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With production set to begin very soon on Disney and LucasFilm's Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the BBC reports that Sherlock actor Jonathan Aris has joined the cast. The actor's Spotlight profile, a website where actors and filmmakers can post their resumes, revealed that he is playing "Senator Jebel" in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. That listing was later removed from his page, so it's unclear if this is the confirmed character or not.
If, in fact, the actor has signed on for the Star Wars anthology movie, he will join a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Sam Claflin, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn and Forest Whitaker. The story centers on a group of Rebel Alliance soldiers who embark on a mission to steal plans for the original Death Star. The plot is set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and »
When it comes to blockbuster franchises like Star Wars, which keep secrets under lock and key while mounting massive productions around the world, there’s really no telling from where the next scoop is going to come.
Today, it appears that the BBC has latched onto an interesting bit of information about Star Wars: Rogue One – it’s spotted that Sherlock veteran Jonathan Aris’ Spotlight page (basically LinkedIn for actors) lists him as playing “Senator Jebel” in the ensemble Star Wars Anthology film.
The credit has mysteriously disappeared from Aris’ page, but here’s a screen grab:
Now who or what a Senator Jebel is remains to be seen, but it’s a safe bet that his official stature will make him an Imperial ally, seeing as Rogue One is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Whether he’s a spy helping the rebels or »
- Isaac Feldberg
As director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) gears up to start principal photography on Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, BBC reporter Lizo Mizimba has uncovered what is likely to be a minor piece of casting news, with British actor Jonathan Aris (Sherlock) set to play a character called Senator Jebel.
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One is set for release on December 16th, 2016 and will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) with a cast that includes Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), Diego Luna (Elysium), and Forest Whitaker (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai).
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- Gary Collinson
It’s about time! We’ve finally been gifted a Godzilla game with a true sense of scale, an immervise feeling of pure destruction, and a new benchmark for current-gen graphics! The above will hopefully be true someday, but the sad truth is that it still exists as a pipe dream as opposed to reality thanks to the gigantic clunker that is Bandai Namco’s Godzilla.
The most immediate turn-off here are the visuals. As soon as the opening cinematic ends, you know you’re going into a pretty rough ride. But then the tutorial starts and the environment sucks the life out of you, legitimately making the game less fun. Yes, the textures of the heavily-pixelated skyscrapers and ass-hair-fuzzy road textures actually sap whatever excitement there should be when kaiju are thrashing about. How does that happen? Well, the monsters themselves look decent (from a distance, of course), but »
- Paul Villanueva
Deadline reports that Larson is in talks for the female lead and Crowe would replace either Keaton or Simmons.
Whilst attached, Simmons revealed the movie would be partially set in 1970s Detroit and also feature explorers venturing into Kong's homeland jungle.
Kong: Skull Island is due for release March 10, 2017.
While Kong: Skull Island recently saw Oscar nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) drop out of the Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment co-production due to scheduling conflicts, Deadline reports a recent Oscar snub may be taking on the lead female role in the film. Brie Larson -- who gave a knockout performance in the 2013 independent drama Short Term 12 and more recently was featured alongside Amy Schumer in Trainwreck -- is in talks to star in the latest update of the King Kong mythos alongside Tom Hiddleston, who joined the cast back in September. According to Deadline, Legendary is still looking for actors to replace Keaton and Simmons, with Russell Crowe among the studio's chief targets. Given the film won't go into production until early 2016 there is still time to settle things on the casting front, but I'll be curious to see who Legendary brings in alongside Larson and Hiddleston. »
- Jordan Benesh
Actress Brie Larson is in talks with Legendary Pictures to play the female lead in their highly-anticipated King Kong movie Kong: Skull Island. If her deal is finalized, she will join Tom Hiddleston, who has been attached to star since September. The news comes just weeks after the action-adventure movie lost two of its stars, Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons, due to scheduling conflicts.
No details were given for Brie Larson's character at this time, or how she fits into the story. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is also seeking replacements for J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton, with the studio courting Russell Crowe for one of those roles. It won't be known if the actor will sign on, though, until the latest draft of the screenplay comes in. Legendary first announced the project at Comic-Con 2014 at the end of their Hall H panel.
