Oh, Jane Got a Gun. I feel terrible for you and everyone involved with you. After all is re-cast, filmed, and done, you will still be known as that movie with the clusterf*ck of problems. Michael Fassbender left the production by citing filming conflicts, even though that may not be the case. Joel Edgerton moved into Fassbender’s abandoned role and Jude Law became the piece’s villain. Then director Lynne Ramsay was reported as not showing up to work on the first day of filming by producer Scott Steindorff. Jude Law quit right after that. Then we had Ramsay’s silence, Gavin O’Connor’s appointment to director, and the rumor that Ramsay actually parted ways with production over the weekend and that Steindorff is just out to get her.
Now Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, and Jeff Bridges are all said to be up for the villainous role left behind by Jude Law. If the rumors are true, I’d say producer Steindorff could pull off the role of the villain with ease. Allegedly. If I were any of these three actors, I would think twice about stepping into a workplace made of bits and pieces of Ramsay’s crew and Steindorff’s cast and director. (SlashFilm)
Gary Oldman, who turned 55 yesterday, is set to join Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the thriller Child 44. Based on the novel of the same name, Hardy plays Leo Demidov, a Stalin-era war hero who believes in the law. Rapace plays the wife that stays by his side when murders begin and he investigates. However, his sleuthing catches the eye of the government and Oldman’s character is tasked with following Demidov. Also, this is not the movie with the puppies. (Collider)
Brett Ratner’s Hercules already has Dwayne Johnson in the title role, but he has added some real acting muscle as well. Ian McShane, Askel Hennie (Headhunters), John Hurt, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, and Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen) will be joining Johnson in the epic tale of the
demi-god really strong dude. Reportedly Fiennes will play the king that sets tasks before Hercules; McShane is Amphiarus; Sewell will play Autolycus; Askel Hennie is Tydeus; Hurt will be the leader of Thrace and Ferguson will play his daughter. (Collider)
While promoting her MTV Movie Awards hosting gig, Rebel Wilson told Buzzfeed that she had a meeting for a probable role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. When asked which District, she replied that it was a character in the Capitol. I need to re-read my books, so I’m not sure which character she might be in talks about. Thoughts?
In other book-to-movie news, Kate Winslet has joined the cast of Divergent as the leader of the Erudite faction, Jeanine Matthews. Winslet joins Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, Theo James as Four, Jai Courtney as Dauntless leader Eric, Zoe Kravitz as Christina, Maggie Q as Tori, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb Prior. The first movie of the planned trilogy is set to open March 21, 2014. (Cinema Blend)
The one jackass I did not want to play Four in Divergent is Alex Pettyfer. He and his stupid face will instead be starring in the remake of Endless Love with Gabriella Wilde in the Brooke Shields role. There is a whole lot of “do not want” for me in this news. Blech. (Collider)