19 items from 2014
Best known for his roles in X-Men: First Class and Antiviral, Caleb Landry Jones is a young star on the rise. He’s got an impressive slate of films coming up (God’s Pocket, Low Down) and today, he’s added one more in the form of Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall.
Already set to star Jeremy Irvine as Danny, a “a young man who experiences a political awakening during the Stonewall riots,” the film will see Jones co-star as Orphan Annie, “an eccentric gay street hustler who participates alongside Danny in the uprising.”
If you couldn’t already tell, Stonewall will focus on the riot that broke out on June 28, 1969 at the titular inn, where gay and lesbian patrons stood up to police who raided the bar.
- Matt Joseph
Though there's not much in the way of plot details, we now know of at least one new character that's set to feature prominently in "Alice in Wonderland 2": The Mad Hatter's father.
TheWrap reports that Mark Rylance, an acclaimed British theater actor, is in talks to take the part. The character's name is Zanik Hightopp, the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter, and like his zany son, Hightopp "cannot hide his bright-colored hair beneath a top hat," according to TheWrap.
In addition to a host of appearances in Shakespeare stage productions, Rylance is known for his selective film work, including parts in "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Anonymous" and a role in the upcoming Sean Penn-starring "The Gunman. »
- Katie Roberts
The sequel to Disney’s 2010 live action reboot of Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s novel Alice in Wonderland – tentatively entitled Through The Looking Glass – has quietly been trudging along into pre-production without much fanfare as yet. However, It looks like we will all be seeing a new character come May 2016 in the guise of the Mad Hatter’s father, who is to be played by stage thespian Mark Rylance.
Rylance’s previous big screen outings are few and far between but include the likes of The Other Boleyn Girl, Anonymous and Intimacy. Much of his acting career has been spent on stage including various stints at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre , London.
Set to return is Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter with Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) the only previously announced new face due to appear as an unnamed villain. The movie is to be directed by »
- Gavin Logan
We already know that Johnny Depp will return as the Mad Hatter in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" sequel, called "Through the Looking Glass." And now comes word that his character will have a father. The studio is currently in talks with Mark Rylance to join the film as Mad Hatter's dad. Rylance is best known for his work on stage, but has appeared in such films as "Anonymous" and the upcoming "The Gunman," starring Sean Penn. "Through the Looking Glass" will be directed by James Bobin (The Muppets) and will bring back Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Helena Bonham Carter as the evil Red Queen. It's set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. »
Though we don't know much about the Alice in Wonderland sequel developing at Disney, other than it will be called Through the Looking Glass and feature the return of Mia Wasikowska in the title role along with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, we might have a hint of what's to come with the latest casting reveal. Variety has word that stage actor Mark Rylance is currently in talks to play the father of Depp's looney, top hatted character. Of course, without any plot details, we're unsure just how integral the actor will be in the progression of the sequel's story. More below! Rylance is best known for theater work, but he can be seen in Roland Emmerich's Anonymous (a movie that I completely forgot about until this very moment) and the forthcoming thriller The Gunman with Sean Penn. Through the »
- Ethan Anderton
Acclaimed stage actor Mark Rylance ("The Other Boleyn Girl," "Anonymous") is in talks to play the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter character in "Through the Looking Glass," the sequel to Disney's 2010 "Alice in Wonderland" adaptation.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Plot and character details are being kept under wraps, but he joins a cast that also includes Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Sacha Baron Cohen as the unidentified villain. It isn't known how the Mad Hatter's father will figure into the story quite yet.
Although he is best known for his work on the stage, Mark Rylance's big-screen credits include The Other Boleyn Girl, Anonymous and the upcoming crime drama The Gunman, which hits theaters later this year.
Through the Looking Glass comes to theaters May 27th, »
Roland Emmerich will direct Jeremy Irvine in "Stonewall"Roland Emmerich is a size queen. I had the world's shortest interview with him while he was promoting Anonymous, a rare trip away from the ginormous epic blockbuster spectacles he prefers to make. But that was, in its own peculiar academic-enraging way, also supersized with CGI and a lusty embrace of conspiracy theories. In fact he ended our interview defending the size of his pictures.
It has to be big or I don't like it."
My mind raced back to that interview today when the news broke that Emmerich plans to make a drama about the Stonewall riots which poured gasoline on the then tiny embers of the gay rights movement. He'll film Stonewall before embarking on the long gestating Independence Day sequels. Young beauty Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man) has the lead role as a man who has a »
- NATHANIEL R
Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter are all already confirmed to return for Disney's sequel to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Now the rest of the Through The Looking Glass cast is filling out, with word coming in that Mark Rylance will make an appearance. James Bobin (The Muppets) is the director this time, and Variety seem confident that Rylance will be playing the father of Depp's Mad Hatter. Rylance is, for the record, three years older than Depp, which is some sort of testament to Depp's skincare regime, we guess.Since no such character appears in Lewis Carroll's book, we can safely assume (if we weren't already) that Bobin's film will play as fast and loose with source as Burton's. The first film was a peculiar mash-up of elements from both Alice books and original sequel elements. Where Through The Looking Glass will take us is currently anyone's guess. »
Jeremy Irvine is a British actor who always seems to be on the cusp of breaking out internationally, but doesn’t quite manage to do so. The actor snagged the male lead in the big-screen version of War Horse and a 2012 adaptation of Great Expectations, and is drawing rave reviews for a supporting role in this April’s The Railway Man, also starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Thankfully, his anonymity could soon change, as Irvine is now joining the cast of Stonewall, a new film from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich.
Although Emmerich’s career is most synonymous with laying the world to apocalyptic destruction (2012, The Day After Tomorrow), the director has also made historical dramas like The Patriot and Anonymous. Stonewall will be a passion project for Emmerich, who is openly gay and an activist for Lgbt rights.