We reported in January that Kong: Skull Island »
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is on board to direct the film, which focuses on the giant gorilla’s mysterious and dangerous world — something previous films have only touched on. Tony Gilroy did the most recent polish to the script, which was first penned by “Godzilla” scribe Max Bornstein. Mary Parent, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing the movie, which hits theaters on March 10, 2017.
After her breakthrough role in “21 Jump Street,” Larson has stuck to more dramatic films, including her critically acclaimed performance in “Short Term 12.” This film would mark her first major tentpole, as well as her first big action pic, »
- Justin Kroll
Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island was dealt a pretty serious blow a few weeks back when Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons both exited their roles over scheduling conflicts, but the anticipated tentpole has taken another step forward today with word that Short Term 12 star Brie Larson has landed the female lead.
The actress will join Tom Hiddleston, who was cast some time ago in the lead male role for the King Kong origin tale. Legendary still seeks to cast the two other male leads previously occupied b Keaton and Simmons, and Deadline reports that Russell Crowe is one of the names on the studio’s wish list, but he’s waiting for the next draft of the script before talks begin.
Larson has been an indie darling for years but is tipped to break through to the mainstream thanks both to her supporting part in Trainwreck and her buzzy »
- Isaac Feldberg
With second unit production currently under way and first-unit set to start in three weeks, we should start to see the cast of the Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One emerge officially pretty soon. But there have rumours for a few months that Ben Mendelsohn is set to join Felicity Jones and Forrest Whitaker.
Deadline are now reporting that Mendelsohn is just waiting for the final confirmation that he’ll be joining the cast after some comments he made at last night’s Emmy Award nominations. “I think it’s looking Ok,” he says. “Things are looking positive, but I would think that’s something for them to discuss.”
“I’d be a very, very happy man,” Mendelsohn adds. “I’m right in the sweet spot for the actual first Star Wars. I didn’t wait in line for it, but I was nine or ten when that came out. It was a big deal, »
- Luke Owen
When Rian Johnson was announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, it was under the assumption that he would not only write and helm the second installment of the new trilogy, but that he would also be in control of Star Wars: Episode IX. But then rumors began to swell that Disney and Lucasfilm were so impressed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, that they were bringing back J.J. Abrams, who'd only ever wanted to do just the one movie. Now it seems none of that is happening, as Disney and Lucasfilm have hired Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow for the job.
Of course this is an unsubstantiated rumor at this time, perpetuated by new site Heroic Hollywood looking to make a name for itself at this year's Comic-Con. As of now, Disney and LucasFilm have not confirmed Colin Trevorrow, and currently have no comment. Heroic Hollywood »
According to Heroic Hollywood, Disney and Lucasfilm will be officially announcing Trevorrow at their Hall H panel at the San Diego Comic Con today.
J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rian Johnson (Looper) is directing the follow up, Star Wars: Episode VIII. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is helming Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and The Lego Movie‘s Chris Miller and Phil Lord are taking on the Han Solo movie.
Nothing is confirmed on this story just yet, so take this with a pinch of salt for now. We’ll know for sure by the end of play today.
- Luke Owen
There's a lot of news coming out of Disney about its "Star Wars" franchise. According to the studio, directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) will helm the Han Solo spin-off movie, which is set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018. Meanwhile, it's being reported that Darth Vader will appear in "Star Wars: Rogue One," which will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and is set to hit theaters on December 16th, 2016. Vader will not be the main villain in the movie, but will appear on screen. And finally, Entertainment Weekly learned that Disney will not unveil a new trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con. Instead, director Jj Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan will attend the Lucasfilm panel on July 10th and show some behind the scenes footage. A new trailer is expected to be released this fall. »
Reports are circulating online that Darth Vader will appear in the in-production Star Wars Rogue One, the first film in the Star Wars Anthology series that is about to start shooting with Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards at the helm. The film, which is having some of its second unit stuff shot at the moment at the famous Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, officially gets underway at the start of next month with Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed starring.
The events of Star Wars Rogue One are set before the 1977 original Star Wars movie A New Hope, and revolve around a heist to steal the plans to the Death Star, something which Vader would have been a little miffed at.
