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Casting Net: Jason Biggs, Ashley Tisdale claim lead roles in 'Drive, She Said'

5 December 2014 7:27 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Jason Biggs and Ashley Tisdale have been cast as the leads of Drive, She Said. The story follows an unconfident, expectant father (Biggs) who takes a job chauffeuring prostitutes (Tisdale, Janet Montgomery, Bria Murphy). Husband and wife team Joe Syracuse and Lisa Addario wrote and directed the film, which was inspired by Syracuse's experience driving call girls around La. Jenny Mollen, Adrian Voo, and Steven Weber also star. [THR] • Chris Pratt is in early negotiations for Magnificent Seven. Antoine Fuqua is directing the remake, which stars Denzel Washington. The 1960 film for which its based followed seven gunmen who defend a Mexican village from outlaws. »

- C. Molly Smith

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Ben-Hur Female Lead Goes to ‘Homeland’ Actress

4 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Timur Bekmambetov‘s Ben-Hur remake has a pretty good cast of guys lined up already, including Toby Kebbell, Pedro Pascal, Morgan Freeman, and Jack Huston in the title role. Now it may finally have found its female lead. Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi has just received an offer to play Esther, the part Gal Gadot was up […]

The post Ben-Hur Female Lead Goes to ‘Homeland’ Actress appeared first on /Film. »

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Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi joins Ben-Hur remake

4 December 2014 6:41 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nazanin Boniadi has been cast in the Ben-Hur remake.

The Homeland actress will star in MGM and Paramount Pictures' film opposite Jack Huston, reports Deadline.

Boniadi will take on the role of Esther, which Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot was formerly in talks for.

Timur Bekmambetov will direct the new adaptation of Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, centring on Judah Ben-Hur, a prince in Jerusalem who is betrayed and sold into slavery.

Huston will take the title role in the film, with Morgan Freeman as Ildarin, the man who oversees the slave Judah Ben-Hur's transformation to champion chariot racer.

Boniadi had a recurring role in Scandal as Adnan Salif.

Ben-Hur is scheduled for release on February 26, 2016. »

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Homeland’s Nazanin Boniadi Lands Female Lead In Ben-Hur

3 December 2014 10:07 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After what has been described as a close race, Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi has landed the role of the female led in MGM and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming Ben-Hur remake, pipping the likes of Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s Sofia Boutella to the part.

Boniadi will now star opposite Jack Huston in the sword and sandals epic, and it’s understood the actress won over the hearts and minds of the casting directors for her chemistry with the Boardwalk Empire star, who is on board to play the titular hero. Previously Man of Steel‘s Ayelet Zurer and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, were attached to the role, but contract negotiations with DC — which are as far reaching as you’d imagine — forced her to pull out.

With a release date pegged for 2016, we’re still a ways away from seeing Timur Bekmambetov’s bold remake in action, though it’s »

- Michael Briers

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'Ben-Hur' Casts 'Homeland' Star Nazanin Boniadi as Female Lead

3 December 2014 10:01 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just over one month after Gal Gadot backed out of MGM's Ben-Hur, the studio has brought on Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi as the female lead. Gal Gadot entered talks to play Esther, a female slave who falls for Jack Huston's title character, in mid-October. She was forced to bow out just a few weeks later, citing conflicts with her schedule on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where she plays Wonder Woman.

Nazanin Boniadi joins a cast that also includes Toby Kebbell as Messalla, Ben-Hur's former friend who sells him into slavery, and Morgan Freeman, who mentors the title character and teaches him to become a champion chariot racer. Deadline reports the actress beat out a number of candidates for the role. Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service) was the runner-up to land the part, with other contenders including Moran Atias (Third Person) and Natalia Warner (The Double »

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Casting: Boniadi, Jones, Washington, Heard

3 December 2014 6:40 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ben-Hur

"Homeland" actress Nazanin Boniadi has scored the female lead role opposite Jack Huston in Timur Bekmambetov's "Ben-Hur" remake at MGM and Paramount Pictures.

Boniadi will play Esther, the role that Gal Gadot was in discussions before conflicts knocked her out of the running. Boniadi also beat out Sofia Boutella ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), Moran Atias ("The Next Three Days") and Natalia Warner ("Learning To Breathe") for the role. [Source: Deadline]

Inferno

Felicity Jones ("The Theory Of Everything") is in early talks for the female lead role in Ron Howard's film adaptation of the Dan Brown novel "Inferno" at Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.

Tom Hanks reprises his role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon who awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with a doctor (Jones) whom he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague. [Source: Deadline]

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- Garth Franklin

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Nazanin Boniadi Races To Ben-Hur

2 December 2014 10:02 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A month or so ago Man Of Steel's Ayelet Zurer was in the frame. Before her we were talking about Gal Gadot, who had to drop out in favour of the small indie comic-book curios Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Wonder Woman. This morning Timur Bekmambetov's new Ben-Hur finally has its female lead. Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi has grabbed the gig, fending off plenty of other competition by performing the best "chemistry read" with the toplining Jack Huston.Huston is, of course, Judah Ben-Hur himself, with Boniadi playing Esther, the daughter of the slave Simonides. Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to chronicle the younger days of Ben-Hur and Messala (Toby Kebbell), best friends growing up in Jerusalem. Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector who is packed off to be educated in Rome for five years. »

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'Wanted 2' Is Still Happening; Script Not Yet Finished

24 November 2014 1:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While doing press for his upcoming musical Into the Woods, producer Marc Platt offered updates on two of his upcoming projects, the action-packed sequel Wanted 2 and another musical adaptation, Wicked.

