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Robert De Niro Reportedly in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Movie

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Robert De Niro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Todd Phillips’ untitled Joker origin movie, sources confirmed to Variety.

Sources say De Niro would be portraying a talk-show host who plays a part in driving Phoenix’s character to go mad and become the Clown Prince of Crime. According to insiders, the script has ties to De Niro’s film “King of Comedy,” about a failing comedian who kidnaps a popular talk-show host to gain fame. In this case, the roles would be reversed, with De Niro playing the smug host.

Phillips is on board to co-write and direct the Warner Bros. movie.

Insiders stress that Jared Leto, who starred in “Suicide Squad” as the Joker, is still on board as the character in the DC Universe and that this Phoenix pic has no effect on what happens with Leto’s character in future DC films.

Leto will likely reprise the role in “Suicide Squad 2,” but will not be featured in this film. He will star in and exec produce a standalone Joker movie of his own.

Similar to Phoenix, De Niro has stayed away from superhero fare over the years. What drew the actor to the role was Phillips’ pitch that the film would resemble an ’80s crime noir, a genre De Niro knows well.

De Niro recently wrapped production on Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” opposite Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

 

Original Source: Variety

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Dave Bautista Still Not Letting It Go, Sarcastically Thanks Disney For Firing James Gunn

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Blade Runner 2049‘s Dave Bautista has been easily the most vocal critic of Disney Studios following their decision to terminate director James Gunn’s contract for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and the actor – who portrays Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is refusing to let it go.

Gunn lost his job when alt-right keyboard warriors dug up decade-old tweets of his that made darkly-humorous jokes about taboo subjects such as child molestation and rape in what Gunn has since called a “juvenile” attempt “to shock”. It’s believed that the alt-right ‘cybernazis’ who targeted Gunn did so in ‘retaliation’ for his staunch opposition to the United States’ controversial President, Donald Trump.

As such, Batista made a distinctly unsubtle dig at his employers, whilst quoting the Commander in Chief:

Bautista was last seen in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and is still contractually obliged to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is currently seeking a new director.

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Rosamund Pike Says She Was Asked To Strip For Her Die Another Day Audition

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In the wake of the #MeToo movement, many in Hollywood have felt galvanised by the support and culture of understanding that seems to have now replaced the Boys’ Club attitudes of old, and have revealed glimpses into the seedy world of casting. Now, Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike has revealed that she was asked to strip for her audition for Pierce Brosnan’s much-maligned final flick as the legendary super-spy James Bond, Die Another Day – and that refusing actually won her a part.

“My first audition was for a Bond film, and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear,” Pike said in an interview with Audible, “On the day, I don’t know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just thought, ‘Actually, sod that, if they’re gonna see me in my underwear, they better give me the job.’ So, I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that.’”

Reportedly Pike had showed up to the audition, which required formal wear, in a silk gown that had previously belonged to her grandmother.

The costume designer told her, “‘That’s a very beautiful dress, but, in Bond films, we wear things a little more like this,’ and she held up three pieces of string. I realised I was in a completely different world and way out of my depth. So, I put on this shimmering sheath, or whatever the order of the day was, but I didn’t drop it.”

The Hostiles actress then explained that her refusal earned her the respect of the producers, and she was cast as femme fatale Miranda Frost.

Rosamund Pike can next be seen as legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin, in Matthew Heineman’s forthcoming A Private War.

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Thomas Mann Signs On For Disney’s Live-Action Lady and the Tramp Remake

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s Thomas Mann has joined the cast of Disney’s forthcoming live-action remake of their 1955 animated classic Lady and the Tramp as Jim Dear, Variety is reporting..

Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Justin Theroux (American Psycho) will voice the titular canines, which will be hybrid digital creations. Dope’s Kiersey Clemons has already signed on to portray Darling, the wife of Jim Dear. Mann and Clemons’ roles will be firmly live-action – the upper-class owners of Lady who cast her aside upon the arrival of their infant child. Benedict Wong and Ashley Jensen also round out the voice cast as Bull and Jackie, respectively.

Lady and the Tramp will premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, which is presently untitled, alongside a live-action Star Wars television show helmed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau. Lady and the Tramp is to be directed by The Lego Ninjago Movie’s Charlie Bean, and is eyeing a 2019 release date.

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