Movie News gives you EXCLUSIVE access to MOVIES, FILM & TELEVISION with an Attitude! View Upcoming Movie Trailers & Clips, Insider TV & Movie News, the BEST Movie Reviews, Interviews and Contests…Join our Film Community! Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:19 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 'Supergirl' First Look Images: Meet Melissa Benoist as DC's Next TV Superhero 'Supergirl' First Look Images: Meet Melissa Benoist as DC's Next TV Superhero

Check out the first pictures of TV's newest superhero Supergirl in full super-regalia that puts her cousin, Superman, to sartorial shame.

Melissa Benoist of Whiplash and Glee stars as Kara Zor-El, who survived the destruction of Krypton and quietly lived out her first couple decades on Earth in comfortable anonymity.  After years hiding her true self, though, Supergirl finds Kara Danvers finally accepting her destiny as a superpowered mega-hero.

Our first look at the Supergirl costume is decidedly old school and comics-accurate, with Benoist striking a classic, confident pose in Kara's skirt and cape.  Unlike most Supergirls in the pages of DC Comics, though, this television incarnation doesn't leave her legs exposed, going instead for a stocking and high boots combo.

The costume is designed by Colleen Atwood, who also whipped up the main heroic outfits for Arrow and The Flash.  That's to be expected, since Supergirl is from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, both of whom executive produce those shows, as well as a developing Arrow team-up spinoff featuring The Atom.

A three-time Oscar winner, Atwood's known for her frequent collaborations with Tim Burton, including Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, as well as Burtonless joints like Silence of the Lambs and Intro the Woods.

“In designing Supergirl, I wanted to embrace the past,” Atwood says, “but more importantly, thrust her into the street-style action hero of today.”

The pilot episode starts production in Los Angeles this week.  Warner Bros. Television's official reveal of the costume might be an attempt to get ahead of unofficial set photos we're expecting to pop up in the next week.

Ali Adler, a vet of shows like No Ordinary Family, Glee, and The New Normal, co-wrote the pilot teleplay with Berlanti and will serve as showrunner should CBS order Supergirl to series.  If that happens, the show will likely kick off its first season this fall.

The supporting cast includes erstwhile Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Kara's boss, Mehcad Brooks plays none other than Jimmy Olsen, and Laura Benanti appears as Alura Zor-El.  Chyler Leigh recently joined as Alexandra Danvers, with David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, who in the comics eventually becomes the villainous Cyborg Superman. 

Former big screen Supergirl Helen Slater and former small screen Superman Dean Cain also appear in mysterious roles.

Movie News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 22:14:54 +0000
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' 2nd Trailer Breakdown Reveals Story Details and Original Heroes 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' 2nd Trailer Breakdown Reveals Story Details and Original Heroes

A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is imminent.

Late last year, the first teaser trailer for the sequel pulled ears off a gundark, sending audiences into paroxysms of anticipation without even showing Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, or Han Solo, who return after more than thirty years away.

If a rumored breakdown of the second trailer is to be believed, then the incoming preview will provide our first looks at the original heroes back in action.

We've been assuming for months that Disney would slap the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer in front of Avengers: Age of Ultron when it hits on May 1st, but apparently the second teaser might arrive even earlier.  Specifically, JJ Abrams is expected to debut it at the Star Wars Celebration this April 16-19.  But why wait to actually see it when you can read a possibly spurious description of the trailer?

That's what we've got thanks to the Da7e, one of the rumor wranglers over at Latino-Review.  Lucasfilm has denied the whole thing, but Da7e claims that the scoop he's lassoed is totally legit.  Since it jibes with a lot of the leaked details and rumors we've already heard, the rundown does has the ring of accuracy.

You can head over to LR for the whole thing, but we'll give you the down, dirty, less detailed version. According to the rumor, this trailer opens with a voiceover (believed to be from Lupita Nyong'o) saying "I shall show the story of who you seek, the one who taught me..." while onscreen, new settings are introduced, from a forest complete with creepy castle to a tropical city. 

