Screen legend Robert Redford is in final negotiations to star in his first comic book movie. Redford is being cast as a high-ranking member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization in Captain America: Winter Soldier. [Heat Vision]
Chris Cooper has signed on to portray Norman Osborn in director Marc Webb‘s sequel to 2012‘s The Amazing Spider-Man. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for 2002‘s Adaptation., Cooper joins a star-studded cast that already features Paul Giamatti and Jamie Foxx as villains Rhino and Electro, respectively. The film will also feature the return of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as his love interest, Gwen Stacy.
Cooper’s casting as Osborn is significant, of course, because the character originally featured in the first film of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, in which he ultimately became the villainous Green Goblin. As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is already set to feature two villains, it’s unclear whether Cooper’s Osborn will undergo his evil transformation in this film, or in a future sequel. In the comics, Osborn originally serves as a mentor character to Parker, so this could conceivably be a setup for the third film in a trilogy.
The script for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and Jeff Pinkner (TV’s Fringe), based on an original draft by James Vanderbilt, who worked on the screenplay for the first film.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for release on May 2, 2014.
2011 has drawn to a close, and instead of doing a typical year-end review of movies, I thought I would do one with a Flickchart twist. I will take pairs of movies that I have seen throughout the year, link them thematically together, and square them off against each other. So without any further ado, let the battles begin with a match-up between the two worst superhero movies of the year.
This weekend, the first of many upcoming superhero reboots will be released. Leading the pack before the rumored Fantastic Four restart and next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man is X-Men: First Class, director Matthew Vaughn’s tale of the beginning of Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the 60s and the friendship between Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, who will become Magneto. Vaughn has cast this new film in the X-Men franchise with some of the most talented actors of today. So before seeing his newest film, check out some of the under-ranked films from the stars of X-Men: First Class.
Now we’re two weeks into January so there’s no excuse not to start your list of the best movies of 2011!
Director Ron Howard’s latest attempt at making a comedy. Seems this is nowhere near as good as Arrested Development (he produced that), scoring a 25% on RottenTomatoes after 50 reviews. This stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder and Channing Tatum.