Someday there will be more films about James Dean than ones the original icon of teenage angst starred in. Several actors, including a young James Franco, have already played versions of the Rebel Without a Cause star, who died at the age of 24 in 1955 following a car accident, and now it's the turn of the young and talented Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines). The American actor, who is also in the forthcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, will play Dean for Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) in Life. Written by Australian Luke Davies (Candy), it's the story of the friendship between Dean and photographer Dennis Stock, whose images of the young actor became posthumously famous. Playing Stock is Robert Pattinson, an actor who is doing his best to get beyond the Dean-like hysteria created by his turn in the (too) many Twilight movies by working with David Cronenberg (again), Werner Herzog and David Michôd on upcoming releases.
Riseborough on The Storm
Andrea Riseborough (Shadow Dancer, Oblivion) and Damian Lewis (television's Homeland) will play an enigmatic outsider and her minister husband whose life on a remote Scottish island is unsettled by the teenage delinquent sent to live with them in The Silent Storm. The drama is the debut feature of writer-director Corinna Villari-McFarlane. Riseborough is also in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Broadway comedy Birdman, opposite Emma Stone (Superbad), Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice), Edward Norton (The 25th Hour) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible).
Eisenberg turns environmental
Kelly Reichardt, one of the key independent American filmmakers following Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, has an impressive cast for her next feature. Night Moves is a drama about three young Americans – a former Marine returned from active duty, a radicalised woman, and a firebrand environmentalist – who decide to blow up a dam that is at the centre of a hydroelectric development. Reichardt, who drew fantastic performances from Michelle Williams in her last two films, has cast Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine, Jarhead), Dakota Fanning (The Runaways, Man on Fire) and Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me, The Social Network) as her respective leads.
Being busy with Benedict Cumberbatch
Cumberbatch is out of Guillermo Del Toro's horror film Crimson Peak (replaced by Thor and The Deep Blue Sea's Tom Hiddleston) opposite Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, and into The Lost City of Z, an adaptation of David Grann's acclaimed non-fiction book about the terribly British explorer Percy Fawcett, who in 1925 disappeared in the Amazon while pursuing a fabled lost city. The director is the terribly American James Grey, who with the likes of We Own the Night, The Yards and Two Lovers has never previously made a film set outside New York City.
Fity Shades, many complaints
Oh, and there's an adaptation of a book called Fifty Shades of Grey to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) being readied for 2014 release. Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) and Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street) have been cast as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who are people – and not fancy paint colours – engaged in an S&M-heavy relationship. Apparently the odd person online is aggrieved about these choices.