De Niro claims The Irishman will still happen; Norman Reedus set to star in low budget sci-fi flick Air; Haley Joel Osment joins the Entourage movie; James Badge Dale might star in Spectral; Jack O'Connell is in negotiations to lead Section 6.
Actor Robert De Niro is once again claiming his long-gestating project The Irishman will eventually come together.
About two years ago, De Niro shared some early details with regards to how he'd like to approach the film, based on the novel I Heard You Paint Houses, but not much came of that news. Now, he's at it again, saying he "thinks" the project will happen.
“We have been trying to do [the film] for the last few years, and I think we will do it."
If De Niro sticks to his original plan, The Irishman should be delivered as a two-part epic via screenwriter Eric Roth. Martin Scorsese is rumored to direct and Al Pacino to co-star, but this latest quote from De Niro makes no mention of either.
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Norman Reedus has pegged Air as his next feature film, a project that will reunite him with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
Kirkman is slated to produce Air, which follows a set of custodial workers tasked with protecting mankind's future in the form of a group of cryogenically sleeping humans. Said humans are meant to re-populate the Earth after the fallout from a nuclear apocalypse dissipates. Reedus will play one of the custodial workers, alongside Djimon Honsou.
Air is the first feature film directing gig for Christian Cantamessa, a former writer and lead designer for acclaimed video game developer Rockstar Games (Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto). Cantamessa also wrote the script for Air with Chris Pasetto.
With production currently underway, the Entourage movie has added Haley Joel Osment to its cast.
Osment will play the son of Larsen Mcredle (Billy Bob Thornton), the billionaire oil tycoon who is financing Vincent Chase's (Adrian Grenier) latest movie. Osment's character is said to play a pivotal role in the Entourage script, as both he and Vince pursue the same girl.
With almost all of the film's original cast on board, Entourage looks to offer a similar narrative to the HBO show, only at feature film length. And, as can be expected, that includes plenty of cameos from top Hollywood talent.
If cast, this will be a major leading role for Dale, who has co-starred in dozens of big budget releases. And, like many great character actors, it was only a matter of time before Dale got his shot at the big time.
While not too much is known about Spectral at this time, the film reportedly follows a spec-ops team fighting supernatural beings in New York. According to THR, the project is described as a supernatural version of Black Hawk Dawn. In other words, Battle: Los Angeles with ghosts.
Jack O'Connell (Skins) is the odds on favorite to star in Section 6 for Universal Pictures.
Section 6 follows the early inception of MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6), Britain's international intelligence agency. Many might recognize it as the real agency that ficitional spy James Bond works for.
It's unclear who O'Connell might be playing in Section 6, as negotiations have only just begun. In the mean time, the young actor is set to make a decent-sized splash in 2014 with roles in 300: Rise of an Empire and Angeline Jolie's Unbroken, also a Universal release.