With director Nikolaj Arcel set to take the helm, and Sony issuing a January 13, 2017 release date for their highly-anticipated adaptation of The Dark Tower, casting is now under way. The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the studio is eyeing Matthew McConaughey to star, with the actor being offered two roles, the main character Roland Deschain and the villainous Randall Flagg, a.k.a. The Man in Black. The Wrap claims that the actor is "leaning" towards the Randall Flagg role, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
Back in 2011, when the project was set up at Universal Pictures, Javier Bardem was eyed to play Roland Deschain, but the studio ended up dropping the ambitious project just a few months later. The plan was to make a trilogy of movies, with two limited-run TV series set to air on NBC in between the films. 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
With writer-director James Gunn already starting pre-production in Atlanta on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the casting process has gotten under way as well. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that newcomer Pom Klementieff (Oldboy) has signed on for a mystery role in the highly-anticipated superhero sequel, which is scheduled to start production in February 2016. Variety also reports that Marvel and James Gunn wanted Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey to play the unspecified villain, but he turned down the role.
Insiders claim that a final decision on the villain role should be made within the next two weeks, but it isn't clear who the front runners may be, after Matthew McConaughey passed. The actor revealed in May that he has been offered both Marvel and DC Comics projects, but he wouldn't specify which scripts he read. It's worth noting that James Gunn didn't finish the script for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 until early June, so it's unlikely that this sequel is one of the projects he read for, especially after Variety's report claims that the actor only recently turned down the villain role.Read More
While it hasn't been officially announced yet, we reported last week that the new Spider-Man is likely Asa Butterfield, who reportedly beat out Tom Holland for the role. While we wait for any confirmation on the new Spidey, another unconfirmed report has surfaced, which claims that Matthew McConaughey is being eyed to play Norman Osborn, a.k.a. Green Goblin. Naturally, this is the first we're hearing about the casting, or about the inclusion of Norman Osborn, since very little is known about the story, except that Marvel and Sony want to bring Peter Parker back to high school.
The news comes just a few days after we reported that Matthew McConaughey is wanted by both Marvel and DC, with the actor himself admitting that he has read scripts from both companies, although he would not divulge which scripts he read. While Marvel is producing the new Spider-Man with Sony, it seems unlikely that a script is already in place, since the studios have yet to announce a writer or director for this project. With that being said, it isn't known if Spider-Man is one of the Marvel scripts that he has read.Read More
Following the first photo released last month from The Free State of Jones, STX Entertainment has released two more images, both of which feature star Matthew McConaughey as Newt Knight. The first image features Newt leading a makeshift army as they advance on unseen enemies, while the second shows just Newt leveling a large rifle against another enemy. Production is still under way in New Orleans, so we'll keep you posted if more photos emerge as filming continues.
Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, The Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones.Read More
Motion picture and television studio STX Entertainment has begun principal photography on the theatrical feature The Free State of Jones in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, it was announced by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STX Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. The epic action-drama is written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and stars Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, House of Cards).
Set during the Civil War, The Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel, and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, which distinguished him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. Take a look at the first photo of Matthew McConaughey in action as Newt Knight in The Free State of Jones.Read More