Rosemarie DeWitt is in talks for the Poltergeist remake; Two more actors enter negotiations for Interstellar; Paul Greengrass may direct The Trial of the Chicago 7; Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow eye Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai; Abigail Breslin is in talks for Maggie; Rosamund Pike is offered the lead in Gone Girl; and Melissa McCarthy may play a female James Bond in Susan Cooper.
The Poltergeist remake may have found its lead in actress Rosemarie DeWitt.
According to Deadline, DeWitt is the top choice for the film, which will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House). If the remake follows the plot of the original, DeWitt will take on Jobeth Williams’ mother role in the film.
The original Poltergeist centered on a small family that moves into a house built on haunted ground, and are pestered by a series of spooky goings-on. And when the youngest daughter gets abducted by supernatural forces, things get freaky real fast. Most will remember the film by the line, “They’re here.”
Wes Bentley and Topher Grace are reportedly in talks for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Considering we don’t know much about Interstellar aside from some basic plot elements, it’s no surprise that information on Grace and Bentley’s characters is slim. All we know is that Bentley’s role, provided he is cast, will be a meaty one.
Christopher Nolan and his younger brother Jonathan wrote the script for Interstellar, and the film is said to involve time travel, alternate dimensions, and wormholes. Other notable actors that have joined the cast include Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine.
United 93 and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is reportedly in talks to direct The Trial of the Chicago 7.
After about 5 years collecting dust, the project is reportedly back on track, and DreamWorks is looking towards Greengrass to helm the picture. Some might remember the film as one Spielberg’s passion projects, and a surefire Oscar contender. Unfortunately, after pushing the film’s shoot date back several times, Spielberg eventually dropped out.
The script for Chicago 7 was written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), and tells the true story of 7 activists tried for their part in 1968 Democratic National Convention riots. Since negotiations have only just begun, there’s no word on if Sorkin’s script will be resurrected whole cloth, or if Greengrass might take a pass at it.
Now that Chicago 7 is gaining traction, first thing’s first: signing Greengrass on. Then comes trying to fill out the film’s ensemble.
Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to join Mortdecai, the forthcoming adaptation with Johnny Depp.
Mortdecai is based on a series of novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli about an art dealer who tries to recover a stolen painting that is rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account. In an almost Indiana Jones-esque fashion, that bank account is supposedly filled with Nazi gold.
Depp and director David Koepp are hoping to start shooting Mortdecai later this year – after Depp wraps production on Into the Woods – so we expect a confirmation (one way or the other) regarding McGregor and Paltrow’s casting sooner rather than later.
Maggie is based on a script from screenwriter John Scott and follows a father (Schwarzenegger) whose daughter (Breslin) has been infected with a zombie-like virus. The script landed on the 2011 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays.
At one point, Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass 2) was in talks for the Maggie role, but that was over a year ago. And even further back than that, Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was slated to direct. Now the film is presumably headed in a different direction with first timer Henry Hobson at the helm.
If she signs on, Pike will star opposite Ben Affleck, who was in talks for the male lead a few weeks ago. Gone Girl is based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, and tells the story of a husband wrongfully accused of his wife’s murder after she goes missing on their fifth anniversary.
Several A-list actresses were vying for the “gone girl” role, but Pike won out in the end. She has become something of a hot commodity as of late, starring in high profile films like the aforementioned Jack Reacher and The World’s End, which is due out next month.
Gone Girl is expected to start shooting in September.
Melissa McCarthy is in the early stages of negotiations for Susan Cooper, a comedic version of James Bond with a female lead.
If McCarthy signs on for Susan Cooper, she will be reuniting her with Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig, who wrote and will presumably direct the film. It’s no surprise that Feig and McCarthy are looking to work together again, as their previous collaborations have grossed over $130 million each.
However, while Feig wants McCarthy for the Cooper role, it’s a matter of scheduling at this point. Currently, McCarthy is busy filming St. Vincent de Van Nuys with Bill Murray and then she heads back to Mike & Molly.
Source: The Wrap