The Wolf Of Wall Street star Margot Robbie has been confirmed to play Jane in a new live-action take on Tarzan. The Australian beauty edged out Emma Stone for the lead female role, and she'll now romance Alexander Skarsgard's Tarzan in the modern remake of the classic Edward Rice Burroughs tale.
The 3D live-action film will focus on Tarzan's efforts to get to grips with life in urban London. It will be directed by Harry Potter director David Yates.
Django Unchained co-stars Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz will also be a part of the Tarzan film, which Warner Bros. producers hope to have swinging into cinemas in July, 2016.
The Yates project isn't the only Tarzan movie in the works - Kellan Lutz voices the jungle orphan in another live action release, which is set to hit theatres in May (14).
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Lance Armstrong is the perfect candidate for a biopic. Not only has he beaten cancer and won seven consecutive Tour de France tournaments, he then suffered a very public fall from grace when a doping scandal resulted in him being stripped of his titles. It's the kind of story that film producers dream of, and their dreams are finally coming true. Ben Foster is set to play the disgraced champion in an upcoming film based on David Walsh's book, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong. The yet-untitled project will follow Armstrong's career rise and fall, including his cycling dominance and cancer ordeal. Chris O'Dowd will co-star as Walsh, the journalist who was a fan of Armstrong's before becoming a key player in exposing the doping culture in cycling.
The film will also star Guillame Canet and Jesse Plemons in supporting roles, and is set to start filming in mid-October. Studio Canal, who are producing the film, are attempting to rush into production in order to compete with another Armstrong biopic from Warner Bros. That film, entitled Red Blooded American, is set to star Bradley Cooper in a leading role. There's also a third project about Armstrong rumored to be in the works from J.J. Abrams, although that one doesn't appear to be heading into production any time soon.
The role is somewhat of a depature for Foster, who has spent most of his career starring in smaller, independent films, and although he has appeared in several blockbusters, they have all be supporting roles. However, he does bear a slight phsyical resemblance to Armstrong, which, along with his talent, makes him a solid choice for the part. O'Dowd will also be playing against type, having made his name in comedic projects such as Bridesmaids. This will be his first dramatic role, but his performance in the independent film The Sapphires proves that he is capable of handling heavier material. Foster can currently be seen playing William Burroughs in Kill Your Darlings, and O'Dowd is next set to play a supporting role in the upcoming. Thor: The Dark World.
Daniel Radcliffe preferred not having his own trailer on the set of low-budget Allen Ginsberg biopic Kill Your Darlings because it forced the cast to hang out together and bond in between takes. The former Harry Potter star portrays the late poet in the new independent drama alongside Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs, and he admits the minimalist set helped the actors to build up a rapport which only added to their onscreen chemistry.
He tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "We didn't have trailers on this one, but that actually did a great thing because it meant all the actors just hung out in green rooms and we got to know each other really, really well in a way that you don't always on films...
"It's my least favourite thing that I hear actors say, when they go, 'Film sets are so boring, you have to wait in your trailer all the time.' I'm like, 'You don't have to, you can actually go on set and engage with people if you like!'"
Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross and Kyra Sedgwick also star in the movie.
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is in talks to play the villain in Warner Bros. new Tarzan remake. Alexander Skarsgard has already been cast as the title character in the latest movie adaptation of author Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic apeman tale, which will be directed by David Yates.
Django Unchained star Waltz is close to signing on to play a Belgian soldier trying to capture Tarzan in exchange for diamonds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Tarzan's partner Jane has yet to be cast, but reports suggest Margot Robbie and Emma Stone are among the front-runners for the role.
According to director John Krokidas, his feature debut Kill Your Darlings took nearly 11 years to bring to screen. After premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Friday afternoon, the slow cook appears to have only strengthened the film. If Darlings was released a decade earlier, it wouldn't have the impressive roster of Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, and Elizabeth Olsen to bring the vivid story of Allen Ginsberg and the beat poets to life. It's hard to imagine any other ensemble pulling it off.
Even after a string of other performances (including the gothic Woman in Black), the question still lingers whether Radcliffe will evolve past his lightning-scarred former character into a viable leading man. Kill Your Darlings puts the speculation to rest. Embodying the unrestrained Ginsberg in his early years, Radcliffe bears witness to the energy, chaos, love, and harsh truths that flow through the streets of '40s New York. When he's accepted by Columbia University to study poetry, he's exposed to the alternative underbelly of the city, courtesy of the smooth-talking devil on his shoulder, Lucien Carr (DeHaan). Through Carr, Ginsberg is introduced to a rebellious group of writers: the on-again-off-again lover David Kammerer (Hall), the drug connoisseur William Burroughs (Foster), and the star quarterback of the literary squad, Jack Kerouac (Huston). Together, they eventually form "The New Vision," a poetic task force whose sole mission is to destroy lesser works of rigid indecency (that is to say, Ogden Nash is in their crosshairs).
Krokidas takes full advantage of his setting, draping Kill Your Darlings in bold colors and compositions. The director knows when his scenes require a bit of swing — as Ginsberg and Carr delve deeper into the world of anti-establishment poetry, Krokidas' responds with stylish camera work and rhythmic editing. In a scene at the collective's Christopher Street jazz club hangout, Krokidas allows imagination to take hold of his realistic biopic. The effects of nitrous oxide seep in, the surrounding clientele come to a halt, and Carr and Ginsberg float around the room manipulating the frozen scene. When Ginsberg wakes up from his trip, it all makes perfect sense.
