Vin Diesel signs on for World's Most Wanted; Sigourney Weaver might join the Mortal Instruments sequel; more actors have joined the Interstellar cast; The Man from U.N.C.L.E. finds its femme fatale; Chris Evans decides on his directorial debut; and the Max Steel movie finds new life.
While plot details are non-existent for World's Most Wanted at this point, we do know that Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) is rewriting a script originated by Will Staples and Sean O'Keefe. In addition to starring in the film, Diesel will also help produce World's Most Wanted through his One Race Films outfit along with Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz.
Sigourney Weaver is reportedly in talks to join City of Ashes, the sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
While City of Bones hasn't even hit theaters – it releases later this month – Constantin Films is apparently confident enough to get the ball rolling on a sequel. And with only a few roles to fill for City of Bones, the second book in Cassandra Clare's series, they apparently want to secure some top name talent.
For those that might not know, The Mortal Instruments series centers on a girl named Clary (Lily Collins) who discovers she is a powerful Shadowhunter (a.k.a. demon hunter), and that there is a secret war between the forces of light and dark going on. In City of Bones she comes to learn about her role and about the "Downworlders," supernatural creatures that want to do people like Clary harm.
City of Ashes continues that story, as Clary tries to make sense of a series of murders. As far as Weaver is concerned, she is being sought for the role of a fellow Shadowhunter whose son has been killed.
Interstellar casting announcements have become something of a staple for these news wrap-ups, which is a testament both to Nolan's rabid fan base and moviegoers' interest in this original sci-fi film. However, although we are very much looking forward to Interstellar, we know almost nothing about it, which makes speculating on either Oyelowo or Gyasi's role almost impossible.
We do know that the film stars Matthew McConaughey, is based on a script by Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan, and involves time travel and wormholes.
Source: The Wrap
Warner Bros' upcoming film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has found its female lead in Elizabeth Debicki.
She will star opposite Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in what is reportedly the film's femme fatale role. Debicki made a splash this summer in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, in which she played the role of Jordan Baker.
As for the film's two male leads, Cavill and Hammer will be playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. Tom Cruise was originally slated to play Solo, but he dropped out this past May.
In addition to Debicki's casting, we have also learned that The Man from U.N.C.L.E. will start shooting this September. Guy Ritchie will direct.
Captain America himself, Chris Evans, has found his directorial debut in 1:30 Train.
Evans plans to direct, star, and produce the film, which is about two strangers who spend a single night together after meeting in Manhattan. The film is reportedly in the vein of Before Sunrise and focuses on one prolonged conversation between a man and a woman.
The script for 1:30 Train was written by Ron Bass, who has a few notable credits to his name including the biopic Amelia and Dangerous Minds. Evans hopes to shoot the film this fall before reunites with his Marvel cronies for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Max Steel starring Taylor Lautner may be dead, but the planned cinematic adaptation of the toy line and animated series is certainly not.
Now that the film rights have reverted back to Mattel from Paramount, the toy company is apparently taking a more hands on role with the film. They have hired Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) to write the Max Steel script and have brought Stewart Handler (Halo: Forward Unto Dawn) on to direct.
Max Steel, for those that might not know, is about a super-powered boy named Max and the alien named Steel that protects him. The IP has spawned two popular animated series and a very successful toy line. In fact, a giant statue of Steel was a major showpiece at the Mattel booth at Comic-Con this year.
Back when the film was in development at Paramount it was being positioned more as a Taylor Lautner vehicle than anything else, whereas now it sounds like the film will try to use the source material to sell audiences.