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Here's a look at today's latest casting news: Uma Thurman in negotiations to join Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra. Martin Sheen will join Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, starring Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins. Renee Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Daniel Craig in Courtney Hunt's The Whole Truth. Thomas Kretschmann joins Zachary Quinto and Rupert Friend in Aleksander Bach's Hitman movie, Agent 47. Hit the jump for more on each film. First up from Heat Vision is word that Thurman is in negotiations for American Ultra, the action comedy scripted by Max Landis. The story centers on "an unmotivated stoner named Mike (Eisenberg) who lives with his girlfriend (Stewart) in a small, sleepy town. One night, their lives take an unexpected turn when Mike's past comes back to haunt him, and he becomes the target of a »
- Dave Trumbore
The film will mark his second villain role after recently signing on to play Baron Strucker in Avengers: The Age of Ultron.
Kretschmann will play Le Clerq - the chairman of an organisation called Syndicate International - in the sequel to the 2007 film. Quinto will also take on a villainous role.
The actor can currently be seen in the Russian movie Stalingrad.
Kretschmann has signed a multi-film deal with Marvel Studios, and believes there are specific plans for Von Strucker in later movies.
News Simon Brew 7 Mar 2014 - 07:15
Thomas Kretschmann, who is playing Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in Joss Whedon's upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron (and reprising the character in at least one future Marvel movie too) will be playing Le Clerq in Agent 47. He's the chairman of Syndicate International, an organisation that's trying to create an army of agents. Sounds like a happy place to work.
Aleksander Bach is directing the new film, for which production is in Germany at the moment. We're expecting a release in 2015, although this hasn't been confirmed.
The Hollywood Reporter. »
The Mend, from director John Margary is featured in the Narrative Feature Competition. Only eight films were selected to premiere at SXSW, out of 1,324 submissions.
“One night in Harlem, sour, aging Mat reunites with his younger brother Alan, just before Alan heads out for a long-planned vacation with his live-in girlfriend Farrah. Only days later, much sooner than expected, Alan returns home from his vacation to find his apartment commandeered by Mat, Mat’s girlfriend and Mat’s girlfriend’s son. As doors slam and the power gives out and the threads of family fray, a mystery lingers: why has Alan returned home without Farrah,” reads the official description.
• Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) and Rose Byrne (Insidious: Chapter 2) in the upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Jason Statham (The Transporter) has also been confirmed to co-star in the upcoming film, which centers on the adventures of a James Bond-esque female spy. [The Wrap]
• Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) is in talks to join Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book. Currently, the actor is in the final stages of negotiations to lend his voice to the character of Shere Khan the tiger. Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Kretschmann is LeClerq, the chairman of Syndicate International, an organization which is striving to create an army of unstoppable agents.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Kretschmann, who plays Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, and currently on IMAX screens in the Russian movie Stalingrad, has signed on to play another high-profile villain in Fox’s Hitman video game adaptation Agent 47.
Kretschmann will play Le Clerq, the chairman of an organization called Syndicate International, which is set on creating an army of unstoppable agent, in the film. I actually wanted to see him play Albino, since I’m a big fan of the game myself.
Rupert Friend is playing the title character in the movie, which was to have been a Paul Walker. The film was scripted by A Good Day To Die Hard‘s Skip Woods and Michael Finch, and is being helmed by commercial director Aleksander Bach.
- Kellvin Chavez
German actor Thomas Kretschmann, who is playing Baron Von Strucker in next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, has signed on for the villain role in Agent 47, a reboot of 20th Century Fox's Hitman video game adaptation.
Rupert Friend stars as the title character, a deadly assassin with a barcode tattooed on the back of his bald head, with Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware co-starring in unspecified roles. Thomas Kretschmann is portraying LeClerq, the chairman of Syndicate International, an organization which is striving to create an army of unstoppable agents.
Paul Walker had initially been attached to play the lead before he tragically passed away in November.
