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Chris Weitz is to write the stand-alone 'Star Wars' movie. The 45-year-old director - who's worked on a wide range of high-profile films, including 'About a Boy' and 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' - is set to script the Gareth Edwards-directed movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The screenwriter will replace Gary Whitta, who exited the project earlier this month after finishing a first draft of the script. The much-anticipated movie - which is one of two 'Star Wars' spin-offs currently in development - is in the early stages of casting. Tatiana Maslany and Rooney Mara, for instance, have both been linked to the female lead in the stand-alone movie. Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones is also said to be on the wanted list, although her involvement with the project depends on her schedule for 'Inferno', the 'Da Vinci Code' sequel. Testing for the »
Following The Book of Eli scribe Gary Whitta’s departure from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Star Wars spinoff, a new screenwriter has been recruited to explore the galaxy far, far away – About a Boy co-director/co-writer Chris Weitz (who received an Oscar nomination for his work on that screenplay).
Whitta left the untitled project after working on and completing a first draft over the course of a year, but it’s unclear how much of his vision for the spinoff will actually make it to theaters. The prolific Simon Kinberg was rumored to have replaced him as scribe, but it now appears that Weitz has been tapped to pick up the pen and take a swing at the Star Wars spinoff.
- Isaac Feldberg
Director: Stephen Daldry.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Synopsis: After discovering a wallet at the dumpsite where they work, three young boys in a Brazilian favela must work together to outwit corrupt cops and government officials, while risking their own lives.
The poster for Trash gives a positive and Slumdog Millionaire vibe. It looks bright and cheerful, when in actual fact, Daldry’s rather brilliant and surprising family film (despite the 15 rating) is more of a bittersweet look at childlike innocence in a world corrupted by the greed of adults.
The entire feel of the film is one of many mixed emotions and genres, which so easily could have failed miserably. It’s written by British romantic comedy legend Richard Curtis, yet has no romance and is closer to City Of God than Notting Hill. Taking »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Chris Weitz has taken over from Gary Whitta as scriptwriter on the forthcoming Star Wars origins film. Weitz’s credits include adaptations of About A Boy and His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass), so he appears a reasonable choice to balance the elements needed for a sci-fi actioner with mass appeal.
Director Gareth Edwards is to focus on a popular character from the franchise’s ever-expanding universe. Though the subject isn’t known, it is believed to be someone from the original trilogy. Intriguingly, Rooney Mara and Felicity Jones have apparently been talking to the director about a possible role. Might this suggest a younger Leia could be front and centre for the instalment?
The standalone project will hit cinemas in December next year, twelve months after Disney launch the much-anticipated Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Source: Variety »
- Steve Palace
He replaces Gary Whitta, who wrote the first draft of the script. Weitz’s involvement shouldn’t delay the start of production for the film, which is set for release on Dec. 16, 2016. Weitz was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the “About a Boy” adapted screenplay.
Weitz is repped by Wme. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Less than a month after the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off parted ways with screenwriter Gary Whitta, the project has found a new writer with Chris Weitz signing on to take over writing duties. Gary Whitta completed a first draft on the project, although no story details have been confirmed, and it isn't known if Chris Weitz will start over completely from scratch, or if he will use elements of Gary Whitta's first draft. We reported last week that the spinoff may feature both Boba Fett and Han Solo, which will be reportedly shot in Mexico.
While nothing official has been released about the plot, a rumor surfaced last month that claimed the story centers on space pirates trying to steal the plans to the original Death Star. Of course, even if those details were true, the script could change drastically with this new writer on board. »
Since her acting debut in 2005, Rooney Mara has been increasing her name recognition one film at a time. Her roles haven’t been cut and paste either; she’s dabbled in a plethora of genres and roletypes. In an effort to recognise her many ‘changing faces’, we’ve compiled a list of her most diverse characters.
Look at those pigtails! Rooney inadvertently landed her first starring role in Tanner Hall, a coming-of-age film that takes place in an all-girl’s boarding school. Originally trying out for a smaller, tomboyish role in the film, the director decided to cast her as the lead after seeing her audition. Rooney played Fernanda, a ‘goody two shoes’ senior at the school whose image becomes threatened when Victoria, the school’s new troublemaker, finds out about the illict affair Fern has been having with an older (and married) family friend. Fresh-faced and much »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
We’ve heard reports that Gareth Edwards’ upcoming standalone Star Wars movie would feature Boba Fett, and we’ve heard reports it would feature Han Solo. So what’s the next logical step? That it will feature Boba Fett and Han Solo? Yep, you guessed it…
It looks like Latino-Review is covering both bases by reporting that the fan-favourite bounty hunter and intergalactic soundrel will both feature in the movie, and that a young Han will somehow end up involved with the bounty hunters hired to steal the plans to the Death Star. The rest of their report reads like pure speculation, so we should probably file this one firmly in the back of the rumour cabinet for the time being.
The first standalone Star Wars movie is set for release in 2016, with Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) directing. Gary Whitta (After Earth) penned the original script, which Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Stephen Daldry.
Set in Brazil, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.
Trash is the new Brazilian/Hollywood hybrid from Billy Elliot (2000) director Stephen Daldry, and famed writer Richard Curtis (with translation by Felipe Braga). It is set in an unnamed country (Brazil), where a young boy called Raphael (Rickson Tevez) finds a wallet that sets off a chain of events that will change his and his friend’s lives forever. It’s a little less cheesy than it sounds.