In a dark cave, the speaker, a small blue alien, continues "I know why the weapon came to you" as Finn (John Boyega) ignites a green lightsaber and Rey (Daisy Ridley) looks on, concerned.  We've heard repeatedly that the Episode VII story hinges upon Luke Skywalker's old lightsaber turning up in an unlikely place, leading the new generation of Star Wars heroes on a dangerous quest to find Luke, who has been MIA for decades.

As the trailer ramps up and the iconic John Williams score kicks in, visuals reportedly include a black TIE fighter attacking the aforementioned tropical city, as well as quick appearances from R2-D2, who beeps sadly, and C-3P0, who is palling around with Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in a Rebel base.

Yes, that's right, Princess Leia.  And Han Solo (Harrison Ford), sporting a long duster.  As voiceover from Andy Serkis cautions "Don't get too sentimental," Han and Leia part ways, with Han walking towards the Millennium Falcon alongside his old pal Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).

The trailer is also said to tee up the climax, showing Finn sparking up his green lightsaber in a confrontation with Sith bad guy Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in snowy woods.  As Finn squares off against his unseen opponent, Solo says in voiceover, "You can do this kid, I believe in you."

Then, in its final moments, the trailer drops its biggest geekbomb: a hooded figure looks upwards, revealing himself to be Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

This could all be bunk, but again, it sounds like it might just be right on the money.  Time will tell.

Hamill himself recently commented on the extreme secrecy surrounding the new Star Wars, telling IAR, "When we were making the original films yeah you had the odd reporter hanging around the studio bribing people to give them stories," he said. "But now I said to them 'Do I really have to wear this hood? This robe and this hood that covers my head to go from the trailer to the sound stage?' And they said, 'Yeah there's drones.' Seriously, drones flying all over the studio to get pictures whatever they can get pictures of. I said, 'Wow that's crazy.'"

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters and IMAX on December 18th of this year.

Movie News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:44:29 +0000
'Tomorrowland' Poster: George Clooney, the Future, and Fields of Gold 'Tomorrowland' Poster: George Clooney, the Future, and Fields of Gold

George Clooney's future is so bright he's gotta wear shades on the latest poster for Tomorrowland.

The poster heralds the coming of a new theatrical trailer, which Disney will unveil on Monday next week.

For years now, the studio has been keeping a tight lid on Tomorrowland, offering only teasing glimpses of the titular setting and a vague sense of the story. 

That story concerns Casey Newton, an optimistic Florida teenager who stumbles upon a fantastical piece of hardware that briefly gives her access to Tomorrowland, a place where the utopian possibilities of science are realities.  In order to get back to this technological wonderland, Casey teams up with Frank Walker, a former child prodigy who grew up into a disillusioned failed inventor bitter over his exile from Tomorrowland.

Britt Robertson of the now-defunct Revolution stars as Casey alongside Clooney, who plays Frank.  While this is largely a two-hander between the hopeful youngster and the disillusioned old grump, the cast also includes Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Pierce Gagnon, Lochlyn Monroe, and even Tim McGraw.

This is the second live-action feature film from director Brad Bird.  He's been doing great work in animation for years, having directed The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille before making his live-action debut with the crackerjack entertainment of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

The great Judy Greer sang Bird's praises in an exclusive interview with IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick, saying, "Brad was so mellow. He was just like, 'Hi, this is so fun. This is so cool.' It was so weird. I was like, you’re directing a billion dollar movie and you’re just like, 'What’s up. I’m glad you made it and could do it. Let’s see what’s going to happen in this scene.' It was so easy and fun."

Bird collaborated on the Tomorrowland screenplay with Lost/Prometheus scribe/producer Damon Lindelof, who cooked up the story with Jeff Jensen, the Entertainment Weekly writer behind the excellent graphic novel Green River Killer.

Tomorrowland opens in theaters and IMAX on May 22nd.  Tune in next week to see the theatrical trailer.  Same Rogue time, same Rogue channel.

