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Karl Urban & Ben Barnes Replace Matthew Goode & Alex Pettyfer In Automobile Actioner 'Overdrive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 26, 2011 1:41 AM
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'Game Of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Circling Female LeadThanks to "Leon" director Luc Besson, the French have proved in recent years that they're able to produce English-language action-movies just as slam-bang and stupid as anything that Hollywood can come up with. Kicking off with the Jet Li vehicle "Kiss of the Dragon" and the Jason Statham series "The Transporter," Besson and co. have nailed the art of making a cheap, quick actioner, chucking in a few B-list American names, financing it through pre-sales, and making a tidy sum of money, helping to launch the careers of directors Louis Leterrier and Pierre Morel, and putting Liam Neeson firmly on the A-list with international smash "Taken."

Ben Barnes Replaces Sam Clafin In 'Seventh Son' With Jeff Bridges & Julianne Moore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2011 9:23 AM
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  • 1 Comment
How quickly things change. Almost four months after rising star Sam Clafin landed the lead role in "The Seventh Son" Variety reports that talks fell apart, and now a new name with a bit more tentpole experience has arrived to save the day.

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