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Ed Helms will star in Epic Fail; Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx might team up; Sony Animation has revealed plans for several upcoming releases; Disney is preparing an adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes; Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace are set for Taken 3; and Guy Pearce joins Black Mass.
The project reportedly follows an elite Special Forces team that packs equal parts firepower and dysfunction. As if that wasn’t enough, the team is led by an elite soldier codenamed “The Walrus.”
In addition to starring, likely as The Walrus, Helms will produce the comedy through his and Michael Falbo’s Pacific ...
- Anthony Taormina
Joel Edgerton is one of Hollywood’s best and busiest rising stars, and though he’s been working for some time now, the last couple of years have been particularly kind to him. Films like Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Great Gatsby all benefited from the actor’s talents, and he’s just added Anton Corbijn’s Life to his slate.
The film tells the story of friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) in 1955, when Stock was commissioned to photograph the rising superstar for Life magazine. The assignment took the two on a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New York, then to Dean’s home in Indiana.
According to Variety, Edgerton has been tapped to play John Morris, the Magnum Photography editor who brokered the deal for the photos with Life. Seeing as he was one of the best things about The Great Gatsby, »
- James Garcia
Not too long ago we got our first look at Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan as photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean respectively in Anton Corbijn upcoming true life story Life and now Joel Edgerton is joining the cast of the film with production already in progress Edgerton will join the cast, which also includes Ben Kingsley and Kristen Hager, and will play Magnum Photography editor John Morris, who brokered the deal for the photos Stock was commissioned to take of Dean on a photographic journey across the Us, from La to New York and on to Indiana. Variety Edgerton will also be starring opposite Johnny Depp in Scott Cooper's Black Mass and now Guy Pearce is now in talks to play former President of the Massachusetts Senate Billy Bulger, brother of Whitey Bulger to be played by Depp. Variety amz asin="B00CO4GO7I" size="small »
- Brad Brevet
The story centers on freelance photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who was commissioned by Life Magazine to photograph movie star James Dean (Dane DeHaan) on a journey from Los Angeles to New York, chronicling their growing friendship along the way. Joel Edgerton is portraying Magnum Photography editor John Morris, who brokered the deal with Life Magazine for the photos. Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi also star in this drama based on a true story.
The plot focuses on the friendship between Dean (played by DeHaan) and photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson), which developed after Stock was commissioned to photograph the star for Life magazine in 1955.
Edgerton has reportedly signed up to portray Magnum Photography editor John Morris, who brokered the deal for the photos.
Life is scheduled for a 2015 release. »
The story centers on the friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the star for Life magazine in 1955. The assignment took the pair on a photographic journey from Los Angeles to New York and on to Indiana.
Edgerton is represented by CAA and Shanahan Management. Bob Wallerstein is his lawyer.
- Dave McNary
After experiencing some bad delays early in its pre-production, the upcoming gangster movie Black Mass has been assembling an impressive ensemble of stars. Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton are already on board and there has been some talk that Tom Hardy could come aboard as well, but the big story for the film today is that Guy Pearce is now in talks to join the cast as well (via Variety). Both being written and directed by Scott Cooper - the filmmaker behind Crazy Heart and Out Of The Furnace - Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger as me rose to prominance as one of the most powerful mob bosses in Boston. He also spent years as an FBI informant who gave up a great number of his competitors in order to keep his business thriving. Also keeping him in the game was John Connolly, an FBI agent »
The story of James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger Jr is one of legendary drama, violence, politics, and familial tensions, and Hollywood studios have wanted to put it on film for a number of years. Those plans are now solidifying for Warner Bros., with the casting of Guy Pearce as brother to Johnny Depp’s mob boss, Whitey Bulger, in the forthcoming Black Mass.
The film will be based upon the book ‘Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI And A Devil’s Deal’ written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, and published in 2012 – a year after Bulger’s long overdue incarceration. The source material details the relationship between Whitey Bulger and John Connolly – childhood friends who would eventually find themselves on opposite sides of the law as Bulger rose to the top of crime organizations, and John Connolly rose to the top of the Boston FBI Field Office. What transpired »
- Sarah Myles
We're only three actors in, and "Black Mass" is already serving up an abundance of dudes we really like. When he's not falling over backwards into Helena Bonham Carter's closet for costumes, Johnny Depp does some of his most fascinating work, while Joel Edgerton usually owns whatever he's in. And with the pair already signed up for the gangster pic "Black Mass," they're letting one more major talent into their midst. Guy Pearce has joined the Whitey Bulger flick, slated to play the mob boss' brother, Billy Bulger. Yes, Depp and Pearce will be legit bros in a movie. The movie gods are smiling down. Scott Cooper will direct the film about the notorious Boston criminal who both evaded and conspired with the FBI, in a story that's too good to be true but actually is. [Variety] In case you missed the news, indie hero Hal Hartley is closing off »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Now that Johnny Depp has returned to the mob drama Black Mass as infamous Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, and Joel Edgerton is locked in as the childhood friend turned FBI agent who pursued him while also helping him stay at large, the rest of the cast is starting to fill out. Variety has word that Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3) is in talks to play Depp's brother, though it's not clear how integral the character is in the real-life story about the criminal turned FBI informant, who used the opportunity as a way to get rid of his competition before getting double-crossed by the agency and forced to go on the run. More below! The project had some trouble awhile ago when the budget was reduced, and could no longer afford Depp's fee for the film. Shortly thereafter, Barry Levinson fell out of the director's chair. But then »
- Ethan Anderton
Pearce will take on the role of the brother of Whitey Bulger (Depp) in the biopic of the Boston mob boss.
