Russell Crowe seems to be up for every role available lately. Already set to play Inspector Javert in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's musical version of Les Miserables starting this month, Crowe was recently cast in Winter's Tale, which will serve as the directorial debut for Academy Award–winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind). Crowe could add yet another project that would team the actor with Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky.
According to Deadline, Aronofsky wants Crowe for the title role in Noah, the director's take on the Biblical story that he has described as a "big event film." Crowe is not officially in the role, though Aronofsky is reportedly interested in the Australian actor for the lead. Aronofsky initially courted The Dark Knight actor Christian Bale for the role, but apparently scheduling issues have kept Bale from accepting the part. The director is also interested in Liam Neeson for an unspecified role as well. what about Death Wish and RoboCop? >> Posted 02.04.12 by Ryan
For years, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has been trying to break into directing, specifically for a movie adaptation of the 80's novel Winter's Tale and it looks as though, thanks to two big names in Hollywood, he will finally have his chance. Vulture reports that Goldsman "called in every favor he had" and eventually scored Will Smith and Russell Crowe — arguably saving the movie and jump-starting production.
The novel, which was written by Mark Helprin, is set in nineteenth-century and present-day Manhattan and tells the tale of a thief who falls in love with a dying girl who lives in one of the houses he robbed. Besides Smith and Crowe's roles, no other casting has been completed. budget was obstacle to production >> Posted 02.02.12 by reelz
Beyond the addition of Paul Haggis (Quantum of Solace) as screenwriter, there has been virtually nothing heard about the planned big screen adaptation of The Equalizer TV show since it was first revealed back in June 2010 that Russel Crowe was attached to star in it. Though the project was presumed to be dead in the water, it appears that it is alive and kicking, albeit with a different A-list actor in the lead.
According to THR, the movie is still in development at Escape Artists — the production company which recently had its first-look, non-exclusive deal with Sony Pictures re-upped for three more years — but Crowe is out and two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Glory) is in. more about The Equalizer >> Posted 12.14.11 by BrentJS
Comic book movie fans have been hotly debating the reason for Henry Cavill's scruffy look in director Zack Snyder's Superman franchise reboot, Man of Steel, since the first "spy" pics of the actor emerged from the Alaska set earlier this month. The debate intensified recently when more photos from the set showed Cavill's Clark Kent was still sporting a scraggly beard and a tattered pair of pants, with no sign of the character's signature spit-curl and glasses, let alone the red-and-blue longjohns that are the trademark of the "Man of Steel."
Our best guess is that good ol' Clark is on his "vision quest" to figure out who he is and what he should do with his Kryptonian superpowers, but without the opportunity to question Cavill or Snyder, we remain just as in the dark as everyone else. However, one of the principal actors in the movie has been making the rounds recently, which has afforded various media outlets the opportunity to pick his brain about all of those little nerd facts that comic book movie fans live and die for.
While doing promotional interviews for his new movie, Take Shelter, Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) — who stars in Man of Steel as the evil Kryptonian General Zod, originally played by Terence Stamp in Supermanand Superman II — discussed beating up Superman's (biological) dad, the Phantom Zone and whether or not he will recite that classic Zod line, "Kneel before Zod," in Man of Steel. what did Shannon say about Zod? >> Posted 10.27.11 by BrentJS
Marlon Brando didn't see much action when he played Jor-El, Superman's biological father, in 1978's Superman, but in the upcoming franchise reboot, Man of Steel, it looks like Russell Crowe will see more action while playing the same character. The actor revealed that Jor-El will fight against General Zod (played by Michael Shannon) — who was sentenced to the Phantom Zone in the 1978 adaptation based on evidence provided by Jor-El — in a message on his Twitter.
15km bike ride,umpteen hours fighting Michael Shannon. He's very hard to put down.
When asked by one of his Twitter followers what the result of the fight was (good question, @HMack3), Crowe replied, "Hard to tell who wins, we are still fighting tomorrow."
That seems like a pretty decent battle between the two, which must be why Crowe often steps out of Man of Steel's Vancouver studio to enjoy a cigarette in full costume. more about Man of Steel >> Posted 10.20.11 by Ryan
While some "spy" set photos have had a tendency to spoil upcoming movies — such as those revealing plot details that were taken from the Pittsburgh shoot of the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises — the only spoiler the set photos from the upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, have revealed is to show off the costumes worn by the cast members.
The latest set photos come from The Daily Mail, and depict Russell Crowe in full costume as Jor-El, Superman's biological father, as Crowe stepped out from the Vancouver set of the movie to smoke a cigarette. The emblem of a "S" is apparent on the costume, but doesn't stand out as it does on Superman's costume, as revealed in the movie's first official still. see crowe in full costume >> Posted 10.04.11 by Ryan
Casting is coming together for director Tom Hooper's musical version of Les Miserables. With Hugh Jackman confirmed to play the role of ex-convict Jean Valjean, now Hooper is looking to fill the role of Valjean's nemesis and one big name has been trying to make a deal. Russell Crowe is reportedly close to joining the movie as Valjean's adversary, Inspector Javert.
THR reports that Crowe is in negotiations for the role of the inspector, who will stop at nothing to recapture Valjean. Also joining the cast is Helena Bonham Carter, who will reunite with her The King's Speech director to play Madame Thenardier the greedy wife and initial caretaker of orphan Cosette after her mother, Fantine, passes away. Anne Hathaway is reportedly in talks for the role of Fantine. more news on casting >> Posted 09.09.11 by Ryan
The latest batch of set photos from Paramount's adaptation of World War Z reveal Matthew Fox is back in the cast.
Reportedly cast in June along with Ed Harris, both Fox and Harris then left the project a few weeks later. While Harris' role was unspecified, Fox was said to be playing a character named "parajumper" though other details were not offered.
The set photos give credence the character details, as they reveal Fox in military clothing, near a rescue helicopter, and aiding cast member Mireille Enos and her two movie daughters. Enos plays the wife of U.N. researcher, played by Brad Pitt, who did not appear in the set photos.
Adapted by screenwriters Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) and J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling) from Max Brooks' best-selling novel, World War Z is currently in production in the U.K. under the direction of Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace). The movie co-stars Elyes Gabel (HBO's Game of Thrones) and Bryan Cranston, who was recently cast in a "small but flashy" role in the movie. What's Broken City about? >> Posted 08.09.11 by Ryan
Hugh Jackman appeared at Comic-Con to help promote October's robot boxing drama Real Steel, but also spoke about some of the upcoming projects he has lined up.
The first is a collaboration with Academy Award‐winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) in a musical adaptation of Les Miserables. Jackman will play ex-convict Jean Valjean, the role Liam Neeson played in 1998 non-musical version, and revealed (via Screenrant) that shooting will begin in February.
Of course, prior to Les Miserables is the The Wolverine, the stand-alone, non-sequel sequel to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Jackman will be shooting that first and even revealed the villain of the movie. warning: Spoilers ahead >> Posted 07.23.11 by Ryan
Like Marlon Brando before him, Russell Crowe could play Jor-El (or, in layman's terms, Superman's biological father) in director Zack Snyder's upcoming franchise reboot, Man of Steel.
Variety reports that Crowe is "in negotiations" for the role, which Brando most recently reprised posthumously (via unused footage from 1978's Superman) in 2006's Superman Returns. According to the report, Sean Penn and Clive Owen were also possibilities for the role before it landed with Crowe. All we can say is: Well done, Warner Bros. more about Man of Steel >> Posted 06.15.11 by Ryan