Movies Opening This Week (October 19th, 2012)
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Shailene Woodley is Mary Jane Watson in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'?
Though The Amazing Spider-Man took a different director with Peter Parker's romantic lead by casting Emma Stone as the blonde Gwen Stacy, it sounds like the more familiar redhead lady in Spider-Man's life will return. Variety has word that The Descendants star Shailene Woodley is in early talks to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This news comes after a character breakdown was sent out to agencies that also feature a role for Harry Osborn, the character originally played by James Franco in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. In addition, rumors are swirling about the potential villain. Read more here.
'Hanna' Helmer Joe Wright in Talks to Direct the 'Houdini' Biopic Now
Hollywood is about to see an onslaught of magician films over the next few years, but only one of them is a straight biopic about the life of the world's most famous escape artist, Harry Houdini. The project has been in the works for years, and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross was originally in talks to make it his next project after he passed on Catching Fire. But now 24 Frames reports that Hanna andAnna Karenina director Joe Wright is in discussions to direct Houdini, based on the popular book that suggested the magician lived a secret life as a British spy and portrays him as "Indiana Jones meets Sherlock Holmes." Click here to read more.
Julianne Moore is Taking a 'Non Stop' Flight with Liam Neeson Next
After the frankly undeserved success of Taken 2 at the box office this past week, it's no surprise that Liam Neeson's next film has become a hot commodity. Robert Mark Kamen revealed yesterday that Fox wants to make a Taken 3 (cue the eyerolls), but before Neeson slips back into the Bryan Mills character, he's taking to the skies for an action thriller called Non Stop. Variety reports that the actor will reunite with Julianne Moore after the two co-starred in the steamy, sexual thriller Chloe back in 2009, as the actress has joined Non Stop in an unknown role. Jaume Collet-Serra will direct after teaming with Neeson on Unknown. Click to find out more.
Christoph Waltz Joins Mike Newell's 'Reykjavik' as Mikhail Gorbachev
The next time we see Michael Douglas in a high profile role, he'll be portraying the flamboyant entertainer Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra. But just because Soderbergh is stepping back from the spotlight to "retire" (I'll believe it when I see it) doesn't mean that Douglas is out of the game, too. He's already signed on to step back into the fictional Oval Office to play former President Ronald Reagan in a political indie called Reykjavik, and now THR reports that the film has cast Christoph Waltz as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev with Harry Potter helmer Mike Newell at the helm. Click here to read more.
Jon Favreau Could Direct Ryan Reynolds in 'Battle for Bonneville'
Jon Favreau is a busy guy these days. He recently scored an acting gig in Martin Scorsese's upcomingThe Wolf of Wall Street, and behind the camera, he's preparing to get underway on production of an adaptation of Jersey Boys. Plus, he has Disney's Magic Kingdom simmering on the back burner. But now, Deadline announces that New Regency is picking up another project for the busy Iron Man director. He'll direct Battle for Bonneville with Ryan Reynolds starring in the story of two brothers, Art & Walt Arfons, who were racetrack rivals who joined forces to set landspeed records in the famous Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. Read more here.
Penelope Cruz to Star in 'Gucci' About the Family Behind the Brand
A few years ago, Prometheus director Ridley Scott was in discussions to direct Gucci, a film detailing the death, betrayal, and incredible power struggles in the family behind the world famous clothing brand, with big names like Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio being mentioned as the possible leads. The film stayed dormant under the Scott Free banner as Ridley went on to direct other things, but fast forward to today and it's still in the works. The Wrap reports that Penelope Cruz is now the frontrunner for the Gucci family matriarch, and the project won't be helmed by Ridley, but instead by his daughter, Jordan Scott. Read on here.