It was a given that Michael Fassbender would return for Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant, and the addition of Katherine Waterston as his new leading lady wasn’t exactly surprising either — she’s exactly the kind of young, on-the-verge star you’d expect to see cast in a big-budget blockbuster like this. The newest new cast member, however, is definitely unexpected. Danny […]
- Angie Han
“Battlestar Galactica” is coming back — again — this time to the big screen with Michael De Luca (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Scott Stuber as producers, along with Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films. The Universal film, based on the iconic 1970s sci-fi series and 2003 revival, is in the early stages of development but has yet to find a writer. Created by Glen A. Larson, the first “Battlestar Galactica” series premiered in 1978 and starred Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, focusing on a group of humans’ bloody war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth. Also Read: Danny McBride »
- Debbie Emery
In a casting move no one expected, comedic actor Danny McBride is set to go deep into outer space as part of the Alien: Covenant exploration team. The Eastbound & Down star is in early talks with 20th Century Fox to join the Prometheus follow-up, which will be directed by Ridley Scott. The only other two actors thus far confirmed for the Alien franchise sequel are Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston.
Noomi Rapace, who was the main star of Prometheus, was expected to return for a cameo, but she will not participate in the production at all. Scott Free is producing this 20th Century Fox tentpole. And while Danny McBride's participation in the film certainly sounds unusual, his representatives are refusing to comment on the casting at this time.
Alien: Covenant follows a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. The crew discovers »
It seems that Danny McBride is looking to add a bit of variety to his movie roles, as the usually comedic actor is apparently in early negotiations to star alongside Michael Fassbender in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant.
Exactly who he’ll be playing is unknown, but since we’re going to be introduced to a brand new starship crew in the film, there’s a pretty good chance his character will be among them. Has he been added for comic relief, or will we see a more serious side to the Eastbound And Down star? Time will tell.
Fassbender returns in Alien: Covenant as the android from Prometheus, David, while Katherine Waterson will play the captain of the colony ship Covenant, which travels to a paradise planet that turns out to be a hellish world inhabited by David – and we’re guessing one or two Xenomorph types, »
- Mark Cassidy
Danny McBride is in early talks to join the cast of Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s latest Alien movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Michael Fassbender is returning as the amoral android last seen in Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus, while Katherine Waterston is the movie’s female lead. Plot details are being kept inside the chest (get it?), but sources say the story once again sees a space crew facing the deadly acid- and blood-spewing creatures. McBride might be playing one of two techie roles that have a comedic bent to them, but that could not be confirmed. A shoot in
- Borys Kit
The news of McBride's potential Alien: Covenant casting comes from TheWrap, who report that the actor is in "early discussions" for a co-starring role in the film.
McBride is well-known for his scene-stealing humor in films such as This Is the End, Pineapple Express, and Hot Rod, as well as his portrayal of Kenny Powers in the TV series Eastbound & Down. It's not known what type of character McBride would play in the new Alien movie, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details as they surface.
If McBride gets the co-starring gig, he would join current Alien: Covenant cast members Katherine Waterston and Michael Fassbender, who will reprise his role as the android David from Prometheus. Fox will release Alien: Covenant in theaters on October 6th, »
- Derek Anderson
Alien: Covenant is in "early discussions" with an unlikely new actor: Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride, known to fans of the HBO comedy series as former Major League Baseball player Kenny Powers. According to The Wrap, the comedian (whose role is unspecified) will join Michael Fassbender and fellow franchise newcomer Katherine Waterston in the upcoming Ridley Scott sci-fi, a sequel to Prometheus that will take place ten years after the events depicted in the 2012 film. Noomi Rapace is not expected to reprise her role as Elizabeth Shaw despite the character surviving to the end of the last installment. Alien: Covenant is slated for release on October 6, 2017. »
- Chris Eggertsen
It was recently revealed that Noomi Rapace won’t be returning for Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, but we now know of at least one name likely to join Michael Fassbender in the Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel. That is Danny McBride, an actor best known for his comedic roles in the likes of Eastbound & Down, This Is
- Josh Wilding
We know a whole lot about Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, his Prometheus sequel/Alien prequel that’s set to begin filming this April in Australia. One thing that’s now certain is that it’s got serious personality. Danny McBride, who is gut-bustingly hilarious on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” is in talks to join Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston […] »
Following a hilarious run as Kenny Powers on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” Danny McBride is preparing to move from comedy to sci-fi, as he’s in early discussions to co-star in Ridley Scott‘s big-budget blockbuster “Alien: Covenant,” TheWrap has learned. Michael Fassbender is reprising his role from “Prometheus,” and he’ll be joined by Katherine Waterston as the series’ new female lead. The director’s company Scott Free is producing the tentpole for 20th Century Fox, which like McBride’s representatives, declined to comment. Also Read: SXSW Film Festival Adds Danny McBride's 'Vice Principals,' Mike Birbiglia »
- Jeff Sneider
In what must be considered a major change from his usual type of role, Danny McBride looks set to join the cast of Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. The Wrap reports that the actor is in early talks to join Michael Fassbender as the returning android David, and Katherine Waterston as the new female lead. McBride's exact role is still under wraps, but there's a pretty good chance he'll be a member of the crew of the Covenant - the ship that discovers the planet inhabited by David. The story will take place ten years after the events depicted in Prometheus, but it's been confirmed that Noomi Rapace will not reprise her role as Elizabeth Shaw despite the character surviving the carnage of the first film. Alien: Covenant is slated for release on October 6, 2017. »
For a while now, there has been a mountain of sorts between Fox’s desire to turns Charles Martin's “The Mountain Between Us” into a movie, and getting the job done. Gerardo Naranjo (“Miss Bala") was initially slated to direct Michael Fassbender and Margot Robbie (would've loved to see that), before that version fell apart. And then Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike were attached before they too exited. Now another actor is aboard who can hopefully get this thing done. Read More: Watch: 32-Minute Speech By Idris Elba About Diversity In Media And Films Idris Elba has signed up to star in the movie that tells the story of Ashley, a writer heading east for her wedding who meets Ben, a doctor. When their flight is cancelled, the two charter a flight only to have their pilot suffer a heart attack. The plane crashes into a mountain and so the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander will soon enter the race for Academy Awards later this month for their roles in Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl, respectively, though thanks to Disney and DreamWorks’ move to peg Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans for September 2, the pair already have an early contender for next year’s race.
