Haven’t heard much lately about the Tarzan re-imagining by David Yates (Harry Potters 5, 6, 7.1 and 7.2) other than True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard was the first choice for the loincloth-clad lead, and that Avengers task master Samuel L. Jackson was at the front of the line to play a mercenary named George Washington Williams. But what about Jane?
Well the New York Post might have shed some light on that this morning by hinting on Page Six that Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain was the filmmakers’ first choice to play English rose Jane Porter, the civilized woman that helps tame the King of the Apes. Nothing’s confirmed, but the Post lists no other names in the running for the part other than Chastain, whose most recent role was as the CIA analyst hunting for Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
Here’s the plot description for Yates’ Tarzan:
John Clayton III [is] known around the world as the famous “ape man” Tarzan. Years after he’s re-assimilated into society, he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the goings-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams with an ex-mercenary named George Washington Williams to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Shane Black and producers of Ironman III wasted little time when first choice Jessica Chastain couldn’t resolve scheduling conflicts to accept the role of Maya Hansen, creator of the Extremis Enhancile.
Extremis Enhancile is, in short, a super-soldier solution, a bio-electronics package fitted into a few billion graphic nanotubes and suspended in a carrier fluid.
Variety is reporting that Rebecca Hall is now the front runner to replace Chastain in the female lead in the first post-Avengers movie, Iron Man III. Hall is best known for her leading role in Ben Affleck’s The Town. After the huge success of The Avengers, theater goers are certain to turn out in droves for this next chapter in the Marvel saga, and although she’s a known commodity in Hollywood, this could certainly be Hall’s break out role.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 will begin production in North Carolina this month leading toward a May 3, 2013 release date.
Two weeks ago, almost to the day, we here at Nerd Bastards reported the hiring of actress Jessica Chastain to Iron Man 3. Jessica was said to be up for the role of a scientist that is the intellectual equal of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark.
Keyword here being “was”.
Jessica confirmed, via her Facebook page, that she will not be involved in the film. She said the following:
“Sorry to say that ‘Iron Man’ 3 isn’t going to work out,… My schedule is jammed packed and I can’t fit anything else in. The press announced my possible attachment far too soon. I know many of you wanted me to be involved, and I’m so sorry to disappoint you. Hopefully there’ll be another Marvel film in my future. Shane Black and everyone on the IM3 team are really wonderful. I’m very excited to see the film when it comes out. xx”
I don’t even know who Jessica Chastain is, so I can’t say if this sucks or not, but Jesus… what a hotty. Guess this means the role is still open. Any suggestions on who should take over?
Written and directed by Shane Black (and co-written by Drew Pearce), Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce and is set for release on May 3, 2013.
Source: Coming Soon
If you’re in Vegas today, bet on Black! Shane Black. While at the annual theater-owners convention in Vegas, CinemaCon, the Disney presentation kicked off with the Marvel Studios portion, and a few quick words about the upcoming Iron Man 3 with producer Kevin Feige and director Shane Black. Here’s a few key words that Comic Book Movie picked-up via Coming Soon:
Declaring the movie a “technological thriller” and “crisis movie,” Black says it’s set in the world of “international war, arms and terror.” And he adds that they’ll “put Tony Stark through the wringer” as they explore the trials of being Tony Stark. Regarding the villain, Black said he’ll be one that will “frighten in today’s world.”
That fits with previous comments made by Feige that the third installment of Iron Man will see Tony Stark “stripped of everything, back against a wall, & has nothing but his intelligence to get him out.” In other news, The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that actress Jessica Chastain, who was previously announced to be in negotiations for a role in the film as a “sexy scientist,” would not be snaking the lead female slot out from Gwyneth Paltrow, and indeed Pepper Potts’ role will be “beefed-up” for Iron Man 3.
Iron Man 3 is apparently supposed to start shooting next month in North Carolina with series stars Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle, along with new cast members Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley.
Source: Comic Book Movie
If the name Jessica Chastain sounds familiar to you, it should. Having starred in last year’s Tree of Life, The Help, Take Shelter and The Debt, you had to have seen her in a least one movie.
Deadline reports that Chastain, who originally turned down the opportunity to star opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3, has since cleared up her schedule, making it possible for her to play a “sexy scientist” who is as intellectual as Tony Stark. What role she’ll actually play in the Shane Black directed feature remains to be seen.
Beating out fellow actresses Diane Kruger, Gemma Arterton and Isla Fisher for the still unnamed role, Jessica is set to star alongside Downey, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, fellow female star Gwyneth Paltrow, and possibly Guy Pearce. Given that she’s playing a fellow scientistwho may have a more superior mind than Pepper Potts, Chastain may become a wedge in the relationship of Tony and Pepper… either that, or she’s going to be the first female to screw Tony while keeping her pants on.
With filming set to begin next month, expect Iron Man 3 in theaters somtime in 2013.