Movie News Wrap Up: March 12 2013

Thor Dark World Trailer Release Date

This week:

James McAvoy dismisses The Crow rumors; Daniel Craig has dropped out of Monuments Men; a rumor suggests the first Thor: The Dark World trailer will premiere in April; we get an update on the next Vacation movie; Emma Watson passes on Cinderella; Michael Fassbender exits Jane Got a Gun; and Melissa McCarthy circles St. Vincent De Van Nuys.


Not too long ago it was rumored that X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy was circling Relativity Media's reboot of The Crow - but apparently that is not the case.

James McAvoy Crow Update

Speaking with Getty Images Entertainment, McAvoy dismissed the rumors by saying:

"It's not for real. I don't think it's materialized into anything truthful yet…it's just been rumor mill stuff."

What's interesting about the quote is that McAvoy doesn't appear to outright nix his circling the role, but rather he suggests the project is still in some sort of holding pattern. Either way, McAvoy is not involved at this point.

As if dismissing one rumor wasn't enough, McAvoy also provided an update on Wanted 2. McAvoy says that the only way the sequel will get made is if the people involved - namely director Timur Bekmabetov and screenwriter Derek Haas - find a story they are "100% passionate about."

“They’re doing the right thing. They won’t go ahead with it unless they get a story that feel totally and utterly 100% passionate about. If they don’t have that, then frankly they shouldn’t go ahead. But if they get a story together that they feel that way about then great, yeah.”

Last we had heard, Angelina Jolie's character was not returning for Wanted 2, and McAvoy's character would instead be taking on a new female apprentice.

Source: Getty Images Entertainment (via Collider)


Daniel Craig has dropped out of George Clooney's forthcoming film, Monuments Men.

Daniel Craig Monuments Men

Actor Bob Balaban confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that Daniel Craig is out, but Matt Damon is in. Damon joins a cast that includes Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, John Goodman, and of course George Clooney. Indiewire speculates that Damon replaced Craig -- a fair assumption considering the phrasing of Balaban's tweet.

The film is based on the true story of a platoon tasked with rescuing masterpieces from Nazi thieves during WWII. Production is expected to start in June, and the film is currently scheduled for a December 18th release date.

Source: Bob Balaban – Twitter, Indiewire


While most assumed the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World would hit some time around the release of Iron Man 3 (May 3rd), a new rumor suggests it will release some time earlier.

Thor Dark World Trailer Release Date

Lebanese site Emileeid claims the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World's will premiere April 2nd, about 7 months before the film's release. The site does not mention a source, however, so take this rumor with a HUGE grain of salt. That said, the first trailer for Iron Man 3 did premier about 7 months before the release of that film.

Thor: The Dark World releases on November 8, 2013.

Source: Emileeid (via Comic Book Movie)


While promoting their new movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein provided an update on their forthcoming Vacation sequel.

Daley Goldstein Vacation Update

The project will be the duo's first foray into directing, and features Ed Helms as a grown up Rusty Griswold. Daley and Goldstein also wrote the script for the film.

Speaking with Collider, the two writer/directors also revealed that the project is still casting, and they plan to bring some characters back. Presumably, that means both Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are in the early stages of negotiations.

The film, which is tentatively titled Vacation, starts shooting in June.

Source: Collider


Contrary to a rumor we reported on earlier this month, Emma Watson will not be playing Cinderella in Disney's live-action film.

Emma Watson Passes on Cinderella

Variety's Marc Graser confirmed the actress has passed on the part via Twitter, but would not say much more than that. The Harry Potter actress seemed like a good fit for the role, but apparently it was not meant to be. Maybe the glass slipper didn't fit (sorry).

Either way, Cate Blanchett is still on board to play the evil stepmother, and Kenneth Branagh will still direct.

Source: Marc Graser


Several high-profile actors are playing musical chairs in Jane Got a Gun, the forthcoming Western starring Natalie Portman.

Jude Law Joins Jane Got a Gun

Originally, Michael Fassbender was to play Portman's character's ex-lover, who helps her defend her homestead from her dead husband's gang. It was also confirmed not too long ago that Joel Edgerton was to play the gang's leader, and the film's villain.

However, THR now reports that Fassbender is out after a scheduling conflict arose between this film and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Edgerton will take on Fassbender's role, and Jude Law will play the villain, John Bishop.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Melissa McCarthy is reportedly circling a role opposite Bill Murray in St. Vincent De Van Nuys.

Melissa McCarthy Circling St Vincent De Van Nuys

Deadline reports McCarthy is a favorite for the female lead in the film, which will be written and directed by Ted Melfi. The film follows a single mother (McCarthy) who entrusts her young son into the care of a cantankerous neighbor (Murray).

Deadline's sources claim the project can best be compared to films like As Good as it Gets and Silver Linings Playbook, for its combination of comedy and drama. Melfi's script made it onto the 2011 Black List, and the project's profile instantly skyrocketed after Murray signed on.

Source: Deadline

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