Movie News Wrap Up: June 9, 2012

Isaac Newton action movie

This week:

Abbie Cornish marries RoboCop; Michael Esper keeps up with Ben Affleck in Runner Runner; Dan Aykroyd joins Michael Douglas and Matt Damon Behind the Candelabra and prepare to meet Sir Isaac Newton: Action Hero.

Australian actress Abbie Cornish has been offered a lead role in MGM’s remake of RoboCop which is set to be directed by Jose Padilha. The actress only had twenty seconds to comply.

According to Deadline:

"The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman has been set to play the title character, a cop who, near death, is turned into an indestructible crime-fighting force, and then begins to remember his past life. Cornish has been offered the role of his wife, who thinks she is a widow.”

This sounds like quite a departure from Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film. In that film Murphy’s (RoboCop) wife had a very limited role in proceedings; Cornish’s attachment would imply that the role has been expanded.

Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson also look set to join the cast of the film.

Source: Deadline


Michael Esper has joined the cast of Runner Runner, the new online gambling thriller that will be toplined by Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton. Oliver Cooper, Ben Schwartz and Anthony Mackie also star in the film which will be directed by Brad Furman.

According to Variety:

“When Timberlake's character is cheated out of his tuition money playing online poker, he flies to Costa Rica hoping to reclaim his losses from the site's billionaire owner (Affleck) and ends up becoming the corrupt CEO's right-hand man.  Esper will play a tattooed man who is immersed in the online gaming space and like Cooper's character, works as an affiliate for the poker company.”

Source: Variety


Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd has joined the cast of Behind the Candelabra, Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic that is set to star Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

According to Variety:

“Douglas stars as the famed performer, while Damon plays his live-in lover, Scott Thorson, whose memoir "My Life With Liberace" serves as the basis for the project. Aykroyd will play Seymour Heller, Liberace's long-time manager who disapproved of his relationship with Thorson.”

The film will air on HBO in the US, but will get a theatrical release in some foreign territories.

Source: Variety


The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen is developing an action movie based around scientist Sir Isaac Newton.

Isaac Newton action movie

The film (which Cohen will also write) “will focus on Newton as the chief detective and head of the British Mint”.

BiteSize Entertainment is behind the project which will be produced by Gene Kirkwood. Not only is a film being developed, but a graphic novel based on the script is also on the cards.

Kirkwood is quoted as saying:

"We see this as a real opportunity to redefine the concept from day one, using multiple channels and outlets to more creatively develop and extend the characters and storyline while generating huge excitement in advance of the theatrical release."


Source: THR

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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