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Ff Comic book movie fans still have their Underoos in a bunch over the casting of the title superheroes in Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot — Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch and Jamie Bell as the Thing — but at least they can rest easy knowing that a female actress won't be cast as Dr. Doom, as was rumored a few weeks ago. According to TheWrap, four male actors (with accents!) are on the short list to play the evil ruler of the fictional Eastern European nation of Latveria: Sam Riley (Maleficent), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (The Counselor) and Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd). The Fantastic Four reboot is slated for a June 19, 2015, release.
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After some fits and starts, Warner Bros.’ American Sniper has been steadily gaining momentum. The movie, which stars Bradley Cooper as the late Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, is set to begin filming next month and just added its lead actress.
According to The Wrap, Sienna Miller has joined the cast as Kyle’s wife. Miller beat out strong competition for the part, including Jaimie Alexander (Sif in Marvel’s Thor films). The Wrap notes that Kate Mara was also an early candidate for the role, but dropped out of consideration when she was cast in Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four.
If Miller’s casting sticks, it will be the latest in a string ...
- Rob Frappier
The project is based on the memoir of the same name written by Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, who has the most confirmed kills of any sniper in U.S. military history. Sienna Miller is playing the soldier's wife, who is raising his kids while he is off fighting overseas. Clint Eastwood reportedly spent the past week deciding between Sienna Miller and Jaimie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World) for the role. Kate Mara was a contender for the role, but she was forced to drop out after signing on to play Sue Storm in The Fantastic Four.
Though the film was jostled around a bit when Steven Spielberg decided to step out of the director's chair, Clint Eastwood is moving swiftly to get his adaptation of the true story American Sniper off the ground with Bradley Cooper in the lead. Now we know who will play Cooper's wife in the film with The Wrap reporting Sienna Miller has landed the female lead in the new film from Warner Bros. Miller beat out Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif from Thor) for the role, and Eastwood had a tough decision choosing between the two over the past week. Kata Mara was also in the running, but she had booked Fantastic Four instead. The film is based on Navy Seal Chris Kyle's autobiography titled American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History with a screenplay adapted by Jason Hall, who wrote Paranoia. It »
- Ethan Anderton
In a competitive situation, Sienna Miller has emerged with the female lead opposite Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood's “American Sniper,” an individual familiar with the Warner Bros. project told TheWrap. Warner Bros. had no comment, while Miller's representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. Miller is in early talks to accept an offer to play Kyle's wife, who must raise his children while he's overseas fighting the enemy. Also read: Clint Eastwood May Replace Steven Spielberg on »
- Jeff Sneider
Based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, Warner Bros Pictures' upcoming film will bring the autobiographical account of Navy Seal Chris Kyle's life to the big screen. Called "the devil" by the enemies he hunted and "the legend" by his Navy Seal brothers, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared him so much they placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow U.S. warriors, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time. Bradley Cooper (Silver »
- Pietro Filipponi
Sienna Miller ( Stardust , G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra ) is in talks to play a leading role in director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper , TheWrap reports. The film is based on the memoir of Navy Seal Chris Kyle (written with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice), released in 2012 and officially described as follows: He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called "The Devil" by the enemies he hunted and "The Legend" by his Navy Seal brothers. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States Military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more then 150 of Kyle's kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents »
Exclusive: Warner Bros closed a preemptive deal Friday night for American Blood, a 50 page proposal for a crime story by New Zealand-based bestselling author Ben Sanders for Macmillan Entertainment. Bradley Cooper is attached to star and produce through his 22nd & Indiana banner. He and cohort Adam Kassan will join Le Grisbi’s John Lesher to produce, along with Pouya Shahbazian through his New Leaf Literary and Media banner. This is the first of what is planned as a series of novels about Marshall Grade, an undercover NYPD officer turned mob informant. While living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, he is pulled into a dangerous investigation, which causes his past in New York to get wind of his whereabouts. The hope is for Cooper to play Grade. It’s another high profile project for the film shingle run by Cooper, who’s up for an Oscar for his »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Christopher Kyle
U.S. Distributor: Rights available
While we were expecting Susanne Bier’s latest, a return to English language filmmaking after her 2007 Halle Berry starring Things We Lost In the Fire, to bow in 2013, it looks like this will be pushed into this year due to the oversaturated Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper market. This was meant their first project together post Silver Linings, but it looks like we’ll have to be happy with American Hustle instead, this season. Meanwhile, Bier has been on a roll herself since winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film with In a Better World. She’s several other irons in the fire currently, but look for this to be her next release. »
- Nicholas Bell
Steven Spielberg, considered one of the greatest directors in Hollywood history, is someone whose plans always generate interest. Whenever he wraps a movie, the waiting game begins. “What’s he going to do next?” Following his last success, Lincoln, there’ve been a few projects he’s kicked around but ultimately retreated from- at least for the time being. There was Robopocalypse, a sci-fi epic which has seemingly been tossed onto the back-burner. Then there was American Sniper based on the true story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, which he backed away from and which will now be directed by fellow legend Clint Eastwood.
So what will his next film be? According to Deadline, Spielberg is looking at a script that is said to be one of Hollywood’s greatest unmade movies. They’re reporting that his Schindler’s List writer, Steve Zaillian, is going to take a pass at »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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