Star Wars: Episode VII casting is revving up and Darth Mickey is naturally looking around for a few big names to help generate more hype for the film (assuming that’s even possible). And if the rumormill is to be believed, they went so far as to approach Leonardo DiCaprio about a potential role. But DiCaprio won’t be in the flick, because apparently he said no. So… Wtf? It looks like DiCaprio prefers Robotech to Star Wars.
In case you didn’t already know, this awesome-as-fuck anime-turned-US kid’s cartoon is getting made in live-action form for the big screen. The giant, transforming robots and epic space battles are being put together by the team of Nic Mathieu, Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire.
Personally, I’ve been majorly skeptical about a live-action adaptation of what is one of my favorite animes of all-time. DiCaprio, however, is known for being somewhat picky about his roles, migrating toward a certain type of film, a type of film that I usually enjoy. Which, if the rumors are true, means that Robotech might not suck balls after all.
Of course, it’s all still rumor at this point. But rest assured, if the Nerd Bastards find anything else out about this, we’ll let ya’ll know.
Been a while since we’ve had a nice, juicy, moderately outrageous Star Wars: Episode VII rumor to mull over.
Seems Latino Review is reporting that Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling are being courted by Disney for the new film.
The same source is also insisting that Gosling is up for the role of Luke Skywalker’s son–no word on who Zac Efron is supposedly being considered for.
Last we heard, Disney had settled on seven main characters, and preliminary casting had begun–the assumption being that most of the roles would go to newcomers, with one or two reserved for big name stars.
I’m sure there’s no need for me to advise you all to assign VERY little credence to this information until official sources confirm it….But I’m going to do it anyway.
Keep a whole crapload of grains of salt handy, fellow nerds–it’s a long way to May 2015.
Oh, by the by, Latino Review also mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio was, at one point, on Disney‘s radar for Episode VII–but he turned it down to star in Robotech (of all things).
I’m sure we’ll be back soon with more info on this–if there’s the slightest bit of accuracy to it.
After being in development since 2007, the live-action cinematic adaptation of the classic mecha series ROBOTECH has reportedly found a home at Warner Bros.
To helm what will likely be an enormous, expensive, and controversial project, the studio is currently in talks with Nic Mathieu: A commercial director known for his talents with CGI. As of now, Mathieu has never made a feature film, but he HAS been tapped to direct David Koepp’s The Wind….and the sci-fi thriller Story Of Your Life, produced by Shawn Levy–it is possible that either, or both of these films will be under Mathieu’s belt by the time he starts on ROBOTECH.
Many believe this development is directly related to the recent success of Guillermo del Toro’sPacific Rim, a mecha flick quite obviously influenced by ROBOTECH. It is likely we can expect film adaptations of more mecha-based titles in the near future.
In any case, Mathieu–or whomever Warner finally settles on to direct–will have quite a task ahead of them….Let’s take a look at ROBOTECH as we know it:
And here’s the kind of work Mathieu is known for:
Quite remarkable–at least visually, yes? Of course, we can’t help but recall what happened the last time a commercial director known for great special effects work got his hands on a robot-based animated property from the ’80s….
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