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Sarajevo unveils doc competition

Film Industry News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:29
Out of competition screening for My Craft about artist Arsen Dedic.
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'Demolition' May Get Naomi Watts Alongside Jake Gyllenhaal

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:08

Naomi Watts is in negotiations to join Jake Gyllenhaal in Jean-Marc Vall&#233e's upcoming dramatic comedy Demolition.

The project is based on the 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe and follows a young investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) struggling to cope after the tragic death of his wife. During his attempt to put his life back together, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unusual relationship with a pot smoking single mother (Naomi Watts).

Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich and Russell Smith are producing with Black Label Media's Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook are executive producing.

Naomi Watts previously starred in J. Edgar and will next be seen alongside Shailene Woodley in The Divergent Series: Insurgent. No production schedule has been released.

Demolition comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

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One Direction Live Concert Film Set for Global Cinema Release

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:07

Distributor Arts Alliance plans more than 10,000 screenings in 50-plus territories of "Where We Are — The Concert Film," saying it will be the biggest global "event cinema" release ever.

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20 New Photos from the James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:03

Universal Pictures has released 20 new photos from Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic entitled Get on Up. These latest stills give us a closer look at Chadwick Boseman as the music icon. Take a look.

Get on Up: Movie Pictures Gallery

Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods oF Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Get on Up comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chadwick Boseman, David Andrew Nash, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, Dan Aykroyd. The film is directed by Tate Taylor.

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New Trailer For Ethan Hawke's Predestination

Wibbly wobbly timey wimey trailer business

The austere man’s Wachowkis siblings, Michael and Peter Spierig are sci-fi-oriented kin with a new action-thriller Predestination that promises to weave and duck through the fabric of time like a boxer in a Tardis. Ethan Hawke is the headliner but the real star of the show looks like Australian actress Sarah Snook as a mysterious time traveller.

Hawke, who is reuniting with the pair after 2010 misfire Daybreakers, plays a temporal agent who travels through the decades, Time Cop-style, solving crimes before they’re committed. Runs the official synopsis:

“In mid-’70s New York, a man in a fedora slips into an office building’s boiler room, carrying a mysterious briefcase. He uncovers a bomb, and is attacked while struggling to deactivate it. He succeeds — almost. Horribly disfigured, he’s transported to his agency’s headquarters where he receives a new face. He’s a temporal agent, traveling back and forth through time, altering history, and his assignment — thwart the mass murder perpetrated by the so-called ‘Fizzle Bomber’ — continues. New face, new place. Now he’s undercover as a bartender. He falls into conversation with a tough yet androgynous customer. There’s something off about the guy, who offers to enlighten the agent with ‘the best story you ever heard’.”

It’s based on All You Zombies, a short story by American sci-fi doyen Robert Heinlein, and promises plot machinations that will pop your corn for you. Could be another one for the Looper / Primer almanac of time-travel charts.

Shooting took place in Melbourne and Sony have picked up US distribution rights on the Aussie production. No word on a UK deal yet, but expect news on that over the next few months.

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Cameron Crowe's New Film Moved To May 2015

Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and co. will have to wait...

We already knew we’d have to wait for Cameron Crowe’s latest, still-untitled romantic comedy drama, which had been dated for December in the US and March over here. Now the film has been pushed back further, earning a May 29, 2015 slot in the States.

The film, which Crowe originally developed as Deep Tiki, finds Bradley Cooper as a military contractor working on a satellite project in Hawaii who reconnects with an old flame (Rachel McAdams). At the same time, he falls for the air force officer (Emma Stone) assigned to monitor his work. Romance and Hawaiian mysticism flare, while the cast also boasts Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin.

Crowe and editor Joe Hutshing have been busy getting the film into shape and it would seem the Sony brass has decided it should move from the competitive December awards slot and into a spring/summer release. “Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release,” Sony marketing chief Jeff Blake says in a statement carried by Variety. “The movie is Cameron at his best.” Such a move isn’t always the best sign, but we’re staying confident in Crowe.

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Naomi Watts In Negotiations For Demolition

She's set to star with Jake Gyllenhaal

Just last month, we reported on Jake Gyllenhaal considering the lead in Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s next film, Demolition. Now we know who will likely be joining him at the top of the bill, with The Wrap bringing word that Naomi Watts is working out a deal to co-star.

