Movie News Wrap Up: UFC Star Joins ‘Fast & Furious 7′, Spielberg Drops ‘American Sniper’ & More

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This week:

Sam Rockwell may join the Poltergeist remake; Several high profile actors circle The Giver; Steven Spielberg drops out of American Sniper; Judy Greer is in negotiations for Tomorrowland; Horrible Bosses 2 needs a new director; and Fast and Furious 7 nabs its first new addition.

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Actor Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back) might join the Poltergeist remake for Fox and MGM.

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Although Rockwell is only in “early talks” with the studios, reports suggest he is their first choice for the patriarch role in the film, the one played by Craig T. Nelson in the original. If cast, Rockwell will be starring alongside Rosemarie DeWitt, whom we recently learned was cast in the mother role.

Rockwell is allegedly intrigued by the opportunity to work with Sam Raimi, who is only producing not directing the film. Monster House‘s Gil Kenan has been hired to helm the picture.

Source: The Wrap

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Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), and Cameron Monaghan (Shameless) are all in talks to join The Giver, an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Lois Lowry.

Several Actors Join The Giver Movie News Wrap Up: UFC Star Joins Fast & Furious 7, Spielberg Drops American Sniper & More

Streep is reportedly in negotiations to play the Chief Elder in the film, an individual tasked with keeping order in the book’s utopian society. That order, however, is threatened when a young boy named Jonas (played by Brenton Thwaites) becomes the community’s new Receiver of Memories. Those memories are given to him by Jeff Bridges’ character, the eponymous Giver, and they incite revolutionary thoughts in the boy.

As far as Skarsgard and Monaghan are concerned, the True Blood star is in talks to play Jonas’s father, and the Shameless star is in talks to play his best friend. The Weinstein Company and Walden Media are hoping to shoot The Giver in South Africa very soon, so we expect casting announcements will continue to fly in.

Source: The Wrap

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Steven Spielberg will not be directing American Sniper for Warner Bros.

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It was only a few months ago that we learned Spielberg had been hired to direct the film, which tells the true story of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), and now he is no longer attached. Spielberg’s production company, Dreamworks, has also left the project, leaving Warner Bros. with complete freedom when searching for a new director.

Apparently, Spielberg and WB could not find an approach to the source material that would work within the confines of the film’s budget. And rather than put American Sniper on the backburner like he did with Robopocalypse, Spielberg has walked away.

Source: Deadline

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While we don’t know much about Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof’s Tomorrowland, we do know that Judy Greer might be coming on board.

Judy Greer Cast Tomorrowland Movie News Wrap Up: UFC Star Joins Fast & Furious 7, Spielberg Drops American Sniper & More

So far all we know about Tomorrowland is that it is uses a secret box and its mysterious contents held by Walt Disney as its inspiration. That and it stars George Clooney.

If Greer joins the cast she will be reuniting with Clooney, who she co-starred with in The Descendants. Greer is known for both dramatic and comedic roles, so it’s a toss up as to what type of character she might play.

Source: Deadline

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Director Seth Gordon has dropped out of Horrible Bosses 2.

Seth Gordon Drops Out Horrible Bosses 2 Movie News Wrap Up: UFC Star Joins Fast & Furious 7, Spielberg Drops American Sniper & More

Gordon’s star has been on the rise since the first Horrible Bosses hit $200 million+ at the worldwide box office, and he’s likely become an even hotter commodity thanks to Identity Thief‘s success. But, with a very busy schedule that includes an ABC series (The Goldbergs) and a feature film (One Night on the Hudson), something was bound to give.

Now that Gordon is gone, New Line is apparently in overdrive mode searching for a new director so as to preserve their fall shoot date. Who might be a good replacement?

Source: Deadline

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UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is in talks to join Fast and Furious 7.

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Rousey, who doesn’t have a single onscreen credit to her name, is reportedly up for a small role that would show off her fighting skills. In essence, she would be taking on a role similar to Gina Carano’s in Fast and Furious 6.

Before she gets behind the wheel, however, Rousey will begin shooting The Expendables 3 with Stallone, Schwarzenegger, and recent addition Harrison Ford. And, in case that wasn’t enough, Rousey will be fighting in a UFC championship rematch on December 28th.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. American Sniper might be worth a Netflix watch. Poltergeist the original would be pretty hard to top, and I don’t really think it needs a reboot, but I will watch one if one comes about.

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