Movie & TV News Wrap Up: November 21st, 2012

James Wan Directing MacGyver

This week:

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is in talks for Pompeii; more casting news for the Jackie Brown prequel, The Switch; the MacGyver movie finds its director; and two TV stars book guest roles on Hannibal.


Kit Harington (Jon Snow in Game of Thrones) is reportedly in the early stages of negotiations to star in Pompeii for director Paul W.S. Anderson.

Kit Harington In Talks Pompeii

If cast, Harington will play a slave who must race against time, and the elements, in order to rescue his true love and a gladiator friend trapped in the Roman coliseum. The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Pompeii would be Anderson's version of Titanic – a love story set against a cataclysmic backdrop.

An erupting Mount Vesuvius sounds closer to Roland Emmerich's wheelhouse than Anderson's, but the Resident Evil  director's love of special effects-driven scenes could help bring such a historical event to life. As of right now it's only Harington that is in talks for Pompeii, but we wouldn't be surprised to hear Milla Jovovich (Anderson's wife) is also involved in some capacity.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Isla Fisher is in talks to join the cast of Dan Schechter's The Switch, a planned prequel to the film Jackie Brown, which was based on the Elmore Leonard novel 'Foxy Brown.'

Isla Fisher In Talks The Switch

Fisher will reportedly play Melanie, the same role Bridget Fonda played in Tarantino's 1997 film. In addition to Fisher, The Switch will star John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) as younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson's characters.

The Switch's plot – based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name – revolves around the kidnapping of a corrupt real estate developer's wife (Jennifer Aniston), which, as these things are wont to do, goes awry. Though the film will presumably be positioned as being from the same universe, Tarantino is not involved with the project.

Source: Variety


SAW director James Wan is moving forward with plans to direct MacGyver for Lionsgate.

James Wan Directing MacGyver

A series that became a serious cult hit in the '80s, MacGyver follows an extremely resourceful secret agent (played in the series by Richard Dean Anderson) who was capable of making helpful gadgets out of everyday items. A script for the big screen adaptation of MacGyver had already been written by Jason Richman (Bangkok Dangerous), but since then Brian and Mark Gunn, brothers to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, have been brought on for rewrites.

Though the series' legacy may have been impacted by the presence of MacGruber, an SNL parody of the series that spawned its own big screen adaptation, Wan apparently believes there is still some viability to an authentic take on the property.

He even took to Twitter to express his qualifications for the job:

People are surprised?? you guys never saw shades of MacG in Jigsaw??

— James Wan (@creepypuppet) November 12, 2012

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Anna Chlumsky and Eddie Izzard have signed on for guest roles in Bryan Fuller's Hannibal.

Anna Chlumsky Eddie Izzard Join Hannibal

Chlumsky, who plays Amy Brookheimer on HBO's Veep, will be taking on a role as an FBI trainee. Her character, Miriam Lass, will be learning the ropes from Laurence Fishburne's character, Jack Crawford.

In a similar fashion, Eddie Izzard will be bringing his talents to Hannibal as an inmate of the same Baltimore State Hospital that eventually houses Hannibal Lecter. Izzard, who enjoyed a brief stint as Grandpa on Fuller's recently cancelled Mockingbird Lane, will be playing a character that claims to be the "infamous Chesapeake Ripper."

Loosely based on Thomas Harris' novels, Hannibal the series focuses on the budding relationship between FBI profiler Wil Graham (Hugh Dancy) and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a role made famous by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs. While the character won't be donning any anti-cannibalism masks just yet, the series does promise to show the evolution of Lecter into the iconic serial killer.

NBC currently has not set a premiere date for Hannibal, but it is believed to be a mid-season replacement.

Source: Entertainment Weekly, TV Line

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