Movie News: Tom Cruise and Doug Liman Team for '80s Drug Tale; First Look at Nicole Kidman and James Franco in 'Queen of the Desert'

Movie News: Tom Cruise and Doug Liman Team for '80s Drug Tale; First Look at Nicole Kidman and James Franco in 'Queen of the Desert'

Jan 15, 2015

Edge of Tomorrow

Mena: Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, who teamed up for last year's sci-fi action thriller Edge of Tomorrow, are in talks to reunite for the real-life drama Mena. Cruise would play Barry Seal, a pilot, gun runner and drug trafficker "for the CIA and the Medellin cartel." Seal was based in Mena, Arkansas in the 1980s, hence the title. [Deadline]


Queen of the Desert

Queen of the Desert: Heading for its world premiere at the Berlin film festival next month, Queen of the Desert has debuted its first official photo. Nicole Kidman and James Franco star in the true-life tale of Gertrude Bell, a multitalented woman who played a key role in the Middle East for the British Empire early in the 20th century. Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis also star; Werner Herzog directed. [The Playlist]



Matthew McConaughey: Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will topline the voice cast for a somewhat mysterious animated film. Set for release on December 21, 2016, the currently untitled project is described as "a music-driven event comedy tackling courage, competition and carrying a tune." Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow) is directing. [Heat Vision]



The Founder: Michael Keaton is in talks to star as Ray Kroc in The Founder, to be directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). Kroc was a salesman from Illinois in the 1950s when he saw the potential in a Southern California burger place called McDonald's; the film tells how he took over the operation and created a business empire worth billions. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Song One

Song One Trailer: Anne Hathaway stars in a musically themed new trailer for Song One. She plays a woman whose brother is left in a coma after an accident; seeking some way to help him, she tracks down his favorite musician (Johnny Flynn) and then strikes up a friendship with him. The movie opens in theaters on January 23. [MovieClips]




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