Today in show business: History has renewed its first-ever scripted series, Jessica Chastain is headed to a haunted house, and the new Godzilla movie has a weird cast.
History, formerly The History Channel, has renewed its first scripted series Vikings for a second season. So, Minnesota is pretty excited I guess. The show actually does pretty well, averaging about five million viewers a week, so I guess a lot of people are into vikings? So where were you guys when The 13th Warrior came out, huh?? Antonio Banderas needed you! And you let him down. And now John McTiernan is going to jail! But now that it's on History and you don't have to leave your precious houses to watch it, so now you all loooove vikings. Fair weather viking friends you are. For shame. [Entertainment Weekly]
Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Charlie Hunnam are all going to be in a ghost movie directed by Guillermo del Toro. The movie is called Crimson Peak and it is about... "a woman who discovers that her husband might not be who he appears to be." That's all we know! But given that it's Guillermo del Toro there are probably going to be some crazy special effects. Oh, and it probably won't get made. That's another common trait in Guillermo del Toro movies. Lots of them just never get made. Pacific Rim happened, though, so maybe he's on a roll. I hope for that weird cast's sake that that's true. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Speaking of weird casts, Sally Hawkins of all people has just joined the cast of the new Godzilla movie. Yeah. Her. Isn't that weird? Weirder still that the rest of the cast is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Brian Cranston, and Juliette Binoche. Yup. For the Godzilla movie. Speaking of, when are Helen Mirren and John Hawkes going to announce their new Rodan movie? Really looking forward to that one. Anyway, really curious to see this Godzilla thing now! So, good marketing tactic, marketers. A weird cast. Who knew? [Deadline]
Yet another star-studded production is headed toward the White Way. Rachel Weisz, her husband Daniel Craig, and Rafe Spall are set to appear together in a Broadway production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal, which will open at the Barrymore in October. Weisz has long been the white whale of many a Broadway producer — she was supposed to be in a production of Miss Julie a few years back, but that fell through and Sienna Miller eventually did the role — and now she's finally been harpooned. That's exciting. She's maybe the most likable "serious" actress of her generation? I think she is really quite likable. Anyway, it is a little awkward that a husband and a wife are doing a play all about infidelity with just one other actor, but whatever. They're professionals. They can handle it. So, good luck never getting tickets to this thing! [Playbill]
Here are the 2013 Golden Trailer nominees, which awards the best movie trailers. I don't really feel like I agree with the picks, but then again I also can't think of who I'd nominate instead. I didn't love the movie, but I kinda liked the trailer for The Impossible? Oh, and The Master had cool trailers. I dunno. I guess I just don't remember there being anything remarkable about the trailer for 42. That's all. [Deadline]
Speaking of trailers, here's a little teaser for the next season of Dexter. We don't see anything, but oh well. It comes back in June. Yay! Things get messy apparently!