The recent action movie Haywire hasn't fared as well at the box office as it did with critics (though it has made back its budget), but its star, MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano, has already lined up another action project.
THR reports that Carano has joined the cast of the action-thriller In the Blood for director John Stockwell (Blue Crush, the upcoming Dark Tide). Carano will play a wife whose husband disappears while vacationing in the Caribbean, so she recklessly pursues the men she thinks are responsible. "This role will showcase not only Gina’s fighting skills, but also her acting abilities as her character struggles to reign in her violent past," said Stockwell.
In the Blood was written by Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston (Joy Ride 2). Production is set to start in Puerto Rico in early spring or summer. Carano's Haywire stunt team is in discussions to reteam with her on In the Blood. more cast for Oblivion and 300: Battle of Artemisia >> Posted 02.15.12 by Ryan
In June, Emma Stone (The Help, the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man) decided to pass on the lead role of Elizabeth Bennett in Liongate's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but was hardly the only name associated with the role. Prior to Stone, the studio reportedly "flirted" with actresses Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway without much results, while Scarlett Johansson was rumored for the part last year after Natalie Portman dropped out.
Recently, reports have revealed that Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively was offered the role and, after a few weeks of contemplation, it looks like Lively will put starring in summer box office bomb Green Lantern behind her as she takes on an exciting, high-profile role with a built-in fanba...wait, nope, she didn't take it, either. Didn't expect that. Variety writer Justin Kroll revealed the news on his Twitter.
Wilde in formula one biopic; Schwarzenegger gets company >> Posted 10.06.11 by Ryan
Casting update, news broke a couple weeks back that Blake Lively was offered lead in PRIDE PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. She has officially passed
Warner Bros. (WB) has put the pedal to the metal on two long-in-development properties this week. First, the studio tapped Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) to take the reins of Akira, the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's acclaimed manga series that Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company has been developing since 2008. Now, THR has reported that WB has "zeroed in on" Israel-born director Noam Murro to direct 300: Battle of Artemisia (formerly Xerxes), the sequel to 300 that has been waiting on the completion of creator Frank Miller's graphic novel source material since 2007. more about the sequel to 300 >> Posted 07.16.11 by BrentJS
Even though director Zack Snyder has said repeatedly that he is patiently waiting for creator Frank Miller to finish writing and drawing Xerxes, his follow-up to the 300 comic books that Snyder used as inspiration for the movie of the same name, that doesn't mean that the Xerxes movie adaptation is not on his mind. In fact, Snyder offered up a synopsis of Xerxes, revealing it won't be a sequel or a prequel. Rather, it will take place concurrently with the events in 300. Unfortunately, even though this means that everyone's favorite Spartan king, Leonidas (played by Gerard Butler), could technically appear in the movie, the focus will instead be on another Greek hero doing battle with the tyrant king of Persia. read the synopsis >> Posted 09.04.10 by BrentJS
Director Zack Snyder is currently in post-production on two movies—Legend of the Guardians and Sucker Punch — but comic book fans are eager to know when he is going to return to the genre that he has so faithfully brought to life twice before in 300 and Watchmen. In an interview with ComingSoon from ShoWest, Snyder said that he is busy working on his other movies right now, but fans could be treated to are-release of 300 in 3-D in the near future.
I haven't seen the whole movie but they're talking about [converting] the whole movie [to 3-D]. I saw maybe like a ten-minute section that they'd just done. By the way, they did an amazing job.
Comic book visionary Frank Miller, who created the graphic novel that 300 is based upon, said back in December that he was working on a story for a sequel to 300 that would involve the classic Greek battle against the Persians at Marathon, which would actually make it a prequel. Snyder said that he would love to return to direct that movie — called Xerxes after the Persian king (played by Rodrigo Santoro) who accosted King Leonidas' (Gerard Butler) brave 300 Spartans in the original — but that there's no timetable because it's entirely up to Miller getting the story completed.
Posted 03.23.10 by BrentJS
I'm waiting on Frank for the sequel to 300, and there's a really good chance that will be the thing we do. He's been working hard, yup, he absolutely has so he's supposed to show me something really soon, actually in the next few months, he's going to show me something.
There was a big discussion about what we would do for the sequel to 300 and I said, "I didn't tell Frank what to write the first time, and I'm not telling him what to write this time." I'll take it and I'll adapt it and make it into a movie and I'll write a screenplay, but I want him to do whatever he thinks.