Originally planned for the late Paul Walker to headline, the upcoming Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me has now cast James Marsden in the lead. Deadline has the news, which arrives just hours after it was announced that Rupert Friend will be taking over Agent 47, a new adaptation of the video game Hitman, which was also going to feature Walker in the lead prior to his tragic death late last year.
Michael Hoffman will direct The Best of Me with a script he wrote alongside Will Fetters and J. Mills Goodloe. Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name published in 2011, the book is officially described as follows:
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined… and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew—about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear—was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?
Marsden, best known for his role as Scott “Cyclops” Summers in the X-Men films, most recently appeared in Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
The Best of Me was originally planned to be released on October 17, but it’s a good bet that the project will now arrive in theaters at some point in 2015.
Jimmy’s quite good at playing obnoxious, haha.
Even though we haven’t yet gotten a peek at Ken Scott’s Delivery Man starring Vince Vaughn, we’re already getting more information about the pair’s second collaboration, the “high” concept comedy Business Trip. (Note that the quotes indicate a comedy inside of a plane, not anything to do with stoners.) TheWrap reports the New Regency-produced film may have landed two quality co-stars, as the British gem Nick Frost and James Marsden are both in talks to join the cast. I’m much more interested in seeing Marsden in comedic roles over dramatic ones, and Frost can do no wrong for me, so here’s hoping even their supporting roles will be enough to balance the whirlwind of overacting that is Vince Vaughn.
Unfortunately, there still isn’t very much information regarding the film’s plot to be gleaned from this casting news. Vaughn will star as an American businessman who experiences a world of hijinks and craziness while on a flight to Europe. (I can’t help but assume someone mistakes him for a hijacker at some point.) Dave Franco also stars, and “supporting roles” is the only description that Frost and Marsden’s involvement gets.
Frost is of course best known for his film and TV work shared with Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, including Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and the soon to be released finale to their Cornetto Trilogy, the sci-fi comedy The World’s End. While it will be quite strange to see him regularly starring in movies without Pegg (they were also in Paul together), he has a few projects lined up to make the transition easier. He’ll star opposite Chris O’Dowd and Rashida Jones in the dancing comedy Cuban Fury and will star in the British romantic comedy series Mr. Sloane, which should be out next year. He’ll also be heard in Laika Entertainment’s highly anticipated upcoming stop-motion animation The Boxtrolls, which also has Pegg in it.
Marsden, meanwhile, has had a busy year already, with roles in both the recently released biopic Lee Daniels’ The Butler and the comedic action romp 2 Guns, and he has a well-rounded slate of upcoming films that will keep our theaters Marsden-heavy for the next year or so. He’s in the sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Erik Van Looy’s suspense thriller remake of his own film The Loft, Steven Brill’s comedy Walk of Shame, and David Hackl’s thriller-in-the-wild Red Machine. He’s currently filming Shira Piven’s comedy Welcome to Me opposite Kristen Wiig.
There’s no telling when this thing will get started, but New Regency is looking to release the film next year at some point.
Film District has announced that it will release their upcoming film, WALK OF SHAME, on Friday September 20th.
Written & directed by Steve Brill (WITHOUT A PADDLE, MR. DEEDS), WALK OF SHAME stars Elizabeth Banks as an aspiring reporter whose dreams of becoming a network news anchor are compromised after a one-night stand with a handsome stranger (played by James Marsden) leaves her stranded in downtown Los Angeles without a phone, car, ID or money – and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.
Last week it was announced that Banks will receive the “CinemaCon® Award For Excellence In Acting” at this year’s CinemaCon at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony on April 18 in Las Vegas, NV. Banks will reprise her highly anticipated role as Effie Trinket later this fall in the Lionsgate release “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” coming to theatres on November 22.
The cast for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past seems to be growing bigger by the day and, today, IGN spoke with Singer about the 2014 release and asked him if he was eager to find some way to see Cyclops and Jean Grey appear.
“Who wouldn’t?,” he laughed, mysteriously. “Who wouldn’t? That’s all I can say.”
