Movie News in 60 Seconds: Yvonne Strahovski, Scientist; Natalie Wood’s Case Re-Opened; ‘Hugo’ Star May Play ‘Ender’s Game’

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Yvonne Strahovski, Scientist; Natalie Wood’s Case Re-Opened; ‘Hugo’ Star May Play ‘Ender’s Game’

Nov 18, 2011

Yvonne Strahovski

From Spy to Scientist: Yvonne Strahovski, who stars as a secret agent in TV’s Chuck (pictured above), has landed a leading role as a scientist in I, Frankenstein, an “action monster movie.” Aaron Eckhart will play Frankenstein’s monster, while Miranda Otto will be the queen of the gargoyles (?!). (The Hollywood Reporter)

Cold Case Opened: In 1981, actress Natalie Wood was on a yacht with her husband Robert Wagner and friend Christopher Walken when she went overboard and tragically drowned. Now the case has been re-opened as a homicide investigation. (TMZ)

Ender’s Game Gets an Ender: Asa Butterfield, the 14-year-old star of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, has been offered the lead role in Ender’s Game, the long-gestating adapation of Orson Scott Card’s outstanding science-fiction novel. Gavin Hood is set to direct; a release date of March 15, 2012 has been announced. (Deadline)

Soderbergh No Longer Eyeing Spies: The search for a leading man to play The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has dragged on and on, and director Steven Soderbergh has decided to move on. He was unable to come to an agreement with Warner Bros. on budget and casting for the project, intended as the first installment of a franchise. (The Playlist)

Sex Offender Cast Super 8 Children: A registered sex offender working under an assumed name “helped place actors, including children, on a variety of movies,” including J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Abrams found out, and police are investigating. (Los Angeles Times)

 

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