Woody Harrelson replaces Jason Statham in The Man From Toronto

Woody Harrelson has been tapped to replace Jason Statham in action-comedy The Man From Toronto. The British action man was in talks to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming movie, wh…

Woody Harrelson has been tapped to replace Jason Statham in action-comedy The Man From Toronto.

The British action man was in talks to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming movie, which follows his character as he’s forced to team up with Hart’s Teddy and save the day after they are mistaken for each other in a rented Airbnb.

However, he abruptly exited the project last week, before his deal was signed, after disagreeing with Sony executives over the rating of the film, with him wanting an R-rated movie and Sony preferring a PG-13 market. Statham backing out of the film left the production in the lurch just six weeks before filming was set to begin.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Sony officials have swiftly found a replacement in the form of Harrelson, who recently worked with the studio on 2019 Zombieland sequel Double Tap and the upcoming Venom 2. His casting means the production can remain on schedule for a cinema release on 20 November.

The Man from Toronto is being directed by The Hitman’s Bodyguard helmer Patrick Hughes. Robbie Fox wrote the script from a story he originated with Jason Blumenthal, who is producing the movie with Todd Black and Steve Tisch under their Escape Artists banner.

Harrelson was recently seen reprising the role of Tallahassee in last year’s Zombieland: Double Tap and starring in World War II action movie Midway. He recently finished filming Venom 2, in which he stars alongside Tom Hardy as serial killer Cletus Kasady, also known as Carnage, as well as action-thriller Kate, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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Woody Harrelson signs on for satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness

Woody Harrelson is set to star in Ruben Ostlund’s upcoming satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness.The three-time Oscar nominee is among those cast in the Palme d’Or winner’s latest project, which will be the Swedish writer/director’s first English langua…

Woody Harrelson is set to star in Ruben Ostlund’s upcoming satirical comedy Triangle of Sadness.

The three-time Oscar nominee is among those cast in the Palme d’Or winner’s latest project, which will be the Swedish writer/director’s first English language film.

British actor Harris Dickinson, who will next be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman series prequel The King’s Man, has been cast as wealthy model Carl, alongside South African actress Charlbi Dean, who will play his girlfriend Yaya.

The story will follow the couple as they are invited on a luxury cruise, manned by Harrelson’s eccentric sea captain. However, trouble strikes when they become stranded on a desert island after a terrifying storm.

Filming will begin on the 70-day shoot later this month in Sweden and Greece, with some of the scenes to be shot in the Adriatic Sea.

In a chat with Deadline, Ostlund explained that he wanted to explore the idea of beauty in different environments.

“I was raised with the idea that looks don’t matter, that it is the inside that counts,” he told the outlet. “Even as a child, I realised that this was a well-meaning lie. Through the models, Carl and Yaya, I want to explore the significance of looks in three different environments – in the fashion world, on a luxury yacht amongst billionaires and on a desert island.”

Croatian veteran actor Zlatko Buric is also among the cast, alongside German star Iris Berben and Game of Thrones star Oliver Ford Davies.

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Stephen Graham in talks to join Venom 2 – report

Stephen Graham is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom 2.The 46-year-old is in negotiations to star alongside Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris in the Marvel/Sony follow-up directed by Andy Serkis, according to e…

Stephen Graham is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Venom 2.

The 46-year-old is in negotiations to star alongside Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, and Naomie Harris in the Marvel/Sony follow-up directed by Andy Serkis, according to editors at Deadline. It is unclear what part he will play.

Hardy is reprising his role as journalist Eddie Brock, who transforms into the titular alien symbiote, while Harrelson is expanding his role as villain Carnage after a post-credits scene at the end of Venom teased his character.

Harris is set to play villain Shriek, who originally served as one of Spider-Man’s adversaries in the Marvel comics.

Should the deal go ahead, it will mark the second time Graham has worked with Hardy, as the pair also starred in the FX series Taboo.

The British actor shot to fame in Guy Ritchie’s comedy-drama Snatch back in 2000, and since then, he has landed roles in movies such as Gangs of New York, Public Enemies, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rocketman, and Idris Elba’s directorial debut Yardie.