The title pays reference to the Stonewall Inn, a gay »
- Jordan Adler
Even the Mad Hatter needs a father.
Disney seems to have found the man to play that part: The studio in negotiations with Mark Rylance to join Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in Disney’s “Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to 2010′s “Alice in Wonderland.”
Plot details are being kept under wraps for the pic that’s skedded to bow on May 27, 2016. It is also unknown how this character will play into the storyline.
Disney is hoping to get the film into production this summer, with Helena Bonham Carter on board to reprise her role as the evil Red Queen.
He is repped Hamilton Hodell and manger Meryl Robertson. »
- Justin Kroll
Though filmmaker Roland Emmerich still has the big budget sequel Independence Day 2 on his docket, he’ll first tackle something on a slightly smaller scale. Deadline reports that the 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow director will next helm the gay rights drama Stonewall, which revolves around the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Hotel in Greenwich Village, a famous gathering place for gays and transgenders. The event ignited the fight against homosexual oppression during a turbulent time in our nation’s history, and this film has been a passion project of Emmerich’s for some time. Hit the jump for more on Stonewall, including who will be taking on the lead role. Per Deadline, Emmerich has cast War Horse star Jeremy Irvine to lead the pic as a young man who experiences a political awakening in the backdrop of the riots. Irvine did a fine job in Steven Spielberg’s Wwi drama, »
- Adam Chitwood
The project is said to be a complete reimagining of this iconic sci-fi TV series, although no specific plot details were given. The movie has been in the works for several years, with Bryan Singer attached to direct back in 2009. We reported in 2011 that screenwriter John Orloff (Anonymous) signed on to write the script, which was said, at the time, to be based on the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica TV series, and not the 2003 Battlestar Galactica remake series.
Original series creator Glen A. Larson will produce the feature, although it isn't known if Ronald D. Moore, who created the 2003 remake series, will be involved in the film. Scott Bernstein and Jay Polidoro are overseeing the project for Universal.
Over two years ago, Bryan Singer was circling a film adaptation of the 1970s TV series Battlestar Galactica with John Orloff (Anonymous) set to write the script. For those unfamiliar with Battlestar Galactica, it centers on a war between humanity and a race of machines called "Cylons". Since 2011, word on the film has gone quiet, Singer has moved on, and it looked like Ronald D. Moore and David Eick's excellent Sci-Fi series would be the only adaptation. However, Variety is reporting that you can't keep a good cylon down, and that Universal has brought on Jack Paglen (Transcendence) to write the screenplay. Original series creator Glen Larson is still on board to produce. Since I'm a big fan of Moore/Eick's adaptation, I'm obviously a little skeptical of a movie. But Battlestar is a premise with a lot of potential, and since I haven't seen Transcendence, I have no »
- Matt Goldberg
Paramount Pictures is set to start shooting the upcoming "Terminator" reboot, called "Terminator: Genesis" in the next few months. Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke are already on board to play Sarah and John Connor, with Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to reprise his role. Variety is now reporting that the studio and director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) are looking to cast the role of Kyle Reese, the character that Michael Biehn (pictured) played in the 1984 original film. Reese travels back in time to protect SArah Connor and ends up being the father of John Connor, the savior of the future. Some of the actors that Paramount is considering are Wilson Bethel ("Hart of Dixie"), Thomas Cocquerel ("Anzac Girls"), Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Boyd Holbrook (Milk) and Sam Reid (Anonymous). "Terminator: Genesis" is set to hit theaters on July 1st, 2015. »
The last major role yet to be cast in Alan Taylor's upcoming "Terminator" reboot is that of a young Kyle Reese. Variety reports that the list of contenders has been whittled down to five actors who are set to test for the role early next week.
The two most well-known names are rising Aussie thesp Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook. A memorable role in Starz' "Spartacus" for Courtney led to a major role in "Jack Reacher," the co-lead role of John McClane's son in "A Good Day to Die Hard," and the key role of 'Eric' in the upcoming "Divergent". He also appears in this month's "I, Frankenstein" and is currently filming Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken".
- Garth Franklin
Variety reports that Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Boyd Holbrook (Very Good Girls), Sam Reid (Anonymous), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie), and newcomer Thomas Cocquerel are amongst the actors who will be testing for the part on Monday.
Plot details are understandably being kept under wraps, but given Emilia Clarke and the aforementioned names testing for Kyle Reese are younger than Jason Clarke, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s going to involve time travel in some shape or form.
- Kenji Lloyd
With Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) set to play Sarah Connor and John Clarke onboard as John Connor, producers are now looking to fill the role of Kyle Reese in the Terminator reboot Terminator: Genesis. Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is set to helm what is envisioned as the first in a trilogy of Terminator films, and the pic is going big with regards to Terminator canon. The studio first approached Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) about filling the Kyle Reese role, but both actors apparently refused to read. Now Paramount is focusing on casting a lesser known actor in the part, and word has come as to which actors will be testing for Kyle Reese next week. Hit the jump to find out. Per Variety, Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard), Boyd Holbrook (The Host), Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie »
- Adam Chitwood
The Kyle Reese role is said to be the last major part yet to be cast in director Alan Taylor's upcoming Terminator reboot (rumored to be titled Terminator: Genesis ) and, according to Variety , a final decision isn't far off. They list five names set to test for the role early next week, including Wilson Bethel ("Hart of Dixie"), Thomas Cocquerel ("Anzac Girls"), Jai Courtney ( A Good Day to Die Hard ), Boyd Holbrook ( Milk ) and Sam Reid ( Anonymous ). The first in a stand-alone trilogy, the new Terminator is already set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke. It will be produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna and David Ellison of Skydance. Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake of Skydance will serve as executive producers. Laeta »
19 items from 2014
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