Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Teresa Palmer Joins POINT BREAK, Colin Firth Leaves PADDINGTON, Kevin Costner Stars in CRIMINAL


Here are the latest news headlines:
  • Teresa Palmer is in talks to star as the female lead in the POINT BREAK remake
  • Colin Firth will no longer voice the protagonist of the family film PADDINGTON
  • Kevin Costner to star in the thriller CRIMINAL

Read More after the jump.

"Warm Bodies" actress Teresa Palmer has joined the cast of the upcoming "Point Break" remake. The film is directed by Ericson Core ("Invincible") and stars Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey in the roles played originally by Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, respectively. The remake will take place in the world of extreme sports and will focus on a young FBI agent (Bracey) who infiltrates a criminal organization that pulls off elaborate heists. Palmer is currently filming the drama "Triple Nine" and can also be seen in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups".

Colin Firth departs Paddington
In a surprising turn of events, Colin Firth has dropped out of the CGI/live-action hybrid "Paddington". Firth was supposed to provide the voice for the film's protagonist, Paddington Bear, but that's no longer the case. The decision is quite sudden, the announcement coming shortly after the release of the first trailer. It's not unusual for voice actors to quit during production, but it's not really a common occurence, either. The filmmakers will now have to re-record new voice over for the character, but sources close to the production say that the release dates for the U.K. (November 28th) and the U.S. (December 25th) will not be affected.

Colin Firth has declared that "After a period of denial, we’ve chosen 'conscious uncoupling'". He also went on to speak about the film: "It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice. I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him."

"Paddington" also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman.

Kevin Costner to star in Criminal
Kevin Costner ("3 Days to Kill", "Man of Steel") is in negotiations to star in the thriller "Criminal". The film is directed by Ariel Vromen ("The Iceman") for Millennium Entertainment and Nu Image Films. The script, written by Douglas Cook & David Weisberg ("The Rock"), revolves around "a ruthless killer who, rather than spend the rest of his life in jail, chooses to be used in a medical experiment in which the brain of a recently murdered field operative is implanted in his head." Considering the writers involved and Costner's recent attempts at action star status, the film could turn out to be a slick actioner like "Face Off". Kevin Costner can also be seen in Mike Binder's "Black and White" and Disney's sports drama "McFarland".