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There are three moments a script on Hollywood's infamous "Black List" is guaranteed to experience. The first is when it actually makes the list, drawing the attention of script readers all over town. The second is when a studio eventually bites the bullet and options the script, because the next big thing is always just a step away. The third, and this is the make-or-break part for the script's lifespan, is whether the film is either dropped into turn around or put in front of the cameras. In the case of the terrorism thriller, Unlocked, the project is entering turn three, and according to Deadline, a steadily rising star is looking to join in on the fun. Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Prometheus) is at the bargaining table with producer Lorenzo Dibonaventura (of the G.I. Joe franchise) and director Mikael Hafstrom (of 1408 and most recently Escape Plan »
We’re not quite sure who Gerald will play yet, but we know it’s a baddie. Gerald’s work includes Avatar, Escape Plan and TV show Dexter as well as Marvel One-Shot, All Hail The King. He’ll soon be in movies theatres with Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell in Solace.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Over the past few years, Prometheus star Noomie Rapace has found some unique thrillers to sink her teeth into on the big screen. Dead Man Down was a refreshing, quiet thriller, while Passion was erotic and sensual, and coming up later this year she has Child 44 and The Drop, both films with Tom Hardy. Now Deadline has word on a new thriller called Unlocked being set up as an indie project. The story will see the actress playing a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side, thrusting her into the middle of a plan for a devastating biological attack in London. Read on! Mikael Hafstrom, who helmed last year's silly prison escape thriller Escape Plan with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone will direct Unlocked, and we just hope it's better than previous efforts like The Rite and 1408. Hafstrom isn't a terrible filmmaker, »
- Ethan Anderton
Deadline is reporting that Noomi Rapace is in negotiations to star in an upcoming spy thriller titled Unlocked. Directed by Mikael Håfström, the film was written by Peter O’Brien and showed up on the 2008 Black List. It follows a female CIA interrogator, the role Rapace would play, who’s tricked “into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side. This puts her at the center of a plot to launch a biological attack in London.”
After breaking out in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Rapace started impressing audiences on this side of the pond with performances in films like Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Passion. She also has several very exciting upcoming projects, like The Drop, Child 44 and of course, Prometheus 2, to look forward to.
As for Håfström, American audiences will likely know him for films such as Escape Plan, »
- Matt Joseph
• The original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Noomi Rapace, will star as a CIA Agent in Unlocked. Mikael Hafstrom (Escape Plan) is set to direct the thriller, in which Rapace’s character gets tricked into supplying info to the wrong side and ends up at the center of a potentially devastating biological attack on London. Peter O’Brien’s 2008 Black List script was recently let go from Warner Bros. (which picked it up in 2010) and is being produced as an indie. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Deadline is reporting that Matt Gerald has been cast as a villain in Marvel’s Ant-Man. Which villain you ask? I have no idea, so here’s a pic of Gerald so you can tell me who you think he could possibly be playing.
Gerald joins Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Patrick Wilson and Evangeline Lilly in the film. Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End) is directing from a script he wrote with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).
Ant-Man is scheduled to hit theatres July 17, 2015.
