-- Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables was like a cinematic love letter to ‘80s action fans penned by one of the era’s biggest stars. Featuring a cast of iconic action heroes, it was like a trip down memory lane to a time when our good guys were like our SUVs – larger than life. We expected the same thing from the in development sequel, but today’s bit of casting news is just a bit puzzling…
Sources tell Variety that Liam Hemsworth has now signed on to be a part of The Expendables 2 team – joining legends like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme in the cast. If you’re wondering who Hemsworth is, you’re not alone – he’s the younger brother of Thor star Chris Hemsworth, and has a part in the upcoming The Hunger Games. How does this make him qualified to be a sniper in The Expendables 2? Your guess is as good as ours. We just hope this isn’t a sign that Stallone’s courting the YA fiction-reading tween girl demographic with his sequel…
-- Last we heard, Hilary Duff was set to play notorious outlaw Bonnie Parker in The Story of Bonnie and Clyde – but not so fast, says THR. Turns out Duff is off the project and has been replaced by True Blood actress Lindsay Pulsipher.
Pulsipher, who’s not only on HBO’s hit series, but is also wrapping up The History Channel miniseries The Hatfields and McCoys, will co-star in the film – which is also looking for a Clyde, since Kevin Zegers had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts. No one knows for sure why Duff is out – but speculation is that her pregnancy would have delayed shooting. The official line, however, is that her schedule is simply too crowded to fit the film in.
-- Last time Jeremy Renner played a bank robber – in Ben Affleck’s The Town – the actor got an Oscar nod for his performance. So, why not try it again, right?
Renner’s attached to the upcoming King of Heists, a film based on a non-fiction book about George Leslie – the man responsible for one of the greatest bank robberies in American history. Deadline reports that Renner will also produce the film along with his business partner Don Handfield and Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwartzman. The book tells of Leslie’s 1878 robbery of the Manhattan Savings Institution, wherein the mastermind and his crew got away with $3 million in cash and securities. That’s quite the haul even by today’s standards.
-- Steven Spielberg is still rounding up some troops for his Abraham Lincoln biopic, nabbing Jackie Early Haley to play Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederate States during the Civil War. Thus, expect his character to be extremely pro slavery (in fact he has a famous speech where he claimed slavery was a "natural condition of blacks"). Daniel Day-Lewis will be playing Lincoln, and as we told you yesterday the film will track the last four months of the president's life.
-- Moviehole recently caught up with screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and while discussing upcoming projects, the duo behind Crazy, Stupid Love briefly discussed a new project with comedian Steve Carell.
The new flick doesn’t have a title, but it’s reportedly based on an idea Carell had about a group of 40-something friends reuniting to take the European backpacking trip they never took while in college. Carell won’t star in the project, but the writing duo insists the film will be filled with “middle age fun.” That’s pretty vague, but after Crazy, Stupid Love, we’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.