Sir Michael Caine is teaming up with director Christopher Nolan for the sixth time.
He’s the latest big name to join the cast of Nolan’s sci-fi flick Interstellar, alongside Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. Caine previously worked with Nolan on the Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige and Inception.
The 80-year-old double Oscar winner is still very active in films and has two other flicks due out this year. He’s in crime thriller Now You See Me, about an FBI agent and an Interpol detective tracking down a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. It co-stars Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher.
Caine is also in Mr Morgan’s Last Love, about the connection that develops between a retired, widowed American philosophy professor and a young Parisian (Clémence Poésy). Later this month, Caine will start work on a third film, Eliza Graves, with Sir Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess. Based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story, it’s about a medical school graduate who takes a position at a mental institution only to find that all is not as it seems.
■ From the “good grief” file comes news that American Idol judge Nicki Minaj is going to make her live-action movie debut in revenge comedy The Other Woman. It’s about a woman (Cameron Diaz) who finds out that her boyfriend not only has a wife but also another lover. She teams up with the wife (Leslie Mann) to get revenge on the cheating husband, to be played by Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Kate Upton will play another of his mistresses who joins the women’s scheme, and Minaj will play Diaz’s thrice-married and opinionated assistant at a law firm. Nick Cassavetes, who previously made My Sister’s Keeper with Diaz, will direct. Singers don’t always transition well to film (ahem, Madonna and Rihanna), so it will be interesting to see how Minaj does. Her only previous film work was a character voice on Ice Age: Continental Drift.
■ Kenneth Branagh has found his Cinderella. Lily James (naughty Rose in Downton Abbey) will play the role in the director’s live-action flick of the classic fairy tale. Cate Blanchett has already signed on as the evil stepmother and Game of Thrones star Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark, is being considered for Prince Charming. The title role was first offered to Harry Potter star Emma Watson, but she turned it down.