News Round-Up: Elizabeth Olsen & Anthony Hopkins Casting; ‘The Maze Runner’ Release Date Update; and More
This was a unique week in News Round-Up because I am normally picking through all of the news to compile the best of the best. This week, though, there wasn’t as much to wade through. No disrespect to Jason Isaacs, but his casting in Fury isn’t exactly front page news. This plus Elizabeth Olsen in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Anthony Hopkins in Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, Willem Dafoe’s return to Finding Dory, and Peter Dinklage in an untitled comedy are among the casting tidbits. The Maze Runner is the lone casting update I have as it was pushed back further. Lastly, I have a report about Danny Boyle’s next film, which will be a narrative adaptation of Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers.
It appears Samuel L. Jackson, in all his brilliance, slipped up and spilled the beans about Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene). Olsen will join The Avengers: Age of Ultron when it starts filming. The movie is set to reunite the Marvel superheroes (played by Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Robert Downey, Jr.) and Olsen will play Magneto’s daughter Scarlet Witch who has telekinetic abilities (go figure). Age of Ultron cast James Spader (Lincoln) as the new baddie and Joss Whedon’s sequel will release May 1, 2015. (Source: USA Today)
Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) will play the title character in Kidnapping Freddy Heineken. Hopkins is joined by Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) and Sam Worthington (Clash of the Titans), and it’ll tell the story of a $35 million ransom after Freddy was kidnapped back in 1983. Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire) is in charge of the thriller that will get a release date later. (Source: THR)
Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints) will reprise his role in Pixar’s animated sequel Finding Dory. Dafoe voiced Gill in the original, and I’m interested in how they’ll integrate him back into the story. Dory also returns Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks as well as director Andrew Stanton. It won’t release until June 17, 2016, though. (Source: Yahoo)
Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) has been cast in an upcoming untitled comedy. He’ll hilariously play a man that tells people he’s truly a leprechaun. The Dinklage-led movie is also without a director, but the R-rated comedy was written by Bad Words (Jason Bateman’s directorial debut) writer Andrew Dodge. We’ll have more details later. (Source: THR)
Jason Isaacs (NBC’s Awake) rounds out this week’s casting with his news regarding Fury. David Ayer (End of Watch) wrote and is directing the W.W.II picture that stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal (AMC’s The Walking Dead), and Michael Pena (End of Watch). Isaacs’ character will play the confident leader of Pitt’s crew…which means he may die right away. We’ll see when the movie releases November 14, 2014. (Source: Cinema Blend)
The Maze Runner, which was initially set to release on Valentine’s Day next year, moved way back to September 19, 2014. It’ll be (another) Young Adult adaptation as it’s based on the 2009 sci-fi novel of the same name. Dylan O’Brien (MTV’s Teen Wolf) is the most notable star with Wes Ball credited as the director. (Source: Collider)
Danny Boyle (Trance) has lined up another movie…or at least an idea of another movie. Boyle has been all over the place with his filmography (and in his case, it’s been a good thing). We can expect to see a fictional adaptation based on the documentary Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. With a Trainspotting sequel also on the horizon, I’m not sure how this plays into the equation, but the news is still worthy. (Source: Collider)
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