After spending a few years kicking its heels in development, corporate thriller Paranoia finally seemed to hit the ground running in April when it was announced that Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Liam Hemsworth were attached to star. It looks like they’ll be joined by The Ward’s Amber Heard as Variety reports she’s now set to take part.Killers director Robert Luketic is overseeing a script that is currently credited to Jason Dean Hall, and adapts Joseph Finder’s titular novel.Paranoia finds Hemsworth as a blue-collar type who makes a serious mistake as he tries to get ahead and move on from his dull entry-level job. His boss strikes him a deal: the boss won’t turn him in if our hero agrees to infiltrate the competition for a little corporate espionage.Heard will enter the story as a woman he sleeps with on a one-night stand, »
Amber Heard might be joining Liam Hemsworth in the corporate thriller Paranoia. Recently you probably saw her – looking phenomenal – opposite of Johnny Depp in the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation The Rum Diary. Paranoia is also based on a novel, a 2004 bestseller by Joseph Finder.
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Variety reports that Heard is in negotiations to join Hemsworth as the female lead in a cast that already includes Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Lucas Till (a damn nice supporting cast). Below is the synopsis of the book:
Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison – or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, »
- Jay Tomio
"Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth has been acquired. Or rather, his new movie has. That would be "Paranoia," a new thriller directed by Robert Luketic ("Killers," "Monster-in-Law") that stars Hemsworth as a "charming, blue collar guy" who's recruited by the CEO of his company to become a corporate spy. He has to do it, see, cause he screwed up at work and now his boss says he'll tell on him unless he does what he says. Sounds to me like there's a larger scheme afoot... As previously reported, Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford have signed on to join Hemsworth in the »
- Chris Eggertsen
Chicago – With each passing year, Katherine Heigl’s claims about Judd Apatow’s sexism appear increasingly absurd. While Apatow is producing A-grade work from female filmmakers, such as “Bridesmaids” and HBO’s “Girls,” Heigl is portraying shallow ditzes who are susceptible to chauvinistic, overgrown adolescents. “The Ugly Truth,” “Killers,” “Life as We Know It” and “New Years Eve” is not a track record worth bragging about.
Yet the worst crime committed by Heigl’s latest bomb, “One for the Money,” is that it is a complete bore. There isn’t a character or situation that inspires any modicum of interest. Viewers unfamiliar with novelist Janet Evanovich’s beloved heroine Stephanie Plum will fail to see what all the fuss is about. The script crams Evanovich’s hugely popular novels into a run-of-the-mill star vehicle fusing tired sitcom banter with a predictable murder mystery. This is the sort of picture that destroyed Whoopi Goldberg’s career. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Lucas Till had a fairly successful 2011 featuring in both "Battle: Los Angeles" and "X-Men: First Class" before finding himself part of Park Chan-wook's English-language debut "Stoker" opposite names like Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska. With the latter film inching closer to an unveiling (maybe we'll find out tomorrow?), Till has joined another project which will see him star alongside veterans Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman as well as fellow newcomer Liam Hemsworth.
Till will play Hemworth's friend and co-worker in Robert Luketic's upcoming corporate thriller, "Paranoia," an adaptation of Joseph Finder's novel of the same name, which follows a low-level employee at a high-tech corporation who, when caught committing a crime, is given the choice between jail or spying on a rival company. No surprise in what choice he makes; here's a full synopsis of the novel, courtesy of Amazon:
Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a »
- Simon Dang
Lucas Till has been acting steadily since 2003, playing young Johnny Cash in Walk the Line and nabbing a part in Hannah Montana: The Movie back in 2009. But he broke out last summer by playing Alex Summers (and Havok) in Matthew Vaughn.s X-Men: First Class. Now Till is parlaying that exposure into bigger roles. Variety says Till is about to join the espionage thriller Paranoia, which would cast him opposite The Hunger Games heartthrob Liam Hemsworth. As we reported earlier, Paranoia follows a war between rival telecom companies. Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth, Killers) is on board to direct, and Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are reportedly circling roles. Till, according to Variety, would play Hemsworth.s friend and co-worker, though the Expendables 2 actor clearly is the picture.s lead. No offense to either Till or Hemsworth, both of whom appear to be talents on the rise, but I.m »
Ashton Kutcher.s film credits, up to this point, include Killers, Spread, What Happens in Vegas and Dude, Where.s My Car? The suggestion that he had what it takes to play Apple genius Steve Jobs in a planned biopic was . well, I won.t go so far as to say .ludicrous,. but I did believe the film.s producers could have made a better choice. A new interview with the forces behind the feature does little to sway my opinion back toward a favorable side. Speaking with Neowin.net, producer Mark Hulme spoke at length about the movie he.s financing, explaining the film.s purpose and attempting to clarify why they thought Kutcher was the right choice to play Jobs on screen. "Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20's, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness »
• Fast becoming Hollywood’s go-to leading lady for everything from light romantic comedy to hard-boiled sci-fi action, Emily Blunt is in negotiations to star opposite Tom Cruise in All You Need Is Kill. The hard-boiled sci-fi action pic has Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) at the helm, and follows a soldier (Cruise) in an alien war who’s caught in a feedback loop as he relives the day of his death over and over. Blunt would play a fellow soldier who may or may not also give Cruise fashion tips. Okay, probably not. [Variety]
