Casting News

New Title for 'Transformers 3,' First Look at 'Red State' and Aronofsky for 'Wolverine 2'?

Plus Cruise and Nicholson may be teaming together once again

Michael Parks in Red State
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Probably best to start with the image above, which was tweeted by Kevin Smith and is the first image released from his upcoming film, Red State. The image is said to be the top of Michael Parks's head as he plays a Fred Phelps-esque preacher in a film about political and religious fundamentalism, and even governmental fundamentalism, gone amuck. The film tells the story of what happens when all those parties concerned take it to the next level.

Next we come to the new title for Transformers 3, which is said to be Transformers: The Dark of the Moon something that was first noticed by fan siteTFW2005 and later confirmed by Collider. Apparently some movie tie-in novels set to debut on May 17, 2011, two weeks prior to the film's July 1, 2011 release date, were what tipped the site off. As of now reports say the story features a space race between the Russian and the U.S. so go forth and speculate from there.

With Zack Snyder signing on to direct the untitled Superman reboot word now has it Darren Aronofsky is in negotiations to direct Wolverine 2. Vulture was the first to report the news saying WB decided on Snyder for Superman because they wanted to move on the property rather quickly and felt Aronofsky, who directed The Fountain for the studio, would tinker with the project for too long before getting started. Should Aronofsky take to Wolverine 2 it would reteam him with his Fountain star Hugh Jackman with a script from Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie.

Another rumor has the possibility of Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise reteaming for a film called El Presidente, which is said to follow an overly-committed Secret Service agent (Cruise) who is assigned to guard the country’s worst former president (Nicholson), a bumbling sleaze. It's a mundane and boring job -- until there’s a threat made on the ex-president's life, forcing the duo to go on the run together. Cruise and Nicholson last starred together in A Few Good Men in 1992.

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  • bill

    Aronofsky, please please please please please dont do this, please. You're one of the best of your generation and above that crap

    • Joe

      Perhaps he can turn crap into gold? It isn't out of the question, seeing as, like you say, one of the best director's working today.

    • AJ

      He's been linked to pop-culture action flicks before Superman, including Batman and Robocop. I'd say he has an interest in dipping his toes into those waters. If he can actually get Fox to let him do his own thing with the property, then I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.

      • Joe

        And that's just it. I have no problem with Aronofsky getting into the blockbuster business, I think it could be pretty awesome. But he does need complete control if we're going to get a kickass Wolverine sequel. It seems weird that Fox would hire a guy like Aronofsky and not give him the freedom to do what he wants, but Fox has been known to do crazy shit so who knows.

        I never right off a movie until I see it so fingers crossed this turns out great.

    • The Jackal

      The same thing could have been applied to Chris Nolan in 2005 as he tried his hand at a comic book film. However, by 2008 he'd taken the Batman mythology to new heights and delivered one of the best films of all time: The Dark Knight.

      I for one am glad to see a director of Aronofsky's caliber taking on the comic book genre. Perhaps he can provide viewers with a deeper, darker take on the Wolverine mythos. A good start would be to look into Frank Miller's adaptation of the most famous X-Man. It worked for Chris Nolan.

      I cannot imagine why Aronofsky is attracted to this, but I'm excited he's willing to give it a shot.

      Thems the facts

  • Rebecca Honey

    I just hope they finally include the Transformers robots in disguise theme song in this film during the opening and end credits. The audiences will cheer!

    I hope that in X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, they include Albert, Jessan Hoan, Itsu, Amiko Kobayashi, Rancor, X-23, Mariko Yashida and Yukio.

    I look forward to seeing some of the following villains in this:
    Bloodscream, Chimera, Abraham Cornelius, Cyber, Daken, Genesis, The Gorgon, Malcolm Colcord, Matsu’o Tsurayaba, Mister X, Nitro, Nuke, Ogun, Omega Red, Romulus, Roughouse, Shiva, Silver Samurai, Shingen Yashida, Weapon XI, Wendigo, Wild Child.

  • Joe

    Didn't even know Red State had begun filming. Good to see Smith finally got that sucker off the ground. Here's hoping it lives up to the premise.

  • Winchester

    Bit of a clunky title for Transformers 3.

    • Joe

      I agree. I can't see that being the final one. Doesn't roll off the tongue.

  • AJ

    Interesting bit about the script for the Superman film being "a bit of a mess", but WB needing to film it quickly because of legal reasons. We'll see what comes of it.

    Fox should really take this opportunity to try and do something new with some of their comic properties. Get Aronofsky to team with Hugh Jackman on a Wolverine film, but don't make it "Wolverine 2". Go the James Bond route, give it a unique name and let it feel like a stand-alone entry. Let him really do his own thing with it.

  • SeanA

    Did Kevin Smith write Red State or is he just directing like that buddy op flop?

  • MajorFilmFan

    I acutaly enjoyed Transformers 2, and I think Dark of the Moon is a TERRIFIC subtitle for this movie!

  • Adu

    I liked the cruise-nicholson news the best!

  • Bradley Badder

    Can we please discuss 'Gravity'! Portman's out and Bullock in ? I think this is a good choice...

  • JM

    Let's not write off Aronofsky for Wolverine just yet. Think of the Batman series: two kick-ass movies followed by two clunkers, and then along came Nolan. Same for X-Men: two kick-ass movies followed by two clunkers, and now comes Aronofsky.

    Interested to see how Red State turns out. Kevin Smith made two of the best comedies ever with "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma"--movies that literally dropped my jaw with their insight--and he made very entertaining films with Clerks I & II and "Zack and Miri Make a Porno." I wonder if his complete shift in genre will bring about a masterpiece, a solid entertainment, or a clunker like "Cop Out"?

    Also: "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon"? Yet another reason for me not to see it. That has got to be one of the worst, most pretentious titles ever. Note to Michael Bay: you are Michael Bay, not Pink Floyd. Also, we're sick of Transformers. Do another action film. Hell, you could even do Bad Boys 3 (only with an R-rating, though). Just please stop with this 3rd Transformers.