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Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of swords and sandals classic, Ben-Hur, could be about to swell its supporting cast, with Gal Gadot and Pedro Pascal in discussions to join the production. According to THR, Gadot has entered early negotiations to play the film’s female lead, a slave girl named Esther who Ben-Hur finds himself falling for. Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Game Of Thrones star Pascal is in talks to play Pontius Pilate, expected to be a bigger role in this version of the story than it was in the 1959 film. Jack Huston...
- George Wales
Well here's a little surprise. Eddie Murphy doesn't work often, and when he does, it's usually in his comedy wheelhouse. And thus he goes down the drama road even less, but just like that, the actor has joined the next untitled movie from Bruce Beresford ("Driving Miss Daisy," "Breaker Morant"). He replaces Samuel L. Jackson, playing "a cook who is hired by a dying man to prepare meals for his girlfriend and her daughter when he passes." The script is from Susan McMartin ("Californication," "Two And A Half Men") and production begins next month. [If] Gal Gadot is suddenly the woman of the hour. Now part of Warner Bros. DC universe as Wonder Woman, she's on Hollywood's radar in a big way, and has been cast in Timur Bekmambetov's "Ben-Hur" remake. She joins Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, and Morgan Freeman, taking the role of love interest Esther. Meanwhile, Pedro Pascal, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The former will land in theatres on October 23rd, 2015 as a live-action reboot of the animated series. That joyful Saturday morning cartoon, based on the Hasbro toy line, sprang to life in the 80s and its very existence has plagued this writer on practically a daily basis ever since.
But enough about me, what about this live-action update? The direction in which Universal intend to steer the project is very intriguing, as the flick is set to be produced by Jason Blum and his spooky cohorts at Blumhouse. You know, that team of scaremongers who’ve made sure that no adult can shrug at a PG-13 rating ever again thanks to Insidious.
From what we know, it’s going to have little to no-scares whatsoever, instead telling the story of »
- Gem Seddon
After an announcement that took fans by surprise, its been fairly quiet on the Jem and the Holograms front. Today, we get the official release date for this live-action adaptation of the popular animated series and Hasbro toy line, which has caused some controversy amongst fans for deviating from the core mythology.
While not a horror film, Jem and the Holograms will be arriving in theaters on October 23rd, 2015, from Universal Pictures, just in time for Halloween. Which adheres to producer Jason Blum's core aesthetic. Is he aiming for another annual Halloween midnight tradition in the vein of The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
Directed by Jon M. Chu, who helmed the sequel G.I. Joe Retaliation for Hasbro and Paramount, Jem and the Holograms is being produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse productions. He's gained a reputation for delivering movies on the cheap that bring in big bucks at the box office. »
The film, unfolds over a teen girl’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a bully to kill herself a year prior.
Universal executives bought “Cybernatural” after a test screening in Montreal. Wme Global brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
The film was developed and conceived by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Levan Gabriadze from a script by Nelson Greaves. Producers are Bekmambetov and Greaves, as well as Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions.
- Dave McNary
Ben-Hur: Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then star in her own stand-alone Wonder Woman movie in 2017, is in early negotiations for the female lead in the new version of Ben-Hur. She would portray a slave who becomes a love interest for the titular character (Jack Huston). Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman are already set; Timur Bekmambetov will direct, aiming for a release in February 2016. [The Hollywood Reporter] Steve Jobs: Earlier this year, we heard that David Fincher would only direct a movie based on the life and career of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs if Christian Bale agreed to star. Since then, Fincher dropped out and Danny Boyle came on board to helm the project, featuring a screenplay...
- Peter Martin
Ben-Hur: Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then star in her own stand-alone Wonder Woman movie in 2017, is in early negotiations for the female lead in the new version of Ben-Hur. She would portray a slave who becomes a love interest for the titular character (Jack Huston). Toby Kebbell, and Morgan Freeman are already set; Timur Bekmambetov will direct, aiming for a release in February 2016. [The Hollywood Reporter] Steve Jobs: Earlier this year, we heard that David Fincher would only direct a movie based on the life and career of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs if Christian Bale agreed to star. Since then, Fincher dropped out and Danny Boyle came on board to helm the project, featuring a...
- Peter Martin
The Jem and the Holograms movie release date has been announced by Universal Pictures. The studio will drop the feature film adaptation based on the 1980s Hasbro toy line and cartoon on October 23, 2015, hitting theaters just in time for Fall. Director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) helms the quickly assembled musical adventure film, which paints the titular Jem as an orphaned teenager who becomes an internet sensation and subsequently embarks on a music-driven scavenger hunt with her bad. The picture is a Blumhouse Productions joint, which is mostly known for producing low budget horror films like the Paranormal Activity series and Sinister that go on to turn a big profit. The PG-rated Jem was similarly made on a relatively tight budget, with a cast led by Aubrey Peeples (Nashville) as Jem, Stefanie Scott (Flipped) as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko (The Fosters) as Aja, and Aurora Perrineau (Pretty Little Liars) as Shana. »
- Adam Chitwood
Pedro Pascal and Gal Gadot are definitely on the rise. Pascal joined the cast of "Game of Thrones" last year and quickly made Oberyn Martell one of the best characters on a show already filled with great characters. Gadot is about to play the premiere female superhero Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the just announced standalone Wonder Woman and two-part Justice League films. Well, both actors are circling the forthcoming Ben-Hur remake, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, to add to their resumes. Pascal will play Pontius Pilate, and Gadot will take on the role of Esther, a slave who is Ben-Hur's love interest. The cast already includes Jack Huston as the titular prince betrayed into slavery, Toby Kebbell as his betrayer, and Morgan Freeman as probably someone wise. I do not understand why this story needs to be told again. The 1959 version, starring Charlton Heston, »
- Mike Shutt
Universal has set an Oct. 23, 2015, release date for Jem and the Holograms, the much-anticipated musical adventure based on the 1980s Hasbro toy line that was also a beloved cartoon. At the same time, the studio has penciled in an April 10, 2015, release date for Cybernatural, a horror thriller it quietly picked up that has Timur Bekmambetov producing. See more 'Transformers,' 'Battleship' and 'Barbie': The Highs and Lows of Toy-Inspired Movies Universal got involved in Cybernatural, which premiered at the Fantasia International Film Festival, after execs saw a test screening of the flick and saw the audience
- Borys Kit
The live-action Jem And The Holograms movie based on the Hasbro animated series will be released on October 23, 2015, Universal said today as it dated two of its upcoming Blumhouse pictures. The music-driven film about a young woman who transforms into a pop star with the help of her best friends and a pair of high-tech earrings is being directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald and Ryan Guzman.
