Jared Leto Joins Cast of ‘Blade Runner 2’

When news first broke that a sequel was being made to the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner, many eyes (mine included) rolled. Why risk tarnishing the legacy of the original? Just remake it? Why not just leave it alone?

My initial thought was that Harrison Ford was pulling a Vin Diesel and Sylvester Stallone by going back to the well that made him successful (Indiana Jones, Star Wars). But upon further review, this sequel is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2017.

Ford is returning as Rick Deckard, but it’s the casting around Ford that has turned Blade Runner 2 into a film to be taken seriously. Denis Villeneuve signed on to direct after stellar work on Prisoners, Enemy and Sicario and Ryan Gosling soon joined the cast. Villeneuve is also reuniting with his Sicario and Prisoners cinematographer Roger Deakins who is perhaps the greatest cinematographer working today.

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The ‘Blade Runner 2’ cast is rounding out nicely. | (consequenceofsound.net)

But according to Alcon Entertainment, the studio behind the sequel, Jared Leto has joined the cast in a “key role.” Leto has always been quite selective in his acting projects so the fact that he’s agreed to join the sequel, as well as Gosling, speaks to the potential quality of the film.

Details on the film are limited, but the story takes place several decades after the events of the original. It’s being written by original Blade Runner scribe Hampton Fancher (Yes, that’s his real name) and Michael Green.

The sequel is currently untitled, but it will be released on October 6, 2017.

 

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Reuniting for Holmes & Watson

Just when you thought there were enough Sherlock Holmes iterations at the moment including the BBC series Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Sheen, CBS’ Elementary and the Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law feature film series, get ready because there’s another one coming only this one sounds intriguing.

Per Deadline, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly who previously starred together in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, will reunite once again for the comedy Holmes & Watson. Ferrell will play Holmes, while Reilly will play the loyal doctor James Watson.

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up for a third time. | (‘Wreck it Ralph’ Premiere)

Has there been a little Sherlock Holmes fatigue? Certainly. But with this duo, we are likely to see the most unique take on the British detective series to date.

Ferrell’s Get Hard director Etan Cohen has signed on to helm the project and he will write the script. Cohen previously wrote memorable screenplays for Idiocracy and Tropic Thunder.

The film will be rated PG-13 (Sorry, no F-bombs from Ferrell and Reilly) and Sony Pictures is planning to begin production right after Thanksgiving which could mean a late 2017 release.

 

Bradley Cooper to Direct and Star with Lady Gaga in ‘ A Star is Born’

Becoming a well-established actor in Hollywood isn’t enough these days for young actors. We’ve seen more and more go behind the camera. From Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Chris Evans to Ryan Gosling to Natalie Portman, who’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, opens today, more and more seem to love the challenge of learning all aspects of filmmaking.

The next A-lister to join that list will be Bradley Cooper. Warner Bros. has announced that Cooper will be directing a remake of A Star is Born. The story, which follows an aging, self-destructive actor who helps an aspiring actress achieve her dreams of stardom, has been told on the big screen three times already.

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Bradley Cooper has found his star. | (aceshowbiz.com)

The original came out in 1937 and other versions were released in 1954 and 1976. The ’54 incarnation starred Judy Garland and James Mason and earned six Oscar nominations.

In addition to directing this new version, Cooper will also star and his female co-star is an unlikely choice. Lady Gaga, who’s been honing her acting chops on American Horror Story, will play the female lead.

A release date has yet to be set, but Warner Bros. is targeting a 2017 release. Expect this project to go into production fairly soon.