Vincent D’Onofrio has been tapped to play the human villain in Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming reboot Jurassic World.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
Vincent D’Onofrio. Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com
Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) wrote the script with Derek Connolly and will direct. Steven Spielberg will produce the film, which comes 12 years after the last instalment.
The reboot stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Indian star Irrfan Khan.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but an early outline published by JoBlo last summer hinted at a direction the story might take.
“Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe – until it’s not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino’s for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there’s concept art showing one of the aquatic dino’s, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world.
“As part of a show, you ask? That’s right, folks, this will feature “tamed” dino’s. In fact, our source indicated that the usually menacing Velociraptors (which will finally be muzzled, along with the T-Rex – until they’re not) will actually be used to help fight the threat, which begins in the form of a new dinosaur, not seen in any of the previous films (and not disclosed to us) shows to be much smarter than originally thought and is the main cause of havoc breaking out at the park.”
Jurassic World will be released on June 12, 2015.
It looks like we’re getting our first real bit of casting news on Star Wars: Episode VII (R2-D2 notwithstanding).
Variety is reporting that Lena Dunham’s Girls co-star Adam Driver is closing in on a deal to play the villain in J.J. Abrams’ next instalment of the venerable sci-fi franchise. Details on the substance of the role are scarce, but Variety says the character is in the “vein of iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader.”
Driver was rumoured to be up for Nightwing in Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman film.
Adam Driver. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Filming on the new Star Wars is set to begin this spring and will continue until September. The finished product will hit theatres Dec. 18, 2015.
Other actors that have been rumoured for roles include Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, Zac Efron and Gary Oldman. And according to a report on THR last month, Abrams’ upcoming sequel has been reworked to focus on the trilogy’s original stars – Luke Skywalker (Hamill), Han Solo (Ford) and Princess Leia (Fisher), with newer characters taking a back seat until Episode VIII and IX.
According to Variety, additional casting details will be announced in the next month.
Lena Dunham tweeted her excitement at the news.
In the meantime, what do you think of this latest news? Will Driver make a great villain? Sound off in the comments.
Mila Kunis is not going to be romancing the bear in Ted 2.
According to Deadline, Kunis has been replaced in the upcoming sequel by Amanda Seyfried. Writer-director Seth MacFarlane is still ironing out details, but it looks like Kunis – if she appears at all – will only have a bit part in the film.
Seyfried will play the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane will once again voice the foul-mouthed teddy bear.
Amanda Seyfried. REUTERS/Jason Redmond
The original Ted was a runaway success in 2012 and became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. Seyfried also stars in MacFarlane’s upcoming Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which hits theaters on May 30.
Ted 2 will be released June 26, 2015.
Thanks to his appearance in Jose Padilha’s Robocop remake, Michael Keaton is enjoying a bit of a career reboot of his own. A sequel to Beetlejuice has been in the works for sometime and the former Batman star recently confirmed he has been in contact about the follow-up.
“I’ve e-mailed Tim [Burton] a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff,” Keaton told MTV. “I always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.”
Burton is in the midst of finishing up work on a biopic of painter Margaret Keane – Big Eyes with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz – but after that he’s wide open, Keaton says.
“Now it looks like [Burton] is involved,” Keaton said. “And without giving too much away we’ve talked to each other, and e-mailed each other, and if he’s in, it’s going to be hard not to be in.”
Last year, Seth Grahame-Smith tweeted a photo of himself at work on the script. And last month he tweeted a photo of a Beetlejuice terrarium. Winona Ryder has also expressed an interest in returning. So this is looking like it’s going to be happening real soon people. Are you excited, or is this destined to fail? Sound off in the comments.
It’ll be months before we hear news on a title and start date for Bond 24, but John Travolta is throwing his name out there as a possible baddie.
The Pulp Fiction star won’t “close the chapter on playing villains”, he tells the U.K.’s Telegraph, until he gets cast as the villain in a James Bond film.
“I would love that. They’re going a different way with their villain in this next film but I’ve spoken to [producer] Barbara Broccoli about it and she loves the idea, so that would be great.”
Travolta may not seem like a great choice as the bad guy opposite Daniel Craig in the next 007 adventure, but he has played villains in Swordfish, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Punisher, Battlefield Earth and Face/Off. And he was actually pretty good in a few of them, and retched in one. Could be an interesting gamble.
John Travolta arrives during the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas