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Movie Casting & Directing Rumor Round-Up (Cruise, Hanks, Aronofsky, Nicholson)

Movie Casting & Directing Rumor Round-Up (Cruise, Hanks, Aronofsky, Nicholson)

Since there are a number of movie rumors floating around today, I figured I would go ahead and let you know what the main rumors circulating are today in the world of Hollywood.  Some big names and big projects are being mentioned regarding the following projects:

First off, HVB is reporting that Tom Hanks is looking to work with Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow’s Hurt Locker follow-up Sleeping Dogs. The project used to be named Triple Frontier and is about five men working in an organized crime zone in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Some other top names are floating for the other cast members as well.

24Frames speaks of a possible Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson reunion for El Presidente which would see Nicholson play an ex-president and Cruise a Secret Service agent assigned to look after him. It would be a buddy comedy that sounds strangely in the vain of Midnight Run. The duo worked together on the classic A Few Good Men almost 20 years ago. Can you handle that truth?

Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) is being mentioned as the possible director for Wolverine 2. The director recently lost out on the upcoming Superman to Zack Snyder and if he the rumor is true about Fox offering the chair to Darren, then that would reunite him with Hugh Jackman, whom he worked with on the bizarre fantasy film The Fountain, a few years back. Source: Vulture

Finally, genius actor Idris Elba from HBO’s “The Wire” and Guy Ritchie’s RockNRolla appears to have been added to the cast of Ghost Rider 2.  Elba would play a drunk warrior assigned to track down Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider. Comingsoon says Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance is set for a February 2012 release.

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‘The Usual Suspects’ Scribe Takes On ‘Wolverine 2’

Earlier this week, we brought you news of Hugh Jackman confirming Wolverine‘s trip to Japan for his character’s sequel film. Today, we bring you news of the individual tasked to write the script for that film and it’s no other than Academy Award winner, Christopher McQuarrie. McQuarrie won for 1994’s The Usual Suspects and recently wrote Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie.

McQuarrie gave his take on the Japan storyline, based on the Chris Claremont-Frank Miller series, “The Samurai,” which details Logan’s acclimation to the samurai lifestyle. Apparently, his was thought to be best.

I think McQuarrie’s involvement is a positive for the franchise as I know there weren’t a lot of lovers of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine. McQuarrie has a talent that’s been seen all too rarely over the length of his career, but it appears he’s stepping up his game at the moment with six projects currently in development. Still no word on whether or not director Gavin Hood will be back, but after rumors of studio interference with his film and not great fan or critical reception (regardless of box office numbers), I’d imagine Fox will bring somebody else on board. Hopefully the second go-round will prove better than the first.

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Jackman says ‘Wolverine 2’ is Heading to Japan

If you stayed for the end credits of the craptastrophe that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine (our reviewer liked it even more than I did), then you know where the producers are wanting to take Logan’s story next. Star Hugh Jackman, speaking to MTV at “The Teen Choice Awards” recently, confirmed that the Origins sequel will indeed be covering Wolverine’s time in Japan.  Jackman said:

“Japan is where we’re heading, [and] we’re starting to work on it now. We’re in the … first steps of developing that story.”

Reiterating his desire to Miller and Claremont’s story arc brought to the screen, Jackman said he’s “made no real secret” of his fondness for that particular chapter of Wolverine’s history. “I think the fans love that saga. It’s my favorite saga of the Wolverine stories.”

Hugh Jackman also hinted at a 2012 release date. Wolverine had one of the better trailers of the year, yet let down many audeince members with an uninvolving story.  It’s often been said that the origin story is the most boring of any tale, so perhaps there is hope for the sequel.  Wolverine banked enough coin at the box office ($179mm) to warrant another go ’round and it will apparently be taking place overseas.  Who is interested in this one?  Share your thoughts with us.

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