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“Compton” Star Jason Mitchell Heads for “Skull Island”

Jason Mitchell will join Straight Outta Compton co-star Corey Hawkins on an expedition to King Kong’s island getaway.

There’s no stopping the unparalleled success of Straight Outta Compton. The biopic’s stock keeps on rising and it’s getting the clout it deserves from critics and audiences alike. So it’s no surprise when the stars of the film start getting snatched up by other projects at record pace.

One project is winning out in the Compton star grab, and that’s Skull Island. Not only did they enlist the services of Corey Hawkins, but now they’ve also eyed his co-star Jason Mitchell.

The latest news is that Mitchell is currently in negotiations for a role on the film, so nothing is written in blood as yet.

While we already had a few names attached to the King Kong reboot, it was a little light in the actor department. So it makes sense that they’d be staking out big ticket projects to fill out the ranks.

Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the NWA biopic, is set to play a wise-cracking pilot in Skull Island. The part is bound to be more three dimensional than that (we hope), since Mitchell is in high demand and has earned some well-deserved clout from Compton.

Mitchell and Hawkins will be joined by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell. Samuel L Jackson, John C Reilly and Tom Wilkinson are also in talks to star in the monster expedition. The team will venture to the enigmatic island that houses legendary beast and WWF spokesman King Kong. There are no specifics on any of the actors’ characters as yet, but the movie is still a couple of years away.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will begin shooting in a matter of weeks, with a script from the likes of Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly and John Gatins.

Hopefully we’ll have more news on this project from Legendary soon.

Watch this space for the hairiest, latest movie news.

Nicolas Cage Joins Oliver Stone’s “Snowden”

It’s all happening if you happen to be Edward Snowden. I mean, it’s all been happening for a fair old time if you’re Edward Snowden, but I’m talking specifically about movie happenings. Those who’ve been paying attention will know that Snowden-based documentary Citizenfour won the Oscar for Best Documentary at the 87th Academy Awards last night, and before director Laura Poitras had a chance to polish her statue we got news about the upcoming Snowden-based biopic.

Deadline reports that former Academy Award winner and current Nicolas Cage impersonator Nicolas Cage will be joining Oliver Stone‘s latest project about Snowden and the fallout from his colossal whistle-blowing. Cage will be playing the role of a former U.S. Intelligence agent, and will be starring alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was revealed late last year to be taking on the role of Snowden. We found out about this project midway through last year and the info has been building in drips since then.

A most wanted man: Edward Snowden in a still from Laura Poitras' Oscar-winnign documentary "Citizenfour"
A most wanted man: Edward Snowden in a still from Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winnign documentary “Citizenfour”.

Along with Cage and Gordon-Levitt, the project – titled Snowden – will star Shailene Woodley (Divergent), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible III), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man), Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattooand Timothy Olyphant (This Is Where I Leave You). Wilkinson has been mentioned a lot in conversation recently in connection with Selma, and the portrayal of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. This looks to be an intriguing sort of cast, a good mix of serious and slightly less serious talent, so hopefully we’ll be seeing some exciting performances from the lot of them – especially Cage!

Snowden is based on two different sources: Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and the novel from Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, Time of the Octopus. The film is set for a Christmas Day release at the end of this year.

Are you ragin’ for some Cagin’?

Propaganda Posters for “Selma” Get Back to the Roots

There have a whole mess of issues surrounding both the release and Oscar nominations of Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma. Accusations have been fired at the film for misrepresentations and at the Academy for lacking in diversity, but at the heart of all of this is a film that should be watched by audiences. So it’s great to see that some energy has been put into promotion of the feature.

Movielicious has reported on four new propaganda-style posters for Selma, including stylised depictions of David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson. These posters get to the meat of what the film is supposed to be about and they hark back to famous footage of King. Check them out, courtesy of Movielicious:

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Selma stars  David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Common, Tim Roth and Carmen Ejogo. The films is currently in theatres.

 

Trailer Trash: It’s Hard to Have Faith in New “Little Boy” Trailer

It’s been a while since we had a World War II-era feature that really popped. Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken premièred earlier this month and was on the right track, but ultimately failed to develop the momentum that was clearly expected of it. Now we have a follow-up with another heart-warming but placid attempt with super-Christian family film Little Boy.  Nowhere near in the league of Unbroken, this meek little tale follows a boy who wants to bring his father back from the war, and discovers his faith has the power to do a lot more. Have a look and see what you think, courtesy of Open Road Films:

There’s something about Kevin James playing a kindly wise sage that to me is equally charming and foreboding. For a film that has a concrete cast, there’s very little to say about the film itself. No doubt families will be willing to sit through the bulk to get to the tear-jerking ending, but it’s hard to see any real draw for kids here. The film stars Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Michael RapaportKevin James and Jakob Salvati, and is directed by Alejandro Monteverde. Considering that the last two films released by Open Road were Nightcrawler and Rosewater, this has the potential to be a slight fall from grace for the studio. But who knows? Kevin James could save the whole thing. Stranger things have happened.

Are you rooting for Little Boy?