It is only a matter of weeks before Legendary’s King Kong-prequel Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, starts to film, but not before a final script is turned in. This isn’t anything new, as scripts are constantly being rewritten in order to perfect the narrative, and now Universal is doing an in-house hire before the script can be finalized. According to a new report, Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly has been tapped to polish the script.
Following the news that Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Short Term 12), and Russell Crowe were in talks to appear in Skull Island, Legendary’s reimagining of the story of the home island of King Kong, comes word that the film may add a couple of big names to the cast. According to a new report, the studio is eying Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Michael Clayton), and John C. Reilly (Wreck-It Ralph, Guardians of the Galaxy) to the cast. They’d be joining Tom Hiddleston and Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins.
Selma Director: Ava DuVernay
Screenwriter: Paul Webb
Cast: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Lorraine Toussaint, Wendell Pierce Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 127 Minutes
Release Date: January 9, 2015
Directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, I Will Follow), Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the explosive three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.
Selma isn’t the first film about the civil rights movement, nor is it the first to feature Dr. King. What makes DuVernay’s film special, however, is that it doesn’t depend on the stereotypical white savior to rescue people of color from their plight. Films like Mississippi Burning, Ghosts of Mississippi, and To Kill a Mockingbird explore segregation, racism, and injustice for African Americans, but always with the help of an idealistic white person.
We’ve already seen an excellent trailer for the unmistakably Wes Anderson-directed dark comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel.
If that peek at the movie wasn’t enough to sate your appetite, another trailer has been released introducing us to the large cast of characters you’ll see in the film, as well as the many recognizable (and sometimes not so recognizable) faces who are playing them.
Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The comedy-drama centers on a hotel concierge recounting events in one of 20 Century Europe’s most prestigious hotels.
The trailer is lighthearted and full of all kinds of quirky humor that we should all be accustomed to when watching a Wes Anderson film. And that is not a bad thing, because we get to see Ralph Fiennes in a rare comedic role. Hit the jump to see the full trailer.