Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Ridley Scott Says 'Exodus' Would Never Get Financed Starring "Mohammad So-and-So From Such-And-Such” Ridley Scott Says 'Exodus' Would Never Get Financed Starring "Mohammad So-and-So From Such-And-Such” James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Make You "Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open” James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Make You "Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open” Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Watch: 2-Hour 'Deleted Magic' Explores Deleted Scenes & Alternate Footage From The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Watch: 2-Hour 'Deleted Magic' Explores Deleted Scenes & Alternate Footage From The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination'  Starring Ethan Hawke SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Sandra Bullock Is Villain In 'Despicable Me' Spin-Off 'Minions,' Ralph Fiennes & Clive Owen To Lead 'Sands' & 'Blue Angel'

The Playlist By Cain Rodriguez | The Playlist February 12, 2013 at 2:18PM

We got a round of casting news for you from a trio of films, that between them deal with a couple separated by a coma, a washed up novelist and an Audrey Hepburn-like villain. Check them out below.
0
Sandra Bullock Ralph Fiennes Clive Owen

We got a round of casting news for you from a trio of films, that between them deal with a couple separated by a coma, a washed-up novelist and an Audrey Hepburn-like villain. Onwards...

First up is the James Foley-helmed “fantasy drama-romance” “Sands” which, per Variety, is lining up Ralph Fiennes for the lead role. The Renata Bovara-written project focuses on a New York-based surgeon and wife after an accident puts the wife in a coma. Here's the description: “Caught between life and death, the woman’s spirit travels to India where she is drawn to an imaginary man. She must choose between her love for that man and her husband, who is desperate to bring her back to life.” Most famous for directing the film adaptation of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Foley’s last feature-length effort was the Halle Berry and Bruce Willis-starring shlock thriller “Perfect Stranger.” More recently he’s helmed a few episodes of “House of Cards.” Fiennes is apparently still “in advanced discussions” and no other actors have been cast, though a producer told the trade that “a prominent Hollywood thesp will star opposite Fiennes.” Production is looking to start this fall.

While many filmmakers have been embracing the opportunities of television, “Nip/Tuck” and “Boss” executive producer Richard Levine is the latest showrunner to make the leap to the big screen. Levine will adapt Francine Prose’s 2000 novel “Blue Angel,” and according to Screen Daily, he’s nabbed Clive Owen as his leading man. The “Children of Men” star will play Swenson, who published a novel years ago but is now stuck as a disillusioned professor in a New England creative writing program. “Enter Angela Argo, a pierced, tattooed student with a rare talent for writing. Angela is just the thing Swenson needs. And, better yet, she wants his help. But, as we all know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions . . .” Sounds like a great thematic fit for Levine, considering that his two previous series both dealt with authority-type figures sometimes taking advantage of their power. No production start date is listed but we’d imagine that with Owen locked in, things will start to pick up.

And finally, as the long wait for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity” draws to a close this fall, Sandra Bullock has carved some time aside to join the “Despicable Me” spin-off “Minions.” Deadline reports that the Oscar-winning actress will voice the lead villain of the children’s animated film, "Scarlet Overkill, a stylish bad-ass super-villain who is bent on world domination.” The film will apparently take place in the '60s, thereby setting the spin-off before the original film. Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda will direct the 3D CG-animated film, which is set for release on December 19, 2014. You’ll be able to catch her later this year though, in “Gravity,” which drifts into theatres on October 4th, and "The Heat," which comes first on June 27th

This article is related to: Clive Owen, Ralph Fiennes, Sandra Bullock, Minions, Blue Angel, Sands


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates