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Jared Leto Won't Be In 'Brilliance' & Matthew McConaughey Might Not Be In 'Magic Mike XXL'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 23, 2014 5:23 PM
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We usually do casting round ups, but today we fly in the face of routine with a couple of updates on movies that people won't be in (or may not be in). So let's get this ball of things not happening rolling...

First up, Will Smith dropped out of "Brilliance" last month, with reports last week that Jared Leto would take his place. Not so, says Nikke Finke. The 30 Seconds To Mars frontman apparently turned down the role in the movie that kinda basically sounds like X-Men, focusing on a federal agent with extraordinary abilities who has to hunt down a similarly gifted person who intends to start a civil war. Again, this is not a X-Men movie. Noomi Rapace is presumably still attached with Julius Onah to direct.

In more distressing news, Matthew McConaughey appears to be stepping away from the stripping pole in "Magic Mike XXL." At least that's according to "Magic Mike" co-star Gabriel Iglesias, who spoke to Dish Nation (via FilmDrunk) and said the following: “Word has it that Matt’s probably not gonna be involved, because he’s worth a lot of money now – that whole Oscar thing – so, but yeah, I’ve signed on for part two.” What? McConaughey is too good and expensive now? Somebody at Warner Bros. stuff a few more fives into his thong.

But seriously, that's a bit of a bummer as his vibe was part of the key to success with the original, and it got him all sorts of McConaissance recognition. So why turn his back on it now? Hopefully, Channing Tatum and the film's editor, camera operator and director of photography Steven Soderbergh (Greg Jacobs will direct the sequel) can convince him otherwise. All right, all right, all right?

We'll see. 

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  • Lucy | June 26, 2014 6:25 PMReply

    Dirty thoughts ONLY, YUK!

  • Lucy | June 26, 2014 5:34 PMReply

    One to One!

  • D. | June 24, 2014 10:25 AMReply

    Rejoice at the fact that Jared Leto won't be in the film...he's a colossal prick as well as a mediocre actor.

  • caroline | July 24, 2014 8:38 AM

    Jared Leto a mediocre actor that won an oscar!

  • D Isaacs | June 25, 2014 11:11 AM

    What SXI said. As someone who worked in the entertainment industry all through my 20s, albeit pretty low in the hierarchy, before going back to grad school, I can say the people who are often tagged as "pricks" to the outside world are not, and some of the supposedly nicest, most wonderful people in Hollywood, really aren't; they're pricks. Usually people get labeled pricks in the biz because they don't have much patiences for autograph hounds and paparazzi, hich just kind of makes them seem less phony in my book.

  • sxi | June 25, 2014 12:19 AM

    1. to call someone you don't know nothing about a prick is something only a prick would do.

    2. to state that Jared Leto is a mediocre actor means to be completely in denial and/or know nothing about the art of acting.

    a suggestion: "Silence is wisdom when speaking is folly"

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