James Marsden and Famke Janssen played Cyclops and Jean Grey, respectively, in Singer’s X-Men and X2 before both character were killed off in Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Given the time-travel plotline of the new film, however, both characters have the potential to effortlessly return to the franchise.
Set for release on July 18, 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past features a script by Simon Kinberg and is said to be inspired by Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline that ran in “Uncanny X-Men” #141 and 142 back in 1981. “Days of Future Past” introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel’s mutants that grew out of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants killing an important senator, leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by Sentinels.
The film’s confirmed cast includes Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Peter Dinklage.
James Marsden has taken a starring role in the upcoming Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Deadline reports. He’s said to be playing a rival news anchor to Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy.
Marsden joins the returning Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd and newcomer Kristen Wiig in Adam McKay’s sequel to his 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
In addition to appearing as a regular character on the final season of NBC’s “30 Rock,” Marsden recently appeared in Robot and Frank and Bachelorette. He can next be seen on the big screen in Baltasar Kormakur’s 2 Guns.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues hits theaters on December 20th of this year.
I apologize for posting this so late. I held off on posting about this before when news first came out months ago as I wanted to be 100% sure & it looks like it is. Congratulations Jimmy!
James Marsden is a father for the third time.
Brazilian model Rose Costa delivered a son, William Luca Costa-Marsden, on Friday, Dec. 14 in Los Angeles, PEOPLE has learned.
The 30 Rock star, who briefly dated Costa after his split from wife Lisa Linde in 2011, picked the name and is being very supportive, a source tells PEOPLE.
Marsden, 39, is already dad to daughter Mary James, 7, and son Jack Holden, 11, with Linde.
A rep for the actor could not be reached for comment.
The Weinstein Company announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights from Butler Films to distribute The Butler, directed by Academy Award nominated Lee Daniels (Precious). A new photo has also debuted, which you can check out at the bottom of the page.
A Laura Ziskin Production, The Butler is produced by Pamela Oas Williams, the late Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick and Cassian Elwes. Executive Producers include Hilary Shor and Adam Merims. It is co-produced by David Jacobson. The announcement was made today by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein and COO David Glasser.
Comprising this award-winning cast are: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple), Mariah Carey (Precious), John Cusack (The Paperboy), Jane Fonda (On Golden Pond), Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Minka Kelly (The Roommate), Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), James Marsden (X-Men), David Oyelowo (The Paperboy), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus), Alan Rickman (the Harry Potter films), Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting).
Based on the screenplay by Danny Strong & Lee Daniels, The Butler is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this unique vantage point, The Butler traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.
“What moves me most about this man is his quiet nature, grace and unmatched perspective that comes from being in one place – a very powerful one – during what was arguably the period in American history that saw the most change,” said Daniels, whose most recent film, The Paperboy, premiered at the 2012 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, and will also be featured in this fall’s New York Film Festival.
Said Weinstein, “Lee tells stories in a way no one else does. What struck me most about this story is the perspective it comes from, which in this case is the butler- a man who was a fly on the wall for decades in the world’s most powerful home. It takes an unbelievable cast like the one that’s in place to do this story justice, and we are proud to be given the chance to share this story with the world.”
Added Williams, “This has been a passion project for all involved and we are thrilled to be able to see Laura Ziskin’s vision for this film realized and know it will be a lasting tribute to her incredible career.”
The Butler is financed by Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Media, Salloway Rubenstein Productions/Crystal City Entertainment, Earl W. Stafford, Starstream Films, Yogi Entertainment, and Inner Media Capital. Executive Producers are Michael Finley, Sheila C. Johnson, Brett Johnson, Matthew Salloway, Earl W. Stafford, Jordan Kessler, Liz Destro, R. Bryan Wright, and James T. Bruce IV. Co-Executive Producers are Charles Sauveur Bonan, Allen Frederic, Kim Leadford, Harry I. Martin, Jr., Ari Daniel Pinchot and Jonathan Rubenstein.