I smell Oscar. Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis will star as the 16th President of the United States in DreamWorks Studios’ LINCOLN to be directed by Steven Spielberg.
“Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age of film or even some time in cinema’s distant future. I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with ‘Lincoln,’” said Spielberg.
Based on the best-selling book, “Team of Rivals,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner. It is anticipated that the film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War, with filming set to begin in the fall of 2011 for a release during Oscar season, 2012.
CAREY MULLIGAN is DAISY in THE GREAT GATBSY.
Carey Mulligan has been confirmed for the female lead in the upcoming THE GREAT GATSBY, reports Deadline. Mulligan, long rumored to be in the running, will take on the role of Daisy Buchanan, the female protagonist with whom Gatsby falls in love and begins an affair. Mulligan will join Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Gatsby with reports heavily pointing towards Tobey Maguire stepping in as Nick Carraway, the novel’s narrator and best friend to Gatbsy.
Below is a photo taken by Luhrmann that shows Mulligan during an audition for the role.
UPCOMING FILM PROJECTS.
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a feature film based on the non-fiction JFK assassination book LEGACY OF SECRECY, written by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann. Warner Brothers, who is responsible for the success of the celebrated film “JFK,” plans to release the DiCaprio film in time for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in 2013. DiCaprio will play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham, who obtained the confession of Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello to having ordered JFK’s assassination. An acclaimed director who has previously worked with Leonardo has expressed interest in directing the film, according to Warner Bros.
Robert Downey Jr. will not appear in Alfonso Cuarón’s GRAVITY, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Downey was rumored to be involved with the project for months while Warner Bros. searched for a female lead. Though still unconfirmed, Sandra Bullock is said to be in serious negotiations for the 3D space film. Downey, meanwhile, is rumored to be interested in a Fox property, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS. To be produced by Shawn Levy, Girls is based on a book series begun by nine-year-old Alec Greven.
Will the most star-studded film in 2011 be a Muppets flick? The Hollywood Reporter says that Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Jean-Claude Van Damme and the previously-announced Zach Galifianakis are looking to take on cameo roles in THE MUPPETS. The James Bobin-directed film stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Zach Galifianakis, Danny Trejo and Donald Glover. Arkin is playing a tour guide while Black will play a kidnap victim. Galifianakis plays a hobo. “The Muppets” is now filming for a December 25, 2011 release.
Malin Akerman (“Watchmen”) is replacing Lindsay Lohan in INFERNO, the story of 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace, according to Deadline. Matthew Wilder wrote the script – which made the 2008 Blacklist of the best unmade scripts in Hollywood – and will direct. The film is based on the novel “Ordeal: An Autobiography by Linda Lovelace with Mike McGrady,” and Lohan has been dropped because she is uninsurable, and has an uncertain future with her legal troubles.
Denis Leary is the latest name to join the cast of the upcoming SPIDER-MAN reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Leary will play Police Captain George Stacy, father to Peter Parker’s love interest, Gwen Stacy (to be played in the film by Emma Stone). Leary also joins Andrew Garfield as Peter, Martin Sheen as Ben Parker and Rhys Ifans in an unspecified villian role. “Spider-Man” is slated to hit theaters on July 3, 2012.
HOT NEW TRAILERS.
COWBOYS & ALIENS: Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), this action-thriller stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, and Keith Carradine, and hits theaters July 29.
YOUR HIGHNESS: Directed by David Gordon Green (“Pineapple Express”), this R-rated comedy-adventure stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Theroux, Toby Jones and Damian Lewis, and opens April 8.
CARS 2: Directed by John Lasseter, the Pixar sequel will be opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 24, and features the vocal talents of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, and Michael Caine, among others.
RED RIDING HOOD: Directed by Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”), the thriller take on the childhood fable stars Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen and Julie Christie, and is opening in March 2011.
GREEN LANTERN: Directed by Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”), this superhero film stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard, and opens June 2011. I find the trailer pretty underwhelming, especially the green screen work, but judge for yourself.
Until next week!
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