Casting for Jack Ryan and The Hunger Games, pictures for The Master and Twilight, a trailer for Great Expectations and some humorous Wolverine Sequel news.
Jack Ryan has cast Keira Knightley in the lead female role of Ryan’s wife in the film. Not sure of her name or how extensive her role will be, but with Knightley attached to the film I have to assume she’ll be doing more than simply playing a small ‘wife’ role. I’d assume she’ll be in a fairly meaty role, though at the same time Knightley hasn’t had a big film role in a while. The Dutchess was in 2008, and that underperformed. I’d say 2007′s Atonement was her last truly prominent role, and while she went after the Catwoman role in The Dark Knight Rises, she lost out to Anne Hathaway. With no more roles in Pirates of the Caribbean films to rely on it seems Knightley is in need of a new franchise or at least a bigger role.
Period pieces aren’t cheap. She needs to make herself a bit more bankable these days.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Good lord it would be nice to go a single day without some The Hunger Games: Catching Fire casting news, but here we are.
Yet another tribute has been selected. This one from District 11. Her name is Seeder, and she’ll be played by Maria Howell. Howell was recently in The Blind Side, but she doesn’t have many other high profile films to her name.
The Master has three new photos out today, and I’m going to narrate the story based purely on these pics.
The story begins with a man sitting on a bed. He contemplates the meaning of life. He has no pattern on his shirt. This reflects the lack of passion in his soul.
SUDDENLY, there’s a man. A man in a hat. This man wears a belt OVER his shirt. From his gait and firearm you can tell this man’s soul not only holds great passion, but also the power to change the world, or at least so man #1 believes.
The film ends with man #1 not buying into all this shit. He has regained his passion for life. He is both at peace and at war with himself, but he accepts this more now and is no longer in need of man #2. He wears shoulder pads to help hold up the new weight of the world that he carries.
And thus was The Master written. I like to think if Paul Thomas Anderson responded to this article (I KNOW YOU’RE READING PAULY) he’d admit this is a wonderfully succinct description of his film and I should be HIS teacher now.
Twilight: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two has some new photos, and I think I’ll try to tell this story through the pictures as well.
It begins with a father and his week old daughter hugging in the woods. He’s a pedophile.
The girl is in better hands with her mother and the local steroid-enhanced super-douche. They enjoy Christmas, though it is February. The mother does not allow her daughter to enjoy Christmas with other kids because she’s a beyotch.
“No! We have what it takes to be the next American Idol!” So sayeth this group of Gap models and their friend on the right, who watched The Crow one too many times as a child. He finds himself an outcast amongst outcasts. He hates his life. No one suspects the REAL villain is the pedophile on the left. Inwardly, this pedophile laughs, for he is cruelest to the Crow-loving outcast. His constant mockery deflects attention from his own evil ways.
Oh, and they’re vampires.
Mike Newell’s Great Expectations has a new international trailer, and it looks pretty darn badass if you ask me. I’ve actually been listening to the BBC radio version of the story lately, and I forget on occasion just how dark and sorta creepy this story is. The trailer shows Estella to be quite the bitch, Pip to be a bit more of a hunk than I’d like, and Ralph Fiennes to be creepy.
Helena Bonham Carter plays herself.
I love that without exactly admitting it Hugh Jackman has admitted that even HE thought X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a turd. In a recent interview, Jackman said they stayed away from calling it Wolverine 2 because they don’t want people to think of it as a direct sequel. They won’t be bogged down by all the characters this time around, and hopefully it’ll feel like a tighter story. The idea is that this is a standalone pic, which I actually really like the idea of, especially for Wolverine. I think for him and the Hulk you could really make this work. Same actors (provided they don’t suck), and just a new setting where he’s wandered into trouble.