As the director behind The Place Beyond the Pines and heartfelt drama Blue Valentine, Cianfrance’s period drama has been attracting its fair share of pre-release buzz, and while Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl effectively pushed production back, the filmmaker’s upcoming adaptation has plot course for an awards-friendly release.
Also starring Rachel Weisz, The Light Between Oceans places Fassbender as an ageing lighthouse keeper, who struggles with his wife (Vikander) to fulfil their dream of parenthood following a stillbirth and numerous miscarriages. Luck suddenly begins to shine in the pair’s favor, »
- Michael Briers
Dased on M.L. Stedman's 2012 novel, Michael Fassbender plays an Australian returns home after fighting in World War I and moves with his wife to an isolated lighthouse on the coast of western Australia. They informally adopt a baby girl who has washed up in a lifeboat.
Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz also star in the film which was shot in 2014 and produced by David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford. It's the final DreamWorks title to be released by Disney under the five-year output agreement with Universal now taking over that charge.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.
Previously Best Known For:
Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting
Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting
Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus
Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.
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“The Light Between Oceans” is based on the debut novel by M.L. Stedman, published in 2012, in which an Australian returns home after fighting in World War I and moves with his wife to an isolated lighthouse on the coast of western Australia. They informally adopt a baby girl who has washed up in a lifeboat.
DreamWorks acquired the movie rights to the novel in 2012, with “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford producing and Derek Cianfrance (“Beyond the Pines”) directing. Participant Media co-produced the film, which was shot in Australia in 2014.
“The Light Between Oceans” is the final DreamWorks title to be released by Disney under the five-year output agreement. DreamWorks titles are now handled through Universal under the new Amblin Partners deal announced in December. »
- Dave McNary
DreamWorks and Disney have announced that Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans will be released wide on September 2. This is film that the town has been wondering about for some time. Some believed that the film was to be released last year, but stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander had films in the awards season race — with Steve Jobs and The Danish Girl, respectively. Production for The Light Between Oceans started back in September 2014 in New Zealand and… »
One of the less well-regarded comic book films of all time was one from only a few years ago - 2010's "Jonah Hex". A critical and commercial disaster, the $80 million budget project made just $10 million at the worldwide box-office and was the subject of scathing reviews.
Its stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender managed to escape its stink without much damage, even so the film itself has become something of a poster child for how not to make a comic book movie. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank") were originally hired to write and direct but dropped out before filming and were replaced by animation director Jimmy Hayward.
Rewrites, production problems and reshoots soon followed, and it was an experience that Brolin doesn't have many fond memories of. Speaking with The Nerdist and The Frame, Brolin discussed the mess and why he signed up in the first place:
- Garth Franklin
Around three dozen films adaptations of video games have been churned out by Hollywood so far, and the best we've gotten are half-decent films like "Prince of Persia," "Mortal Kombat" and "Silent Hill".
Can Duncan Jones' "Warcraft" or Justin Kurzel's "Assassin's Creed" break that streak and deliver something exceptional? Michael Fassbender, who stars in the latter, tells Empire that 'Creed' is very much an old school action film and draws a comparison to one specific past work:
"I've always thought about The Matrix when we've approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you're on board in a different way. There's very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films. We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta. »
- Garth Franklin
Read More: How Lenny Abrahamson Beat Out the Rest of Hollywood to Direct 'Room' When Lenny Abrahamson read Emma Donoghue's New York Times bestselling novel "Room," he knew he was the right director to turn it into a movie. "I thought, 'I have to make it. Somebody else is going to make a mess of it," Abrahamson told Indiewire back in October. The problem was that, in early 2011, Abrahamson had only directed two small and little-seen feature films set in Ireland, and had not yet started working on the 2014 Sundance hit (and Michael Fassbender-starrer) "Frank." Meanwhile, "Room" was a very hot property and Donoghue was being approached by a number of A-list directors. For months now, Abrahamson has been telling reporters that he got his foot in the door with Donoghue by writing her a carefully crafted letter that detailed not only his deep appreciation for her book, »
- Chris O'Falt
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