Thursday, June 27, 2013

CASTING NEWS: Julianne Moore, Cameron Diaz, William Fichtner

Julianne Moore is in talks to join the last two "Hunger Games" films, "Mockingjay - Part 1" and "Mockingjay - Part 2", which are a two-part adaptation of Suzanne Collins' final novel in the trilogy. Moore will star as District 13 leader Alma Coin, who hopes to use Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) as a symbol for the rebellion and overthrow President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman will also return for the last two sequels. The release dates are November 21, 2014 for Part 1 and November 20, 2015 for Part 2.

Last week it was reported that Sandra Bullock was in talks to star in the musical remake "Annie" produced by Will Smith and Jay-Z. Today it was announced that Bullock passed on the project and Cameron Diaz has signed a deal to star as the tyrannical orphanage owner Miss Hannigan. The musical will star Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie and Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, the modern version of the original musical's Daddy Warbucks. "Annie" is set to open on December 25, 2014.

You probably already know that William Fichtner has been cast to star in the Michael Bay produced reboot "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", formerly titled "Ninja Turtles", but his role was never disclosed. This week, Fichtner finally revealed that he will be playing the iconic Turtles villain Shredder:
"“I play Shredder. It is cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, ‘Really? Let me think about this for a minute.’ [Laughs] Then I was like, ‘Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.’ I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it."
The turtles are played by Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek. The film also stars Megan Fox as reporter April O'Neil, Danny Woodburn as Splinter, Will Arnett and Whoopi Goldberg. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" opens on June 6, 2014.


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