News Round-Up: Tom Hardy Cast as Elton John; ‘The Monuments Men’ Pushed Back; and More
Yesterday was a big day for news. In terms of this week’s News Round-Up, Wednesday gave us news involving Tom Hardy as Elton John in Rocketman, The Monuments Men release date push, and Paul Feig’s involvement in the Peanuts movie. Before that, Ellen Page joined Into the Forest, John Krasinski joined Cameron Crowe’s untitled comedy, Channing Tatum was added to Book of Life, and, speaking of Paul Feig, Rose Byrne is going to reteam with Melissa McCarthy in Susan Cooper.
From Bane to…Elton John? It looks like Tom Hardy has signed to play the iconic singer in Rocketman, the aptly titled biopic. Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman on Earth) is set to start directing the film next year with Focus Features behind the movie. John will have some hand in it as well with it looking like he’ll rerecord some tracks for the movie. A release date will come later. (Source: EW)
Ellen Page (The East) and Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March) have both joined Into the Forest. The movie adaptation is written and will be directed by Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park). The two will presumably play the two sisters (the main characters) living in a remote location during an apocalypse (in case there weren’t enough apocalypse movies). Other info, such as co-stars and a release date, are unknown at this time. (Source: Deadline)
John Krasinski (NBC’s The Office) appears to be the latest added to Cameron Crowe’s (Almost Famous) untitled comedy. Krasinski joins Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, and Rachel McAdams. Jim, er…Krasinski, will be married to McAdams’ character. The movie is already filming in Hawaii with a 2014 specific date yet to come. (Source: The Huffington Post)
Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) will add his voice to the animated film Book of Life. He joins the voices of Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness), Christina Applegate (Anchorman), and Danny Trejo (Machete). Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) will produce the movie with Jorge Gutierrez directing. The movie will premiere October 17, 2014. Check the source for even more casting bits. (Source: Collider)
Paul Feig will reunite Bridesmaids‘ alums Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy for Susan Cooper. Byrne hasn’t blown up quite like McCarthy since their last comedy, but I’m still excited to see them back together. Susan Cooper sounds a bit like The Heat – an action comedy centered around two female leads – but this one has even more potential to be a franchise (go figure). More details aren’t available quite yet. (Source: Grantland)
The lone release date announcement could be a bummer for Christmas crowds. The Monuments Men has pushed itself out of 2013 because of special effects work. The World War II drama starring George Clooney (who also directed it), Matt Damon, John Goodman, and more doesn’t have a set 2014 date but it should be in the first quarter. (Source: CNN)
Paul Feig isn’t out of the news yet. News came down that he will help produce a Peanuts movie. Feig isn’t exactly a family-friendly filmmaker, but his involvement in the animated picture should still be met with open arms. He’s on a hot streak which will hopefully continue when the movie comes out November 6, 2015. Steve Martino (Horton Hears a Who) will direct and voice actor announcements will come down later. (Source: Deadline)
Come back tomorrow to wrap up your entertainment week!
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