5 items from 2015
Paramount may have finally found a director for G.I. Joe 3. After G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu jumped ship to make Jem and the Holograms for Blumhouse, the studio scrambled to find a replacement, with Casino Royale director Martin Campbell‘s name at one point ending up in the mix before he moved along. Now, though, Deadline is reporting that Disturbia director D.J. Caruso is in “early discussions” to take over the blockbuster franchise.
THR adds that, before a deal could be reached, Caruso would have to receive a stamp of approval from franchise star Dwayne Johnson, currently the only actor confirmed to return for the threequel. It makes sense that Ray Park’s Snake Eyes, Adrianne Palicki’s Lady Jaye, D.J. Cotrona’s Flint and Elodie Yung’s Jinx would all make appearances in G.I. Joe 3, but whether screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin will see fit to introduce »
- Isaac Feldberg
Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever (2002) Director: Kaos Stars: Antonio Banderas, Lucy Liu, Ray Park After a young boy is kidnapped by rogue special agent Sever, a former operative named Ecks is brought in to track her down and recover a dangerous weapon. But in an unbelievable twist, not everything is as it seems!!!! Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever is remarkable for many reasons. For one, the unnecessarily complicated title is just laughable. "Ballistic" is clearly a generic »
- Jason Adams
There are now two crucial trios in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first is Han, Luke and Leia, obviously. And the second one emerged this week when it was revealed that a trio of martial artist fighters from The Raid 2 had been cast in the movie. The news comes from Twitch Film's Todd Brown, who was a producer on The Raid 2 so he certainly has verifiable ties to Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman. They are the powerhouse trio who punched, kicked, jumped, stabbed, shot and just dominated the screen in one of the best martial arts movies ever made. It's possible that they'll appear in the movie under makeup (as martial artist Ray Park did as Darth Maul) or that they're just body doubles for some of the other actors, but...
- Peter Hall
With the movie set to hit in little under twelve months, we all thought we heard all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens casting new we had to hear. But it looks like Jj Abrams has one more surprise left up his sleeve, with Twitch reporting that The Raid and The Raid 2's lead Iko Uwais, as well as co-stars Yayan Ruyhian, and Cecep Arif Rahman joining the cast of the highly anticipated return to a galaxy far, far away. There is no word on who they will be playing, but considering their background, it is safe to say they will be highly psychical roles, hopefully on par with fellow martial artist Ray Park's fantastic and memorable turn as Darth Maul. I think we all know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released December 18th. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens just advanced a bunch of spots on our list of most anticipated movies of 2015. All of you who were shocked to see the upcoming “Episode VII” only place at #12 instead of #1 can rest easy today. We were obviously just keeping things in perspective so that we’d have room for growth when the movie dropped its next casting bombshell. And here it is: according to Twitch, three stars of Gareth Evans’s The Raid movies have joined the ensemble in J.J. Abrams‘s Star Wars sequel. Hell yes. Those leaping into the Galaxy Far Far Away are lead ass-kicker Iko Uwais along with Yayan Ruhian (“Mad Dog” in The Raid: Redemption and “Prakoso” in The Raid 2) and Cecep Arif Rahman (“The Assassin” in The Raid 2). There’s no information on who or what they’ll be playing, but we can assume that this late in the game they’re »
- Christopher Campbell
5 items from 2015
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