Movie News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:07:04 +0000
'Furious 7' Super-Clip Goes Skydriving, Outdoes 'Point Break' in the Process 'Furious 7' Super-Clip Goes Skydriving, Outdoes 'Point Break' in the Process

Dominic Toretto and his crew don't skydive.  They skydrive.

Universal Pictures debuted a three-minute Furious 7 mega-clip during the premiere of Dig on USA last night, a three-minute mega-clip that follows Dom, Brian, Letty, Tej, and Roman as they back their cars out of a plane, plummeting thousands of feet...just as they planned.

Everything is cyclical, and with these skydriving antics, the Furious franchise finally loops in on Point Break.  Way back in 2001, the original The Fast and the Furious was a pretty clear-cut ripoff of Katheryn Bigelow's 1991 action masterpiece, one that swapped out the thrills of skydiving and bank robbing with street racing and highway robbery. 

From that humble, derivative seed, though, this series has grown into a mighty oak of a franchise, one that has finally and completely outdone Johnny Utah's leap without a parachute.

A mission that involves cars parachuting from the skies is exactly the kind of audacious action the Fast & Furious movies deliver so, so well.  Despite the passing of the directorial baton from Justin Lin (who oversaw the last four movies) to James Wan, Furious 7 appears to continue the lunatic escalation that has powered the last several installments.  Where can Furious 8 go from here?  Will the crew go to space?  Travel through time?  Or could it be an underwater adventure?

That's not all, either.  We've also got a brand new poster that puts skydriving on front street.  You can see that below, beneath these two action-packed TV spots.  Oh yeah, speaking of which, here are two new Furious 7 TV spots, both of which show off more transcendent silliness.  The second one even includes a callback to the signature action beat from The Fast and the Furious.

Both spots play up the threat posed by Shaw 2.0, the brother of Furious 6 baddie Shaw.  Normally, a brother out for vengeance is a hoary cliche, but when Jason Statham plays the vengeful sibling, all criticisms are erased.  We just want to see Statham brawling with Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel when he's not shooting RPGs and scowling.

Furious 7 is less than a month away, hitting theaters nationwide on April 3rd.

The cast is led by returning stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky, and Lucas Black, finally reprising his Tokyo Drift role as Sean Boswell.  Joining Statham as newcomers to the series are Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, and Kurt Russell, who we've been waiting to see in one of these movies since Fast 5 at least.

Movie News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:12:19 +0000
Five Revealing Videos Go Behind the Scenes of Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Five Revealing Videos Go Behind the Scenes of Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Disney officially opened the floodgates with yesterday's mega-trailer, starting a two-month torrent of Avengers: Age of Ultron promotion.

Between now and May 1st, you're going to get positively pummeled by hype for the sequel to the second biggest movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation).  It might get old in about a month, but right now, you're riding high from that trailer, foaming at the mouth eager for every shred of Marvel action available.

There's suddenly a whole lot more of it, because a bumper crop of tantalizing Avengers: Age of Ultron behind the scenes videos have arrived online.

The first two are from Entertainment Tonight, so they're fluffy and awkward but fun, mostly just because these actors have such infectious chemistry.  The second three, here by way of Cineplex, are a bit more insightful, spending time with Joss Whedon and Jeremy Renner in particular.  The last video is the best, though, because it goes into the prop department to check out Cap's shields, Hawkeye's bow and arrows, and even Thor's hammers.

That's not all, either, since Whedon is talking a bit about his visual approach to the sequel and the handling of Avengers' breakout star. “There is more Hulk in this movie than there was in the last first. But what I’m excited about is we shot this movie very differently. I was running a lot of cameras, I was shooting long lenses, which I don’t usually do," Whedon tells SFX (by way of THR).

“What I love is we have the opportunity, because we went in with this mission statement, to shoot the Hulk like a character in a movie, and not like a ‘Look what we’ve got!’ We have ‘overs’ – blurry ‘Hulk’s over there! Bits, very quick shots," he says. "Everything isn’t ‘We built the Hulk so for god’s sake you’re going to watch him in this long take, full frame, the whole time!’ We really got to make him one of the characters in the movie. And that was a gift.”

