Doug Liman’s adaptation of YA sci-fi sensation Chaos Walking is building up a really promising cast. Tom Holland will be playing protagonist Todd, Daisy Ridley is his co-star Viola. Today brings news that David Oyelowo will be assisting Mads Mikkelsen as a second villainous militant character named Aaron.
Chaos Walking, adapted from the young adult sci-fi series by Patrick Ness, is racking up a fascinating cast. Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley will be playing the two leads, Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as the villainous Mayor Prentiss, and today brings the news that none other than Nick Jonas, yes, that Nick Jonas, will be playing the role of the Mayor’s jealous son Davy.
Edge of Tomorrow was one of those inspired movies that suffered from a weird ad campaign and diminished box office returns. Doug Liman’s 2014 mind-warping sci-fi didn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserved, and Liman thinks it has something to do with the title — which is why it got a new one as soon as the DVD hit shelves.
For someone who has practically perfected the art of the blockbuster action movie - from The Bourne Identity to Mr. and Mr. Smith to Edge of Tomorrow - it seems strange that no major studio has managed to land Doug Liman for one of their tentpole franchises. Despite being (at times) connected to movies like Gambit and Justice League Dark, Liman continues to carve his own path in Hollywood, tackling projects seem to challenge him more than draw on his strengths. To hear the director say it, though, he would sign on the dotted line for one particular Hollywood blockbuster should producers come a-knockin’.
Mads Mikkelsen, like Jack Nicholson and Vincent Price before him, is one of those villain actors. He’s played the baddie so many times and so well, that it’s weird now to see him in a role like he had in Rogue One, where he’s not eating people’s limbs in front of them or trying to kill James Bond. Which is why it’s great to see him back in his nefarious little comfort zone as the antagonist in Doug Liman’s upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking.
2008’s Jumper was too early for the YA craze, and too late for Hayden Christensen’s sci-fi career, so there’s little telling if TV can give the franchise another jolt. Get ready to dodge Paladins either way, as director Doug Liman is officially bringing sequel series Impulse to YouTube.
Doug Liman has lined up his next project after exiting the Justice League Dark movie, and this one has ancient aliens in it. Columbia Pictures has acquired the rights to Unearthed, a YA novel by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner due to hit bookshelves in January.
Tom Cruise has made it a professional point of pride that he does all of his own stunts. 54 years old, still ripped, and with nothing to lose, he’s made headlines and earned respect by jumping out of every structure imaginable, developing proficiency with various firearms, and most recently and notably, clinging to the side of a aircraft in active flight like a little gecko with a death wish. It would appear there’s nothing the man won’t do (aside from keep his shirt on for the full duration of a studio film), and a special report from the set of his upcoming thriller American Made has raised the bar even higher.
A new Tom Cruise movie opens in theaters this Friday (that would be The Mummy) and so it’s time to look ahead to the next Tom Cruise movie, the fall’s American Made. There must always be a Tom Cruise movie in impending release or Hollywood collapses.