Jon Hamm eyes a major comedy role; Brad Pitt is developing a series for HBO; Kevin Smith champions Jon Favreau for Star Wars: Episode 7; Two different actors express interest in Star Wars roles; Lenny Kravitz is set to play Marvin Gaye; and Laura Linney is in talks for the WikiLeaks movie.
Mad Men star and all-around suave guy Jon Hamm is reportedly eyeing a starring role in the comedy Epic Fail for director Mark Teitelman.
In the film, which is scripted by first time writer Kevin Costello, Hamm would play a schoolteacher who recruits two students to "kidnap" his wife so that he can play the hero and rescue her. The premise alone sounds a bit formulaic, but Hamm's presence in the film could push it over the top.
Over the past few years, Hamm has shown a tremendous propensity for humorous roles so it was inevitable that he would headline a comedy. His scene-stealing role in Bridesmaids, two stellar outings hosting Saturday Night Live, appearances on 30 Rock and a few other Internet-based videos have all suggested that, despite being a critically-acclaimed dramatic actor, the Mad Men star is equally as capable of making audiences laugh. Hamm has only expressed an interest in the role so far, but we'll keep you update if he is indeed cast.
Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, is reportedly developing a new series called Paper for HBO.
As Variety details, the series will be based on a New Yorker article titled "Pay Up," which is about a cocaine dealer/gangster who tries to go "legit" as a professional debt collector. This individual, however, discovers that the life of a debt collector is just as dangerous as the profession he left behind.
At this point we know that short story writer Wells Tower has signed on to write and executive produce the project, but there is no word as to whether Pitt's involvement will exceed his producer role.
In other Brad Pitt News, the actor has expressed interest in re-teaming with friend and frequent collaborator David Fincher for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which the director has been developing for Disney. When asked if he was interested, most likely in response to Fincher's claim he wants him for a role, Pitt responded:
“I’d love to I mean, he’s my man. He’s got a great take on it. That’s just gonna be about schedule and time allocation, but he’s my man.”
Unfortunately, 20,000 has been sitting in developmental limbo for quite some time now, with many considering the project dead in the water. By no means would Fincher be losing out if the film was canned – he has several different projects already on his plate – but if Pitt could get on board that might help Disney rule in favor of moving forward.
Source: Variety, MTV
Smith, who himself is an avid consumer and lover of all things geek culture, suggests that Favreau crafted "a great family flick" with Iron Man, and that same sensibility could translate well to the Star Wars universe. We have no idea if Smith caught wind that Favreau is "panting after" the Star Wars: Episode 7 job and sought to help his case, but many fans have already rallied behind Favreau as a worthy director.
MTV: With all of these franchises, do you have room for one more? Star Wars is gearing up again!
Hemsworth: Oh man, I love those films. That's the sort of bread and butter of my film experience as a kid. I would love to work on something like that. I also loved Lord of the Rings. I would have loved to have done something in that world.
Obviously the quote comes more so from a fan perspective than anything else, but if Hemsworth – who has proven himself in starring roles and as part of ensemble – could make things work in his busy schedule, we doubt fans would be against him jumping on board.
In addition to Chris Hemsworth, actor Derek Jacobi - who many recognize but few can name - has also expressed interest in starring in Star Wars: Episode 7.
Unlike the Snow White and the Hunstman star, however, Jacobi has put that interest into action by immediately calling his agent after hearing the news of Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm and the subsequent announcement of a new trilogy. Jacobi's interest in a Star Wars role seems more focused on the idea of attaching his name to a major franchise, rather than it is emblematic of his affinity for the property. At least that's the impression he gave off during his interview with Radio 4.
“I’d love to do my big franchise movie. Ian McKellen’s got his Gandalf, Pat Stewart has his Star Trek, Michael Gambon has got his Dumbledore. They are running out of these old men you see. I have to be next!”
Those "old men" to which Jacobi refers are celebrated British thespians who have lent their name to many a Shakespearean production. Alec Guinness, for example, was featured in everything from Romeo and Juliet to The Tempest, and presumably brought the lessons learned from those productions to the role of Obi Wan Kenobi. Perhaps Jacobi could work well in a similarly sage-like role.
Source: Radio 4 (via The Daily Mail)
Singer-turned-actor Lenny Kravitz has signed on to star as Marvin Gaye in the biopic Gaye for director Julien Temple.
Kravitz, who has had supporting roles in films like The Hunger Games, Precious, and The Butler, couldn't have picked a better headlining role, as the film will presumably allow him to showcase both his singing and acting chops.
Gaye will focus on the life of the singer during the 1980s as he struggled with drug addiction whilst attempting to rejuvenate his career. Thankfully, along with being one of the most dramatically compelling segments of his life, the '80s also delivered some of Marvin Gaye's most iconic melodies, including the 1982 classic "Sexual Healing." And rest assured that Gaye will not be lacking those melodies, as the production has already secured the requisite music rights.
The Wrap, who has the exclusive on the story, reports that Linney is being sought for the film, but unfortunately there is no word on what her role might be.
Benedict Cumberbatch, however, is already locked in for the film as WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange, and it is rumored that James McAvoy, if cast, will take on the role of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an executive at WikiLeaks who had a falling out with Assange. The film itself has a very Social Network vibe to it, especially since its story focuses on a falling out amidst the creation of an Internet-based phenomenon. And with three celebrated actors attached - not to mention Twilight: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon - it could be a serious awards show contender in 2014.
Source: The Wrap