Simon Pegg confirms Mission: Impossible 5 return; Pegg also signs up for the rom-com Man Up; Doug Liman signs on to direct El Presidente: Keanu Reeves is still interested in a Constantine sequel; and Gavin O'Connor may director the Tell No One remake.
The news comes courtesy of a brief interview with Pegg and close friend Nick Frost in which the actor also talked about Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) helming Star Trek 3. Although Pegg couldn't give hints with regards to Trek, he responded with an emphatic, "Absolutely," when asked if he would be back for M:I 5. Pegg will, of course, be reprising the role of Benji Dunn, the gadget master for Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt.
About a week ago, Mission: Impossible 5 locked down a Christmas 2015 release date in the hopes of duplicating its predecessor's winter-time success. Thus far director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise, and now Simon Pegg, have confirmed their involvement with the sequel, but the rest of the returning cast, specifically Jeremy Renner, is up in the air.
Mission: Impossible 5 will hit theaters on December 25, 2015.
Speaking of Simon Pegg, the actor was also confirmed for another project earlier this week: the romantic comedy Man Up.
Pegg will star alongside Lake Bell (In a World…) in the film, which tells the story of a single woman who is mistaken for a stranger's blind date and ends up meeting her soulmate. The script for Man Up, written by Tess Morris, made it onto the 2011 Brit List, which is the UK's version of the Black List.
Although not his first foray into the world of the rom-com, Man Up sounds like a change of pace for Pegg, who has been featured in mostly big budget action movies as of late. For the relatively unknown Bell, the film could be an opportunity to further increase her profile.
Man Up is slated to start filming in January.
Bourne Identity director Doug Liman has signed on to direct the forthcoming Tom Cruise vehicle El Presidente.
El Presidente's premise sounds like a mixture of action and comedy, as Cruise will play a former Secret Service agent forced to predict an alcoholic former President. At one point, the president role was slated for Robert Downey Jr., but that unfortunately never came to pass.
With Downey Jr. no longer available, however, Cruise has once again turned to his first choice for the role: Jack Nicholson. Although no announcement has been made, Cruise and Liman made a special trip to Nicholson's home in the hopes of convincing him to join the project. If their Hail Mary pass worked, we might hear about Nicholson's casting fairly soon.
Although the first Constantine didn't make too much money at the box office – about $230 million worldwide – star Keanu Reeves is still hopeful the film will receive a sequel.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor revealed, out of all of his former characters, he would be most interested in revisiting John Constantine, the occult detective at the center of the first film.
Unfortunately for Reeves, there are already two Constantine projects in development – a TV series based on the Hellblazer comics, in which Constantine is the protagonist, and Guillermo Del Toro's Justice League Dark, which features the character as a key member of a group of Justice League outcasts.
That isn't to say Reeves' hopes are dashed, but it would likely be hard to justify yet another take on the character. But, if Ted of Bill and Ted can get a resurrection, we wouldn't count out Reeves' Constantine just yet.
Source: Vanity Fair
The film, based on an English-language novel, was a huge hit in France, winning several Cesar Awards, and follows a doctor who was suspected of foul play when his wife went missing several years ago. Though never charged, the man finds himself on the run years later after receiving an e-mail from his missing wife.
Argo scribe Chris Terrio wrote the latest draft of the Tell No One script, but it's unclear if O'Connor might also take a pass at it. As far as casting, there is no news yet, but Ben Affleck was rumored for the principal role a few years back.