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Disney Gives Live-Action Beauty and the Beast A Release Date

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Following the success of Maleficient and this weekend’s Cinderella, Disney has announced a release date for the live-action Beauty and the Beast film.

Beauty and the Beast will open March 17, 2017 starring Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson as Belle, and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the Beast.

Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston, Emma Thompson has been cast as Mrs. Potts, and Kevin Kline is playing Belle’s father, Maurice. 

Filming will begin this May in London at Shepperton Studios.

Bill Condon (Twilight) is directing, with a script by Stephen Chbosky; David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing; Alan Menken is scoring score the movie, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice.

Disney’s Cinderella grossed over $132 million globally in its first weekend debut including almost $68 million in the U.S.

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The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Image With Ian McKellan & Luke Evans

A new image has landed online from the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly for The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies featuring Ian McKellan and Luke Evans.

More than likely the first teaser trailer will debut next week at Comic-Con as well.

The Hobbit will be a part of the Warner Bros. SDCC panel on Saturday, July 26th at 10am PST.

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“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” will be released worldwide December 17, 2014, with select international territories releasing on December 10, 2014. 

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New Dracula Untold (2014) Images of Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper

Check out new images from Dracula Untold featuring Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper.

Dracula Untold has an October 10th release date directed by Gary Shore also starring Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks.

Synopsis:

Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, Immortals) stars in Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula.  Gary Shore directs and Michael De Luca produces the epic action-adventure.

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Two New The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Banners Of Luke Evans & Lee Pace

Peter Jackson released two more banners for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug featuring Luke Evans as Bard The Bowman and Lee Pace as the Elvenking, Thranduil.

The previous banner featured Martin Freeman.

Look for the new trailer tomorrow.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 13, 2013 directed by Peter Jackson also starring Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug as well as the Necromancer. 

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3 New The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Posters Feature Luke Evans

Luke Evans might be the next hot commodity in Hollywood as he recently nabbed the lead for the new Dracula film and is rumored for Batman as well.

Now a trio of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug posters has hit the net with Luke Evans feature prominently on the images.

Luke Evans plays Bard The Bowman.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 13, 2013 directed by Peter Jackson also starring Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug as well as the Necromancer.

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Wes Bentley Wants To Play Batman

Exclusive: Christopher Nolan Recommends Wes Bentley For New Batman; Jake Gyllenhaal, Luke Evans, Ben Affleck Contenders

Wes Bentley Batman Recommended By Christopher Nolan

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CosmicBookNews‘ DC Entertainment source has provided the following list of names that are said to be offered screen tests for the new Batman alongside Superman Henry Cavill.

We’re told one of the spare Dark Knight Trilogy Batman suits will probably be used for the screen test.

The source gave us an update in regards to Tyler Hoechlin in that it looks like production feels he is too young for the role and won’t be getting a screen test.

Wes Bentley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Luke Evans, and Ben Affleck are the names provided.

Wes Bentley is said to be Christopher Nolan’s recommendation. Bentley has a prominent role in Nolan’s Interstellar, which is currently in production.

David Goyer is said to be a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal, with it previously said Gyllenhaal was Goyer’s pick for the Dark Knight in Batman Begins.

Luke Evans is an up-and-coming actor who starred alongside Cavill in Immortals, had roles in The Hobbit, Clash of the Titans, Fast and Furious 6, and has landed the lead role in the new Dracula movie.

Affleck, we are told, may decline, but WB is still asking.

Update: Ben Affleck is the new Batman.

There was also a previous rumor about Scott Adkins trying out for the new Batman role, but our source says Adkins definitely hasn’t screen tested because auditions have yet to take place. It could be that Adkins auditioned for the stunt double or fight choreographer.

The actual Batman auditions look to begin in September with an announcement not coming until mid-September/October.

Our source recently filled us in that Mark Strong was up for the role of Lex Luthor, which the actor seemed to confirm as well as some scenes and info from the Man of Steel.

Regarding the source’s Justice League movie news, that is said to have been in the plans, but Warner Bros. decided to go with a Batman/Superman movie. It’s said Zack Snyder wanted a stand alone Man of Steel sequel leading to Justice League, but Snyder recenty stated he has to go the route WB wants him to. Other factors also played into why WB is going with Batman/Superman in 2015.

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Gyllenhaal, Evans & Affleck

Superman/Batman, the sequel to Man of Steel, goes into production next year for a 2015 release starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the Man of Steel and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Five New Characters Revealed (Images)

We get a look five new characters from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The movie has a December 13th, 2013 release date.

Bard The Bowman (Luke Evans):

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Master of Laketown (Stephen Fry):

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Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly):

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Beorn (in Bear form):

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Bolg (Conan Stevens):

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Luke Evans Is The Crow

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While both Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard were said to be up for the role of Eric Draven, Luke Evans has landed the lead role in The Crow.

Deadline reports the Welsh actor was the original choice to play the lead in The Crow, but was incredibly busy with The Hobbit, the new Dracula and Fast and Furious 6.

It’s said Relativity Media has decided to accommodate for Evans by pushing the release date back for The Crow to early next year.

It’s noted that Evans is in negotiations, but the deal is expected to be finalized soon.

Brandon Lee played the original back in 1994 based on The Crow graphic novel from James O’Barr.

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Universal Green Lights “Dracula Year Zero” With Luke Evans

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Universal is returning to their roots, and that’s monster movies, as the studios has green lit Dracula Year Zero with Luke Evans to star as the famous vampire.

In what is being described as an origin tale, Dracula Year Zero will see Luke Evans play a young prince who puts his soul on the line when his young wife and child get threatened by a bloodthirsty sultan, with Evans becoming the first vampire.

THR has it that Universal hopes Dracula Year Zero will set the tone for the modern age with a historical-oriented origin story.

Most likely if this is a success, we’ll see modern day origin stories of the other Universal monsters, which includes Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

David Goyer wrote a script for the Invisible Man movie, but recently said it doesn‘t seem to be moving forward.

In 2004, Universal was also behind Van Helsing, which starred Hugh Jackman.

Michael De Luca is on a producer.

Luke Evans recently starred with Henry Cavill in Immortals, was featured in The Raven and Clash of the Titans, and as roles in the upcoming movies, Fast and Furious 6 and The Hobbit.

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First Look At The Hobbit 3 “There And Back Again” With Orlando Bloom & Luke Evans

The first movie for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy isn’t even out and Warner Bros. is already revealing a look at the third film.

The Hobbit: There And Back Again is set for a July 18th, 2014 release (up against Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past), and with that we get a peek at Orlando Bloom as Legolas, and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman.

Peter Jackson tells EW:

He’s [elven king] Thranduil’s son, and Thranduil is one of the characters in The Hobbit, and because elves are immortal it makes sense Legolas would be part of the sequence in the Woodland Realm. 

Bard is an interesting character, but [in the book] he’s kind of a random character who comes in after the fact. We take more time introducing him. We know from what follows that he was a father, so we [explore] that. I don’t think we take liberties, because it’s all there in the storytelling.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December 14th, 2012 with the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a year later on December 13th, 2013, followed by The Hobbit: There And Back Again on July 18th, 2014.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey with Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins.  

Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Orlando Bloom as Legolas; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum.