Rose Leslie joins The Last Witch Hunter; half-a-dozen films got new release dates; The Jungle Book has found its Mowgli; a J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis movie is in development; and Ben Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington.
As the title implies, The Last Witch Hunter features Vin Diesel as a semi-immortal witch hunter on the trail of a villainous witch queen with devious plans. However, Diesel's character bites off more than he can chew, and ends up enlisting the help of a witch (Leslie) who eventually becomes his love interest.
Although [Game of Thrones Spoiler Alert!] Ygritte is no longer a part of the GOT cast, it's clear that Leslie is reaping the benefits of her newfound stardom. To go from one of the hottest shows on TV to co-starring opposite one of the biggest action stars in the world isn't bad at all.
Horns, The 5th Wave, Child 44, The Revenant, The Vatican Tapes, and Tusk all got release dates this week, while Paramount acquired the rights to Martin Scorsese's Silence.
Horns, which is based on the Joe Hill novel and features Daniel Radcliffe as a murder suspect who wakes up to discover horns on his head, will hit theaters on October 31, 2014.
The YA adaptation The 5th Wave will release on January 29, 2016. The film imagines a world where humanity is almost completely wiped out by a series of attacks (waves) and focuses on a girl (Chloe Moretz) who is trying to save her long lost brother.
The Tom Hardy thriller Child 44 has pegged April 17, 2015 for its release. Hardy stars as a Russian officer who tries to solve a series of mysterious murders in Stalin-era Russia while wrongfully imprisoned.
The Revenant, Alejandro Gonzalez Innarritu's 19th Century revenge thriller, has staked its claim on Christmas Day 2015. The film looks to be a major Oscar contender for next year with Leonardo DiCaprio going toe-to-toe with his Inception co-star Tom Hardy.
Director Mark Neveldine (Crank) has confirmed his next film, The Vatican Tapes, will hit theaters on February 17, 2015. The Vatican Tapes' plot centers on a (you guessed it) mysterious tape that features a botched exorcism.
And finally, Kevin Smith's Tusk, about a man (Justin Long) who finds himself slowly being turned into a walrus by a crazy adventurer (Michael Parks), will release September 19, 2014. The film will also be a part of Kevin Smith's usual Comic-Con Hall H panel on Saturday night.
Jon Favreau's forthcoming adaptation of The Jungle Book has found its Mowgli.
10-year-old Neel Sethi beat out thousands of child actors for the role of Mowgli, a human boy raised by wolves and forced to confront all manner of creatures in the jungle. Casting Mowgli was of the utmost importance to Favreau and his crew, as he will be the only actor seen during the entire film. That's a tall order for a relative unknown.
Obviously, The Jungle Book won't be a one-man show, but will of course feature the story's well-known animals like Bagheera the black panther (Ben Kingsley), Kaa the python (Scarlett Johansson), and Shere Khan the tiger (Idris Elba). Favreau may have had his troubles trying to get Magic Kingdom off the ground, but clearly Disney believes in the Iron Man director enough to give him the reins to such a beloved property, even while another Jungle Book movie is also moving towards the start of production.
Source: The Wrap
Independent production company Attractive Films has announced a forthcoming film about the friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
Simon West (The Expendables 2) will helm the biopic, which will highlight the college years shared between Lewis and Tolkien at Oxford University. Few may know that Lewis and Tolkien were actually great friends, and even helped encourage the other's writing.
Specifically, the film will focus on how Tolkien convinced Lewis the agnostic to become a Christian. Moreover, the film will explore how each man influenced the other in the development of their classic series, Tolkien with The Lord of the Rings and Lewis with The Chronicles of Narnia.
Ben Whishaw has agreed to step in and provide the voice for Paddington bear in The Weinstein Company's adaptation.
Many will know that Colin Firth was originally hired to voice the precocious yet dapper bear, but the Oscar-winning actor dropped out at the last minute. Thankfully, Whishaw is able to step in and provide his own dulcet English tones for the character.
There are already two trailers available for Paddington – one teaser and one full trailer – but neither features the bear's actual voice. Now that Whishaw is on-board, however, we wouldn't be surprised if The Weinstein Company put out a new trailer featuring the Skyfall actor's voice.
Source: The Wrap