Universal also set its Blumhouse horror pic Cybernatural, produced by Timur Bekmambetov, for April 10, 2015. The studio acquired it in a Wme Global-brokered deal after a test screening. The pic unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are »
- The Deadline Team
Timur Bekmambetov is amassing quite the cast for his Ben-Hur remake. He’s already got Jack Huston set to lead as the title character, Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who’s wrongly accused of harming a governor and sold into slavery with Morgan Freeman stepping in as Ildarin, the man responsible for training him to become a top chariot racer. Toby Kebbell will portray the film’s villain, Messala, Ben-Hur’s former best friend who’s responsible for manipulating the aforementioned accident to make Ben-Hur look guilty. Now there are reports claiming that both Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Gal Gadot are in the mix as well. Hit the jump to find out more about who they may be playing. The Ben-Hur remake is set for a February 26, 2016 release and is expected to go into production in Europe in early 2015. According to THR, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot and Game Of Thrones star Pedro Pascal have joined the cast of Timur Bekmambetov’s remake of the classic Ben Hur. The film, which is in pre-production over at MGM and Paramount, will also star Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, and Morgan Freeman with Huston playing the title role.
Gadot will play the female lead in the film, thogh we know little more than that. Bekmambetov directs the film, which will star production next year for a February 2016 release.
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- Paul Heath
Maybe the world doesn’t really need another Ben-Hur, but if it has to have one it may as well feature an intriguing cast. Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, and Morgan Freeman signed on for the Timur Bekmambetov-directed epic last month, and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot nabbed the female lead yesterday. As of today, the latest addition to the cast […]
- Angie Han
Movies give Pontius Pilate a bad wrap. Yes, he gave the orders to crucify Jesus Christ. But check canonical Biblical writing and one finds a tinge of reluctance, a man of power caving under the peoples' demands. Plus, would we still be talking about God's Son if Pilate didn't off him in the grisliest way possible? Silver linings. Pending deals, the next on-screen Pilate could add all this nuance with a splash of smarmy charm. Deadline reports that "Game of Thrones" favorite Pedro Pascal is in talks to play Judaea's prefect in the upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur." The film is said to skew closer to Lew Wallace's 1880 novel than the 1959 Charlton Heston-led epic, which chronicled the parallel stories of Jewish prince-turned-slave Judah Ben-Hur's quest for revenge and Christ's Passion. The in the original film, Pilate presides over the major chariot race setpiece and orders Jesus' death. He »
- Matt Patches
Pascal played Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones season four.
The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.
Ben-Hur is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. »
Wonder Woman and the Red Viper might be joining Timur Bekmambetov's Ben-hur. It's being reported Gal Gadot (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) and Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal are in talks for lead roles in the upcoming movie. According to THR, Gadot is in early negotiations to play Esther, a slave Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) falls in love with, and Deadline has learned Paramount and MGM want Pascal to play Pontius Pilate in the remake. In the 1959 Charlton Heston film, Esther was played »
- Jesse Giroux
Cannes – “Alisa Knows What to Do!,” a new Russian 3D children’s animated series being offered for the first time at TV market Mipcom, has been sold to Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Israel.
The series, which is produced by Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs, the Riki Group and Animation Studio Moskva, will be aired on free TV in all three countries in 2015. Bazelevs Distribution started international sales on the project at Mipcom’s children’s content market, MipJunior, on Saturday.
In March, the series won Reed Midem’s special award of the Open Russian Animation Festival in Suzdal as the animated series with the highest international potential. Reed Midem, the organizer of MipJunior and Mipcom, gave the series a special showcase at MipJunior as its prize.
The series was watched more than 100 times in the MipJunior digital library. Among the interested buyers were Canal Plus and TF1 from France, Svt in Sweden, »
- Leo Barraclough
Following the announcement of a standalone Wonder Woman movie, Gal Gadot has also been revealed to be in the running for the female lead of the Ben-Hur remake. Gadot will play Esther in the movie. Since being cast as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actress has become highly sort after for a range of roles.
The new version of Ben-Hur is being directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and is based upon the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ, with Keith Clarke (The Way Back) and John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) contibuting to the script. It will tell the story of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and his blood fued with childhood friend Messala, a Roman who betrays Ben-Hur, resulting in him being sold into slavery and vowing revenge.
- Thomas Roach
Ben-Hur: Israeli actress Gal Gadot (above in Fast Five), who will play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and then star in her own stand-alone Wonder Woman movie in 2017, is in early negotiations for the female lead in the new version of Ben-Hur. She would portray a slave who becomes a love interest for the titular character (Jack Huston). Toby Kebbell and Morgan Freeman also star with Timur Bekmambetov directing, aiming for a release in February 2016. [The Hollywood...
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