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The Friday Film News Roundup

Transformers 4 is due for release next year and some details have finally emerged about what we can expect in Michael Bay's next dose of metal mayhem. Fan favourites, mine too, the Dinobots have been confirmed to appear by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, whilst the film has been given the title Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Director Michael Bay has also said the film will be "a chase from hell". Source: TFW2005

Whilst I have no particular interest in the 50 Shades Of Grey books or films, some casting news has emerged and it is my duty to report on such things. The leads in the film are due to be played by Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam respectively. Hunnam was most recently seen in the rather good Pacific Rim, whilst Johnson has recently finished filming on video game adaptation Need For Speed. Of course there has already been a backlash to the casting choices and yet another petition has gone up on I do feel sorry for the people who have time to worry about casting choices to such an extent that they are willing to make & sign petitions in the hope of changing a producers mind.

This summers spate of blockbusters has proved the most popular summer yet, as $4.71 billion was earned at the domestic box office in the United States. Attendances were up on last year, whilst originality was down as the most popular films were either sequels, reboots or prequels. Source: LA Times

An interesting tidbit regarding Vin Diesel and the character of Riddick appeared on the web this week, apparently Diesel made his cameo appearance in The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift not for a paycheque but for the rights to the character of Riddick. Universal were the rights holder at the time and were unwilling to move on a sequel to the big budget flop The Chronicles Of Riddick, but after making his cameo, Diesel and his production company One Race were handed the rights & proceeded to make the third film in the series. Source: THR

After originally saying he would not appear in the sequel to Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich has hinted that The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Will Smith may be willing to step back on board after all. Emmerich gave the following quote to Digital Spy: "I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn't want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen." Source: Digital Spy

Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is reportedly in talks to helm the upcoming Terminator reboot for Skydance & Paramount. Taylor would seem an odd choice at first, as most of his work comes from television and Thor: The Dark World is his first attempt at a big budget action movie. However, Marvel have clearly put their faith in him so why shouldn't we? No story details are known at the moment regarding the Terminator reboot, but reports say that Arnold Schwarzenegger will have some role to play in the movie. Source: Variety

Quite possibly the best bit of casting ever took place this week when Sir Ian McKellen was announced to play Sherlock Holmes in Bill Conlon's film A Slight Trick Of The Mind. The film will follow a 93 year old Holmes who now lives in Sussex, and despite his wits not being as sharp as they once were, he finds himself haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. Source: EW

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