Written by Bryan Sipe, the script focuses on a young investment banker (Gyllenhaal) who falls into an emotional disconnect after his wife dies. Deciding to tear his life apart to discover what went wrong, he becomes obsessed with the idea of destruction but eventually ends up meeting and befriending a single mother (Watts), who helps him to turn things around.

What has Watts interested is that the character is much more complicated than that basic synopsis might lead you to assume – she’s a pot-smoking customer service operative for a vending machine company whose device has eaten Gyllenhaal’s money, sending him into a rage. Despite an ongoing tryst with her boss, she starts to fall for the anguished customer, especially when she learns the depths of his situation. Vallée wants to make the film his next project, so he’s hoping the various deals work out.

Watts has several films on the way, including Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, comedy drama St. Vincent and the Divergent sequel Insurgent, in which she’s playing Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless.

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Michael Caine Joins The Last Witch Hunter

Starring with Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie

While we doubt he will bark “you’re only supposed to blow the coven doors off!” at any point (there’s still time, filmmakers!), Michael Caine will be lending his gravelly gravitas to a film that could probably use an injection of it, signing on to join The Last Witch Hunter.

Vin Diesel and recent recruit Rose Leslie are aboard for the long-gestating genre project, which sees Diesel as the titular crone-basher. He's a semi-immortal warrior who has been keeping humanity safe from the cauldron community for years and finds his latest battle in modern-day New York. See, there’s a powerful witch plotting to smite humankind with a deadly plague – rude – and Diesel is the one man who can stop the dastardly plan.

Except he’s not going to be alone, as he’ll forge an unlikely alliance with Leslie’s witch. While Variety confirmed the casting, Diesel actually first let slip the news to Collider, though neither mention what Caine will be doing in the film, and whether he’ll be on the side of good or evil. We’re sort of hoping he’s plotting terrible things this time around, after a long run of largely good-natured roles.

Breck Eisner is directing the film, which features a script that has been through several hands, most recently Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. Caine will next show up in Kingsman: The Secret Service (due October 17) and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which launches on November 7.


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Amy Ryan Joins Steven Spielberg's Cold War Thriller

Along with Eve Hewson and Billy Magnussen

Steven Spielberg is pushing ahead with his next film, even though he has yet to settle on a title for the Cold War thriller that will star Tom Hanks. He’s now organised a reunion with Amy Ryan (who had a tiny role in War Of The Worlds) and has Alan Alda, Eve Hewson and Billy Magnussen all in various stages of talks to join the cast.

Joel and Ethan Coen have been busy on a rewrite of the script for the film, while Matt Charman wrote the original version of the story. It’s based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers after the airman was shot down over Russia.

So far, all we know about the new recruits is that Ryan will play Donovan’s wife. Alda needs no real introduction, but Hewson – whose casting was revealed by The Wrap – is (fittingly) the daughter of U2 sunglass addict Bono and has been building an acting career for herself in the likes of Enough Said and Blood Ties. Magnussen counts Damsels In Distress and The East among his credits and will next show up in Rob Marshall’s Into The Woods playing a prince.

Spielberg is aiming to kick off shooting this September in New York and Berlin ready for an October 2015 release date via DreamWorks and Fox.

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Idris Elba In Talks For Guy Ritchie's King Arthur Film

He could be Bedivere

Despite relatively brief screen time, Idris Elba certainly made an impact donning armour and wielding a sword in the Thor films. So the idea of him going the chainmail route for Guy Ritchie’s planned new take on King Arthur has plenty of appeal. Good news, then, that he’s in talks for the film.

In what is currently being called Knights Of The Round Table: King Arthur (what is it with Warner Bros. and chunky titles at the moment?), Elba is wanted to play not Arthur himself, but a version of Bedivere, who is credited in many of the interpretations of Arthurian legend as a noble and loyal member of the King’s knights. In Ritchie’s take – which features a script by Edge Of Tomorrow producer Joby Harold – he’s apparently an older, wiser warrior and a right-hand man to Arthur’s father who makes it his mission to train the young man for his true destiny. It'll represent a RocknRolla reunion for Ritchie and the actor. 

Ritchie is still putting the pieces together on this one, and is currently on the lookout for an Arthur and the rest of the main characters. And nothing is known about how the film (or films, given that this appears to be another embryonic franchise) will deal with each part of the saga. The director may not have a locked in cast yet, but he has a release date, as Warners wants this on screen for July 22, 2016.

