– Veteran composer John Williams has confirmed he will be scoring Star Wars Episode VII. The 81 year old expressed an interest in returning to the series which J.J. Abrams was more than happy to accept. It will mark a departure from Abrams’ usual composer of choice Michael Giacchino but the announcement will be popular with Star Wars fans who are praying the new sequel will not be the death-knell for the classic sci-fi franchise.
– In related Star Wars rumour mill ramblings, Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling appear to be potential stars for the first film in the revived franchise, with Gosling being touted to play Luke Skywalker’s son. Watch this space for announcements soon.
– Ben Foster is set to play international sport’s least convincingly apologetic cyclist Lance Armstrong in a biopic directed by Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things). Armstrong appears to be a popular cinematic figure at the moment with another two films about the disgraced star already in the works.
– James McAvoy looks set to star as the troubled anti-hero Victor Frankenstein in Fox’s latest adaptation Frankenstein. Daniel Radcliffe is already involved playing sidekick Igor. Interestingly reports suggest that Igor will be the central protagonist in a shift from popular versions of the story seen over the years.
– The Wolverine has topped the box office last weekend, but failed to out-perform it’s predecessor X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
– Paramount Pictures is ready to revive their cop-comedy franchise Beverly Hills Cop, with Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Axel Foley. Originally planned to be a TV series, work has picked up recently to confirm that another movie instalment is in the pipeline. Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec are penning the script.
– Christian Bale has been offered the leading role in director Todd Haynes’ latest project Act of God.
– After a highly successful Twitter campaign, the Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa premiere was screened in Norwich; the glamorous hometown of North Norfolk’s favourite mid-morning DJ. The afternoon premiere was added before the London premiere last week, and saw Steve Coogan on the red carpet in character alongside Armando Iannucci and Rob Brydon.
– Renowned character actor Dennis Farina has passed away aged 69. The grizzled actor most famous for his work in Get Shorty and Midnight Run died of a blood clot on the lung. Farina is survived by his partner, three children and six grand-children.