• Mark Ruffalo is in talks to »
- Adam B. Vary
After hearing that "Punk'd" master and star of such films as Killers and Valentine's Day, Ashton Kutcher, was going to be playing the iconic Apple founder Steve Jobs, there were quite some cries of concern, confusion and even outrage. However, aside from the fact that Kutcher looks like a young Steve Jobs, I'm willing to let Kutcher take a chance at what could be a career defining role and might allow him to turn a new leaf in his career. Now naysayers can begin to judge for themselves with more information on Jobs: Get Inspired as Neowin (via SlashFilm) spoke with producer Mark Hulme who spilled some details. First of all, speaking on Kutcher's involvement in the film, Hulme says: "Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20′s, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at »
- Ethan Anderton
Liam Hemsworth has himself a lead role. The third wheel of The Hunger Games’ love tricycle will star in Paranoia, EW has confirmed. The espionage thriller will be directed by Robert Luketic, the man responsible for such timeless Katherine Heigl masterpieces as Killers and The Ugly Truth. The film’s producers are also in talks with Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford to join him, and production will likely start early this summer.
This is good news for Hemsworth, who will presumably be kept busy over the next few years between projects like this and the two or three subsequent sequels to The Hunger Games. »
- Keith Staskiewicz
The high stakes world of technology megacorporations in "Paranoia" is a long way from District 12, Gale.
Liam Hemsworth will be spending his down time before "Catching Fire" filming the thriller based on the novel by Joseph Finder. Grizzled bad asses Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford are close to signing on to the project as well, making "Paranoia" a possible powerhouse of a film. At the very least, it's not a bad way for Hemsworth to spend his summer vacation.
In the novel, Hemsworth's character works at a tech company and is caught with his hand in the virtual cookie jar. He's forced to choose between the slammer and becoming a corporate spy for a rival company. At first, his cushy new life is awesome, but when the stakes become too high, he finds it's not quite as easy as just walking away from the deal. It's safe to assume that »
- Jenni Miller
This summer, The Last Song and The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth will share the screen with some aged action icons in The Expendables 2, but now it sounds like he'll be spending some time on the big screen with some veteran talents who are a bit more impressive on the acting side of things. Deadline has word that the young rising star will play the lead in Paranoia, a corporate espionage thriller from director Robert Luketic (Killers, 21, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton). And while Hemsworth has never led a film before, he'll be in good company as Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are both in "advance talks" to star. Hemsworth will play a talented young man who is used by a company CEO to infiltrate a competing telecom company and learn about the secret "Project Aurora." It sounds like it will have the same feel as Wall Street: »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Robert Luketic hasn't really proven himself to be one of the most talented filmmakers in Hollywood. Kicking off his career in 2001 with Legally Blonde, Luketic has spent the last 11 years making duds like Monster-in-Law, Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!, The Ugly Truth and Killers. Still, his career flourishes and somehow he's managed to enlist an all star cast for one of his upcoming projects. Liam Hemsworth is now set to star in Paranoia, a new film from Robert Luketic, and both Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford are in talks to play roles as well. Deadline describes the movie as a "corporate espionage thriller" about fighting telecom companies. The original script was written by Barry Levy, who is best known for writing Vantage Point, though Jason Hall (Spread) has been brought on-board for a rewrite. The article says that Hemsworth will have the lead role, and unfortunately doesn't have »
Liam Hemsworth is prepping for action-movie stardom. Not only is he starring opposite some of the biggest heavyweights from the golden age of punny '80s testosterone flicks in "The Expendables 2" this summer, the newly-minted teen idol has just signed on to headline his very own espionage thriller entitled "Paranoia" for director Robert Luketic ("Killers", "Monster-in-Law"). What's more, A-listers Harrison Ford (not a stranger to action himself) and Gary Oldman are in "advanced talks" (according to Deadline) to join him on the project. The producers aren't wasting any time either, as they're reportedly eyeing a summer start date for the film, »
- HitFix Staff
Officially no longer just Miley Cyrus arm candy, Liam Hemsworth has been tapped to star in Paranoia, a spy thriller from Robert Luketic (21, Legally Blonde, Killers). While no one should feel any surprise at the Hunger Games stars scoring plenty of roles in the foreseeable future, the casting here has a nice bonus for Hemsworth: Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are "in advanced negotiations" to join the film, which will start production this summer. Liam Hemsworth: The next Harrison Ford and/or Gary Oldman. »
- Zach Dionne
Robert Luketic doesn't seem to inspire as much vitriol from fans that the likes of McG or Shawn Levy seem to, but looking at his back-catalogue his cinematic sins aren't inconsiderable. Maybe it's down to his first film, the really rather fun "Legally Blonde," but since then he's made "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!," "Monster in Law," "21" (which this writer must admit to having a soft spot for), and his latest two films have been the irredeemable "The Ugly Truth" and "Killers," both starring Katherine Heigl.
