Things might be getting a tad shaky when it comes to Doug Liman‘s next feature. After Warner Bros. put the kibosh on Luna, they shifted their focus toward his other developing film, All You Need is Kill. Brad Pitt, who starred for the director in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, was the studio’s pick for the part of “a new recruit in a war against aliens who finds himself caught in a time loop in which he wakes up in the past after having been killed on the battlefield” after Dante Harper‘s script got a little refurbishing
Looks like he passed, because THR says that the studio is now “talking to” Tom Cruise about starring in the newly-titled We Mortals Are. (And you thought that original name was bad.) This is said to be part of his “comeback,” which could only happen after a few years of receding from the public spotlight. I figured that he was just taking a break, seeing as he really didn’t act in much for a while — but whatever they say. Anyway, is this the right thing for him to sign on to?
By leading Joseph Kosinski‘s Horizons, he seems more willing to get involved with a director who a) hasn’t had the best track record, or (and b in Kosinski‘s case) b) is of a lower profile. To me, the movie and part both seem like something he should have done fifteen years ago, because, much as I hate to say it, the guy might just be a little too old; in terms of playing an alien-killer, that is. Something like Mission Impossible can still work for him, thanks to an association everyone has between him and the series, yet new parts like this are probably out of his age range by now.
Speaking of: A new, Japanese trailer has arrived for Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol over at RopeofSilicon. This preview adds a couple of cool moments from what we previously saw, and it might actually be a better preview, simply because it doesn’t use a song by Eminem.
Watch it below:
If the desire washes over you, you can also take a look at this Japanese poster:
Directed by Brad Bird, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol also stars Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Michael Nyqvist, Josh Holloway, Tom Wilkinson, Paula Patton, Anil Kapoor, and Vladimir Mashkov, and opens on December 21st.
Do you think Cruise will star in We Mortals Are? What are your thoughts on this new trailer?
Film Society of Lincoln Center To commemorate her passing, free screenings of Chantal Akerman‘s Jeanne Dielman (on 35mm) and her self-portrait Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman will screen for free on Friday. Hou Hsiao-hsien‘s The Boys from Fengkuei will play on Friday night, with Hou making an appearance. Museum of the Moving Image Frederick Wiseman‘s […]
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