But Krokidas also knows when to let the talent do the talking. Radcliffe is a performer who can stay silent, expose the mind of a thinker through the subtlest of reactions. One moment sees the actor wound up by recreational drug use, and Radcliffe rises to the occasion by stripping down, running around a room, and eventually settling at a typewriter to bang out his first poem. DeHaan is his foil, always ready to unleash bravado; his Carr enlivens the world around him, making it easy to see why Ginsberg would have been so taken by him. If Radcliffe's performance puts skeptics to rest, DeHaan's proves he's at the top of Hollywood's young actor's pack. The duo's romantic relationship creates conflict over the course of the entire movie, eventually swelling to a burst of passion. The authenticity of the moment may surprise even the biggest diehard Harry Potter fans.
Kill Your Darlings has a rare vision behind it, and it's clear Radcliffe and DeHaan are in on the plan. The ups and downs never miss a beat, nor do they feel stricken to the form that Hollywood may normally take to bring a story of this nature to life. That feels like a cue from Ginsberg himself — as we see in the film, the poet's early days were filled with school lessons he threw to the wind (and flipped the bird to, naturally). His independent spirit runs through the veins of Darlings, a great Sundance pick that will no doubt find a home before year's end. And we'll still be talking about it then.
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Warner Bros. executives have greenlighted the project, which will go up against Kellan Lutz's 3D motion-capture version of the Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure tale - and Yates, the man behind the final Potter films, is in talks to direct, according to film news website Vulture.com.
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Holy day fourteen, Batman. I can't believe the Olympics have been going on for two weeks! It seems like just yesterday we were staring at the TV with our head slightly tilted trying to understand the marvel and mystery that was the Opening Ceremony. But alas — as the Brits would say; or am I confusing their lingo with that of old people? — the finish line is a mere 48 hours away. Our round-up time might be close to done, but our quest for medals continues. So, with that being said, let's get to the rounding up.
We "Wannabe" There: I don't know what's more exciting: the fact that the Spice Girls were seen today rehearsing for the Closing Ceremony show? Or as a result, hottie David Beckham will probably get some more airtime because of it? Let's call it a tie. In related news, other Brits rumored to also be performing at the show include: George Michael, Annie Lennox, Jessie J, Muse, and The Pet Shop Boys.
Born to Run: The men's 4x400 meter relay race had more drama than a Keeping Up With the Kardashians marathon. We all remember the U.S.'s Manteo Mitchell in the semis. Poor guy broke his leg mid-race and kept running; like his life depended on it. His perseverance (and well, their time) earned Team USA a spot in the finals alongside the South Africans and double amputee Oscar Pistorius. His team also had to fight for their spot after one of their runners was tripped by a Kenyan runner in the prelim. They won the appeal and got to run in the finals, but they didn't win the race (more like last). But hey, it's an honor just to be nominated. Or whatever they say when you don't win a race. The Americas fared better and took away the silver. The Bahamas got gold; but who can ever beat those island countries anyway? Apparently, the U.S. women, that's who! Their 4x100 meter relay team not only won gold, but they ran it in a new world record time. They beat Jamaica; and nobody beats Jamaica. Just ask Usain Bolt.
Winning: As of today, American wrestler Jordan Burroughs has won 38 consecutive matches. No biggie. Oh, and did we mention that the last one was for a little thing called the gold medal? But this news doesn't surprise the 24-year-old. He was so confident he was going to win his category (74-kilo), he had already mapped out his victory run from the mat to his parents' seats in the stands. Confident? Yep. Correct? Oh, yeah!
Bikes. Yikes: The BMX finals were today. However unlike in Beijing — when Team USA brought home the hardware — this trip to the Olympics didn't have the same happy ending. CliffsNotes version: We didn't medal. The end.
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One of the most significant eras of artistic expression in American history is the Beat Generation. And one of the most significant figures of the Beat Generation is Allen Ginsberg. And one of the most significant upcoming movies about Allen Ginsberg is Kill Your Darlings, primarily because it stars one of the most significant young actors in Hollywood today: Daniel Radcliffe.
A young Ginsberg is pictured left. The writer is most famous for his biting, meandering poem "Howl." Below, you can see Radcliffe embodying Ginsberg, and getting just about everything right: the hair, the glasses, the clothes, the smirk, the jagged scar—wait, no. Not that.
Just two years ago, James Franco played Ginsberg in the biopic Howl. Not to knock Franco's performance, or his dedication to all things offbeat, but the smart money says Radcliffe will be the Ginsberg to remember. The plot of Kill Your Darlings also has a leg-up on Howl, focusing on the stalking and murder involving beat figures Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Lucien Carr and David Kammerer.
The movie will also star Elizabeth Olsen, Jack Huston, Michael C. Hall, and Ben Foster.
To all of the present day, free-wheeling English majors who wish they were born forty years earlier, Kill Your Darlings is the vicarious answer to your prayers.
The film features the central figures of the Beat Generation—Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, among others—in a story centering around artist Lucien Carr's murder of his teacher and stalker David Kammerer. The cast as it stands contains an impressive lot: Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) has the central Carr role, while contemporary greats Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire's reigning hero) and Elizabeth Olsen will play legendary figures Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Edie Parker, respectively. But the news just gets better.
Rising film star Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Rampart) has accepted the role of the brilliant William S. Burroughs. Dexter star Michael C. Hall joins the cast as a separate friend of Burroughs' whose death is credited as the inspiration to pioneer the Beat Generation. Additional cast members include Kyra Sedgwick and Jennifer Jason Leigh, both in yet unconfirmed roles.
Excitement brews, undeniably. The dark film depicting timelessly fascinating individuals as seen through the eyes of some of today's greatest young performers...trust me on this: five seconds in the theater, you'll be howling with joy. And you'll keep on howling until you're back on the road. So you'd better pack a naked lunch.
Let's just hope this doesn't tank (like where all those hippos were boiled) at the box office!