News Round-Up: Bryan Cranston, Kurt Russell Cast; ‘Minions’ Release Date Update; and More
It’s been a slow(er) news week, relatively speaking. Still, a few new names have been added to projects, including Bryan Cranston’s (AMC’s Breaking Bad) to Trumbo and Kurt Russell’s (Death Proof) to Fast & Furious 7. For release dates, Minions (the Despicable Me spinoff) and the Annie remake both moved, while Odd Thomas and Jason Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words gained a date. Also, RoboCop is poised to release in IMAX now. As for other news, Seth Gordon (Identity Thief) and Jason Segel (The Muppets) will team up for a maple syrup heist movie (yes, that’s a real thing) while Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This is the End) will write a movie called Sausage Party.
Bryan Cranston will play Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo. For those that don’t know, Trumbo was blacklisted after refusing to answer to Congress during the 1950s. He went on to work under a pseudonym to later win a couple Academy Awards. This definitely sounds ripe for Hollywood, and it’s nice to see a great actor like Cranston in the role. Jay Roach (Meet the Parents) will be the director with co-stars and release date info still up in the air. (Source: Collider)
Kurt Russell appears to have joined Fast & Furious 7, which is hard at work right now. It was first reported that he was eyed for the role, but photos have surfaced online showing him on set. Fast & Furious 7, directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and returning Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will release July, 11, 2014. It’ll finally close the gap in the chronology by surpassing Tokyo Drift. (Source: Variety)
Minions will join the rest of the great 2015 movies since it’s been pushed back to July 10, 2015. There’s been some shuffling lately, but 2015 still looks like quite the year for film. Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me) will direct the movie that features both Jon Hamm’s (AMC’s Mad Men) and Sandra Bullock’s voices. (Source: Deadline)
The Annie remake – with a cast that includes Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Jamie Foxx (Horrible Bosses), and Cameron Diaz (Vanilla Sky) – has also been moved. This one is less extensive, though, because it’ll only move up six days to December 19, 2014. Therefore, it’ll avoid the busy Christmas Day opening. Will Gluck (Easy A) is the director. (Source: Collider)
Jason Bateman’s first feature Bad Words recently premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now, it’s been picked up and scheduled for a March 21, 2014 release. Since it has stiff competition (Divergent being the biggest foe), it’ll start in limited release before expanding. The Focus Features comedy stars Bateman, Allison Janney (The Help), and Rachael Harris (Natural Selection). (Source: Collider)
Odd Thomas finally received a relative release date. Stephen Sommers’ (The Mummy) thriller has been in release date limbo for some time now. However, it now appears it’ll hit theaters sometime during the early 2014 year after being acquired by Image Entertainment. We’ll try to pass along a firm date when it comes along. The movie stars Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy) and Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints). (Source: Deadline)
RoboCop, which was already poised to release next February, will also hit the big, big screen. The sci-fi remake (starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton) will also grace IMAX screens starting February 7, 2014. It’s directed by José Padilha (Secrets of the Tribe). (Source: Comingsoon)
Sony released plans to release a maple syrup heist film. What is crazier is the movie is based on a true story (only in Canada…). It’ll be directed by Seth Gordon and star Jason Segel. Co-stars and a release date aren’t known quite yet. (Source: THR)
Coming off the success of This is the End, directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will be creating Sausage Party. Unlike their previous movie, this one will be animated. Also, they won’t actually direct the film, instead they’ll be in charge of writing the screenplay. It’ll be about a sausage (and his friends) that discover their true existence. As you can expect, it’ll be rated R. Potential stars and a release date aren’t known yet either.
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