It’s been months since Shailene Woodley landed the role of Tris in Divergent, and the studio still hasn’t settled on who will play her hot older Dauntless mentor Four. Today, Variety reports that after testing four actors — Lucas Till, Brenton Thwaites, Luke Bracey and Jack Reynor — back in November, they’ve decided to retest Till along with Jeremy Irvine and Alex Pettyfer at the end of this week.
Till first came to our attention as Miley Cyrus‘ love interest in Hannah Montana: The Movie, and then in X-Men: First Class. We haven’t caught War Horse or anything else that Irvine has been in, but he wins over the others in the looks department (in our humble opinion). Pettyfer is the most troubling to us. Even though he’s the same age as the other two, 22, he reads older to us (and Four is supposed to be 18), maybe because the I Am Number Four star has been considered and rejected for just about every other male lead in a YA adaptation for the past three years. Also, he’s developed something of a nasty reputation in Hollywood, most recently for feuding with Channing Tatum on the set of Magic Mike. He’s undeniably good looking, with a tough Dauntless-worthy exterior, but we just wonder if he could capture the softer, Abnegation side of the character.
Even though we are offended that the filmmakers appear to be ignoring our choices entirely (and what ever happened to Evan Peters?), we’re super excited that this is one step closer to reality. The movie’s set for release on March 21, 2014.
Now tell us, which of these guys would you most want to see play Four?
Kristen Stewart has dropped out of dark romance Cali, and somehow we have mixed feelings about her exiting a film where she would have played the runaway victim of a fictional snuff film. “She is so distraught over Rob that she can’t focus on anything but getting him back,” a source claimed to Celebuzz, explaining, “She’s lost all interest in work and the projects that she was so passionate about just two weeks ago.” While we’re dubious of claims that KStew is letting her professional life collapse due to problems in her personal one, the timing does suggest the cheating scandal played a part. Amber Heard and Carey Mulligan are already rumored as potential replacements in the movie, but we’re still wrestling over Kristen’s decision to leave. We tried to break down all the mixed emotions that come with her bailing on the film:
All we’re saying is, it would have been been better for Kristen Stewart if Alex Pettyfer was in negotiations to play an alien warrior she had to disembowel, or an evil wizard hell-bent on seizing control of her kingdom. Or if this casting news had come out on Friday. Instead, we’re all reminded of Kristen Stewart’s love life and it’s recent…unpleasantness yet again today as Variety announces that the I Am Number 4 actor is in negotiations to join the action film Cali…as KStew’s boyfriend. On a semi-related note, is it possible to have PTSD from a blog post you yourself wrote only a couple hours ago? We guess there’s a first time for everything! Seriously, though: we barely even want to acknowledge all the Robsten drama when writing about Kristen, but how can we not? How can we not?
According to Variety, Kristen and Alex will star in the Nick Cassavetes‘ flick as “a pair of San Fernando Valley lovebirds…who sell a fake snuff film and ride off with a bundle of cash. Years later, Stewart’s character must ‘return from the dead’ to save the younger sister she left behind.” Okay, good. That plot isn’t too on the nose after today’s news. It’s already helping us look forward to a happier new future: a future filled with allegations of Alex Pettyfer/Kristen Stewart on-set feuding! We are 98% certain that’s going to happen. you guys. If that guy can’t get along with Channing Tatum, he can’t get along with anyone!
Given the sheer amount of Channing Tatum butt delivered unto us by the first Magic Mike, it’s hard to know exactly where director Steven Soderbergh would go with another one. We imagine there would be…stripping, of course. And probably….dancing? And…Alex Pettyfer? Yeah, that’s the ticket. Either way, we’re just thrilled to know there’s a sequel at all! “Yes, yes and yes!,” Channing Tatum enthusiastically told Glamour U.K. “We’re working on the concept now. We want to flip the script and make it bigger.” Flip the script…and make it bigger? We have literally no idea what that means, but it sounds amazing. We do have a lot of ideas for possible Magic Mike 2 story lines, in case Chan and the gang are hunting for plot points:
The entire staff of Matthew McConaughey‘s Club Xquisite collectively decides to become firefighters and must respond to a huge conflagration at the baby oil factor. Meanwhile, we’re sent to jail for even writing that sentence.
Mistaken for regular cops outside a bachelorette party, Magic Mike and Adam have to go undercover as high school students, joining forces with Jonah Hill in order to infiltrate…oh, wait a minute. Wait one minute.
An origin story for Joe Manganiello‘s Big D— Richie. It’s a shot-by-shot remake of Wolverine, except it stars Joe instead of Hugh Jackman and no one is wearing pants.
Just a series of gifs of Channing Tatum opening an umbrella and thrusting.
But enough about us, what do you want to see out of Magic Mike 2? If they just reused all the footage from the first Magic Mike, do you think you’d notice? If you noticed, do you think you’d mind?
