Movie News: Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley; Hailee Steinfeld and 'Pitch Perfect 2;' 'What We Do in the Shadows' Trailer

Movie News: Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley; Hailee Steinfeld and 'Pitch Perfect 2;' 'What We Do in the Shadows' Trailer

May 01, 2014

Kid Galahad

Elvis Presley: Baz Luhrmann, who brought new life to The Great Gatsby last year, is in talks to direct a movie based on the life of Elvis Presley. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) is writing an original screenplay, though it's not known which period(s) of Presley's life the film will cover. (We favor the early 1960s, when he made movies like Kid Galahad, pictured above.) Reportedly, music rights have been secured by Warner Bros. for the project. [The Wrap]

True Grit

Pitch Perfect 2: Hailee Steinfeld, an Academy Award nominee for 2010's True Grit, is joining Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the musically themed sleeper hit. She will star alongside Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson, who are reprising their roles from the original. Elizabeth Banks is set to make her feature directorial debut; the movie is scheduled for release on May 15, 2015. [Variety]

What We Do in the Shadows Trailer: Described by our own Erik Davis as "easily one of the most clever and genuinely funny spoof movies I've seen in quite some time," What We Do in the Shadows is framed as a documentary that follows the everyday lives of vampires. Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi (HBO's Flight of the Conchords) wrote, directed and star; the movie does not yet have a U.S. release date. [New Zealand Herald via Badass Digest]

"Escape from the Jedi Temple" Teaser: And now for something completely silly. The fourth episode of Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles will debut on Sunday, May 4, and the first teaser has been released, featuring familiar characters and a lovely sense of whimsy. Look for it on Disney XD. [Lucasfilm]

 

 

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