Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 5/24/13

By May 24, 2013
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Film

In the first bit of casting speculation apart from returning originals, Jonathan Rhys Meyers may be in contention for a lead role in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII.

With Joss Whedon after Quicksilver for The Avengers 2, it seems Bryan Singer has beat him to the punch by casting Evan Peters in the role for Fox’s Days of Future Past. What this means for Avengers remains to be seen.

New Zealand’s Marton Csokas will play the heavy to Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall in Antoine Fuqua’s Equalizer film.

Jon Stewart has cast Gael Garcia Bernal in his directorial debut, Rosewater.

Gael Garcia Bernal and Mia Maestro will be headlining Evita, which will tell the story of Eva Peron’s 25 year journey as a corpse to her final resting place in Argentina.


Paddy Considine and Fares Fares have joined Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace in Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44.

Former Walking Dead cast member Jon Bernthal is in negotiations to join Brad Pitt in Fury.

Zac Efron will be informing on everyone and ruining great parties in Narc, which will be based on a true story.

China’s Li Bingbing will have a role in Transformers 4 now, as will a few reality show winners, apparently…

Repo Men’s Miguel Sapochnik will be directing The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson in a “dramatic tale of a young man’s struggle with mental illness, love and a deep-rooted family secret” called Ape.

Polygamy is once again under fire, and this time it will serve as a backdrop to a coming of age tale called The Compound by Rachel Goldenberg with Mary McCormack set to star.

Daryl Hannah has boarded indie drama Offline.

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have Russell Crowe and Media Rights Capital on board for The Dark Tower as a single feature with an option for more OR they could go with a “Silicon Valley investor” that claims they will finance the entire series as originally planned, with three films and two limited-run television series. They also have an Anne Rice adaptation, and biopics about both Pele and James Brown in the works.

Papa DiCaprio and son Leo have the story of FBI informant Jack Laningham and the approval of his own son and are planning on making a movie about the elder Laningham’s revelations regarding the JFK assassination and the mob. David O. Russell is working on the script with an eye to direct, with Leo and Scorsese’s other frequent collaborator Robert DeNiro in line to star.

Global Produce, in a partnership with Universal, is on track to reboot and remake Timecop.

Man On Wire’s James Marsh is in the works for a Stephen Hawking biopic.

Barry Levinson will be directing an intercontinental love story with close personal ties to producer Mike Medavoy’s own life.

Dennis Lehane is once again writing something for Leonardo DiCaprio, this time it will be an adaptation of ‘The Deep Blue Good-by‘.

Christopher Nolan has officially been approached about directing the next James Bond film, whether anything happens “this time round” is a whole other matter.

Sony will “never ever ever” relinquish their rights to Spider-Man. Makes sense, really…

Brad Pitt’s turning down the lead in David Fincher’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ adaptation has set the production back, placing it firmly on the back-burner.

Michael B. Jordan has probably been approached, or at least been spoken to about appearing in Fantastic Four.

Richard Linklater hit up Reddit to promote Before Midnight and mentioned he is nearly ready to commit to a follow-up to Dazed and Confused, among other things.

Television


Steven Spielberg and Microsoft have announced that ‘Halo’ will be coming to television sets everywhere. When, where and just exactly how have not been disclosed.

Apparently finally sticking to his plan to retire from features, Steven Soderbergh is now heading to Cinemax to direct Clive Owen in a 10-episode medical series set in the early 1900s.

The amazing Charlie Rose will be popping up even more on PBS very soon with Charlie Rose Weekend, which will air on Fridays and see the noted interviewer discussing the current week’s issues as well as those that will concern the next.

FX’s adapatation of The Strain has cast three more actors, the first two are Jonathan Hyde and Richard Sammel, and the third? Mia Maestro. They will be playing Eldritch Palmer, Thomas Eichorst and Nora Martinez, respectively.

Better late than never? CBS has picked up Bad Teacher to go to series.

Larry Charles and Billy Crystal have received a pilot order from FX for The Comedians.

Fellow female writer/director/actor Jennifer Westfeldt will be appearing in at least one episode of HBO’s Girls next season.

Ang Lee, citing that he needs “some rest” after Life of Pi, has dropped himself from directing FX’s Tyrant pilot.

Seth MacFarlane will not be hosting the Oscars again.

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