Entertainment News: The Week in Recap 8/30/13

By August 30, 2013
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Comics and Star Wars

James Spader is your new Ultron for the Avengers sequel.

With a supposed production start date at the beginning of next year, J.J. Abrams and Co. are in the hot seat to cast Episode VII, and have reportedly auditioned Magic Mike’s Alex Pettyfer and Peter Pan’s Rachel Hurd-Wood, presumably for lead parts.

If Todd McFarlane gets his script together, we all may have a new Spawn film in the works by next year with some [previously hinted] “Academy Award guys” starring.

David Green has taken over Barry Sonnenfeld’s directing duties for the Dwayne Johnson-starring ‘Lore’ adaptation.

Film

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From Jackie Robinson to James Brown… 42’s Chadwick Boseman has been cast as The Godfather of Soul in the upcoming Tate Taylor-directed biopic of the late performer.

Ridley Scott’s Exodus cast four roles, that of Seti, Joshua, Tuya and a Hebrew scholar, to be played by John Tuturro, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley, respectively.

Tony Jaa, small bundle of fury and fists he is, is looking into making his English language debut in Fast 7.

Matt Damon has been added to the already star-studded affair that is Christopher Nolan’s Interstallar in addition to his search for that yet-elusive directorial debut.

With an eye for tragedy that is very distinctly American, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts is in talks to adapt ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ for Dreamworks.

Crazy Heart’s Scott Cooper has taken over directing duties for the feature adaptation for Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’, which were formerly held by our new Batman, Ben Affleck.

BBC’s Luther has a prequel feature written, and it’s eyeing to shoot some time next year.

Now You See Me’s director, Louis Leterrier, is officially back to helm the sequel.

Justin Timberlake is in talks to produce The Idolmaker, which for a time had Ryan Gosling set to star.

Hesitant to reveal too much, lest we become disappointed when it doesn’t happen, Mitch Hurwitz is in the process of writing the Arrested Development movie, with further tentative plans for a fifth season of the show.

 

Television

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Playing Hoke Moseley in the 1985 Miami-set Hoke pilot for FX, Paul Giamatti is pushing ever further into the world of television with what I believe is this week’s most exciting bit of casting.

HBO’s Game of Thrones is once again feeding on its steady stable of veterans by casting Treme’s Michiel Huisman in an undisclosed role, alongside network noob Joseph Gatt (whose role is also being kept under wraps).

David Morrissey has found a new AMC show, Line of Sight, in which he’ll be playing the lead.

Scott Bacula has been cast in HBO’s Looking.

Everyone’s favorite pot-smoking Olympian, Michael Phelps, will be appearing on Suits.

Former Friends star Lisa Kudrow will be appearing on Scandal a recurring character next season.

Mekhi Phifer has joined the upcoming season of House of Lies.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been asked to once again host the Golden Globes.

FX’s Tyrant, from the executive producers of Homeland, has cast two more roles, that of the lead’s son and daughter, with the roles going to Noah Silver and Anne Winters respectively.

X-Files creator Chris Carter has a green light to shoot his pilot The After, for Amazon.

SyFy’s 12 Monkeys has officially been given the green light for a 60 minute pilot.

1994’s Reality Bites will be heading to NBC as a comedy series, which will keep the 90s setting of the original in place.

Sony is bringing Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi to the small screen, even if he isn’t too happy about it.

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Jacob Hayman
Jacob's stomach often hurts and his mind often races. He prefers a good drink and chat to most other things in life, his OkCupid is far more active than his Twitter, and Brazil, Gremlins 2, Magnolia, Pather Panchali, and Roman Holiday are his favorite films. He lives in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised, and constantly considers taking up welding.