Friday, June 29, 2012
CATCHING FIRE Finds It's Johanna Mason,Guzman Goes Lucha Libre, Tommy Lee Jones To Handle De Niro, and More!
Tommy Lee Jones is in talks to play an FBI agent in Luc Besson's Malavita. "Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer star as a married couple with Mafia ties who relocate to France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the "family" way. Jones is making a deal to play De Niro's stern handler in the FBI-sponsored program, who checks in on the family and tries to help them assimilate to their new life overseas."
Zoe Aggeliki will likely play Johanna Mason, an ax-welding, deceptive and ruthless winner of a previous Hunger Games in the upcoming sequel, Catching Fire. The Mason character is pivotal role in the first and second Hunger Games sequels, the first of which is in theaters on November 22, 2013.
William Sadler has joined the cast of Machete Kills in an unspecified role.
Black Dynamite director Scott Sanders has cast Luis Guzman in his upcoming action comedy Aztec Warrior. Guzman will play a Lucha Lubre, The Warrior who goes up against his rival El Diablo (Mexican comedian Eugenio Derbez). The cast also includes Terry Crews, Nadine Velazquez, and Lupe Ontiveros.
Brad Anderson will direct The Hive for WWE Studios and Troika Pictures. Halle Berry plays an emergency call center operator who takes a call from a teenage girl (Abigail Breslin) who has been abducted and carried away in the trunk of a car. The kidnapping plays out in real time as the duo work together to track down the killer.
Cee Lo Green will play a successful hip-hop star in Can A Song Save Your Life? opposite Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and Adam Levine. The film focuses on, "a woman (Knightley) who tries to make it in the music biz with the help of a down-and-out music producer (Ruffalo)."
Chris Cooper will co-star in August: Osage County alongside Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep in the upcoming film adaptation of stageplay.
Ethan Hawke has joined the cast of White House Taken (formerly known as Olympus Has Fallen) playing a character called Forbes. In the film, Gerard Butler plays a Secret Service agent who must rescue the President (Aaron Eckhart) after a group of North Korean militants storm the White House, take hostages, and demand the United States remove military forces from the Korean Peninsula. Angela Bassett co-stars in the Antoine Fuqua directed film.
Tim McCann will direct Nick Krause and Sam Trammell in White Rabbit, a dark drama with fantasy elements. "Written by Anthony Di Pietro, Rabbit is story of a bullied, high school teen (Krause), who begins having visions of a rabbit that he killed when he was nine years old. The rabbit, along with other imaginary characters, turn menacing in the hopes of pushing him over the edge and luring him into one last fatal act of revenge. Trammell is playing the teen’s father."
Stellan Skarsgard has confirmed he will be reprising his role as Dr. Erik Selvig in Thor 2.