He also played Al Capone on HBO’s hit show Boardwalk Empire, and is currently earning critical acclaim as labour organiser Anthony ‘Tony Pro’ Provenzano in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

The first Venom movie, released in 2018, underwhelmed critics but grossed a massive $855 million (£649 million) worldwide, prompting Sony bosses to order a sequel.

Kelly Marcel is penning the script, with Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach, and Amy Pascal returning to produce the movie, along with Hutch Parker.

Venom 2 is slated for release in October 2020.

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Ruben Fleischer interested in Zombieland spin-off with Zoey Deutch

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer would love to make a standalone movie about Zoey Deutch’s character.Fleischer reunited with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin 10 years after the release of 2009’s Zombieland to create …

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer would love to make a standalone movie about Zoey Deutch’s character.

Fleischer reunited with Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin 10 years after the release of 2009’s Zombieland to create the sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, and brought in Set It Up star Deutch to play a “dumb blonde” named Madison, who serves as Eisenberg’s new love interest.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Venom filmmaker admitted he would like to make a standalone movie exploring what happens to Madison and Berkeley, played by Avan Jogia, after the events of Double Tap.

“I would love to do a Madison standalone movie. So, I think that story remains to be written. That would be a fun thing to go find out. That actually would’ve been a good post-credit scene where those two are in (hippy community) Babylon just being pretty dumb together,” he said.

The actress has been receiving rave reviews for her performance in the sequel, with many critics describing her as a scene-stealer. And Zoey has already expressed interest in returning for a follow-up.

“I’ll be on my hands and knees begging them to have me back. It was so much fun. Like I said, a very life-affirming experience,” the 24-year-old gushed to Entertainment Weekly.

She also explained that she enjoyed playing the airheaded Madison because she was so positive.

“To be honest, to be able to play someone that positive for 14, 15 hours every day for a couple months, it inevitably seeps into your own psyche and spirit. So, I was in a very good mood, between playing someone that positive and cheery and being around such amazing and kind people,” she added.

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Abigail Breslin credits stunt team on Zombieland: Double Tap for making her look cool

Abigail Breslin has credited the stunt team on Zombieland: Double Tap for making her look cool because she isn’t very coordinated.The 23-year-old actress reprises her role as Little Rock in the action-comedy sequel, reuniting with her co-stars Woody Ha…

Abigail Breslin has credited the stunt team on Zombieland: Double Tap for making her look cool because she isn’t very coordinated.

The 23-year-old actress reprises her role as Little Rock in the action-comedy sequel, reuniting with her co-stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone.

Returning to Ruben Fleischer’s zombie franchise 10 years later meant that Abigail was allowed to do more action scenes, but she soon found out that she wasn’t very good at stunts.

“They basically learned on day one of stunt training that I’m not a very coordinated person, so they just had me roll on the ground. But that’s the magic of movie making. They make me look like I’m a lot cooler than I really am,” she told Refinery29. “It actually looks so dope.”

Elsewhere in the interview, she candidly shared her thoughts on growing up in Hollywood and confessed that being a child star was detrimental to her later career, as she wasn’t getting considered for serious roles.

“It kind of took a few years in my teens for people to stop viewing me as just a little girl,” she explained. “People want certain things from child stars or child actors. You have to be really smart and really cool, but also they want you to be not too precocious. Not too done up, but not too little girlish. If you wear this, then you’re a s**t; if you wear that, you’re a prude.”

Abigail, who shot to fame in M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Signs in 2002 at the tender age of five, complained Hollywood wanted her to “stay nine years old forever”.

“Every article since I was 12 has been, ‘She’s all grown up,’ and I’m like, When am I all, all, all grown up? I’m not sure. That’s what I’m gonna have on my tombstone: ‘All grown up, like all the way.’ It’s called puberty. It’s a thing that happens to people,” she quipped.

