John Travolta will claim the Robert Shaw role and lead The Taking of Pelham One Two Three in the Tony Scott-directed remake of the 1974 film. As previously reported, Denzel Washington is making like Matthau.... Also per Variety, Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy and Rhona Mitra are onboard for Underworld 3: The Rise of the Lycans, a prequel tracing the origin of the feud between the Death Dealers and their onetime slaves.
A prank posting on the JoBlo.com movie site spread like wildfire over the April Fools' weekend, leading many to pass along the "news" that Underworld 's Kate Beckinsale had landed the lead in Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman film. In actuality, Variety confirms, no one has yet been handed the golden lasso. So keep your chin up, Charisma!
A vinyl-enrobed Kate Beckinsale had it all over chaste Little Red Riding Hood as the vampire flick Underworld: Evolution debuted with a box-office-leading $27.6 million. Rounding out the Top 5 were Hoodwinked ($11 million); Last Holiday and last week's champ, Glory Road (each with $9.1 mil); and Brokeback Mountain ($7.8 mil). Speaking of Ennis and Jack...
Vampire action-thrillers are Kate Beckinsale's nasty new niche. Last year, she vamped it up as a spooky heroine in Underworld. Next, she plays a vampire slayer opposite Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing (opening Friday). Has she gone all Buffy on us? The 30-year-old Brit denies it, insisting she doesn't even like all those fanged fiends she's been hanging with.
"I was so surprised to do any vampire movies at all, because I'm not into them," Beckinsale admits. "When I first got sent the script for Underworld, I didn't even want to read it."
So what motivated her return to this gory genre for Van Helsing? (Besides a bloody-good paycheck, we mean.) "When I got the script for [Van Helsing], even though it had vampires and werewolves in it, my character was so different," she enthuses. "First of all, I'm not a vampire myself. [My character's] a gypsy and passionate and human. It just seemed like a different role."