Movie News Wrap Up: Luke Cage Fan-Film, ‘Interstellar’ Casting & More

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 20th, 2014 at 11:52 am,

This week:

Jaime Lannister (a.k.a. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) eyes Gods of Egypt; Sony options the rights to the French hit A Prophet; Carey Mulligan may play Hillary Clinton; a Luke Cage fan-film turns to Kickstarter; Bill Irwin joins Chris Nolan’s Interstellar; and a Chevy Chase/Gillian Jacobs reunion in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.


Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is in talks for the lead in Gods of Egypt.

Nikolaj Coster Waldau in Talks Gods of Egypt Movie News Wrap Up: Luke Cage Fan Film, Interstellar Casting & More

Gods of Egypt is the next film from I, Robot director Alex Proyas, and follows the god of the sky, Horus (Waldau), as he tries to avenge the death of his father, Osiris. Given Proyas’ strong affinity for the sci-fi genre, it’s pretty safe to assume Gods of Egypt will be more than a generic swords and sandals epic.

Since bursting onto the scene as the “Kingslayer,” Waldau has been featured in several domestic films including Mama and Oblivion. If cast in Gods, this could be the Danish actor’s big break as an action star.


Source: The Wrap


Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to remake A Prophet, the French crime drama released in 2010.

Sony Options A Prophet Remake Rights Movie News Wrap Up: Luke Cage Fan Film, Interstellar Casting & More

A Prophet‘s story follows a troubled youth who rises through a French crime syndicate while incarcerated. Many critics called the film “the French Godfather.”

Like many of the international films scooped up by American studios these days, A Prophet is both a critical darling and an award winner. The film debuted at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix, and it also went on to win 9 Cesar awards (the French Oscars) including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor.


Source: Sony


Great Gastby star Carey Mulligan is reportedly the frontrunner to play Hillary Clinton in the biopic Rodham.

Carey Mulligan in Talks Hillary Clinton Biopic Movie News Wrap Up: Luke Cage Fan Film, Interstellar Casting & More

While names like Scarlett Johannson, Jessica Chastain, and Emma Stone have been connected with the film, it appears Mulligan is the clear favorite. That should come as no surprise as Mulligan’s star is consistently on the rise. THR reports the actress will sit down with director James Pondsoldt to discuss the project, and that both are eager to make things work.

The biopic will follow the Secretary of State in the early stages of her career as a lawyer – more specifically her involvement with the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Hillary Clinton biopic if the film didn’t touch upon her budding relationship with a certain William Clinton…


Source: THR


While it may be several years before fans see Luke Cage on the big screen – with or without Idris Elba – the Marvel Comics character may be headed to the small screen very soon, thanks to Kickstarter.

Luke Cage Short Film Kickstarter Movie News Wrap Up: Luke Cage Fan Film, Interstellar Casting & More

A new campaign has started on the crowd-funding site for a project called Caged. Caged is an upcoming short film from UK-based filmmakers Sneaky Zebra that tells Luke Cage’s origin story, starting with his incarceration and eventual escape from prison.

While the filmmakers don’t say much about the project in their announcement video, they are asking for £3,128 from backers. They say the donations will go towards a high quality camera, lighting equipment, and securing a prison set.

It’s important to note that by funding this project,d backers are not only supporting a Luke Cage short film but potentially helping the Sneaky Zebra duo secure future jobs in the industry. Kickstarter certainly has become an interesting experiment.


Source: Kickstarter (via One Ring)


Film and TV actor Bill Irwin has signed on for Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi film, Interstellar.

Bill Irwin Cast Interstellar Movie News Wrap Up: Luke Cage Fan Film, Interstellar Casting & More

Irwin joins a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, and Irwin’s Rachel Getting Married co-star Anne Hathaway. We wouldn’t be surprised if it was Hathaway – who likely formed a close bond with Nolan on Dark Knight Rises – who put in a good word for Irwin.

While not much is known about Nolan’s next feature, the film is reportedly a fusion of Nolan’s original idea and a prior script from his brother Jonathan. At one point, Steven Spielberg was signed on to direct, but that never panned out. Just recently, Warner Bros. cut themselves a piece of the Interstellar financial pie in exchange for the rights to South Park and Friday the 13th.


Source: The Wrap


Chevy Chase is returning for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and he’s bringing his Community co-star Gillian Jacobs with him.

Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Cast Movie News Wrap Up: Luke Cage Fan Film, Interstellar Casting & More

Chase will reprise his role as the sage-like repairman who explained the hot tub’s time-traveling abilities in the first film. Despite Chase having a much more open schedule after departing Community, it’s unclear whether he will have a larger role in this sequel.

Jacobs, on the other hand, has landed a gig as the female lead in the film, opposite returning stars Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke. John Cusack will not be returning for the sequel, however, but will instead be replaced by Parks and Recreation star Adam Scott.


Source: Deadline

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  1. No Cusack? They need him in film! It’s not legitimate without him!! Same time, if its funny, all will be forgiven… But it better be funny.

    No Cusack will make it very weird…

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  2. I’d prefer Idris for Jon Stewart if they remake (because that shitfest doesn’t deserve a sequel) Green Lantern.

    • I’m torn on the whole Green Lantern subject.
      One on hand, Sinestro has already been set up, and Mark Strong is great for the role.

      On the other hand, the new DCCU won’t want to make that film canon.

      In my opinion, there are two options: an indirect sequel/reboot (akin to the relationship between Hulk and The Incredible Hulk) with Hal Jordan already established as a young Green Lantern (no origin story) discovering that his mentor has found a yellow ring. In this film, they would neither reference the first film nor purposefully seperate itself from it. It will just exist and fans can choose whether they want to believe it to be connected the first or not. Eventually he joins the JL.


      Cast a new Green Lantern (probably John Stewart) and just say that Hal (and Kyle and Guy if you want) is doing cosmic stuff and taking care of Oa or something like that, while Stewart joins the JL. The other Lanterns can act as mentors who leave Earth in his hands while they patrol the rest of the sector or what have you.

  3. Um, guys, Nicolaj Coster Waldau ‘broke onto the scene’ way before he was in GoT. He was cast into the limelight with Headhunters.

  4. Hollywood…..This is not 1952. Why are you still White Washing Ancient Egyptians, Ethiopians, Cushites and other ancient Africans…Just stop.

    • ^Cus-hite is not a profanity.

  5. Gods of Egypt should be an all Black cast and not Arabs either because Ancient Egyptians and their Gods were not White or Arab. Ridiculous!!!

  6. This “Gods Of Egypt” needs to be boycotted. Why couldn’t they have just gone with “Gods Of Olympus” if they wanted an all white cast?