News Round-Up: Casting for Jersey Boys, Stretch, Interstellar; New ‘Rocky’ Spin-off, Comic-Con Round-Up, and More
In case you’ve been living under a rock the last week, there was a lot of breaking news coming from studios. Most of it occurred at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. If you missed it, I will be recapping the big Man of Steel 2 (including a potential title and potential Justice League plans) and The Avengers: Age of Ultron news. Before that, I’ve picked the biggest casting tidbits, including those for Jersey Boys, Stretch, Interstellar, and Cameron Crowe’s Untitled Project. Also, I’ll be talking about a Rocky spin-off (titled Creed) and the new title for Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Check it out below.
Christopher Walken (Seven Psychopaths) has signed to Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Jersey Boys. Based on a stage musical, Walken will be playing a crime boss. The film is being backed by Warner Brothers and will start filming in September. No more details are known at this time. (Source: Empire)
That 70’s Show alum Topher Grace will apparently appear in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar. It does seem like an odd choice, but Nolan is straying from his normal line-up of actors more with his follow-up to The Dark Knight Rises. Nolan newbies Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and John Lithgow are among the co-stars. However, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway will be the familiar faces in the ever-growing cast. The movie should release November 7, 2014. (Source: Comingsoon)
Joe Carnahan’s (The Grey) Stretch nabbed Jessica Alba (Good Luck Chuck) to join Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness). Wilson will play a limo driver who picks up a billionaire (Pine) with increasingly odd requests. It sounds like a thriller, but it’s actually an action-comedy. The movie will release March 21, 2014. (Source: Deadline)
Finally, Danny McBride (HBO’s Eastbound & Down) looks to have joined Cameron Crowe’s (Almost Famous) untitled next project. Details are tough to come by about his role and the movie’s premise. However, it’s rumored to be a reworked version of Crowe’s Deep Tiki. We do know that Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, and Rachel McAdams are involved in the movie. (Source: /Film)
Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) will be in charge of directing a Rocky spin-off titled Creed. Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) will presumably be in the film and he’ll take on the role of Apollo Creed’s grandson. It doesn’t end there either because Sylvester Stallone will apparently reprise his role as Rocky, but it really shouldn’t be a huge role given his age. (Source: Collider)
Although they aren’t specific release dates, Warner Brothers and DC are looking to focus on a Flash movie in 2016 with the first Justice League movie coming in 2017. Coming off the heels of a huge announcement (more on this below), a Flash movie should introduce another viable character. Now the question remains: what about Wonder Woman? (Source: THR)
The Weinstein Company has retooled one of the titles to an upcoming movie. To comply with the MPAA and a Warner Brothers lawsuit, they are now calling the movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler. It’s not a big change but it gets the job done. Lee Daniels (Precious) is obviously the director, and the drama will land in theaters August 16th. (Source: Moviefone)
Finally, I wanted to do a quick recap of the biggest Comic-Con revelations for those that missed it. For our full coverage, click here. I’m just going to focus on Warner Brothers and Marvel because they’re getting into a superhero arms race. Marvel is obviously winning with established franchises involving Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America that set The Avengers up. The Avengers 2 got an official title Saturday night. It’ll be called The Avengers: Age of Ultron meaning Ultron will obviously be filling the villain role.
Before this huge announcement, DC made arguably bigger splashes with the news that Batman would already be returning in Man of Steel 2. Zack Snyder helped make the announcement that about destroyed Hall H. It seems Batman and Superman will be battling each other in a couple summer’s time. No news came out about who would take the cowl from Christian Bale, though. However, there is rumor that Batman vs. Superman could be the working title (instead of Man of Steel 2). This certainly makes more sense because of name recognition. (Source: Collider)
That does it for the latest news. Check back tomorrow for new clips and previews for this weekend’s new movies.
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