News Round-Up: Pixar Casting/New Projects; Ang Lee’s Next Movie; and More
In a very busy week of News Round-Up, I’ll be spending a significant amount of time on Disney-related items (since the D23 Expo just happened). I’ll have information on voice casts for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, Inside Out, and Finding Dory, as well as Disney’s announcement of Zootopia. Also, I’ll share other casting nuggets about Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker, Kirsten Dunst in Midnight Special, Hugh Grant in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and a confirmation of the ever-growing Expendables 3 cast. On the release date front, there’s lots to learn about the Paranormal Activity franchise as well as Star Wars: Episode VII. For new projects, news broke about Ang Lee’s follow-up to Life of Pi and a possible Now You See Me sequel.
Starting with Bob Peterson’s (Up) The Good Dinosaur, Bill Hader (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Neil Patrick Harris (CBS’s How I Met Your Mother), Judy Greer (The Descendants), John Lithgow (Showtime’s Dexter), and Frances McDormand (Burn After Reading) will all be voice-starring. The movie releases May 20, 2014. This info was part of the D23 Expo. (Sources: Collider)
Also pertaining to D23, Peter Docter’s (Up) Inside Out announced its stars: Hader (again), Amy Poehler (NBC’s Parks and Recreation), Lewis Black (Accepted), Mindy Kaling (FOX’s The Mindy Project), and Phyllis Smith (NBC’s The Office). This movie won’t release until June 19, 2015. (Source: Collider)
Keeping at D23, Pixar announced Diane Keaton (Marvin’s Room) and Eugene Levy (American Pie) will play Dory’s parents (reprised by Ellen DeGeneres) in Finding Dory. This movie won’t release until November 25, 2015 and is again directed by Andrew Stanton. (Source: Total Film)
Moving towards other projects, Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Judy Davis (USA Network’s The Starter Wife) both joined Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker. It was intriguingly described as “Unforgiven with a sewing machine” (whatever that means). The revenge drama doesn’t have a U.S. release date, but that’ll change eventually. Production starts next year. (Source: THR)
Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man) has joined one of my favorite director’s next films. Jeff Nichols (Mud) will be going a little more mainstream with his next movie, titled Midnight Special, and Dunst joins Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty). There will be a supernatural edge to the movie and Nichols will again be credited as the writer. No release date has been set. (Source: Variety)
The back-and-forth for Expendables 3 may finally be over thanks to a Facebook message. According to the message, the cast will include names we already knew (Slyvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger). However, some new additions were added or confirmed, including Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson! Also, Glen Powell (The Dark Knight Rises) will join the action cast. (Source: Screenrant)
To finish out casting, Hugh Grant (Cloud Atlas) has been added to Guy Ritchie’s (Sherlock Holmes) The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. The spy movie also stars Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network). It’s been a work in progress for a long time, but things are getting closer and closer. Next, we need a release date. (Source: THR)
Although we had previously expected it, Star Wars: Episode VII was officially confirmed for the summer of 2015. An actual date hasn’t been confirmed, but it looks like 2015 could be the biggest blockbuster year of all-time. Films releasing include Star Wars, Avatar 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Man of Steel 2 (possibly titled Batman vs. Superman), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Bond 24, Finding Dory, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, among others. Start saving your money. (Source: Moviehole)
Not one, but two Paranormal Activity movies announced release dates for next year. Paranormal Activity 5 will release around Halloween, starting on October 24, 2014. More interestingly, though, is the latino spin-off that apparently breaks away from the franchise. Titled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the spin-off hits theaters early next year on January 3, 2014. (Source: Screenrant)
Given all the news this week, it may be surprising I considered Ang Lee’s next project to be the biggest news break. Lee, who caught the imagination of both young and old with last year’s Academy Award-winning Life of Pi, will now enter the boxing ring. If there’s an argument to be made for 3D, Lee is at the forefront. Now, he’ll be showing some of the greatest fights from the 1960s and 70s in his beautiful 3D. It’s still untitled and in the works at this point. (Source: Deadline)
One last piece of D23 news goes to Zootopia. The previously unannounced film will be next in Disney’s line of animated movies. It’s set for a 2016 release and will be directed by Bryon Howard (Tangled). For plot, it’s about a fox and a rabbit that must team up after they’re framed for a crime. (Source: IGN)
Lastly, a Now You See Me sequel appears to be in the works. Given Hollywood’s obsession with sequels, this somehow still surprised me. Details are very scarce on the potential film, but I don’t expect Now You See Me 2 to go away. (Source: Collider)
Alright that was a lot to take in. However, I think all of the casting, release date, and potential new projects were worth listing. Enjoy the rest of your day!
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