– Fifty Shades of Grey has been the subject of hot gossip again this week as the film’s star Charlie Hunnam, who was set to play Christain Grey, has had to pull out due to his extensive TV work. Filming was set to start later this month although a hasty recasting will now be happening to fill Hunnam’s shoes. There is no word yet if the start of filming will be pushed back whilst a replacement is found. Dakota Johnson and Jennifer Ehle are still set to play their respective parts.
– Martin Scorsese is hoping to make the Christmas Day release date of his latest film The Wolf of Wall Street rather than the expected 2014 release, so that the film can still be eligible for an OSCAR nomination. The Leonardo DiCaprio starring film would need to be finished by 25th November in order for enough promotion and publicity time to go ahead.
– Master of explosions Michael Bay is set to turn his digital pyro wizardry for a new World War II project. It is thought to be based loosely on The Heroes of Telemark and tells the story of a secret mission to destroy a Nazi weapon. Here’s hoping this film may involve some actual storyline…
– Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have revealed there may be a third X-Files film in the making. In a Q&A session on Reddit, the pair suggested a new script was being currently written and that both were up for reprising their roles as Agents Mulder and Scully.
– Stretch Armstrong, the highly anticipated will-it-won’t-it story of the children’s toy which has been in development since 2008, has had the plug pulled by Relativity Media. An April 2014 release date was announced, as was the appointment of director Breck Eisner, before this week’s news that Hasbro and Relativity have parted ways on the project.
– In a recent interview with IGN, Harrison Ford has confirmed he has been talking to Ridley Scott about involvement in a potential Blade Runner sequel. There is no guarantee the film will actually be made yet, and Ford didn’t say he would definitely be involved but he has at least confirmed the speculation that he is aware and interested. Watch this space for more info soon.
– George Lucas is still involved in the Star Wars Episode VII film according to his son Jett. It is thought Lucas is in a consultant role and is in ‘constant talks’ with director JJ Abrams. News on casting and plot is still thin on the ground.
– Finally, Gravity has beaten Captain Phillips to top the weekend’s box office with just over $44 million. Both films are expected to do very well as the weeks progress.