— District 9 star Sharlto Copley is currently in talks to join Angelina Jolie in Disney's Maleficent as King Stefan. The actor just closed a deal to play the villain in Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy and signed on to play the lead in Apollo 18 director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's Open Grave. It looks like he'll be busy for some time to come. The live-action fairy tale tells the backstory of Sleeping Beauty and why Jolie's "evil fairy" cursed the sleepy Princess Aurora in the first place. Disney is aiming for a March 2014 release date, but they need their King before they can make magic happen. Copley has proved he has what it takes to carry us through a film, and it's great to see someone who was a virtual unknown a few years ago get to this point. Can he hold his own next to Jolie? [via Deadline]
— Every Robert Rodriguez movie needs a sexy and fearless femme fatale, and it looks like star Amber Heard will be the director's pick for Machete Kills — the sequel to Danny Trejo's Machete. He'll be returning to the story, along with Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez, with Mel Gibson (we're kind of ridiculously excited to see what the nut does with his role) and Demian Bichir. Machete Kills begins shooting in Austin this month and finds Trejo's ex-federale recruited by the government to stop Gibson's arms dealer from setting off a deadly missile. Heard will be slinking across the screen as a "manipulative assassin code-named Miss San Antonio. We're happy to see her trading her Playboy Club bunny outfit for a gun. It suits her. [via Variety]
— As Robert Pattinson prepares for his debut in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, the Twilight star is mapping the rest of his future on the big screen. Early reviews of Bel Ami weren't totally kind to Pattinson's 19th century seductive social climber. Another lukewarm entry could start to mean the beginning of the end. Though we doubt the heartthrob will disappear that easily, it's something Pattinson himself has expressed concern about in recent interviews.
His next project is crucial, and it looks like he'll be making a smart move for an upcoming collaboration with Animal Kingdom director David Michôd. Variety is reporting that Pattinson and Guy Pearce will be leading The Rover — a "rough-and-tumble thriller" set in the near future. The concept was developed by Michôd and Animal Kingdom star Joel Edgerton and centers on Pearce's Reynolds who navigates the Australian outback searching for those who stole his car. Pattinson plays one of the guys who did it. As The Film Stage points out, Michôd is reason alone to get excited and Pearce has tread similar territory in The Proposition. Pattinson has a great platform here to shine. Can he do it?