Melissa McCarthy’s Michelle Darnell gets a release date; the Steve Jobs biopic casts Jobs’ daughter; Tandanobu Asano replaces Ken Watanabe in Silence; Elle Fanning joins Neon Demon; Alexander Payne’s Downsizing adds more; and Zombies vs. Robots gets a new title and a director.
Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming film Michelle Darnell has nabbed a release date.
The film, which has yet to start production, will hit theaters on April 8, 2016. It features Melissa McCarthy as the title character, a successful businesswoman who is sent to prison for insider training; after emerging from imprisonment, Darnell must reinvent her image.
Michelle Darnell is the second collaboration between McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, who helmed the 2014 comedy Tammy. He also co-wrote the film with McCarthy and frequent collaborator Steve Mallory.
Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic has cast the late Apple co-founder’s daughter.
Perla Haney-Jardine will play Lisa Jobs, who Sorkin describes as the “heroine of the movie.” However, it’s unclear just how big a role Lisa plays in the film, which is said to follow Jobs at three separate decades of his career. She’s only just now turning 18 and although she was not involved in the book on which the film is based, Sorkin says he consulted her when writing the script.
Although this is the second Steve Jobs biopic out of the gate, anticipation for the yet-to-be-titled film has been building since its announcement. Yes, there have been some notable departures, but the cast and crew are sure to make this a high profile picture.
Thor actor Tandanobu Asano has been set to replace Ken Watanabe in Martin Scorsese’s Silence.
Watanabe was originally all set for the film, but had to drop out after Silence’s shooting dates were pushed back. Now Asano will take over and barring unforeseen circumstances the film should start shooting soon.
Based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, Silence follows two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who search 17th Century Japan for their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). Asano will play a Japanese interpreter who guides the duo.
Elle Fanning is in early negotiations to join the L.A. horror flick Neon Demon.
Fanning seems a lock for the role of an "aspiring model caught in a world of demise," but right now nothing has been made official. Even so, Neon Demon’s director, Nicolas Wending Refn, is excited to potentially work with Fanning, who he calls a “super cool wonder woman.”
Refn has been a director to watch since helming the cult hit Drive and Neon Demon appears to have some similar qualities. That being said, Refn has never been one to follow trends, which has us very curious to learn more.
Source: The Wrap
Alexander Payne’s Downsizing has added a few more high profile actors to its cast, including the star of his 1999 film, Election.
Reese Witherspoon, Alec Baldwin, Jason Sudeikis, and Neil Patrick Harris are all set to feature in the film, with Witherspoon nabbing a leading role. They will join Matt Damon, who was already cast as the film’s principal lead last year.
Downsizing imagines an alternate future where humans shrink themselves in order to preserve resources. Damon plays a man who considers the procedure, whereas Witherspoon’s role is currently unknown.
Zombies vs. Robots has found a director and a new title.
Variety reports that the comic book adaptation will now work under the title Inherit the Earth, a curious choice to say the least. Thankfully, the story’s focus on a group of robots fighting to protect the last human on earth from a group of zombies is still in tact.
On the production side, Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe helmer Andrew Adamson has been hired to direct Inherit the Earth, which also has producer Michael Bay floating around in the background. That could prove to be the difference maker, much like with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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