Third “Star Trek” Film to be Directed by Roberto Orci

Paramount and Skydance Productions have confirmed rumours that Roberto Orci will be replacing J.J. Abrams as director on the next film in the Star Trek franchise.

Paramount Confirms Roberto Orci as Director for ST3

Orci is currently writing the script with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Orci was apparently campaigning to replace Abrams as director for a while, as Abrams is busy directing the new Star Wars movie. Abrams will stay on as producer for Star Trek 3.

None of the cast, which includes Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who are expected to be returning, know anything about the plot for the next instalment.

Variety reports that Orci and directing partner Alex Kurtzman will be going separate ways, as they both want to direct more projects and that will be better done if they split. Their production company will remain intact.

Casting News – Matt Smith Cast in “Terminator” Reboot

The Doctor Who star has been cast in the reboot alongside Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke. Paramount says that Smith will play “a new character with a strong connection to John Connor.”

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Paramount and Skydance Productions announced Smith’s addition to the cast this morning via Twitter: “We don’t have a TARDIS, but we do have a Timelord: we’re pleased to welcome Matt Smith to the cast of #Terminator.”

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The movie is to be released in July 2015 and is directed by Alan Taylor, who also directed Thor.

Since Smith’s departure from BBC drama Doctor Who – in which he is succeeded in the role of the Doctor by Peter Capaldi – he has been on stage in London performing American Psycho, and will be seen on the big screen in the Ryan Gosling directed Lost River, with a North American release date to be announced.

What do you think of Smith’s addition to the cast?

Source: BBC News

Movie Exclusive – New Full Length Trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

A thrilling and action-packed new trailer has been released for the Darren Aronofsky-directed adventure, Noah. This trailer shows some footage that has already been released in previous trailers. We do, however, get a deeper look at the ark and the animals that join Noah and his family. Plus, we get a closer glimpse at the flood event.

Photo by Niko Tavernise for Paramount Pictures (via IMDb)
Photo by Niko Tavernise for Paramount Pictures (via IMDb)

Although Noah is based off of the classic biblical story of Noah’s Ark, it is going to focus in on details of the story and have a more gritty and realistic feel to it. The overall purpose of the ark will be slightly different and it will not be used to travel. Instead, the ark will simply be used to stay safe during the major weather event. Watch the exhilarating new trailer below:

Noah has quite an extensive cast and stars Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, and Anthony Hopkins. Plus, actors Douglas Booth, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, Mark Margolis, Sami Gayle, and Madison Davenport also star in this epic.

What do you think of this new trailer? Are you interested in seeing Noah when it hits theaters on March 28, 2014?

Photo by Niko Tavernise for Paramount Pictures (via IMDb)
Photo by Niko Tavernise for Paramount Pictures (via IMDb)

Sources: YouTube, Collider and IMDbPro

First Look – Six New Images for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

Six new images have been revealed for director Darren Aronofsky’s next major motion picture, Noah. These new images from the highly anticipated film feature Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, and Anthony Hopkins.

Aronofsky has also directed films such as Black Swan and The Wrestler and has produced several other critically acclaimed films. He is a very talented film maker and tends to be involved in many different aspects of the movies he makes. For Noah, Aronofsky was one of the screenwriters who worked on the script and is on of six producers.

Although Noah is based off of the classic biblical story of Noah’s Ark, it is going to focus in on details of the story and have a more gritty and realistic feel to it. According to an article on Collider, the overall purpose of the ark will be different in this adaptation. Instead of the ark being a ship for travelling in, the ark is designed to simply prevail against the flood.

In addition, the costumes are also quite different compared to what is usually portrayed in the biblical tale, adding more to the gritty feeling Aronofsky and his team were aiming for.

Noah also stars Douglas Booth, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, Mark Margolis, Sami Gayle, and Madison Davenport. What do you think of these new images in the gallery below? Are you a fan of Aronofsky’s work as a director? Will you be seeing Noah when it hits theaters March 28, 2014?

Russell Crowe as Noah
Russell Crowe as Noah

 

Sources: Collider and IMDbPro

Casting News MegaPost – Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Casts Major Roles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics have been a very successful and have lead to several television shows and movies. Producer Michael Bay has been busy trying to get a Ninja Turtles re-boot started and some major casting developments have come to light as of late.

To begin with, all four turtles have been cast. Actors Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszek will be joining the film as Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo respectively. Plus, Megan Fox will is also currently set to join the franchise as April O’Neil and Will Arnett has been cast in an unnamed role.

The most recent casting announcement, made this afternoon, revealed that actor Danny Woodburn will be playing Master Splinter. I would like to congratulate Mr. Woodburn for earning this role as I worked with him on Disney’s Santa Buddies and Santa Paws. Hopefully I will get to see him again soon and do an interview for you guys to read!

This Ninja Turtles reboot is going to be directed by Jonathan Liebesman and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film will also be shot using motion capture and include both CG and live action sequences. The film is currently set to release on June 6, 2014.

What do you think of these casting choices? Are you a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Do you think using motion capture will be a better approach for a film like this? Sound off in the comments!

(top, from left to right) Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, and Jeremy Howard. (bottom, from left to right) Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn.
(top, from left to right) Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, and Jeremy Howard. (bottom, from left to right) Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn.

Source: Deadline (Article #1), Deadline (Article #2)