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Stalked:The Sweeney; Bond 23; Travolta fights De Niro; Donaldson's Cities; Schweiger's The Guardian; Sheen and Coppola; Beetlejuice 2; Penn directing De Niro

Lewis, Atwell, Mackintosh join The Sweeney...

Finney joins Bond...

Travolta fights De Niro...

Donaldson's Cities gains cast...

Schweiger writing, producing, directing and leading The Guardian...

Charlie Sheen stars in Coppola's next film...

Beetlejuice 2 really happening?...

Penn directing De Niro?...


Lewis, Atwell, Mackintosh join The Sweeney...
The Sweeney production finally got underway as we heard just last week that filming was set to start, and with that some new casting news has arrived from The Daily Mail through First Showing. Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh and Paul Anderson are all set to join the cast which would suggest something a little more than we might have been expecting. Lewis is a superb actor, and the names that follow him in that announcement are none too shabby either. For me this is sounding a little more than I expected from the film adaptation of the television series.


Finney joins Bond...
It seems that the next Bond film is gaining more heavyweight actors, and I mean that in the greatest sense of the word, as Albert Finney is joining the cast of Bond 23 according to The Daily Mail through First Showing. It is worth mentioning that the actor is returning to this and The Bourne Legacy after battling cancer, so it's great to see him back, it's also great news for both films and the word is his role in Bond 23 isn't a small one.


Travolta fights De Niro...
John Travolta and Robert De Niro are set to star together in a film called Killing Season. De Niro is to play, unsurprisingly, a military veteran who is living on a remote island when he's visited by a European tourist that just happens to turn out to be a Serbian soldier looking for revenge. That's the plot according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark Steven Johnson is directing and Evan Daugherty writing, which does sound an interesting combination, but the draw will be seeing Travolta and De Niro going head to head and Travolta taking out his bad guy persona again. Promising stuff.


Donaldson's Cities gains cast...
I'm a fan of Roger Donaldson, and no wonder, No Way Out and Thirteen Days are the only two titles that need mentioning alongside his name. He's a great thriller director, especially when he gets the script, so it's exciting to hear that he's directing the film he co-wrote with Glenn Wilhide called Cities and which already stars Clive Owen and Anil Kapoor. According to The Hollywood Reporter it has also just gained Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom, and while those two names aren't pouring excitement into me the project as a whole is. The film is set to explore a financial story set before the Dow Jones high and pulls together various different stories from around the globe.


Schweiger writing, producing, directing and leading The Guardian...
The title for the The Hollywood Reporter story says it all really, for Til Schweiger has just announced his latest project that he has the go ahead to make, and he's set to do all the work on it. He's writing the story about a hitman along with Paul Maurice, so it's not quite all by himself and there will no doubt be plenty of other producers, but he's really going for it with The Guardian.


Charlie Sheen stars in Coppola's next film...
First of all let me point out that it is Roman Coppola, yes one of the Coppola clan but not the big chief. However the lead of the film is indeed going to be Charlie Sheen, and to back him up will be Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza and Katheryn Winnick according to . The film, called Charles Swan, tells the story of a successful graphic designer who is irresistible to women. However when his girlfriend breaks up with him he falls apart and loses all his confidence and ends up ploughing through fantasies of his past relationships trying to sort himself out. Sounds like a good chance for him to stop the private life ruling his working life and to get on with making films rather than spiralling into his own world of self-doubt.


Beetlejuice 2 really happening?...
I thought the idea for Beetlejuice 2 might have been one of these flash in the pan sequel ideas to grab some money, but apparently not as a story through Entertainment Weekly and The Playlist reveals that the writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are not remaking the film. According to their comments they are working on a sequel with a suitable amount of time passing from the original, and that they are getting Tim Burton's blessing and Michael Keaton on board to play the lead, that is if the script works out and they like it. This isn't going to be a hand over of the lead to a young comedy actor with Keaton passing the torch, this is meant to be a leading role for Keaton, and that's got to be good news hasn't it?


Penn directing De Niro?...
Sean Penn is set to direct the unlikely duo of Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig in a film called The Comedian according to Deadline. The film will see De Niro playing an aging comic who is clearly past his prime who is sentenced to community service after hitting a member of the audience on the head with his microphone. There he meets the Wiig character who he falls for and who turns his world upside down. Not awe inspiring by the blurb, but these three names together are hugely inspiring.




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