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Eva Green and Tim Burton Seek Reunion on ‘Miss Peregrine’; Christopher Walken Opens ‘The Jungle Book’

Written by on July 28, 2014 

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If, on the off chance, you actually remember Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows — a film I could swear was released fifteen years ago but, amazingly, is only two behind us — the component which leaves the best impression is Eva Green. Whether or not that was merely her magnetic, inimitable onscreen presence or the result of combining such attributes with Burton‘s dark world, the actress is our central reason to invest a bit of interest in his next film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Green has, according to Variety, entered first talks for the production, which is expected to roll cameras in February. Jane Goldman had been tapped for scripting duties in December of 2011, adapting a Ransom Riggs-penned novel concerning Jacob, a 16-year-old vising his recently-deceased grandfather’s home in Wales. While there, he “discovers the abandoned remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” an orphanage he was told about as a child. Housed in this institution were “a girl who could hold fire in her hands, another whose feet never touched the ground, and twins who communicated without speaking.” As Jacob explores, “he can see the children were more than peculiar, they might have been there because they were dangerous.”

Should she sign, Green will be seen as eponymous guardian of those orphaned children children.

Matthias Schoenaerts2When it comes to actors making their leave, Screen Daily inform us Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop, Rust & Bone) is no longer associated with Belgica, the newest project from Broken Circle Breakdown writer-director Felix van Groeningen. His reasons are cited, briefly, as a need “to devote his attention to an upcoming US project”; no word on what that might be taking him away from this picture (we’d wager it’s a new project with the writer behind True Detective), but this is nevertheless a situation the production will need to amend.

Fortunately, it’s expected that a new actor will be signed for the title — which, as we heard in February, will follow the true story of van Groeningen‘s father, who established a bar in Ghent with his brother, but then had to sell it. Before that, however, the pair of siblings “get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene.”

192911-christopher-walkenFinally, Deadline tell of new developments on The Jungle Book. This, I’m afraid, is not another instance of actors quitting — ideally after staring into a mirror for thirty seconds, followed by a soft whisper of “what am I doing with myself” — but two talents boarding. Next on the docket are Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito: the former “will voice King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes” (actual gasp-laughs over here), while the Breaking Bad villain has agreed to the role of “Akela, leader of the wolf pack.”

Jon Favreau will direct Justin Marks‘s script, which is the jumping-off point for a live-action-animation hybrid. Newcomer Neel Sethi will step into the shoes of Mowgli, while Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, and Idris Elba will voice various CG animals.

Do any of the casting announcements especially catch your attention, and do any of these projects yield particular promise?

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