Laurence Fishburne Cast in Man of Steel; Will Play Guy Who Beats Down Zack Snyder Whenever He Gets the Urge to Use a Slo-Mo Sequence
Laurence Fishburne has been cast as Perry White in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. White is the old-school newsman who runs The Daily Planet. Fishburne is the first black person in any iteration of Superman that has held a position at The Daily Planet. Wait? What? Actually, strike that: The L.A. Times says he’s the first black person in any role in the Superman universe, film, cartoon, or television, although the commenters here have been quick to refute that.
I think he’s an excellent choice, not just because he’s a good actor, but because he’s bad-ass enough that, when Warner Brothers comes in and fires Zack Snyder before filming begins, Fishburne can help scoot him out the door. (LA Times)
Speaking of Zack Snyder, when Warners does fire him (and they will, and if we’re lucky, they’ll bring in Nicolas Winding Refn to replace him and exploit the awesome cast that Snyder has put together), he’ll likely end up directing The Last Photograph, with Sean Penn and Christian Bale. Pajiba was the first to break news that Bale and Penn were involved over a year ago. At the time, Syder was producing and Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) was attached to direct. Snyder kicked him to the curb and will now direct himself. The film is a drama that “revolves around a photograph that becomes the catalyst for a journey two men undertake through war-torn Afghanistan.” (Twitch)
Alexandre Aja, who is really good at on-screen violence (for better (Piranha) or worse (The Hills Have Eyes)) is close to signing on to direct that Pet Semetary remake that rears its head every few months. Will it actually go anywhere this time? I don’t know, but if it does, expect it to be fairly brutal, which could be good. Or bad. Just don’t let him near Misery. (Twitch)
Reese Witherspoon has been cast in The Wish List, which sounds like one of the worst high-concepts in recent memory. It’s about a little girl who throws a coin into a well and is granted ten wishes, which she makes. However, the coin gets stuck and, 25 years later, finally finds its way into the well and Witherspoon’s character has to grapple with all 10 wishes coming true at once. Wow. Just set it somewhere in the South so at least Witherspoon will get to utilize that charming Southern accent. (Deadline)
Ben Foster is set to play John Gotti Jr. in The Shadow of my Father, the biopic on the Gotti Family, which will feature John Travolta as Sr., and Barry Levinson as director. I don’t know if the movie will be any good (it’s the one that Lindsay Lohan was briefly attached to), but Ben Foster will probably kill in the role. That’s all he knows how to do: Act, motherfuckers. (Variety)
There will be a Step-Up 4. It will be in 3D. And it will feature you have never heard of both as the leads (Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick) and behind the camera (Scott Speer directing, Jenny Mayer screenwriting). Eighty-two minutes of the film will blow Kryptonite; the last 10 minute dance sequence will probably be dazzling. They always are. (Variety)