Casting News – Zac Efron to Star in and Produce “The Associate”

The Hollywood Reporter shared that actor Zac Efron will be starring and producing an adaptation of John Grisham’s The Associate.

Efron will be playing a Yale Law School grad who ends up being blackmailed by a group of criminals. These criminals force him to take a job at one of the world’s largest law firms so he can spy on powerful defence contractors.

The actor will also be producing under his production company, Ninja’s Runnin Wild, along with Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, who will be representing Red Wagon Entertainment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the next step for the producers is to find a screenwriter and then take it out to studios.

Photo via The Hollywood Reporter
Photo via The Hollywood Reporter

Efron has had a very busy year so far! He was in the comedy That Awkward Moment with Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, which he also produced. Plus, his other comedic film, Neighbours, that was released on March 8.

What do you think of this casting and production news? Do you think this sounds like a good role for Efron? Are you a fan of John Grisham’s novels?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Casting News – Hugh Jackman Officially Joins Joe Wright’s “Pan”

Hugh Jackman does not usually play the villain, but it looks like he will be journeying into new acting territory in the Joe Wright-directed Pan. The actor will be taking on the role of Blackbeard in the Warner Brothers Peter Pan prequel. 

Jason Fuchs will be penning the script for this adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic story. A new part of the narrative will focus on the relationship between Peter Pan and Captain Hook working together before Hook ultimately turns evil.

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(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For People.com)

Here is an official synopsis (via The Playlist):

A prequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan. When an orphan is taken to the magical world of Neverland, he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates.

According to Variety, Warner Brothers will be holding an open casting call for the roles of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily. For the time being, no other roles have officially been cast.  

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What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think this sounds like an interesting new take on the classic story? Who do you think should play Peter Pan and Tiger Lily? Stay tuned for more coverage of Pan as early production continues!

Sources: The Playlist and Variety

Movie Exclusive – Three New Stills Officially Released for “The Fault in Our Stars” Film

Over the past two days, there have been three new beautiful images released from The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptation.

Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly exclusively shared a still of Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) together in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Plus, two other exclusive images from scenes in Amsterdam have found their way online.

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For those unfamiliar with this incredible story, it follows sixteen year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley) as she is battling thyroid and lung cancer. Her parents are worried about her, therefore they send her to a local support group, where she meets Augustus Waters (Elgort). As they get to know each other, their relationship grows and takes them on an unforgettable journey.

The Fault in Our Stars film is set to be theatrically released on June 6, 2014. The cast also includes Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Trammell, Mike Birbiglia, Emily Peachey, Milica Govich, and David Whalen.

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What do you think of these new images? What do you think of the cast behind the project now that we get to see them more in character? Are you excited for The Fault in Our Stars movie?

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie Exclusive – Potential Release Date for “The Fault in Our Stars” Trailer

Fans of John Green’s novel, The Fault in Our Stars, are no doubt counting down the days until the movie adaptation hits theaters in June. Green was very smart and social media savvy throughout the whole filming process as he shared pictures and video from the set, but this just left the fans wanting more.

Fox Pictures has stayed relatively secretive about anything to do with the film and had not released any exclusives until they recently released an official poster.

For those of you waiting for a trailer, there is a rumor that the first official trailer could be released on February 14, 2014 (Valentine’s Day). Don Boone, father of director Josh Boone, recently tweeted: Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 12.01.50 PM

Although Valentine’s Day would be the perfect day to release the trailer for such a romantic movie, Fox Pictures has not confirmed anything. Be sure to check back for more details and The Fault in Our Stars movie exclusives!

Hopefully this new photo that actor Ansel Elgort (Augustus Waters) shared earlier this morning will hold you over while you wait for the trailer:

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Sources: Twitter and Instagram

Movie Exclusive – First Official Poster for “The Fault in Our Stars” Movie

Those eagerly awaiting the movie adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars are in for a treat today!

The first official poster for the film has been released and it is absolutely stunning.This gorgeous poster features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as their characters Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters.

For those unfamiliar with the story should definitely consdering reading it because it is an amazing story.

It follows sixteen year-old Hazel (Woodley) as she is battling thyroid and lung cancer. Her parents are worried about her, therefore they send her to a local support group, where she meets Augustus Waters (Elgort). As they get to know each other, their love and relationship grows and takes them on an unforgettable journey. Take a look at the poster below:

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What do you think of this first official poster? Are you interested in reading the book and/or seeing the movie?

Source: Buzzfeed

Production Exclusive – “The Fault in Our Stars” Director Josh Boone Reveals Post-Production Details

Fans of the author John Green are probably counting down the days until the Josh Boone-directed movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. The production started filming in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 26 and finished in Amsterdam on October 16, 2013.

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Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort filming in Amsterdam.

This has left fans even more excited for the film and some are wondering when we may see the first trailer. Unfortunately, production still has to go through the process of editing the film and putting all of the final touches together so it may be a while before we see any trailers or other exclusives.

However, a fan on Tumblr recently asked director Josh Boone about a trailer and he revealed for us where they are in the post production process and when we might see our first trailer:

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What do you think of this news? Do you think that it is too long of a wait for the trailer? Are you looking forward to The Fault in Our Stars movie to hit theaters on June 6, 2014?

Source: Josh Boone’s Tumblr

Movie Exclusive – Release Date Announced for “Star Wars: Episode VII”

Lucasfilm and Disney have finally settled on a release date for the first film in the new Star Wars trilogy. All of the previous Star Wars films have been released in May, but fans probably will be surprised to hear that is not the case for this next Star Wars adventure.

The companies have decided to release Star Wars: Episode VII on December 18, 2015. Recently, director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan announced that Michael Arndt will no longer be writing the screenplay. Instead, Abrams and Kasdan have decided that they will be co-writing the screenplay.

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Disney studio chief, Alan Horn, addressed rumors that Abrams was worried about the shooting schedule by stating: “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,”

According to Entertainment Weekly, major sets and costumes are already being designed and the film is set to start shooting at London’s Pinewood Studios in the spring. What do you think of this news? Are you a Star Wars fan? Be sure to check back for more production news as work on Star Wars: Episode VII continues!

Source: Entertainment Weekly