Thursday, May 07, 2009

FILM: Wolverine Sequel, Deadpool Spinoff, Aguilera's Acting Debut, Stomp the Yard Sequel, and more

• There's a rumor that Will Smith has dropped out of McG's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo film. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was linked as a replacement until McG denied the rumor. I'm sure once the box office results of Terminator Salvation come in, he won't have a problem nailing down a lead.

• There's a Stomp the Yard sequel in the works. No word on whether Columbus Short and/or Meagan Good will be reprising their roles. My guess is that they're trying to mimic Step Up's success, showcasing fraternity/sorority stepping instead of street dancing. This could be an opportunity to cast younger and create a trilogy. Perhaps they should dip into the casts of the many dance reality shows that are all over the tube.

Christina Aguilera will make her film debut in the musical Burlesque. She'll play "an ambitious smalltown girl with a big voice who finds love, family and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club." We'll see if she has what it takes to be the next Beyonce, as opposed to bombing like Britney Spears (Crossroads) or Mariah Carey (Glitter).

• Not only is there a spinoff in the works for X-Men Origins: Wolverine that'll star Ryan Reynolds' wisecracking mercenary character Deadpool, but there's already a sequel in the works for Wolverine. It'll focus on his training as a samurai.

• I've always thought Will Ferrell's best acting is when he's knee-deep in paranoia. He's set to star in Neighborhood Watch, a comedy about a guy who moves to the suburbs and discovers a conspiracy. Perfection.

Ryan Gosling, Anton Yelchin (Charlie Bartlett) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) were rumored to be starring in the Green Lantern comicbook film, but now Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) is a frontrunner. I dunno. Something about that guy has always said sleazeball to me.

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