The Rock and Brett Ratner have officially signed on to Hercules, reports Deadline. The screenplay is adapted from the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. The part, however, presents an interesting challenge for Dwayne Johnson: He’s at his most bad ass with facial hair, while he’s more charming without. Hercules had no facial hair: Can The Rock work through the impediment?
Meanwhile, some irresponsible dumbass floated an Internet rumor that Mark Wahlberg might star in Transformers 4, replacing Shia LaBeouf, and while Michael Bay denied that rumor last week, he now says that the Internet chatter has given him the idea to go ahead and seek Wahlberg out for the part. Here’s another Internet rumor: Michael Bay will fall down an elevator shaft. Make it come true, Bay!
Have you seen Safety Not Guaranteed? Great film with Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Aubrey Plaza, and I can’t recommend it enough. I’m not terribly stoked about the idea of a Star Wars VII, but if rumors that Colin Treveroww — who directed Safety Not Guaranteed — is up for director, that may convince me to come around on the project. Of course, others have already been rumored, as well, including Matthew Vaughn, Steven Spielberg, Neill Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuarón, Darren Aronofsky, and Joss Whedon, Of those, I like Treverrow best, and would prefer the other directors to stick with their other projects, rather than get mired in years of work on a Star Wars film.
I know that some of you in America have been ripping it on the sly, but for the honest among you, know that “Downton Abbey” will return to PBS on January 6th. Plan your hat wear accordingly.
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are set to co-star in Skeleton Twins, a movie about “estranged twins Maggie and Milo, who coincidentally cheat death on the same day, prompting them to reunite and confront how their lives went so wrong.” Luke Wilson will play the husband of Wiig’s character, reports Variety.
I guess, as godfather and consultant on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Christopher Nolan’s sway could only go so far, as Warner Brothers has unfortunately decided to convert the film to 3D in post-production. That’s a big fat: BOOOO.
That dreadful Kennedys mini-series starring Katie Holmes that aired on the Starz channel last year may get a sequel centered on the life of the Kennedys after the 1968 assassination of Bobby Kennedy up until the modern day.
In bummer news, Ariel Winter — who plays Alex Dumphy on “Modern Family” — has been removed from the custody of her mother after allegations that she physically and verbally abused her daughter, including depriving her of food and sexualizing her.
This should lift your spirits, however: Leslie Knopes’ fantasy man, Vice President Joe Biden, filmed a scene for “Parks and Recreation.” The cameo — filmed last summer — was kept secret due to Equal Time laws. It will air next week.
Finally, I leave you with this: Some of the best lines of “Firefly” transformed by auto tune into a surprisingly upbeat song, via The Mary Sue.