The first trailer has dropped for Fox’s Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb in which security guard Larry (Ben Stiller) heads from New York to work at the British museum. Ben Kingsley plays an Egyptian pharaoh on display in the museum who is revived by a magical tablet. Rebel Wilson, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais all return for the third installment of the Shawn Levy-directed and -produced franchise which has topped $1 billion worldwide. Night At The Museum 3 bows on December 19.
EXCLUSIVE: Fox and director Shawn Levy have set Ben Kingsley to join the ensemble cast of Night At The Museum 3. Kingsley will play a formidable Egyptian pharaoh on display in the British museum, and he is revived by a magical tablet. He joins Rebel Wilson, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in the third installment of the Levy-directed and -produced franchise which has topped $1 billion in worldwide grosses. Levy is directing from the script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and David Guion and Michael Handelman, and Fox will release Xmas 2014.
Now, this sounds like a fun role for Kingsley. His iconic turn will always be Gandhi, of course, and he was an unforgettable maniac in Sexy Beast. But I have to say, my favorite role was his turn as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3.
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20th Century Fox has announced new release dates on three films, including staking out July 29, 2016, for its Untitled Planet of the Apes project. It will be released two weeks after the next installment in another franchise Ice Age 5. It also has announced a date shuffle for Valentine’s Day next year. It is dropping in the remake of the horror classic Poltergeist (produced by MGM) on Feb. 13, 2015, and moving the romancer The Longest Ride off of that weekend so as not to compete with Focus Features’ highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey. In other words, Fox blinked. The Longest Ride, based on the Nicholas Sparks book, will now debut on April 3, around Easter. The studio also just moved its sequel Night At the Museum 3 into the Dec. 19, 2014, slot and now will go toe to toe with The Hobbit: There And Back Again from Warner Bros. It had been at Christmas previously. Fox’s R-rated buddy action/comedy Let’s Be Cops is set to go wide on August 13, 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Rebel Wilson has been set to join Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais in Night At The Museum 3, which Shawn Levy is directing from the script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and David Guion and Michael Handelman for Fox. Wilson will play the night guard at the British museum where the action takes place this time around. Fox has slotted the film for Christmas 2014. On the film side, WME-repped Wilson is coming off Pitch Perfect and Pain & Gain.
EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Gervais has been set to reprise his role as Dr. McPhee in Night At The Museum 3, which Shawn Levy is directing from the script written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and David Guion and Michael Handelman for Fox. Ben Stiller is reprising his lead role, and Gervais is back as his boss. Robin Williams also is returning as Teddy Roosevelt in a film Fox has slotted for Christmas 2014. Gervais next will be seen in Muppets Most Wanted and is developing an animated feature based on his book Flanimals for Illumination Entertainment and Universal. He’s repped by WME and United Agents in the UK.
Psych‘s Skyler Gisondo has landed a lead role in Fox’s Night At The Museum 3. He’ll play Nick, the son of Ben Stiller’s security guard Larry Daley in the London-set threequel. Stiller is expected to return as is Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt. Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens just joined the cast as Lancelot. The 17-year-old whose credits include The Bill Engvall Show and Rob Zombie’s Halloween just wrapped Hard Sell opposite Kristen Chenoweth and also appears in Sony’s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Howard Stacy, the role he played in Marc Webb’s first Spidey pic. He’s repped by Paradigm, Wishlab, and attorney Neil Meyer.
EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has been cast as Lancelot in Fox‘s Night At The Museum 3. This is a pivotal role in the film, which is set in London. Ben Stiller is expected to return as museum security guard Larry Daley and Robin Williams is in talks to return as Theodore Roosevelt. Shawn Levy is expected to return to the director’s chair in his signature franchise which has grossed north of $1 billion. Production is expected to begin early next year.
Stevens was just seen in The Fifth Estate, and next stars in Adam Wingard’s The Guest. He’s co-starring with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones for director Scott Frank.