Each week we keep you updated on the rumors that have been buzzing around Hollywood as various sources get wind of casting info and other details before they’ve been officially announced, so our readers know what’s going on in the entertainment world first. From casting rumors to unannounced new projects, here’s what’s been happening in the entertainment world over the past week.
1. Beyoncé to the Avengers?
This rumor is from a pretty shady source, so don’t get your hopes up about it, but it would be so awesome if it ended up coming true it felt worth including in this week’s roundup. Supposedly a Disney executive told the U.K. tabloid The Daily Star that the company is looking at Beyoncé to join Marvel’s Avengers. “We would love to have Beyoncé on board, almost certainly as a newcomer to the screen from Marvel’s existing catalogue of comic book characters,” an unnamed senior executive at Disney told the publication. The Daily Star is definitely not a reliable source, but the idea of having Beyoncé involved is certainly a fun one to contemplate and her millions of fans would add even more money to the box office take of the next Avengers movie.
The publication also suggested the possible roles Bey would be considered for. They include Boom-Boom, a character who can make plasma bombs telepathically, Blink, a heroine who can teleport herself and others, Tigra, a crime fighter with super cat-like abilities, or Hawkeye, an expert in a variety of combat skills including sword-fighting, archery, and jujitsu. Beyoncé has starred in several movies, but she’s never done a serious action franchise the likes of The Avengers, and the iron-clad, multi-picture contracts that Marvel requires its actors to sign will likely be a turn-off for someone with a busy career in music. Between that and the tabloid source for this rumor, you shouldn’t put much stake into this one, but it’s fun to imagine what it would be like to add Bey to the Avengers team.
2. Alicia Vikander Chooses Bourne Over Assassin’s Creed
Deadline reports that rising star Alicia Vikander is set to star in the next installment of the Bourne series opposite Matt Damon. In order to do the project she had to pull out of the Assassin’s Creed movie with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, as her schedule couldn’t be worked out to do both projects. Vikander has been a breakout star since her role in the indie sci-fi hit Ex Machina, which featured her playing a robot engineered with artificial intelligence. She’s since been making a steady stream of fairly high-profile projects, including the Soviet thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the period romance Tulip Fever, and the highly anticipated drama about the transgender artist Lili Elba, The Danish Girl.
The fourth and most recent Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy, came in 2012 and didn’t even star Matt Damon, as it followed a new hero played by Jeremy Renner who had events in his life caused by the ones in the previous three films. The fifth installment features many of the people involved with the original three returning, including director Paul Greengrass and Julia Stiles as well as Matt Damon.
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Adds to Cast
Ezra Miller has been added to the cast of the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Variety reports. This is the second big franchise casting announcement for Miller recently, as he will be playing The Flash in the DC Universe for Warner Bros., with his first appearance set for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Miller has had scene stealing roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Recent Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne has been tapped to star in the picture, for which J.K. Rowling herself is writing the screenplay. The movie will expand on the Harry Potter universe, taking place in the same magical world just 70 years prior to Harry’s story and in the United States instead of England. Variety’s sources said that Miller is in early talks for the role of Kendran, a wizard who the main character Newt Scamander, a magizoologist, encounters in New York City during his travels documenting magical creatures. David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter movies, has signed on to direct the Fantastic Beasts trilogy and Inherent Vice breakout star Katherine Waterston has a role in the film as well. Variety’s sources said that Miller is Warner Bros.’s favorite for the part and the two sides are approaching the deal. The publication also named some other actors who are being approached by the studio to join the Fantastic Beasts franchise, including Alison Sudol, Josh Gad, and Michael Cera.
4. Emma Watson to Co-Star With Tom Hanks
TheWrap has reported that Emma Watson has landed another a huge role in the wake of her announcement that she’ll be playing Belle in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast. The Harry Potter star has reportedly nabbed the part opposite Tom Hanks in the James Ponsoldt movie The Circle, based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name. Ponsoldt is known for the indie hit The Spectacular Now, which helped make stars out of Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.
In The Circle, Watson will play a young woman who gets hired for an important job in an Internet company called The Circle that collects all kinds of data about people’s lives and habits. The company is a monopoly and creates one online identity for everyone under the ideals of transparency, but the Eggers novel ends up turning into a thriller about a life in a digital world where all personal data is online and can be used for surveillance, making privacy an obsolete thing of the past. While working for the company, Watson’s character meets a mysterious older man played by Hanks. Related to another rumor on the list, Watson is taking on this role after it was vacated by Alicia Vikander, who left to do the Bourne film.
5. Paramount Is Getting Star Trek 4
Star Trek 3 began filming in Vancouver earlier this week, and The Hollywood Reporter just released the inside scoop on what Paramount is doing to get a fourth film in the J.J. Abrams reboot of the franchise together. Star Trek 3 is still over a year from its release, but the studio is guessing that the film will be successful, and is so confident in that guess that it has given some big pay raises to the movie’s stars in order to entice them back for number four. Some complicated work had to be done with the actors’s negotiations, as THR says it had been over seven years since their original contracts were hashed out for the first movie. The publication’s sources said that the starring actors, including Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and Anton Yelchin, “got a combination of hefty raises and better performance bonuses.” In return, the studio got an option for a fourth film. The actor who made off with the biggest win was Pine, who reportedly renegotiated his money for Star Trek 3 up from $3 million to $6 million, doubling his money on the grounds that he’s become a much bigger star in the time since his original contract was made back in 2009.
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