Here’s a look at all the rumors that have been flying around Hollywood over the past week.
1. Scarlett Johansson to play a psychopath
Johansson is loosely attached to star in a film version of Jon Ronson’s controversial popular nonfiction book The Psychopath Test, which examines a 20-question test developed by psychologists to determine whether or not a person is a psychopath. Ronson performed research among the mental health community and questions the fine line between eccentricity and madness in the book, which was blasted by mental health professionals for being an oversimplification. Deadline reported that Kristin Gore has been hired to adapt the book into a psychological thriller with Johansson in the lead role. Ronson also wrote the book Men Who Stare At Goats, investigating training and torture methods used by the U.S. military in the Iraq War, which was adapted into a movie starring George Clooney.
2. Deadpool’s leading lady
Rumors have been going around for the past couple of weeks about the actresses testing for the female lead in the Ryan Reynolds Marvel standalone movie about the superhero, who ends up disfigured from a procedure meant to cure his cancer but also attains the power to heal himself from any injury. The character is known for his sarcastic humor and tendency for breaking the fourth wall. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Homeland’s Morena Baccarin has nabbed the part of the female lead in the film. The character has to deal with being in love with a hideously scarred superhero. Baccarin has been nominated for an Emmy for her role on Homeland and currently stars on Fox’s Gotham. Baccarin beat out Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, Crystal Reed of Teen Wolf and Crush, Sarah Greene of Vikings and Noble, Arrow’s Jessica De Gouw, and The Red Band Society’s Rebecca Rittenhouse for the part.
3. Alien reboot
Neill Blomkamp, the South African director of District 9 and Elysium, announced on Instagram that his next project “might” be a reboot or sequel or prequel to the iconic Alien franchise. Variety then reported that 20th Century Fox had picked up the project, which will be unrelated to the Prometheus films from Ridley Scott. Other than that, not much is known about the direction in which Blomkamp will take the franchise, aside from some artwork he posted along with the announcement. The art was actually posted a bit ago, as Blomkamp has been rumored to be working on an Alien movie for a while. Fans loved the art, and studio executives approved enough to give Blomkamp a shot at the franchise.
4. Assassin’s Creed moves forward
The long-in-development film adaptation of the uber-popular video game Assassin’s Creed seems to be finally moving forward, setting a release date for December 2016 and attaching Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard to star in an unknown role, Deadline has reported. Michael Fassbender has long been attached to the project, though it’s been falsely rumored several times that he’d pulled out of the movie. The Assassin’s Creed movie will, strangely, be a Macbeth reunion, as Cotillard and Fassbender star together in the upcoming movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, and Assassin’s Creed will be directed by Macbeth helmer Justin Kurzel. Getting Cotillard involved is a sign Fassbender and Kurzel want to make this potential franchise a quality effort, rather than a bombastic action onslaught. With 91 million Assassin’s Creed games sold, the audience for the films is certainly there.
5. Beauty and the Beast could be a Harry Potter reunion
The planned live-action musical version of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast is already gathering anticipation. Emma Watson has signed on to star as the beautiful bookworm Belle, rumor has it that Disney is circling Ryan Gosling to play the Beast, and the latest gossip about the film says that another Emma — Emma Thompson — is looking at playing the anthropomorphic teapot Mrs. Potts. The International Business Times reported the rumor that the acclaimed British actress is looking to join Watson in the film. Thompson previously acted with Watson in the Harry Potter movies, playing the divination Professor Trelawney. Should Thompson take the role, she’ll sing the award-winning song “Tale As Old As Time,” which was originally performed by Angela Lansbury.
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