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It looks like David Gordon Green’s turn back toward directing more dramatic movies again is starting to stick. THR is reporting that his next project is going to be a drama called Mangelhorn that’s about an eccentric man who’s trying to come to terms with the fact that a past crime has cost him the love of his life. More than that though, Mangelhorn is a drama that’s going to be employing one of the most celebrated dramatic actors of all time, because the trade’s report also says that Al Pacino has been attached to the lead role. Hopefully this will wash the taste of Dunkaccino and Your Highness out of all our mouths.
David Ayer’s most recent police drama, End of Watch, was something of an acting clinic, but if there was any one member of his cast who stole the show, it was the charming as all get out Michael Peña. That guy just gets it. Which is why it’s completely awesome that Heat Vision is reporting Ayer wants to utilize him yet again for his upcoming World War II tank movie, Fury. According to the report, Peña is currently in negotiations to join a cast that already includes Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman. If all this doesn’t sound good enough already, the role he’s negotiating for is that of the tank’s driver, a drunk who has vowed to never go into battle sober. Fun! Irresponsible, but fun.
Does anybody here remember The OC? It was a television show from a faraway time called the mid-2000s. These were dark days when a person had to sit down at a certain time to watch a show, or maybe “Tivo” it, and then they didn’t even get to spoil it on Twitter. Anyway, a guy named Adam Brody was the star of this show, and Deadline is reporting that Mr. Brody is now set to star in Think Like a Man Too, a sequel to that Steve Harvey movie that starred Kevin Hart. Brody is going to be playing a frat brother of the Hart character, and the hilarious twist here is that he’s a white guy who’s going to be hanging around with a bunch of black people—because apparently we’ve stepped back into the 70s or something.
Who likes Olivia Wilde? Yeah, that’s what I thought, everybody. Well, good news then, because Heat Vision is reporting that she’s going to be teaming up with everybody’s other dream crush, Mark Duplass, to star in a horror movie that’s being directed by the guy who made Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Weird. Potentially awesome, but weird. The movie is called Reawakening, and it’s about a team of scientists who find a way to bring the dead back to life, which, if you’ve ever seen a horror movie before, you know is the sort of thing that’s always easily pulled off and never leads to any negative consequences. Oh God, they’re going to give us an Olivia Wilde with bolts coming out of her neck, aren’t they?
The news just broke that this is going to be the last season that Bill Hader appears as a regular on Saturday Night Live, so it’s no big shocker that we’d be hearing about movies he’s negotiating to be a part of. This guy is one of those unique comic entities that we haven’t seen the likes of since Will Ferrell first broke out, and chances are he’s going to be a huge star. Anyway, the first project he’s negotiating to star in is tentatively titled Lawless, and it’s going to be the directorial debut of Yes Man writers Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. If he signs, Hader would reportedly be playing the nerdy head of a high school reunion committee who’s determined to do anything to make sure the stupendously famous commercial actor he graduated with agrees to attend the reunion, thus making him the hero of the day. [THR]
Sam Worthington’s upcoming starring vehicle, For the Dogs, sees him playing an assassin who helps a precocious teenager exact revenge on the people who killed her parents and little brother. It’s not a remake of The Professional, I swear. But given its story, it is going to need a precocious teenager, and Deadline is reporting that the queen of all precocious teenagers, True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld, has agreed to come on board the film and play the wronged party. The deal is, while Worthington’s character has a sort of zen approach to killing, Steinfeld’s gets more and more drunk on vengeance as the movie goes on, which probably eventually leads to conflict. Who do you think would win in a fight?
Grizzled old piece of leather Sam Elliott is the latest name to join Ivan Reitman’s upcoming movie about the NFL Draft, Draft Day. According to Deadline, he’s going to be playing a college coach whose star player is a top prospect. Seeing as Kevin Costner is starring in the film as the coach of the Cleveland Browns, who’s dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make sure his team secures a number one pick, perhaps we’ll get to see his and Elliott’s characters have their own little conflict with one another? I’m not sure how it works. I don’t know anything about sports. This is a movie site, for the love of Mike, and we’re all supposed to be indoor kids. Sam Elliott sure is manly and awesome though, right?