News Round-Up: Johnny Depp Casting; Casting for Inferno, Gone Girl, & Interstellar; Release Date Updates for Bond 24, Rush; Last Minute Comic-Con Info
On Comic-Con morning, I’ve compiled a quick list of the latest news from this week. I’ve got casting news for Alice in Wonderland 2 and Mortdecai (both involving Johnny Depp), as well as casting updates for Inferno, Gone Girl, and Interstellar. As for release dates, Bond 24 received one, while Rush adjusted its opening. Lastly, I have a couple pertinent pieces of Comic-Con news involving The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Edge of Tomorrow (previously All You Need Is Kill).
Johnny Depp has landed a couple roles, including a follow-up role as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland 2. Despite Disney’s bomb in The Lone Ranger (also starring Depp), it looks like Depp will still be trusted. Tim Burton, however, will not return. Instead, James Bobin (The Muppets) will take over. Also, Depp has joined Lionsgate’s Mortdecai. David Koepp (Premium Rush) will direct the movie based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery. There’s no release date for either film yet. (Sources: The Guardian, The Wrap)
It looks like Ron Howard and Tom Hanks will return to a Dan Brown adaptation. However, they’re going to skip The Lost Symbol, and make Inferno next. Tom Hanks, who starred in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, will keep the streak alive. The film also received a December 18, 2015 release date. (Source: /Film)
In more book news, the popular novel Gone Girl will eventually be adapted by David Fincher (The Social Network). More pieces are falling into place as it appears Ben Affleck (Argo) will co-star in the film. The female lead is still up for grabs, so we’ll have more on this project later. No release date has been announced yet as it’s still a ways off. (Source: USA Today)
To round out the casting, four actors/actresses were added to Christopher Nolan’s next project Interstellar. Ranging from old, Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream) and John Lithgow (Showtime’s Dexter) to young, Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn Part 2) and Timothee Chalamet (Showtime’s Homeland), the sci-fi pic is building quite the cast. With shooting presumably occurring soon, Interstellar will release next year on November 7, 2014. (Sources: Collider x2)
Although it’s been reported that Sam Mendes will likely return for Bond 24 (and 25), it was made official recently – for Bond 24 that is. Although a title remains unknown, we do know it will land in theaters November 6, 2015. Skyfall fans will have to wait a long time for the next Daniel Craig James Bond performance. (Moviefone)
People waiting for Ron Howard’s Rush will also have to wait a week longer. Universal shifted it perhaps to avoid Prisoners (starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal). However, now it will go against a bevy of films. Rush stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.
In Comic-Con news, more details were released by Lionsgate for their premier The Hunger Games: Catching Fire panel. Unfortunately for Comic-Con goers (but fortunate for the rest of the population), the exclusive new trailer will release pretty much right after it plays in San Diego. The good news for people in San Diego, though? Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and plenty of others were confirmed to be on the half-hour panel Saturday afternoon. Catching Fire releases November 22 for those that have been living under a rock. (Source: Collider)
In the last bit of news, Doug Liman’s (The Bourne Identity) film has been rebranded (now titled Edge of Tomorrow instead of All You Need is Kill) and scheduled for Comic-Con with the rest of Warner Brothers’ lineup. Edge of Tomorrow will star Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt (Looper). The film, set to release June 6, 2014, will be in San Diego on Saturday with no firm details on panel participants or what to expect. (Source: EW)
That does it for this week’s News Round-Up. Check back next Thursday for more!
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