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Tom Hardy ‘very involved’ in writing Venom sequel

Tom Hardy was “very involved” in writing the Venom sequel, according to director Andy Serkis.The British actor served as executive producer and starred as journalist Eddie Brock, who merges with an alien symbiote, in last year’s blockbuster. According …

Tom Hardy was “very involved” in writing the Venom sequel, according to director Andy Serkis.

The British actor served as executive producer and starred as journalist Eddie Brock, who merges with an alien symbiote, in last year’s blockbuster.

According to Serkis, who was recently announced as the director of the sequel, not only is Hardy reprising his role but is part of the story development process.

“Tom was very involved with the writing, with (screenwriter) Kelly Marcel, of the new story. So it’s very much centred around their take,” Serkis shared during the Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation for his new show A Christmas Carol, according to CinemaBlend.

Marcel helped write the first Venom instalment, while her other credits include Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr. Banks.

Sony’s take on Marvel’s anti-hero was panned by critics, but raked in more than $856 million (£750 million) at the worldwide box office.

While director Ruben Fleischer is not returning to helm the sequel, Michelle Williams will reportedly reprise her role as Brock’s love interest, attorney Anne Weying, according to the publication.

And after a post-credits teaser, it looks like Woody Harrelson will play villain Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, in the sequel.

The scene features Hardy’s journalist Brock visiting a prison to interview the incarcerated criminal, only to find that Kasady has written “Welcome Eddie” in his own blood on the wall. He goes on to proclaim that when he escapes “there’s gonna be carnage”, leading fans to speculate that Harrelson will play the Marvel villain in the upcoming Venom 2.

In the comics, Carnage is an alien symbiote that is the offspring of Venom and it bonds to Kasady while he’s in prison.

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Woody Harrelson joining Mary Elizabeth Winstead in assassin thriller Kate

Woody Harrelson will star opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in new assassin thriller Kate.To be directed by The Huntsman: Winter’s War filmmaker Cedric Nicolas-Troyan from Umair Aleem’s script, the Netflix film will follow Kate, as played by Winstea…

Woody Harrelson will star opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead in new assassin thriller Kate.

To be directed by The Huntsman: Winter’s War filmmaker Cedric Nicolas-Troyan from Umair Aleem’s script, the Netflix film will follow Kate, as played by Winstead, a ruthless criminal operative who has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies after she is irreversibly poisoned. However, along the way, the assassin forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.

Details about the character Harrelson will play have not been shared. No other casting details or a potential release date have been announced.

Kate will be produced by Bryan Unkeless, Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall, with David Leitch and Scott Morgan serving as executive producers.

Among the crew is stunt coordinator and second unit director Jonathan Eusebio, Academy Award-winning special effects make-up designer Damian Martin, and visual effects producer Taylor Rockwell.

Harrelson has had a busy few years appearing in a diverse array of projects, including starring as Beckett in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story and Maney Gault in The Highwaymen.

He received his third Oscar nomination for his role as Willoughby in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and is currently in the post-production phases on Zombieland: Double Tap and Midway.

Meanwhile, Fargo actress Winstead has recently wrapped production on films such as The Parts You Lose and Gemini Man. She is also portraying Helena Bertinelli / Huntress in superhero flick Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

Production on Kate is due to kick off in the near future, with some scenes to be shot in Asia.

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Woody Harrelson helped Sadie Sink go vegan

Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink was inspired to adopt a vegan diet after hanging out with clean-eating Woody Harrelson and his family. The 17-year-old chose to give up meat at the age of 13, but it was only after working alongside The Hunger Games …

Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink was inspired to adopt a vegan diet after hanging out with clean-eating Woody Harrelson and his family.

The 17-year-old chose to give up meat at the age of 13, but it was only after working alongside The Hunger Games star in 2017’s The Glass Castle that she decided to ditch all animal products from her plate.

“We did The Glass Castle together and I was already vegetarian, but just kind of being around him and spending time with his family, I was just like, ‘You know what? I could do this,'” she explained on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live.

Sadie added to Elle.com, “His daughter and I had a three-day sleepover, and the entire time I was with them I felt good about what I was eating, and not like I was missing anything.”

