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Friday, October 2, 2009
  Green Hornet, A-Team pics
Some pics have turned up online from a couple of movies currently shooting that I’ve been following here, so I figured I’d share.

First up is The Green Hornet, due around Christmas of next year, starring Seth Rogen in the title role and Taiwanese pop star/actor Jay Chou 'Run, Kato, before the dust gets us!'as Kato. It’s a bit of a weird project, particularly with director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind) behind the camera. I’m still really curious as to the tone of the movie, but these pics, which show Rogen and Chou in costume, shows that at the very least their look is fairly straightforward. I actually dig it; I loved Pineapple Express, and I thought Rogen made a nicely offbeat action hero, so I’m cautiously optimistic about him as the Green Hornet. Tthe supporting cast that’s assembled around Rogen and Chou is also looking pretty sweet: Christoph Waltz, who blew the doors off as the villain in Inglourious Basterds, will play the bad guy again, replacing the rumored Nicolas Cage, and Edward James Olmos, Tom Wilkinson and Cameron Diaz are also on board. I can’t wait to see a trailer.

Check out the rest of the pics at Splash News. The Green Hornet hits theaters on December 17, 2010.

Next up is The A-Team, directed by Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces). I wrote about the cast a few weeks back – Liam Neeson as the leader, Hannibal; Bradley Cooper as Face; Sharlto Copley (District 9) as ‘Mad’ Murdock; MMA fighter Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson as B.A. Baracus; and Jessica Biel as the general who’s charged with hunting them down – and some shots have turned up of the four leads shooting in Vancouver.

The first thing that struck me is how loyal everyone’s look is to the characters in the original show (with the exception of Jackson sporting a shaved head instead of Mr. T’s signature The A-Team looking oddly reflectivemohawk), particularly Neeson, who looks like he could have come from a Halloween party.

As I mentioned before, the guy I’m the most excited about in the cast is Copley, and I’m curious to see how Jackson does in his acting debut. (His casting in The A-Team has since led him to retire from mixed martial arts to pursue a career in acting fulltime, which has caused something of a falling out with his former employer, the UFC.) But I like Carnahan’s movies, so as much as a lot of people groan whenever a classic TV show is turned into a movie, I’m hoping The A-Team will be a fun action flick.

Have a look at some more shots from the set of The A-Team at The Daily Mail.

Finally, there's a new trailer for a movie I’m very much looking forward to, The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington. It’s a post-apocalyptic action movie about a lone wanderer protecting a mysterious book of some sort (the new trailer suggests it’s the Bible, but who knows) that is apparently very important for some reason. He runs afoul of the evil Gary Oldman (seriously, is there any actor more reliably fantastic in villain roles?), who runs a town or something, and decides he wants the book for himself. Which leads Denzel to much chopping and arrowing. This thing looks awesome, and I can’t wait for January 15.

See the trailer for The Book of Eli at Yahoo.

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