Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 7/19/13

By July 19, 2013

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Citing that the executives see him as “ideal”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has apparently come up in talks amongst Marvel’s higher-ups to play Doctor Strange, although absolutely nobody has been approached in any way whatsoever.

China’s creeping invasion into all things Hollywood continues with Han Geng being cast in Michael Bay’s Transformers 4.

Fox is apparently at work on an X-Force film, having registered a site for the project three months ago.


Ellen Burstyn and John Lithgow have completed the cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar which was already stocked with such notables as Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey.

Britt Robertson has joined George Clooney and Hugh Laurie in Brad Bird’s mystery project Tomorrowland.

Another Beastie Boy, Adam Horvitz, is looking to make the jump into the world of independent film as he is in negotiations to star in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young alongside Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

Rosamund Pike is David Fincher’s front-runner to star opposite Ben Affleck in Gone Girl, with Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues having been dead for months now.

You saw it coming, so yes…Johnny Depp is in talks to be in the James Bobin-directed Alice In Wonderland sequel.

Via Twitter, Sylvester Stallone confirmed weeks of speculation that Mel Gibson will in fact be the heavy in Expendables 3.

Jake Gyllenhaal has dropped out of Disney’s Cinderella musical Into the Woods to appear in Nightcrawler, which will see him as a small time LA criminal.

Toby Jones has joined the cast of the Matt Dillon-starring Fox event series “Wayward Pines.”

Reese Witherspoon will be starring in the Nick Horby-adapted Wild, based on the memoir by the same name.

Jon Favreau announced on Vine that he has found two new cast members in Bobby Cannavale and Dustin Hoffman for his upcoming Chef.

Kevin Costner is set to play a father who becomes a drug mule to save his son in Midnight Delivery, which will be written by Neil Cross based on an idea from producer Guillermo del Toro.

Me Him Her, Max Landis’ directorial debut, has cast three young leads.

Ron Howard is looking at Ben Whishaw and Harry Potter’s Frank Dillane to star alongside Brendan Gleeson, Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy in In the Heart of the Sea.

Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are bringing Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ to screens for a 2015 release, marking the third collaboration between the two and Brown’s novels. David Koepp will be writing.

Chronicle 2 is a go, although neither Josh Trank OR Max Landis are returning.


Sharknado will have a sequel and we will be naming it.

The Duplass Brothers’ “Togetherness” has officially been given a series order at HBO.

FX has ordered a comedy pilot from Stephen Falk, whose most recent show, “Orange Is the New Black,” just premiered on Netflix. The new show “You’re the Worst” would focus on two self destructive people who fall in love.

The awesome Chris Christie has just one-upped himself by filming a cameo for the upcoming “Michael J. Fox Show.”

“True Blood” will become HBO’s longest running original series when it airs it’s seventh season next year.

James Franco will continue being James Franco, and in doing so will be featured in two episodes of “The Mindy Project.”

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