Paramount confirms an IMAX release for Mission: Impossible 5; Eric Bana joins Guy Ritchie's King Arthur film in a key role; Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali join Matthew McConaughey's Civil War epic; Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 finds its villain; Bradley Cooper lines up another project; and Lionsgate acquires Mel Gibson's next directorial effort.
Paramount Pictures has confirmed that Mission: Impossible 5 will receive the IMAX treatment when it hits theaters on July 31. The film - directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) - will star Tom Cruise and returning teammates Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames as well as Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson and Sean Harris. While this cast was more or less reported on previously, this update confirms that Paula Patton will be the sole member of the core team from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol to not return for this follow-up.
The studio's statement also revealed that the film as written by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier. Kalogridis and Lussier recently collaborated on the script for Terminator Genisys (incidentally, the fifth entry in that franchise as well), which hits theaters the month before Mission: Impossible 5.
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Eric Bana has joined the cast of director Guy Ritchie's King Arthur film, a.k.a. Knights of the Round Table. The actor will play Uther, Arthur's father, in the Warner Bros. film. Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) is set to play Arthur, with Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Guinevere. Jude Law - who played Watson in both of Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films - is still reportedly in talks to play the villain.
Like Holmes, this take on King Arthur intends to jumpstart a series of films, though there's no telling if Ritchie aims to remain actively involved in prospective sequels. At this time, no plot details have been released for Knights of the Round Table. However, it's likely that the villain will serve as an origin story for the legendary king. Joby Harold - who wrote and directed 2007 thriller Awake - penned the script for this movie.
Keri Russell (The Americans) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) will star alongside Matthew McConaughey in The Free State of Jones. Written and directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), the historical epic - which is based on a true story - follows a Southern farmer during the Civil War as he leads a rebellion against the Confederacy.
Russell will play McConaughey's wife, and Ali - who also recently appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - will assume the role of an escaped slave who aligns himself with the rebellion. Production has already begun on the film, which will likely hit theaters in 2016.
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Veep star Tony Hale will play the villain in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, the fourth entry in the live-action film series featuring the eponymous characters. Walt Becker is directing the film, which will see Jason Lee returning as the Chipmunks' surrogate father/manager Dave, while Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney back voicing Alvin, Simon and Theodore, respectively.
Although plot details are scarce, Hale may serve a similar function as his fellow Arrested Development alum David Cross, who appeared in all three of the previous Alvin and the Chipmunks films. The film arrives in theaters on December 23, 2015.
Warner Bros. is looking to secure the film rights to upcoming Gregg Hurwitz novel Orphan X as a vehicle for Bradley Cooper to produce and possibly headline. The book tells the story of Evan Smoak, a "nowhere man" drawn into a world of human slavery orchestrated by a Los Angeles police detective.
Hurwitz - who has published several novels and worked on comics for Marvel and DC - is in line to serve as screenwriter for the project. Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) will also serve as producer with Cooper, who recently received his third consecutive Oscar nomination for American Sniper. Orphan X is scheduled to be published in February 2016.
Lionsgate Films is in final talks to acquire North American distribution rights for Mel Gibson's latest directorial effort, Hacksaw Ridge. The film - which stars former Amazing Spider-Man Andrew Garfield - marks Gibson's first film as a director since Apocalypto in 2006.
Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of war hero Desmond T. Doss (Garfield), who was the first objector in American military history to receive the Medal of Honor despite his refusal to bear arms for religious reasons. Details of the deal with Lionsgate haven't been disclosed, but estimates place it as high as $15 million. Robert Schenkkan (The Pacific) and Randall Wallace (We Were Soldiers) wrote the film.