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It’s CastingPalooza over at Damon Lindelof‘s drama pilot The Leftovers for HBO. We told you earlier today about casting for another pilot, that one to be run by Lindelof’s former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse, but still, we’re always hesitant to talk too much about pilots. We’ve had our hearts broken too many times in the past by pilots that are never turned into series *cough* Locke & Key *cough* Mockingbird Lane *cough*.
Still, things are looking good for Cuse’s pilot, and with all the casting news lately, they’re looking similarly good for Lindelof. Joining the throng of actors who’ve signed up to be a Leftover are former elf Liv Tyler (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston. Yes, a Doctor for the Lindelof pilot, just as another Doctor has signed up for the Cuse pilot. Weird, right?
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- Erin Willard
Liv Tyler has booked her first TV gig.
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Based on Tom Perrotta’s book, the project is set after the Rapture and tells the story of those folks who didn’t quite make the cut.
- Vlada Gelman
The story is set after the Rapture happens with unexpected results. Deadline reports Tyler will play Meg, a young woman who ditches her fiance and becomes the target of an "enigmatic cult."
“The Leftovers” will be Tyler’s first foray in TV.
Project, based on a book by Tom Perrotta, centers on a group of people who don’t make the cut after the Rapture occurs. Tyler will play Meg, a woman about to get married when she becomes the target of a cult. Deadline Hollywood broke news of Tyler’s casting.
Perrotta and Lindelof are co-penning the pilot, with Peter Berg helming.
Tyler is repped by UTA and Untitled. »
- AJ Marechal
Liv Tyler has joined the cast of The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof’s HBO pilot based on Tom Perrotta’s book of the same name. The Lord of the Rings actress will star alongside Justin Theroux, EW has confirmed.
In the post-apocalyptic story, Tyler plays Meg, who is recruited to join a cult following the Rapture, while Theroux is Kevin, a chief of police.
- Katie Atkinson
Tyler will star opposite Justin Theroux in The Leftovers, a drama that takes place after a Rapture-like even happens. The project, based on Tom Perrotta's book, will follow the people who survived the event and must figure out how to go on without their loved ones. Tyler will play Meg, a woman on the verge of marriage who needs an escape, thus becoming the target of the mysterious cult.
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- Robyn Ross
Liv Tyler has joined the cast of Damon Lindelof's HBO pilot The Leftovers, based on Tom Perrotta's novel about life after the sorta-kinda Rapture. According to Deadline, Tyler will play Meg, a woman trying to avoid her upcoming wedding who becomes "a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult." She joins Justin Theroux, who was previously cast as a small-town police chief. This isn't just Tyler's first major TV role, it's her first TV role, period: She's never even done a guest arc anywhere or a soap back in her early days. Nothing! Welcome to TV, Liv Tyler. Make yourself comfortable. »
- Margaret Lyons
A couple of highly promising casting decisions have been made regarding two exciting upcoming pilots. First up, Liv Tyler has signed on to co-star in Damon Lindelof’s HBO potential series The Leftovers. Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut. Justin Theroux is already set as the show’s lead, but Deadline reports that Tyler will be co-starring as Meg, a young woman on the verge of getting married who becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult. Peter Berg is directing the pilot and Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, and Carrie Coon are also set to star. Hit the jump for news concerning a Hellboy alum joining Guillermo del Toro’s potential new series The Strain. Additionally, FX has announced »
- Adam Chitwood
Based on Max Brooks’ best-selling novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
Have a look at the 3-min. film clip below by using the player.
“World War Z” hits theaters on June 21, 2013.
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- Kellvin Chavez
It’s been almost exactly one year since the Alien pseudo-prequel Prometheus fascinated and infuriated audiences with its mixture of gorgeous visuals and confusing character decisions. Although the film set up a sequel, there hasn’t been much news, besides the revelation that screenwriter Damon Lindelof would not be returning — possibly because he’d like to spend just one summer not reading a nonstop parade of nerd-rage tweets.
But Fox is not letting the project die. EW has confirmed the news originally reported by Variety that screenwriter Jack Paglen has stepped onboard the project. Paglen wrote the upcoming sci-fi film Transcendence, »
- Darren Franich
HBO has found a leading lady for Justin Theroux. Liv Tyler has been tapped to co-star in the premium cable network's adaptation of The Leftovers, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Based on the Tom Perrotta book of the same name, The Leftovers takes place as the Rapture happens -- but not quite like it’s supposed to. The drama, from Damon Lindelof, tells the story of the people who didn’t make the cut and a world that will never be the same. Photos: 40 Years of HBO Theroux will play Kevin Garvey, the police chief and father of two who's trying to maintain
- Lesley Goldberg
Exclusive: Liv Tyler is set to co-star opposite Justin Theroux in Damon Lindelof’s HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, directed by Peter Berg. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book, the project takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same. Tyler, repped by UTA and Untitled, will play Meg, a young woman on the verge of getting married, but needing an escape. As a result, she becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult. This marks the first TV gig for feature actress Tyler whose film credits include the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and The Incredible Hulk. She recently wrapped indies Space Station 76 and Jamie Marks Is Dead and wrote an etiquette book with her grandmother, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
While Ridley Scott's Alien not-quite-prequel Prometheus was a box office success, many fans walked away disappointed with what they considered to be plot holes and unrealistic elements. Most of the blame was laid at the feet of screenwriter Damon Lindelof, as fans expected him to maintain the high standards of tight plotting and unflinching realism he brought to Cowboys & Aliens. So now Lindelof has taken his ball and gone home, protesting that he's too busy working on the Star Trek franchise and Brad Bird's Tomorrowland—and anyway, it was all Scott's fault. Also, the finale of »
Based on the suspense novel by P.D. James, the serial — which is timed to P and P‘s 200th anniversary — centers on three of author Jane Austen’s iconic characters: Mr. Darcy (played by Matthew Rhys) Elizabeth Bennet (Anna Maxwell Martin) and George Wickham (Matthew Goode).
