After months of speculation, the 50 Shades of Grey movie has found its leading lady and leading man.
Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the upcoming film based on E.L. James’ steamy bestseller, Deadline reports.
Johnson’s character is a sheltered college graduate who undergoes a sexual awakening after meeting Christian Grey, who introduces her to relationships based on submission and dominance.
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be released in theaters on Aug. 1, 2014. What do you think of the casting news?
TORONTO – Entertainment One has inked a co-development pact with Avi Lerner‘s Nu Image to develop and produce a TV series based on the Rambo property.
Sylvester Stallone is in talks to join the project.
As part of their exclusive option arrangement, the partners will jointly develop the series and shop it to broadcasters in the U.S. and internationally.
Stallone is in talks to participate on a “creative level” and potentially reprise his iconic role as Rambo.
“The ability to fuse the big screen and the small screen through Avi’s feature film expertise and eOne’s domestic production capabilities and international distribution infrastructure, makes for a highly complementary partnership,” said eOne Television CEO John Morayniss in a statement Wednesday.
Heather Graham has been tapped to star in Lifetime’s recently green-lit Flowers in the Attic, TVLine has learned. The made-for-TV movie will be based on Andrews’ popular 1979 novel (which was adapted into a feature film in 1987).
The creepy Lifetime flick will tell the story of Corrine (Graham), a recent widow who abandons her four children at her parents’ mansion after their father’s death. A disturbing family secret causes the children’s grandmother, Olivia — played by Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals) — to lock the children in the attic, where the oldest boy and girl develop a… special bond. (Those who’ve read the book or seen the original film know where we’re going with this.)
Merideth Finn (The Rite), Michele Weiss (Little Children) and Charles W. Fries (Screamers) will serve as executive producers, with Kayla Alpert (Up All Night) penning the script and Deborah Chow (The High Cost of Living) directing.
Graham is best known for film roles in Boogie Nights and the Hangover trilogy; her TV work includes Scrubs, Arrested Development, Portlandia and Twin Peaks. She’ll next appear as a woman from Hank’s past in the upcoming season of Californication.
But what even the toastiest Marshmallow may not know is that it’s ex-boyfriend Logan who says, “I need your help, Veronica.” Her reply: “I don’t really do that anymore.” Yeah… that’s not going to fly.
LoVe ‘shippers will be happy to know the two share plenty of screen time in the sleek, stylish-looking preview, which showed them riding in Logan’s car and talking in someone’s (Veronica’s?) digs. But the scene that will make fans squeal the most? The guys of the film – Logan, Dick, Piz, Weevil, etc. – wearing soaking wet dress shirts and marching forward.
Other highlights from the sizzle reel included: Madison tauntingly asking Veronica if she’s going to taze her, until V finally punches her enemy and quips, “Original enough for you?”; True Lies star Jamie Lee Curtis (!) reeling off the P.I.’s accomplishments; and a Neptune High reunion fight that prompts Piz to remark that the school “actually does sit on a hellmouth.” (Way to earn some points with that Buffy reference!) Oh, and Weevil’s married!
The panel discussion — in which Thomas was joined by stars Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Ryan Hansen, Jason Dohring, Tina Majorino, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III and Francis Capra — revealed a (Neptune) pirate’s plunder of goodies. Among them:
HAPPY REUNION | The film “has a Godfather III theme to it,” shared Thomas, who wasn’t worried about balancing fan expectations with his own desires. “I think the story that I wanted to tell is the one I think fans wanted to see. I wanted to get the old gang back together.”
‘SHIPPER WARS | Lowell sported a “Team Logan” shirt, while Dohring’s said “Team Piz.” “I wore this shirt today so I wouldn’t be shot when I stepped on stage,” joked Lowell. The actor added that when Thomas announced Piz’s inclusion in the film, Lowell’s reaction was, “The death threats have almost stopped. Why now?!”
TOGETHER AGAIN | Bell’s first scene on the movie shoot was with Dohring. “We just kept staring and going, ‘Are we really here right now?’” recalled the actress. Speaking of the couple, when a fan asked who taught Dohring how to smolder, Bell replied, “The heavens?” The actor also got props from co-star Hansen, who was a novice when the show first started. “Jason was like my acting coach,” Hansen said of those early days.
