While the story of Magneto (Fassbender) and Lawrence’s Mystique is reportedly a big part of the new film’s story, there’s also scope for Bryan Singer and co. to start wrapping it up. And given the amount of new mutants – younger versions of Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler and more – introduced this time, it already feels like the filmmakers are laying the groundwork for the likes of Magneto, Mystique, Beast and Professor X to take a back seat to the others, or at least drastically reduce their screen time. Or there is always the chance that the roles will be re-cast.
So it would appear that Apocalypse – which finds the mutants in the 1980s battling Oscar Isaac’s incredibly powerful villain – might be the swan song for one or more of the First Class cast. With Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp among those aboard, X-Men: Apocalypse is gearing up to start shooting next month in preparation for a May 19, 2016 UK release date.
A new teaser poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has been released by EW.com and also a video with the bird breaking the circle around the pin and Katniss’s voice over calling Panem to fight. Can’t embed the video, so check out EW.com
Two major Hollywood talents are set to team up today as Deadline reports that Jennifer Lawrence is set to headline a planned adaptation of war photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” that has Steven Spielberg attached to direct. Warner Bros. Pictures secured the big screen rights to the original book, released just last month with the following official description:
Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a photographer when September 11th changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making—not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to risk her life, to set out across the world, and to make a name for herself. It’s What I Do follows a course unavoidable for Addario—from her first camera and the pictures it inspired, to early years as a street photographer and the inspiration she found in the work of Sebastião Salgado. Photography becomes a way for her to travel with a purpose—a singular ambition that shapes and drives her.
As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boy’s club of a profession, eventually earning widespread recognition, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and a Pulitzer Prize. Refusing to turn down career-defining assignments, she puts romance and family on hold. Yet the sadness and injustice she encounters as as a conflict reporter give her a new vision for her own life, and the more she sees of the world, the greater her desires for love and family grow. It’s What I Do is also the story of how Addario met her husband and father to their child, and how as a war correspondent and a mother, she learned to live her life in two different—though hardly separate—worlds.
Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society. It’s What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines; it is witness to the human cost of war.
Andrew Lazar is attached to produce the big screen version.
Jennifer Lawrence is in early talks to star in Sony’s space drama “Passengers,” with “The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum to helm.
Jon Spaihts, writer of “Doctor Strange,” is penning the script. Sony bought rights to “Passengers” in December.
“Passengers” is set on a spacecraft in the future, with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else and decides to wake up a female passenger, sparking the beginning of a love story.
Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur will produce through Moritz’s Original Film banner along with Michael Maher for Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films.
The project has a long development history: Focus was in talks to acquire U.S. rights with Keanu Reeves attached earlier in 2014; the Weinstein Co. ditched the project earlier after acquiring the rights. Both Reese Witherspoon and Rachel McAdams were at one point attached to the project.
Tyldum has been nominated for an Oscar and a DGA award for “The Imitation Game.”
Lawrence is repped by CAA and was last seen in “Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” which was the highest-grossing movie of 2014. She will appear in “Mockingjay — Part 2″ later this year and in “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016.
Jennifer Lawrence is, according to a story today at TheWrap, looking to reteam with director Francis Lawrence for The Dive, the long-in-development true story of Fracisco “Pipin” Ferreras and his wife, Audrey Mestre. Together, the pair broke records as freedivers (diving without the use of breathing equipment) until Mestre tragically lost her life during a 2002 dive.
James Cameron, who is attached to produce the feature, was, at one time, planning to direct the film himself. Over the years, a number of other directors have nearly taken the reins on the true story with Casino Royale and Green Lantern helmer Martin Campbell being the most recent. The screenplay was initially written by Laeta Kalogridis with J. Michael Straczynski having stepped in to rewrite back in 2012.
Despite matching last names, the Lawrences are not related. They did, however, work together on the latter three films in The Hunger Games franchise, including the upcoming grand finale, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. In The Dive, she’ll play Mestre with the Ferreras role yet to be cast.
In addition to Cameron, Barry Josephson and Rae Sanchini will produce with Mark Roybal overseeing the production for 20th Century Fox.
“The Hanging Tree,” taken from the ‘Mockingjay – Part 1′ soundtrack, is currently at the 29th spot after midweek sales
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 may be dominating the U.K. box office, scoring the year’s biggest opening weekend with $19.9 million, but Jennifer Lawrence looks to have landed a more unlikely chart positioning elsewhere.
The actress sings on “The Hanging Tree,” which is included on the film’s soundtrack. According to the U.K.’s Official Charts Company, the song is now positioned at number 29 on the charts after calculating midweek sales.