The next generation’s Mummy might have been found. Sofia Boutella is negotiating to play the big bad in Universal’s resuscitation of the series. Tom Cruise has been in talks to head the modern-day story under Alex Kurtzman‘s direction, from Jon Spaihts‘ screenplay. The new movie is currently set for March 24, 2017. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Zac Efron joins Disaster Artist, the retelling of the making of The Room, a.k.a. “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” James Franco will direct and star, as will Kate Upton, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, and Josh Hutcherson. The original film’s director and star, Tommy Wiseau, will also appear. Disaster Artist is based on a 2013 behind-the-scenes book of the same name written by Greg Sestero, one of the 2003 film’s stars. [The Hollywood Reporter]
More James Franco-related news: Zoey Deutch signs on to Why Him?, a comedy starring Franco and Bryan Cranston. The movie details a father (Cranston) visiting his collegiate daughter, only to fight for her attention with her Silicon Valley-type boyfriend (Franco). The actress will play Cranston’s daughter in John Hamburg‘s (Along Came Polly) film. Filming will begin February. [The Hollywood Reporter]
The new secretive Bourne movie adds Stephen Kunken (Bridge of Spies). Roles are unknown for Matt Damon‘s return as Jason Bourne, but the plot is said to be inspired by Edward Snowden. Director Paul Greengrass is also writing the script with Christopher Rouse. Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, and Ato Essandoh are also onboard. [Deadline]
Thomas Cocquerel is the newest entrant in The Billionaire Boys Club. The young actor joins Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Suki Waterhouse, and Kevin Spacey in the true crime retelling from Wonderland director James Cox. The film details the up and downs of Dean Karny (Egerton) and Joe Hunt’s (Elgort) titular Ponzi scheme. After Ron Levin’s (Spacey) investment fell through, Hunt killed Levin and was convicted of murder. [Variety]
Behold My Heart taps Marisa Tomei and Timothy Olpyhant, along with Charlie Plummer and Mireille Enos. The indie tracks a woman (Tomei) and her son (Plummer) trying to recover from a recent tragedy. Joshua Leonard (The Lie) directs from his and Rebecca Lowman‘s screenplay. [Variety]
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