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Who Will Play Captain America?

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The casting buzz for Captain America has been particularly out of the ordinary in comparison to his Marvel peers.

The most notable name being bandied around for the role was that of Will Smith, coming after a comment made last year by Derek Luke. Marvel and Smith both denied the suggestion that he was being looked at but now it’s come up again.

Channing Tatum, during an interview with MTV News on Monday, expressed his own interest in the project, but only if Smith passed.

Tatum said he had only “heard rumours” that Smith was being considered for the part but it does seem interesting that he is still be thought of. It’s not bad casting, Smith is undoubtedly among the definitive American stars of his day and definitely has the action chops to pull it off.

However, Tatum could well be a decent choice. He’s been a decent presence in a series of okay movies, including really good performances in A Guide to Recognising Your Saints and Stop-Loss, both imperfect films with good actors carrying it through.

He’s been searching for a big film to really launch him into households and, given GI Joe doesn’t look the film to do it, nor Fighting, so this may be a good fit.

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DiCaprio for Button Man

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Leonardo DiCaprio has been signed up to star in an adaptation of the 2000AD comic book series Button Man as Harry Exton, a former mercenary competing in a violent underground sport.

DiCaprio is the midst of a great deal of comic book news speculation at present following his production company picking up the manga franchises Ninja Scroll and Akira while he has been mentioned as a contender to play Steve Rogers in The First Avenger: Captain America.

It will be interesting to see him take on something like this following the past few years of starring in crime thrillers and sterling, Oscar-worthy dramas.

Despite his place as the present muse of Martin Scorsese, it seems his star has yet to rise to the kind of level appropriate for an ever-improving star and one, lest we forget, who starred in the biggest-grossing movie of all time. Unfortunately for everyone, he’ll probably always be defined by the big boat movie.

Maybe though, his work in getting involved in so many interesting comic book projects will provide him with space to switch his public perception and throw him back on the super A-list.

UPDATE: Leo is allegedly not attached to the Button Man project. Watch this space.

Millar Talks Superman

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Mark Millar has been speaking out on his Superman movie plans, saying through a post on his message board that the planned reboot of the Superman franchise at Warner Brothers is currently in ‘stasis’.

Millar though, ever the optimist, said that he wasn’t too bothered by such problems as: ”Kick-Ass’ taught me that creating your own stuff can be at least as much fun and you don’t have to answer to anyone.’ Apparently, this is the ‘future’.

A Superman reboot I’m sure will come one day but I would guess you won’t hear much until the Marvel train has started to subside somewhat, possibly not until the Thor, Spiderman, Captain America and Avengers run closes out in 2012. After that, maybe they will feel comfortable dragging out a DC hero other than Batman.

Movie News Round-Up

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Much rumour rising about Marvel adaptation Thor with Alexander Skarsgard being touted for the lead role. He brilliantly played Brad Colbert in David Simon and Ed Burns’ Generation Kill and is currently in Tru Blood. Separately to that, the film joined Captain America and The Avengers in being pushed back in the release schedules with 2011 now housing Thor, Captain America and Spiderman 4 within three months. In further Marvel news, Mickey Rourke has signed up for Iron Man 2 along with Scarlett Johansson, the latter replacing Emily Blunt as the Black Widow. As if not to be outdone, this week also saw rumours sparked of a possible reboot for the Fantastic Four series.

Juan Antonio Bayona, the director of the excellent The Orphanage, has reportedly been signed up to direct the third Twilight movie. This comes hot on the heels of previous rumours that Drew Barrymore was a candidate to helm the movie. I don’t care a huge amount, but if we are going to have to live with these movies for the coming two-and-a-half years, it would be nice to have some real talent behind the camera. Other reports though suggest that it will be directed by the other Weitz.

Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre with Drag Me to Hell has a trailer; Axel Foley could die in Beverley Hills Cop 4; Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy will star in a mixed martial arts movie. Oh yeah!; Bryce Dallas Howard has expressed an interest in bringing the Luna Brothers’ The Sword to the screen; Heathers has been jumped into gear in musical form; Robin Hood has found his merry men.

