Reese Witherspoon to star in and produce sci-fi movie Pyros

Reese Witherspoon is teaming up with director Simon Kinberg on new sci-fi movie Pyros.According to editors at Deadline, the Big Little Lies actress is attached to star in and produce the new movie, which will be directed by X-Men: Dark Phoenix filmmake…

Reese Witherspoon is teaming up with director Simon Kinberg on new sci-fi movie Pyros.

According to editors at Deadline, the Big Little Lies actress is attached to star in and produce the new movie, which will be directed by X-Men: Dark Phoenix filmmaker Kinberg, and studios are currently bidding on the project.

The film will be written by author Thomas Pierce, who is adapting his short story Tardy Man, which was published in The New Yorker last year. The story follows a group of people who have fire-retardant suits fused to their spines and work for a corporation that recovers objects for wealthy people when their houses are burning. They are forbidden from deviating from their salvage mission, even to help another human, but the protagonist decides to break this rule.

Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will produce through their Hello Sunshine banner alongside Genre Films’ Audrey Chon.

The Oscar-nominated actress was recently seen onscreen reprising her role of Madeline in HBO limited series Big Little Lies, which she also produced. She has also completed filming Apple TV series, The Morning Show, alongside Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell, and will star in TV series Little Fires Everywhere, both of which she is producing.

Witherspoon has a number of film projects in the pipeline too, including a voice role in Sing 2, Legally Blonde 3, in which she will play Elle Woods once again after a 16-year break, and a live-action Tinker Bell movie.

Her production slate also includes Natalie Portman’s space drama Lucy in the Sky, Penguin Bloom, with Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln, and a drama about singer Peggy Lee.

Longtime producer Kinberg made his feature directorial debut with Dark Phoenix earlier this year and is currently filming 355, a spy film starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Penelope Cruz, among others.

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Michael Fassbender to star in spy thriller Malko

Michael Fassbender is set to headline and produce a film adaptation of the bestselling spy series S.A.S. The big screen production will be titled Malko and is based on Gerard de Villiers’ serialised novels, consisting of over 200 books. Oscar nominat…

Michael Fassbender is set to headline and produce a film adaptation of the bestselling spy series S.A.S.

The big screen production will be titled Malko and is based on Gerard de Villiers’ serialised novels, consisting of over 200 books.

Oscar nominated American Hustle screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will pen the script, while bosses at Lionsgate will develop the thriller into a possible franchise.

Fassbender will star as super spy for hire Malko Linge, an Austrian nobleman and CIA agent who endured imprisonment in a Nazi work camp for captured spies.

According to editors at Deadline, the first film will largely be based upon de Villiers’ book Checkpoint Charlie. The actor will work on the project as part of his production company DMC Film.

“We are enormously excited to be teaming with Greg Shapiro and Michael Fassbender as well as Lars Sylvest from Black Magic and Thorsten Schumacher from Rocket Science to develop Malko,” said Lionsgate president Joe Drake in a statement.

“This is a character with a tremendous 200 title library of amazing spy stories to draw from and we believe we have a world-class creative team in place with Michael and Eric Warren Singer as we move forward on this project.”

Currently starring in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fassbender, 42, is next set to begin work on David Sandberg’s Kung Fury 2.

The S.A.S. book series has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide and have been translated into multiple languages.

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Famke Janssen pleased X-Men character has been given own movie

Famke Janssen is thrilled her X-Men character Jean Grey has been given her own movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.The GoldenEye actress portrayed Jean, a mutant with potentially limitless telekinetic and telepathic powers, in the original X-Men films from 2000…

Famke Janssen is thrilled her X-Men character Jean Grey has been given her own movie, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

The GoldenEye actress portrayed Jean, a mutant with potentially limitless telekinetic and telepathic powers, in the original X-Men films from 2000 to 2006’s The Last Stand, in which the character absorbs a cosmic force and loses control of her abilities, becoming the Dark Phoenix.

That storyline has now been made into its own film, with Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner in the lead role, and Dutch star Janssen is glad the story has finally been fleshed out.

“I’m just happy that Dark Phoenix got her own movie because she deserves it. And it’s a really powerful and very important story in the comics, that in The Last Stand we just touched upon the tiniest part of,” she told Variety. “It was something that needed to be told as a full-blown film and now that’s happening. And it’s wonderful.”

Janssen hit the red carpet and posed for photos with Turner at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie on Tuesday and told the publication they’d had a conversation before the 23-year-old took over the role for 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

“She did (reach out before initially taking the role) and she reached out again and she’s lovely,” she shared.

Her comments appeared to show a change of heart for Janssen, who has been critical about the franchise in the past; in 2017 she told Us Weekly that it wasn’t her decision to leave.

