Filming is currently underway, and Summit Entertainment continues to add to the New Moon roster – this time bringing on a strong actor who’s quite familiar with the vampire/werewolf genre. New Moon director Chris Weitz confirmed to The Daily Mail over the weekend that Michael Sheen has been brought onboard to play Aro, the leader of an Italian vampire clan called the Volturi.
Those familiar with Sheen might know him from his critically-acclaimed roles in The Queen and Frost/Nixon, but the man also starred in all three Underworld films where he played Lucian, leader of the Lycans (aka werewolves). So while he’s trading his werewolf pack for a group of Italian vampires, one imagines the shift should come somewhat naturally to the man. Weitz "aggressively" pursued Sheen for the role, and his participation now lends a bit more street cred to a film that otherwise featured a bunch of fresh, young up-and-comers.
Any Michael Sheen fans out there? Do you think he’ll make a good Aro?
Yes, Zac Efron Is Now Officially Jonny Quest
Although we’ve mentioned Zac Efron’s starring role in the upcoming live-action version of Jonny Quest (based on the old school animated series from the ‘60s), let’s just say it’s taken a bit of time to seal the deal. Today, The LA Times’ Hero Complex blog tells us that things have finally become official, and Efron will indeed be playing the title role in Jonny Quest (with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson still apparently in negotiations to co-star).
They also mention how Warner Bros. is thinking of ditching the Jonny Quest name for a little something less Speed Racer-ish. See, the studio thinks Jonny Quest is immediately associated with Speed Racer because they were both old cartoons -- and because the latter didn’t pull in its expected box office, it’s automatically assumed the former will disappoint too. I say anything is better than Jonny "Why Don’t You Spell It JoHnny" Quest; how about something like … Super Awesome Zac Efron Movie!?
I’d see that. You?
Diesel and Walker Want to Get 'Fast & Furious' with More Sequels
From the Who Woulda Thunk It file: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are on like Donkey Kong when it comes to starring in another Fast & Furious movie, especially since it turned out a whole lotta people still care about this franchise.
During a recent radio interview with MYfm (via Yahoo Movies), Walker said that he and Diesel would be down for another round despite admitting that this was supposed to be they’re last sequel. He says, "This was supposed to be it. There wasn't supposed to be the open-ended closing like there was. When I first read the screenplay, I was like, 'Man, look what they're doing.' But without question, with the way things opened up, Vin and I will be coming back, we're making a fifth one, and we're going to Brazil, that's it."
So there ya go: They’re speeding down to Brazil! Did you see Fast & Furious? Does it need another sequel? And for fans of the franchise, are the Fast & Furious films better with or without Diesel and Walker?