Penelope Cruz's role in Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has been announced as Blackbeard's daughter. Since she's also a potential love interest for Captain Jack Sparrow and this man is her dad, this should be a blast. [MTV]
A Film with Me in It
I love the premise of this comedy about an unlucky man whose friends and acquaintances keep dying from unbelievable accidents that clearly look like he murdered them. Check out the trailer and see if you don't too.
I'm not sure what it is about the trailer for Don McKay that makes me so interested. I like Thomas Haden Church, but he carries the same, stunned facial expression throughout the entire trailer. I also like Elisabeth Shue, but that's largely out of nostalgia for Adventures in Babysitting. Maybe I'm just in the mood for a steamy thriller about a woman manipulating her former lover into murdering someone in the deep South.
Frankenstein, Captain America, and more Johnny Depp (as a spy this time) after the break.
Details aren't that clear about how much the US remake of Anthony Zimmer will relate to the original, but that's not so important. What's important is that Angelina Jolie will recruit civilian Johnny Depp into some kind of spy operation and that Rufus Sewell and Paul Bettany will somehow be involved. That's one awesome cast. [/Film]
I'm always excited for new updates and interpretations of the Frankenstein story. The only way you could make me more happy to see one would be to cast Liam Neeson as the doctor and Christina Ricci as the Monster. Nicely done, Anchor Bay.
Concerning our new Captain America
The only criticism I've heard about the casting of Chris Evans as Captain America is that some folks have a problem with Cap and Johnny Storm being played by the same person. That this somehow destroys the integrity of the Marvel Movie Universe.
I'm as big a continuity nerd as they come, but those people give the Fantastic Four movies far too much credit by remembering that they existed at all, much less considering them part of the same universe with Iron Man. Evans was the only good part of those movies and far and away the best choice of the various names that kept coming up as potential Caps.
I don't suppose anyone has a problem with Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull though. That's so undeniably awesome that you can prove it with math.
New trailer for The Last Airbender
I'm less interested in a Last Airbender movie (I understand that the cartoon's really good, but I haven't followed it) than I am in seeing M Night Shyamalan direct a big-budget fantasy blockbuster. As a huge fan of his early work (and someone who still defends The Village and Lady in the Water), I'm looking forward to see if he can finally get out from the shadow of The Sixth Sense. There's a new trailer that makes it look like maybe he can.