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Former Timelord Matt Smith is rumored to be in contention for the lead role in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. According to a report (via MTV News), the Doctor Who star is “tipped for the role” after Benedict Cumberbatch apparently turned it down. The two sources cited in MTV’s post – The Sun and the Irish Examiner – don’t boast the best track record when it comes to solid intel, but there is still the possibility that Smith may indeed be in talks.
Should this rumor bear any weight, then Smith will be tackling the role of Newt Scamander, an author whose work is heavily referenced throughout the Potterverse. J.K. Rowling penned the script for the upcoming movie based on her own story, which is set in the same wizarding world that first spawned Harry Potter. Those hoping for cheeky cameos from franchise favorites will be sorely disappointed, »
- Gem Seddon
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”), for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Principal photography has begun at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, UK.
Ritchie posted this first shot from the film on his Instagram account.
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. has announced that Guy Ritchies upcoming new take on the King Arthur mythos has started filming today, and along with the announcement they've revealed the film's cast and details on the plot. Come inside to see how different this version will be.
I love the tale of King Arthur. It's a great fantasy story with a rich history and potential. As such, I've been looking forward to seeing how Guy Ritchie would handle the tale, and what he would be changing. Today, cameras have started rolling on the film, and we're able to get a little more information on plot:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Mikael Persbrandt, the Swedish actor who portrayed Beorn in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, is in negotiations to join the cast of Warner Bros.' Knights of the Round Table. While specific character details are being kept under wraps, Heat Vision Blog reports that the actor is playing a villain. Knights of the Round Table is the first movie in a planned six-movie series.
The project is a reimagining of the King Arthur tale, following his adventures in Camelot alongside his legendary knights, with Charlie Hunnam starring as Arthur. Astrid Berges-Frisbey is playing Guinevere, with Jude Law reportedly playing another villain, Djimon Hounsou playing Bedivere, a Merlin-esque mentor to Arthur, and Eric Bana playing Arthur's father Uther. It isn't known when production will begin, but Warner Bros. has already slated Knights of the Round Table for release on July 22, 2016.
Here’s your first look at the new trailer for Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series, Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure.
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. centers on CIA agent Solo and Kgb agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology.
The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe. »
- Michelle McCue
Liam Neeson was originally considered for the role but passed. The film will be the first of a proposed six-film series with the first to open on July 22nd 2016.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The studio hopes the film can kick-start another franchise for Warner Bros., with the story to be told over six installments.
For Bana, the role isn’t the biggest, but the studio and Ritchie were always looking for a big name for the part to make a splash for the time he is onscreen, »
- Justin Kroll
Eric Bana has signed on to star in Warner Bros.' fantasy adventure Knights of the Round Table, playing Uther, the father of Charlie Hunnam's King Arthur. Astrid Berges-Frisbey is also set to star as Guinevere, with Jude Law in talks to play the villain and Djimon Hounsou in negotiations to play a character named Bedivere, who is described as a Merlin-eseque mentor to Arthur.
Warner Bros. is hoping to turn this project into their next franchise, with this first film expected to kick off a six-movie series, if all goes according to plan. Guy Ritchie is directing from a screenplay by Joby Harold (Edge of Tomorrow), although no story details have been revealed at this time. It isn't known when production may begin, but Warner Bros. has already issued a July 22, 2016 release date for Knights of the Round Table.
The first trailer for Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E. debuts later today, but until then, Warner Bros. has debuted the first poster, while Entertainment Weekly has four new photos featuring stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki and Alicia Vikander. A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, centering on CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Kgb agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer).
Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must »
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During the Weed Road/Safehouse partnership, which was based at Warner Bros., Harold created and set up a six-film franchise based on the King Arthur legend.
The first film in the franchise, “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur,” will be directed by Guy Ritchie, with Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berger Frisby, Jude Law and Djimon Hounsou starring. Weed Road and Safehouse are producing with Ritchie’s producing partner Lionel Wigram. Harold is set to write the next installment.
Safehouse has hired Matt Schwartz as VP. He was previously VP of film and TV at the Weed Road/Safehouse collaborative.
- Dave McNary
After 8 movies, Warner Bros. is not ready to let go of the very lucrative Harry Potter franchise anytime soon. They are already planning a series of spinoffs, which begin in November 2016 with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As an added bonus, the screenplays are being written by creator of this universe herself, J.K. Rowling. In fact, quite a few franchise creatives are returning as well, including producer David Heymann. He recently spoke with Collider about shooting the Fantastic Beasts series, as production ramps up on the first film.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place years before Harry Potter arrived at Hogwarts. And it follows Newt Scamander as he creates a textbook on his journeys around the globe, looking for new and unusual creatures. While it's not a direct sequel, it certainly should feel like a Harry Potter movie, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates returning. »
When the Harry Potter series made its final bow in 2011, it was almost a bygone conclusion that Warner Bros. would pursue new stories to tell within J.K. Rowling’s rich universe of witchcraft and wizardry. After all, the story of the boy wizard matured into the most successful film franchise in all of cinema, so when news of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff arrived, not many were too surprised.
And despite taking place in a different time period, the adjacent series has attracted a lot of Harry Potter alumni as it inches its way closer to release. With the likes of David Yates and producer David Heyman already onboard, fans can rest assured that the new-fangled franchise is in good hands. And today brings news of another of the Potter vanguard joining the ranks: production designer Stuart Craig.
In an interview with Collider, Heyman confirmed Craig’s place in the crew, »
- Michael Briers
The Harry Potter series is officially the most successful film franchise in history, and for good reason. The adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s brilliant book series aren’t simply translations of the story from page to screen, they’re inventive, vivid, impeccably crafted films all their own. And so it was with great pleasure that the news of a new trilogy of films set in the Potter universe was greeted, with Rowling penning the screenplay for the first film. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them revolves around separate characters from Potter and takes place in a different time period and setting, but much of the team that brought Potter to life is involved, including director David Yates and producer David Heyman. Steve recently spoke with Heyman in anticipation of the release of Paddington, which is enjoying some pretty glowing reviews, and the producer spoke a bit about Fantastic Beasts. »
- Adam Chitwood
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