Aaron Johnson might soon be portraying another superhero on the big screen as Marvel is said to want him for the role of Quicksilver in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers 2. We have more details on that below. Also, the trailer for Runner, Runner, a dramatic thriller starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, has been released by Fox. We also have updates on Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, and much more.
- J.J. Abrams To Finish What Rod Sterling Started: J.J. Abrams has acquired the rights to the final screenplay by Rod Serling titled The Stops Along the Way. Serling finished the script just before he died in 1975. According to Vulture, Abrams is trying to develop it into a mini-series. No word on what the story’s about yet, but Sterling’s widow, Carol Sterling, says it’s “a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination [and] takes place over a long period of time.”
- Crimson Peak Update: Emma Stone has dropped out of Crimson Peak due to some scheduling conflicts, but Mia Wasikowska is already in talks to replace her. If she joins, she’ll star alongside Charlie Hunnam, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain. Del Toro plans to start filming next February. Source: ComingSoon
- Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Rasputin?: Warner Bros. is developing a pitch by American Sniper scribe Jason Hall about Grigori Rasputin, and it looks like Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to play the part. According to Deadline, DiCaprio is attracted Hall’s approach to the figure, which involves “the complicated elements of a child who lost the better part of himself when his brother died, and was capable of kindness but also ruthlessness.” This would definitly be a challenging role for DiCaprio, and hopefully, maybe, possible lead to that Oscar win he so much deserves.
- Aaron Johnson Wanted For Avengers 2: Marvel wants Aaron Johnson to be their Quicksilver in The Avengers 2, The Wrap reports. No decision has been reached yet, but apparently, he’s the frontrunner. Johnson is a highly sought-after actor. He would probably have to sacrifice other projects in order to add another superhero to his resume.
- Cool Spaceships: Unreality Magazine posted a gallery of incredible unused spaceships of After Earth, you know that new movie starring Will Smith and his son. Even if you didn’t like the flick too much, the spaceships are worth checking out if you’re into sci-fi.
- Orange Is The New Black Trailer: Another Netflix series is on the way, this time from Jenji Kohan (Weeds). The new show, titled Orange Is The New Black, is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir and tells the story of an engaged Brooklynite called Piper Chapman whose seemingly perfect life is turned upside down when she must serve time in a federal women’s prison. The 13-episode series launches July 11th.
- Paranoia Trailer: Liam Hemsworth‘s latest film puts him in the ring with the big boys, specifically Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. In Paranoia, he plays an entry-level employee at a powerful corporation who finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss’s old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage. Amber Heard also stars. Watch it September 27th.
- Runner, Runner Trailer: Directed by Brad Furman (Lincoln Lawyer), Runner Runner stars Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie. The film follows Princeton grad student Richie (Timberlake), who believes he’s been cheated at an online poker game and thus travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. The movie hits theaters September 27th.
- A Most Wanted Man Sizzle Reel: Anton Corbijn‘s A Most Wanted Man stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Bruhl. It tells the tale of “a half-Chechen, half-Russian, tortured half-to-death immigrant who turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune. Both German and U.S. security agencies take a close interest in him as the race is on to find out who he really is: oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist?” There’s no release date for this yet, but it looks pretty darn good. Here’s the trailer:
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