Movie News Wrap Up: 'Now You See Me 2', 'Angry Birds' & More

Daniel Radcliffe Now You See Me 2

This Week:

The Angry Birds Movie voice cast is revealed; Twilight makes a comeback on Facebook; Ben Affleck set to star in The Accountant; Now You See Me 2 casts Daniel Radcliffe: and Jeff Daniels may join The Martian.

Sony has announced the voice cast for their upcoming Angry Birds movie.

While most will scoff at the idea of an Angry Birds movie, the cast does hold promise for Saturday Night Live fans. In fact, the Angry Birds movie sounds like an SNL reunion of sorts, as recent cast members like Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, and Maya Rudolph have all been cast in voice roles. Other notable voices added to the Angry Birds cast include Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, and Tony Hale.

Angry Birds Movie Voice Cast

However, although Angry Birds' voice cast seems jam-packed with comedic talent, we highly doubt that will be enough to entice older moviegoers. Kids, on the other hand, will eat this up.

Source: The Wrap


It may still be early for a Twilight reboot, but the franchise is living on thanks to Facebook.

Facebook Twilight Short Film Contest

Just this week, the social media platform announced a new contest called 'The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga.' It will give aspiring female directors a unique opportunity to create short films based on characters from the Twilight universe.

The contest will run directly under the auspices of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, who will choose the winners alongside a panel of prestigious female actors, writers, and directors. After the directors are chosen they will receive full financial backing for the production on their Twilight short films.


Gone Girl star Ben Affleck is in early negotiations to star in the assassin thriller The Accountant for Warner Bros.

Ben Affleck in Gone Girl

The studio just recently acquired the rights after Sony lapsed on the project, which follows an accountant who leads a double life as an assassin. It's no surprise that Warner Bros. would look to Affleck to lead the picture, as he has been their golden boy for quite some time.

Much like Gone Girl, though, Affleck will only star (and maybe produce) The Accountant; he will not direct. Warrior director Gavin O'Connor is reportedly WB's top choice to direct the project, but no offer has gone out yet.

Source: Variety


Michael Caine reveals that Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, will play his son in Now You See Me 2.

Daniel Radcliffe Now You See Me 2

Caine broke the news during an interview with Jonathan Ross, claiming that he will shoot the film this December in London. In the first film Caine played the magical quartet's financier, Arthur Tressler, and ended up becoming sort of an antagonist.

There's no word on if Radcliffe will pick up where Caine left off, but the prospect of the two British actors playing father and son is nonetheless intriguing. Matter of fact, it will be interesting to see what new director Jon Chu can do with a sequel. The first movie was fun popcorn entertainment, but it didn't exactly scream franchise.

Source: Deadline


It wouldn't be a movie wrap up without yet another casting bit from Ridley Scott's The Martian.

Jeff Daniels in Talks The Martian

This time we bring news that The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels is in talks for a role. If he is cast, Daniels will play the director of NASA who struggles with the news that one of his Mars astronauts (Matt Damon) has been left stranded. Given his authoritative and quick-witted role on The Newsroom, Daniels sounds like a solid fit for a NASA director.

At this point, there are so many names circling the project it's hard to know where actors overlap. Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, and Kristen Wiig are all reportedly up for roles, but so far nothing official has been announced. The only firm castings that we know of are Damon and Mackenzie Davis as the female lead.

Source: THR

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