We do not even want to deal with an rumored Channing Tatum/Alex Pettyfer beef today. We want to continue believing that Magic Mike is a documentary film about two good buddies who teach each other the best way to take off their pants…and the best way to take off their hearts’ pants. Sadly, according to Us Magazine, this is not to be; Pettyfer and Tatum reportedly had “massive fights on set,” and not the kind that take place in a baby pool filled with pudding while divorcees sprinkle them with dollar bills. According to their source, Channing even had one of Pettyfer’s scenes cut from the film out of spite. “He hates Alex. Channing thought Alex was a diva on set,” their source claims. Someone is referring to someone else as a diva…but not in a good way? Could this story possible get any worse?
The only way we could conceivably believe such a preposterous story is if we were to, um, look at all the evidence that Alex Pettyfer is sort of a brat. Between his allegedly snotty attitude on the set of I Am Number Four and Glee‘s Diana Agron allegedly being “terrified” of him post break-up, Pettyfer’s ‘tude is already stuff of budding legend. I Am Number Four? More like I Am Number Two. Because his attitude is like poop. Right, guys? Sorry; clearly we’re still reeling from this news. “Alex was a jerk to everyone during filming for no reason. He thinks he’s the star of the movie, not Channing or Matthew McConaughey,” their source continued. Whoa, whoa, whoa…what? Blasphemy! You need to get a gripe, Pettyfer, or you are out of the sequel. And if you don’t want to be a part of Magic Mike’s strip wedding, that is on you! That is on you!
This is a bittersweet weekend: On one hand, we finally get to see Magic Mike in theaters. On the other, we will no longer have Magic Mike as an excuse to post shirtless pictures of Channing Tatum and Co. on this blog every other day. But as one last hurrah, we decided to gather the choicest of quotes from the stars of this Steven Soderbergh-directed masterpiece — about the craft of acting, the depth of their characters, artful lighting … er, we mean, thongs, getting naked with a bunch of guys and learning those body rolls!
Were you so dead-set against seeing Magic Mike that it took seeing Channing Tatum‘s naked butt to convince you otherwise? Who are you? How could anyone be so steadfast in their resolve? Unfortunately for your iron-clad determination not to enjoy this stripper flick, the movie’s latest red-band teaser trailer isn’t much of a tease at all; instead, it’s an extremely effective butt-shoot delivery system. Channing Tatum‘s butt! Alex Pettyfer‘s butt! Matthew McConaughey‘s butt! So many butts, so few pants! The quantity of butts in this trailer makes the Channing Tatum stage-humping in the last Magic Mike trailer look….well, still awesome, but certainly not as great as these butts! And you better believe we screencapped it all…under the jump (Note: NSFW, unless you work at some kind of Channing Tatum butt factory. If you do, please let us know when they’re hiring):
Everyone in and out of Hollywood has been hate-reading, love-reading, fantasy casting, parodying and talking non-stop about Fifty Shades of Grey for months now, but we’re still pretty surprised about who has turned out to be the biggest fan of them all: best-selling author Bret Easton Ellis. Since last week the American Psycho scribe has been tweeting about how much he wants to adapt the Twilight-fanfic-inspired BDSM trilogy for the big screen. He’s contacted his agent and everything. Nor does this seem to be a fleeting obsession: Last night, when he could have been tweeting about his real decision to cast Lindsay Lohan opposite porn star James Deen in his movie The Canyons, he was armchair casting Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele instead. His ideas weren’t groundbreaking, but now we’re starting to wonder if they’ll really start gaining traction.
“Rereading Fifty Shades of Grey: it’s hard for me to think of Ian Somerhalder as Christian G. because I’ve known him personally for so long,” he wrote of the Vampire Diaries star, who co-starred in the movie based on Ellis’ The Rules of Attraction. But he added later:
Based on the new clip of Magic Mike released by MTV today, we’re pretty sure whatever studio head gave this movie a green light can go ahead and buy that super yacht he or she has had their eye on. They’ve earned it! We would have paid $12.50 plus snacks just to watch this clip, and we take it as a kindness that we got this much for free. While previous trailers have focused on either the stripping or the romantic intrigue, this Magic Mike sneak peek is more of an in-depth character study…just kidding, it’s Channing Tatum straight-up making love to the stage while the other Kings of Tampa get their grind on to “It’s Raining Men.” So go ahead and pop that champagne, anonymous movie executive. This one’s in the bag!
Magic Mike doesn’t hit theaters/the back of your retinas until June 29, but Channing and costar Alex Pettyfer are currently busy hyping the film as part of MTV’s Sneak Peak Week before the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday. We know it won’t technically be out in time, but we’re pretty sure Magic Mike is going to sweep. It’s the least we can do for them. Oh, besides give them all our money.
Ladies, gird your loins. The latest Magic Mike trailer is out, and it contains no small amount of greased-up thrusting from the collectively abtastic Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey. We painstakingly borderline-inappropriately-gleefully created this GIF wall to kickoff the weekend of our beloved (and hopefully equally as pervy) readers. Enjoy!