Ed Helms and Patrick Wilson join Stretch; a Choose Your Own Adventure film is in the works; Sandra Bullock may play Miss Hannigan in Annie; Eddie Redmayne in in talks to play Stephen Hawking; and Arnold Schwarzenegger confirms he will be back for Expendables 3.
Director Joe Carnahan’s Stretch has found its leads in Ed Helms (The Office) and Patrick Wilson (Watchmen).
Wilson, who can be seen later this year in The Conjuring AND Insidious 2 will play a limo driver who gets more than he bargained for while following the orders of a billionaire client. Helms will play a colleague of Wilson’s.
Fox has acquired the rights to turn the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books into a multimedium franchise.
The book series gained popularity in the ’70s and sustained a strong following until the late ’90s with over 180 different titles published. The Choose Your Own Adventure banner included everything from sci-fi to mystery to action adventure, but the series’ main appeal was its branching narratives, which allowed the reader to choose where the story went.
For example, readers might come to a page that says, “Turn to page 180 to go right, turn to page 221 to go left.” From then on out, the story would continue to branch until the reader felt like their decisions were determining the eventual outcome.
However, while the books were very popular, it’s unclear how Fox plans to turn such a personal concept into a collective viewing experience. We could see the series working as a video game or maybe an online TV show, but it might be difficult to adapt for theater-going audiences. That being said, if they can make a movie out of a board game, they can likely make a movie out of anything.
Sandra Bullock is in talks for the role of Miss Hannigan in Sony’s modern day re-imagining of the musical Annie.
Miss Hannigan, for those unfamiliar with the musical, is the alcoholic that runs the orphanage where Annie lives in the beginning of the story. Many an actress has played Hannigan on stage, but it is her portrayal by Carol Burnett in the 1982 film adaptation that is perhaps the most iconic.
Although Bullock passed on the role in March, she is reportedly back in negotiations with Sony. It’s unclear what has Bullock once again interested, but the new direction the studio is taking with this remake might have something to do with it.
This version of Annie will feature Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quevenzhané Wallis in the title role and Jamie Foxx as a modern version of Daddy Warbucks named Benjamin Starks. Additionally, Sony has hired Easy A director Will Gluck to helm the film.
Les Misérables star Eddie Redmayne is being sought for the role of physicist Stephen Hawking in the biopic Theory of Everything.
Not much is known about the project at this time, but Deadline reports it may focus on the relationship between Hawking and his wife, Jane Wilde. While their relationship was blossoming Hawking was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, which he continues to fight to do this day. It is believed that Hawking’s relationship with Wilde is partly responsible for him keeping with his work.
Redmayne first burst onto the scene in My Week with Marilyn opposite Michelle Williams before taking on the role of Marius in Les Miz. He can next be seen in the Wachowski sibling’s Jupiter Ascending, which is due out in July of next year.
For a franchise that is all about adding (not subtracting) cast members, we definitely expected Schwarzenegger to return, even if it’s in a limited capacity. He will join an ever-growing cast that, in addition to the usual suspects (Statham, Li, etc.), includes Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, and Wesley Snipes. There are also a few actors rumored for roles including Mel Gibson and Mickey Rourke.
The Expendables 3 was just recently given a summer 2014 release date, while Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s other collaboration, Escape Plan, was moved back to October of this year. He was out of the game for a long time, but fans are going to be seeing plenty of Schwarzenegger in the next two years.
Source: Arnold Fans