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Trade News that Will Tweak Your Melon, Buuuuuddy

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 13, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 13, 2011 |

  • As the Hollywood Cog reported last July (and Bale’s rep denied), but which Deadline is now claiming as an exclusive, Christian Bale will star in The Last Photograph, which will be produced by Zack Snyder and directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The film would follow a war photographer (Bale) and an ex-special forces officer (Sean Penn) on a rescue mission in Afghanistan. (Deadline)

  • On the Piers Morgan Show the other night, James McAvoy announced his participation in an upcoming feature called Welcome to the Punch, a film that’ll be directed by Eran Creevy (Shifty). McAvoy will play a detective who is involved in a massive conspiracy. Fascinating. (The Playlist)

  • That John Gotti film, Gotti: Three Generations is turning into a shitshow. We already know that John Travolta has been cast as the Don, and now it appears that Joe Pesci — who has only made two films in the last 12 years — will play Gotti’s second-in-command, Angelo Ruggiero. It also looks like Lindsay Lohan will return briefly to a movie set before being fired. She’ll play John Sr.’s daugther, Victoria Gotti. Nick Cassavettes will direct based on a Leo Rossi (Analyze This) script. (THR)

  • Christopher Nolan is rounding out his The Dark Knight Rises cast, adding Daniel Sunjata (Franco Rivera on “Rescue Me”), who will play a courageous special forces operative. Diego Klattenhoff and Burn Gorman are also in talks to join the pic. That reminds me, as I tweeted the other day: Nolan really missed a great opportunity here to cast “Justified’s” Mags Bennett as The Penguin. That’s a villian that might’ve made Batman piss in his cod piece. (Variety)

  • It’s official now: Tom Hanks will star in the adaptation of David Mitchell’s amazing Cloud Atlas, which will be directed by Tom Tom Tykwer along with the Wachowskis. Weird lineup of principals, but it’s almost too good a book to screw up, which of course means they probably will. (Deadline)

  • Rufus Sewell is set to join Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which already includes Benjamin Walker as Lincoln, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Anthony Mackie as Secretary of State William Seward. Sewell will play the main vampire, Adam. Alan Tudyk will also play a vampire in the film based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-selling mash-up. (Variety)

  • Here’s a new picture of Ryan Reynolds in The Green Lantern. I’ll bite my tongue here because apparently, while I’m encouraged to be bitchy about romantic comedies and Michael Bay films, many of our readers get defensive when I attack shitty-looking comic book films. So I just won’t say anything about how ridiculous this looks. (Breaking News)


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