Luketic had been lining up "Brilliant" for his next project starring Eric Bana, but after Bana pulled out of the crime thriller he was replaced by Gerard Butler, but now the director tells the Daily Telegraph in Australia that he's not sure whether that will make it before cameras any time soon.
"I have two films competing with each other," said Luketic, who »
- Joe Cunningham
Late in 2010, seemingly on the back of David O. Russell's "The Fighter" and all its success, Gael Garcia Bernal and Al Pacino boarded "Hands Of Stone," a biopic of legendary Panamanian boxer Robert Duran which had Venezuelan helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz set to direct. One of Duran's most famous fights was of course against the undefeated Sugar Ray Leonard and, with the film seemingly growing legs recently, an unconventional choice has now been cast to play Leonard.
BBC report that R&B artist Usher will play Leonard, a boxing champion in five different weight divisions who only lost once in 38 fights before two straight defeats in the '90s in the twilight of his career. It'll be interesting to see hust how Usher, whose featured in a handful of films including 2010's "Killers," will manage both the acting and sporting side of things. "I'm in preparation for a very incredible role. »
- Simon Dang
Variety is reporting that Butler will step in for Eric Bana as he boards diamond-heist thriller "Brilliant," which is being helmed by Robert Luketic after the two of them had a beautiful time on the set of "The Ugly Truth."
Luketic recently directed a pair of Heigl films, "Ugly Truth" and the misbegotten "Killers," so it stands to reason the actress would at least be in-the-running. Cameron Diaz was originally set to co-star but it appears she jumped ship, possibly in fear that Scotsman Butler's kilts might upstage whatever »
- Max Evry
The box-office in 2011 is struggling. Consistently down on 2011′s takings every single week, your local cinemas are struggling to bring in the customers. Awards season has not been a financial success.
Last year The King’s Speech raked in £45.7 million, this year The Artist is struggling to break £8 million (something only 1 out of the 9 Oscar Best Picture nominees has managed to do) and with a sorry set of new releases next week I can’t see that changing anytime soon. I guess there’s always Batman. In July.
The Winner – The Woman in Black (again)
Now the highest grossing British horror film ever at the UK box-office The Woman in Black has overcome a huge Daniel Radcliffe shaped hurdle and possibly even elevated him to the point of legitimate adult star. I remain unconvinced but with a third week haul of £2,432,580 (pipping national treasure-porn The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to »
- Ross Jones-Morris
Robert Luketic has spent most of his career directing chick flicks like Legally Blonde, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Monster-in-Law, and Killers. But he showed a brief glimpse of what he can do outside that genre with 21, the Vegas card-counting film starring Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey. This year, he'll be able to again step outside of romantic comedies with Brilliant, a diamond heist thriller. Last fall, we reported that Eric Bana was in negotiations to play the lead role, but Variety says Bana's negotiations fell through and now Luketic is slated to reunite with The Ugly Truth star Gerard Butler now instead. The storyline follows a small-time criminal (Butler) who partners with a female thief to pull off a daring diamond heist. Producers are still searching for the female lead, and they only have a few months to track someone down because filming begins in Boston »
- Ben Pearson
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