6 Rumors: Chris Pratt to Play Indiana Jones and More
Here’s a look at the rumors that have been buzzing in Hollywood over the past week.
1. Chris Pratt as the new Indiana Jones?
Deadline has reported that Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is being eyed by Disney to star in a reboot of the Indiana Jones franchise. The role of the adventurous archaeologist was made famous by Harrison Ford, who reprised it in 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, though that film got lackluster reviews. It just wasn’t believable for the nearly 70-year-old to perform the same daring stunts that make Indiana Jones the iconic character he is. Handing off the role to a promising new action star thus makes sense, and Pratt is the perfect candidate given his new status as an action star with last year’s highest-grossing movie Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Jurassic World.
2. Brad Pitt “negotiating” to be in his wife’s next movie
According to a report from TheWrap, Pitt is currently in negotiations to star in Angelina Jolie’s fourth directorial effort Africa. The movie was written by Oscar-winner Eric Roth and will be a biopic about the archaeologist Richard Leakey, who became famous for defending elephants against poachers during the 1980s. “I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” Jolie said in a statement last fall. Jolie and Pitt just finished working on Jolie’s third movie together, By The Sea.
3. Emma Roberts in Nerve
Emma Roberts’s career is on the uphill as the young actress continues to work with both of the Franco brothers on various film projects and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy on TV. Her most recent film is I Am Michael, in which she co-starred with James Franco, and The Hollywood Reporter says she’s just signed on to star in a new thriller with James’s younger brother, Dave Franco. The movie is an adaptation of the YA novel Nerve and comes from the studio Lionsgate, which has been very successful with the YA adaptation franchises for The Hunger Games and Divergent books. The book is about a shy high school girl who starts playing a high-stakes game of online truth or dare in order to spice up her life. If the movie can do for Roberts what The Hunger Games did for Jennifer Lawrence or Divergent did for Shailene Woodley, then this could be another big step forward in her career.
4. Matthew McConaughey in Born to Run
McConaughey will show off his physical prowess instead of starving it away for this upcoming role in the big-screen adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s best-seller Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Ever Seen, Deadline reports. McDougall is a journalist and long-distance runner who went into Mexico’s Copper Canyons to discover how the Tarahumara Indians learned to run for hundreds of miles without rest or injury. He then staged a race between the best “ultra-runners” in America and the tribe members. The book is responsible for starting the whole barefoot running craze and selling those barefoot shoes. This is yet another surprising and interesting choice from the actor, who has revitalized his career over the past year with unexpected and critically acclaimed roles.
5. Katie Holmes returns to TV
In her biggest television commitment since Dawson’s Creek, the teen drama that made her a star, Katie Holmes will have a recurring role throughout the third season of Showtime’s drama Ray Donovan, Deadline reports. The show is about the title character, a former Boston thug who becomes a fixer for the Hollywood elite. Wealthy people come calling when they need a problem to disappear and Holmes will play a “shrewd and chic businesswoman” and daughter of a billionaire who comes to Donovan for help. Guy Burnett of Mortdecai will also be joining the show’s third season as Holmes’s character’s brother and their father’s prodigal son.
6. Marvel casts Jessica Jones’s BFF
Charlie’s Angels actress Rachael Taylor has been cast as the superheroine Hellcat in the upcoming Marvel Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones, TheWrap reports. Taylor has also appeared in Grey’s Anatomy and had a small role in the first Transformers movie, before continuing in TV with 666 Park Avenue and Crisis and well as the Angel’s reboot. A.K.A. Jessica Jones will follow the former hero Jessica Jones, played by Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter, as she transitions her career into being a private investigator for other superheroes. Hellcat, whose real life name is Trish Walker, is a radio talk show host and former child star who becomes Jones’s best friend and helps her with her most challenging case yet.
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