News Round-Up: Benedict Cumberbatch Cast in ‘Blood Mountain’; ‘Ant-Man’ New Release Date; and More
Welcome to this week’s News Round-Up! Below you find the latest news breaks, including plenty of casting news, a new release date, and a couple other random tidbits. For casting, Benedict Cumberbatch joined Blood Mountain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was added to To Reach to the Clouds, Kristen Stewart (among others) joined Still Alice, and Garrett Hedlund looks to be Captain Hook in Pan. Release date-wise, Ant-Man took over the Man of Steel 2 2015 spot. Lastly, Elizabeth Banks will direct Pitch Perfect 2 and I’ve included the full list of Sundance Film Festival winners for your viewing pleasure.
First up, star Benedict Cumberbatch added yet another project to his running filmography. The British actor has been in what seems like hundreds of movies the past couple years. One of his upcoming projects is Blood Mountain, where he will play a military contractor that is forced to chaperone a dangerous terrorist to justice. The movie doesn’t have a release date, but I can tell you Sergei Bodrov (Mongol) is directing it come April. (Source: Variety)
The biggest casting news, in my personal opinion, involves Joseph Gordon-Levitt in To Reach the Clouds. Even though I love JGL, I find this news big because I didn’t realize they were making a fictional account based on the event that sparked James Marsh’s very impressive documentary Man on Wire. What’s even better is Robert Zemeckis (Flight) will direct the picture. The 3D version doesn’t have a release date yet. (Source: IndieWire)
Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, and Kate Bosworth all joined Julianne Moore in a drama titled Still Alice. Like a lot of movies nowadays, it is based on a novel (this one by Lisa Genova). Richard Glatzer and Wash Westermoreland are penciled in as directors. As of now, there is no release date, so you have plenty of time to read the book. (Source: TheWrap)
Although it technically hasn’t been confirmed yet, all signs point to Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) being the next Captain Hook in Pan. Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice) is directing the movie (which currently has no release date). We’ll get back to you with confirmation and co-star news when it’s appropriate. (Source: THR)
The one and only release date news I have relates to last week’s announcement that the Man of Steel sequel is moving back to 2016. As a result, Marvel snatched up the release date spot (of July 17, 2015). They’ll release Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright (The World’s End) and starring Paul Rudd (I Love You, Man), two weeks earlier than originally intended. The sooner the better, right? (Source: MTV)
In an interesting piece of news, it appears Pitch Perfect 2 will change up the directing chairs. Actress Elizabeth Banks was confirmed as director for the musical comedy sequel. Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are expected to return with Banks obviously coming back, too. There isn’t a firm release date, but plans are to have the movie out sometime in 2015. (Source: THR)
To finish things off, I wanted to link to the full awards results for this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The popular indie festival is usually the spawning grounds for some of the year’s best indie movies. The top honor (U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic) went to Whiplash (starring Miles Teller). It also won the Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic. Check out the full list within the source. (Source: IndieWire)
Come back tomorrow to finish off the week with new clips and movie releases!
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