It was the director Alex Garland’s taught sci-fi thriller Ex Machina which turnedAlicia Vikander’scareer around, and in the ensuing years she received an Oscar nod for her work in The Danish Girl and starred in the underrated drama The Light Between Oceans.
Tomb Raider is yet another big challenge for Vikander, since she not only takes on the shoes filled by original franchise star Angela Jolie, but she also has the responsibility of doing justice to adventurer Lara Croft. Millions of gamers and cinephiles are waiting to see if Vikander has the right stuff to pull off the role. One of the many great news is the film is directed by Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian filmmaker who received heaps of praise for his excellent and refreshingly character 2015 disaster feature The Wave.
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Co-starring Walton Goggins, Tomb Raider opens nationwide March 16.
The Martin Scorsese-directed film The Irishman will start production in August. According to IndieWire, the film stars Robert DeNiro in the titular role as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who was supposedly involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa. The all-star cast includes Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star in Rio. Variety reports that the movie centers on a financial reporter (Gyllenhaal), who travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit his wealthy friend (Cumberbatch), only to get sucked into a plot to fake his friend’s death.
Action superstars unite! Though he bowed out of more Expendables movies, Sylvester Stallone is set to star opposite another longtime action star – Jackie Chan – in the new movie Ex-Baghdad. Deadline reports that the film centers on a private security contractor (Chan) who is called in to extract the workers of an oil refinery that has been attacked in Iraq. When he discovers the true goal of the attackers, he’s forced to team up with a former American marine (Stallone) to stop them.
Edge of Tomorrow will reportedly get a sequel, but according to Doug Liman, it is a bit of a prequel. Speaking with Collider, Liman revealed that the current title is Edge of Tomorro: Live Die Repeat and Repeat. According to the director, both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are excited about the movie, but at present scheduling remains the hold up.
Acclaimed director Steve McQueen has signed on to direct a full-length feature documentary on the life of hip hop icon and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tupac Shakur. “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man,” stated McQueen about the project.
Julia Roberts will star in and produce The Bookseller, based on Cynthia Swanson’s debut novel of the same name. The film centers on an unmarried woman in the ’60s who runs a bookstore with her best friend who dreams of being a mother and wife and must reconcile her daily life with her dreams.
Johnny Depp has signed on for the dramedy Richard Says Goodbye. Wayne Roberts is writing and directing the film, which sees Depp in the titular role as a world-weary college professor who decides to live life as freely as possible after receiving a life-changing diagnosis.
Cliff Curtis, currently seen in Fear the Walking Dead, has reportedly landed a key role in all four of the new Avatar sequels. Curtis will play Tonowari, the leader of the Metkavina, a clan of reef people. The first of the four Avatar sequels is expected to arrive on Dec. 18, 2020.
Liam Neeson has signed on to star in Retribution, the remake of the Spanish thriller El Desconocido. According to Deadline, the film follows a successful Wall Street exec who discovers on his way to work that a bomb has been planted on his car by an unknown assailant. He is tasked with performing a series of orders or else the bomb will be detonated, and making his decisions more difficult is the fact that his family is in the car with him.
According to Deadline, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard have joined the cast of The Hummingbird Project. The film centers on a pair of cousins from New York who enter a high stakes game of High Frequency Trading, pushing themselves to the brink to build a fiber-optic cable between Kanas and New Jersey that will net them millions, while their former boss attempts to thwart their progress.
Walton Goggins has joined the cast for the third installment in the Maze Runner series. In Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Goggins co-stars as Lawrence, a danger character who is part-revolutionary, part-anarchist who is a voice for the voiceless people. The film finds Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) embarking on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease. Look for Maze Runner: The Death Cure on the big screen Feb. 9, 2018.
Margot Robbie remains one of the most active actresses in Hollywood, signing on to star in and produce the thriller Dreamland. The movie centers on a 15-year-old youth during the Dust Bowl era who decides to try to save his family’s farm by hunting a fugitive bank robber (Robbie) and collecting the bounty on her head.
