Jeremy Renner joins Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible reboot
Deadline reports that Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) has been cast alongside Tom Cruise in the soon-to-be-retitled Mission: Impossible IV. This is Renner’s second role in a major franchise, having already been cast as Hawkeye in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Marvel film, The Avengers. It is unknown at this time what the nature of the role is, but speculation has already begun on whether Renner will take the lead after Cruise departs, and the newcomer is expected to receive at least as much screentime as Cruise.
Variety also reports that this fourth installment of the film series may be more of a reboot than a pure sequel, and that "Mission: Impossible" may be removed from the title entirely. In any case, the film will be directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and is slated for release on December 16, 2011.
127 Hours teaser trailer
The story of Aaron Ralston is well known: He was out on a solo canyoneering trip one day and his arm got stuck under a boulder, trapping him for 127 hours. What he did at the end of those 127 hours is what made him famous. Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) directs James Franco in this adaptation of Ralston’s book, due in theaters on November 5.
Angelina Jolie to write and direct but not star
According to THR, Angelina Jolie’s next project will not involve acting; instead, she will write and direct a feature which takes place during the Bosnian war. The film is a love story between a Bosnian woman and a Serbian soldier. Playlist has more information on the film, including its first confirmed cast member, Rade Serbedzija (Middle Men). In other Jolie news, Deadline reports that GK films, who are producing her directorial debut, hope to sign her to the starring role in Christopher McQuarrie’s (Valkyrie) adaptation of Unforgiven, a 2009 British television series about a woman leaving jail after 15 years.
A new clip from The American
George Clooney stars with Irina Bjorklund in this clip from The American. The film, directed by Anton Corbijn (Control), comes to theaters Wednesday, September 1.
Two Oscar winners may get Incredibly Close
Deadline reports that Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are close to starring together in an adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close. Stephen Daldry (The Reader) is set to direct from a screenplay by Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Foer's story follows a nine year-old boy who tries to unravel the mystery of a key his father left behind after he died in the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Warner Bros. and Paramount have yet to confirm the casting, and the real starring role -- that of the little boy -- has yet to be cast, but some industry followers are already seeing little golden statues, even though an adaptation of Safran Foer’s first novel (Everything Is Illuminated) didn’t exactly take off at the box office or the awards circuit.
Red international trailer
With a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren, among many others, this latest graphic novel adaptation better improve upon Scott Pilgrim vs The World’s box office performance. If the trailers are any indication, it has a good chance. Red comes to the big screen October 15.
Jim Carrey to star in Mr. Popper’s Penguins
After an adaptation by the Greenberg team of Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller failed to get off the ground, Mr. Popper’s Penguins has resurfaced as a starring vehicle for Jim Carrey. According to Deadline, Mark Waters (Mean Girls) will direct the adaptation of the beloved children’s book about a humble house painter whose life changes after receiving a penguin in the mail.
First clip from Somewhere
Here is the first look at Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film, Somewhere. Stephen Dorff stars as an actor who begins to look at his life differently after his daughter visits him at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont hotel. Elle Fanning plays his daughter, but in this scene, Dorff’s character is dealing with another woman in his life, the co-star from his current film, played by Michelle Monaghan. Playlist also has a soundtrack list provided by the film’s Italian distributor, Medusa Film. The film is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will make its way to U.S. theaters on December 22.
Drive adds Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks
Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising) will direct Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, and Albert Brooks in his first American production, Drive. The script, written by Hossein Amini (The Four Feathers) is an adaptation of the James Sallis novel about a Hollywood stuntman and getaway driver who finds himself on the run with an ex-con’s girlfriend after a robbery goes bad. THR’s Risky Business reports that Mulligan will play the girlfriend, and Deadline reveals that Albert Brooks has been cast as “Bernie Rose, a transplanted New York mobster who comes to LA and is not to be messed with.” There's no release date yet, but production should begin in Los Angeles this fall.
Three clips for Resident Evil: Afterlife
Prior to its September 10 release date in 3D, you can get a quick 2D look at Resident Evil: Afterlife in the three clips below. Paul W.S. Anderson's film stars Milla Jovovich and looks to provide the viewer with plenty of action.
Tamara Drewe trailer
Based on the Posy Simmonds comic strip which was later published as a graphic novel, Tamara Drewe tells the story of the title character, played by Gemma Arterton (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), and her impact on the locals of a small English town when she returns home. Stephen Frears (The Queen) directs. The film is set for limited release on October 8 in the U.S.
Marvel to produce film of Iron Fist comic
With many of its better known heroes (Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers) already or soon to be coming to life on the big screen through previous distribution deals, Marvel is looking at lesser known characters to begin their partnership with Disney. Deadline reports that Marvel Studios has hired Rich Wilkes (XXX) to write Iron Fist, based on the comic book story of Daniel Rand who gains the power of the Iron Fist by plunging his hand into the molten heart of a dragon. This follows the news that a Dr. Strange project is also in the early phases of development with the screenwriters of Conan, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Maybe by the time these films get to theaters, audiences will be ready for more superhero films. Maybe.
First trailer for Mike Leigh’s Another Year
After receiving positive reviews while playing in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Mike Leigh’s Another Year comes to U.S. theaters on December 29. The film follows a happily married coupled and their divorced friend over the course of a year as the seasons change and age catches up with them in different ways. Leigh regulars Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, and Lesley Manville star.
Inside Job trailer
Charles Ferguson, the director of the acclaimed documentary No End in Sight, turns his eye toward another politically charged topic: the global financial crisis of 2008. He interviews financial insiders, politicians, reporters and academics to provide a comprehensive view of what went wrong, why it happened, and what the future might hold. The film will roll out throughout the fall, beginning in New York on October 8.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- A sequel to Piranha 3D is already in the works - Variety
- Bryan Singer spoke about the upcoming X-Men: First Class he’s producing - AICN
- According to Shia LaBeouf, Indiana Jones 5 might be happening. Uh oh. - Showbiz Spy
- Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will be shot in Romania and in 3D - Reelz Channel
- Jessica Alba will star in Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 4 - Heat Vision
- Katie Holmes and Al Pacino are in talks to join Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill - THR
- Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell will appear in Scream 4 - USA Today
- Can the hit iPhone game Angry Birds be made into a movie? Why not. - Variety
- Sam Worthington gets another leading role, this time in a surf film - The Playlist
- Satoshi Kon, the director of Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, and Perfect Blue, has passed away - A.V. Club