UPDATED: Warner Bros and Village Roadshow were set to open the Wachowskis’ sci-fier Jupiter Ascending on July 18 after moving it up by a week in the summer 2014 tentpole calendar back in December. Now the actioner starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis won’t fly into theaters until February 6, 2015. WB’s action pic Run All Night, starring Liam Neeson as a hitman protecting his family, had occupied that February date but has been moved off the schedule completely as Jupiter slides into its place. I hear the Wachowskis needed more time to complete visual effects work on their CG-heavy space epic, which spans intergalactic worlds and follows the story of a woman (Kunis) who links up with a space warrior (Tatum) and learns she’s the heir to Earth. The shift to February now pits Jupiter Ascending against Johnny Depp in Lionsgate’s Mortdecai and Universal’s fantasy actioner Seventh Son, which ironically endured multiple date changes and millions of dollars in extra fees when its own VFX schedule was thrown into crisis by the Rhythm & Hues bankruptcy.
UPDATE, 4:09 PM: Warner Bros has filled another slot in its early 2015 release date calendar, saying today it will drop the Liam Neeson-starrer Run All Night, the Brad Ingelsby actioner, on February 6, 2015. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing in a reteam with Neeson who combined to make Unknown and the upcoming Non-Stop. Neeson plays a mob hitman who, in a single night, is forced to take on his former boss. The guy also has to protect his son and family, and winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities. Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris and Vincent D’Onofrio co-star.
PREVIOUS, THURSDAY AM: Guy Ritchie’s Man From U.N.C.L.E will be released January 16, 2015, which is the start of the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend, Warner Bros said today. Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander and Luca Calvani star in the pic, a big-screen update of the 1960s TV series. This is the project that forced Warners to go back to Square 1 a couple of times, first when Steven Soderbergh was ready to direct and George Clooney to star. After Soderbergh and Clooney left, Warner Bros recruited Ritchie and then landed Tom Cruise for the lead alongside Hammer. Cruise departed last May to focus on Mission: Impossible 5. Cavill then came aboard as CIA agent Napoleon Solo opposite Hammer’s KGB operative Illya Kuryakin, who team amidst the Cold War to stop a global criminal organization. Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant co-star.
Briana Evigan & Ryan Guzman Return For ‘Step Up 5′; Sequel Adds Izabella Miko; Boyd Holbrook Joins ‘Run All Night’ & ‘Gone Girl’
Step Up 2: The Street‘s Briana Evigan and Step Up: Revolution‘s Ryan Guzman will return to lead the Summit dance franchise in Step Up 5. They’ll reprise their roles as Andie and Sean, respectively, as the fivequel reunites over a dozen cast members from previous films in the franchise. Despite being rumored for another franchise appearance, original Step Up star Channing Tatum is not among the returning cast confirmed today by the studio which include fan favorites Adam Sevani (Moose), Misha Gabriel (Eddy), Alyson Stoner (Camille), Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss (Jason), Mari Koda (Jenny Kido), Chris Scott (Hair), Luis Rosado (Monster), Chadd Smith (Vladd AKA Robot Guy), and Martin & Facundo Lombard (The Santiago Twins). Series dancers Marc “Marvelous” Iniss, Nolan Padilla, Phillip Chbeeb, Bianca Brewton, Tony Bellissimo, Josue “Beastmode” Figueroa, and Brandy Lamkim will also stomp back for the sequel being directed by Trish Sie from John Swetnam’s script. Evigan is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment, Gersh, and David Feldman. Guzman is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Neil Meyer.
Also joining Step Up 5 is Izabella Miko (Coyote Ugly, Save The Last Dance 2, Clash of the Titans) in a supporting role. Miko will play Alexxa, the entertainment director for luxury Vegas hotel Valhalla, who hosts a dance contest to find the best crew in the world. The winning team inks a three-year contract to perform in Vegas. Miko is repped by Evolution Entertainment and Emptage Hallett in the UK.
Natalie Martinez Cast In ‘Run All Night’; Wyatt Russell Joins ’22 Jump Street’; ‘McFarland’ Adds Maria Bello
Under the Dome‘s Natalie Martinez (End of Watch) has been cast opposite Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, and Joel Kinnaman in WB’s action thriller Run All Night. Director Jaume Collet-Serra is reuniting with his Unknown star Neeson in the pic written by Brad Ingelsby and produced by Roy Lee and Brooklyn Weaver. Martinez will play Gabriela, the wife of Kinnaman’s character Mike and mother of their two young children. When Mike’s estranged mob hitman father Jimmy takes on his ex-boss, he and his son are forced to go on the run. Martinez is repped by WME, Mosaic, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens, We Are What We Are) has joined the cast of 22 Jump Street, the Sony comedy sequel directed by returning helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Russell will play a college student named Zook in the pic opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The 21 Jump Street sequel is already slotted for a June 13, 2014 release. Russell is currently shooting Cold in July with Michael C. Hall and will play Bobby Orr in the indie NHL pic Turk opposite Ed Burns and Logan Marshall-Green. Russell is repped by UTA.