She has since tried to encourage her own loved ones to eat less meat by perfecting her recipe for a butternut squash and spinach lasagna.

“It’s my dad’s favourite thing,” she said.

Woody previously downplayed his influence on his castmate’s eating habits, noting that while he’ll share his insights if he’s asked, he refuses to be the guy who attempts to change his co-stars.

“I don’t find that people come around to my way of thinking,” he told WENN in 2017. “It’s very hard to talk someone out of a burger if they like burgers. I don’t try to do it but if people ask me about dairy I’ll go on a little dissertation, I’ll get on the stump.

“Otherwise I don’t think there’s any value in lecturing someone about what they’re eating even though I watch people who are literally eating themselves into an early grave and I just want to say, ‘You should not be doing that. Don’t put that into your mouth!’

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Kevin Costner eyeing return to directing with ‘Western saga’

Kevin Costner is planning to make a return directing with a new “Western saga”.The Hollywood star has previously stepped behind the camera to make 2003’s Open Range, 1997’s The Postman, and of course, 1990’s Dances with Wolves, for which he won two Osc…

Kevin Costner is planning to make a return directing with a new “Western saga”.

The Hollywood star has previously stepped behind the camera to make 2003’s Open Range, 1997’s The Postman, and of course, 1990’s Dances with Wolves, for which he won two Oscars. The film also scored another five Academy Awards.

Costner is currently featuring as John Dutton in U.S. drama series Yellowstone, and he has now shared that he is plotting a return to filmmaking, with the potential project one that could be translated on both the small and big screen.

“I have a Western saga in mind where I’d like to shoot all three as features and have them come out every three months, because it’s a continuum,” he told Deadline. “It’s four (movies), and then let it go to TV, and I don’t see why it wouldn’t even be thought of as a premiere there because all the groups of people that don’t go to the theatre can now sit home and go, ‘I’m going to watch this all, in a pure way.'”

Costner went on to explain that the Western genre lends itself to his moviemaking aesthetic and also noted that he is willing to discuss his ideas with executives at streaming services, as he likes how such companies are more open film ratings.

“I’m going to figure out how to get it financed. I’m going to go find the right partners, or I’m going to do it myself because I do think it should be a feature. I have to look at the realities, though that’s never really stopped me before with most of the things I have pushed uphill. This is a big screen epic,” the 64-year-old added.

Costner was most recently seen onscreen in The Highwaymen alongside Woody Harrelson and Kathy Bates, and is currently working on Let Him Go, a drama about a retired sheriff and his wife who set out to find their only grandson.

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Woody Harrelson was too nervous to sleep before Lost In London shoot

Woody Harrelson has opened up about his experiences shooting his 2017 experimental, live-broadcast project Lost In London.The 57-year-old, who wrote, directed and acted in the feature, described the project as “so exciting,” but revealed that not every…

Woody Harrelson has opened up about his experiences shooting his 2017 experimental, live-broadcast project Lost In London.

The 57-year-old, who wrote, directed and acted in the feature, described the project as “so exciting,” but revealed that not everything went according to plan.

“Oh my God, so many things went wrong!” he told British newspaper Metro. “The night before, we shot the run-through and the live feed fell out twice. The sound could never come together because there were so many problems with it. I was freaking out. When we shot it I was very, very, very exhausted because I couldn’t sleep at night thinking of all the million and one things that were not working or that couldn’t go right. But it was so exciting.”

Despite the problems encountered, the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star was full of praise for the film, calling it the “merging of theatre and film”.

“The idea was so exciting to me because I love theatre,” he enthused. “It’s really a theatre piece but, you know, filmed live. You’ve heard about these plays where they meet on a corner and they pick you up and then they drive you to an apartment? That just blows my mind! So to be able to have that same thing and be filming? That was the big idea.”

Harrelson went on to recall doubts from fellow cast members, with co-star Owen Wilson stating the project “wasn’t doable”.

It was his insistence that the risk was “the coolest part,” however, that spurred the first-time director to continue with his endeavour.

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