News Round-Up: Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly Casting; ‘Gone Girl’ Release Date; and More
Things tend to balance themselves out and that is evident in this week’s News Round-Up. Last week wasn’t too heavy on casting, but that changes this week. Devil’s Night, Horrible Bosses 2, San Andreas, and Jurassic World added some big names to their movies, while Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Believe (the next Justin Bieber movie) all received release dates. Scroll for details on all these news breaks.
Step Brothers’ Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will team-up for Devil’s Night…which, yes, is a comedy. The two comedians were great last time they were together, so I’m definitely open to the combo. The title refers to October 30th – which is unofficially called “Devil’s Night” – and the movie will see the two come back together to help save their neighborhood from destruction the day before Halloween. More details aren’t available at this time. (Source: The Wrap)
Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness) will star in Horrible Bosses 2. News came down this week that he’ll join returners Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jamie Foxx. The disappointing news is that Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) was hoped to be Pine’s father in the comedy sequel. However, it didn’t work out. They’re working on casting Pine’s boss now with a November 26, 2014 projected release date. We also know Sean Anders (That’s My Boy) will direct the movie. (Source: THR)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s name also came up this week when he joined San Andreas. New Line’s movie will be about the San Andreas Fault and will (obviously) be a disaster movie. So far, the only other details are that it’ll film in the latter part of 2014 with a 2015 release date and that Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Land) will direct. Since the story is about Johnson’s character going across the state to rescue his daughter, expect her casting to be sorted out somewhat soon. (Source: THR)
Although Ty Simpkins’ (Iron Man 3) name may not be recognizable, the project he is joining definitely is. Colin Trevorrow’s (Safety Not Guaranteed) Jurassic World – the 4th installment in the Jurassic Park franchise – landed Simpkins as the first castmember. The 12-year-old’s role isn’t known quite yet, but I can tell you we’ll see him on June 12, 2015…when he’ll obviously not be 12 anymore. (Source: Deadline)
David Fincher’s (The Social Network) next movie Gone Girl (the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller of the same name) received its firm release date. The movie stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike (The World’s End), and Neil Patrick Harris (CBS’s How I Met Your Mother) and will be available October 3, 2014. I know it’s too early to count it as a 2014 awards contender, but Fincher, the release date timing, and the popular content definitely put it on (way-too-early) radars. (Source: EW)
Another great director, Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox), will release his latest in 2014. The Grand Budapest Hotel, which just released the first poster (and which is also set to release a new trailer tomorrow), has announced its release for March 7, 2014. It’ll be up against 300: Rise of an Empire, but I’m just hoping it gets a wide release to be honest. Moonrise Kingdom didn’t when it came out last year, despite being a great movie. The Grand Budapest Hotel stars some awesome names, including Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall), Edward Norton (Fight Club), and Bill Murray (Moonrise Kingdom). (Source: The Huffington Post)
For my 13-year-old girl demographic, I thought I’d include the Christmas Day release date information about Justin Bieber’s next musical movie. Titled Believe, it’ll follow 2011’s Never Say Never. Exciting, huh? (Source: The Huffington Post)
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