Movie News: Tom Hanks Wants to Star in Thriller 'The Circle'; Watch Christian Bale in Dazzling 'Knight of Cups' Trailer

Movie News: Tom Hanks Wants to Star in Thriller 'The Circle'; Watch Christian Bale in Dazzling 'Knight of Cups' Trailer

Dec 16, 2014

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The Circle: Tom Hanks wants to star in and produce a big-screen version of The Circle, a novel by acclaimed writer Dave Eggers, first published in 2013; James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) wrote the screenplay and would direct. The book follows a woman who joins a large technology company that becomes increasingly oppressive. Hanks would play a mysterious colleague; he recently completed filming A Hologram for the King, also based on a novel by Eggers. [Deadline]



Unexpected: As the first official photo reveals, Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) stars in Unexpected as a pregnant high school teacher who makes friends with a student who is also expecting. Together they deal with the prospect of balancing families and careers. The movie is inspired by the real-life experiences of writer-director Kris Swanberg, a former high school teacher; it will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. []



Kong: Skull Island: Veteran character actor J.K. Simmons, who is being touted for an Academy Award nomination for his mesmerizing performance as an intimidating music teacher in the indie drama Whiplash (above), is joining the cast of Kong: Skull Island. Tom Hiddleston is set to star as the leader of a team of explorers in search of great discoveries on a dangerous, primordial island; it's not known which role Simmons will play. The movie is due out on March 10, 2017. [Deadline]


Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups Trailer: Christian Bale stars in the first, rather mysterious yet utterly dazzling trailer for Knight of Cups. Set to debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February, the movie is said to be "a story of a man, temptations, celebrity and excess." Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman also star; Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) directs. [FilmNation]




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