Bulger went on the run for ten years after being sold out by a childhood friend, and was not caught until 2011.
Joel Edgerton is also attached to the project.
Depp exited the film last year before signing back on to it in January.
Black Mass will begin shooting later in 2014. »
I have a couple of excellent casting updates for you this morning. Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass had a rough start (with the star leaving the project at one point), but things are looking fine now. Joel Edgerton will also star in the film, and Variety is reporting Guy Pearce is in talks to join Black Mass. If he signs on, Pearce will be playing Whitey Bulger's brother. I think Guy Pearce is one of the most underrated actors working today, and I'm sure »
- Jesse Giroux
Johnny Depp is portraying Bulger, a Boston criminal who also served as an FBI informant. With the help of his longtime friend and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), and his brother and former President of the Massachussets State Senate (Guy Pearce), Bulger was able to systematically wipe out his competition.
Production is scheduled to begin this spring in Boston ahead of an October 2015 release.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
• Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) is currently in talks to star opposite Johnny Depp (Transcendence) in Warner Bros. upcoming crime drama, Black Mass. The film tells the story of famed Boston mob boss and FBI informant, Whitey Bulger (Depp), who uses his double status as a way of picking off any criminal competition. Pearce is currently in talks to play Bulger’s brother on the project which is being produced by Warner Bros. and Cross Creek. [Variety]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Johnny Depp is portraying James 'Whitey' Bulger, a Boston criminal who also served as an FBI informant to get rid of his competition in South Boston, with the help of his longtime friend and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) and his brother (Guy Pearce), the former President of the Massachussets State Senate.
When Connolly tipped Bulger off that the feds were planning on double-crossing him, the criminal went into hiding for more than a decade, rising to the top of the FBI's Most Wanted list before he was eventually caught in 2011 while hiding out in Santa Monica, California. The criminal served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello in 2006 Best Picture winner The Departed and Pete Postlethwaite's Fergus "Fergie" Colm in The Town. »
Joseph Fiennes has replaced Guy Pearce as the co-lead in Strangerland, the Kim Farrant-directed drama about a couple whose teenage kids disappear. . The .news was broken by Deadline.com, which did not explain why Pearce dropped out. However Variety reports that Pearce is in talks to play Whitey Bulger.s brother in Warner Bros.' Black Mass, which will star Johnny Depp as Bulger, the Boston crime boss and FBI informant. Joel Edgerton is also on board that film, which will be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving are attached to star in Strangerland,. which is scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kiniron and produced by Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher. . Transmission is the Australian distributor and Wild Bunch is selling international rights. Screen Australia is among the investors. Shooting is due to start soon in and around Broken Hill. The DoP is P.J. Dillon, »
- Don Groves
Several studios have been trying to get a story about the famous Boston mob boss off the ground for years and this one looks like it will finally make it into production.
Besides being a crime boss, Bulger was also an FBI informant who used this status as a way to eliminate criminal competition. After being tipped off by a childhood friend who worked for the FBI in the early 2000s about the feds being on to him, Bulger went on the lam, living with his girlfriend in a Santa Monica apartment building, and was not caught until 2011.
Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for the studio. »
- Justin Kroll
Back on track after a brief blip thanks to Johnny Depp dropping out, true-life gangster tale Black Mass has its star, a director in Scott Cooper, and another solid actor, Joel Edgerton, all attached. Now we know who will be playing Depp’s brother in the film, as Guy Pearce is in talks.Black Mass will chronicle the story of infamous Boston crime figure Whitey Bulger, who masterminded a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly turning federal informant to take down rivals. It seemed to be working out well – particularly with corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Edgerton, replacing a rumoured Tom Hardy) helping to smooth things – but when the Bureau began making arrests, agents double crossed Bulger and prosecuted him.Bulger fled in 1994 and was captured in 2011 in California. While Variety’s story doesn’t specify which of his two brothers Pearce will play, we’d guess at Senator William ”Billy” Bulger, »
Guy Pearce ( Memento , Iron Man 3 ) has joined the cast of Black Mass , the Scott Cooper-directed drama about Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger, for Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media, Variety reports. He'll play one of two brothers to Johnny Depp's Bulger. Black Mass tells the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish street punk in Boston with a penchant for rape and robbery, who spent much of his early life incarcerated. When released from Alcatraz, Whitey returned to his thug lifestyle and rose to power in organized crime by using his FBI informant status to bring down the Italian mafia in New England. He and his fellow hood Steve Flemmi, fed incriminating information on the Italian mob to FBI agents John J. Connolly Jr. and Dick Morris, »
From writer/director Scott Cooper, Out of the Furnace (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) is a gripping and powerful drama that tells the story of Russell Baze (Christian Bale), a man leading a dead-end life, working a meaningless steel mill job and caring for his terminally ill father. When his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from Iraq, he is lured into a ruthless crime ring and mysteriously disappears, causing Russell to want to seek justice. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Scott Cooper talked about his desire to tell very personal stories, his process for working with actors who all have very different approaches to their craft, why his acting experience works to his advantage, how music is one of the most important things in his life, how Eddie Vedder came »
- Christina Radish
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