News Round-Up: Zach Galifianakis Cast in ‘Freeheld’; ‘Ride Along 2’ Plans; and More
This week (like the trailers, posters, and photos) has been pretty jam-packed with new stuff. And while I’m not saying this week’s news breaks aren’t important, I have seen a lot less come down the pike. Still, read on for casting updates, such as Zach Galifianakis and Julianne Moore in Freeheld, Brittany Snow in Pitch Perfect 2, and Jai Courtney in Terminator: Genesis. For release dates, both Cameron Crowe’s untitled project and the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy, Grimsby, received release dates this year. In other news, I’ll talk about Ride Along 2 plans and John Singleton’s involvement in the much put-off Tupac biopic. (Source: THR)
A double-whammy to start things off as we learned about the news of Zach Galifianakis and Julianne Moore’s names being added to Freeheld. If you’ve heard that title it might be because the movie is being adapted into a full film after competing for and winning the 2007 Academy Award Documentary Short. Ellen Page is also set to be in the indie that’ll be directed by Peter Sollett (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist). A release date isn’t known yet since the film is just starting production. (Source: THR)
Next, along with the news a few weeks back about Elizabeth Banks’ directorial title in the new Pitch Perfect movie, we received some confirmation on the returners. Along with Banks, Anna Kendrick, and Rebel Wilson, it appears Brittany Snow will factor in to Pitch Perfect 2. The musical comedy sequel will hit theaters May 15, 2015. (Source: EW)
The latest news break – and last casting update – came yesterday with the announcement of Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard) as a significant player in the Terminator: Genesis reboot. Both John (Jason Clarke) and Sarah (Emilia Clarke) were cast previously, but Courtney will take on the role of Kyle Reese. Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) is set to direct the reboot that’ll be out July 1, 2015.
Although Cameron’s Crowe’s untitled next project doesn’t have a title, it’ll follow the lead of his last movie (We Bought a Zoo) and release in December. The movie starring Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper will release on December 25th with a plethora of other films. Expect the film to make the rounds at some film festivals beforehand, but casual moviegoers will have another movie to choose from this Christmas. Now all we need is a dang title. (Source: IndieWire)
Sony, who acquired the comedy Grimsby, also set a date for their movie. This one will come out on July 31, 2015. Although it has a title, star (Sacha Baron Cohen), and director (Louis Leterrier), the film still hasn’t begun production, which explains the year-and-a-half delay. Expect more casting news to come out about the spy comedy in the coming months. (Source: Variety)
Although it shouldn’t be shocking that a good box office ticket would lead to a sequel, I find myself once again surprised. With Ride Along’s early 2014 success came plans to make the inevitable sequel. If you were a fan of the buddy cop comedy, you’ll likely get more, as news broke this week of Tim Story’s deal to return as director. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are apparently close to deals to reprise as well. I smell a quick turnaround for this, so expect Ride Along 2 sometime in 2015. (Source: Deadline)
Lastly, I wanted to do a quick update on the long-gestating Tupac biopic. Simply titled Tupac, the film has went through a lot on its way to production. And although nothing is certain until it hits theaters, it is a good sign when a director is named. John Singleton (2 Fast 2 Furious) is that director. It’ll make pretty big news when an actor is named, but for now we’ll wait for Singleton to rewrite the script. A release date will also come as the project takes the next steps forward. (Source: LA Times)
Come back tomorrow to celebrate the start of the weekend with the newest clips.
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