It's worth noting that, when the project was set up at Universal Pictures, Spanish actor Javier Bardem was considered the top choice to play Roland Deschain. The actor was also in the running for this new incarnation at Sony Pictures, but now Idris Elba is said to be the top choice, even though it isn't known if an official offer has been extended to the actor. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that certain fans have spoken out about casting, based on race. Several fans spoke out against the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four, while others took issue with John Boyega's casting in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The Dark Tower was initially set up at Universal in 2011, when Ron Howard was set to direct a trilogy of movies. The studio was also setting up two limited-run TV series set to air on NBC in between the films, before the project became too costly and was ultimately dropped. Warner Bros. was then eyeing the project, but they eventually passed, and the project appeared to be dead, when Sony Pictures picked up the rights back in April. Sony will be teaming with Media Rights Capital to co-finance the movies, with a "complimentary" TV series also being planned. It isn't clear if the TV series will feature either Roland Deschain or Randall Flagg, or if it will follow secondary characters in this universe.Read More
After years of delays, the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is finally moving forward at Sony Pictures. The studio has set a January 13, 2017 release date, with Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) set to direct. Today we have word from Deadline that Idris Elba is the front runner to play the lead character Roland Deschain, with Matthew McConaughey in talks to play the villainous Randall Flagg, a.k.a. The Man in Black.
We reported in November that Matthew McConaughey was actually offered both the Roland Deschain and Randall Flagg roles, and that the actor was "leaning" towards playing the villain. As for the Roland Deschain role, the most recent discussions were down to Idris Elba and Javier Bardem, who was originally sought for the role when it was being set up at Universal Pictures, but Idris Elba is now the top choice. No deal has been made yet, and it isn't known if an official offer has been extended to the actor quite yet.Read More
The trailer and the featurettes were shot over four days in Prague, directed by Park Pictures' Seb Edwards along with Angus Wall, two-time Academy Award winning film editor (The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and founder of Rock Paper Scissors and its sister company, VFX. Ubisoft worked with Los Angeles-based agency Omelet on development of the concept and overall creative direction and execution of the "Siege the Day" campaign. The featurettes explore different aspects of the game, such as Intimate Arenas, Attack vs. Defend and Unique Operators, with another video entitled Pinpoint Destruction coming soon.
Rainbow Six Siege is a unique first-person shooter where infiltrating Attackers and fortifying Defenders clash with high intensity in all-new, exciting tactical combat scenarios. In the destructible playgrounds of Siege, anything is possible, but only those who prize brains over bullets will prevail in the high-stakes game of teamwork and strategy. The video game trailer will be shown during the NFL football games on Thanksgiving Day, and during the midseason finale of AMC's The Walking Dead.Read More
Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Karl Urban (Bones), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), John Cho (Sulu) reprise their roles in this sequel, with new cast members including Sofia Boutella. Paramount recently shifted its release date from July 8, 2016 to July 22, 2016, which will give the sequel a better chance for an IMAX release. What do you think about these new details? Chime in with your thoughts and stay tuned for more on Star Trek Beyond as production continues.
Star Trek Beyond comes to theaters July 22nd, 2016.Read More
Back in March, Luther fans around the world rejoiced as production began on a new two-part special, slated to air on BBC and BBC America later this year. Earlier today, the official BBC America Twitter page revealed the first photo featuring Idris Elba as John Luther, who uses a man's sport coat against him. Apparently, anything you say, do, or wear can be used against you in the world of Luther.
Luther hasn't been on the air since the four-episode Season 3 ended in the summer of 2013. This new special will span two 60-minute episodes, following Idris Elba's DCI John Luther, who is pitted against his most chilling adversary yet. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and hell-bent on retribution, he's drawn into a terrifyingly complex case that pushes him closer to the edge than he's ever been.Read More
The powerful new Netflix film Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will screen at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and London Film Festival. Before this upcoming drama debuts in limited theaters and on Netflix October 16, the streaming service has released the first trailer. Given the buzz surrounding this film, don't be surprised if you start hearing about its Oscar prospects by the end of the year.
Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Beasts of No Nation will debut Friday, October 16, 2015, the same day in Landmark theatres in the U.S. and worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the world's leading Internet TV network is available. If the film is received well, it could be the first original Netflix movie to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination, but we won't find out for sure until early next year when the nominations are announced.Read More