Richard Madden joins Disney's Cinderella; Joe Johnston will direct Gotti; The Man from U.N.C.L.E. finds its female lead; Owen Wilson is in talks for Inherent Vice; those Iron Man 3 scenes exclusive to China may pop up in a future short film; Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. might split; and Chloe Moretz has been offered the lead in The Equalizer.
Shortly after confirming Lily James had been cast as the titular character, Disney promised that more announcements would soon follow. It was then that we speculated the studio might also reveal Madden's casting, and now here it is.
Cinderella is somewhat of a change of pace for Madden, who will be trading wolves and sword fights for glass slippers and ballroom dancing. He will still be in a position of power, but without the constant threat of beheading. Madden joins a cast that already includes the aforementioned James and Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine.
Source: Hero Complex
Gotti has been something of a passion project for Travolta, who expressed enthusiasm over Johnston's involvement in a public statement:
"I'm looking forward to portraying John Gotti -- it's been a long time coming. And I think that Johnson is an exciting and fresh addition to the vision of the film. We are all looking forward to starting production."
Leo Rossi wrote the script for the film (which was later revised by Lem Dobbs) based off a story by Gotti's son, John Jr. Relativity Media plans to shop Gotti to international buyers at Cannes this week before production starts in New York this September.
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is in final negotiations to star opposite Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer in Warner Bros' The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Vikander will play a character that was not featured in the '60s TV series, but who reportedly has a "thing for fast cars." Although most moviegoers won't recognize the actress by name, she had a small role in Anna Karenina and can be seen later this year in The Seventh Son.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. follows the exploits of an American spy (Cruise) and a Russian spy (Hammer) who work for a fictitious international espionage agency called U.N.C.L.E. At one point Steven Soderbergh was to direct the big screen adaptation, but that task now befalls Guy Ritchie.
Owen Wilson is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice.
According to The Wrap, Wilson is in negotiations for a leading role, although it's unclear who exactly that might be. If cast, Wilson will join Joaquin Phoenix, who will play the film's pothead protagonist, Doc Sportello. Benicio Del Toro was also in talks for a role, but no official announcement has been made.
Anderson is reportedly looking to start production on the film later this month, so we should hear more news (good or bad) regarding the Wilson deal, soon.
Source: The Wrap
Fear not Iron Man 3 fans living outside of China, Marvel plans to release the footage exclusive to that region in a short film called 'The Prologue.'
The Prologue will include scenes with Chinese natives Wang Xueqi (as Dr. Wu) and singer Fan Bingbing that were only included in a special Chinese version of the film. While international audiences saw Dr. Wu for less than a minute - in the film's opening and a pivotal scene towards the end - this special version included some 3+ minutes of additional footage.
Although those scenes which feature Xueqi are said to be inconsequential to the core Iron Man 3 narrative, there's no telling whether Marvel might repackage the footage in a more meaningful manner, presumably on the Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray. For the moment, however, it sounds like The Prologue will be more of a deleted scene compilation than a fully-fledged short film.
The blockbuster partnership between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. might come to an end if the two parties can't reach an agreement.
According to Variety, the relationship between the two companies has become strained in recent months, with current reports suggesting it is "unlikely" that the studios will extend their current co-production and distribution pact. If the two cannot reach a deal, that would put to rest an 8-year pairing that has yielded such high-profile as The Hangover and The Dark Knight. Not to mention the two are preparing to release Man of Steel next month.
Legendary chairman Thomas Tull has reportedly been entertaining conversations with Universal, Fox, and Sony. Even if Legendary finds a new home, though, they are still obligated to co-fund any previously greenlit projects through the end of 2013. That includes films like 300: Rise of an Empire, The Seventh Son, and Godzilla. Negotiations between the two studios are said to continue in the next few months, so stay tuned for more details.
While the female lead in The Equalizer, a big screen adaptation of the '80s TV series, was originally written for a twentysomething, it is apparently being rewritten specifically for Moretz. According to Deadline, everyone on hand for the chemistry read – Washington included – were very impressed with Moretz performance.
The Equalizer reunites Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, who most recently delivered the surprise hit Olympus Has Fallen. Washington will play Edward Woodward, better known as "The Equalizer," a former spy that now offers his particular set of skills free of charge. If Moretz signs on, she will play a young prostitute that presumably seeks out Washington's character for help.