British actress Hayley Atwell has nabbed the coveted female lead opposite Chris Evans in Marvels Captain America,which will shoot in England this summer.
Marvel conducted an extensive search for the part,with Emily Blunt and Keira Knightley among the names in the mix at one point. Atwell clinched the role after screen-testing in London last week.
Sebastian Stan is cast as Captain Americas sidekick,Bucky Barnes while Hugo Weaving is still in negotiations to play the villainous Red Skull. Joe Johnston is directing.
The character Atwell will play is named Peggy Carter,who in comics lore not only dated Captain America but was an agent helping the French Resistance. She later became the aunt of Sharon Carter,Captain Americas love in modern times.
Atwell is known among U.K. acting circles for her work in period movies such as Brideshead Revisited and The Duchess. The actress appeared in AMCs recent remake of The Prisoner and will be seen in the upcoming epic miniseries The Pillars Of The Earth.
District 9 star in talks for another alien film
Sharlto Copley,the South African actor,who shot to fame as the ill-fated star of District 9,is in talks to join the cast of I Am Number Four,an adaptation of the upcoming young-adult science fiction book by James Frey and Jobie Hughes.
Alex Pettyfer,a British actor making his American debut with Beastly is playing the title role of Four,one of nine aliens,who escape their home planet before its annihilation by a rival species and hide out on Earth disguised as human high schoolers. Copley would play a man,who hailed from the alien worlds serving class but now is the title characters adult guardian and mentor. D.J. Caruso is directing from a script by Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar,who adapted a planned six-book series to be introduced in the fall by HarperCollins Childrens Books. In Neill Blomkamps sci-fi movie District 9,Copley played racist-turned-reluctant hero Wikus Van De Merwe. He parlayed the films success into his first American movie,snagging the role of Howling Mad Murdock in summer opener The A-Team.
Gattaca director back with sci-fi fable
Gattaca writer/director Andrew Niccol is working on his next sci-fi movie. Fox-based producer New Regency is in negotiations to pick up Im Mortal,the latest entry in a genre that uses one big idea to reflect on societal issues. Examples range from last years District 9 to Children Of Men.
Niccols project is set in the not-too-distant future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation,time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever,while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. The protagonist is a poor young man,who comes into a fortune of time,though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as time keepers.
Niccols oeuvre is dotted with such provocative work,including Gattaca,The Truman Show and S1mOne and insiders say the project,with shades of a grounded Logans Run,could be Niccols most commercial work yet. He has kept a low profile since directing Nicolas Cage in the 2005 arms satire Lord Of War.
The script is one of the hot projects for the under-25 set because every character looks young. (The scenario makes it so that onscreen,adults such as parents appear to be the same age as their kids.) Niccol is currently ensconced in meetings with a deep pool of candidates,eyeing a summer start in L.A.
Rachel Weisz to play Jackie Kennedy in new biopic
Hollywood actress Rachel Weisz is reportedly all set to portray former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in a movie directed by her fiance Darren Aronofsky.
The British actress would play the iconic woman in the biopic Jackie written by Noah Oppenheim,which follows the four-day period between President John F Kennedys assassination and burial in November 1963,Entertainment Weekly reported. The project will be helmed by the 40-year-old stars fiance Aronofsky which would be their second collaboration following the 2006 movie The Fountain.
Jacqueline served as First Lady during Kennedys presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963 and was later married to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis from 1968 until his death in 1975. In later years she had a successful career as a book editor.
Weisz,who grabbed the Academy award for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Constant Gardener in 2005,will next be seen in thriller Dream House with Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts and western drama Unbound Captives alongside Robert Pattinson and Hugh Jackman. She has reportedly been approached for a role in the upcoming 23rd James Bond movie,due for release in 2011.