No more Grey area for Hunnam
Deadline reports that Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has dropped his role as Christian Grey in the screen adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. Apparently Hunnam’s busy TV schedule was to blame, not allowing him enough time to prepare for the role. Dakota Johnson is still set to star as Anastasia Steele.
Marling & Nesbitt head to Babylon
Brit Marling and James Nesbitt have signed on to star in the Danny Boyle-directed pilot Babylon, reports Deadline. The show is a police comedy/drama that centres around Marling’s character Liz Garvey, an American PR expert who has been brought in to rehaul the PR department of the London police force. Nesbitt will play Chief Constable Richard Miller.
Watson & Chbosky re-team for While We’re Young
Emma Watson and Stephen Chbosky will team up again for While We’re Young, based on the book by Adena Halpern, reports Deadline. The two first worked together on the screen adaptation of Chbosky’s coming of age novel The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
Game of Thrones star goes Lethal
Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of action-comedy Barely Lethal according to Deadline. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld as a 16-year-old assassin who fakes her own death in hopes of having a normal life. Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson will also feature.
Worthington & Kwanten kidnap Freddy Heineken
According to Deadline Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten have joined Anthony Hopkins in the cast for Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, about the 1983 kidnapping of the Dutch beer heir and his chauffeur. At the time, the kidnapping resulted in the highest ransom ever paid, equal to about US$50 million today.
Remington Steele reboot in the works
Deadline has reported that US network NBC is developing a reboot of Remington Steele. The romantic comedy/drama that launched the career of Pierce Brosnan will follow the daughter of Remington Steele, Olivia Holt, as she reopens the Remington Steele Detective Agency.
Hayek to learn How To Make Love Like An Englishman
Salma Hayek will join Peirce Brosnan and Jessica Alba in the forthcoming romantic comedy How To Make Love Like An Englishman. Brosnan will play a Cambridge professor who is forced to re-evaluate his life of hedonistic excess when he meets his perfect match (Hayek), this comes after he has impregnated his student/her step-sister (Alba).
Magaro joins Jolie’s Unbroken
Deadline has reported that John Magaro (Not Fade Away) has joined the cast of Angelina Jolie’s forthcoming film, Unbroken. The film is the true story of Olympian-turned-WWII POW Louis Zamperini, to be played by Jack O’Connell. Magaro will play Frank A. Tinker, an Air Force pilot that befriends Zamperini. The film will also star Garrett Hedlund and Donhnall Gleeson.