Marvel's most ambitious endeavor yet, Avengers: Age of Ultron brings back Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and War Machine (Don Cheadle), along with Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Heimdall (Idris Elba), and who knows who else. 

Ultron (James Spader), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Vision (Paul Bettany), Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis), and maybe more all join the MCU in a big way.

Movie News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:16:08 +0000
Pixar President Reveals 'Toy Story 4' is "a Romantic Comedy" Pixar President Reveals 'Toy Story 4' is

A lot of fans are skeptical about Toy Story 4.

Beyond representing a high water mark for the series, Toy Story 3 felt like an ending.  The last stretch was a cathartic emotional crotch-kicking, a devastating yet graceful farewell to old friends.

So plenty of folks are awaiting the June 16, 2017 release of Toy Story 4 with excitement but also trepidation, wondering if maybe this might be one too many trips to the toy box, a cash-in retread that could besmirch their fond memories of Woody, Buzz, and the gang.

Based on some new story-nuggets revealed by Pixar president Jim Morris make it clear, however, that Toy Story 4 zigs in a new direction rather than zagging back to Toy Story 3.

In a Disney Latino interview translated by Slash Film, Morris explains, "The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story, which in turn I do not know if will be continued. Never begin a project with that in mind."

This makes plenty of sense.  The last movie ended with a hand-off from Andy to Bonnie, so the almost elegiac tone needn't carry over to toys no longer so burdened by their own mortality.  Unlike its predecessor, Toy Story 4 doesn't hinge on a relationship with humans.

"It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story," says Morris. "It will be a romantic comedy. It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. I think it will be a very good movie."

So it's a romantic comedy, but that doesn't mean the tone changes completely.  Since Toy Story 2, these movies have balanced humorous antics with poignant sadness.  The screenwriting duo currently working on the Toy Story 4 script, Rashida Jones* and Will McCormick, previously wrote Celeste and Jesse Forever, a romantic comedy that's all about a breakup.

Jones and McCormick are working from a story cooked up by original Pixar brain trust John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter.  Lasseter, who directed the first Toy Story, returns for his first directing gig since Cars 2.

“We don’t want to do anything with them unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before," Lasseter said when Disney announced the new sequel last year. "Toy Story 3 ended Woody and Buzz’s story with Andy so perfectly that for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew, Pete, Lee and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie—and I wanted to direct it myself.”

*Yes, the Rashida Jones, who also starred in Celeste and Jesse Forever.  You know, Ann Perkins:

Movie News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:17:54 +0000
Comedians and Classics Unite at the 4th Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival Comedians and Classics Unite at the 4th Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival

Cannes.  Sundance.  Venice.  Federman.

These are the cream of the film festival crop.  While you might be more familiar with the first three, none of those world-famous fests allow some of the world's finest stand-up comedians to personally select and present their favorite classic movies.

So obviously the Wayne Federman Film Festival is superior to any and all other film festivals.

Having established his fest the past three years running, Federman is back for the 4th Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival, which is set to feature comedians like Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth), Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World), and Paul Scheer (The League) pairing stand-up and Q&A's with films such as Klown, MacGruber, Big, and Ghostbusters, just to name a few.

By no you're asking yourself, "Who is Wayne Federman?"  The name might not be ringing any bells, but it's a safe bet you've seen Federman in many a movie, as the actor has memorably appeared in comedies like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Step Brothers, Knocked Up, 50 First Dates, and Funny People.  He has also shown up on television series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show, and The X-Files.

Most importantly for our purposes, Federman conceived of this unique programming at the Silent Movie Theater, home to Cinefamily, on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.  This year, the Wayne Federman Film Festival, takes place from Thursday, March 5th through Sunday, March 8th.  Once again the fest finds a cadre of stand-up comedians curating a fest of eclectic films, presented with live stand-up comedy, post-film Q&A's, and even some special appearances (in addition to the comedians themselves).

