Casting/Offer/Rumor: Guess Who's Wanted for 'The Hunger Games' Sequel & 'The Magnificent Seven' Remake

Casting/Offer/Rumor: Guess Who's Wanted for 'The Hunger Games' Sequel & 'The Magnificent Seven' Remake

Jun 12, 2012

Casting — Like Crazy star Anton Yelchin will be appearing alongside Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and John Hurt in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. The star-crossed vamp love tale is set to start filming this summer. Deadline doesn't report much about his role, so it's anyone's guess as to who will play the lovers central to the tale. Often in cinema, "star-crossed" denotes a younger, more naïve couple, which could pair Yelchin with Wasikowska, but only time will tell. One thing is for certain: just when we thought we couldn't stand to see more vampires, along comes the Dead Man director to reinvigorate our love for the bloodsuckers and leave us anticipating something intelligent, beautiful, and otherworldly. 

Offer Philip Seymour Hoffman is going rogue! He left his agency of 18 years, according to Deadline, but the website shares that it hasn't stopped the Boogie Nights actor from getting major offers — like Plutarch Heavensbee in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Should Hoffman accept the part, he'd play the Head Gamemaker in the movie (replacing Seneca Crane), which means his life is on the line if the game is not well designed and a smashing success with the Capitol. Hoffman just wrapped up Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, which hits theaters on October 12. Can you see Hoffman as the mastermind behind the infamous games in Panem?

Rumor — Modeled after Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic Seven Samurai, John Sturges 1960 western The Magnificent Seven is getting an updating. The Sun is reporting that Matt Damon will be starring alongside Tom Cruise in the remake, playing the Steven McQueen character Vin. Cruise is taking on Yul Brynner's part of Chris, with Morgan Freeman said to play the villain Calvera (first played by Eli Wallach) and Kevin Costner possibly starring as cowpuncher Britt (originally played by James Coburn). "MGM are throwing big money at the film and wanted some top names to fill the main parts," an inside source told the newspaper. If the rumors pan out, this could be something special to watch, with two of cinema's biggest action stars acting as hired gunmen who protect a small Mexican village from native bandits. We're always down for a good western. What about you?

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