Jeff Bridges and Diane Lane have signed on to star in an untitled film from director Reed Moreno and penned by The Kids Are All Right‘s Stuart Blumberg. The movie centers on an obsesses violinist (Bridges) who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and is forced to move back in with his estranged wife (Lane) during his treatment. But during the process, he experiences profound change which allows him to connect with people and music in unexpected ways.
Jack O’Connell, Chloe Grace Moretz and Josh Gad have come on board the new film Party of the Century. Deadline reports that the film is based around the events at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.
Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez and Zendaya have landed voice roles in Smallfoot, a new animated feature due in 2018. The Tracking Board reports that the movie centers on a Yeti who believes that humans really do exist.
Tim Blake Nelson will play the lead role in the new film The True Don Quixote. Deadline reports that the indie film just started shooting in New Orleans and follows the story of a lonely man who goes made and embarks on a quest for love, valor and glory in the neighborhood around his house.
Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of the indie film Saint Judy, which centers on a landmark immigration case that affected how women are treated around the world. The film also stars Alfred Molina and Michelle Monaghan.
Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman have all joined the cast for The Strangers 2. In this Johannes Roberts-directed sequel of sorts, a family road trip takes a turn when their vehicle breaks down at a secluded mobile home park and three masked assailants are ready to pay them a visit.
With Dr. Ken getting canceled, Ken Jeong is returning to the big screen. The actor has joined the cast of the comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which follows a native New Yorker (Constance Wu) as joins her boyfriend (Henry Golding) at his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.
AFI have revealed their Best Of 2016 list for film. Making the list were Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Manchester By the Sea, Moonlight, Silence, SullyandZootopia.
He’s shown a knack for a being a lovable bad guy in Justified, The Hateful Eight and Vice Principles. And it’s quite possible he’ll dig into his inner bad guy again, as Variety reports that Walton Goggins is in final negotiations to star as the “big bad” in the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. The film is set to star Alicia Vickander as Lara Croft and is on schedule for a March 16, 2018 release.
Speaking of reboots, Variety reports that an updated version of Little Shop of Horrors is in the works. Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow) is set to direct the film with Matthew Robinson penning the script.
For years, the beach bodies of Baywatch heated up our TV screens. But what will the film adaptation give us? Get a closer look at the new trailer for the Baywatch movie, starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra and Ilfenesh Hadera. Watch the trailer below.
A new trailer has arrived for A United Kingdom, the story of the interracial marriage between Botswana royal family member and independence leader Serete Khama (David Oyelowo) and his wife Ruth Williams Khama (Rosamund Pike). The couple’s relationship faced hateful racial scrutiny and weathered the African Independence Movement. Watch the trailer below.
Arriving in theaters today, the long delayed (and much maligned) remake of JOHN MILIUS’ iconic 1984 action/adventure film RED DAWN is finally going to see the light of the silver screen, just a few years later than originally planned. Caught for years in a web of legal hassles, the film has fans of the original casting a skeptical eye towards its release despite the appearance of some pretty popular young stars in the leads. Directed by DAN BRADLEY this time around, the remake stars CHRIS HEMSWORTH, JOSH PECK and JOSH HUTCHERSON and tells the story of a group of teens who band together to save their town from enemy attack. Probably best known as half of the titular pair of salt-and-pepper step-brothers on the popular Nickelodeon series JOSH AND DRAKE, JOSH PECK may have changed his physical image since his TV days but the comic instinct remains the same. During our recent interview, PECK responded to questions about how he’d fare if his situation in the film were real. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Opening in theaters next year, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION is the sequel to 2009’s G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA and revisits the G.I. Joes as they continue the war against their mortal enemy COBRA while, at the same time, contend with threats from within the government. Directed by JON M. CHU from a screenplay by RHETT REESE and PAUL WERNICK, the cast also includes CHANNING TATUM, ADRIANNE PALICKI, RAY STEVENSON, WALTON GOGGINS, JOSEPH MAZZELLO and RZA.
Probably best known for her role in the popular TV drama FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, ADRIANNE PALICKI will next be seen in the big screen remake RED DAWN (which opens in theaters tomorrow). We spoke with her recently about her affection for doing action films and she offered up a hint as to what fans can expect from G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)