Thursday, September 12, 2013

CASTING NEWS: Djimon Hounsou, Jessica Brown Findlay, Mark Wahlberg, Ellen Page

Djimon Hounsou Fast and Furious 7

Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond") has signed on to star in James Wan's sequel "Fast & Furious 7". No plot details have been released so far and Hounsou's role is unknown. The casting process is still underway and the new additions include Ronda Rousey, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Tony Jaa. "Fast & Furious 7" opens in theaters on July 11, 2014.

Jessica Brown Findlay

Jessica Brown Findlay ("Downton Abbey") has joined the cast of Paul McGuigan's Frankenstein film. Findlay's role has not been disclosed, but the film also stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Victor Von Frankenstein. Max Landis ("Chronicle") penned the script. Fans of Mary Shelley shouldn't get their hopes up, because this is a modern and much different version from the gothic horror story you remember.

Mark Wahlberg Picture

Director Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") and Mark Wahlberg ("2 Guns") may team up for the Paramount remake of the 1974 film "The Gambler". The film was previously intended for Martin Scorsese to direct with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Now Wyatt has been brough on board to direct with Wahlberg in the lead. The script is written by William Monahan ("The Departed") and has been described as a "crime drama [that] follows a literature professor whose gambling addiction lands him in hot water with his girlfriend, his mother and some unsavory gangsters."

Ellen Page Photo

Ellen Page is in negotiations to star in the comic book adaptation "Queen & Country". Page will play Tara Chace, "a British Intelligence agent who tries to stop an international terrorist plot after her identity is compromised and as her personal demons spiral out of control." 20th Century Fox is apparently aiming to start up a potential franchise. Ellen Page has recently contributed her voice and motion-capture for the video game "Beyond" and can be seen in "Touchy Feely" starring Scoot McNairy and Rosemarie DeWitt.


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