- Philip Sticco
Now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters, people who caught the Marvel sequel already are looking forward to the next few films in their cinematic universe. After all, the first credits scene (yes, there's two) teases a couple new characters in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, so that's pretty exciting. But after our heroes assemble for another battle to save the world, we have Phase Three kicking off with Ant-Man from director Edgar Wright in the same year. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are leading the film as two different versions of the hero, and Deadline reports Matt Gerald will play a bad guy. Read on! You may not recognize that name, but Gerald (who can also be seen in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Avatar, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Escape Plan) recently appeared in the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King, which focused on Ben Kingsley »
- Ethan Anderton
Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is set to headline Escape Plan director Mikael Hafstrom's Unlocked , Deadline reports. Peter O'Brien's script for the project landed on the 2008 "Black List" of unproduced screenplays in 2008 with the following official logline: A female CIA interrogator is duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side, thrusting her into the middle of a plot to plan a devastating biological attack in London. Rapace starred last year in Dead Man Down . She can be seen coming up in The Drop and Child 44 . Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing Unlocked with plans to develop the feature independently. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
Deadline is reporting another actor has joined Marvel's Ant-man, and it's Matt Gerald. The actor isn't a household name, but he's appeared in a few films, including Escape Plan, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Red Dawn, and Avatar, and played White Power Dave in the Marvel One-Shot All Hail The King. There's no word on if Gerald will be reprising his role from the One-Shot, but according to Deadline, he will be playing an unspecified villain in Edgar »
- Jesse Giroux
Despite a quick trip back to the UK to accept an Empire award, Edgar Wright is still on espresso-fuelled schedule to make Ant-Man, his take on the often insect-sized Marvel superhero. Casting confirmations and one or two rumours have floated in the last few months, but Deadline has it on good authority that Matt Gerald will be joining the other recruits.Though many stories have described him as a near unknown, it’s not for want of trying in his career. He’s appeared in some hugely successful movies including Avatar, Escape Plan, Choke, Faster, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines. While he’s often played tough police officers and soldiers, it seems the Marvel Cinematic Universe prefers him on the other side of the law. He was White Power Dave in the superb Iron Man 3 One-Shot follow-up All Hail The King (which appears on »
Washington, April 6: Matt Gerald has been confirmed to play the villain in upcoming Marvel Studio's movie 'Ant Man'.
- Rahul Kapoor
Marvel's "Ant-Man" has found its villain -- well, one of them anyway. Relative unknown Matt Gerald has signed on to play an unspecified bad guy role opposite the titular pint-sized superhero, played by Paul Rudd, according to Deadline. Rudd plays Scott Lang, the latest hero to take on the mantle of Ant-Man, while Michael Douglas will play original Ant-Man Hank Pym. Little has been revealed about the plot of the film, which is being directed by Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "The World's End"). The cast also includes Patrick Wilson ("Watchmen") and Michael Pena ("End of Watch"). Scheduled to open summer 2015, "Ant-Man" will allegedly be tied directly into "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," which opens two months earlier. The studio released "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" this weekend. Following small roles in "Avatar" and "Escape Plan," Gerald will soon be seen in "Solace," alongside Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell. »
- HitFix Staff
According to Deadline, Matt Gerald (Avatar, Escape Plan) has joined the cast of Marvel's first Phase Three offering Ant-Man, where he is set to play one of the film's as-yet-unrevealed bad guys. This won't be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance for Gerald, with the actor also having featured in this year's Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King, where he played the character White Power Dave.
Ant-Man is being directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and so far features Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) as Hank Pym alongside Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Michael Pena (American Hustle) are also said to be in the frame to join the cast.
Ant-Man is set for release on July 17th 2015. »
- Gary Collinson
Ant-Man will have more than one villain, though we don't yet know who they are. We know who will be playing one of the bad guys though, as Avatar and Escape Plan actor Matt Gerald has joined the cast.
This is an interesting move, since Matt Gerald is no stranger to the Marvel universe. He recently appeared as White Power Dave in Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, which was a spin-off of Iron Man 3 and featured that film's villain, Mandarin (really an actor named Trevor Slattery) giving an interview from prison. Is Matt Gerald reprising his role as White Power Dave? That is entirely possible. His character is still alive and well, residing as an inmate at Seagate Prison. The same prison that houses Luke Cage, a character rumored to have a cameo in Ant-Man, which will set up his solo Netflix series in 2015. Here is a clip »
I didn't quite know how to describe the genre I'm referring to with this post (BoxOfficeMojo doesn't even have a category for it), but suffice to say I'm particularly targeting the films made popular by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone back in the '80s and more recently it seems Jason Statham had a lock down on things. Now, however, it only seems Liam Neeson can really generate any box-office juice with his cinematic fisticuffs, otherwise it has to be an ensemble or nothing. I ask because ever since Schwarzenegger made his way back to movies after playing Governor for eight years, he's seen The Last Stand, Escape Plan and this past weekend's Sabotage tank at the box office. Similarly, Stallone has seen Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan and Grudge Match bomb at the box office and Statham has seen a string of non-starters including Killer Elite, »
- Brad Brevet
"Noah" stormed the box office over the weekend, debuting at #1 domestically with $44 million. As Russell Crowe enjoyed his biggest opening ever in a lead role, Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered his lowest since leaving office as California's governor. Schwarzenegger's ultra-violent "Sabotage" flopped harder than "The Last Stand" and "Escape Plan," opening at #7 with just $5.3 million Despite controversy regarding the film's relation to its source material, "Noah" received a 75 percent score on Rotten ...
By Ryan J. Downey »
Sabotage continues a disappointing run of box-office performances in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comebacks, after The Last Stand and Escape Plan previously failed to do big numbers. Since stepping down from political office, Schwarzenegger has shared success in The Expendables films (the third of which arrives summer 2014), but none of the films that he have led have had the same impact. According to The Wrap, Sabotage's $5.2m weekend take marks the lowest of his career (Escape Plan fared better with $9.2m, The Last Stand opened with...
- Matt Maytum
News Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 06:51
Arnold Schwarzenegger's new film opens to his lowest numbers in three decades. Are Arnie's leading man days over?
We think we can fairly safely say now that Arnold Schwarzenegger's days as a leading man capable of opening a movie are long gone. Outside of the Terminator franchise (and other assorted film series), finding a studio chief willing to write a big cheque for one of his movies is about to get much, much trickier.
That's because his third project since he threw himself fully back into movies, Sabotage, sank heavily at the Us box office over the weekend. Its opening weekend total of $5.3m was a drop from the hugely disappointing numbers for his big comeback movie, The Last Stand. The Last Stand, which we really quite liked, opened with $6.3m. Since then, Escape Plan snared a $9.9m opening weekend, but that's »
Darren Aronofsky's biblical "Noah" film opened to an impressive $44 million domestically, a good enough start to make back its $125 million budget. Internationally it earned another $51 million, bringing its worldwide debut to $95 million. The film has a 75% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. The other wide release of the weekend was Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Sabotage" action film, which grossed a lousy $5.3 million, becoming the actor's worst opening in nearly three decades and the worst out of his movies that opened in more than 2,000 theaters. "Terminator" was released in 1,112 theaters and earned $4 million in 1984. "Red Sonja" opened in 1,091 theaters and earned $2.3 million in 1985. Recently, however, this has become a pattern for Schwarzenegger. His "Escape Plan" opened to $9.9 million and "The Last Stand" opened to $6.3 million. "Sabotage" is also getting poor reviews, currently sitting on a 22% fresh rating. On the limited release side, Michael Pena's "Cesar Chavez" biopic opened in 664 theaters, landing in 12th place. »
Paramount's prayers were answered this weekend, as Darren Anonofsky's controversial Biblical epic Noah opened in first place with a mighty $43.7 million.Meanwhile, Sabotage's debut was the worst for star Arnold Schwarzenegger in nearly three decades.At the international box office, Captain America: The Winter Soldier got off to a strong start, while Frozen hit one of its biggest milestones yet.Noah's $43.7 million debut ranks fourth so far this year behind 300: Rise of An Empire ($45 million). It's a significant improvement over star Russell Crowe's Robin Hood*in fact, it's the highest debut ever for Crowe in leading role. Noah has also already earned more than director Aronofsky's first four movies combined.Months ago, word began circulating that Noah deviated significantly from the Old Testament story upon which it's based. This raised the question of whether or not Christian audiences would show up to see a "Hollywood" version »
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