- Irwan Lowe
The Important News Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan became X-Men's new Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops. Tye Sheridan was also cast in Christopher Smith's next movie. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to join Doctor Strange. Rooney Mara, Kate Mara, Tatiana Maslany and Felicity Jones are up for a role in a Star Wars movie. Emily Blunt will play a new villain in the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. Kaya Scodelario will play the female lead in the next Pirates of the Caribben movie. Karl Urban might play the villain in Aquaman. Simon Pegg is cowriting Star Trek 3. Simon West is remaking The Blob. Guardians of the Galaxy is getting a special kind of spin-off sequel. American...
- Christopher Campbell
Rooney Mara and Jack Reynor filmed scenes for their upcoming feature The Secret Scripture in Dublin, Ireland, Thursday. Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor Shoot ‘The Secret Scripture’ Mara sat behind Reynor on a motorcycle with her arms wrapped around his waist during the day filming The Secret Scripture, which has director Jim Sheridan at the helm. The pair […]
- Chelsea Regan
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently in post-production, Disney and LucasFilm are moving forward with their first Star Wars Spin-Off, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards. Earlier this week, we reported that casting is under way, with actresses such as Kate Mara, her sister Rooney Mara, Felicity Jones and Tatiana Maslany all testing for the female lead. While we still don't know who this character is, exactly, a slew of new rumors have surfaced which reveal more possible details about the story. Earlier rumors suggested that the spinoff will focus on the bounty hunter Boba Fett, while a rumor from last month indicated the story centers on space pirates, one of which is a young Han Solo. Today, a new unconfirmed report from Latino Review reveals that both Boba Fett and Han Solo will be featured in this untitled spinoff.
Earlier rumors revealed that Han Solo and »
This week's all new episode of The Recap is packed pretty full (despite the week starting off relatively slow) with news spanning from Star Wars to Star Trek with a little comic book action thrown in for good measure. Come inside to check it all out and see what our community was talking about most!
News happens every day. Some are massive, jaw dropping scoops, while others may fly under the radar. The Recap is here to highlight the best/most interesting news scoops from the week, that you may have missed or forgot about in the deluge of other news stories.
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It looks like the first Star Wars “spin-off” movie, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, is gearing up to start shooting. We know that there was a reading of the draft done by Gary Whitta in the UK and now production is going to move stateside, likely to be close to Mexico.
Expect more on-location shooting than for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Crew members are hearing their start dates now.
Many believe they are doing a lot of work on-location in Mexico for the first spin-off.
There have been some Star Wars: The Force Awakens re-shoots going down recently at Pinewood using some of those people.
Bounty hunters are important to the film.
Painters are expected to redress some »
Yesterday we learned that Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) are up for the female lead in the standalone Star Wars spinoff film being directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Looks like there's going to be a little sibling rivalry, because according to Justin Kroll of Variety, Rooney's sister Kate Mara (House of Cards, Fantastic Four) is also testing for the role.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) January 21, 2015
Unfortunately, we have absolutely no idea who she will be playing. We can't even really speculate because we don't even know what the story for the film will even be about. All we know for sure is that it will take place in the Star Wars universe.
- Joey Paur
Earlier this week, we caught wind of the actresses in contention for the lead female role in Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spinoff. a list that comprised Felicity Jones, Tatiana Maslany and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starlet, Rooney Mara. Now, a report by Variety is suggesting that the latter’s older sibling, Kate Mara, has crept onto the shortlist, a role that would see her reunite with her Fantastic Four screenwriter, Simon Kinberg.
This latest tidbit comes by way of Justin Kroll, who revealed via Twitter that Kate Mara is testing for the coveted role along with the aforementioned trio of actresses.
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) January 21, 2015
Scheduled to release in 2016, pundits have claimed that Edward’s adjacent adventure would involve a group of bounty hunters that »
- Michael Briers
Simon Pegg will not only star in Star Trek 3, but he'll co-write the screenplay with Doug Jung ("Dark Blue") now that Justin Lin has stepped into direct following Roberto Orci's departure. The pic is currently slated for a July 8, 2016 release. Deadline https://twitter.com/simonpegg/status/558157870429392897 Tom Hardy passed on starring as Rick Flagg in David Ayer's Suicide Squad and now second choice, Jake Gyllenhaal, has also said no. The DC Comics adaptation currently stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne and heads into production in April with a planned August 5, 2016 release date. Variety The Maze Runner star, Kaya Scodelario, is in early talks for the female lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (aka Pirates of the Caribbean 5). Deadline Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is beginning the casting process for his Star Wars spin-off, a pic rumored to be a heist feature, »
- Brad Brevet
Even with Hollywood descending on Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off tonight, don't think for a moment the wheels on their blockbuster franchises have stopped turning. And there are a few big projects that at the moment are trying to lock down a cast. "Suicide Squad," set to shoot in April, has a big hole to fill with Tom Hardy recently exiting the production. On the wishlist to replace him was Jake Gyllenhaal but Warner Bros. will have to keep looking as the actor has passed on the role of Rick Flagg, Variety reports. The clock is ticking...any suggestions you want to give WB? Over at Disney, they're gearing up "The Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," and Deadline reports that early talks are under way for "The Maze Runner" and "Skins" star Kaya Scodelario to swing in and join Johnny Depp as the female lead. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Late yesterday, Variety reporter Justin Kroll added that Mara's sister and "House of Cards" actress Kate Mara has also apparently tested for the role. For the moment though, there are no details on the character or how the film ties into the existing "Star Wars" franchise.
Rumors appeared last month that suggested that the spinoff will center on a group of space pirates, including a young Han Solo.
Source: Twitter »
- Garth Franklin
Jj Abrams is getting ready to release "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in theaters on December 18th. Meanwhile, director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) is prepping his first "Star Wars" spin-off. The focus is now on finding the female lead and there are several actresses being tested for the role. On that list are Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black"), Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Kate Mara (Fantastic Four). It's still not clear which character the movie will revolve around. It's set to hit theaters on December 16th, 2016. »
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