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

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Dragon Tattoo news: David Fincher finally casts Lisbeth Salander

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David Fincher has finally cast the lead female role in his English-language adaptation of international best-seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. After months of speculation that included every young actress in Hollywood, a South African rapper, and a French actress who had small parts in Robin Hood and Inglourious Basterds, the director ultimately selected someone he’s worked with recently: Rooney Mara. The young actress will appear in Fincher's upcoming The Social Network (which already has one great review), but she has very few other films on her resume. If you want to seek them out, we would suggest A Nightmare on Elm Street (the 2010 reboot, of course) and Youth in Revolt.  For Dragon Tattoo, she joins Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, and possibly the rumored Stellan Skarsgard as Martin Vanger, Robin Wright as Erika Berger, and Max Von Sydow as Henrik Vanger. Deadline has the full story and Sony’s press release. Fincher's version of the first book in the popular Millennium Trilogy will be in theaters on December 21, 2011.

In other Dragon Tattoo news, Noomi Rapace, the first actress to take on the role of Lisbeth Salander, is rumored to be up for some major Hollywood productions including Sherlock Holmes 2 and Mission Impossible 4. Deadline also reports that there is some Oscar buzz surrounding her original portrayal of the diminutive hacker.

The first trailer for Aronofsky’s Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky’s latest is a psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet. Natalie Portman plays a prima ballerina under pressure from her mother (played by Barbara Hershey) and the ballet’s director (Vincent Cassel). Mila Kunis also stars as a rival ballerina who just might not be as friendly as she appears. Black Swan will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September and get a limited release in the U.S. on December 1.

X-Men:First Class cast continues to grow

Matthew Vaughn can’t stop hiring actors for his X-Men origin story. This week came the news that Oliver Platt will play “The Man in Black,” a non-mutant; Jason Flemyng will play Azazel, the father of Nightcrawler, and January Jones will play Emma Frost, taking the place of Alice Eve who left (depending on who you believe) either due to dissatisfaction with the script or to focus on another project. Variety and THR are also reporting that Zoe Kravitz will play Angel Salvadore and Rose Byrne is in talks to join the cast as Charles Xavier’s love interest, Moira MacTaggert.

The Star Wars saga comes to Blu-ray in 2011

Prepare for a surge in Blu-ray player sales: all six films in the Star Wars saga will come to Blu-ray in the fall of 2011. This week also included the unveiling of a deleted scene (which may or may not be real, according to some observers) from Return of the Jedi at Star Wars Celebration V; there's more speculation on other possible treasures to be included in the Blu-ray set here. Check out the deleted scene for yourself below:

Crazy Joaquin Phoenix news: I’m Still Here gets a trailer

Yes, it’s real and yes, you will be able to see it in theaters (if you want). Did Joaquin Phoenix really lose his mind for a bit, or was it a planned stunt to further the directing career of his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck? Does it matter? Probably not. Is it entertaining? Hopefully. Here’s a first glimpse; the film hits theaters on September 10.

Idris Elba to play Alex Cross

According to Deadline, Idris Elba (The Wire's Stringer Bell) will take over the role of Dr. Alex Cross, the lead in 17 James Patterson thrillers who was previously played on the big screen by Morgan Freeman in Along Comes a Spider and Kiss the Girls. Elba will make his debut in the film version of Cross, the twelfth book in the series, in which he tracks a serial rapist who might be connected to his wife’s murderer. David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway) will direct from a script by Kerry Williamson.

Two trailers for Love and Other Drugs

A pair of trailers hit the internet this week for the Edward Zwick (Defiance)-directed Love and Other Drugs. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as one of the first pharmaceutical reps to sell Viagra, and Anne Hathaway as a woman with whom he unexpectedly finds himself falling in love. It’s always interesting to see how a film’s trailers emphasize different aspects of the story. Do you prefer one or two?

The new Spider-Man’s new love interest

THR’s Heat Vision reports that the search is on for Peter Parker’s love interest in the Marc Webb-directed Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield. However, that love interest will not be the character of Mary Jane, as it was in the previous film saga. The young Hollywood up-and-comers who will be auditioning for this mystery role include Emma Roberts (Twelve), Imogen Poots (Solitary Man), Ophelia Lovibond (Nowhere Boy), Lily Collins (The Blind Side), and Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).

