Dwayne Johnson may be returning to more family-friendly fair with a third installment of the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” franchise. Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal has already backed out of “Motor City,” “Maleficent” may have found its Sleeping Beauty and Tom Hardy is prepping a new film about an outlaw biker.
It’s March 9, and you’re tuning in to today’s casting call.
Dwayne Johnson May Join “Journey 3″
Just how many big journeys can one franchise make? At least three, according to The Wrap. Dwayne Johnson is in talks to join director Brad Peyton, screenwriters Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn and (potentially) actor Josh Hutcherson in a third installment of the “Journey” series. Hopefully this means a return of the Peck Pop of Love.
Jake Gyllenhaal Already Out Of “Motor City”
That was fast. Hot off yesterday’s news that Jake Gyllenhaal would be replacing Dominic Cooper in “Motor City,” Deadline is reporting that he has backed out of the project. The site says that the talks fell apart because he wasn’t able to fit “Motor City” into his schedule, so the hunt is back on for a leading man for the film.
Elle Fanning In Talks For “Maleficent”
Well, here’s the proof we needed that there is actually some forward momentum on the long-delayed film “Maleficent.” Twitch and Deadline have learned that Elle Fanning is in talks to play Sleeping Beauty in the skewed take on the classic fairy tale. Last we heard, Angelina Jolie was still planning on playing the movie’s title character.
Tom Hardy Prepping An Outlaw Biker Movie
At this point in his career, Tom Hardy can do pretty much anything he wants. And what he apparently wants to do right now is star in a movie about a renegade biker in late ’60s San Francisco. Variety is reporting that Hardy will produce and star in the as-yet untitled film, and the screenplay will be written by “Vacancy”’s Mark L. Smith. The story follows a wounded Vietnam soldier who ends up emerging as the leader of California’s most violent outlaw biker club after he returns home to San Francisco in 1969.
Viola Davis Is Working On A Barbara Jordan Biopic
Viola Davis is moving from heavy project to heavy project. Hot off her Oscar nomination for “The Help,” Variety is reporting that Davis has been planning to headline a biopic of civil rights leader Barbara Jordan that will be directed by “Smash”’s Paris Barclay. In addition, Davis also has adaptations of “Ender’s Game” and “Beautiful Creatures” on her plate. She’s certainly keeping busy!
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