The much sought after Mia Wasikowska is returning to Australia. Or at least the outback. The 23-year-old, whose recent credits include Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, and John Hillcoat's Lawless, will star in Tracks. The film follows the real life story of traveller and writer Robyn Davidson, who trekked 2700 kilometres from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean accompanied only by her loyal dog and four camels. Tracks is based on Davidson's eponymous best seller, and was co-written and will be directed by another Australian expatriate, John Curran, whose previous films include Praise and The Painted Veil. Adam Driver (television's Girls) will co-star as National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan.
Bettany's on board
The Americans made Battleship and now the British are making Destroyer. Matthew Goode (Watchmen) and Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, The Young Victoria) will star in writer/director Tom Shankland's adaptation of David Hart-Dyke's memoir Four Weeks in May, which covers his service as the captain of the Royal Navy guided-missile destroyer HMS Coventry, which was sunk during the 1982 Falklands War by Argentinean aircraft with 19 sailors lost.
Cavaye's in for a hat-trick
With the success of 2008's Anything For Her and 2010's Point Blank, French filmmaker Fred Cavaye has established himself as one of the country's leading commercial prospects. Now his third feature behind the camera is underway, with the thriller Safe commencing production. The plot isn't confirmed, but the casting and the roles gives you room to guess: there are police officers played by Vincent Lindon (Anything For Her) and Gilles Lellouche (Little White Lies), while the female lead that possibly completes a triangle has gone to Nadine Labaki (who directed and starred in last year's Where Do We Go Now?).
Old dogs with older tricks
This is not a beat-up: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are making another film together (they did James Mangold's Copland together in 1997); they will both once more portray professional boxers (Stallone was previously Rocky's Rocky Balboa, De Niro Raging Bull's Jake LaMotta); their characters will play old rivals who sign up for a 50th anniversary rematch; the director is Peter Segal (Anger Management, Get Smart); and the movie is called Grudge Match.
Pattinson and Mulligan to find the funny (hopefully)
Having worked his way back to narrative features with the recent IRA thriller Shadow Dancer, renowned English documentary filmmaker James March (Man on a Wire, Project Nim) will now go straight to Hold on to Me, a blackly comic thriller set in small town America about a calculating young woman who decides to stage her own kidnapping and ropes in a former boyfriend as an accomplice. The plot, and March's planned tone, recalls the Coen brothers' Fargo, but this is a decidedly English experience, with the two leads to be played Carey Mulligan (Drive, the forthcoming Great Gatsby) and Robert Pattinson (Cosmopolis, the forthcoming fourth and final – hallelujah! – Twilight movie). Hopefully their accents, and their previously unseen senses of humour, are up to scratch.