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Evans Offered 'Fast 6' Villain, Green on '300' Sequel and Emma Watson Goes Pink for 'Bling Ring'

Plus an update on the release date for 'Riddick'

Luke Evans in ImmortalsFast and the Furious 6 is clearly ramping up for its June production start as casting news is becoming more frequent and now there's a rumor that Luke Evans (Immortals, The Raven) has been offered the lead villain role. What's even more interesting (to me at least) is this is actually the same role Jason Statham turned down, which got me to thinking... Has Jason Statham ever played an outright villain in a film?

I guess I am just looking for a reason Statham would have turned down the role as he seems to accept most any action film that comes his way and why not take part in a major franchise where the fans of that franchise would love to see him included? I would at least. [source]

Vin Diesel recently updated fans on the progress of Riddick the third film in the titular franchise. As far as a release date he posted on his Facebook page, "The studio said the earliest they could release the new Riddick is in January... was hoping for 2012... but, it's on the horizon."

He also adds the studio is liking what they are seeing and that they asked about additional sequels writing, "I think they are liking what they are seeing... haha, cause they asked when both Underverse and Furya would be ready to make and release... haha... now that's a ways in the future but it is exciting." [source]

It was previously titled 300: Battle of Artemisia, but apparently the spin-off from Zack Snyder's 300 will go by a different name when it hits theaters on August 2, 2013. Eva Green, who plays what was once the title role in the film, Artemisia, spoke with MTV recently saying:

"Oh yeah, I'm playing Artemisia. She really existed actually. She was commander on a boat, of a whole Armada. She's a very ballsy character, she's almost like a man, so that's fun. It's my first action film, it's going to be a challenge, [there will be] lots of training."

The "she's almost like a man" comment makes me laugh because I'm sure many women would have to wonder, What does that mean? Is she almost a man because she was a commander? Because she's ballsy? Did she mean that last part in a literal sense?

Green will next appear in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows on May 11. [source]

Damien Bichir in CheLike Fast and Furious 6, Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills has been adding cast members left and right and today recent Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life) joins the film in an undisclosed role. Bichir was also cast in William Friedkin's next feature, Trapped, in which he'll play an Israeli operative.

Bichir will next be seen in Oliver Stone's Savages on July 6. [source]

Gary Ross backed out of returning to direct Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, and today it was announced he'll instead direct Houdini for Summit. The film is an adaptation of "The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero" with a screenplay from first-timer Noah Oppenheim. The 2006 book became known for insinuating Houdini acted as a spy for Britain, helped the Secret Service and was in cahoots with police organizations. [source]

Finally, Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) Tweeted out the following image of her in character as Nicki in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. [source]

Emma Watson on the set of The Bling Ring
Emma Watson on the set of The Bling Ring
Photo: Emma Watson
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  • Sean

    I think Statham might have turned down the role because, even though his characters aren't often not very good people (or has a job that the public would look down on), he often plays the hero (Transporter, Crank) or a good sidekick (Italian Job, Snatch). So maybe he's like Will Smith and doesn't want to play a villainous character. Probably not, though. I'm just spitballin'.

  • Hamza Zain

    I do recall Statham playing a villain in Cellular. I'm not sure if I'm remembering correctly, but pretty sure.

  • http://wolfsilveroak.insanejournal.com Wolf

    No, Statham has never played an outright villain. Shady chars that could be villains but end up goods guys, yes. Outright villain, no.

  • Adi

    yeah, Jason Statham has played a villain in Cellular.

  • Khaira

    Yup, Jason Statham in Cellular...outright villain for sure...

  • SHould Have….

    I like Jason Statham but dude you need a hit.. And don't kid yourself your new movie SAFE is just an R rated version of Transporter (really)... This could have been a good addition for you you'd be coming off Expendables 2 (which will do well) then the buzz on Fast would pick up.. you need to either claim your action status or go for something really out of the ordinary.. nuff said/

  • jeff

    who cares about jason statham he's an awfully one-dimensional actor, the Emma Watson picture is why I'm here

    • jason

      Emma Watson's a pretty bland actress too. She's a dime a dozen.

  • MajorFilmFan

    Wow!!!! Why is Emma Watson SOOO FUCKIN HOT?!?!?! 'Bling Ring' jusy shot up my list ;D

  • J

    Emma Watson still looks 12. Creepy.