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James McAvoy in Talks to Star in Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Thriller

THR are reporting that James McAvoy is set to replace Joaquin Phoenix in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest untitled thriller:

James McAvoy is in negotiations to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest supernatural thriller, an untitled project being produced by genre-loving Jason Blum.

The X-Men actor is stepping into the shoes that seemed initially earmarked for Joaquin Phoenix and would have marked a reunion between the filmmaker and one of the stars of his 2002 hit Signs.

Reasons for Phoenix’s exit were not revealed but sources said a deal was never made, with one source saying the process never got past the discussion stage.

Talking about secrets, the plot of Shyamalan’s project is also under the veil but it is serving as his follow-up to The Visit, currently in theaters. The horror movie has grossed over $53 million on a budget of $5 million.

McAvoy has become one of the key stars of Fox’s X-Men franchise, along with Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, and recently wrapped shooting his third entry, X-Men: Apocalypse.

He also has Victor Frankenstein, a revisionist take on the Frankenstein story that co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, awaiting a Nov. 25 release. McAvoy is repped by UTA and United Agents.

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James McAvoy Reportedly Signs On For More “X-Men” Films

Heroic Hollywood are reporting that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender has both extended their “X-Men” contracts beyond “X-Men: Apocalypse”, which was seen to be their last film.

Over the weekend, Channing Tatum finally closed his deal to star as Gambit for FOX. Seems like he isn’t alone. Got a tip over the weekend and the hot rumor is that both Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy have reportedly made deals to continue playing Magneto and Professor Xavier in future “X-Men” movies.

Fassbender and McAvoy have previously played Magneto and Professor Xavier in “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”. They will both next be seen in “X-Men: Apocalypse” which currently has three weeks left of filming.

Previously, Fassbender made comments to MTV about the possibility of his return:

“I’m not sure,” he told MTV News. “I presume [Lawrence and Hoult] are talking about contractually. All of us signed on for a three-film deal, so we’ll just wait and see what happens after this.”

Fassbender seemed like he was game to return post “Men: Apocalypse”

“Always interested in moving forward”

The possibilities are exciting. Can we see Magneto and Professor Xavier team up with Deadpool down the line? Maybe an X-Force movie?

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Rumour: James for “The Crow” Reboot?

So with all the Oscar hardware handed out, back to what Hollywood knows how to do best: make reboots and sequels. And one project Hollywood keeps trying to make happen is new version of “The Crow.” At one time, the movie was gearing up as a vehicle for Bradley Cooper with “28 Weeks Later” helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directing, but they both wound up leaving the project by the end of 2011, and not much has been heard since. But it seems a new face may be eager to go goth.

Bloody Disgusting reports that James McAvoy is circling the lead role of the reincarnated Eric Draven, who is murdered and returns to avenge the death of his girlfriend. Huh. It’s not the first time the actor has put on his blockbuster pants, as he’s getting ready to make his second mutant movie, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” this spring. It’s not exactly the choice that comes immediately to mind, but then again, neither was Cooper, and we suppose it offers up the chance for total reinvention for whoever takes it on.

With the actor hitting the press circuit any time now for his two spring thrillers — “Welcome To The Punch” and “Trance” — he’ll likely address these rumors, so we’ll soon see if he’ll put on the paint or is merely kicking the tires. We’d wager McAvoy will want to know who may be directing before he commits, but it’s certainly an adventurous part if he does take it on. Thoughts?


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James drops out of WikiLeaks film

It looks like James McAvoy won’t be reuniting with his Atonement and Starter for 10 co-star Benedict Cumberbatch after all. Earlier this month, we learned that McAvoy had signed on for Bill Condon‘s WikiLeaks movie in the role of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, right-hand man to Julian Assange (Cumberbatch). Unfortunately, negotiations have now broken down over McAvoy’s commitment to X-Men: Days of Future Past.

When McAvoy’s name cropped up a few weeks ago, the word was that Condon’s movie would shoot around the actor’s X-Men schedule. As of now, however, DreamWorks has fast-tracked the project for a January start.


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James joins Julian Assange biopic

Even though Julian Assange has gone from notorious hacker to exiled cause celebre (hell, Lady Gaga of all people paid him a visit at the Ecuadorean embassy in London), his saga remains fascinating and important. Which means Hollywood has come calling. And while there are a handful of competing features and documentaries out there, DreamWorks looks to be out of the gate first as their untitled project begins to take shape.

First rumored last month, Benedict Cumberbatch is now confirmed to play the WikiLeaks founder, while his foil will be none other than James McAvoy. It will be the third pairing for the actors who’ve previously appeared in the enjoyable and underrated “Starter For Ten” as well as Joe Wright’s “Atonement,” and this time, it will be Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn“) behind the camera.

Based on the books “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website” and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy,” and penned by Josh Singer (“The West Wing,” “Fringe“), the film will apparently side with the narrative that Assange was a whisteblower who apparently let power get to his head and let the ethics of his work slide, much to the chagrin of his right hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg (McAvoy, though Joel Kinnaman was previously rumored for the part), who also just happened to write that ‘Inside Julian Assange‘ book. It’s a juicy direction to take this story for sure, though one wonders about the reliable nature of the storyteller, who is also behind his own “competing” venture OpenLeaks.

