Here are all the rumors that have been heating up the entertainment world over the past week.
John Krasinski in the next Michael Bay movie
Now that he’s decided to hand over the Transformers franchise to another director, Michael Bay is lining up his next bombastic blockbuster projects. Bay is currently at work on the Benghazi movie 13 Hours, which will tell the true story of the terrorist attack at the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Variety reports that John Krasinski is eyeing a lead role in the movie, playing a Navy SEAL. Krasinski is mostly known for his comedic work, particularly on the American version of The Office, but according to Variety his audition for the lead role greatly impressed Bay.
Rosie Perez is leaving The View
The Latina actress, dancer, and choreographer is rumored to be the latest casualty of the talk show The View. Perez is known for her roles in Do the Right Thing and Fearless as well as her choreography for the television show In Livin’ Color. Variety now reports that after only four months serving as a host of the show, Perez will be leaving. She took off a month in January to do a Broadway play and Variety’s sources claim she won’t be coming back. Variety’s sources said that Perez has struggled with the show’s mixture of hard and soft news topics and with reading from a teleprompter. A rep for The View denies the report, saying that Perez’s status on the show hasn’t changed. Variety says that ABC will look to cast a younger host in her place alongside Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, and Nicolle Wallace.
Ben-Hur casts a Gossip Girl
The actress Sofia Black-D’Elia has landed a role among the A-list cast in the reboot of the classic Biblical epic Ben-Hur. Deadline reports that the actress, known for her roles on the teen-centered TV shows Skins and Gossip Girl, has been cast in the role of Tirzah. The character is Judah’s sister, who becomes political when the Roman Empire takes over Jerusalem, only to contract leprosy while in prison with her mother before Judah can return to save his family. Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Toby Kebbell will star in the remake, which is said will more closely follow the 1980 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the classic 1959 Charlton Heston flick. Hopefully the movie will avoid the controversy that dampened the recent Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, which was criticized for its all-white cast when the real players would have been of Middle Eastern descent. Given the people Ben-Hur has already cast, there seems to be plenty of white-washing going on, but Exodus’s performance was also marred by generally poor reviews.
Emma Stone and Ansel Elgort for new Edgar Wright movie
Edgar Wright may have lost out on Marvel’s Ant-Man movie after putting in tons of work, but the director is licking his wounds and moving on to his next project. The Tracking Board reports that Wright’s new film is called Baby Driver and Emma Stone and Ansel Elgort are circling the starring roles. Elgort will play the main character, a quiet music-obsessed driver for a group of bank robbers named Baby who’s forced to go on the run, and Stone will play his love interest. Michael Douglas is reportedly also looking to play a major role in the movie. Lining up a cast like that would be a great way for Wright to come back from the Ant-Man fiasco, as the two actors are currently at the high points in their careers. Stone has just picked up an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Birdman and Elgort starred in the box office hit tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars over the summer.
New rumors for young X-Men characters
X-Men: Apocalypse will feature younger versions of the mutants Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm, and Hollywood has been buzzing for months about which young stars will nab the coveted the roles. New rumors from Latino Review are saying that director Bryan Singer’s list of potential actors is getting even longer, as Taron Edgerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jamie Blackley (If I Stay), and Tye Sheridan (Mud) are being looked at for Cyclops; Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) for Jean Grey; and Zendaya Coleman (Shake It Up!) and Alexandra Shipp (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) for Storm. In the past Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, and Elle Fanning were rumored to be competing for the role of Jean Grey.
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