Posted on 27 January 2009.
A couple of new casting notes to pass along to you today. James Bond and Jamie Bell have signed on to star in Steven Speilberg’s upcoming Tintin trilogy of films. Variety breaks the news as follows:
“Billy Elliot” thesp Jamie Bell will star as the titular character, an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure. Daniel Craig will co-star as the nefarious Red Rackham.
While Speilberg is going to helm the first film in the series, LOTR’s Peter Jackson is stepping in to take the second installment. Tintin is based on a series of comic books which also saw the development of at least two versions of animated film series on TV as well. We’ll keep you abreast of any more news, but we have some time, since the first film isn’t slated to hit theaters until 2011.
Also from Variety, the now grown-up Hilary Duff is set to star in an upcoming Bonnie and Clyde re-boot. It is going to be an indie film based on the original pair of gangsters.
…a new adaptation of the story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow rather than a remake of the 1967 classic film starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty.
Flawless Skin by Loreal.
Duff, who rocketed to fame based on Disney TV’s Lizzie Maguire series has gone the indie route of late in movies, including a pair of films recently with War, Inc. and Fifty Dead Men Walking. This career fashioning is interesting for the young starlet, who has had her attempts at singing and more mainstream fare, with her pair of Cheaper by the Dozen movies. It seemed like bigger things were in store for her, but she is taking her time, which is a refreshing change of pace in young Hollywood. My buddy Johnny, called her out as “going to be hot” at a tender young age. While I think she has succeeded to some extent there, it seems she is trying to grime up her image to some extent. Oh, the curse of playing a Disney character, as actors seemingly can’t wait to break free from the squeaky clean molds that made them. We’ll see what happens.
Finally, Brendan Fraser will star in another live-action family comedy, Furry Vengeance. He is damn near the undisputed king of such things. Variety tells us that:
Fraser will play a real estate developer whose new housing subdivision pushes far into a pristine part of the Oregon wilderness, pitting the developer against a band of angry critters.
I wear my sun-glasses at night, so I can see my-self!
How did the “Encino Man” get here? The man has absolutely carved out a niche for himself. Yes, he catches hell for it, but no, he certainly doesn’t feel sorry for himself. In the latest issue of EW there is a write up about his career choices. Check it for more info.