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Toy Story's New TV Special Has A Teaser Poster

Toy Story That Time Forgot roars in

Last year’s Toy Story Of Terror was yet another wonderful short outing for Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang, blending their usual spot-on character work with a funny horror spoof. For their next trick, the Pixar team is adding dinosaurs – and who doesn’t love those terrible lizards? – for Toy Story That Time Forgot. The new half-hour TV special has launched a teaser poster in time for its panel at Comic-Con this week. Click on the image below to biggenerate it. {Toy Story That Time Forgot}

Drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, the poster features the proud visage of Reptillus Maximus (Kevin McKidd), the leader of a group of dino-toys our heroes meet and who turn out to be suffering a similar delusion that once afflicted Tim Allen’s Buzz: namely that they think they’re real. And when you have dinosaurs believing they exist, you know there will be trouble, especially for poor triceratops Trixie (Kristen Schaal)...

Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Wallace Shawn, Timothy Dalton (Mr. Pricklepants FTW!), Don Rickles and Joan Cusack, the special will be on screens later this year. For those going to Comic-Con, the panel will be held at 11:15am on Thursday in room 6A at the San Diego Convention Centre, moderated by pun-loving composer and Pixar regular Michael Giacchino with Schaal, producer Galyn Susman, director Steve Purcell and head of story Derek Thompson in attendance. And there will be a chance to grab the poster during a signing session at 1pm the same day on the convention floor.

Hopefully the new TV special lives up to Terror’s great start, and this becomes something of an annual tradition.

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Matthew McConaughey Could Be The Company Man

Circling a hot script

With an Oscar in his hand thanks to Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey has plenty of options open to him, but also the responsibility to find something that lives up to his award-winning status. He’s got several projects on the go and is now circling a hot script called The Company Man.

While industry talk like “circling” always makes us picture actors sniffing around a script on the ground like a cat figuring out if it should eat some dropped food, he’s actually looking to turn the script into a film, throwing his two cents in on who might direct it.

Andrew Cypiot’s screenplay is based on the true story of CIA agent Edwin Wilson, who snuck behind enemy lines to secure a weapons contract and report the details to his bosses just after the Cold War. But his heady rise in the company ranks was suddenly brought crashing down to earth when the agency changed its policies. Unwilling to stop his spycraft ways, he ended up public enemy number one at the US Attorney’s office. It sounds like a good role for McConaughey, and another different character to play. Yet he’s not definitely decided if he wants to do it yet, so it could always vanish back into development limbo.

On the more concrete McConaughey front, he’s signed on to make Gus Van Sant’s Sea Of Trees and is still potentially returning for the Magic Mike sequel. He’ll next be seen in Interstellar, out on November 7.

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China Box Office: Local Sensation 'Tiny Times 3.0' Knocks 'Transformers 4' Off Top Spot

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 08:18

The latest film in the tween franchise beat out "Transformers 4," which has crossed the $300 million box-office mark in the world's second-largest movie market.

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Colin Trevorrow Debuts New Jurassic World Poster

Just in time for Comic-Con...

You’ll be hearing more and more news about the San Diego Comic-Con this week, especially since the event kicks off on Wednesday. As usual, film companies are promising exclusive goodies to raise awareness, and director Colin Trevorrow has just premiered a brand new poster for Jurassic World that will be offered to 'Con-goers who can track it down.

Exclusive Jurassic World art from @MarkEnglert, available at SDCC to a resourceful few.

— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) July 21, 2014

Designed by artist Mark Englert and designed as a limited edition, the new poster features a velociraptor front and centre, and decidedly not confined to an enclosure, which points to the toothy carnivores once more running riot around Jurassic Park – or, as it is now know, Jurassic World.

So far, we know that the new movie is set years after Steven Spielberg’s original film, with the attraction now up and running. And, while it has been hugely successful, the place and its dino inhabitants have actually becoming a little less than thrilling for today’s blasé audiences. Naturally, the park’s bosses decide to come up with something exciting and new. Which goes badly for everyone...

With Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Omar Sy and BD Wong in the cast, Jurassic World arrives here on June 12, 2015.

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CBS Films Shake-Up: Wolfgang Hammer Out, Terry Press Now Sole President

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 07:42

Hammer has transitioned out of his role of co-president.

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Son Of A Gun goes global

Film Industry News - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 06:00
Julius Avery thriller Son Of A Gun sells around the world.
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'Get on Up' Premiere: Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 04:58

The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things “one step at a time,” his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic’s debut at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

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Marvel Won't Be Pressured Into Making a Female Superhero Movie

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 04:48

Both LucasFilm and Marvel have come under pressure for making movies with a certain lack of leading female characters. Star Wars: Episode VII was hit hardest after the initial cast was announced, revealing only one new female cast member, unknown actress Daisy Ridley, who was joining the only other woman at the table read, Carrie Fisher, reprising her iconic role as Princess Leia. Marvel has felt the pressure too, as fans loudly demand a female led superhero movie, hoping for a Black Widow solo adventure or a stand-alone Captain Marvel franchise. While these are certainly still possibilities, and may even be announced at Comic-Con this Saturday, Kevin Feige has stated that his studio will not be forced into making a female superhero movie.

Speaking with Screen Crush about the backlash, he promised Marvel would not be swayed by the outrage, and will continue making the movies that they want to make. And if that includes a female-driven adventure, then great. It's something that will probably happen sooner then later (with Captain Marvel even rumored to have a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron).

Asked if he felt the same pressure that J.J. Abrams felt when the Star Wars: Episode VII cast was announced, a reaction which many believe led to the casting of Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie later on, Kevin Feige helped clear the air,

"I don't think J.J. Abrams or the Star Wars people - I have no idea - but my guess is that they were not swayed by any backlash. We're not going to be swayed by the backlash. We're going to keep bringing the movies out the way we envision it and the way we believe in it - and that includes diversity in all of the active films. And certainly, on our development slate of many of the characters - some of which you just named - and always being conscious of that. The great thing for us is the comics have been conscious of that through the decades and have been rather pioneering in that over the years."

Kevin Feige then commented on the recent changes to Thor, who is now a woman, and Captain America, who is now The Falcon, an African-American. Will we see these iterations on the big screen in the future?

"Well, look, listen, as you know, that's happened before in the comics. It's getting a lot of attention because they've just done it, but both of those things have happened in the past. So, it's always that's part of the fun. There's always that chance to surprise people or to switch up - a number of people have worn the Cap' costume. A number of people have lifted Mj&#246lnir. So, that's all fodder for future storytelling."

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'Avengers 2' Creates an Existential Crisis for Its Heroes

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 04:19

As production continues on Avengers: Age of Ultron, we still don't have too many confirmed story details regarding this highly-anticipated Marvel Phase Two sequel. Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner and The Incredible Hulk, recently teased that Joss Whedon is at the top of his game, and that the Avengers are dealing with a lot of widespread hatred towards them after S.H.I.E.L.D. came crumbling down.

"Joss [Whedon] is in his full height of his powers. This movie is much more sprawling and epic than the first one. They're really in an existential, dire crisis. It has a darker quality. The Avengers are really struggling with their own shortcomings and the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where they go and who they are in the world. There's a lot of negativity towards them."

The actor also teased that his character Bruce Banner is getting to a point where he has to start accepting his Hulk alter-ego.

"I think they set it up nicely now that Banner's turning 46 years old, and there comes a point where it's like 'how much more running can I do for myself?' Whatever you hate about yourself or you don't like, when you get to be 46 years old, you start to say 'okay, no.' Obviously, you can never really get away from yourself, so you start to live with some of the things you think are so bad. And maybe they're not that bad. Maybe those things are what you need to do whatever you were never able to accomplish."

He teased that in Avengers: Age of Ultron and beyond, possibly with a stand-alone Hulk movie, Banner and Hulk each have to come to terms with one another.

"I think that's the ticket forward for Banner, to start to figure out where we go with him, to keep that story interesting. I think there's a whole relationship with Banner and Hulk that needs to be discovered. There's a very cool thing happening: Hulk is as afraid of Banner as Banner is afraid of Hulk. It's in the comics. But because you haven't really been able to get inside of Hulk's head, because the [cinematic] technology wasn't available to make it nuanced enough to do that, and now it is. So now I think there's a way to do it. Both of these guys are obviously the same guy, and they have got to come to peace somehow with each other. And I think that this confrontation is building along the lines of this film."

The actor also teased that future Hulk movies may deal with this confrontation between Bruce Banner and his Hulk alter-ego.

"He's terrified of him. What makes Hulk afraid? It's himself. It's a version of himself that's weak. It's a version of himself that's vulnerable. It's a child inside of him. It's very interesting, and I'm stumbling on this. And I don't know if this is where the next version will go. But if it is in the cards that we're doing the next version of this, I see some fertile ground there. I've been mulling this over now for a few years. And I haven't pushed for it because I honestly didn't know what hadn't been done. And this time, there's an interesting confrontation on the horizon between these two. It's existence. They're fighting over existence, you know?"

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

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Evangeline Lilly Denies 'Ant-Man' Casting Rumors

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Tue, 22/07/2014 - 04:06

Back in February, Evangeline Lilly was rumored to be in talks to play the female lead in Ant-Man. It was believed that she was playing the daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the love interest of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd). Some thought she was possibly portraying The Wasp. During a new interview, the actress denied being cast in Marvel's Phase Two adventure. She said this even though various trade publications have confirmed her for the role.

When asked if she could finally confirm that she is, in fact, playing the female role in Ant-Man, she bluntly stated:

"No, I can't. I don't know anything about those rumors."

The actress is already confirmed to appear at Comic-Con this week for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies and to introduce her new children's book entitled The Squickerwonkers. Its speculated that she is currently denying any involvement in Ant-Man because she is part of Marvel's surprise casting announcements, and will be part of the big Q&A panel the studio has lined up for Saturday afternoon.

Asked if she might be heading to San Diego to 'promote something' else beisdes what has been announced, Evangeline Lilly had nothing to say:

"I'm an actress, but I'm not stupid. I can't answer that question."

She was then asked hypothetically about how an actress might feel when a director leaves a project. She had this to say about Edgar Wright's Ant-Man departure in response.

"Well I read the news and have followed the storylines of what's been going on with Ant-Man. And I think that it's always a tragedy when somebody works for six years on a passion project and then for, you know, whatever reason ends up distancing themselves from the project. But I think that ultimately when there's a massive collaboration happening with artistic people or anything that isn't film work is really a piece of art at the end of the day. That everybody wants to serve the story. Everybody wants to serve the art. And whatever it takes to make the best film is what needs to happen. So, I mean, I can think as somebody in the industry who's watched the headlines and sort of kept abreast of the news that it is a tragedy. But hopefully it's a tragedy that will serve the story."

It is believed that Marvel will introduce the entire Ant-Man cast during their Hall H panel at Comic-Con, which may be why she wouldn't confirm her involvement. When the Comic-Con schedule was unveiled earlier this month, it wasn't announced exactly what movies Marvel Studios will present during their Saturday panel in Hall H. One guy who is talking about the movie early is star Corey Stoll, who recently offered an update about the project, revealing his thoughts on both versions of the screenplay.

Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish wrote the original screenplay, before leaving the project back in May. Corey Stoll confirmed that it was Edgar Wright who cast him.

"...He is the one who cast me."

He went on to confirm that he is still on board, even after the filmmaker was replaced by Peyton Reed. Here's what he had to say, when asked if he still plans on starring in the project.

"Yeah, absolutely!"

We reported back in March that Corey Stoll joined the cast, although it hasn't been confirmed who he is playing yet. When asked if he was disappointed that Edgar Wright left the project, the actor revealed that he enjoyed both versions of the script, the first by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish and the rewrite by Adam McKay.

"I'm absolutely thrilled! Reading the script - and the script that Edgar wrote, and the script that there is now - it's insane that this movie hasn't been made before. Obviously, you need the technology because it needs to look great. But the whole idea of the changing of scale and the experiential effect of size changing is just so cool. You read these scenes on the page, and I just got giddy. I think it's gonna be so much fun. You can get a little fatigued with superheroes because everybody is just punching everybody, or shooting everybody with ray beams. This is a completely different kinetic experience in the theater. Shrinking and growing back, there's just so much material there to root it in. I think it's gonna be great."

Ant-Man comes to theaters July 17th, 2015 and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Evangeline Lilly, Patrick Wilson, Corey Stoll, David Dastmalchian. The film is directed by Peyton Reed.

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