Let the Kristen Bell Hunger Games campaign commence! We were ready to hand over a script as soon as we heard Bell wanted to join the Hunger Games cast; anyone who’s seen Bell’s clever, kick-ass character in Veronica Mars knows the actress could handle her bidness in whatever futuristic distopia you can throw at her.
However, it looks like Kristen is gunning for the role of Johanna Mason, former Hunger Games victor and participant in the Quarter Quells alongside Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss. Bell’s Hunger Games note to /Films’ fans on Tuesday says it all: “Kristen Bell 4 Johanna Mason!” Kristen has referenced her love for Suzanne Collins‘ series before; Bell tweeted last summer, “I’m not just ‘a’ hunger games fan. THE hunger games fan. read both books twice.” Then again, it looks like Glee‘s Naya Rivera Hunger Games role of choice is also Johanna. You know what that means: celebrity battle to the death!
Do you think director Baz Lurhmann is cramming as many hug celebs as he can into the upcoming Great Gatsby just to distract us from the fact none us have thought about the story since high school? Even then, we just skimmed the end and winged the essay questions. If it turns out that Isla Fisher is cast in Great Gastby, she will only be one of many A-listers depicting the death of the American Dream; the film which starts shooting this summer. Fisher will play Myrtle, mistress of Ben Affleck’s Tom Buchanan and one of many characters we will have to look over Cliffs Notes to remember. Too bad the ushers yell at you if you bring a flashlight to read them during the slow bits.
In addition to Affleck, the Rango actress joins Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby himself, Tobey MaGuire as the narrator Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. The only thing more distracting than filling the cast with big names will be shooting the whole thing in 3D. They can market it as Avatar, but with power-man socialites instead of aliens. Leave the last part of that sentence off and customers will come streaming in!
After the flurry of Dark Knight casting announcements earlier this year, we were gearing ourselves up for an all-villain cast: Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, even allegedly Robin Williams as Hugo Strange. However, today’s news about Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Dark Knight Rises roles reminds us that at least some residents in Gotham have to be normals. Who else would constantly be in terrible danger?
Previous rumors asserted that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast as Alberto Falcone while Cotlliard would play Talia al Ghul, both bad guys from the Batman mythology. Luckily Warner Bros. issued a statement explaining that “Cotillard will appear as Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham,” while Gordon-Levitt will play “John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon. Maybe Christian Bale‘s Wayne can actually interact with people who aren’t sociopaths, at least until the stress of living the the world’s most supervillain-ridden burg finally drives them to madness.
What with True Grit nominated at the Oscars and Cowboys And Aliens due out this summer, it seems like America, as Garth Algar might say, is ready to raise and rope some broncos. If handsome gentleman actor Ryan Gosling stars in The Lone Ranger as rumors suggest, we are ready to ride off into the sunset at least through 2014, which is when the film set to be released. Reportedly Gosling is in talks to portray the masked hero along side Johnny Depp as Tonto. We will overlook Depp’s apparent lack of Native American ancestry, as we will be too distracted by Ryan’s cowboy boots to care. Well, no, we won’t, but please still give us spurs. Please!
The only possible hurdle between us and Ryan in a ten-gallon hat is his upcoming role in the sci-fi action flick Logan’s Run, which is set to shoot this fall. Cowboy crime fighter or futuristic hero: either one is fine with us, as long as we know which one to awkwardly gush about if we ever somehow meet Gosling in person. You don’t think the fact that we just quoted Garth is going to blow our chances, do you? Do you?!?! That’s it; we’re tying ourselves to these train tracks.
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We’re going to have to brush off our high school American Lit syllabus, but we’re pretty sure Ben Affleck’s Great Gatsby character Tom Buchanan is characterized as an incredibly handsome rich socialite. A socialite who cheats on Carey Mulligan’s Daisy Buchanan, thus bringing about Gatsby’s downfall, but a rich mega babe none the less. It’s a role Affleck has been preparing for, oh, the last decade now. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Affleck is currently circling the role, which he would play opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. If director Baz Luhrmann wanted, he could play Actor Musical Chairs and still get the exact combination of looks and money necessary for each character, no matter who sits where.
If the Moulin Rouge director gets his way,Ã‚Â Affleck would be landing the Gatsby role Bradley Cooper has been trying to nail down for months. “To me, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the best character in the book. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so complicated,Ã¢â‚¬Â Cooper gushed about Tom .”He’s xenophobic, he’s an alcoholic, but he also understands some profound stuff about class. Whoever plays it has to take a gentle hand, because it could so easily be stock, where heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a rich jerk you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t identify with at all.” Okay, so maybe Ben isn’t exactly his character’s clone, but we have no doubt that he will use a gentle hand no matter what the role.
