Today in show business news: A Game of Thrones hunk gets a hunky role, Jurassic Park 4 might be in trouble, TNT has another new show, and more Coen Brothers.
Ladies (and some gents), start your loin'gines, because your prince has arrived. Well, hm, actually your prince has already sorta been here. Richard Madden, who plays young lord Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, has just been cast as the Prince in Kenneth Branagh's live-action Cinderella. That's the one with Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother and Downton Abbey's Lily James as Cindy. Good for Robb Stark! His bastard brother Jon is always getting all the attention, even though Robb's the older one and the King of the North, so it's nice that this important role came along. Well, hm, "important" may be something of a stretch, seeing as he's mostly just a hunky prince — albeit Prince Charming — in Cinderella's story. Though I guess they gave Dougray Scott plenty to do in Ever After, didn't they. So it could be a significant role. Either way, it's a win. It's a win for House Stark, but mostly for Robb. It's good. He needs this. He really needs this. Anyway, who's next to cast? I guess the Fairy Godmother. I say Imelda Staunton. Or Fiona Shaw. Or maybe Kit Harrington. [Deadline]
Oh dear. Universal has announced that it is pushing back the release date of Jurassic Park 4, from June 13, 2014 to... who knows. It's indefinite. Or inannounced right now, at least. Is the movie in trouble? Was it a mistake to hire a relative newcomer, Colin Trevorrow, to direct? Universal says it's just giving everyone time to make the best possible movie, but these kinds of holds and delays are rarely a good sign. And apparently someone who worked on the film tweeted, then deleted, that the movie was dunzo. With Trevorrow out scouting locations and everything! Let's hope that's not true, that it was just a script tinkering issue as is being reported, because for some reason I'd gotten kind of excited about a new Jurassic Park. Sure, the other two sequels weren't great and could never hold a candle to the original, but it's been twelve years since JP3, so maybe that's been long enough for a fresh take? Or maybe I just really liked Jurassic Park 3D and am in the mood for more dino damage. Whatever the reason, fix this thing, Universal. [The Hollywood Reporter]
TNT has added another series to its roster. It's just picked up Legends, a spy thriller starring Sean Bean. It was originally supposed to star Brendan Fraser, but then that fell through, so it's Sean Bean playing an FBI master of disguise who starts to forget — or remember — who he really is. Ali Larter plays a fellow agent, as does Tina Majorino. And then there's Amber Valletta as Legends's wife (I'm guess his name is John Legends) and Steve Harris as his boss. What a weird cast! Though it would have been even weirder with Brendan Fraser. Between this and The Last Ship getting picked up, the speculation is that TNT is going to cancel Southland, which had a good run, and medical drama Monday Mornings, which did not. Poor Ving Rhames. Guy just can't get a break. [Deadline]
Here is a new red-band (Beware! Swears!) trailer for the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, the '60s-set folk music comedy starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and, annoyingly, Justin Timberlake. It looks very good, though the mix of plaintive song and pointed humor is a little weird. But it's the Coen Brothers, so what do you really expect. It looks like a nice movie. Can't wait. Hope they edit out Timberlake. Sorry.