But either way, it’s a pretty crackerjack pairing and great material to work with, so we’re definitely curious. No exact start date yet, but it will work around McAvoy’s commitments to “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”


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Timur Bekmambetov Talks “Wanted” Sequel

For a while now, the sequel to Mark Millar comic adaptation Wanted has been lost in limbo, unable to find its way as director Timur Bekmambetov concentrated on other projects. But now, according to the Bakmambetov himself, Wanted 2 has stepped up a gear thanks to some new plot ideas.

Speaking with The Playlist, Bekmambetov revealed that things are still very much moving forward. “An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago,” Bekmambetov says. “Because we stopped, we didn’t know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we’re on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking.”

Shocking, eh? Well, that would only be fair for a sequel to a film that deployed crazed action set pieces, a “Loom Of Destiny”, had Morgan Freeman swearing like he’s Samuel L Jackson and – spoiler alert! – offed several of the higher profile names in the cast, including Angelina Jolie, at the end.

According to Bekmambetov, we won’t be seeing any sudden resurrections or cheats to bring people back. “It’s a continuation of the story, with Wesley Gibson”, he says, referring to James McAvoy’s main character. “Other people are dead, you know, we can’t bring them back. The story is the same character, same mythology, but it’s got a great twist.”

As to when we might actually see the movie hit cinemas, that’s anyone’s guess. Still, if you need a hit of Bekmambetov’s trademark frenetic style, his latest, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, will be out this week.


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James McAvoy to play Scottish internet tycoon?

The life story of Scottish blog founder Peter Cashmore – who is reportedly set to sell his website Mashable for £127million while still only 26 – is being translated on to the big screen, with James McAvoy being eyed up for the lead role.

Cashmore grew up in Banchory, and founded Mashable in Aberdeen in 2005 at the age of 19.

The site’s primary focus is social media news, but it also covers the latest developments in the likes of mobile, entertainment, online video, business, web development, technology, memes and gadgets.

It’s been reported that Cashmore will make £127million when he sell his website Mashable to CNN.

His Twitter account is also one of Twitter’s 40 most-followed pages, with over 2.8 million followers.

Now it has been reported that a bidding war has begun over the rights to film Mashed Up, which tackles his life story.

Its screenwriter Anthony Phelan was quoted as saying: “We’re talking to studios and there’s a real buzz.

“James McAvoy is our No 1 choice to play Pete – he’s Scottish and they look similar.”

McAvoy last year starred in blockbuster X-Men: First Class, and has recently been filming in Scotland for the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Filth.


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James Rumoured for “Arthur and Lancelot”?

For a moment, it looked like Warner Bros. was getting ready to take Arthur and Lancelot of the production halt line. Colin Farrell was in talks to star as Arthur’s second in command knight Lancelot. But now the movie has fallen apart once more as Farrell is now out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman were originally signed on to play as the legendary medieval duo, but when Warner Bros pulled the plug on the project due to budgetary concerns, the pair eventually went their separate ways. Gary Oldman is currently attached to play as Merlin.

David Dobkin’s Arthur and Lancelot is a heavy actioner and would require a lot of training and preparation, something that Farrell couldn’t fit into his schedule. So it’s back to the drawing board for the Arthur and Lancelot casting, and the studio already has someone in mind to play the role of King Arthur. According to Deadline, James McAvoy and other names have been approached for the lead role. I imagine that we will be hearing of more names as Warner Bros is very eager to make the movie.


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Rocket Pictures Plans “Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes”

A sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet is underway at Rocket Pictures, Deadline has announced. Titled Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes, the next adventure offers a lawn ornament take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective.

The original film featured the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt who, though unconfirmed, are likely to return. The first film’s director, Kelly Asbury, will serve as creative consultant while Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil are set to again provide the screenplay.

As in the original, Sherlock Gnomes will feature new music by Elton John.


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“Wanted 2” Writers Tease James McAvoy Return

The writers of the film Wanted have been rehired to work on the script for a sequel.

Derek Haas and Michael Brandt will rewrite Evan Spiliotopoulos’ screenplay for Wanted 2.

Wanted 2 is going to take off after the events of what just happened. Pick up Wesley a few years later and go back in for another round,” Haas told TheWrap.

“We just always loved the Wanted world and loved working with Universal and [director] Timur [Bekmambetov] on the first one, so we’re excited.”

Haas said there was no director attached yet, although as you might have guessed from his statement above he’d be happy to work with Bekmambetov again. “But he’s a busy guy,” Haas added.

James McAvoy starred in the 2008 comic-book movie about a lowly office worker who discovers he has unusual abilities that make him the perfect assassin.

The two writers are clearly seen as hitmen themselves by film studio Universal, with the first movie making $341m on a $75m budget.

Will McAvoy return, though?

The actor is filming Trance right now, while his next movie Filth is currently in pre-production and he’s also been named as the favourite to play Elton John in the biopic? Rocketman.