Some brief casting news here for you, all of which are in the early talks stages so nothing has been confirmed yet.
The Wrap is reporting that Margot Robbie (above, The Wolf of Wall Street) is in talks to join the cast of Dreamworks adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Robbie’s role has not yet been specified.
Rupert Sanders (Snow White & The Huntsman) is directing Ghost in the Shell, from a script written by William Wheeler (The Cape). Avi Arad The Amazing Spider-Man), Steven Paul (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) and Mark Sourian (Need For Speed) are producing.
Here’s the synopsis for the original Manga, courtesy of Amazon:
Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down.
Variety is also reporting that Jessica Chastain (above, Zero Dark Thirty) is in early talks to join Ridley Scott’ new sci-fi, The Martian. Should she take the role, she will be starring alongside Matt Damon.
I would love to see a strong actress like Chastain in a film like this, and under the direction of someone like Scott, and opposite Damon (who continues to impress me), this could do no harm to her continually brilliant career.
With superb roles in films like Zero Dark Thirty, The Tree of Life, Lawless, Mama, Take Shelter and the upcoming Christopher Nolan sci-fi epic Interstellar, Chastain’s choice of film is always well thought out, and she continues to get it right.
Simon Kinberg, who has been with this project from the begining and brought the book to Scott, will producer alongside his exec Aditya Sood through Kinberg’s Genre Films banner. Fox exec Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio.
Story is based on the e-book by Andy Weir about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home.
Since Scott’s commitment, the project has quickly come together and should get a greenlight once all the deals are locked in.
Here is the e-book synopsis courtesy of Amazon:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?