Each week we bring you a round-up of the rumors that have been reported in the entertainment world as various sources get wind of casting rumors and top secret talks about new projects in film, TV, and music. Here’s a look at the rumors that have been buzzing in Hollywood over the past week.
1. More Suicide Squad anti-heroes
Just when you thought this cast couldn’t get any bigger, it has. We’ve already known Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, and Joel Kinnaman are all starring in the ensemble cast. Now more casting rumors have come out of the anti-superhero movie from the DC universe, with Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Raymond Olubowale, and Karen Fukuhara all being cast in the film. TheWrap was responsible for the report that Lost alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Killer Croc. That report also said that Karen Fukuhara had been cast in an unknown role. A tweet from eTalk claims Eastwood confirmed to the publication he’s been in Toronto working on Suicide Squad. Then the Latino Review speculated further about the actors’ roles, saying that Eastwood would play Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor and Olubowale will be King Shark. Eastwood worked with director David Ayer previously on Fury.
2. Jon Hamm to The Walking Dead?
Jon Hamm is best known for portraying the iconic ’60s advertising executive Don Draper on Mad Men, which recently ended after seven seasons. If rumors are true, the actor might be moving to another extremely popular cable series, as The Walking Dead needs to cast the role of one of the comic’s most loved villains for its upcoming sixth season. Hamm jokingly said he’d be willing to play the part of the evil character Negan in an interview with MTV News, saying, “Robert, call me. Come on,” when asked if he’d like the role. “I don’t know [but] we’ll see. It would be fun, that’s for sure,” he added more seriously. Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, told MTV News a year ago that he thinks Hamm would be perfect for the part, but that the actor’s career would be too big for the show, or any show. “I think Jon Hamm would be perfect,” Kirkman said. “[But] I think after Mad Men has run, Jon Hamm is going to have a Tom Hanks level film career, so I don’t think he’ll be coming back to television anytime soon. Although that would be cool!” Since both parties seem to be open to the idea, perhaps we could see Hamm back on TV in a very different role than Don Draper.
3. Kristen Stewart in talks for Ang Lee’s next
Kristen Stewart is well on her way to an established and well-respected film career, having put the Twilight franchise mostly behind her with an increasing number of excellent roles in independent films. After receiving acclaim for last year’s Still Alice and Clouds of Sils Maria, Stewart has already signed on for Woody Allen’s next project, Kelly Reichardt’s upcoming drama, and now TheWrap reports that she is in talks for Ang Lee’s next movie Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The movie is based on a novel by Ben Fountain about a 19-year-old Texan in the U.S. army serving in Iraq in 2005. When the troop he’s with survives a firefight, the Bush administration brings them home to honor them during the Dallas Cowboy’s Thanksgiving halftime show before sending them back to Iraq. The new actor Joe Alwyn will play the lead role while Stewart is in talks to play his sister.
4. Arrow Star to the big screen
The star of CW’s popular DC comics inspired TV show Arrow has just landed a big film role. According to an exclusive report from Variety, Stephen Amell will play Casey Jones in the sequel to last summer’s Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Original cast members Meghan Fox and Will Arnett will return for the second movie. The character Casey Jones is described as “a loner” who ends up becoming friends with the crime-fighting turtles and turns into a love interest for Fox’s character April O’Neil. While the first movie received horrible reviews, it was a massive box office success, like any Michael Bay endeavor. This will bring Amell’s face before a much wider audience, though not necessarily prove his acting chops. Variety’s sources said that Amell tested with several actors before landing the part based on his strong chemistry with Fox.
5. Jeff Bridges signs up for all-star western
David Mackenzie earned universal acclaim for his prison drama Starred Up, and now Deadline reports he’s lining up an enviable cast for his upcoming western Comancheria. The publication says Jeff Bridges has signed on while Chris Pine and Ben Foster are in talks to join the movie. Deadline says the story is about two brothers, one a divorced father and one an ex-con, that face the foreclosure of their family’s farm when they need the income and property the most. In order to gain the funds to keep the farm, they go on a bank-robbing spree. Bridges would play the Texas Ranger determined to stop them, while Pine and Foster are in talks for the roles of the brothers.
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