American director Bill Condon – whose decision to dedicate himself to not one but the final two Twilight movies remains baffling in an artistic sense – will work with two of his favourite actors (no, Taylor Lautner is not one of them) on his next project. Fresh from the underdone WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate, Condon will direct an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, where in the years just after World War II an ageing Sherlock Holmes, who is struggling with the fraying of his considerable mental faculties, tries to solve a former case. As the formidable detective, a character already visited widely by popular culture in recent years, Condon will have Ian McKellen (X-Men, Gods and Monsters), while as his concerned housekeeper, Condon has called on Laura Linney (Kinsey, Mystic River).
Huppert at home in Paris
The fact that Isabelle Huppert continues to make several films a year is frankly one of the bonuses the cinema has going for it right now. The compelling French star, who can provide inscrutable presence and fierce passion, will reunite with filmmaker Marc Fitoussi, who directed her in 2010’s offbeat Copacabana, for the forthcoming Paris Follies. Huppert (The Piano Teacher, White Material) will play a well-off wife, starting to doubt the comfortable rural life she shares with her content husband, who decides to spend a weekend in Paris, indulging herself and leading to unexpected complications. The cast is rounded out by Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Le Havre, A Very Long Engagement), Michael Nyqvist (the Swedish original of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Abduction), and Pio Marmai (A Happy Event, Delicacy).
Army flick recruits Rebel
Good news on the remake front: Gerard Butler will not be playing Bodhi, the late Patrick Swayze’s role, in a new take on Kathryn Bigelow’s Californian bro classic Point Break, as he is too busy making London Has Fallen, the sequel to the very dim Olympus Has Fallen. But it appears that Australian comic Rebel Wilson, so good in Bachelorette, Pitch Perfect, and even Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, will don khaki in a remake of Private Benjamin, the 1980 hit where Goldie Hawn’s privileged young widow finds herself in the U.S. Army. The fact that the American military has spent more than a decade now in bloody wars might have a bearing on tone, but Wilson has a way of making the unlikely work.
Gerwig goes back to NYC
Filmmaker Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) has a potent trio of actors for next film, a comedy of manners entitled Maggie’s Plan. Because it’s the story of a young woman trying to make her way in New York City, Miller has cast Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha, Lola Versus) in the title role, because by law she must always play that part, while opposite her there is Julianne Moore (Safe, The Big Lebowski) and Clive Owen (Children of Men, Duplicity). Once again there’s no place for Miller’s husband, Daniel Day-Lewis, in her latest project, as he’s probably too busy on other projects since he’s The Best Actor in the World ™. Oh…