– Could Dominic Cooper be the new Freddie Mercury? The British actor has been linked (although not yet confirmed) with the role after Sacha Baron Cohen pulled out and Daniel Radcliffe has also denied he is involved. The project has seemingly been on the go for years now, and the filmmakers will be looking to make a start soon. The rights to all the songs are owned by the remaining Queen members and the band are heavily involved with the film. Fortunately Cooper can sing, and will no doubt be hoping he could emulate the success of Joaquin Phoenix in Johnny cash biopic Walk The Line.
– Willem Dafoe has confirmed he will return for Finding Dory reprising his role as idol Gill and has already begun work. The veteran actor was optimistic about the new film and speaking to Total Film he had this to say: ‘it’s difficult to repeat a success and so many years afterwards, but it’s really cool. I’ve done one session so far and I just am going to have such a good time.’
– Gravity has topped the weekend box office taking in a healthy $55 million. The sci-fi film stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
– Saoirse Ronan revealed to Empire this week that she has had an audition for Star Wars Episode VII. It would appear the audition was somewhat vague without a proper script or concrete story yet but naturally Ronan’s is one of many auditions to have taken place. We are hoping the first casting details will be revealed soon. Sullivan Stapleton also looks like he could have a possible part, he will next appear in 300: Rise of an Empire next year.
– The Maze Runner has been pushed back from February to September next year. Director Wes Ball revealed the news on Twitter citing additional time to make the movie and marketing better as the reason. The movie charts the story of a group of teens who wake up in a maze but have no recollection of how they got there.
– Director Marc Forster has confirmed that he will not be making a sequel to World War Z. The original film had to go through numerous re-shoots but did become one of the most successful films of the year so far. Brad Pitt is still on board for a sequel however and is planning to set it up through his production company Plan B Entertainment.
– Pierce Brosnan will star in a new film called I.T. Far from playing a super-geek, he will instead be starring as a successful book publisher who rubs an IT consultant up the wrong way before all manner of trouble ensues. The script has been written by Dan Kay.
– The new Dreamworks animated film Home has recruited the talents of Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez for voice parts. The film is based on the children’s story The True Meaning of Smekday.
– Danny Boyle’s next project looks set to be a film adaptation of the documentary Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. The documentary is all about thefts in the diamond trade. Speculation has also mounted in recent months about the return of the original cast of Trainspotting for a sequel but any news on this has yet to be announced.