Aleksander Bach is directing from a screenplay by original Hitman writer Skip Woods and Michael Finch (Predators), with Charles Gordon, Alex Young and Adrian Askarieh producing. The reboot is based on the Square Enix video game, which has sold more than 20 million units worldwide. »
South by Southwest 2014 kicks off this week with a terrific slate of indie comedies and dramas (here are our ten most anticipated films of the fest). We've got the first look at one of them: "We'll Never Have Paris," from directors Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (who wrote the film). The film stars Helberg -- who also stars in TV's "The Big Bang Theory," if you're into that -- as Quinn, a neurotic mess of a man in a quarter-life crisis that explodes when a coworker (Maggie Grace) confesses her love for him mere moments before he was to propose to his girlfriend (Melanie Lynskey). And so, Quinn up-and-leaves his longtime partner for a brush with love -- regretting his decision almost instantly. Helberg's directorial debut also stars Zachary Quinto, Alfred Molina and Jason Ritter. Check out the poster debut below. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Thomas Kretschmann has well and truly gone over to the dark side. By that, we don’t mean he’s been spotted in public kicking puppies or leaving scathing Internet comments. He’s playing two villains on screen in a row, adding the primary antagonist of Hitman reboot Agent 47 to his current gig as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.With Rupert Friend taking over from the late Paul Walker as the titular agent, an assassin who discovers a conspiracy, Kretschmann will be Le Cierq, the chairman of Syndicate International, bent on creating an army of unstoppable agents. Aleksander Bach has the cameras rolling already in Berlin and Zachary Quinto is playing one of the other thorns in Agent 47’s side.From the sounds of it, Kretschmann will be heading directly from working with Joss Whedon on the Avengers sequel to the German set of the Hitman film, »
Thomas Kretschmann, who is playing Baron Strucker in Marvel Studios' The Avengers: Age of Ultron, has signed on to play another high-profile villain. The actor, currently on Imax screens in the Russian movie Stalingrad, will play Le Clerq in Agent 47, Fox International's sequel to the 2007 action movie Hitman. Rupert Friend is playing the title character in the movie, which was to have been a Paul Walker vehicle and is based on the best-selling video game. Story: Zachary Quinto Joining 'Agent 47' Zachary Quinto is already on board as another villain. Kretschmann will play the chairman of an
- Borys Kit
Thomas Kretschmann, who can currently be seen in Stalingrad and plays Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron , will play a villain in Fox's "Hitman" video game adaptation Agent 47 . He joins a cast that includes Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware. Kretschmann will play Le Clerq, the chairman of an organization called Syndicate International, which is set on creating an army of unstoppable agent. Aleksander Bach is currently directing the film in Berlin. Alex Young, Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh are producing, and Daniel Alter is executive producing. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. Star Trek Into Darkness was directed by J.J. Abrams ("Super 8"), from a screenplay written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Returning for the sequel are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zoë Saldana, and Anton Yelchin. Joined by new cast members »
Ever since John Travolta butchered Idina Menzel’s name while introducing her at the Oscars on Sunday, people who watched the epic fail have been clamoring to find out how the “Grease” star would mangle their name, as well. As it turns out, a number of celebrities don’t have anything better to do, either. Anna Kendrick, Zachary Quinto, Jessica Biel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Kat Dennings are among the famous faces that have used Slate’s “Adele Dazeem Name Generator.” Also read: Idina Menzel Broadway Musical Capitalizes On Travolta’s Oscar Mess-Up “I can’t get enough of this, »
- Greg Gilman
During the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, NBC managed to sneak in a promo for their new reboot of 'Heroes' coming in 2015. The new limited run series — touted as 'Heroes: Reborn' — doesn't have much in the way of information yet. No idea if stars such as Zachary Quinto and Hayden Panettiere will make appearances or if they show will go the way of 'American Horror Story' and 'True Detective' and take a stab at an anthology. But does it matter? Ughhh. NBC we need to talk. There are ways to hop on the superhero bandwagon guys but reheating off-brand leftovers definitely isn't it. »
- Donna Dickens
Well, I think it’s about time I put my foot in my mouth when it comes to Heroes. In the past, I would never hesitate to speak my mind about what I really thought of that series. It wasn’t the first TV show about people with special abilities and it won’t be the last, but it definitely had the most impact. It started strong – who doesn’t remember “Save the girl, save the world”? – but it floundered quickly. It’s audience steadily declined in accordance to the decline of quality until the series was cancelled in 2010 during its fourth season. But time apparently heals all wounds and NBC is ready to give Heroes another chance.
NBC aired the below announcement teaser for what it’s called Heroes Reborn. In the vain of 24: Live Another Day, this resurrection will be a 13-episode miniseries, functioning as a standalone arc. »
- Brody Gibson
Creator Tim Kring is bringing back Heroes for a 13-episode fifth season, entitled Heroes: Reborn, on NBC in 2015. It's said to have “a standalone arc”, and will be preceded by a web series (hopefully one that international viewers can watch this time).
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said: “Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won't rule out the possibility of some of the show's original cast members popping back in.”
After four years of being off the air, NBC's drama Heroes is coming back. NBC just announced that a special "event miniseries," Heroes Reborn, will air in 2015 and released a special (very brief) teaser for it (below). It will consist of 13 episodes and will be executive produced by its creator, Tim Kring. There are very few details so far, and that seems to be the idea: NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke commented, "Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show's original cast members popping back in." If your memory isn't so great, that means stars like Kristen Bell, Zachary Quinto, and Hayden Panettiere. While we're curious about the idea of a return after so long, we're wondering how much the fanbase actually missed it - and wanted to see more. »
- Shannon Vestal
(Cbr) Feast your eyes on the first image of "Homeland" actor Rupert Friend as the title character in "Agent 47". IGN scored the above image from a source on the European set, where the Fox International film is shooting. Friend stepped in to replace Paul Walker after the actor’s untimely death. Timothy Olyphant played the character in 2007′s "Hitman", which takes its name directly from the Io Interactive video game franchise. Earlier this month, Zachary Quinto signed on to play a part in the film, which is directed by Aleksander Bach based on a script by Skip Woods and Michael Finch. The film doesn’t have a set release date. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Save the cheerleader, save the world ... again?NBC just announced that "Heroes" will returning as a 13 -episode miniseries in 2015, with original series creator and executive producer Tim Kring at the helm. Dubbed "Heroes Reborn," not much is known about the new series just yet -- with the network keeping details about storylines and characters "shrouded in secrecy" for now.The new episodes will be a "stand-alone story arc" that could possibly include some familiar faces."We won't rule out the possibility of some of the show's original cast members popping back in," NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement.With people like Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Ali Larter, Zachary Quinto and Kristen Bell all appearing on the series when it ran from 2006-2010, it'll be interesting to see who they can actually get to return.And will people still be interested?While the show was a massive success when it launched, »
- tooFab Staff
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