Just a few days before Wanted hit theaters in 2008, Mark Millar, who wrote the comic book the film is based on, revealed that a sequel was already in the works, although we haven't heard much on the follow-up in the six years that followed that initial announcement. Marc Platt reveals that the script is still being developed, and it isn't quite there yet. But the sequel will happen nonetheless:

"We have a script that's getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel - one of our main characters dies in it. You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. »

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Rome’s Cinecitta Studios Lures ‘Ben Hur’ Redo And Other Hollywood Pics

24 November 2014 6:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Rome’s Cinecitta Studios is boasting a burst of biz prompted by tax incentives which are luring back Hollywood majors, including Paramount and MGM with their “Ben Hur” remake more than five decades after the Charlton Heston original shot at the famed facilities.

A portion of the upcoming 24th James Bond film is also among high-profile pics scheduled to shoot in Rome early next year.

Cameras are set to roll at Cinecitta starting in February 2015 on MGM and Paramount’s “Ben Hur” redo, to be helmed by Timur Bekmambetov with Jack Huston in the title role, according to a Cinecitta statement. Production designer Naomi Shohan will be reconstructing pre-Roman empire Jerusalem on the Cinecitta backlot for a planned four-month shoot. Toby Kebbell is set for the role of Messala and Morgan Freeman is also attached. The script was co-written by Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley and Keith Clarke, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Wanted 2 producer offers update: "It's coming along"

24 November 2014 3:02 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Producer Marc Platt has offered an update on Wanted 2.

He revealed that writer Mark Millar is involved in the comic book sequel.

"We have a script that's getting pretty good," Platt told Coming Soon. "To do a sequel when it wasn't really set up for a sequel - one of our main characters dies in it.

"You don't want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It's taken a while because it's challenging, as I said, because we lost a main, main character, so where that James McAvoy character goes now... we have good ideas though. It's coming along."

The first film was loosely based on Millar's comic book miniseries, which was set in a world where supervillains had eradicated all superheroes.

"[Millar is] always going to be involved but he's not going to write the screenplay which is far along, »

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Wanted producer gives update on sequel; says script is "getting pretty good"

24 November 2014 2:25 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Although it's been awhile since we've heard anything about a sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's Wanted, producer Marc Platt recently told Coming Soon they are still interested in doing another movie, and are currently working on the script. But if you haven't seen Wanted, you'll probably want to avoid Platt's comments below about the sequel. Spoiler Alert! We have a script that’s getting pretty good. To do a sequel when it »

- Jesse Giroux

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Wanted 2 still on the cards

23 November 2014 10:42 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Wanted 2 keeps edging closer to actually happening, as producer Marc Platt confirms the script is "getting pretty good"...

From the earliest days of the website we seem to have been reporting on a potential sequel to 2008's surprise hit, Wanted. The original movie starred James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, with Timur Bekmambetov directing. And the first film ate up $341m at the global box office, Wanted 2 has been on the cards ever since.

However, Wanted 2 appeared to have fallen off-radar in recent years, and we'd assumed that the project had quietly been dropped. Not so though, says producer Marc Platt. "We have a script that’s getting pretty good", he told Coming Soon. "You don’t want to just retread a similar story, but when we get the script to a certain bar, there will be a sequel. It’s taken a while because it’s challenging. »

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Casting Net: Paul Wesley to star in and produce 'Convergence'

17 November 2014 6:33 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• The Vampire DiariesPaul Wesley will star in Convergence, a vehicle for him to star in and produce. Little is known about the plot at this time, but the film is said to follow a group of underground biotech engineers who experiment with a new technology that exceeds their expectations. Jeff Richard wrote the script. Filming is planned for next spring in Shanghai and Atlanta. [Deadline] • Sam Huntington, of Being Human fame, has been cast as the lead in Finding Sofia. Nico Casavecchia is directing the indie comedy, which follows Huntington as a young filmmaker who buys a ticket to Buenos »

- C. Molly Smith

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Casting: Bernthal, Hahn, Cooke, Pena, Lahti

15 November 2014 5:21 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Accountant

Jon Bernthal ("Fury," "The Walking Dead") is in negotiations to join Ben Affleck in Gavin O'Connor's assassin thriller "The Accountant" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Affleck will star as a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a deadly assassin. J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick also star and filming begins in January. [Source: The Wrap]

Happy-ish

Kathryn Hahn is set to remain the co-star of Showtime pilot "Happyish," reprising the role she played opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in the original pilot shot before Hoffman died.

Steve Coogan is taking over Hoffman's role of a man facing a mid-life crisis. Hahn plays Coogan’s wife and mother of their six-year-old son. [Source: Variety]

Ben-Hur

"Ouija" and "Bates Motel" star Olivia Cooke is circling a key role alongside Jack Huston in Timur Bekmambetov's remake of "Ben-Hur" at MGM and Paramount. Morgan Freeman and Pedro Pascal also star.

