Gemma Arterton goes witch hunting; McG favourite to direct Ouija; January Jones on X-Men: First Class; Frank Miller on Xerxes
Gemma Arterton Cast As Gretel
Clash Of The Titans and Tamara Drewe actress Gemma Arterton has been cast as Gretel in Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, according to Variety. Arterton will play an older version of the classic folklore character who works, along with her brother, Hansel (played by Jeremy Renner), as a bounty hunter specialising in vanquishing witches. The film is being directed by Norwegian Tommy Wirkola, who made the zombie Nazi flick Dead Snow.
McG Could Be Directing Ouija
Deadline reckons that Terminator Salvation director (and Chuck exec producer) McG is the frontrunner to direct Ouija, the movie based on the Hasbro “communicate with the dead” board game. The movie is being scripted by Lost and Tron: Legacy’s Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis who have described the film as having an Indiana Jones vibe: “It’s a big adventure movie.”
January Jones Describes Emma Frost’s Costumes as “Body Conscious”
Mad Men actress January Jones has been speaking to The Los Angeles Times about her role as The White Queen, Emma Frost, in X-Men: First Class: “The costumes are insane. It’s a lot of very body-conscious stuff. If you look at the comic book, she’s barely dressed. She’s got quite the bod, which is very intimidating.” Describing the way she started on the film a day after wrapping up shooting on the latest season of Mad Men she adds, “I’m thinking, ‘I’m supposed to be doing crunches on the plane? How am I gonna get buff in one day?’ I’m a petite person, so I didn’t want to go into a strict workout and eating regime. I would have disappeared entirely, and she’s very busty, very voluptuous, so I didn’t want to get rid of any of my curves.” She also reveals: “I don’t have to do all the crazy prosthetics… When I morph into my diamond form, it’s all done on computer.”
Stan Lee Recieves His Star On The Walk Of Fame
Yesterday we told you that Marvel mastermind Stan Lee was set to get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and now we can show you the actual ceremony. Exclesior!
Frank Miller Talks Xerxes
300 graphic novel creator Frank Miller has been telling Hero Complex about the plot to the prequel movie and comic, Xerxes: “The time frame begins 10 years before 300 and the story starts with the Battle Of Marathon, which was a killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work. The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than 300 in that it involves Xerxes’ search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.” 300 director Zack Snyder is currently pencilled in the helm the prequel movie. Says Miller: “I don’t do a comic book thinking there is a movie. I just want it to be as good a comic book as it can be. It’s up to Zack and company to make it work as a film.”