From the news that Jennifer Lawrence will be taking the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s latest epic, to the confirmation of the two up-and-coming male actors who will be joining Emma Watson in her upcoming Beauty in the Beast, it’s been a busy week in the world of cinema. Join Culturefly as we round up the cinema highlights from the past week:

Casting news: Jennifer Lawrence to team up with Spielberg, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans join Beauty and the Beast

This week it was announced that Warner Brothers are closing a deal which will see iconic director Stephen Spielberg direct Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence in an adaptation of war photographer Lynsey Addario’s acclaimed memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.

Addario’s book has been the subject of a fierce bidding war following its publication: Addario is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who documented the post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan, the Iraq War and was kidnapped in Libya by pro-Gadaffi forces.

The memoir explores Addario’s fascinating life and the way she juggled her highly successful yet dangerous career with her personal life and bringing up her family. The collective talents of Spielberg and Lawrence – and Addario’s explosive source material – seems to guarantee that this movie will make waves in Hollywood.
beauty-and-the-beastEarlier in the year we brought you the exciting news that the multi-talented Emma Watson is set to play Belle in a new live action update of Disney’s 1991 musical classic Beauty and the Beast.

This week it was announced that Downton Abbey’s Dan Stephens will star opposite Watson as the Beast, whilst Welsh actor Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) will play villain Gaston. Since Downton, Stephens has acted alongside Jessica Chastain on Broadway in The Heiress, yet remains best known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the hit ITV show, who infamously met an untimely death in a car crash in the 2012 Christmas special.

Evans, meanwhile, enjoyed a highly successful musical theatre career prior to his film career, starring in Rent and Avenue Q in London’s West End and as Chris in the UK tour of Miss Saigon, so he certainly has the singing expertise to star in a movie musical. This exciting cast, the beloved source material and the direction of Bill Condon, who helmed Oscar-winning movie musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls, make this movie one to get excited for.

Trailer: Ian McKellan stars as Sherlock Holmes

The iconic role of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been interpreted on screen multiple times, from Jeremy Brett, who played the role for ten years in a series of celebrated films, to Benedict Cumberbatch, whose interpretation of the role in BBC’s smash-hit, twenty-first century adaptation Sherlock, made him an international star.

Now legendary stage and screen actor Ian McKellen has taken on the role in the upcoming film Mr Holmes. The film is billed as a crime mystery drama:

“In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.”

The enigmatic teaser trailer sees McKellen’s Holmes explain that his final case leads him to realise “human nature was a mystery that logic alone could not illuminate.” The film is adapted from Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind, and is also directed by Bill Condon (upcoming director of the aforementioned Beauty and the Beast). It co-stars Academy Award nominee Laura Linney (The Savages), Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter) and newcomer Milo Parker as Holmes’ young confidante.

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