James L. Brooks' How Do You Know trailer

Reese Witherspoon stars as a former athlete struggling with life and the possibility of love with two different men: her baseball-playing boyfriend (Owen Wilson) and a businessman in legal trouble (Paul Rudd). James L. Brooks writes and directs, and Brooks regular Jack Nicholson also stars. The film is set to be released on December 17.

Karl Urban will play Judge Dredd

Empire Online confirms that Karl Urban (2009's Star Trek) has been cast as Judge Dredd in the upcoming comic book-based reboot. Peter Travis (Vantage Point) will direct from a script by Alex Garland (Sunshine). The film will reportedly be quite different from the 1995 Sylvester Stallone debacle, instead going for a more realistic, grittier, hard-R feel.

The Next Three Days trailer

Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Neeson star in this thriller (a remake of a French film) written and directed by Paul Haggis. Crowe and Banks play a married couple whose lives are irrevocably changed when Banks is sent to jail for murder. Believing in his wife’s innocence, Crowe reaches out to prison escapee Liam Neeson for help in breaking his wife out of prison; Olivia Wilde also stars in the film, which arrives on November 19.

Terrence Malick’s next project

Even though the director's upcoming Tree of Life is still not ready, The Wrap is reporting that Terrence Malick’s next film will begin shooting this October in Oklahoma. The cast includes Ben Affleck (who recently took the role Christian Bale was originally slated to play), Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams, and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace). While we look forward to its release, we won’t hold our breath for it happening anytime soon.

The first trailer for Doug Liman's Fair Game

Back in May, we had a clip from the Doug Liman-directed Fair Game while it appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, and now we have the first official trailer. Based on the true story, the film follows the lives of Valerie Plame and her husband Joe Wilson as her identity as a CIA agent is exposed. Naomi Watts plays Plame, while Sean Penn stars as Wilson.

Enter the Void trailer

Gaspar Noé (Irreversible) brings his particular brand of cinema back to U.S. theaters on September 17 with Enter the Void. The story of the bond between a brother and sister that continues after the brother dies received mixed reviews at Cannes this year, but will no doubt be a stunning visual experience. The film stars Paz de la Huerta (The Limits of Control) and newcomer Nathaniel Brown.

Battleship casting

Director Peter Berg’s super-expensive board-game adaptation Battleship added to its ranks this week by casting Sports Illustrated cover girl Brooklyn Decker, according to Latino Review. She joins Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Rihanna, Tom Arnold, and --according to The Wrap -- Hamish Linklater (The New Adventures of Old Christine). Is the casting random enough to gain your interest?

Freakonomics trailer

The best-selling book by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is now a feature documentary, coming to theaters in October. The film uses six different directors -- including Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Casino Jack and the United States of Money), and Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) -- to explore the unconventional findings laid out in the book.

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

  • Not to be outdone by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google‘s founders will get their own movie too - Deadline
  • As expected, The Avengers will be filmed in 3D - Showbiz 411
  • The Tourist -- starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp -- has been given a December 10 release date - The Playlist
  • Underworld 4 will be released on January 20, 2012 in 3D.
  • Going the Distance, starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, has been delayed a week to September 3.
  • Scott Speedman (The Strangers) will join Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum in the romantic drama Vow - THR
  • Jake Kasdan’s (The TV Set) comedy Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, will open on April 1, 2011.
  • Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill will be released November 11, 2011.
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Losers) will play the lead in The Courier - Deadline
  • Producer Scott Rudin has bought the rights to Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming novel Freedom - Deadline

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Comments (2)

  • TT Boy  

    Glad to see Film Friday back in the rotation. It's turned into a must to stay in-the-know with the film school crowd... thanks, Keith! (But come on, is Freakonomics really worthy of a mention? I don't think so....)

  • Mitch Tough  

    I'm not the least bit happy with the casting of Mara as the lead in Fincher's version of Dragon Tattoo. The short list had so many great unknown choices. Arggh!! We'll see.

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