NO FAMILY AFFAIR | Alyson Hannigan’s Trina isn’t in the movie, and series characters like Duncan and Beaver won’t get mentions, either. “A lot of thought went into that,” explained Thomas. “I wanted to write the movie in such a way that for the fans, there’s plenty of Easter eggs… that you will appreciate because you watched the TV series.” But the EP noted that people who are new to the project will be able to understand it, too. “I wanted the movie to be the start of something.” Dohring also teased that there are “lots of other surprises that people don’t know about that will be cool.”
CHEMISTRY ALERT | Thomas reminisced that Veronica and Logan’s first kiss in Season 1 got him choked up. “I rewound it and rewound and rewound,” he said. “Then my wife entered, and I had tears in my eyes. It was an embarrassing moment that I was watching my own work, a kiss. It just felt so earned to me.”
TO THE BIG SCREEN AGAIN | Thomas said he hopes the flick — which will likely be released in early 2014 — is only the first of many films. “I want to be a Bond franchise. I hope to make a ton of money on this movie and we get to do it [through] the normal channels. If we’re a huge hit — I don’t think Kickstarter is meant to fund huge hits.”
They were joined by a star-studded lineup of writers/EPs – creator Chris Carter, Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Howard Gordon (Homeland) and John Shiban (Hell on Wheels), to name a few – to reminiscence about Mulder and Scully’s relationship and more.
‘SHIPPER ALERT | What are Anderson’s thoughts on the characters, now that 20 years have passed? “I didn’t realize that Mulder was so cool until a few years later,” shared the actress, “and I thought, ‘Damn. I should have gotten there sooner.’” So what would they do if they ever went out on a real-life date, as one fan asked? “Have sex,” Anderson replied bluntly. Added Duchovny after the laughter died down: “And then maybe have dinner.” The Californication star also reflected on the couple, IDing one of his favorite Mulder/Scully moments as “the one from ‘Post-Modern Prometheus’ where we get up to dance.”
FIGHT THE FUTURE, PART TWO? | Duchovny attributed the pull of the series, even many years later, to the fact that “the show had any possibility. The show is so flexible and could encompass any ideas. We could do it forever.” And then he hinted that when the team can get together again, he’d love to do another… something? Anderson, for her part, ruled out a limited series (à la the upcoming 24 revival), but said “a film would be great.” So will there be another feature flick? “You need a reason to get excited about doing it again… and this [crowd enthusiasm] is very exciting,” Carter hedged.
THE X COMICS | While on that titillating topic, don’t expect the new X-Files comics to bleed into any possible feature ventures. “The stories are more comic-booky,” said Carter. “They’re their own mythology.”
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT | Get ready to awwww. Asked when they realized Mulder and Scully were really in love, Carter replied, “I think it was when [she] first walked into his office in the basement.”
FAITH VS. SCIENCE | Why did Carter choose to include a religious thread to Scully’s character on a sci-fi show? “It was natural for me,” he explained. “She was a scientist, but that made her slightly one-dimensional. But if she had a religious upbringing… she had these two warring sides of her character.”
Jerry O’Connell will play Sheriff Lamb — “No, not that Sheriff Lamb,” he clarifies in a YouTube video to fans – in Veronica Mars‘ upcoming feature-film adaptation.
The Crossing Jordan alum will take on the role of Dan Lamb, “a new Lamb brother I hope you love to hate,” creator Rob Thomas writes in an email to the film’s Kickstarter contributors.
Marshmallows will remember that Dan’s brother Don (played by The Young & The Restless‘ Michael Muhney) — aka the insensitive lawman who famously told a rufie’d Veronica to “Go see the Wizard. Ask for a little backbone.” — died in Season 3 from head trauma incurred while responding to a call.
O’Connell joins a cast that already includes Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen and Max Greenfield.
He next can be seen in the fall CBS comedy We Are Men, which premieres Sept. 30.
