Get to know the Winter Soldier
In this sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, Chris Evans returns as Steve Rodgers/Captain America, and this time he teams up with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon to unravel a conspiracy and face off against the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Directors Anthony and Joe Russo (You, Me and Dupree) take over for Joe Johnston, and Robert Redford joins Marvel’s world as Alexander Pierce, along with Emily Van Camp as Agent 13 and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Returning players include Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill and Toby Jones as Arnim Zola. Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4th.
Spider-Man’s enemies unite
This extended look at The Amazing Spider-Man 2 focuses on Peter Parker’s relationship with his enemies and the origin of Jamie Foxx’s Electro. Little is seen of Paul Giamatti’s Rhino, but Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and Aunt May (Sally Field) get a few moments. With the revelation this week that B.J. Novak will play Alistair Smythe, whose father built Spider-Slayer robots, Marc Webb’s sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man looks to be a launching pad for possible Spider-Man villains in films three and four. Look for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters on May 2nd.
The final trailer for Divergent
The first film of a planned trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s YA series, Divergent stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, who discovers that she doesn’t fit into one of the five factions of futuristic Chicago society—Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). She’s "divergent," and this puts her in danger. Luckily, she has Theo James’ Four on her side. Neil Burger (Limitless) directs from a script by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor, and the supporting cast includes Kate Winslet, Maggie Q, Miles Teller, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Zoë Kravitz, and Ansel Elgort. Divergent hits cinemas on March 21st.
Jake Gyllenhaal is his own worst Enemy
Enemy, the second collaboration between Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), divided critics at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. In the film, Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a history professor, and his double, Anthony, an actor he tracks down after seeing him in a film. Adam is in a relationship with Mélanie Laurent’s Mary, and Anthony has a pregnant wife played by Sarah Gadon, but other than their looks and affinity for blondes, the two men are very different. Based on José Saramago's novel The Double, Enemy comes to select theaters beginning March 14th.
Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas stars Anton Yelchin as the titular short order cook who can see dead people. When his town is threatened by ghostly predators, he teams up with his sweetheart, Stormy (Addison Timlin), and the local sheriff (Willem Dafoe) to prevent the apocalypse. Written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Odd Thomas comes to select theaters February 28th and is available now on VOD.
James Franco has a few Maladies
James Franco stars as a former 1960s soap opera star hoping to restart his career by becoming a writer in this curious film written and directed by the multimedia artist Carter.
Fallon Goodson plays Franco’s sister, and Catherine Keener plays their best friend, while David Strathairn and Alan Cumming have supporting roles. Maladies will open in limited release beginning March 21st before hitting VOD and iTunes on March 25th.
Leo and Jonah, together again
Deadline reports that The Wolf of Wall Street team of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill will reunite to bring the true story of Richard Jewel to the big screen. Hill will play Jewel, a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta who discovered a suspicious bag and cleared people away before it exploded. First hailed as a hero, Jewell later became a suspect, though he was ultimately cleared by the FBI. The film will adapt Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article “The Ballad Of Richard Jewell,” and DiCaprio will play the attorney who stood by Jewell throughout the ordeal.
Sabotage goes red band
With a fart joke, plenty of curse words, a handful of head shots, and a few naked ladies, the latest (NSFW) trailer for Sabotage gives a pretty full picture of what to suspect when it comes to theaters on April 11th. What is still unknown is who among Arnold Schwarzenegger’s crew is dirty. Could it be Max Martini, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway, Harold Perrineau, or Mireille Enos? Olivia Williams is on the case, and unfortunately, so is the Mexican cartel. David Ayer (End of Watch, Street Kings, Harsh Times) directs from a script he co-wrote with Skip Woods.
The Oscar-nominated animated film you haven't seen yet
Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards, Ernest & Célestine follows a bear (Ernest), and a young mouse (Célestine) who become friends. Directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar (A Town Called Panic), and Benjamin Renner, the film’s English voice cast includes Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright. Ernest & Celestine begins rolling out to theaters on February 28th.
Planes: Fire and Rescue
This sequel to 2013‘s Planes finds Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) joining forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger, super scooper Dipper (voiced by Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie, and all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers to battle a massive wildfire. Planes: Fire & Rescue comes to theaters on July 18th.
Quick notes: Rumors, release dates, casting news and more
- Liam Neeson has joined Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver in Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s Silence. - Deadline
- Paul Bettany will play The Vision in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. - Variety
- Matthew McConaughey will star opposite Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees. Chris Sparling’s (Buried) script follows two men who meet in the “Suicide Forest” of Mount Fuji. - The Wrap
- Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot tested Kate Mara and Emmy Rossum for the part of Sue Storm, Miles Teller for Reed Richards, and Christian Cook for Ben Grimm. - Heat Vision
- Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz have joined Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed, and Aggeliki Papoulia in director Yorgos Lanthimos's The Lobster. - Variety
- Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) will star opposite Dwayne Johnson in Brad Peyton’s earthquake pic San Andreas. - Deadline
- Octavia Spencer, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Diane Kruger have joined Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Aaron Paul in Fathers and Daughters. - Variety
- David S. Goyer will direct The Breach, an adaptation of Patrick Lee’s 2009 sci-fi novel about the conspiracy surrounding a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness. - Heat Vision
- Miles Teller will play boxer Vinnie Pazienza, and Aaron Eckhart will play Pazienza’s trainer, Kevin Rooney, in Ben Younger’s (Boiler Room) Bleed for This. - Variety
- Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas will re-team with that film’s stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, for College Republicans, the story of Lee Atwater and Karl Rove. - The Wrap
- Scott Z. Burns is in talks to direct The Professor, the Bikini Model and the Suitcase Full of Trouble. Read the story it’s based on here. - THR
- Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware have joined Rupert Friend in the Hitman reboot Agent 47. - Deadline & Variety
- Kit Harrington will star alongside Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain in Testament of Youth, an adaptation of Brittain’s autobiography about her time as a nurse in World War I.- THR
- Seth Gordon (Identity Thief) will direct the live-action adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drakes Fortune from a script by David Guggenheim. - Deadline
- The sequel to The LEGO Movie will be written by Jared Stern (The Internship) and Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely). - The Wrap
- Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England) announced on twitter that he will direct Tom Hiddleston in an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise.
- Marc Forster (World War Z) is attached to direct an adaptation of Pierce Brown’s sci-fi novel Red Rising - Deadline
- Ewan McGregor and Tye Sheridan have joined Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer in Albert Nobbs director Rodrigo Garcia's Last Days in the Desert. - THR
- Emma Watson will star opposite Ethan Hawke in Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others) thriller Regression. - Variety
- Johnny Greenwood will score Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. It will be their third collaboration following There Will Be Blood and The Master. - Film Music Reporter
- Russell Brand, Mike Tyson, and Pamela Anderson are in talks to join Austin Abrams and Sasha Pieterse in Werner Herzog’s adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning novel Vernon God Little, about the aftermath of a school shooting - THR
- Kate Winslet will join Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer, and Michael Pena in John Hillcoat’s crime thriller Triple Nine. - Variety
- Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth, Killers) will direct the The ExpendaBelles, the all female The Expendables spin-off. - Deadline
- Evangeline Lilly is in talks to play the female lead opposite Paul Rudd in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. - Variety
- Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) will direct Black Mass starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, with Tom Hardy in talks to play Bulger’s childhood friend, FBI agent John Connolly. - Deadline
- Justin Kurzel’s (The Snowtown Murders) adaptation of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, added Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor, and Elizabeth Debicki. - Screen Daily
- Bong Joon-Ho’s original cut of Snowpiercer will get a limited release in the U.S. - Deadline