News Round-Up: Jason Statham Cast in ‘Layer Cake’ Follow-Up; Release Date for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’; and More
In this week’s edition of News Round-Up, the focus shifts from casting to release dates as Star Wars: Episode VII gets a firm date, while The Fantastic Four reboot and Independence Day 2 both moved back to the following year. However, that doesn’t mean there is no casting as it looks like Jason Statham has joined the Layer Cake follow-up titled Viva La Madness and Idris Elba is onboard for Bastille Day. Finally, in “other” news, you can find out about Justin Lin’s involvement in the fifth Bourne movie and Warner Brothers’ involvement in a potential Temple Run movie.
Jason Statham (The Expendables) seems like the perfect actor to assume Daniel Craig’s spot in the Layer Cake follow-up. Turns how that’s exactly what he is doing because he’ll be starring in Viva La Madness. J.J. Connolly will write the sequel based on his own novel, with director, co-stars, and a release date a ways off. (Source: Deadline)
Idris Elba, who has been on a hot streak with movies like Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, and the still-to-be-released Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, continues to add to his busy schedule. He’ll lead the film Bastille Day – a thriller about an ex-CIA agent on an anti-terrorist mission. Although no release date is available, we do know that Baran bo Odar (The Silence) will direct the picture. (Source: EW)
The biggest news of this past week went to the firm release date for Star Wars: Episode VII. In what could be the most anticipated year of movies, the latest Star Wars movie could turn out to be the most hyped movie of all time. It’ll be directed by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) and we’re still waiting on casting news. It seems like the news could be passed down any day, but we’ll have to continue to be patient. However, we do know the movie will officially release on December 18, 2015. (Source: EW)
Independence Day 2, Roland Emmerich’s follow-up to the 1996 sci-fi movie starring Will Smith, has been pushed back to July 1, 2016. That’s almost a full year from its original set date. Unfortunately, we still don’t know about the cast for the follow-up, with people wondering about Smith’s, Jeff Goldblum’s, and Randy Quaid’s involvement in particular. Maybe that’s why it got pushed back? We’ll know more later. (Source: Comingsoon)
The Fantastic Four reboot will now hit theaters on June 19, 2015. There are two things to love about The Fantastic Four reboot: a) it could make-up for the original series and b) it’ll exist in the same universe as the X-Men movies. As for specifics on the actual Fantastic Four movie, all we know is Josh Trank (Chronicle) will direct the movie and Michael Green (Green Lantern) wrote the script. (Source: IGN)
Justin Lin may not be returning to the The Fast & Furious franchise, but he will be adding the Bourne franchise to his resume. Not a bad swap if you ask me. There have been rumblings about Matt Damon perhaps making his way back to the franchise, but nothing is for sure yet. However, Jeremy Renner, who joined the franchise in The Bourne Legacy, will return for Lin’s version. An official title, co-stars, plot, and release date (so pretty much everything) aren’t known yet. A summer 2015 date is expected, but no confirmation yet. (Source: Deadline)
The final bit of news involves the plans for Universal to adapt the popular app Temple Run into a movie. This shouldn’t be surprising (but yet it still is) given the news about an Angry Birds movie adaptation. Even less is known about this movie; however, producer David Heyman (Gravity) will produce the movie. Check back for more details! (Source: Variety)
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