God bless Christopher Nolan. Thanks to his masterful direction, Inception has become the most talked about film of the year and a bonafide hit, and his international cast is now enjoying the spoils of success. Just a day after we found out that Tom Hardy would replace Sam Worthington in 20th Century Fox's action-comedy This Means War, Deadline reports that Cillian Murphy, who played Robert Fischer in the twisty, sci-fi action opus, has picked up a role in a new psychological thriller titled The Retreat.
The story centers on a husband and wife who rent a remote island cottage while trying to repair their marriage. One day they find a biohazard-suited soldier washed up on the beach, who warns them that everybody on the mainland has been killed by an airborne virus. That's when the paranoia, mental breakdowns and socio-psychological allegories kick in.
First time writer-director Carl Tibbetts will helm the film and though an untried auteur doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence in what sounds like an ambitious and cerebral project, I have faith in it based on it's solid cast. Thandie Newton has been locked to play Murphy's wife, and that pairing should make you very excited. Both of these performers are incredibly versatile and talented - Murphy's proved it in films like 28 Days Later, Red Eye and Breakfast on Pluto while Newton has shown us time and time again that she should be a go-to leading lady in Hollywood with her work in Beloved, Crash and The Pursuit of Happiness among others. Add in David Tennant as the mysterious soldier who puts the fear into the unsuspecting couple and you've got a highly anticipated movie on the horizon.
There is no start date yet, as all of the players are currently hard at work on various projects, but we'll be following the development of this one very closely as it's got "cult favorite" written all over.
If you've been paying attention to network television this past season, you know that there's a new feisty Latina in Tinsel Town who's giving Salma and Penelope a run for their money. What you may not know is that Sofia Vergara, the voluptuous vixen who has won rave reviews as Gloria on ABC's Modern Family, has a younger sister named Sandra and she's ready to make her mark on the movie business.
The Hollywood Reporter scoops that Sandra has joined the cast of DreamWorks' upcoming teen-horror remake Fright Night, which is currently filming in New Mexico under the direction of Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl). Already cast are Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Vergara will play the girlfriend and assistant to a magician, played by Tennant, who is reluctantly recruited by Yelchin's Charley Brewster to fight off a vampire.
Of all of the horror remakes that are in production or development, I am looking forward to this one the most. Not because it's necessarily the most original, but because Fright Night hasn't been worn out by scores of sequel's and spin-off's like the Halloween's and Friday the 13th's of the world. Fans of Tom Holland's 1985 cult classic will likely flock to the multiplex based on the nostalgia factor and/or the wonderfully eclectic cast that the studio has put together, while youngsters who continue to spend their allowance on the cheap thrills that horror remakes provide will be unfamiliar with the story, making for an intriguing and unpredictable reaction to the material.
Fright Night is scheduled to scare up an audience on October 7th 2011.
The Brit's fortune plummeted from $4 million (£2.5 million) to $2.4 million (£1.5 million) in the first nine months after he gave up his title role in the cult sci-fi series after four years as the Time Lord.
Profits for the star's Sandyboy firm, into which he channels his earnings, also fell by $800,000 (£500,000), according to accounts filed at the official U.K. government register of companies.
Tennant filmed his last four episodes as the Time Lord in January 2009 and followed up his Doctor Who stint with a lead role in a Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Hamlet.
Earlier we reported that Christopher Mintz-Plasse and David Tennant were joining the cast of Fright Night; now British actress Imogen Poots has also signed on to DreamWorks' remake of the 1985 horror cult film. Poots will play the female lead opposite Anton Yelchin, along with Colin Farrell and Toni Collette.
For those who haven't seen the original, directed by Tom Holland (whose company Dead Rabbit Films will be releasing the remake), the new Fright Night will follow Charley (Yelchin), a teen who becomes convinced that his new new neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire. When his friends begin disappearing, Charley turns to his childhood hero Peter Vincent (Tennant), a 'Mindfreak'-like television magician with a history of hunting Vampires, for help. But Charley and his celebrity magician-mentor will also have to contend with Charley's nerdy best friend 'Evil' Ed (Mintz-Plasse), who is the first to suspect that there's a vampire in the neighborhood, and who ultimately decides to join forces with vampire-Farrell.
Poots joins the cast as Yelchin's girlfriend, a girl from the popular clique who is unaware of his past as a nerd (back when he hung out with Mintz-Plasse, no doubt). The talented actress is best known for her work in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later and Solitary Man with Michael Douglas. Poots recently finished work on Cary Fukunaga's upcoming adaptation of Jane Eyre, in which she stars as Blanche Ingram, opposite Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.
