Movie News in 60 Seconds: Dwayne Johnson, Rose Byrne and Anna Faris Land New Roles; Directors Plea for Lower Ticket Prices

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Dwayne Johnson, Rose Byrne and Anna Faris Land New Roles; Directors Plea for Lower Ticket Prices

Mar 06, 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Mercenary Rock: With talks continuing for Dwayne Johnson to play the title role in Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars, the actor formerly known as The Rock is feeling like a mercenary. That’s the role Johnson will play in Ciudad, a black market mercenary tasked with rescuing the kidnapped daughter of a Brazilian drug lord. Joe and Anthony Russo (You, Me and Dupree) are set to direct, based on a forthcoming graphic novel they wrote with Andre Parks. [Deadline]

Struggling Newlyweds: Two women with complementary acting styles, Rose Byrne and Anna Faris, will team in the romantic comedy I Give It a Year. Alas, they will not play a loving couple, though we think that would sell a lot of tickets. Instead, Byrne will star opposite Rafe Spall as newlyweds struggling with the first year of their marriage, while Faris will join Simon Baker in the supporting cast. [Showblitz]

Directors’ Plea: World-class Chinese filmmakers Zhang Yimou (Flowers of War, Hero) and Feng Xiaogang (The Banquet, Aftershock) want ticket prices lowered for moviegoers in China. The average price for a movie ticket in the country is often above $7, while the average wage is only around $200 monthly. [Variety via Chicago Tribune]

Bunnymaster Bio-Pic: A cinematic portrait of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner may finally be moving  forward. Warner Bros. has picked up the project, which originated at Universal Pictures, and veteran producer Jerry Weintraub is on board. Weintraub, whose recent credits include the mega-successful remakes of The Karate Kid and Ocean’s Eleven, has not yet revealed what period of Hefner’s life he wants to bring to the screen. [Deadline]

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