javier-bardem-the-counselorPan, the new Warner Bros. picture of the Peter Pan story, is looking to recruit Javier Bardem as Blackbeard for their villain. Bardem seems to have become the Hollywood villain of choice after high profile roles in Skyfall, No Country For Old Men and most recently The Counselor.

Mission: Impossible 5 has been given a new release date of Christmas Day 2015. It means the film will come out just a week after Star Wars Episode VII which is nothing if not a remarkable display of confidence by Paramount. 2015 looks to be the year of blockbusters…

– Ben Pace has joined the cast of the as yet unnamed Stephen Frears film about Lance Armstrong. The film has already cast Ben Foster (as Lance), Chris O’Dowd, Jesse Plemons and Guillame Canet. Meanwhile Pace can be seen soon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

– Adam Driver will star in Hungry Hearts opposite Alba Rohrwacher. Driver is nothing if not a busy man at the moment having recently wrapped Tracks, While We’re Young and This Is Where I Leave You.

– After much speculation surrounding Josh Brolin featuring in Jurassic World, it would appear talks have broken down, and the studio are now seeking Chris Pratt to become the male lead. With Guardians of the Galaxy due soon, his prominence is set to elevate which will no doubt help his cause with Universal. Irrfan Khan has also been linked to a supporting role.

– Dwayne Johnson has been linked with Not Without Hope, a tale about an American football player who becomes stranded at sea. The role, while not confirmed, would see Johnson depart from the action roles he has starred in to date for a more fact-based drama. In the mean-time, fans can catch him in Fast & Furious 7 due in July 2014.

– The long awaited Independence Day 2 has been pushed back to July 2016, although it won’t be released on Independence Day itself as the studio would rather release on the Friday 1st to take advantage of the holiday weekend. Details are still limited, with the biggest speculation surrounding any potential involvement from Will Smith.

– Jason Statham is set to replace Daniel Craig in the sequel to Layer Cake. Statham and Steve Chasman (his producing partner) have purchased the rights to the story by novelist J J Connelly which is a sequel to the original story. Statham will replace Craig as the unnamed narrator.