– Quentin Tarantino’s new movie is not so subtly called The Hateful Eight. The popular director had recently confirmed he was working on a western after the success of Django Unchained. No plot details have been announced but Tarantino is thought to be chasing Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz for roles in the film. Whilst details are few and far between, he has at least put to bed rumours that it is a Django sequel.
– Dominic Cooper has confirmed he has signed on for Warcraft. His name has been linked to the film for a while, but he confirmed the news in an interview with Collider this week. The nature of his role has not been revealed, and an official press release has not been issued by Legendary, but Cooper will join Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton among others. The film, directed by Duncan Jones, will be released in March 2016.
– As the Star Wars Episode VII rumour mill continues to turn, the latest names thought to have spoken with director JJ Abrams are Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving and Adam Driver. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the script has undergone significant re-writes and it is thought now that the focus of the film will be back on Luke Skywalker, Leia and Han Solo, with their children being the lead characters for subsequent releases. Original actors Mark Hammill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are all expected to return. The only character confirmed to be returning so far is R2-D2.
– The sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has confirmed a host of new cast members. Richard Gere, Tamsin Grieg and David Strathairn are the latest names confirmed and will join returning cast members Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel. John Madden will oversee the sequel.
– Fox have announced that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves will return to direct the third film of the rebooted franchise. Reeves will co-write the script for the sequel with Mark Bomback. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due out July this year.
– Mortdecai, the new film directed by David Koepp, has announced additional cast members. Jeff Goldblum and Oliver Platt have joined the cast as shooting leaves London to begin in Los Angeles. Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany and Ewan McGregor are already on board in the story of one man chasing a stolen painting thought to contain the code to a secret bank account full of stolen Nazi treasure.