Birth Movies Death scored the »
- Paul Heath
We know Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will helm Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, we know it'll focus on a rogue band of resistance fighters uniting to steal the plans for the original Death Star, and we know that the cast includes (so far) Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Diego Luna, Sam Clafin, Forest Whitaker, and Riz Ahmed. Edwards has also said to expect a much darker journey to the galaxy far, far away; and suggested that this won't be the usual ultimate good Vs. ultimate evil type of story. However, that doesn't mean a representation of ultimate evil won't be a factor, because now we might just know something else about the movie: It'll feature Darth f*cking Vader! Bmd has heard that Lord Vader will indeed make an appearance, though by the sounds of things he won't play a huge role in the story. "Darth Vader will be in Star Wars »
Paramount tried a few approaches in the new Terminator reboot. But if a franchise hits the doldrums, how can a studio resurrect it?
Fingers are being crossed at Skydance and Paramount Pictures that the critical mauling handed out to Terminator: Genisys last week won't be reflected fully in the box office numbers. So far, the plan for a new trilogy of Terminator films is arguably just about alive, courtesy of a total gross for the new film of $131m worldwide. That's below expectations, but if it can eventually crawl its way to $400m, that's probably enough to move ahead with a Genisys sequel (it'd be more than the hugely-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road).
But even if a new film gets greenlit, it's clear that things have to change again. As many have pointed out, the consensus is now that there have been more bad-to-middling Terminator films than good ones, »
Bad news for Legendary Pictures’ King Kong feature Kong: Skull Island, with Deadline reporting that both Michael Keaton (Birdman) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) have exited the project, with its lengthy shoot leading to scheduling commitments. However, Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) remains attached.
Kong: Skull Island is set to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) from a script by Max Borenstein (Godzilla) and John Gatins (Real Steel). Thought to take place in the 1970s, Skull Island promises “to fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the iconic ape as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.”
Despite the departures of Keaton and Simmons, Legendary is still aiming to start principal photography later this year, ahead of a March 10th 2017 release.
- Gary Collinson
Last fall, two of the biggest awards season narratives swirled around Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons. The former turned heads with his meta performance in "Birdman," while the latter's absolutely blazing turn in "Whiplash" made it clear the respected character actor was more than worthy of leading man roles. And as follows being embraced by Hollywood, tentpoles came calling, and both actors signed up for "Kong: Skull Island." Read More: Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons However, Deadline reports that neither Keaton or Simmons will wind up making the trip. Scheduling delays are being cited as the reason for their departure from the Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings Of Summer") directed movie, that's only expected to be delayed a few weeks as replacements are found. John Gatins ("Real Steel," "Need For Speed") and Max Borenstein ("Godzilla") have penned the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Legendary Pictures unleashed a mighty roar at Comic-Con last year when it announced big-budget King Kong prequel Kong: Skull Island, a period piece that will reintroduce moviegoers to the heralded Eighth Wonder of the World. Soon after, though, the pic fell somewhat under the radar. And now, as crowds prepare to again flood San Diego, it’s been revealed that Skull Island has suffered a serious blow, with both Michael Keaton and Jk Simmons vacating their roles.
The simultaneous exits are believed to relate to scheduling conflicts. Skull Island recently pushed back production from this fall to the end of the year, and the sure-to-be demanding shoot just couldn’t work out with both actors’ busier-than-ever slates. As for Tom Hiddleston, as far as we know, he still remains attached in the lead role.
Keaton, who was Oscar-nominated last year for a career-revitalizing lead turn in Birdman (or the Unexpected »
- Isaac Feldberg
The King Kong origins movie is set to open on March 10, 2017, and will be released in 3D. The studio and Legendary unveiled “Skull Island” during last year’s Comic-Con. They announced in September that Tom Hiddleston was on board to star, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing.
Production is expected to start later this year.
John Gatins (“Flight”) and Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”) wrote the script, about a team of explorers who venture deep inside the primordial island that is King Kong’s home. Legendary has said the story honors the foundations of the King Kong lore created in the iconic 1933 film.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
- Dave McNary
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