Coleman joins Pemberley as Elizabeth’s sister and George’s wife Lydia.
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- Megan Masters
Whether you like it or not, it looks like a sequel to "Prometheus" is coming our way. At least, that's what a new article from Variety suggests.
Word of Fox and the producers' intention to quickly follow-up the $400 worldwide hit spread just months after the original film debuted, with THR naming 2014 or 2015 as potential targets.
Even though those date now seem unrealistic considering how long it takes a project like "Prometheus" to get going, there is progress. Variety is reporting that Jack Palgen, who wrote "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp, has been hired to write the script.
A writer announcement has been expected for some time, ever since Damon Lindelof announced that he would not be returning to write the screenplay for the sequel. That announcement resulted in a gossipy story about how producers were pissed because Lindelof wrote them into a corner. »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Ridley Scott's Prometheus sequel is moving forward, and 20th Century Fox has hired Jack Paglen (Transcendence) to write the film. As of right now, Scott is only attached as a producer on the film so there's a chance he won't be back to direct it. Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to reprise their roles though.
There's no information on what the story will entail, but one of the last things we heard was that Scott and the studio were having a hard time cracking the story. I just don't think those issues were as bad as they were made out to be. I'm sure they had some kind of plan in place while making the first film.
A lot of fans blamed Damon Lindelof for the ridiculous aspects of the first film, but they forget that making a movie is a collaborative effort, and Scott himself could »
- Joey Paur
Despite being one of the most divisive films in recent memory, Prometheus was a solid hit at the box office, with Ridley Scott's sort-of-prequel to his 1979 sci-fi classic Alien pulling in over $400 million worldwide, so it comes as little surprise that 20th Century Fox is keen to push ahead with plans for a sequel.
According to Variety, Fox has tapped screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transendence) to pen the script for the follow-up, which may or may not see Ridley Scott returning to the director's chair (although he is set to at least produce the film through his Scott Free banner). Both Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) are expected to return to the cast.
- Flickering Myth
Ridley Scott and Fox have at last found a worthy scribe for the sequel to their 2012 galactic epic, Prometheus. The two are eyeing Jack Paglen, writer of Wally Pfister’s first directorial effort Transcendence, which will be released in April of next year.
Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are expected to return as Elizabeth Shaw and android David. Though it is still uncertain if Ridley Scott will be directing, he will be producing with his company Scott Free Productions.
Not much is known of the sequel’s plot. All Scott has revealed in interviews is that while the first film was heavily rooted in the Alien franchise, the second instalment will stray farther.
Prometheus was written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, and brought in over $400 million worldwide. Jack Paglen has a lot to live up to with the sequel, especially so since there are many, both fans and detractors, »
- Katherine Kranz
They say that if you play with fire, you're going to get burned. Just ask the Greek god Prometheus. He played with fire and got burned to the tune of an eternity of birds eating his innards. Some might say there's an object lesson in that.
But Ridley Scott is apparently not one of those people, because according to Variety, the legendary director is proceeding full speed ahead with "Prometheus 2" despite widespread critical derision and fan disappointment with last year's "Prometheus."
At least he'll be doing it with a new writer.
That's because, as we reported last month, "Lost" creator and "Prometheus" writer Damon Lindelof has decided not to return for another go-round. Instead, it seems that Scott and the suits and Fox have targeted screenwriter Jack Paglen (who is responsible for the upcoming Johnny Depp sci-fi epic "Transcendence") to pen the next installment.
Just what "Prometheus 2" will actually be about, »
- Scott Harris
Michael Gaston has joined the cast of Damon Lindelof’s HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, directed by Peter Berg. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book, the project takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut… and a world that will never be the same. Gaston, repped by Apa and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, will play Dean, a man who seems to understand that times have changed and addresses it head-on — often violently. He has recurred on Mad Men, The Mentalist and Damages. Amanda Walsh, Steve Burg, Rebecca Drysdale and Brad Morris star in Fox’s Wtf America, a preliminary presentation for a hybrid scripted/unscripted project with a bit of reality from Dan Maser, Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. Nick Thune and Candace Brown guest star in the presentation, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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