1.) Jessica Chastain is the first name rumored for the role of Jane in the new adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan to be directed by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows helmer David Yates. Yates was previously said to be looking at Alexander Skarsgard (“True Blood”) for the title role and now the New York Post reports Chastain “is said to be the first choice to play Jane in a new version of ‘Tarzan’… In this story, the jungle boy is fully assimilated to life in London when Queen Victoria asks him to investigate troubles in the Congo.” Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie penned the screenplay.
2.) This next news couldn’t have come at a better time as George Clooney‘s The Monuments Men is included in Part Three of my 2014 Oscar Preview, which will go live shortly and I wouldn’t have wanted to have the cast list wrong. The film, which recently began production in Berlin, will no longer include Daniel Craig as part of the cast. The news comes from co-star Bob Balaban‘s Twitter (via The Playlist) of all places where the actor wrote, “DC isn’t in MM Matt Damon is.” Damon was already a member of the cast so I’m not sure if his role was changed and he stepped in for Craig or what happened, but that would seem to be the case. More on this one in today’s Oscar preview.
3.) Michael Giacchino was tweeting away yesterday as he is clearly scoring J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek Into Darkness based on the image you see to the right, but at the same time news has come out he will be scoring Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending as well, which is currently in production with an expectation to hit theaters next year. The sci-fi feature stars Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean, for more on the plot click here. [Film Music Reporter]
4.) Yes, Carrie Fisher has once again told someone she will return as Princess Leia in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII. This time the source is Palm Beach Illustrated and after she confirmed the casting she added the character is probably “in an intergalactic old folks’ home.”
5.) Finally, check out a track from the upcoming score for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, composed by M83 (Anthony Gonzalez and Joseph Trapanese). The film, which stars Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko, hits theaters on April 19 with the score going on sale on April 9.