As if all that wasn't enough, this is Cinefamily, so most of the movies are actually presented on film.  35mm, to be exact.  There are exceptions (denoted with asterisks* below) playing digitally, but for the most part, this is actually a film festival.  Repertory film, live stand-up comedy, and communal celebration of moviegoing.  What could be better?

For tickets and more information, check out the official Cinefamily site.  If you inexplicably remain unconvinced, then take a peek at our quick breakdown of the fest:

Thursday, March 5th

7:30pm - Sacha Baron Cohen presents Klown (2010), directed by Mikkel Nørgaard*

Friday, March 6th

7:30pm - Doug Benson Movie Interruption presents Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), directed by Blake Edwards

10:30pm - Paul Scheer presents Ghostbusters (1984), directed by Ivan Reitman

Saturday, March 7th

7:00pm - Chris Hardwick presents Fletch (1985), directed by Michael Ritchie

10:15pm - Will Forte presents MacGruber (2010), directed by Jorma Taccone*

Sunday, March 8th

7:30pm - Lauren Lapkus presents Big (1988), directed by Penny Marshall*

10:30pm - Kumail Nanjiani presents The Descent (2005), directed by Neil Marshall

Tickets for each film run at $14 a pop, but as always, Cinefamily members get in for free.  So if you're not already a member, now's the time to support Cinefamily.

Again, find tickets and more detailed information by clicking right here.  If you're an LA resident or just in town from March 5th to 8th, then don't miss the 4th Annual Wayne Federman Film Festival. Where else, after all, could you possible hope to find Breakfast at Tiffany's playing on 35mm alongside The Descent?

Movie News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:58:46 +0000
'The Peanuts Movie' Posters Line Up Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus 'The Peanuts Movie' Posters Line Up Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus

A quartet of posters for this year's Peanuts movie keep it simple, sticking to the classic appeal of Charlie Brown, Snoopy (Woodstock, too), Lucy, and Linus.

The first 3D, CG-animated big screen take on the beloved characters isn't reinventing the simple, sweet nature of Charles M. Schulz's comic strip and cartoons it inspired.

"Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking, we're in good hands," producer Paul Feig promised last year.

Several of those hands belong to the Schulz family.  The Peanuts Movie is produced and co-written by the Peanuts progenitor's son and grandson Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, along with co-writer Cornelius Uliano.

Directing Peanuts is Steve Martino, co-director of Blue Sky's Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Continental Drift. His style here is straightforward, using the original designs from characters from Linus on through the Little Red Haired Girl. "A little tilt of that eye shape can give you worry. A little stretch and raise of that little dot can give you surprise," Martino said of the simple designs.

These posters, courtesy of Yahoo!, show just how Schulzian the big screen Peanuts is.  The filmmakers haven't updated Charlie Brown and company for modern audiences.  Instead, they've reminded audiences why they care about these characters in the first place:

We have high hopes for The Peanuts Movie.  After all, Martino and company just seem to get it. "Charlie Brown is the guy who picks himself up after every fall and tries again," said the director. "That's what is powerful to me. These characters are known and loved worldwide, and now we have an opportunity to bring them to a new generation."

Peanuts is scheduled to open nationwide on November 6, 2015.

The 2015 release date adds a happy symmetry to Peanuts.  Next year is the 75th anniversary of Peanuts first appearing in print and the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which remains a holiday standby for anybody with two ears and a heart.

Movie News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:16:09 +0000
First Trailer and Poster for 'Dark Places' Based on the Novel by Gillian Flynn First Trailer and Poster for 'Dark Places' Based on the Novel by Gillian Flynn

Thanks to an international trailer and poster, you can get your first real looks at Dark Places and bone up on remedial French at the same time.

Dark Places is based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn, the novelist behind Gone Girl.  Like last year's twisted sensation, this thriller is darker than the inside of a coffin on a moonless prairie night.

