Film Friday: This Week's Movie News and New Trailers

  • Publish Date: September 3, 2010
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Paula Patton cast alongside Jeremy Renner and Tom Cruise in Mission whatever it is

After last week's news that Jeremy Renner would join Tom Cruise in Brad Bird’s Mission Impossible reboot, speculation began as to who would be the leading lady. Early reports had Kristen Kreuk (Smallville, last season’s Chuck), Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), and Paula Patton (Precious, Deja Vu) testing for the gig. Now Deadline has confirmed that the part has gone to Patton, who will play a young operative who works with Cruise. Release is still set for December 16, 2011.

International trailers part 1: Due Date

Three international trailers hit the web this week. Each trailer provides a slightly different look at the upcoming releases. First, Todd Phillip’s latest comedy Due Date features Robert Downey Jr as a man trying to get across the country to see the birth of his child. Zach Galifianakis makes this a bit more difficult than it should be. The film's own due date is November 5.

International trailers part 2: Buried

Buried (due September 24) received positive buzz at Sundance this year. Ryan Reynolds plays the lead and spends most of the film in a very confined space.

International trailers part 3: The Town

Coming September 17, The Town is Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to Gone Baby Gone. The cast includes Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, and Blake Lively. After the trailer, check out the first released clip from The Town.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Mountains of Madness casting news

According to Collider, two very different names have surfaced for the lead of Dyer in Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft novella At the Mountains of Madness - Tom Cruise and James McAvoy. If reports are to be believed, del Toro wants Cruise while Universal prefers McAvoy. Both actors have major roles in upcoming blockbusters, McAvoy in X-Men: First Class and Cruise in the next Mission Impossible film. Maybe James Cameron will get a vote; he’s producing the film, which will be shot in 3D.

Clooney hopes to direct Farragut North for the screen

A great cast is gathering around what could be George Clooney’s next effort behind the camera. Vulture reports that Clooney hopes to begin directing an adaptation of the critically acclaimed Beau Willimon play, Farragut North, in February, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and possibly Chris Pine in the lead role. The story focuses on the backdoor political maneuvering prior to the Iowa Democratic caucus. Pine would reprise the role he played in the play’s L.A. production of the up-and-coming press secretary Stephen Myers, whose one-night stand with a fellow staffer sets the story in motion. Hoffman would play his boss, while Giamatti would play the campaign manager of the rival candidate. Offers have also been submitted to Evan Rachel Wood for the staffer role (played by Olivia Thirlby on stage) as well as to Marisa Tomei for the role of a tough journalist. Clooney will also step in front of the camera, possibly as the candidate, who never appears in the play but might appear in the film.

A new Never Let Me Go clip

There are no spoilers, but character is definitely revealed in this scene from Never Let Me Go. Keira Knightly lets Carrie Mulligan know how it is between her and their mutual friend played by Andrew Garfield. The Mark Romanek-directed film is set for a limited release in the US on September 15 before expanding around the country.

First clip from Let Me In

Matt Reeves' American remake of Let the Right One In stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road), Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). For anyone who saw the original film, the first trailer for Reeves' version looked eerily similar to the original, but this clip reveals that Reeves is inventing new scenarios for the characters in his version. Here we see Jenkins performing his duties for his “daughter.” Let Me In hopes to scare audiences in theaters on October 1.

John Cusack to play Edgar Allan Poe

It seems that Twitter is the spot to get your casting news after John Cusack announced his involvement with The Raven through his account with the following tweet: “officiali- will play Edgar Allan Poe in fall-a-film called The Raven, send nay Poe- gold - my way as i begin this journey into the abyss.” According to Variety, the story follows Poe in the last few days of his life as a serial killer terrorizes Baltimore using Poe’s stories as the basis for his killings. James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin) will direct.

In other Twitter casting news, Sylvester Stallone had this to say: “Had dinner with Bruce Willis last night. I want him in EXPENDABLES II as a super villain. What do you think?” Well, what do you think?

The Freebie trailer

Katie Aselton starred in the Duplass brothers' breakout film The Puffy Chair, and now she takes on the challenge of both acting and directing in her feature debut, The Freebie. Aselton stars alongside Dax Shepard as a married couple who allow each other a “freebie”: a chance for one night to sleep with someone else. Obviously, this leads to certain complications. The Freebie will be in theaters on September 17.

The Virginity Hit trailer

Coming to theaters September 10 and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, The Virginity Hit tells the story of one boy’s quest to lose his virginity and the subsequent disasters that ensue. The film stars a cast of relative unknowns and is filmed in a mockumentary style. This week, Deadline also reported on the film’s marketing campaign which is causing quite a stir, thanks to this billboard.

Two guys with great abs to be the next buddy cop pair

Risky Business reports that Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Copper will star together as cops who must bring on their retired cop fathers (also once partners) to help them solve a case in a currently untitled action-comedy penned by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air). The project originally surfaced five years ago as Blowback with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached, but has since been re-worked for its new stars. There’s no word yet on who might be cast as the two dads; let the speculation begin.

A clip from Philip Seymour Hoffman's Jack Goes Boating

Based on the Bob Glaudini play of the same name, Jack Goes Boating (Philip Seymour Hoffman's feature directorial debut) tells the story of a limo driver (Hoffman) whose blind date, played by Amy Ryan, inspires him to change. The clip below gives a good sense of this unconventional romantic comedy.

Liam Neeson and Joe Carnahan to team up again

The Wrap is reporting that Liam Neeson -- having already played Hannibal in Joe Carnahan’s A-Team -- is close to taking the lead in Carnahan’s next film, The Grey. Neeson would play the leader of a group of pipeline workers whose plane goes down in the Alaskan wilderness, leaving them exposed to the harsh elements and a pack of hungry wolves. Carnahan wrote the script with Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, the author of the short story on which the film is based.

Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more

  • Warner Bros. bought Bruce C. McKenna’s (The Pacific) pitch for a 3D feature film about the Battle of Midway - Deadline

  • Looks like the Machete cast likes to stick together. Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez will pair up again in Skinny Dip - LA Times

  • Tom Hardy (Inception) has replaced Michael Fassbender in the upcoming film adaptation of the John Le Carre spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Playlist

  • Dwayne Johnson is expected to take over the lead role from Brendan Fraser in the sequel to the 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth - Heat Vision

  • Monica Bellucci will play Robert De Niro’s love interest in Manual of Love 3 - Variety

  • A sequel to the Karate Kid is in the works ... again - Cinematical

  • Jonathan Liebesman has signed on to direct the sequel to Clash of the Titans, which will be shot in 3D this time instead of converted after the fact - Heat Vision

  • Emma Bell (Frozen) will star in 5inal Destination - Arrow In the Head

  • Michelle Williams will play Marilyn Monroe alongside Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh in the British production My Week with Marilyn - Daily Mail
  • Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom) has joined Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage in Joel Schumacher’s Trespass - Variety
  • Jonah Hill and Ari Graynor (the drunk friend in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) will star in David Gordon Green’s babysitting comedy, The Sitter - Deadline and The Playlist
  • Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie and possibly Amy Adams will take roles in the crime thriller Man on a Ledge. Deadline has details.

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Comments (2)

  • Mitch Tough  

    The Virginity Hit looks like fun.... let's see it.

  • John  

    I really hope Tom Cruise isn't in Mountains of Madness. Insane, big name stars are not what an HP Lovecraft adaptation needs to be good.

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