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10 Actors Hollywood Tried And Failed To Make Happen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 31, 2013 1:21 PM
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Actors That Hollywood Tried to make Happen and failed
This week, a small-scale indie Australian surfing movie called “Drift,” which details two surfing brothers struggling to overcome their debt-ridden backgrounds and avoid a descent into criminality, opens in limited release. It shares almost nothing in common with the Biggest-Movie-Of-All-Time “Avatar” except its star, Sam Worthington, who in fact plays third lead here behind two largely unknown Aussie actors as the brothers. If it seems like a far cry from Pandora for Worthington, well, that’s because it is. Nothing to do with the quality of the film, but just in terms of the whisper-quiet buzz it’s getting, which Worthington’s presence alone should have beefed up if his stock in Hollywood meant anything at all. Yet despite a concerted effort that happened back there, Worthington just hasn’t ever become a bankable studio lead, and so here we are.

Watch: It's Raining Men For Channing Tatum In 'Magic Mike' Clip Plus New Poster For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2012 2:17 PM
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Can a movie about male stripping become the sleeper hit of the summer? Warner Bros. is certainly hoping so, and with Channing Tatum already 2/2 with "The Vow" and "21 Jump Street," the odds are looking very good that "Magic Mike" -- which also boasts Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello among the hunktacular cast -- could cap off a helluva 2012 for the actor.

Jamie Campbell Bower & Ed Speleers Are Lead Contenders For 'The Mortal Instruments'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 4:40 AM
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Model Leebo Freeman Also In The RunningWhile we're yet to see whether youthful, dickish star Alex Pettyfer's move into more serious territory with Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and the actioner "Overdrive" is a good thing or not, there's certainly one group who are delighted with the actor's career shift: other high-cheekboned young actors! Only a few months ago, the hotly tipped young star of "I Am Number Four" was being courted for every prospective young adult franchise in town, with "The Hunger Games," "The Seventh Son" and "The Mortal Instruments" all said to be courting the 21-year-old actor.

Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode To Star In Pierre Morel-Produced Action-Thriller 'Overdrive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 2:06 AM
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For a brief time after the release of surprise hit, "Taken," it seemed as though the world was Pierre Morel's oyster. The one-time DoP had cult success with "District 13," and his follow-up, the Liam Neeson starrer, was an enormous worldwide hit, landing the French director at the top of action/sci-fi wishlists, and giving him the plum job of replacing Peter Berg on the adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel "Dune." But things haven't been so smooth since: "Dune" was canceled by Paramount, he didn't land the job of directing Universal's tentpole "Ouija," and his third directorial effort "From Paris With Love" disappointed commercially.

Alex Pettyfer To Play A Young Channing Tatum, Opposite Channing Tatum, In Soderbergh's 'Magic Mike'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 12, 2011 12:03 PM
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Um, wow. The idea that Steven Soderbergh was sneaking one more film in before his long-promised retirement, other than the previously announced "Liberace" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," was a surprise. The idea that the bonus picture would be a drama about male strippers, starring part-man, part-tree trunk Channing Tatum, was an even bigger surprise. But further casting's been announced for the film, and it's a real eyebrow-raiser: the director has landed the young star of "I Am Number Four," Alex Pettyfer, to play opposite Tatum. Not only that, but it emerges that Pettyfer will essentially be playing a younger version of the real-life Channing Tatum.

Julianne Moore Gets Villainous Opposite Jeff Bridges In 'The Seventh Son'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 21, 2011 2:08 AM
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Alex Pettyfer Out Of Project Formerly Known As 'The Last Apprentice'Her co-star Annette Bening may have picked up the lion's share of the awards nominations, after the decision was made to push both actresses for lead, rather than supporting, but Julianne Moore really was excellent in "The Kids Are All Right," one of the very best performances in a career that isn't exactly starving for great turns. Not that Moore's resting on her laurels; she's averaged three films a year for the last decade, and she's got the Steve Carell/Ryan Gosling comedy "Crazy, Stupid, Love" on the way later this year, along with the Robert De Niro drama "Another Bullshit Night in Suck City," and she recently signed to play Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change."

D.J. Caruso Says Chris Pine, Shia LaBeouf & Alex Pettyfer All Interested In Roles For 'Preacher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 7:19 AM
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It was only a matter of time after director D.J. Caruso closed the deal to direct the long-gesting comic adaptation "Preacher" last month that casting rumors would begin to surface, but who would've guessed they would be coming from the director himself.

Alex Pettyfer In The Running For Peeta Mellark In 'Hunger Games'; Wants To See A Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2011 5:55 AM
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The hottest project around town for young actresses appears to be "The Hunger Games." The franchise ready film has already seen a number of names circling the lead role of Katniss Everdeen including Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Lawrence, Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Kaya Scodelario, Emily Browning and Shailene Woodley; and that's just the ones we know of as thirty actresses have met or read for the part. However, there is also a male lead part, Peeta Mellark, the love interest of sorts for Katniss and fellow District 12 resident. And naturally, a rising young name has been linked.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund Among Candidates For 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 2:36 AM
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Taylor Kitsch & Kellan Lutz Also In The RunningUpdate: Deadline reveals a few more names in contention: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer and Benjamin Walker. So basically, everybody.

Is 'Precious' Filmmaker Lee Daniels Directing Sofia Vergara & Bradley Cooper In 'The Paperboy'?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 20, 2011 6:01 AM
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Alex Pettyfer Also Reportedly Offered RoleIf director Lee Daniels can't choose a directorial follow-up to his Sundance indie hit, "Precious," it's not for lack of trying. The filmmaker has myriad options including the Civil Right-era drama "Selma" (which might be shelved because no studio cares about civil rights films anymore) and "The Butler" starring Denzel Washington as Eugene Allen an African-American butler that served the White House for 34 years and 8 presidents. The problem is none of those films are in eye-popping 3D, feature super heroes in tight pants and/or aren't part nine of some kid magician series, so no one's really interested in funding them. Three other gestating projects, a musical ("The Scottsboro Boys"), a remake of Fellini’s "Nights of Cabiria," and a literary adaptation that takes place during the 1920s cigar industry ("Anna In the Tropics"), all have as much chance of being made as "Calculus Math Textbook: The Movie."

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