“I didn’t give up, they gave up on me. There’s a big difference,” she said. “It was their decision, you know? It’s like what happens in life… just like men trade women in for a younger model version. It’s like that.”

Janssen had a cameo appearance in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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James McAvoy calls for more female-led Marvel films

James McAvoy wants to see more diversity in Marvel Comics movies. The latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is slated for release this month, will focus on Jean Grey, played by Sophie Turner, who loses control of…

James McAvoy wants to see more diversity in Marvel Comics movies.

The latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is slated for release this month, will focus on Jean Grey, played by Sophie Turner, who loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix.

But now James, who reprises his role of Professor Charles Xavier in the flick, has said that the film feels particularly appropriate for the moment.

“I don’t know it felt like a feminist script, but it certainly felt like we were in a film that was responding to a time where feminism is having a positive impact,” he told The Press Association. “I think that (director Simon Kinberg) wanted to and was able to – and felt that the market was ready for – do that kind of dynamic in the cast, which is a brilliant sign. I was pleased to be a part of that, and support Sophie and Simon in that.”

The It Chapter Two star went on to reflect on the lack of diversity in previous Marvel offerings, and insisted studio bosses need to keep pushing forward when it comes to representation.

“It’s nuts to think that even Marvel have only had, how many female-led (films?) … Is it one? Captain Marvel. And we’re getting Black Widow coming,” the 40-year-old considered. “It’s nuts to think even with that whole stable as well there’s so few. It’s good that things are changing, that representation just needs to carry on.”

The X-Men films are not currently part of the main Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, having long been distributed by 20th Century Fox rather than Marvel Studios. However, both studios are now owned by Disney, paving the way for future crossover projects.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which also features Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas from 5 June.

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James McAvoy confirms X-Men: Dark Phoenix ending was entirely reshot

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with th…

James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to “parallels” with another superhero film.

The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with the new movie focusing on how Jean Grey, as played by Sophie Turner, loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix.

However, McAvoy has now shared in an interview with Yahoo Movies UK that the third act of the feature was totally re-written as it bore a resemblance to another movie in production at the time.

“The end (of Dark Phoenix) changed a hell of a lot. The finale had to change. For the better. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago. And we had no idea that we were,” he stated, while his co-star Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, interjected: “They had spies on set and (they) basically stole our ideas. Infiltrated.”

“We were basically trawling through the source material, it seems,” McAvoy added.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix began filming in June 2017, though director Simon Kinberg spent over a year in the post-production phase, with studio executives forced to delay the film’s release twice.

While McAvoy refused to comment on which other film he was referring to, there have been numerous Marvel and DC superhero movies made within the same period, including Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Aquaman and Avengers: Endgame.

Elsewhere, Turner spoke about the changes to the ending of the flick, and added: “I think it’s so much better for the reshoots. It was just one of those things… you watched the first two acts and the third act just didn’t feel cohesive. We went back and we redid all of the third act pretty much and it was such a good decision. I mean, the third act is the best part of the movie, for me.”

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, also featuring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, hits cinemas from 5 June.

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Tolkien director was ‘lucky’ to land leading man Nicholas Hoult

Tolkien director Dome Karukoski was very “lucky” to land Nicholas Hoult as his leading man.The 29-year-old plays the famed English author, known for penning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, in the movie, with Lily Collins portraying Tolkien…

Tolkien director Dome Karukoski was very “lucky” to land Nicholas Hoult as his leading man.

The 29-year-old plays the famed English author, known for penning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels, in the movie, with Lily Collins portraying Tolkien’s beloved wife and muse, Edith Bratt.

Now, Finnish filmmaker Karukoski has revealed that Hoult was his one and only choice, and even had to wrangle him away from filming commitments on superhero blockbuster X-Men: Dark Phoenix to ensure he was cast in the film.

“We actually cast Nick first. Yes, after I read the script, he came to mind immediately and I really wanted him,” he explained to Collider. “Luckily, (bosses at studio) Fox suggested him and I was so happy. We had to do a little bit of scheduling to get him away from X-Men to come shoot with us.

“It worked out, though. So much of the movie depends on who you have playing Tolkien. We were lucky to have Nick… After that we got Lily. She’s such a wonderful actress and they were great when they read together.”

The filmmaker also went on to candidly share that he had placed a self-imposed ban on making another biopic after 2017’s Tom of Finland, which told the story of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen.

“I didn’t really think I was going to be taking on another biopic. That’s the problem with biopics! They’re rigid. There’s an ending and things you have to hit along the way because those are things which actually happened. After Tom of Finland, I told myself, ‘No more biopics!’ Then I read the script and I love Tolkien’s work so very much, so I suddenly found myself doing a biopic again,” the 42-year-old confessed.

