While you may not know the name William Fichtner, you do recognize the face as the actor has appeared in everything from Entourage and Black Hawk Down to Prison Break and the Dark Knight. Next year, you’ll see him as the big bad in Disney’s The Lone Ranger.
Variety is reporting that singer/actor Dwight Yoakam is in talks to join the Lone Ranger cast. If negotiations are successful, Yoakam will play Butch Cavendish, the leader of the gang that causes the Ranger all sorts of problems. Yoakam will join Armie Hammer who will play the masked avenger and Johnny Depp who has secured the role of Tonto. via Variety
We already know Johnny Depp will play Tonto and Armie Hammer will play the Lone Ranger, but what about the love interest? Deadline is reporting that Ruth Wilson is in talks to play the female lead/love interest in the Gore Verbinski directed Lone Ranger movie. I don’t know anything about Ruth Wilson, but dress her up in a costume of the period and she’ll certainly look good. Since this is the Lone Ranger, I wonder if she’ll be written as the romantic lead for Hammer, or if the production will follow the recently concluded Lone Ranger series from Dynamite Entertainment,
According to Variety, The Social Network’s Armie Hammer is in negotiations to play the Lone Ranger in the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer adaptation. If hired to play the man behind the mask, Hammer will join Johnny Depp who has been hired to play Tonto. The Lone Ranger script is by Justin Haythe, while the movie will be directed by Gore Verbinski. via Variety
Universal Pictures may have found a new director for the Bioshock videogame movie adaptation in the form of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.Â Gore Verbinski stepped down from the Take-Two Interactive flick as the director, but is still on board as the producer. Verbinski opted out of directing because the studio’s budget plan for the film has been revamped to lense abroad in order to take advantage of tax credits and favorable exchange rates. Verbinski couldn’t do an overseas shoot due to other film projects he is currently involved in.Â On the plus side, fans of 28 Weeks Later, know Fresnadillo can
Film School Rejects has a tasty bit of information regarding a new Heavy Metal movie; James Cameron, Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski, and David Fincher have all signed on to direct segments.Â If this is news is solid and true, then count me impressed.Â In addition to this this, Mark Osborne and Jack Black will also direct a comedy segment for the film, with two more directors to be announced later. Either this is going to be one long ass movie, or the segments are going to be incredibly short.Â I just hope everyone takes the spirit of the comic magazine
We reported on this story back in February, when the initial announcement was made, but at that time, no release date had been announced.Â Today, Universal Pictures and Hasbro have announced the Stretch Armstrong movie will hit theaters on April 15, 2011. â€œStretch Armstrong is a character I have wanted to see on screen for a long time,â€ said Imagine Entertainmentâ€™s Brian Grazer. â€œHeâ€™s an unconventional kind of super hero with a power that no one would want. Itâ€™s a story about a guy stretching â€“ if you will â€“ the limits of what is possible to become all that
Gore Verbinski had previously announced his next big project following the Pirates of the Caribbean was to direct an adaptation of teh video game Bioshock from Take-Two Interactive.Â However, once the budget balloon to well over $160 million, Universal Pictures put a hold on the production. The film was originally to be shot in Los Angeles, which is probably the biggest contributor to the high cost. Universal and Verbinksi are looking for other places to shoot the flick, with London being bandied about as a possible cheaper venue. via Variety