Movie News Round-Up

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Michel Gondry has been signed up to direct The Green Hornet, the crime-fighting comic book adaptation starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow. Chow had been signed up to direct but later dropped out over what were described as ‘creative differences’. Gondry’s presence makes this easily the most interesting comic movie on its way at present. I may not have fully loved Be Kind Rewind, but Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of the best films of the past ten years while Science of Sleep is an endless well of whimsy and imagination. Notably, the news was first reported on the Twitter feed of Production Weekly. Also, the trailer for Rogen’s new movie, Observe and Report, has emerged and looks like something of a departure for him into a slightly darker area.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Drew Barrymore, she of the adorable poppet-ness, is among the candidates being considered for Eclipse, the third movie in the Twilight series which will follow up the next instalment, New Moon, in 2010. Barrymore has recently signed off on her debut in the chair, Whip It, starring Ellen Page.

Eddie Murphy has apparently signed on to play Richard Pryor in ‘Richard Pryor: Was It Something I Said’ for director Bill Condon. It will reunite the pair who worked together previously on Dreamgirls, the film which garnered so much buzz for Murphy and won him an Academy Award nomination. Seems like a strong part for him given the placement of Murphy as the next in line in succession in the evolution of black comedians after Pryor and preceding Chris Rock.

Cate Blanchett has signed on the dotted line to play Maid Marian in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. This news follows that from last week that Scott has changed the name and vision behind the project to a more straight-forward retelling.

Samuel L Jackson is to play Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers and, possibly, in a Nick Fury movie should Marvel decide to do this too. There had been issues over Jackson joining in the past but now it seems such things have been pushed aside for the sake of continuity.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are to team for The B Team, a comedy from Adam McKay which will follow the misadventures of two mismatched cops. Sounds like it be in a similar vein to all other Ferrell/McKay projects and have around four very funny Ferrell moments, almost no story and an effort to make up for any shortcomings through shouting.

Sean Penn and Naomi Watts are involved in talks for Fair Game, not a remake of the Cindy Crawford-starrer from the mid90s, but a drama about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. It would reunite Penn and Watts from when they starred together in the Innaritu/Arriaga piece 21 Grams, a role which won Watts a Best Actress nod at the Oscars. Fair Game will be directed by Doug Liman.

Joss Whedon has spoken out during an interview with Maxim on why many DC comics adaptations are having difficulty in getting to the big screen, including Wonder Woman, which he was often linked with in the past. Whedon said the difference in the era in which the DC comics were made meant that the heroes were not being created as people, but as gods. ‘DC’s characters, like Wonder Woman and Superman and Green Lantern, were all very much removed from humanity. Batman was the only character they had who was so rooted in pain, that had that same gift that the Marvel characters had, which was that gift of humanity that we can relate to.’ Whedon has long been working on getting Wonder Woman off the ground with Eliza Dushku in the lead. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Dushku’s acting so I’d put forward Morena Baccarin of Firefly and Serenity fame instead. Probably wouldn’t get made either way though.

Francis Ford Coppola has given out some new information on Tetro, his new film following the life, loves and troubles of an Italian family of artists. It stars Vincent Gallo and is, according to Coppola, his first ‘original screenplay’ since his The Conversation. A film from Coppola about an Italian family of artists, autobiography much?

Also in the news: Emily Blunt will definitely not be in Iron Man 2, instead she’ll have to star alongside Jack Black in Gulliver’s Travels; Mel Gibson’s The Colonel has a trailer; Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal are to star in a remake of Damn Yankees; Naomi Watts and Freida Pinto have joined Woody Allen’s next movie; Warner Bros has picked up the rights to adapt comic series Suicide Squad; The Coens have directed a 30-second commercial mocking the claim of clean coal; Gore Verbinski is to bring Clue/Cluedo to screens; Seth Green will star in animated caper Mars Needs Moms!; Ed Helms is to write and star in a Civil War-themed comedy; Danny Boyle and Dev Patel may take part in the real-life Who Wants to be a Millionaire; Peter Baynham, a collaborator of Sasha Baron Cohen on Borat, will write the Arthur remake for Russell Brand;