Who loves ya, baby? Remember Telly Savalas as the lollipop-sucking cop Kojak back in the 70s? Well, the tough-talking bald one is coming back. A big screen version of Kojak is in the works with obvious choice Vin Diesel as the lead. Diesel, who has just finished Fast And Furious 6, will also co-produce. The script will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the team behind the past five James Bond films, including Skyfall. An attempt was made to update Kojak for TV in 2005, with Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) in the lead, but it only lasted for nine episodes.
- With Eddie Redmayne getting rave reviews for his role in Les Misérables, savvy filmmakers the Wachowskis are trying to land him for their next movie, Jupiter Ascending. The sci-fi flick is set in a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder. Mila Kunis will play a Russian immigrant cleaner named Jupiter, who has the same genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to the Queen’s immortal rule. Channing Tatum is set to play a galactic bounty hunter who is sent to kill Jupiter but falls in love with her instead. It’s not clear what Redmayne’s role will be. Like the Wachowskis’ Matrix series, this is planned as a trilogy. Kunis’s Black Swan co-star, Natalie Portman, was originally cast as the lead but dropped out and Rooney Mara was then considered.
- A fourth-generation member of the Redgrave dynasty has entered the family trade. Daisy Bevan, Joely Richardson’s 20-year-old daughter, is making her film debut in psychological thriller The Two Faces Of January. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, it’s written and directed by Hossein Amini, who wrote the screenplay for Drive. Set in the 60s, it’s about a con man, his wife and a Yale graduate who try to flee Greece after one of them gets involved in the murder of a police officer. The couple are played by Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, with Oscar Isaac (The Bourne Legacy) as the graduate they befriend. Bevan plays a wealthy but naive young woman who is targeted by Isaac’s character, Rydal, who makes a living by swindling tourists in Athens. Rising star Isaac has also landed the lead in Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, about a 1960s New York folk singer-songwriter. It features his Drive co-star, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and Dunst’s beau Garrett Hedlund.