Huston plays the titular Jewish prince who is forced »

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Ayelet Zurer Circling Role In Ben-Hur Remake

13 November 2014 5:53 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

MGM’s remake of 1959 historical epic Ben-Hur failed to nab Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice actress Gal Gadot (who had to pass on the project due to a scheduling conflict), but it may have managed to get a hold of another powerful woman in Superman’s life all the same.

According to THR, Ayelet Zurer, who played Superman’s Kryptonian birth mother Laura Lor Van in Man of Steel, is circling a role in Ben-Hur, though it’s not the same one that was offered to Gadot. If she ends up committing to the project she’ll play Naomi, the mother of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston).

This marks one of several big projects to come Zurer’s way following last year’s Superman reboot; she recently wrapped production on Last Days in the Desert opposite Ewan McGregor, and has been cast as Vanessa Fisk, the wife of the Kingpin, »

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Olivia Cooke In Talks For Ben-Hur

13 November 2014 4:21 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The casting information about the new take on the Ben-Hur story is coming in quicker than a speeding chariot. With director Timur Bekmambetov looking to set his cast quickly ready for shooting to gear up, Ouija star Olivia Cooke is circling the role of Tirzah, Ben-Hur’s sister.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel, the new version aims to chronicle the younger days of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and Messala (Toby Kebbell), best friends growing up in Jerusalem. Ben-Hur is a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector who is packed off to be educated in Rome for five years. Upon his return, Messala mocks our hero for his religion. After an accident he pins on his friend, he has him sold into slavery, while imprisoning his mother and sister. Cue a quest for revenge that includes (in the 1959 Charlton Heston film, at any rate) the iconic chariot race. »

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Crowdfunding Friday: first-person action film, Hardcore

13 November 2014 4:18 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sharlto Copley stars in the first-person sci-fi action film Hardcore, currently looking for funds on IndieGoGo...

Nb: this article contains language and violent video footage which may be considered Nsfw.

Gun battles. Car chases. Explosions. All stuff we've seen in action films before, so what can be done to freshen it up and make it seem new? Enter Hardcore, a sci-fi action film with the first-person viewpoint and demented pace of a videogame.

It's the work-in-progress from Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller. You might remember a superbly-shot video that appeared on YouTube last year, which saw an anonymous hero involved in car chases, fights and gun battles - all viewed from his point-of-view. Although intended as a music video for his band Biting Elbows, the film itself got the lion's share of the attention, with over 40m views and praise from director Timur Bekmambetov. If you've never seen it before, you can watch it here. »

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Cybernatural Receives New Title & Release Date from Universal

12 November 2014 3:37 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Universal recently acquired Blumhouse’s horror film Cybernatural, in which a malevolent force haunts six high school friends during a Skype session that turns deadly when the unseen presence forces its victims to commit gruesome, self-inflicted acts of violence in front of the computer camera. It’s now been announced that Universal has re-named Cybernatural and moved its release date just a bit.

According to Box Office Mojo, Cybernatural is now called Unfriended, giving it a Facebook-related title that ties in with its modern technology tale. Originally scheduled to come out on April 10th of next year, Unfriended will now be released one week later on April 17th, 2015.

“While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they »

- Derek Anderson

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Robertson in Cook; Zurer May Join Ben-hur; Hammer Goes for Birth Of A Nation; Kendrick Circling a Role in The Accountant

12 November 2014 1:48 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve got a bunch of casting news to report.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance: Britt Robertson joined the cast of Bruce Beresford’s Cook. Ayelet Zurer is in talks to join Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur. Armie Hammer is confirmed for Nate Parker’s historical drama, Birth of a Nation. Anna Kendrick is circling a role in The Accountant.  J.K. Simmons is in negotiations to join the cast as well. Hit the jump for more on all four films. First up, we’ve got Robertson in Cook.  Deadline is reporting that the Tomorrowland star is all set to lead alongside Eddie Murphy who’s playing Henry Church, a cook who’s hired by a dying man to prepare meals for his wife and daughter after he passes away, but then winds up being part of their lives for the next 15 years.  Robertson will play the man’s daughter, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Cybernatural Retitled Unfriended and Set for an April 17, 2015 Release; M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit Coming on September 11, 2015

12 November 2014 12:59 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Remember that Timur Bekmambetov-created and produced thriller that goes down in real-time from the point-of-view of a teen’s computer?  It’s got a new title.  Universal just announced that it’s doing away with Cybernatural and running with a more familiar term instead, Unfriended.  There’s something cheeky about it, but there’s also no doubt that some will have a tough time taking the new title seriously.  In addition to the title change, Unfriended will not hit theaters on April 17, 2015 as previously announced and will arrive on April 10th instead. On top of that, Universal also revealed that one of its upcoming Blumhouse releases is M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit.  That one will arrive in theaters on September 11, 2015.  Hit the jump for more on both films. Here’s the official synopsis for Unfriended: Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a »

- Perri Nemiroff

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