The Casting Gods were in a good mood yesterday, and so today we bring you this news: David Tennant of BBC's Doctor Who (and Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse of Superbad (and, most recently, Kick-Ass) have joined Anton Yelchin (Chekov in the 2009 Star Trek reboot and the titular star of Charlie Bartlett) and Colin Farrell (you know Colin Farrell) in DreamWorks' upcoming remake of the 1985 cult classic Fright Night.
For those who haven't seen the original, directed by Tom Holland (whose company Dead Rabbit Films will be releasing the remake), the new Fright Night will follow Charley (Yelchin), a teen who becomes convinced that his new new neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire. When his friends begin disappearing, Charley turns to his childhood hero Peter Vincent (Tennant), a 'Mindfreak'-like television magician with a history of hunting Vampires, for help. But Charley and his celebrity magician-mentor will also have to contend with Charley's nerdy best friend "Evil" Ed (Mintz-Plasse), who is the first to suspect that there's a vampire in the neighborhood (Charley says he's been watching too much Twilight), and who ultimately decides to join forces with vampire-Farrell.
Honestly, I don't think this casting could be any more perfect for turning Fright Night into a 21st century cult hit; just the thought of McLovin' and Colin Farrell tramping around suburbia, preying on their neighbors and building a coven of vampires sounds like cinema gold. The original Fright Night was a delightful melange of campy and horror, and with the hilarious Mintz-Plasse-Farrell vampire pairing, we can probably look forward to a Shaun of the Dead-inspired tone for the remake. The Yelchin-Tennant team should also be good fun, as fans of Tennant's Doctor Who or Yelchin's superb acting in Charlie Bartlett and Alpha Dog should be aware. The role of Charley's girlfriend Amy has yet to be filled, but if the other casting decisions are any indication, I think we can expect another great actor to join this already terrifically quirky ensemble.
Michael De Luca and Alison R. Rosenzweig are set to produce Fright Night with a script from Marti Noxon and Craig Gillespie directing. Lloyd Ivan Miller, Michael Gaeta and Josh Bratman are executive producing the remake, to be released some time in 2011.
The star took over the role from David Tennant, who quit last year (09), and his first scenes in the sci-fi show will be broadcast in the U.K. next month (Apr10).
And Smith admits he wrote a number of tales about the character to try and understand his thought process before he began filming.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I wanted to feel like Doctor Who, understand where he'd come from. So I wrote stories of The Doctor and Einstein in Egypt which focused on their roles in the creation of the Pyramids.
"I had six months preparation before we began filming so it gave me time to write quite a few stories."
A sale of DOCTOR WHO memorabilia has raised more than $104,000 (£65,000) at auction in London. One fan paid $8,060 (£5,040) for a suit worn by DAVID TENNANT, while another devotee paid $4,990 (£3,120) for the outfit donned by KYLIE MINOGUE in the 2007 Christmas special.
Sci-fi fans will be able to get their hands on props from cult British TV show DOCTOR WHO at an auction in London later this month (Feb10). Props and costumes set to go under the hammer include the outfit worn by singer KYLIE MINOGUE during her 2007 guest appearance and suits worn by former Time Lord DAVID TENNANT.
The Hotel Rwanda star is said to have already filmed her scenes as mysterious character Liz Ten for the cult U.K. sci-fi series, which sees a new Time Lord, Matt Smith, take over from David Tennant later this year (10).
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Getting Sophie on board is a huge coup for the BBC. The forthcoming series has been criticised for being a bit light on the big names. But the feeling is less is more. Some fans thought the Kylie Minogue Christmas episode was a bit naff (poor)."
The casting news comes just a day after it was rumoured that Love Actually star Bill Nighy would be making a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of the longrunning show.
The actor is currently dating 24-year-old actress Georgia Moffett, who is the daughter of former Doctor Who star Peter Davison, and admits he is ready to settle down with her and become a dad.
He says, "It feels an important thing to do and I'd hate to miss out on it. I'm only 38 but my parents had had three kids by this age and I have had none yet."
Tennant also paid an emotional tribute to his mum Helen, who died of cancer in 2007, insisting he hopes he can be a good a parent as she was.
He adds, "My mum's gone now but I feel very fortunate to have had the upbringing that I had and to have had the family around me that I've had."