Saturday, October 23, 2010


You already know that Bryan Singer (USUAL SUSPECTS, X-MEN) is preparing JACK THE GIANT KILLER fantasy tale,
but it seems he has found his Jack - the young and popular KICKASS star Aaron Johnson (one of the contestants in HOLLYWOOD SPY's current poll), at least according to latest rumors. Based on the famous fairy tale, the film will follow a young boy who must climb the beanstalk to slay a mighty giant.

If you have read news around the Net, you now already know that the cast for Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT has been officially revealed yesterday: Martin Freeman (SHERLOCK) will be Bilbo Bagggins joined by three dashing gentlemen - Richard
(ROBIN HOOD, SPOOKS) as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the Company of Dwarves, and Aidan Turner(BEING HUMAN) and Robert Kazinsky (EASTENDERS) as Kili and Fili of the Company of Dwarves. The cast should also include Ian McKellan as Gandalf, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Andy Serkis as Gollum and there are rumors that David Tennant, Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Nighy could also head for the Middle Earth. It's also interesting that Peter Jackson might move the whole production of THE HOBBIT from New Zealand to Great Britain because of the problems Warner Bros. has been having with actors unions.

Steven Spielberg has officially agreed to direct ROBOPOCALYPSE, the sf robot epic which centers on the human race trying to survive a robot uprising, based on the novel by
charming young writer Daniel H. Wilson which still hasn't been published. The film itself might appear in cinemas somewhere in 2013.

Laeta Kalogridis (PATHFINDER, AVATAR, SHUTTER ISLAND, ALEXANDER) will write the script for the remake of FANTASTIC VOYAGE to be produced by James Cameron. As you remember the sf classic follows a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent in a miniature submarine inside the body of a scientist to save his life. Beside this project, Laeta is also writing the script for Cameron's long awaited adaptation of ALITA BATTLE ANGEL.

And I wanted to congratulate our dear Lisa Maliga whose book NOTES FROM NADIR is now officially on Kindle! :)


  1. Ahhhh, Martin and Richard, two of my most favorite actors in one movie! What can be better than that?


  2. Finally some progress for the Hobbit. Lookin forward to the teaser trailer, at least we know now we’ll all be returning to middle earth for another great adventure in the future :)

  3. Shame they won't be filming The Hobbit in New Zealand. Stupid union.
    And maybe someday we'll see Battle Angel.

  4. that cast... wow. that's a great cast for the hobbit!

  5. sigh. Dez, you're getting to be as reliable as Hart for the sweet eye candy... :D

    In other news, a movie based on an unpublished book? How does that happen???

    And eep! Freaky robot face... :p

  6. Is that a paid underwear advertisement for Calvin Klein? If not they should at least send you some free underwear.

    Fantastic Voyage was an interesting concept and I'm sure the remake can be done much better with today's fx technologies.

    Tossing It Out

  7. Dezmond,
    Thanks so much for the mention--totally surprised! :)

    Spielberg & a different side of A.I.?

    Arlee just made me laugh w/ the Calvin Klein underwear advertisement! But I think that Aaron probably does get freebies...

  8. @Clarissa
    ah, didn't know you are one of the RA ladies :)

    it will be a very long way to the Middle Earth :)

    well, maybe it's not stupid, actors have to fight for themselves too. But this is why many movies are being shot here in Europe now, we are cheaper and we have the experts and logistics.

  9. @Vics
    not great until they cast me for the Elven king :)

    what do you mean I'M GETTING?? I've always been the number one source for all kinds of eye candy :)))

    actually, Klein has asked me to personally sport some of that underwear in a photo shoot but being always so considerate for the wellbeing of your sight I opted not to :) and thus, Aaron got the gig ;)

    well, it's the moment we've been waiting for with you, so we gotta inform the world at least :)

  10. Hi Dezz,
    I'm looking forward to the "Hobbit" interesting cast! Robot face looks freaky~

  11. DEZMOND - Whoa! Hello boys. =D It's weird, Martin kind of looks like a young Bilbo, IMO. The casting looks great! And a movie for an unreleased book??? I want his agent. Yes, I do. ;D

  12. @Ella
    glad you like THE HOBBIT cast :)

    I'm guessing he first sold it as a possible script and then started planning the book release :)

  13. That's such great news for Lisa! I'll stop by and congratulate her.

    I can't even imagine discussion of a movie of a book that isn't even published yet. Amazing!

    Thanks for all the fun information and awesome photos :)

  14. Well, the casting news for The Hobbit is a dream come true for us Richard Armitage fans, but if I thought I was dreaming, now I KNOW it's true because YOU have the news on Hollywood Spy! So happy!!

  15. looking forward to the hobbit, interesting cast choices. Glad Ian Mckellen is back as Gandalf.

  16. YAY for the casting news! As always, Jackson has picked some top calibre actors for these roles. The hobbit (wherever it may be filmed) promises to be an excellent movie :)

    I'm intrigued by Robotocalypse. There's not been much in the way of robotic uprising movies since Terminator Salvation, and even then it doesn't really count (so, I, Robot maybe?). Hopefully it'll inject some vitality into the genre :)

  17. @Phylly
    yes, yes, because HOLLYWOOD SPY is such an important and distinguished film resource :)))))

    Ian is always great! Did you watch him in GODS AND MONSTERS? Amazing one. With equally amazing Brendan Fraser.

    and hopefully Spielby will avoid the overpathetic and sugary tone of AI, his previous robotic flick :)

  18. Now Dezmond you have really gave me a reason to watch the Hobbit!

  19. I wonder which reason that is :)

  20. That guy is an inspired piece of casting for The Hobbit. Just wish it was filmed and ready fir viewing.

  21. Ahh Dezz, that's a lovely little pic of RA, thank you! So happy Martin has finally got the part of Bilbo too, after all the speculation. And Aidan as well! Wonderful.

  22. @Michael
    ah, you will have to wait a lot, Malone :)

    thanks, glad you like it, I also think it's one of his most charming pics :)

  23. I fell in love with The Hobbit from the first time I saw the animated version! It will be great to finally, finally see a big screen version of Bilbo.
    Dreaded Dreams
    Petunia Scareum

  24. How on earth does one get their unpublished novel made into a film! Geeee!

  25. @Trick or Treat
    hey, Petunia, welcome to HOLLYWOOD SPY :)

    well, just as I said recently to our Alex, you just first send your manuscripts to film agents and production companies before releasing it as a book :)))

  26. I'm a happy girl with the news of The Hobbit cast ;). I hope they get their problems solved with NZ union, even if there are other beautiful places, I think fans of Tolkien already think of NZ as the Middle Earth.

    I thought the same, you picked a good pic of Richard Dezz.

    OML :D

  27. I thought you would like the pic, Lurky, he looks so young in it :)
    Jackson can shoot THE HOBBIT in my backyard if Kiwis kick him out :)))

  28. Jel ovaj Alita, Borbeni Anđeo ustvari anime? Manga?

  29. ako upotrebis SEARCH polje tu u HOLLYWOOD SPY nacices starije postove o BATTLE ANGEL i videti i slike :)))