News Briefs: Margot Robbie Up for 'Ghost in the Shell'; Jessica Chastain Going Sci-fi in 'The Martian'

The Wolf of Wall Street

Ghost in the Shell: Margot Robbie is in talks to star in the long-gestating live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell. Robbie made a big impression in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street last year, playing Leonardo DiCaprio's second wife. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is set to direct the new version, which follows a covert agent and her partner who fight high-tech crimes. [The Wrap]

 

Lawless

The Martian: Jessica Chastain (above in 2012's Lawless) may star opposite Matt Damon in the sci-fi adventure The Martian for director Ridley Scott. The actress is in talks for the female lead; Kristen Wiig is also said to be considering a role. The movie revolves around an astronaut (Damon) who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to get home, presumably to planet Earth; Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) wrote the latest screenplay. [Variety/Deadline]

 

Zeroville

Zeroville: James Franco shared before and after selfies preparing to play a bald man in the upcoming Zeroville. It's based on a novel by Steve Erickson, which is set in Hollywood in the late 1960s and follows a character who becomes deeply obsessed by the movies. [Instagram via Badass Digest]

 

The Equalizer

The Equalizer Trailer: Set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as a mild-mannered home-improvement-store employee who ends making use of many tools after he takes on the Russian mob. The newest trailer sets up the stakes nicely; Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs. The movie opens wide in theaters on September 26. [MovieClips]

 
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