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Matt Damon, who will soon appear onscreen as a badass botanist in Ridley Scott's The Martian, has revealed new details regarding his return to the Bourne universe. Damon hasn't played Bourne since 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, and is coming back to the character after Jeremy Renner and Tony Gilroy's moderately successful Bourne Legacy. Speaking to BuzzFeed, Damon explained that part of the reason he stayed away was he was waiting for a geopolitical paradigm shift. "We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change." He went on, "Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy." The film, »
- Greg Cwik
Colin Trevorrow isn't the only writer reaping the benefits of Jurassic World's colossal success. His longtime screenwriting partner Derek Connolly also had a hand in creating the most successful movie of the year (so far). Now he's has been brought on board another Universal/Legendary monster movie - the Jordan Vogt-Roberts helmed Kong: Skull Island. According to THR, Connolly is set to do some last minute touch-ups to the film's script - which has already been worked on by the likes of Max Bornestein (Godzilla), John Gatins (Flight) and Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Ultimatum). Given that the movie is only two months away from the start of filming in October, this development raises a few red flags. Will the arrival of Connolly steady the ship? Kong has suffered a number of set backs already - having lost the services of both J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton last month. However, »
As Universal preps the untitled fifth Bourne movie to go before cameras later this summer, it’s been revealed that Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones is joining the cast.
Variety was the first to report the news, noting that Jones may play a senior officer at the CIA. Matt Damon is returning to topline as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, with Julia Stiles also expected to come aboard and reprise the role of covert agent Nicky Parsons.
Alicia Vikander, who broke out in a big way earlier this year playing artificially intelligent android Ava in Ex Machina, is also in talks to come aboard in the lead female role opposite Damon.
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Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Viggo Mortensen (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) was at one point being courted for the role of an assassin hunting Bourne around the globe in the wake of The Bourne Ultimatum. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Frank Marshall will produce again alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith will also produce, while Rouse and Henry Morrison will serve as executive producers.
Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Jones will play a superior officer at the CIA. Edward Norton, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and David Strathairn have playing similar roles in past “Bourne” movies. Production is expected to begin later this summer. The film will bow on July 29, 2016.
Damon’s three Bourne movies, the first of which was released in 2002, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide at the box office. Damon last played the iconic role in 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum, »
- Justin Kroll
Deadline reports that Brie Larson is in talks for the lead female role in Legendary Pictures' Kong: Skull Island. She joins the already confirmed Tom Hiddleston, the only actor not to bail on the project after Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons decided it wasn't for them due to reported scheduling conflicts (we've heard that before). Regardless, the site adds that Russell Crowe is being eyed to replace one of them, so it looks set to still have a very impressive ensemble. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing from a script by John Gatins and Max Borenstein (though Tony Gilroy is apparently working on a new draft right now), and it's set to be released on March 10th, 2017. »
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is on board to direct the film, which focuses on the giant gorilla’s mysterious and dangerous world — something previous films have only touched on. Tony Gilroy did the most recent polish to the script, which was first penned by “Godzilla” scribe Max Bornstein. Mary Parent, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing the movie, which hits theaters on March 10, 2017.
After her breakthrough role in “21 Jump Street,” Larson has stuck to more dramatic films, including her critically acclaimed performance in “Short Term 12.” This film would mark her first major tentpole, as well as her first big action pic, »
- Justin Kroll
Director Brad Anderson (The MacHinist, Session 9) has not been in the spotlight lately, but that may change with his latest project. Written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), Anderson's next venture will be an action/thriller by the name of High Wire Act. As exciting a combination as those two are, the film already has two stars guaranteed to make heads turn: Rosamund Pike and Jon Hamm. The official... Read More »
- Sean Wist
High Wire Act takes place in 1980s Beirut as a Us diplomat gets recalled into service to save a colleague from the group that was possibly responsible for his own family’s death.
Pike plays a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy tasked with protecting the diplomat, played by Hamm.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Back in May, it was revealed that Jon Hamm and The Call’s director Brad Anderson were attached to a political action thriller called High Wire Act. Now we know that Rosamund Pike will also be on board. Written by Michael Clayton’s Tony Gilroy, the film is set in 1980s Beirut and finds Hamm as a former American diplomat returned to service to save an old colleague from the violent group believed to be responsible for his own family’s death. And he’ll have help from Pike, a CIA agent assigned to keep him alive and make sure the mission is a success.There’s still no sign of when the film might kick off shooting, as it’s still listed in development and both its stars’ schedules are relatively busy. Hamm is at work on Greg Mottola’s new comedy Keeping Up With The Joneses, and is »
After earning an Oscar nomination for her chilling portrayal of maybe-sociopath Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has landed another role that may be worthy of her formidable talent. The actress has signed on to star opposite Jon Hamm in Brad Anderson’s political thriller High Wire Act, which boasts a script by The Bourne Identity screenwriter Tony Gilroy.