Sound off in the comments with your thoughts on O’Connell’s casting.
You wanted Tina Majorino in the Veronica Mars movie, and now you’ve got her.
The Grey’s Anatomy actress will re-inhabit her role of Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie, creator and executive producer Rob Thomas announced Wednesday evening.
As he did for cast members Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell and Francis Capra, Thomas announced Majorino’s involvement via an email to the movie’s Kickstarter contributors.
“I wrote Mac for Tina, and Tina only,” he wrote. “Veronica needed a female friend, and a Q to her Bond. Tina felt like just the sort of girl that Veronica would like and respect. I couldn’t be more pleased that she’ll be with us for the movie.”
Exec producer Rob Thomas promised lots of Veronica Mars movie casting news this week, and he continues to deliver: Francis Capra, aka Eli “Weevil” Navarro, will be part of the big-screen outing next year.
Thomas announced the news Monday via an email to those who funded the film via Kickstarter this spring.
“Playing a wrong-side-of-the-tracks-kid in a town full of privileged peers, Francis found a terrific — and difficult — balance between tough and soulful,” Thomas wrote. “I couldn’t be happier that he’ll be back with us for the film.”
Capra’s character was a badass biker who often ran afoul of the law but who had a secret love for Lily Kane, the rich kid (and Veronica’s best friend) whose murder drove the Season 1 plot.
After The CW cancelled the series in 2007, Capra appeared in episodes of Friday Night Lights, The Closer, Sons of Anarchy and Bones, among others dramas. He joins a cast that already includes Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III and Chris Lowell — and more returnees are likely to be announced in the very near future.
The movie version of the teen drama takes place at Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion and is eyeing a 2014 release.
Piz is in, too!
Chris Lowell is the latest Veronica Mars vet to officially join the forthcoming fan-funded film adaptation, exec producer Rob Thomas announced on Saturday.
Lowell’s mop-topped alter ego arrived on the scene in the show’s third season and soon developed a crush on (and began a romance with) the show’s titular sleuth.
UPDATE: Appearing at the ATX Television Festival on Saturday, Thomas said that beyond Lowell, Percy Daggs III and other already confirmed encores, “We actually have a bunch of cast deals done, but we’re trying to parse them out… We want to give everyone their own moment.”
Veronica’s gal pal Mac is a character Thomas said it would be odd not to see in the movie, but he stopped short of confirming Tina Majorino’s casting.
Alas, with the ensemble growing and the budget finite, as the film nears production later this month, there’s already been one (minor) casualty. Thomas shared at ATX that opening scenes were already over-budget, so rain during a flight Veronica is on had to be cut. “So, as you see her land and come out of the Balboa County Airport, imagine rain,” he laughed.
Speaking further on the film’s prospects, Thomas said, “It’s not going to be Hunger Games, but I’m excited about the scope. It’s at the top-end of what my expectations would have been.” That said, when it comes to a fight that breaks out at ‘Ron’s high school reunion, he quipped: “Please don’t expect a Matrix-level brawl.”
As previously announced, original cast members Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni and Percy Daggs III have also signed on to the film, which is set at Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion and will begin shooting in about 9 days.
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When Veronica Marshits the big screen next year, the pretty private eye won’t be without her bestie.
Percy Daggs III will revisit his role of Wallace Fennel in the fan-funded film adaptation, creator Rob Thomas announced Friday.
“As so many of you wrote to remind me, Wallace’s friendship with Veronica has always been one of the foundations of the show,” Thomas wrote in an email to those who pledged the project on Kickstarter.
“And now that he’s officially signed, I can admit that there was never a version of the script that didn’t include him. It just wouldn’t happen.”
Thomas also passed along a video (embedded below) of Daggs thanking fans himself. “What can I say, man? The reunion is real,” the beaming actor says in the self-shot clip, which also includes shout-outs to co-stars Kristen “KB” Bell and Enrico Colantoni.
As previously announced, original cast member Jason Dohring has also signed on to the film, which is set at Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion and — as Thomas notes in his email — will begin shooting in about 10 days.