Deadline reports that German actress Diane Kruger (Unknown, Inglourious Basterds) is in talks to play The Seeker in the upcoming movie adaptation of Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's other novel, The Host. Her character is "a member of 'the souls' who have invaded Earth and taken control of the planet's inhabiting humans."
Kruger will star alongside Saoirse Ronan who plays Melanie, The Wanderer and rebel soul, as well as William Hurt and Max Irons. more about The Host Posted 01.23.12 by reelz
Twilight fans have to be lamenting that the franchise is coming to an end, but, luckily, there's another potential franchise to fill the void. The Host, based on Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's 2008 novel of the same name will start shooting next February and will be in theaters on March 29, 2013 — a mere four months after The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters.
While still exploring the theme of romance, The Host abandons vampires for an unseen alien race called Souls, who have taken over most of humanity by inhabiting their bodies as hosts. Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) is one of the few remaining survivors, but is finally captured and is invaded by a Soul named the Wanderer, a.k.a. Wanda (also played by Ronan), who can't gain complete control of Melanie's mind. Ian (Jake Abel) falls for Wanda, who, as Melanie, is still in love with Jerad (the recently cast Max Irons). It's an all-new, but more complicated, love triangle!
With the three leads cast, EW reports that co-screenwriter Meyer and director-writer Andrew Niccol (In Time) have cast actor William Hurt as Jeb, Melanie's crazy uncle and a leader of the human resistance.
Meyer is said to be planning two sequels to The Host, titled The Soul and The Seeker, but a sequel is yet to be published. benjamin bratt gets Snitch'd on >> Posted 12.08.11 by Ryan
HBO is turning Andrew Ross Sorkin's best-selling financial meltdown thriller — based on the 2008 true story! — Too Big to Fail into a movie, and has so far really nailed the cast. Paul Giamatti at Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Ed Asner as capitalist icon Warren Buffett, James Woods as slimy Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld, and of course William Hurt as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
The only one that's off the mark — way off the mark — is Dan Hedaya as House Financial Services Committe chairman Barney Frank. While a talented character actor, Hedaya's best at roles like Nick Tortelli on Cheers, rather than a portly, wise-cracking Congressman from Massachusetts. Damn you, Dom DeLuise, for dying last year!Too Big to Fail is directed by LA Confidential director Curtis Hanson, with shooting scheduled to start yet this fall and a release set for 2011. Posted 10.13.10 by reelz
No scene from The Incredible Hulk was more discussed than the confrontation between General Ross (William Hurt) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), which seemed to set the table for a Hulk appearance in the upcoming The Avengers in 2012. Hurt told Collider that the entire scene was made up on the spot.
We improv'd that. The entire scene had no lines written down. We did improv for that entire scene. We actually both had more of a script because of that and a feeling of more invention because of that. So we could actually go, "okay, who do I think my character is ... what would he say next. I haven't a clue, let's have a shot at it."
Hurt admitted that he will not appear in either Iron Man 2 or Thor, though he said, "if they [Marvel] call me I'll answer." Considering director Jon Favreau explained that Iron Man 2 takes place chronologically before The Incredible Hulk, the news is not surprising. Where Thor is on the Marvel timeline is unknown, but with all the characters coming together in The Avengers, it's still possible that Hurt will jump into his military dress and mustache once again. Posted 02.19.10 by Ryan
Ever since Robert Downey Jr. appeared as his Iron Man character, Tony Stark, at the end of The Incredible Hulk, comic book movie fans have been debating what order Marvel Studios will use for the movies leading up to The Avengers in 2012. Obviously, the release dates are all known at this time, but that doesn't mean that the events depicted in the movies will take place in the same order in the "shared universe" that Marvel is developing, which is at the heart of the debate.
The next movie in the Avengers "family" to debut is the highly anticipated Iron Man 2, set for release May 7th. From the trailer, Tony Stark seems to still be doing very much his own thing, with no hint of his involvement with the enigmatic spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Avengers — though he does have a wing man in War Machine (played by Don Cheadle). This has led many to the conclusion that Iron Man 2 will take place before The Incredible Hulk, since Stark, in the aforementioned cameo, asks Gen. Ross (William Hurt), "What if I told you we were putting a team together?" implying that he is already involved with the creation of the Avengers.