Lindsay Lohan can never just star in a regular old rom-com, can she? Whether it’s appearing in a Deep Throat biopic or as Manson victim Sharon Tate, LiLo is always trying to get cast as part of the underbelly of human experience. Only this time, John Travolta and Kim Kardashian might be joining her there! Rumors are swirling that Lindsay Lohan’s Gotti movie role is almost official; Lindsay is allegedly in “final talks” to portray Victoria Gotti, daughter of Travolta’s John Gotti and sister-in-law to Kardashian’s Kim Gotti in Gotti: Three Generations. Let’s just go ahead and cast Paz De La Huerta as Angel Gotti and, oh let’s say, Smeagol from Lord Of The Rings as Carmine Gotti. There we have it: the biggest trainwreck in cinematic history!
Unfortunately, Lindsay would miss out on the opportunity to sleaze it up in what producer Marc Fiore claims is “going to be the new Godfather” if Lohan serves jail time; she won’t know her fate until after her court date on April 22. Being in prison would, of course, also impact Lohan’s Superman casting, if that is still on the table. Hey, if the Gotti thing doesn’t pan out, Lindsay, there’s always Human Centipede: The Musical. No, we were just joking. Lindsay! No!
Leather pants, weaponry, an inevitable shirtless scene: Hugh Jackman’s Huntsman in the upcoming Snow White movie seems like the role he’s been practicing for his entire life. Deadline reports that Universal has offered Hugh the role in Snow White And The Huntsman alongside Kristen Stewart’s Snow White and Charlie Theron‘s wicked witch. In fact, it was only director Darren Aronofsky’s decision to leave Jackman’s The Wolverine that freed up Hugh’s schedule enough to even consider filming the fairy tale flick. What we’re trying to say is, Hugh’s already jacked and prepared to sprint through a forest topless; let’s just slap a little Robin Hood hat on his head and put him in front of a camera.
Viggo Mortensen left Snow White and the role of the Hunstman last month due to either money issues, script reviews or to be in the new Superman: Man Of Steel, depending on who you ask. As ruggedly perfect as Viggo would have been, we hope Jackman accepts the role. He can even keep the adamantium claws on, as long as he doesn’t accidentally snag them on any dwarfs.
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For those who think Jennifer Lawrence is too blonde and Oscar-y to survive in post-apocalyptic North America, The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins would like to emphatically disagree. In a post written for Entertainment Weekly‘s The Hob, Collins defends Jennifer Lawrence’s casting as Katniss. I felt there was only one who truly captured the character I wrote in the book. And I’m thrilled to say that Jennifer Lawrence has accepted the role,” Collins raves. “In her remarkable audition piece, I watched Jennifer embody every essential quality necessary to play Katniss.” Given how truly committed Collins sounds in her letter, we wouldn’t be surprised if she actually made Lawrence battle to the death with another sweet adorable ingenue. Hey, we saw Winter’s Bone; we know you don’t mess with Jennifer.
Given how much Lawrence values the role of Katniss, a role Sucker Punch‘s Emily Browning also vied for, it looks like Collins’ characters and Lawrence’s abilities are a match made in futuristic distopian heaven. “I think that was the essential question for me,” Collins gushed. “Could she believably inspire a rebellion? Did she project the strength, defiance and intellect you would need to follow her into certain war? For me, she did.” She means just in the book…right? Right? That’s it; where’s our crossbow?
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While we’re still waiting anxiously to see who will be cast in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games trilogy, we just found out what the casting breakdown for Katniss Everdeen requires. And as much as we think Chloe Moretz embodies the badass element and Hailee Steinfeld looks the part of the olive-skinned heroine, they might both be totally wrong for it, according to the breakdown.
The perfect Katniss should be “naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness,” and “underfed but strong,” according to the casting criteria. Sarcastic hand-clap, Hollywood. Way to turn the story of an impoverished into another reason to turn 14-year-old aspiring actresses on to an eating disorder. While it’s true that Katniss is poor and on the brink of starvation, do we really need to look for teenage actresses who are sinewy and malnourished? The casting director, Debra Zane, also confirms that they’re considering unknowns for the role of Katniss, so if you think you have what it takes to be a spry but starving archery-loving waif, have at it, girls!