– Chris Evans, star of the Captain America films is to concentrate on directing. With his Marvel contract expiring soon, Evans has decided to focus on directing, with his first directorial feature 1:30 Train impending, according to Glamour magazine. The career move comes as Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due for release at the end of the month. It is not known if he intends to star in any of the pictures he will direct.
– Idris Elba has signed up for Jon Favreau’s updated Jungle Book. The actor will voice Shere Khan in the Disney adaptation that combines live-action and CGI. Filming begins this summer.
– Uma Thurman is in talks to join the cast of American Ultra. While not confirmed at this stage, she is likely to join Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in what is set to be the latest ‘stoner comedy’. Nima Nourizadeh is attached to direct the project which begins filming next month.
– Fox have ‘unlocked’ the rights for a new version of West Side Story. The news comes as Steven Spielberg has been considering taking on the story, despite never having directed a musical in his illustrious career.
– The new Zorro reboot has found a writer. Chris Boal is relatively unknown with none of his penned scripts having been released as a feature film, but the film could be a good place to establish himself, especially with no director currently attached to the project. Other details are still to be confirmed.
– Jude Law has joined the cast of spy comedy Susan Cooper. Law will join British tough-nut Jason Statham in the film. Law can be seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel in cinemas now.