News Round-Up: Rihanna joins ‘Valerian,’ Common fights ‘John Wick,’ and Canada gets ‘Star Wars’

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Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny to star in Lizzie Borden movie

Following an award-winning turn in Clouds of Sia Maria, Kristen Stewart is set to team with Chloe Sevigny on a film about Lizzie Borden. Sevigny will play Borden, the strange and fragile woman who was infamously tried and acquitted for murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892. The film will explore the events that led up to that night, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pieter Van Hees, who directed the 2014 film Waste Land, will helm the film with Bryce Kass writing the script. Stewart is currently filming the latest movie by Woody Allen. Sevigny was previously attached to a Lizzie Borden project with HBO, but will pursue this instead.


Rihanna to star in Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian

Following a turn in the ill-fated Battleship, and a cameo in This is the End, Rihanna is set to give acting another try with a starring role in the next project from director Luc Besson, Variety reports. The film, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, already stars Dane DeHaan and Carla Delevingne and tells the story of a pair of time- and space-traveling special agents in the 28th century.

Rihanna’s role is not known, but the film is set to begin production in January.


Martin Scorsese developing Leonard Bernstein project, may direct

Adding to the very long list of potential Martin Scorsese directing vehicles, the famed director has started to develop a project about composer Leonard Bernstein, The Hollywood Reporter reports. It was among a number of projects that were part of Scorsese’s new deal with Paramount, including previously mentioned The Devil in the White City and The Irishman, which is expected to reunite Scorsese with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel.

The deal runs through 2019 and will include Silence, which comes out next year and stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson.



Rooney Mara and Nicholas Hoult joining up for new sci-fi project

Following success in Carol and Mad Max: Fury Road, Rooney Mara and Nicholas Hoult are joining forces to make The Discovery. According to The Playlist, the film is a love story set in a world where the existence of the afterlife is scientifically proven. Hoult plays the son of the man responsible for this discovery and Mara plays a woman he falls in love with whose life is tinged by a tragic past.

The One I Love director Charlie McDowell will direct the film from a script by Justin Lader with production expected to start in January.


‘Beasts of No Nation’ was most streamed movie worldwide on Netflix during first week

While the box office numbers weren’t impressive, it seems like people were still interested in seeing the latest film by Cary Fukunaga. Deadline spoke with Ted Sarandos, who said that 3 million viewers watched Beasts of No Nation in the U.S. during its first week.

“We are just thrilled with the total audience reach of this film, not just in North America but the world. In the first week of release, ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ was the most watched movie on Netflix, in every country we operate in. Even Japan, and I’m only calling out Japan because most specialty films don’t do very much of their box office outside the U.S. at all, let alone in Japan. Studios have trouble opening those movies in Japan. This was No. 1 in really diverse places in the world — Japan, Brazil, Mexico, places where these films typically never even open. It’s been incredibly gratifying to see these audiences respond to this film.”

The film stars Idris Elba and shows that the streaming service is here to cause problems with movies after taking home multiple awards and accolades for its television series and documentaries.


Common to fight ‘John Wick’ with Ian McShane returning to aid assassins

Fighting John Wick isn’t the best decision, but it looks like one that Common is making. The actor is reportedly signed on to play the villain role in the upcoming sequel, John Wick 2, The Hollywood Reporter reports. He recently had a bad guy turn in the Liam Neeson action/thriller, Run All Night, and was seen in Selma.

On top of a new villain, it seems like Ian McShane will be returning to aid John Wick in his endeavors and eventual killings. McShane played one of the assassins in the guild that Wick visits after being thrust back into the assassin game in the first movie.

John Wick 2 is currently in production.


Ricky Gervais to return as host for 2016 Golden Globes

Third time is a charm. Ricky Gervais, who has previously hosted controversial Golden Globes ceremonies, is returning for the 2016 version, The Hollywood Reporter reports. The past two have been hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but they backed out to pursue other opportunities this year.

Gervais told THR last time that he wouldn’t want to do the ceremony again. “I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again,” but later retracted and said he may consider it. He is currently in post-production on his Netflix movie, Foreign Correspondents, and has a David Brent spin-off movie called Life of the Road making its way to theaters.

This comes a week after the Oscars brought someone back and announced Chris Rock as the host for its 2016 ceremony.


John Woo to remake ‘The Killer’

While he hasn’t been seen in Hollywood much lately, it seems like director John Woo isn’t done with it. In a recent interview with Screen Daily, the director revealed that he has plans for two new films with one being a remake of his film, The Killer.

Woo talked about his place now in Hollywood and how he has never “left” the place even though he hasn’t done a movie lately.

“I have never left. I still enjoy working with Hollywood. I still have a couple of projects developing in Hollywood. So after Manhunt, I probably will go back to Hollywood to make another action thriller. I’m going to make The Killer in an American version.”

Woo didn’t say whether he would direct The Killer or not, but it seems by his comments that he would be interested in doing it. The film has had a remake in the works with John H. Lee attached to direct at one point with Woo producing, but it looks like he may be taking it on himself.



‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is coming to Netflix…but only in Canada…in 2016

Easily the most anticipated film of the year is the latest film in the Star Wars universe, directed by J.J. Abrams, the film broke records a few weeks back when the trailer was released. Now, Netflix has revealed that the movie will be available on the streaming service in 2016, but only for one country so far — Canada.

According to Variety, Starz has a deal to stream Disney movies until the end of 2015 with Netflix grabbing a deal to stream Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2016. There is still a chance that the U.S. or other countries get a chance to stream the movie with Ted Sarandos saying that “discussions are ongoing.”


Sandra Bullock to lead all-female ‘Oceans Eleven’ remake with Gary Ross directing

With Ghostbusters going all female, and reports that say female-led movies are making more money than male-led, it seems like common sense to remake Ocean’s Eleven with a crew of fantastic ladies. And there are no better ones to star than Sandra Bullock.

The Playlist reports that Bullock will lead a cast of a remake of the Steven Soderbergh film, which starred Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon. Behind the camera will be The Hunger Games director Gary Ross with Olivia Milch writing the screenplay. The site says the project has been in fruition for some time now and will be Ross’ next project after The Free State of Jones, which stars Matthew McConaughey.

Bullock is currently starring in Our Brand is Crisis, which opens Friday.

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