Well, now the debate is over. At least, regarding the timeline of the Iron Man movies in relation to The Incredible Hulk. With a single word, director Jon Favreau cleared up all of the speculation in a Retweet to an inquiring fan:
Before. RT @ThiagoSiQueiraF: Just watched "The Incredible Hulk" Gotta ask you: Does "Iron Man 2" takes place before or after Hulk movie?
Of course, that still leaves a myriad amount of questions about how the upcoming Thor and Captain America will fit into The Avengers timeline... Posted 02.05.10 by BrentJS
Sure, he may be 10 feet tall and invulnerable to just about any force known to man, but can the Hulk withstand an assault from the most dreaded nemesis of them all? Anti-smoking advocates from the American Medical Association Alliance have trained their guns on The Incredible Hulk, demanding that the MPAA upgrade the film's PG-13 rating to an R because one of the characters, William Hurt's General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, has the audacity to smoke a cigar -- on film. "Universal Studios and the other Hollywood studios should be especially embarrassed for using comic book movies, which they market to children and know youth will want to see, to promote tobacco," Alliance president Dianne Fenyk raged via press release today.
In related news, members of Americans for the Prevention of Gamma Ray Exposure decried the film's promotion of electromagnetic radiation for muscle-building purposes. Posted 06.11.08 by reelz
While promoting his latest flick, Sony's upcoming action thriller Vantage Point, star William Hurt (Mr. Brooks, A History of Violence) took time out to talk about his role in The Incredible Hulk, Louis Leterrier's upcoming re-boot of the Marvel franchise left dormant after 2003's disappointing Hulk:
"I'm General Ross, father of the paramour of Bruce (Banner) and the nemesis -- so-called conflicted nemesis -- of The Hulk," said Hurt. "He wants Hulk's power but is humiliated by Hulk's conscience, which he actually sees -- and occasionally recognizes -- is actually more developed than his own, even though he's a patriot and a warrior for his country. He's sacrificed immensely for that purpose, but at the expense of, at times, all of his humanity, which he occasionally recovers glimpses of."
As you might guess, General Ross is the flick's main villain. The Incredible Hulk opens nationwide June 13, 2008. Posted 02.08.08 by reelz
Variety is reporting several casting deals today.
Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola (Junebug, Face/Off) will be teaming up in Five Dollars a Day, a road movie in which Walken plays a conman and Nivola the son who's been jailed for his crimes. Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls, A Lot Like Love) will direct...
...Liev Schreiber (The Painted Veil, Kate & Leopold) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong) will be joining Daniel Craig in Defiance, the Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) written and directed drama about Polish brothers who join the Russian resistance during the Holocaust...
...Director D.J. Caruso will be re-teaming with Shia LaBeouf after their blockbuster turn in Disturbia for another thriller, Eagle Eye. Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III, North Country) has just been cast opposite Shia as a single mother who must infiltrate a cell plotting a political assassination after they are wrongly accused of being terrorists. MTV.com recently reported that Rosario Dawson has also signed onto the movie...
...MTV is also reporting that William Hurt has a juicy role coming up in a new Julie Delpy drama/romance. The Countess, which Delpy wrote and will star in and direct, is about Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian countess who lived during the 16th century and also happened to be a serial killer. Radha Mitchell (Melinda and Melinda, Finding Neverland) and Vincent Gallo (The Brown Bunny, Buffalo 66) are also confirmed. Posted 08.09.07 by reelz
Marvel's The Incredible Hulk is staffing up fast and getting ready for shooting this summer in Toronto.
Today The Hollywood Reporter announced that William Hurt has joined the impressive cast linup that already includes Edward Norton, Liv Tyler and Tim Roth. Hurt will play General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, whom fans of the comic will remember as the man who dedicated his life to the Hulk's capture. He also happens to be the father of Betty Ross (Tyler), the love interest to Bruce Banner/The Hulk.
The Incredible Hulk is written by Zak Penn and directed by Louis Leterrier. It is currently slated for a 2008 release. Posted 06.13.07 by reelz