Here's the setup: When she was just seven years old, Libby testified against her fifteen-year-old brother in the brutal murder of their mother and two sisters.  The crime, dubbed "The Satan Sacrifice," remains notorious twenty-five years later.  A now grown-up Libby is approached by a secret group obsessed with such crimes, a "Kill Club" of amateur sleuths seeking new information from Libby in the hope of freeing her brother. 

Looking at the evidence, she sets out on a renewed investigation that proves both revelatory and dangerous, challenging her most basic assumptions about the night that irrevocably changed her life.

Charlize Theron stars as Libby, and her glamorousness pokes out from beneath her weathered trucker's cap in this trailer.  She's joined by a pretty phenomenal cast that includes Corey Stoll as her brother, with new X-Men: Apocalypse addition Tye Sheridan as the younger version.  Speaking of X-Men, First Class and Days of Future Past actor Nicholas Hoult plays the Kill Clubber.  Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea De Matteo also lend support in what look like crucial roles.

Unlike Gone Girl, where Flynn adapted her own novel, this screenplay is written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the French filmmaker who also directs here.

Flynn's keeping busy, though, as she's currently writing the remake of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train for director David Fincher and star Ben Affleck.

Dark Places opens in France next month, but is conspicuously still without a U.S. release date.  Given the cast and the course material, the film will definitely find its way Stateside sooner or later.

Here's the synopsis for the novel, followed by the French poster for the film:

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club… and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

Movie News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:34:46 +0000
Dan Stevens is Beast to Emma Watson's Beauty, Luke Evans is Gaston in Disney Remake Dan Stevens is Beast to Emma Watson's Beauty, Luke Evans is Gaston in Disney Remake

Ever since Emma Watson joined Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast, the big question has been just who would play the Beast to her Belle.

Who—who, we cried to the heavens, who?!— could possibly play the hairy bad boy whose inner prince is brought out by Watson's girl most peculiar? Disney has found the man for the job, casting Dan Stevens as the other titular character in Beauty and the Beast.

That's not all, either: Luke Evans has also joined the big budget remake as the Beast's romantic rival, Gaston.

Stevens is best known as Matthew "I'm-totally-not-paralyzed-anymore" Crawley on Downton Abbey, and he recently appeared in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and A Walk Among the Tombstones.  Anybody who has seen Adam Wingard's outstanding genre exercise The Guest will tell you that Stevens is a revelation in the film, playing a charismatic and charming badass who can switch over to absolutely horrifying on a dime.  The Guest demonstrates exactly why he's the right guy for this job.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stevens is currently in negotiations with Disney, snagging a coveted role that Ryan Gosling was rumored for last month.

Rounding out the all-British cast, meanwhile, is Evans. He's in talks to play Gaston, the vain, beefy big fish in a small pond who is exceptionally good at expectorating and has his sights on Belle.

You know Evans.  He started his tenure as Universal's new Dracula in Dracula Untold last year, and he played Bard the Bowman in two out of three Hobbit movies.  The actor, who played Zeus in Immortals and Aramis in the 3D Three Musketeers, has plenty of villain experience thanks to his turn as Owen Shaw in Furious 6.

Bill Condon, the director of Kinsey, Gods and Monsters, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, and the upcoming Mr. Holmes, is directing this new Beauty and the Beast.  The screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky, the novelist-turned-filmmaker who previously worked with Watson on The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Disney has made hay with Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale before thanks to the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast, which became the first animated movie to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and grossed over $400 million worldwide.

Like its predecessor, this live action version will be a musical, so we'll be hearing Watson, Stevens, and Evans belting out new tunes.

Production on Beauty and the Beast is expected to get underway later this year for a release in 2016 or 2017 at the latest.

his is the latest in a series of live action riffs on established animated hits from Disney. Alice in Wonderland kicked off this fad in 2010 and the Sleeping Beauty do-over Maleficent continued it, earning $757 million worldwide last summer. The next entry in this odd little subgenre is this month's Cinderalla remake directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett.  After that, there's Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which the studio recently delayed from November 2015 to April 15, 2016.

Movie News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:48:27 +0000