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Tye Sheridan wrote James Marsden a note when he took over as X-Men’s Cyclops

James Marsden has proved there were never any hard feelings when he handed over his Cyclops role to Tye Sheridan.Tye, 22, took over the X-Men character in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, after James had previously played the mutant from 2000, in X-Men, right…

James Marsden has proved there were never any hard feelings when he handed over his Cyclops role to Tye Sheridan.

Tye, 22, took over the X-Men character in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, after James had previously played the mutant from 2000, in X-Men, right up until 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Talking to Variety about the handover, 45-year-old James revealed he can’t wait to see what’s in store for Cyclops in new chapter X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

“(Tye) wrote me a handwritten letter when he took over the role,” he smiled. “A lovely young man. They’re giving (the storyline) the justice it deserves.”

Tye’s other big film credits include Ready Player One and an appearance in Deadpool 2.

Talking more about Dark Phoenix, which stars 23-year-old Sophie Turner as Jean Grey / Phoenix, a role first portrayed by Famke Janssen, the actor said he thought the Game of Thrones star was a good choice.

“I obviously (I) know the Dark Phoenix story – the saga was close to me because my character is closest with Jean,” the Westworld star mused. “It’s cool to see a Sophie Turner up there kicking a*s as the young version of Jean.”

Famke, 54, previously explained that it wasn’t her decision to walk away from the role, and hinted it was down to her age.

“I didn’t give up, they gave up on me. There’s a big difference,” she told Us Weekly. “It was their (producers’) decision, you know? It’s like what happens in life. You get, well not to me thankfully. But people, just like men trade women in for a younger model version. It’s like that.”

Dark Phoenix hits cinemas in June, with X-Men regulars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender all returning to the franchise.

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Jessica Chastain to star in action movie Eve

Jessica Chastain is set to star and produce new action movie Eve.The Molly’s Game actress will take on the lead role in the film and also act as a producer via her Freckle Films banner along with her production partner Kelly Carmichael and executives a…

Jessica Chastain is set to star and produce new action movie Eve.

The Molly’s Game actress will take on the lead role in the film and also act as a producer via her Freckle Films banner along with her production partner Kelly Carmichael and executives at Voltage Pictures.

Details about the plot are being kept under wraps, though screenwriter and filmmaker Matthew Newton will direct the project.

“Matthew is wonderfully adept at crafting complex and relatable characters,” Chastain and Carmichael said in a joint statement. “We’ve been fans of his work and are so thrilled to be partnering with him and Voltage on Eve.”

In addition, Nicolas Chartier and Dominic Rustam will act as producers, while Babacar Diene will serve as co-producer. Jonathan Deckter will be the executive producer.

Speaking about Eve, Newton also indicated that the film will be a character study.

“I have always admired Jessica Chastain’s work. So when I wrote Eve, an intelligent, strong, and incredibly capable character, she was my immediate first choice to bring her to life,” he explained. “I am humbled and thrilled to be collaborating with Jessica and Voltage on the film.”

Newton most recently helmed Who We Are Now, which starred Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto. He also made 2017’s From Nowhere and 2008’s Three Blind Mice.

Meanwhile, Chastain is currently shooting It: Chapter Two, in which she plays an adult version of character Beverly Marsh, and will next be seen in X-Men: Dark Phoenix as Smith. The 41-year-old is also attached to play Ingrid Bergman in Seducing Ingrid Bergman and Tammy Wynette in George and Tammy.

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Evan Peters: ‘I love Michael Fassbender’s career’

Evan Peters looks up to Michael Fassbender and the career he’s had.The 31-year-old stars opposite German-born Irish actor Michael in the X-Men films, with the pair teaming up again for the forthcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, out next year (19).Talking t…

Evan Peters looks up to Michael Fassbender and the career he’s had.

The 31-year-old stars opposite German-born Irish actor Michael in the X-Men films, with the pair teaming up again for the forthcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, out next year (19).

Talking to Mr. Porter about his experiences working with the 41-year-old Oscar nominee, Evan admits he’s in awe.

“I look up to him. I love his career,” he gushed. “In that scene in decaying Cairo (during X-Men: Apocalypse), there is rubble and explosions everywhere. He comes and saves us. We’re all messed up. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) has us at his mercy. (Michael) did a take, very serious, with the gravitas of Magneto. And then we cut and he says, ‘Guys, you can go. I don’t really need you here.’ He’s such a pro.”

Before the new X-Men film comes out, Evan is back on the small screen in American Horror Story. The popular series, created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is now in its eighth season, with production slated to kick off later this month (Jun18).

He’s also working with Ryan on new show Pose, which is set in New York in the ‘80s.

On the subject of his chosen career, Evan admits it can be suffocating at times.

“As an actor, you’re supposed to take this route, do all the right roles and climb that ladder in a weird way. It can make you feel like you’re trapped,” he sighed.

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