Our weekly column brings you everything you need to know about this week's major developments in Hollywood.
Somewhere gets its first official trailer
If you've enjoyed Sofia Coppola's previous films (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette), then you will probably enjoy the first look at her new one, Somewhere; if not, this could be a hard sell as well. Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies) stars as a famous actor living in Hollywood's famed Chateau Marmont hotel, and Elle Fanning plays his daughter. Somewhere is due in theaters December 22.
Leonardo DiCaprio to play J. Edgar Hoover
Deadline reports that Clint Eastwood will direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a J. Edgar Hoover biopic for Brian Grazer and Eastwood producing partner Robert Lorenz. The script comes from the pen of Dustin Lance Black (Milk). Hoover is the second controversial and colorful historical figure for DiCaprio to tackle, having already played Howard Hughes in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. Production begins later this year, but there's no word yet on a release date.
The first trailer for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Michael Apted directs the third installment in C.S. Lewis' seven-book Chronicles of Narnia series. After the success of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and then the relatively poor performance of Prince Caspian, this film might carry the future of the franchise in its hands. The story centers around the younger Edmund and Lucy Pevensie and their cousin Eustace as they join Prince Caspian for another adventure in Narnia. See it December 10.
Sam Raimi to direct Wizard of Oz prequel
Deadline reveals that Sam Raimi will direct Disney's planned 3D Wizard of Oz prequel. Little is known about the film -- titled Oz: The Great and Powerful -- other than it will look at the character before he became the "Wizard of Oz". Rumors have Robert Downey Jr. as the frontrunner for the lead role. In addition to the Disney/Raimi project, there is an animated 3D musical Dorothy of Oz, with Glee star Lea Michele lending her voice, set for an April 2012 release, and a mysterious online teaser for a possible Polish Brothers (The Astronaut Farmer) take on the Wizard of Oz story, titled Oz.
Never Let Me Go trailer
Based on the acclaimed Kazuo Ishiguro novel, adapted by Alex Garland (Sunshine), and directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), the upcoming drama explores the peculiar lives of three boarding school classmates played by Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield -- at least, that's all we'll give away (although we will say that, though it isn't readily apparent in the trailer, the film qualifies as sci-fi). Never Let Me Go arrives October 1st.
X-Men: First Class casting news
Director Mathew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) has already selected James McAvoy to play Professor X, and now Entertainment Weekly reports that Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) is in talks to play Magneto. In addition, Showbiz 411 confirms that Benjamin Walker will play Beast, and if rumors are to be believed, Amber Heard will be painted blue for the role of Mystique, while Rosamund Pike might play Professor Xavier's assistant, Moira MacTaggert, instead of Emma Frost. Casting will have to come together pretty soon since the film is due in theaters on June 3, 2011.
The Extra Man trailer
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the team behind American Splendor, direct this adaptation of the Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) novel. Kevin Kline stars as an escort to Upper East Side widows who teaches the ways of his world to a younger man played by Paul Dano, while Katie Holmes plays Dano's love interest. The Extra Man will be in select theaters July 30.
Saints Row film a possibility
The THQ game franchise Saints Row might be heading to the big screen the same day that Saints Row 3 is released, according to GameSpot. Although details are lacking, this would be the first time a major video game franchise launched a feature film on the same day that its game hit the streets. The original third person action/adventure shooter Saints Row was a big success in 2006, leading to Saints Row 2 in 2008.
The Girl Who Played with Fire trailer
Coming to theaters in the U.S. on July 19, The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second film adaptation from Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. The cast of the well received first installment, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 76, returns, but Daniel Alfredson takes over directing duties.
Spielberg's War Horse cast
Empire has the full cast list for Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of the novel War Horse. A relative unknown, Jeremy Irvine, will play the lead, but he will be backed up by a cast of strong international actors, including Emily Watson and Peter Mullan (Boy A) as his mom and dad. Also starring will be David Thewlis, Niels Arestrup (A Prophet), Stephen Graham (Public Enemies), and Benedict Cumberbatch (Creation).
The best Scott Pilgrim vs. The World trailer yet?
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has had many trailers, but none as good as this international one, which provides a little more story and comedy to go along with all the action. See it in theaters August 13.
Arthur remake gets more cast members
Yet another '80s remake is headed to theaters. The Dudley Moore comedy Arthur, which earned Sir John Gielgud his only Oscar (as Arthur's valet, Hobson), will be remade with Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) in the lead role. Helen Mirren will play Hobson this time around, and Greta Gerwig is slated to play Arthur's love interest, a role filled by Liza Minnelli in the original. Variety reports that Jennifer Garner will play the wealthy heiress Arthur is supposed to marry, and Nick Nolte will play her gruff father. TV director Jason Winer (Modern Family) will direct from a script by Peter Baynham (Borat).
Directed by Tony Goldwyn (The Last Kiss) and written by Pamela Gray (Music of the Heart), Conviction tells the true story of Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) who attempts to free her brother (Sam Rockwell) who is incarcerated on a murder charge. How does she attempt to do this? She becomes a lawyer. Here's a first look at the film, which debuts October 15.
A Ghost Rider sequel ... why?
Heat Vision reports that the team behind Crank and Crank: High Voltage (Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor) are in talks to direct Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance with Nicolas Cage back in the lead role of Johnny Blaze, the stunt motorcyclist with an occasionally flaming skull. The team also wrote this week's Jonah Hex. Maybe Crank 3 would be a safer bet.
First Middle Men trailer
Middle Men tells the story of the creation of what has now become ubiquitous: online porn. Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Gabriel Macht (The Spirit) star along with James Caan, Jacinda Barrett, and Kelsey Grammer. The George Gallo-directed feature arrives August 6.
The Smurfs teaser trailer
Here's the very first look at the 3D movie version of the Smurfs coming to theaters July 29, 2011. Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua) directs from a screenplay by the team that brought you Daddy Day Care, Are We There Yet?, and Shrek 2. Hopefully it will be just smurfy.
Quick hits: New release dates, casting news and more
- Will Zach Galifianakis play Mr Limpit? - LA Times
- Robert Rodriguez to work on Deadpool adaptation? - The Playlist
- Doug Liman might be leaving The Three Musketeers to direct All You Need is Kill - Deadline
- Adam Scott (Party Down) joins the cast of My Idiot Brother - Variety
- Gemma Ward (The Strangers) will reportedly play a mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 - Courier Mail
- The Last Airbender will arrive in theaters a day early, on July 1 instead of July 2.
- Universal's prequel to The Thing will be released April 29, 2011.
- Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) will join Taylor Kitsch in Peter Berg's Battleship, based on the Hasbro board game with the catchy commercials - Heat Vision
- Russell Crowe will be "The Equalizer". Do you remember the 80's TV show? - LA Times
- Don't tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead continues the 80's remake fever - Pajiba
- Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage will star in Joel Schumacher's Trespass. - Variety
- Michel Gondry's Green Hornet will now be released in IMAX 3D on January 14, 2011 - Film Shaft
- Steven Soderbergh's spy thriller Knockout as been renamed Haywire and will be released in January 2011 - The Playlist