Wanted: Actor to play somewhat intense idealistic young American male. Must be able to suggest patriotic unease, a sense of dramatic intent, and an intellectual background. If you fit the description, please call Oliver Stone.
Yes, Edward Snowden is getting a movie. The Snowden Files, based on Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, will document the unique career path of the former NSA contractor, who is currently living beyond American extradition in Russia. Stone is no stranger to worrying ramifications of successive generations of American presidencies, although the 67-year-old director of JFK, Nixon and W. does have a problem – based on 2012’s Savages – with his perception of 20somethings. And given that most young Hollywood actors are spending three to four hours a day in the gym, hoping for a superhero movie or action role, finding the next Edward Norton won’t be easy. Jesse Eisenberg, anyone?
Royal rom-com for Capaldi
Scottish actor Peter Capaldi (In the Loop, World War Z) is not only going to be the next Doctor Who, he’s also branching out into writing/directing. Capaldi, who may be the greatest reciter of insults and expletives in the history of acting, will helm Born to Be King, a romantic comedy that takes place on a film set where a famous leading lady begins to fall in love with an extra who bears an uncanny resemblance to a famous actor. Ewan McGregor (Star Wars: Episode I, II and III, Trainspotting) and Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, The Reluctant Fundamentalist) will headline the cast.
Watts shows allegiance
Great actors always fit nicely into dystopic young adult trilogies, bringing some gravitas to the teenage angst: the late Philip Seymour Hoffman joined The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and now Naomi Watts (The Ring, The Impossible) joins Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet for Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, as well as the further concluding instalments Allegiant: Part One and Allegiant: Part Two.
Vallee on track for next two
Fresh from the breakthrough success of Dallas Buyers Club, French Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee is forging ahead. He already has Wild in post-production, an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir of her 1100 mile journey on foot along America’s Pacific Crest Trail following a divorce and her mother’s death. Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Mud) will play Strayed, with the supporting cast including Laura Dern (Blue Velvet, The Master) and Dutch actor Michiel Huisman (The Young Victoria, television’s Game of Thrones). Now Vallee is looking to direct Demolition, a drama about a young investment banker trying to come to terms with his wife’s death. Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain), who has bounced back with a recent pair of Denis Villeneuve dramas in Prisoners and Enemy, is looking to play the lead role.
From the pointless remake department
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, the forthcoming The Equalizer remake) is looking to redo 1960’s The Magnificent Seven, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Not even the news that his leading man from those previous movies, Denzel Washington (Malcolm X, Flight) is the desired lead – is that the Yul Brynner or Steve McQueen role? – can elevate that decision.