Other Tidbits From The Week XMENFIRST CLASS HESHER FANTASTIC VOYAGE HAYWIRE and More May 7, 2011 This week we have clips from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s indie drama ‘Hesher’ and the neo-noir detective thriller ‘The Big Bang’ starring Antonio Banderas. There is another character trailer for ‘X-Men: First Class,’ this time featuring Mystique. A promo trailer for Cillian Murphy’s ‘Retreat’ which co-stars Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell, and some concept posters for Steven Soderbergh spy thriller ‘Haywire.’ Deadline reports that director Shawn Levy and his ‘Real Steel’ star Hugh Jackman got on so well when making the robot boxing flick that the actor is now Levy’s first choice to lead his re-imagining of ‘Fantastic Voyage.’ With Jackman having plenty of downtime due to Darren Aronofsky quitting ‘The Wolverine,’ he may sign up for ‘Fantastic Voyage.’ Levy’s ‘Fantastic Voyage’ will be 3D and has James Cameron attached to produce. The script comes from scribes Shane Salerno (‘Savages,’ ‘Shaft’) and Laeta Kalogridis (‘Shutter Island,’ ‘Night Watch’) and according to Deadline, “the tone of the movie now has a dramatic love story that has Levy very excited.” The project has yet to receive a green-light, but you can be sure if Jackman signs on, the studio will be looking to get the movie into production as soon as possible. Nathan Lane (‘The Producers’) and Robert Emms (‘War Horse’) have nabbed supporting roles in Tarsem Singh’s ‘Snow White.‘ Unlike Universal’s fairytale adaptation ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ Singh’s adaptation is having no problems finding its cast. Lane will play Brighton, servant to Julia Roberts’ Queen, and Emms has the role of Renbock, Prince Alcott’s (played by Armie Hammer) valet. “An evil queen and an exiled princess struggle for control of their kingdom in a spirited adventure comedy, filled with jealousy, romance and betrayal, that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over.” Deadline reports that Vince Vaughn has joined the cast of the Stephen Frears-directed ‘Lay The Favorite.’ Based on the gambling memoir of Beth Raymer, the movie will co-star Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Zeta-Jones will play the wife of a legendary gambler (Willis). Hall plays a young woman who becomes involved with the guy as he figures out how to gain an edge on the Vegas sports book system. Vaughn plays the role of Rosie, a Long Island bookie that Raymor once worked for. Movieweb has two clips from Spencer Susser’s ‘Hesher‘ starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson. You can check out the movie’s official trailer HERE. A promo/sales trailer for ‘Retreat,’ starring Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell. If you are going to check the trailer out, we suggest you press stop around the 1.22 mark. Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an Island Retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a Man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping throughout Europe. Stephen Collins (‘No Ordinary Family,’ ‘7th Heaven’) will play “the villainous Mr. Harter” in the upcoming Farrelly brothers-directed ‘Three Stooges.’ Collins and Sofia Vergara (‘Modern Family’) will play a couple who adopts the titular Stooges for some kind of malicious purpose. It has been confirmed that ‘Cry Macho‘ will be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first post-Governor feature film. The kidnap thriller starts filming in September. Ubisoft, the French video game publisher, has announced it is launching Ubisoft Motion Pictures to adapt its game franchises for film and TV. Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. will be in heading up the new venture with producer Didier Lupfer in charge of production and development. Former head of distribution at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France, Jean de Rivieres, will be handling international sales and marketing. Three clips from Antonio Banderas’ neo-noir detective thriller ‘The Big Bang‘ have arrived online. You can see the trailer for the movie HERE. A very revealing trailer for ‘The Ledge‘ starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, Charlie Hunnam, and Terrence Howard. Nicole Kidman is believed to be eyeing the lead role in ‘Our Wild Life,’ according to The Wrap. The drama is based the leading animal conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick who devoted her life to preventing elephant extinction by endeavoring to save baby elephants left orphaned by war, poaching and culling. The script was penned by Jeff Stockwell. Clive Owen (‘Intruders’) and Anil Kapoor (‘Slumdog Millionaire’) will star in the financial thriller ‘Cities‘ for director Roger Donaldson. The thriller is described as a “cautionary tale about greed and ambition that takes place on a global scale in three colliding story lines set in the exuberant months leading up to the Dow Jones all-time stock market high.” Kirsten Dunst, Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan and Casey Wilson are all attached to star in the new indie comedy being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, reports THR. Leslye Headland (‘Terriers’) penned the script and makes his directorial debut with the project. The story follows three best friends (two of whom would be played by Caplan and Dunst) who are invited to act as bridesmaids at the wedding of a girl they called “Pigface” in high school. The producers are still in the process of casting the third best friend. Caplan’s character is described as having a Playboy Bunny body with a Larry David brain. Dunst’s character appearance is described as crisp and severe, and she is referred to as your best friend and your worst enemy. Ving Rhames, Christopher Lloyd and Paul Scheer will reprise their ‘Piranha 3D‘ roles for ‘Piranha 3DD,’ John Gulager’s sequel to last year’s Alexandre Aja-helmed bloodfest. Also taking a plunge into killer fish-infested waters will be Katrina Bowden (’30 Rock,’ ‘Sex Drive’). Bloody-Disgusting reports that ‘Catfish‘ co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have come aboard ‘Paranormal Activity 3‘ from a screenplay by Christopher B. Landon (‘Disturbia’). Variety added more to the story saying that the third movie “is currently being envisioned as an origin story set in the 1980s that will follow a new family.” That bit of information has since been dropped from the Variety article. Malin Akerman has joined the cast of the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical ‘Rock of Ages.’ The ‘Watchmen’ actress will play the journalist writing a piece on the arrogant rocker Stacee Jax (played by Tom Cruise) and ends up being seduced by him. Kelly Preston (‘Jerry Maguire’) is set to join husband John Travolta and daughter Ella Bleu in ‘Gotti: Three Generations.’ The actress will play Victoria DiGiorgio, wife of John Gotti Sr. (Travolta). Ella Bleu will play their daughter, Angel Gotti. Variety reports that Bradley Cooper (‘Limitless’) has been offered a role opposite Ryan Gosling in director Derek Cianfrance’s upcoming crime drama ‘The Place beyond the Pines.’ Gosling will portray a pro motorcycle rider who turns to bank robberies to support his newborn son, when he crosses paths with a rookie police officer their confrontation spirals into a generational feud. Copper has been offered the role of the rookie police officer. Another character trailer for ‘X-Men: First Class‘ has arrived, the new trailer features Jennifer Lawrence’s shape-shifting Mystique. You can see the previous character trailers HERE. Talking to IGN, Bryan Singer says he’s open to the idea of Wolverine popping up in an ‘X-Men: First Class‘ sequel. “I think there would definitely be room. I think it would be a very exciting thing. This universe has to establish itself first, but that would be a very interesting and fun thing” he says. Iconic Italian director/actor Roberto Benigni (‘Life Is Beautiful’) has joined the ensemble cast of Woody Allen’s Italy-Based Film. Benigni joins the ensemble cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page and Alec Baldwin. Talking to Collider, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Hesher’) confirmed that he will not be reprising his role as Cobra Commander in the planned ‘G.I. Joe‘ sequel. Armie Hammer is attached to star in the psychological thriller ‘2:22,’ reports THR. The movie is described as “rollercoaster thriller that centers on Dylan (Hammer) an air traffic controller who is given a jolt when he narrowly escapes being responsible for a mid air collision between two passenger planes. Caused by a mysterious blinding light that happened at 2:22, these strange occurrences continue and lead Dylan to meet Sarah, with whom he feels inexplicably linked. Together the two discover uncanny similarities with their current predicament and a double murder committed a generation ago. With a grim fate looming, Dylan must solve the mystery of 2:22 to preserve a love whose second chance has finally come.” Paul Currie (‘One Perfect Day’) will direct from a script by Todd Stein and Nathan Parker. As expected, plans for a remake of the Norwegian cult creature feature ‘Troll Hunter’ are in the works according the film’s director Andre Ovredal. Talking to JoBlo he says: “there is a contract negotiation going on, but it’s taking months, just because of details in the contract. There should be an announcement within several weeks.” Ovredal wouldn’t reveal who was behind the remake saying: “they have to make the announcement, but I am very proud that these people want to do the remake. I’m very happy about it.” It shouldn’t come as a surprise, as we all saw it coming, but Marvel are considering stand-alone movies for Hawkeye and Black Widow. Talking to The Playlist, Marvel Films co-chief Kevin Feige said: “There’s no definitive plans, but we have started talking and talking with Scarlett about what a Widow movie could be… Internally we’ve also started thinking what a ‘Hawkeye’ movie could be, how we could continue to explore the organization [which Samuel Jackson‘s Nick Fury leads] S.H.I.E.L.D, which has a pretty big part in ‘Thor,’ smaller parts in the two ‘Iron Man’ films and has a giant part in ‘The Avengers.’ [So it’s like], what would a stand-alone “S.H.I.E.L.D.” be like? It all goes back to the comics. Sometimes the answer is—when looking at a certain run of issues— ‘no way’ and sometimes the answer is ‘maybe, let’s continue to explore it’ and certainly with Hawkeye and Black Widow those are two that we’re exploring.” A new banner and poster for ‘X-Men: First Class,’ and without doubt, the best of the posters/banners released so far. Click for larger versions Our first look at Aardman Animation’s next big screen adventure entitled ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists.’ The animation is based the first in the series of books by Gideon Defoe. Voices will be provided by Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Imelda Staunton, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, Ashley Jensen and David Tennant. Hugh Grant is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! Click for larger version Cameron Crowe (‘Vanilla Sky,’ ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Almost Famous,’ ‘Say Anything’) has releaed and offical still and some behind the scenes images from his adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s book ‘We Bought a Zoo.’ The movie stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church. You can follow the director through his official Twitter – @CameronCrowe Click for larger versions Concept posters and images for Steven Soderbergh‘s forthcoming spy thriller ‘Haywire‘ have turned up online. Written by Lem Dobbs (‘The Limey’), the thriller stars MMA fighter Gina Carano as a black ops soldier on a mission of revenge after she’s double crossed by one of her teammates. Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano, Matthieu Kassovitz and Antonio Banderas co-star. The movie was shot in Dublin and other locations including Barcelona, New Mexico and Turkey. The concept pieces look to be the work of designer Neil Kellerhouse Click for larger versions Our first look at Kitty Softpaws from the ‘Shrek’ spinoff ‘Puss in Boots.’ The character will be voiced by Salma Hayek. See the teaser trailer for the movie HERE. Click for larger version You can catch up with last weeks tibits HERE.