Daily Read (5/12/16)

Bryan Cranston is starring in a new series based on Philip K. Dick’s writings, entitled Electric Dreams. It looks like it’s going to be a bunch of standalone episodes, and Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, BSG) is also involved. Huh. I’m not particularly a Philip K. Dick fan but I’m curious to see how this format works out for them.

Dylan O’Brien is reportedly in talks to play main character Mitch Rapp in American Assassin, a potential franchise based on Vince Flynn’s novels.

The White Princess casting news! Michelle Fairley will play Margaret Beaufort and Jodie Comer has been cast as Elizabeth of York. In The White Queen, those roles were played by Amanda Hale and a variety of young actresses including Freya Mavor, but it makes sense to recast as the characters will be older in the new show.

Paddington 2 seems to be a thing that’s happening for some reason.

Akiva Goldsman is producing an adaptation of David E. Hoffman’s nonfiction book The Billion Dollar Spy, and you know that I am always here for a Cold War spy story.

Paddington Featurette: From Page to Screen

PaddingtonProducer David Heyman, director Paul King, animation director Pablo Grillo, actors Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, and Julie Walters, and author Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel talk about bringing Paddington to the screen. I remain dubious about this whole thing, but this video did make it look slightly better than the original trailer did. It’s interesting how they talk about Ben Whishaw being their perfect Paddington voice given that he was in fact a last-minute addition and not their first choice.

Ben Whishaw as Paddington & More Movie News

Ben WhishawBen Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington. (Colin Firth had previously left the role.)

Christian Bale is in talks to play John D. MacDonald’s famous detective Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Goodbye.

Sony has acquired nonfiction book Tupperware Unsealed by Bob Kealing as a starring vehicle for Sandra Bullock.

Ridley Scott has optioned memoir The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White.

Warner Bros. has acquired forthcoming YA novel I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Movie News: Paddington, The Duff, & More

PaddingtonWhoa: Colin Firth has left Paddington, quite late in the game. No word yet on who will replace him as the voice of the titular bear.

Awesome: Allison Janney and Romany Malco have joined the cast of The Duff.

Oliver Stone has acquired another Snowden book, Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus.

Sony has optioned Mark Greaney’s The Gray Man.

Trailer: Paddington

PaddingtonWell, we’ve finally got a full trailer for the new Paddington movie, set to hit theaters at Christmas. But I’m disappointed to see that despite the classic source material and amazing cast – Colin Firth! Hugh Bonneville! Nicole Kidman! Sally Hawkins! Peter Capaldi! Julie Walters! – this looks . . . kind of terrible. Sigh.

Teaser Trailer: Paddington

PaddingtonHere’s a delightful first look at the Paddington movie, based on the books by Michael Bond. Unfortunately, since it’s just a teaser, we don’t get to hear the voice of Colin Firth as Paddington or to see Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman, or any of the other actors. But still! The movie will be in theaters in December.

Movie News & Links: Paddington, The Hobbit, Fifty Shades of Grey, & More

  • Paddington, starring Colin Firth, Hugh Bonneville, and Nicole Kidman, will hit theaters Christmas 2014.
  • In other Colin Firth news, he’s set to star in an adaptation of French thriller Three to Kill by Jean-Patrick Manchette, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
  • Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. to play lead villain Blackbeard in their Peter Pan origin story Pan, from Joe Wright and Greg Berlanti.
  • You can listen to clips from 29 soundtrack tracks of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at Entertainment Weekly.
  • Also at Entertainment Weekly: E.L. James talked about her feelings about the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Movie Casting: Paddington, Mockingjay, Gone Girl, & More