CATEGORIES Movie NewsHunky Chris Hemsworth is moving right along with his career. The star of 'Thor' and the upcoming 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and 'The Avengers' is in talks to attach his muscle-bound arms to a Formula One race car steering wheel for Ron Howard's actioner 'Rush.' The film, written by Peter Morgan ('Frost/Nixon,' 'Hereafter'), centers on race car driver James Hunt (Hemsworth) and his rivalry with Niki Lauda for Formula One circuit dominance in the 1970s. If all goes well, the project will get a checkered flag for production early next year. [Deadline]
Kristen Wiig, who has parlayed her gig on 'Saturday Night Live' into a series of co-starring comedy roles leading up to her big splash in 'Bridesmaids,' is getting serious with 'Imogene,' a project she will produce and star in that centers on a moderately successful New York playwright who fakes a suicide attempt in order to win back her ex-boyfriend, only to be put under the custody of her mother, a gambler, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which is to be directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ('Cinema Verite') will begin production Aug. 8 in New York City.
Documentarian Errol Morris, who usually deals with cold facts, will now be dealing with cold bodies in his first major fiction film, based on a segment of Ira Glass' 'This American Life' called 'You're As Cold As Ice.' That Public Radio International broadcast dealt with Bob Nelson, a television repairman who developed an interest in cryonics -- freezing people -- and became the president of the Cryonics Society of California. Unfortunately, some of the nine people in the cyrogenic state defrosted because of poor maintenance and a scandal ensued. First cast member for the untitled film is Paul Rudd. [TheWrap]
British actress Ruth Wilson is in negotiations to play the female lead in Disney's 'The Lone Ranger,' the Gore Verbinski Western that stars Armie Hammer as the masked man and Johnny Depp as Tonto. The film has a Dec. 21, 2012 release date. [Deadline]
'Saturday Night Live's' Will Forte has joined the gigantic cast of Adam Shankman's adaptation of the Broadway musical 'Rock of Ages,' which focuses on the 1980s hair music scene on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip. Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones and newcomer Diego Gonzalez Boneta star. Forte will play a TV newscaster (a part not in the play). [The Hollywood Reporter]