Here are the rumors that were swirling in the entertainment world last week.
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield to Star in a New Tim Burton Project
The trailer for Tim Burton’s new film, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, has recently dropped and the director is already rumored to be planning his next movie. The director is adapting Ransom Rigg’s YA novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with Eva Green attached to star as the title character. Burton is also eyeing Hugo and Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield as the 16-year-old protagonist looking to solve his grandfather’s supernatural murder, according to The Wrap. Burton has worked with Green before on Dark Shadows, which was forgettable aside from her role as Johnny Depp’s crazed witch ex-lover. Both of the vaguely creepy, very pale actors are perfect for a Burton adaptation of a spooky novel about an orphanage.
Kenan Thompson Leaving Saturday Night Live
TMZ is reporting that veteran SNL cast member Kenan Thompson won’t be returning to the show after finishing the current season. Thompson is the longest tenured African American member of the cast in the show’s history. TMZ says that Thompson has plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue another television series. SNL responded with a statement saying the report is “inaccurate as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.” But TMZ is sticking to its guns by saying that the decision is Thompson’s, not the show’s.
Update: Thompson neither confirmed nor denied that he has plans to leave SNL, saying in an appearance on The TODAY Show: “You don’t have to worry about stuff like that” and instead telling viewers to focus on the current season.
Viggo Mortensen to Star in The Hateful Eight
The tabloid The New York Daily News reports that it spotted The Lord of the Rings star in a meeting with director Quentin Tarantino at a hotel in Tribeca. According to the publication’s source, the two were looking at scripts and discussing the role of a “ruthless gang leader” for Mortensen. The Hateful Eight is set to begin filming early next year and is planned to be an ensemble western set just after the Civil War. Other actors from Tarantino’s usual suspects are thought to be up for various roles in the film as well, including Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell. While this was just one (alleged) meeting, Mortensen has the rugged looks and solid body of work as a character actor to be a good choice for the role of a gang leader in a Tarantino movie.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly the favorite to star in Oliver Stone’s biopic about the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to a report from Deadline. The movie is one of two Snowden projects in development based on books written by journalists from The Guardian, the British newspaper that helped Snowden expose the documents and broke his story. Gordon-Levitt has the right smart-nerdy vibe about him to play the stereotypically nerdy Snowden. Choosing a more under-the-radar, supporting type actor seems to better suit the role than casting a hunky leading man as well. It will be interesting to see which actor the other Snowden project chooses to star.
Rachel McAdams to Star as Female Cop in True Detective
While Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell have been confirmed by HBO as the stars of the highly anticipated second season of True Detective, the network has yet to find who will be the lead female role. While rumors have been swirling about who will play the part for months, the latest news is that Rachel McAdams is close to cutting a deal with HBO to play season two’s female cop. Variety reports that she’s been offered the part and is working out a deal that will allow her to do the show and fulfill her commitments to another film. Variety’s sources said that a schedule has been worked out that would allow McAdams to be on the show and play her role in the drama Spotlight, which revolves around the sex scandal in the Catholic Church.
Channing Tatum in X-Men Apocalypse
It’s long been rumored that Tatum will play the mutant Gambit in a standalone X-Men movie, but the latest rumors are saying we’ll see him sooner in X-Men: Apocalypse. According to the rumors he’ll make a cameo in that movie as an introduction to his character before receiving his own film. Director Bryan Singer has been confirmed will helm the movie as he did the very successful Days of Future Past. The returning cast will also include younger versions of the characters Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey, so get ready for lots of casting rumors as the filmmakers get ready to recast young versions of the characters originally played by James Marsden, Halle Berry, and Famke Janssen.
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