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The last seven days have seen Harrison Ford beaten up by a door, Tom Hardy doubled up as infamous Kray brothers and more DC films announced than you can shake a rolled up copy of the Daily Planet at. Here’s Culturefly’s round up of this week’s movie news.

Casting News

Oprah Winfrey is the latest name to join the cast of Selma, Ava Duvernay’s forthcoming project on the civil rights movement across America during the 1960s. Winfrey, also producing the film, plays Annie Lee Cooper, an activist who notably punched a county sheriff who denied her the right to vote. She joins David Oyelowo who will be playing Martin Luther King, as well as Tom Wilkinson and Cuba Gooding Jnr.

And Tom Hiddleston has been reported to take the lead in I Saw The Light, a biopic of country music icon Hank Williams. The Avengers star will learn Williams’ extensive discography for film, which has been adapted from the singer’s biography by director Marc Abraham. The film starts shooting in October.

Upcoming Projects

Bridesmaids fans can rejoice as Kristen Wiig announces her directorial debut. Wiig will write and star in the untitled project with Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo. Little has been hinted of the film’s story aside from that Wiig and Mumolo will play best friends trying something out of the norm. With Wiig in numerous upcoming starring roles, Mumolo has recently penned Joy, the biopic of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano which has Jennifer Lawrence rumoured for the lead.

It seems that DC are to give Marvel a run for their money with rumours that seven films based on their comics will be released between 2016 and 18. Beginning with the much publicised Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice in May 2016, future projects are said to include Sandman, Wonder Woman and Shazam! Hero films, as well as a Flash / Green Lantern showdown and the looming Justice League collaboration. Man of Steel 2 will round things off (for the time being) in May 2018. With casting rumours suggesting everyone from Matt Damon to Benedict Cumberbatch for roles yet to be announced, don’t expect the DC/Warner buzz to quieten down any time soon.

In Pictures

This week we were treated to the first look of Chris Pratt in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. With the plot still under wraps, the stills show Pratt’s leading man Owen looking pretty heroic, with other shots including cast members Bryce Dallas Howard and The Kings of Summer star Nick Robinson. The story is set after Spielberg’s original, and will be released next June.
chris-pratt-jurassic-worldWe also got a first look at Tom Hardy twice, as he doubles up to play the brothers Kray in Brian Helgeland’s Legend. The film, based on John Pearson’s book The Progression Of Violence, follows Ron and Reggie Kray’s crime fuelled rise to the top in 60’s East London. The LA Confidential director has started shooting the film, with cast including Emily Browning, Christopher Eccleston and Taron Egerton.
In Trailers

We’ve been somewhat spoiled this week with a series of trailers that have got film fans the world over hot under the collar. First we had the first look at Dumb and Dumber To, the 20 year follow up to the Farrelly brothers’ original. With a gaggle of cringe worthy gags, untouched haircuts and familiar catch phrases, for better or worse expect more of the same from Carey and Daniels.

A very different comedic duo unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming film days later, this time Seth Rogen and James Franco return for their latest collaboration in The Interview. With fresh suits, impressive gadgets and cool interiors, but not leaving behind their usual chaotic humour and reckless partying, here’s the latest from Apatow’s graduates.

From North Korea to deepest darkest Peru, Studio Canal released the new trailer for Paddington, which will be heading to cinemas for Christmas. With stills from the film released earlier this week and launching the Twitter sensation that was #creepypaddington, the trailer looks far more friendly, with Colin Firth’s mumblings breathing life into this much loved childhood treasure.

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