Set in 1980s Beirut, the thriller will follow a former U.S. diplomat named Mason Skiles (Hamm) who is called back into action in order to prevent the murder of a former colleague from the group that may be responsible for his own family’s death. Pike will take on the role of a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy, who makes it her mission to keep Mason alive and ensure his top-secret mission goes off without a hitch.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Rosamund Pike has found another post-“Gone Girl” project, opposite Jon Hamm in Radar Pictures’ political thriller “High Wire Act.” Brad Anderson will direct the Oscar nominee and former Don Draper in a script from Tony Gilroy, about a retired U.S. diplomat and CIA operative attempting a rescue mission in 1980s’ Beirut. Hamm will star as Mason Skiles, called back into service to save a former colleague. Pike will play the field agent responsible for his safety. Also Read: Rosamund Pike Thriller 'Return to Sender' Sells to Image Entertainment Mike Weber is producing with partner Ted Field and Gilroy. »
- Matt Donnelly
Set in 1980s Beirut, Hamm plays a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Pike plays a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy who’s tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring the mission is a success.
Pike is represented by CAA, United Agents and Magnolia Entertainment.
- Dave McNary
Rosamund Pike is attached to star in Tony Gilroy’s Beirut-set political thriller High Wire Act. Tony Gilroy has written the script and will produce alongside Mike Weber and Ted Field. Good Universe is handling international sales. Ted Field’s Radar Pictures announced the news today. Set in 1980’s Beirut, High Wire Act sees Jon Hamm play Mason Skiles, a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for… »
Rosamund Pike has joined Jon Hamm in High Wire Act, a political action thriller being directed by Brad Anderson. Tony Gilroy wrote the script for the project, which hails from Radar Pictures. Set in 1980's Beirut, the story sees Hamm as a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family's death. The British actress will play a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy who’s tasked with keeping the diplomat alive and ensuring the mission is a success. Ted Field, Gilroy
- Borys Kit
With a release date set for just over a year from now, casting on the fifth Jason Bourne movie is underway. Matt Damon is set to reprise his role as Jason Bourne and he'll be collaborating with Paul Greengrass as director after the duo took a break while Jeremy Renner starring in The Bourne Legacy for franchise creator Tony Gilroy. Today brings word Julia Stiles will be back once again as covert agent Nicky Parsons whom we last saw in a cafe learning Bourne's body wasn't found after he took a leap in the East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum. Stiles is the only confirmed cast member beyond Damon with no new names added just yet, though it has been rumored Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is being sought for a major role and now Jeff Sneider of The Wrap reports Viggo Mortensen has »
- Brad Brevet
Yes! Cue another round of Moby's "Extreme Ways" 'cause Jason Bourne is back -- and he's bringing an old friend with him. According to Deadline, Matt Damon is not only back as Bourne for his fourth movie (the third with director Paul Greengrass) but Julia Stiles is confirmed to return as Nicky Parsons. They are the only official cast members so far, although Deadline said Alicia Vikander was being sought for a major role and Variety said Viggo Mortensen may or may not play an assassin. Deadline also said -- and we agree -- that they hoped Joan Allen would return as Pam Landy.
The first movie, "The Bourne Identity" came out in 2002, followed by more Damon dominance in 2004's "The Bourne Supremacy." Damon returned again for "The Bourne Ultimatum" in 2007, but then the focus shifted to Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross in "The Bourne Legacy." That one was »
- Gina Carbone
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
We begin today's quick roundup of news of forthcoming films with Variety's Dave McNary, who reports that Jennifer Ehle will star alongside Cynthia Nixon in Terence Davies's Emily Dickinson biopic, A Quiet Passion. Also: Christoph Waltz will star and make his directorial debut on crime drama The Worst Marriage in Georgetown. Jon Hamm has signed on to star in Tony Gilroy’s political action thriller High Wire Act, with Brad Anderson directing. Blake Lively will join Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart in Woody Allen's next, as-yet-untitled film. Plus: Mia Hansen-Løve, Vincenzo Natali, Antoine Fuqua and Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern. » - David Hudson »
High Wire Act
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm is set to star in the action thriller "High Wire Act" for Radar Pictures. Brad Anderson ("The Machinist," "Session 9") helms from a script by Tony Gilroy. Ted Field and Mike Weber will produce.
Hamm plays a former Us diplomat in 1980s Beirut who must save a colleague from the group that was possibly responsible for his own family's death. [Source: Screen]
The True Memoirs of an International Assassin
The story follows a mild-mannered accountant and fledgling author who is mistaken for a killer-for-hire when his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. Trying to escape sudden fame and celebrity, he heads to Belize but is immediately entangled in an assassination plot. »
- Garth Franklin
Jon Hamm's first post–Mad Men move will be to star in Tony Gilroy's political action-thriller High Wire Act, Deadline reports. Transitioning from the ad offices of 1960s New York to 1980s war-torn Beirut, Hamm will play a former U.S. diplomat called to rescue a colleague "from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death." (Oooh, cryptic!) "Jon Hamm was made to play the part," Gilroy has said in a statement. Brad Anderson is set to direct and has said that the project has many of the John le Carré–esque themes he loves, such as political intrigue, betrayal, and reluctant heroes. (A little more specific, but still pretty cryptic!) Well, color us both intrigued and happy for Hamm — especially after the whole Gone Girl thing. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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