted in the movie afterwards, most scenes are not done chronologically anyway BUT a scene like that needs to be done as a “short” to help make it MORE significant also.

    • It’s not so bad when they put it after the initial actor credits, but now they are putting it right at the end again. With IM3 we waited 10 or so mins until the end and were greeted with a button scene that really wasn’t worth the wait.

  7. Come on, we talk about IM3 in almost every post! Theres better news here, folks! Legendary splitting from WB, Denzel in a new movie, John Travolta playing John Gotti, a new PTA flick. CBMs arent the only movies being released, people!

    • Well it is relavant to the article and people have an interest, so why not comment about it? Even this site has a strong CBM influence even though it is a general movie site and not a CBM site. Just look at all the geek picks. More often than not they are filled with Avengers cupcakes and cosplay.

      You’ll just have to put up with comic book movie nerds I’m afraid. (It seems like they own the internet at the moment) (^-^)

      • I know, I know…thats why when theres other big news, it should be talked about, not looked over!

    • @Traps Like Bane, LOL! I love Denzel and Trovolta, but I just don’t see where Travolta looks anything like John Gotti. That doesn’t mean he won’t have a great performance but sometimes when the actor looks NOTHING like the character(in which this case is a real person) it takes me out of the movie and doesn’t make me think of the character. Don’t get me wrong, Travolta can be made to look like Gotti with makeup and prosthetics. Harvey Keitel comes to mind as Gotti but he’s way too old now.

      • You are right about Travolta. I dont wana give my full judgement on the looks until we get a first look at it. But looks aside, I think Travolta can give an excellent performance as Gotti.

  8. Legendary not with WB anymore????

    Uh oh!

    That is not good.

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