Las Vegas is buzzing with excitement after Paramount Pictures kicked off CinemaCon in style. Not only did they show exclusive footage from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction but they also premiered the trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, revealing a new origin story. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the live action film will take the classic turtle characters and spruce them up – making them more realistic with the help of performance-capture technology (think Andy Serkis in Lord of the Rings). Starring Megan Fox (snooze) and William Fichtner (whatever the opposite of snooze is…), this film will introduce the Ninja Turtles to a generation of youngsters who’ve probably never read the comic book or watched the original TV series. The footage hasn’t found its way on to the internet yet but it’s only a matter of time. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long.
Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie has added another actor to the cast list – House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll. Aside from his role as Rep. Peter Russo in the Netflix original series, Stoll has also starred in The Bourne Legacy, Midnight in Paris and, most recently, Jaume Collet-Serra’s not so great Non-Stop. Stoll joins an already excellent lineup including Paul Rudd, Patrick Wilson, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly. Further information from Marvel is expected soon.
Next up is an even better piece of casting news, this time featuring another of the House of Cards family. Robin Wright has joined the cast of Baltasar Kormakur’s Everest, a disaster drama based on the true story of one of the worst mountain climbs in history. Wright is in good company, with Sam Worthington also signed up to feature in the film alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Emily Watson and Michael Kelly (also of House of Cards fame). Everest is set for a September 2015 release.
Keeping on the subject of disaster movies and USA Today have revealed the first images for Steven Quale’s Into the Storm, starring The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage and The Walking Dead‘s Sarah Wayne. The film has remained fairly low key up until now but these images are our first glimpse of what could be the new Twister (anyone else love that movie?!).
Stuck in Love’s Nat Wolff is set to star in the adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, reports Collider. Fox 2000, who adapted Green’s other novel, The Fault in Our Stars, will bring the 2008 book to the big screen. Returning as screenwriters will be Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. No other details on who else will star in the film have been released.
Finally, it’s been announced that Ridley Scott is moving forward with the sequel to his 2012 sci-fi hit Prometheus. The film, which is set for a 2016 release, will have writer Michael Green on board (Smallville, Heroes), replacing Jack Paglen (Transcendence). The first film featured some superb actors including Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron, so it will be interesting to see if they can better it with the sequel.