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Production Watch: Olsen's Red Lights, Cheadle in War Machine, Petunia Shoots in NYC

by Sophia Savage
January 24, 2011 6:11 AM
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- Get her while she's hot. Sundance It-Girl (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House) Elizabeth Olsen just joined Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights, from director Rodrigo Cortes (Buried). The non-twin Olsen sister tells Risky Business she found the thriller after reading "script after script after script." She will play Weaver's student: “Robert plays a world renowned psychic and Sigourney is a psychology professor…Cillian Murphy is my love interest, though that’s not a huge part of the story.” Olsen will take a break from NYU -- "my education is always a priority" -- to shoot Red Lights. The Psych major "find[s] mental illnesses fascinating."

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- Don Cheadle's turn as War Machine (a.k.a. Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes) in Iron Man 2 was enough to launch a franchise of its own. These days, comic book character franchises aren't exactly rare, but this "would be a lot of fun," according to Cheadle. At Sundance, he told MTV News: "I think they've hired a writer, so we'll see how it goes." He previously denied the idea of a War Machine movie, but things have changed, "They're developing it now." Don't expect to see War Machine, however, in The Avengers (Spring 2012): Cheadle considers the character "a lone wolf."

- As of Monday, dark comedy Petunia is shooting in NYC. The ensemble of Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Christine Lahti, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Michael Urie is directed by Ash Christian (Fat Girls). He also stars in the story of brothers living in the city who come to terms with life and love; there's sex addiction, a polyamorous would-be boyfriend, a cynical pregnant wife, and meddling parents. Christian co-wrote with Theresa Bennett. He also starred in his first film, Fat Girls, which debuted at Tribeca 2006 and took eleven best picture awards on the fest circuit before opening theatrically in November 2007.

- An update on two more Matrix films -- in 3-D -- is here, scratch that. Roger Ebert posts a letter from renowned editor Walter Murch on why 3-D will never work.

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