Casting Exclusive – Gal Gadot to Join “Batman Vs. Superman” as Wonder Woman

Warner Brothers and director Zack Snyder announced today that they have officially cast actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the highly anticipated Batman Vs. Superman film.

The actress has been in three Fast and Furious films. She and many others are mourning the tragic passing of co-star Paul Walker. However, playing this iconic role could be a major breakthrough for Gadot as Warner Brothers is gearing towards doing a more with a Justice League movie franchise. She also had supporting roles in romantic comedies, Knight and Day and Date Night.

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Zack Snyder had this to say about the iconic role of Wonder Woman: “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think Gadot will do well with the role of Wonder Woman? Are you looking forward to the Batman Vs. Superman movie? Be sure to check in for more news about Batman Vs. Superman as early production continues!

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Sources: Deadline and IMDbPro

Casting News – Tom Hardy Officially Signs on to Elton John Biopic “Rocketman”

There have been rumors circulating for months about Tom Hardy potentially be playing Elton John in a biopic entitled Rocketman. Yesterday, it was announced that the talented actor had officially signed on to this biopic and he was indeed cast as Sir Elton John.

With this news , some production details also came to light. Rocketman will be released in the U.S. by Focus Pictures and it will tell Elton John’s amazing story, starting with his childhood and then his rise to fame. The singer is going to record some of his biggest hits to match different emotional moments in the film.

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Michael Gracey will be directing the film and Academy Award nominee Lee Hall will be writing an original screenplay. Production on Rocketman is set to start filming in fall 2014 and there are no details on a set release date yet. Be sure to check back in for more as early production on Rocketman continues!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – “Annie” Reboot Gets a Release Date Change

Those familiar with the musical theater and Broadway world know the classic story behind the hit musical Annie. Columbia Pictures has been working on a major motion picture reboot over the past few months with Will Gluck directing.

The release date for this anticipated movie musical was originally set for December 25, 2014. However, the release date was recently changed to a slightly earlier date and the movie will now be hitting theaters on December 19, 2014.

Annie has an amazing cast behind it including Jamie Foxx and Benjamin Stacks, which is the Daddy Warbucks character. The talented and young actress, Quvenzhané Wallis will be playing the title character of Annie. Plus, actresses Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne are also part of the cast as Miss Hannigan and Grace Farrell respectively.

Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis on the set of "Annie"
Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis on the set of “Annie”

Are you excited to see this Annie reboot? What do you think of the cast behind this project? Be sure to check back in for more Annie exclusives as the film continues production!

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Movie Exclusive – First Look at Disney’s “Into the Woods”

Those familiar with the world of Broadway and musical theater are probably aware that the classic musical Into the Woods is getting adapted into a major motion picture. Well, Entertainment Weekly recently released an exclusive image, giving us our first official look at the film.

This exciting new image feature actress Meryl Streep as her character, The Witch. It also gives us a detailed look at the stylized world that is being formed by director Rob Marshall and his creative teams.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the story, Into the Woods follows a Baker and his wife, who are on a journey to try and find the witch to get her to lift a family curse she has cast on them. On their journey, they cross paths with several quirky fairytale characters, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

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Into the Woods also stars Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Billy Magnussen, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, and Daniel Huttlestone. Production officially started on the film this week in the UK, but it is not set to hit theaters until next Christmas. Be sure to check back in for more exclusives as production continues!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News MegaPost – Five New Cast Members Join “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

Over the past week, there have been several casting announcements for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. These announcements have officially revealed the actors who will be playing Commander Lyme, Commander Paylor, Boggs, Castor, and Pollux.

Actress Lily Rabe will be playing Commander Lyme and actress Patina Miller will be playing Commander Paylor. Commander Lyme is a strong and independent female victor who is the commander of the rebellion in District 2 and Commander Paylor is the female leader of the rebellion for District 8 and she later becomes president of Panem. Rabe is best known for her current work on American Horror Story as Sister Mary Eunice McKee and Miller is known for her work on ABC’s All My Children.

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Actor Mahershala Ali is going to be playing Boggs, who acts as President Coin’s assistant until Katniss agrees to be the Mockingjay. From there, it is his job to help protect Katniss and ensure that she stays alive. Ali has recently worked on the drama House of Cards, and was Tizzy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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Wes Chatham and Elden Henson also recently joined the ever-expanding cast as Castor and Pollux, respectively. Castor and Pollux are actually brothers who work together with Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and Messalla (Evan Ross) during the rebellion. The four of them form a film crew that follow Katniss on her journey as the Mockingjay. Chatham was recently in the Oscar-winning film, The Help, and Henson was most recently in the movie Jobs with Ashton Kutcher.

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What do you think of all of this casting news? Are you fans of any of these actors? Are you looking forward to seeing these actors in their roles? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Source: The Hunger Games Facebook and IMDbPro

Movie Exclusive – First Look at Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella”

Entertainment Weekly shared the first exclusive photo from the set of Disney’s live-action Cinderella film. Principal photography began on the highly awaited, Kenneth Branagh-directed film yesterday in London, England. This first photo feature Lily James as the iconic and classically beautiful princess.

According to an article on Entertainment Weekly, James is not being portrayed as your typical Cinderella and there will be some subtle changes to the story. In the classic story of Cinderella, she and the Prince (Richard Madden) first meet at the ball. In Branagh’s version, Cinderella meets the Prince before the ball, but he lies and tells her that he’s a palace employee.

In a statement yesterday, Branagh was explaining how happy he is with his cast by saying: “With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella. She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.”

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What do you think of this first exclusive look at the new Cinderella film? Are you looking forward to seeing more from the set as production continues? Do you think Branagh is the right director for this project? Will you be heading to theaters when Cinderella is released on March 13, 2015?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – Actress Julianne Moore Officially Joins “The Hunger Games”

Lionsagte has officially announced that actress Julianne Moore will be joining The Hunger Games franchise. The accomplished and talented actress will be playing the role of president Alma Coin in Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. The studio shared this exciting news in an official press release on Friday:

“Lionsgate announced today that four-time Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights, The Hours, The End of the Affair, and Far From Heaven) has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 as President Alma Coin, the leader of the rebellion against the Capitol. Moore will star opposite Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the third and fourth installments of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, slated for release in November 2014 and November 2015, respectively. She will join new cast members including Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson and Evan Ross. In addition to her four Oscar-nominated roles, Moore has previously starred in Crazy Stupid Love, The Kids Are All Right, Children of Men and last year’s HBO political drama film Game Change, which netted her an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award®. She will next be seen in Don Jon, Seventh Son and Carrie. Moore is represented by CAA and Management 360.”

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What do you think of this casting news? Do you think Moore is a good fit for this role? Do you think that Lionsgate should move the release date for Mockingjay Part 2 to an earlier date? Share what you are thinking in the comments below!

Source: Deadline