Thursday, July 30, 2009

FILM: Cage Villain for Green Hornet?, Galifianakis & Downey Jr., Bardem Bails on Labeouf, and more

Nicholas Cage might play the gangster villain in Seth Rogen's Green Hornet, while Cameron Diaz is rumored to be cast as a reporter slash love interest. I think if Seth wants anyone to take his film seriously, he's going to have to pick someone a little more terrifying than a balding, over-the-hill, action star on the verge of Steven Seagal status. They're also in search of someone to play the sidekick role of Kato. Would it be racist to suggest John Cho? I mean, he did kick some ass in Star Trek.

• I thought Denzel Washington dropped out of Tony Scott's runaway train drama Unstoppable because it was too similar to his recent box office bomb Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, but it turns out "the project hit a speed bump when the studio insisted the budget be cut back to $90 million, with Washington to cut $4 million from his salary." But after more negotiations, which basically means they caved and gave him his salary, he agreed to play the role of a veteran engineer who jumps into a locomotive with a young conductor (Star Trek's Chris Pine) to stop an unmanned runaway train loaded with toxic cargo. So then it seems repetition really isn't a problem for him.

• I guess Javier Bardem isn't going to go toe-to-toe with Shia Labeouf in Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel. Because of scheduling conflicts, he dropped out. I hope that's not code for "the plot sucks." At first, I thought it was weird for Bardem to play a hedge fund manager, but now I can't picture anyone better for the role—anyone more terrifying as a villain. However, Josh Brolin is now attached. Hmm, we'll see how that works out.

Pirates of the Caribbean will start a new trilogy with the fourth film in the saga. Johnny Depp is on board for as many as they want to do, but Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom have opted out of the saga. I can't wait to see what they come up with, because I was under the impression that they were going to find a way to free Will from the ship that brings the dead to hell. That would've been awesome, but I guess not. The other plot they could pursue is Jack's search for the Fountain of Youth, which was marked on the map they showed at the end of the last film. Oooh, if he finds it, he can stay young enough to encounter the grown-up child of Will and Elizabeth, which could have been easily conceived on the night of their impromptu, mid-brawl wedding. That would be pretty cool...especially if it was a girl. If Amy Adams or Ginnifer Goodwin (He's Just Not That Into You) did it, they could be like a lady turned pirate, just like their mom. They could even go younger with Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew). Just don't go tooo sexy like with Megan Fox. There's no way Keira could pop her out. lol They could even make it that Elizabeth had fraternal twins, so that there could be a male Turner, played by the likes of Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) or Christopher Egan ("Kings"). The possibilites are endless.

Zach Galifianakis is riding his Hangover-high. He scored a co-starring role in the road trip comedy Due Date. Robert Downey Jr. will take a break from explosions and combat to play "an expectant father who finds himself on a road trip with a mismatched partner, as he races to get there before the birth of the child." Wild and disturbing things are sure to happen with Zach around.

Jenna Dewan has been cast in the the comic adaptation Magdalena, the story of the descendant of Mary Magdalene, a protector of the Catholic Church. Finally, Dewan gets a job post-Step Up. For a second there I thought she resigned herself to being Mrs. Channing Tatum.

• I think Josh Gad (The Rocker) is really funny. In fact, I think he was the funniest character on Kelsey Grammer's short-lived comedy "Back to You." However, I don't quite understand how he can play Jake Gyllenhaal's little brother in the drama Love and Other Drugs. I just...don't see the resemblance.

• Check out this insanely awesome plot: In Vivian Schilling's thriller novel Sacred Prey, "a loan shark kills a man he believes duped him, only to wake up and find himself in the body of that man three days before the murder. He then must undertake a furious effort to prevent the murder he committed." Woa! When it's adapted, it'll be under a new title, so keep a look out.

1 comment:

  1. That would be kind cool (and slightly creepy)if Jack Sparrow found the fountain of youth and teamed up Will Turner's kid.