Monday, November 01, 2010

FILM/TV NEWS: New Spider-Man Villain, Vaughn & Wilson Reunite?, Starz's "Spartacus" Recast?, and more

Tom Hardy has reportedly scored a major role in the upcoming Batman film. Whether or not he'll be a villain has not been revealed.

• It's official. Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) will play the nefarious Lizard in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. "In the comics, Dr. Curt Connors is a Florida surgeon who lost an arm during a stint in the army. Returning to civilian life as a research technologist, he tried to re-grow his amputated arm using an experiment in reptilian limb regeneration. The procedure worked but eventually turned him into The Lizard."

• After the awesomeness that was 2005's Wedding Crashers, I didn't think that Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn could ever do better…until I read the plot of their most recent potential joint venture. In 2 Guns, two lawmen who go undercover to rob a bank, unaware that they've both been assigned to the same case by their respective law enforcement agencies and that neither is a criminal. That is...the most bizarre buddy cop film plot I've heard yet. Hopefully, Wilson will officially sign on soon. He's reportedly still considering it. He must be torn between a Marmaduke sequel and playing yet another putz in a romantic comedy?

• Looks like Megan Fox might be transitioning out of "hot girl" roles…sort of. Actress/writer and first-time director Jennifer Westfeldt (Ira & Abby) just cast her in her next film Friends with Kids. It's about two best friends (Westfeldt and Adam Scott from "Party Down") "who observe the toll that having kids has taken on the couples they know and resolve to bypass that stress by having a child and then date other people." Fox is set to play one of the women Scott dates in his dreams. I love Westfeldt and if she can't make Fox funny, then no one can.

Lea Michele just scored her first major film role, joining the ensemble cast of the Valentine's Day sequel New Year's Eve.

• After playing a meathead who accidentally joins a cult on "True Blood," Ryan Kwanten just scored the role of one of the most notorious cult leaders in American history, Charles Manson. The thriller The Family will chronicle the murders the charismatic leader convinced his followers to commit. Soon we'll see if fans can handle the darker side of Kwanten.

• Just when you think she's down… Vanessa Hudgens was just cast in the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel as Josh Hutcherson's love interest. When in doubt, play the hot girl.

• Hmm, looks like Seann William Scott might be continuing his return to legitimacy. Post success with 2008's Role Models and this year's Cop Out, Scott will be starring in the indie hockey film Goon, where he'll play a former bouncer who leads a misfit team to minor league glory. The latest addition of Liev Schreiber as the legendary hockey enforcer Ross Reardon guarantees that at least critics will watch, since Schreiber has recently be riding critical acclaim on the Great White Way. Also benefiting from the development of the film is Jay Baruchel (She's Out of My League), who will not only be co-starring, but co-wroting the adaptation with Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express and Superbad).

• I'm excited by the news that Tarsem Singh will be directing a re-telling/re-imagination of the classic fairy tale Snow White. I didn't particularly enjoy The Cell, but The Fall looked incredible. While I can't imagine there'll be much to work with when it comes to the Snow White characters and scenery, I know without a doubt that he'll make Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland look like amateur hour.

• A German company designed a software called MovieReshape. It allows the director to reshape the body of the actor to make them look stronger or fatter. It could mark the end of actors dropping weight, like Christian Bale, or gaining weight, like Charlize Theron and Renee Zellweger, or gaining muscle, like Taylor Lautner for a role. But I bet actors will just use this as another way to validate themselves and make it seem like they're more devoted to their craft than others because they're method actors. "Oh no, I don't use technology, I really did drop 80lbs to play this crackhead. It was grueling, but I did it for art/my fans/[insert bullshit here]."

Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday on "Lost") will join the FX series "Justified" to play a new thorn in Raylan Givens' side.

• There's a chance Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break" and Resident Evil: Afterlife) will replace the ill Andy Whitfield in the lead role of Starz's "Spartacus: Blood and Soul."

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