The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types care about. Today: Jonah Hill takes another dramatic role, Kellan Lutz heads to the jungle, and Brad Bird wants to work with real people again.
Jonah Hill has been cast in The Wolf of Wall Street, the Martin Scorsese-directed financial drama that has Leo DiCaps set up to star. So it's another dramatic turn for the diversifying Oscar nominee (yeah, don't forget that Jonah Hill is now an Oscar nominee, guys). In the movie, Hill will play DiCaprio's friend who gets sucked into the crazy world of finance and greed and excess, and presumably gets spit out the other end in not too good shape. That's usually how these stories work, isn't it? And then in the end Hill is better off than DiCaprio and is like "You gotta get your life together, you gotta do it..." all weary and still kind of hurt but at least living a good honest life? You know, that kind of story. That's what it sounds like. But who knows. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Haha, perrrfect. Kellan Lutz, a hardened column of Chicken McNuggets all held together by some sort of grease epoxy and then glazed and shellacked over and buffed and varnished, who is also an actor, has been cast as Tarzan in a new Tarzan movie. But don't get too excited about the Twilight brood-hunk swingin' on people's vines in nothing but his delicates. This is going to be one of those awful motion-capture things, so we'll be looking at a creepy uncanny valley-dwelling computer version of this meat popsicle instead of the real deal. But still, it's pretty genius casting, don't you think? [Deadline]
Brad Bird has officially signed on to direct his second live action film after this winter's big boffo bonanza Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. (Tom Cruise is a hit again!). The movie is called 1952 and is from Disney and that's basically all we know about it. It's all very hush-hush. Well, we can guess that it will be some sort of sci-fi adventure, as it's written by Lost's Damon Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly 's former dedicated, obsessive Lost recapper Jeff Jensen. So wait, all a guy has to do to write with Damon Lindelof is slavishly devote six years of one's life to a show that he makes? If only I'd known it would be that easy! Hm. Hey J.J., is it too late to jump on board the Alcatraz train? Hm, right, yeah, probably is. Anyway, with a pedigree like this we've got hopes for this 1952, even though, yes, we know absolutely nothing about it. That's kind of the fun part! [Entertainment Weekly]
Here is a new trailer for the possibly doomed The Amazing Spider-Man and, uh, it is not good. Everything looks fake, the actors seem uncomfortable, and I just don't believe any of it. I know that's harsh, but that's just what I see.
And here is Justin Bieber's new video for his song "Girlfriend," and, uh, it is not good. Everything looks fake, the actors seem uncomfortable, and I just don't believe any of it. I know that's harsh, but that's just what I see.