Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Industry News: Foxcatcher & Justice League Details

It feels like I've been waiting an eternity for Bennett Miller's upcoming drama Foxcatcher. Growing up as a wrestler in the tri-state area with direct ties to murderer John du Pont's private training facilities, I've been gearing up for the film's release ever since it bailed out of the crowded 2013 awards season immediately following a leaked trailer all over the internet (and what a glorious sneak peek it was). Debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in France this May, Sony Classics has confirmed that Foxcatcher will begin to reach theatres on November 14th.

In other news regarding the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, it's been reported that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein may drop U.S. distribution rights to the opening night film, Grace of Monaco. Apparently Weinstein is still caught in a long-time feud with director Olivier Dahan over the content of the film. While Dahan claims that his vision is complete, Weinstein would prefer a finished product that puts a larger focus on Grace Kelly's (played by Nicole Kidman) time in Hollywood and more dramatic emphasis on the troubling political fiasco in Monaco. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what comes from all of this.

And "Justice" For All

News has been circulating out of control regarding DC Comics blockbuster answer to Marvel's The Avengers. The Justice League movie is a full "go" and Man of Steel director, Zack Snyder, is reportedly at the helm. While no cast members have been confirmed yet, it's wildly assumed that Henry Cavill will continue his role as Superman and Ben Affleck as the caped crusader.

On a side note, there are rumblings that Matt Damon is being targeted for the role of Aquaman in the Justice League film. Although this is clearly speculation and nothing has been confirmed by either party, it would be a very enticing draw to re-team Affleck and Damon onscreen.

The Force is Strong With ... Llewyn Davis?

We all know he can sing a song and play a guitar, but is Inside Llewyn Davis star, Oscar Isaac, ready to duke it out in a galaxy far, far away? The rumor mill continues to churn as the ultra-secretive JJ Abrams is going to have to unveil his cast for the upcoming installment to the Star Wars franchise. With a table-read scheduled for today in London, reports are that Oscar Isaac is in line for a major role in the highly anticipated release. Isaac has been over-looked for quite some time and his most recent effort illustrates just how talented the young man truly is. So members of the geek community can sleep easy, because Isaac is a more than capable actor to help carry the new Star Wars film.

Oscar Isaac isn't the only big name being thrown around the ring, supposedly Harrison Ford will return to the franchise with a "major role" in the upcoming release. While it has been known that Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher would reprise their roles, no one knew just how pivotal they'd be to the story. Apparently, Ford will be given a whole lot of face time.

UPDATE: The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has officially been released today (courtesy of Variety.com)

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