Norway is taking over the world, one genre project at a time: Andre Ovredal, who made the droll, delightfully twisted Troll Hunter, is at work on his debut English language feature, The Autopsy of Jane Doe. It's the story of a father and son team who run a small town mortuary and also serve as the local coroners. When an unknown homicide victim is delivered to them they uncover clues to a boundless mystery.
Casting is underway, but Ovredal won't be able to call on the Scandinavian star Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), because she has signed up for What Happened to Monday, a dystopian thriller from his compatriot Tommy Wirkola, the director of the Nazi zombie flick Dead Snow (and its forthcoming sequel), as well as Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Rapace, who has just finished shooting two features with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Animal Rescue and Case 44, will play six roles – septuplet sisters hiding out in an overpopulated world where one-child family laws are draconically enforced.
Radcliffe goes for Gold
Still only 23-years-old, Daniel Radcliffe continues his quest to put Harry Potter behind him. The one-time boy wizard has already played a young incarnation of the revered Beat-era poet Allen Ginsberg in the forthcoming Kill Your Darlings, with the fantasy horror picture Horns – where his character gets the titular attachments on his forehead following his girlfriend's death – from French filmmaker Alexandre Aja (High Tension) to follow. Now he's getting his Chariots of Fire on, playing British middle distance runner Sebastian Coe for his Woman in Black director, James Watkins, in Gold. The film will explore Coe's rivalry with fellow British champion Steve Ovett in the lead-up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics, but probably not his subsequent life as a Conservative Party MP.
From the Unnecessary Films Department
Crime novelist and screenwriter Dennis Lehane, whose books Shutter Island, Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone have all been successfully adapted for the screen, is at work adapting Jacques Audiard's magisterial 2009 French prison crime epic, A Prophet. Insert your own South Boston gag here; London Has Fallen will be the sequel to White House action hit Olympus Has Fallen. Gerard Butler will return as Secret Service agent and John McClane wannabe Mike Banning; and The Fantastic Four is being rebooted by director Josh Trank (Chronicle).
Having made the Mob comedy The Family with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, the prolific Luc Besson gets back to what he does best – hyper-charged action flicks with unexpected lead characters – with Lucy. The international thriller is the story of a young woman pressured to be a drug mule who absorbs the drug she's carrying and soon develops extraordinary physical and mental facilities. The one-man French production house, who previously directed Anne Parillaud in La Femme Nikita, Natalie Portman in Leon, and Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element, has secured Scarlett Johansson for the lead role. The American actress, who has gone from serving as Woody Allen's muse to being one of the boys in the Marvel movies universe, should fit the bill. Morgan Freeman (Street Smart) and Min-sik Choi (Oldboy) co-star.