At least one half of that headline is interesting, and the other half is…well, it’s Charlie Hunnam playing a role originated by the legendary Steve McQueen in a remake of the classic 1973 prison escape film. On the other hand, Mr. Robot star Rami Malek will take the Dustin Hoffman role in Papillon, which has a screenplay from Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski.
Casting has already begun for Pacific Rim 2, which is set to star John Boyega as the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, with Scott Eastwood reportedly in talks to join in on the second canceling of the apocalypse. The latter piece of casting news seemed to imply that we may not see Charlie Hunnam return for the sequel, despite Guillermo del Toro’s recent assurance that a lot of actors from Pacific Rim would be back for round two. Turns out there’s only room for one generic white guy in the ongoing war between giant robots and kaiju.
Hey, remember Guy Ritchie’s new King Arthur movie? You know, the one that was supposed to come out this year before it was pushed back to 2017? Ring any bells? Just in case you forgot (which is fair), we have some new photos from the upcoming film, and it looks like the release date isn’t the only thing that’s changed, as Ritchie’s project is now titled King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
James Gray (The Immigrant) has been developing a film based on David Grann’s best-selling non-fiction book The Lost City of Z for a long, long time. Brad Pitt was originally set to star in the harrowing drama, and his Plan B production banner remained on board even though he eventually dropped out. Now starring Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson, the first trailer for The Lost City of Z has arrived, offering a sneak peek at one man’s daring expedition into the Amazon to commune with a primitive tribe.
This week has been awash with release date switch-ups, the most major being Lucasfilm’s decision to move Star Wars: Episode VIII from a May release date to another Christmas-hugging slot closer to the date that brought The Force Awakens such staggering success. This move is expected to trigger a chain reaction of moves for big-name releases, with films strategically avoiding competitive weekends. Today brings news of another delay, though its placement appears unrelated to the Star Wars postponement.
Today in release date news: Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur has been pushed back from its 2016 slot to February 2017, with Warner Bros. trying to capitalize on the box office precedent set by another violent film directed by a white British guy. Meanwhile, the long-awaited Bad Santa 2 has been given an official 2016 release — just in time for next year’s holiday season.
Alfred Hitchcock had a saying: “Logic is dull.” On the basis of Crimson Peak, it’s pretty clear Guillermo del Toro feels the same way.
Kurt Sutter will soon return to FX without missing a beat from Sons of Anarchy’s final ride, this time around heading to medieval Wales for The Bastard Executioner. Already the series had a bit of Teller carryover in Katey Sagal, but how likely are Charlie Hunnam or other SAMCRO greats to put in appearances on The Bastard Executioner?
While his honesty is quite admirable, perhaps Charlie Hunnam shouldn’t be biting the hand that feeds him — but that’s what he did in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. While discussing his upcoming role in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie (where he apparently plays a Knight who sells Levi’s jeans in catalogs), the conversation turned to effects, which then turned to Pacific Rim, which then led to Hunnam sticking his foot in his mouth and then trying unsuccessfully to remove it.
Oh boy. In true Guy Ritchie fashion, the director’s King Arthur movie is supposed to be a departure from the classic tales, featuring Average White Man Charlie Hunnam in the role of the storied hero. We were not aware, however, that the King Arthur movie is merely a ploy to sell hunky “Men of the Round Table” calendars to your aunts.