Thursday, March 12, 2020

Anthony Hopkins To Star As Mike Tyson’s Legendary Trainer Cus D'Amato In Boxing Movie "Cus And Mike"

Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins has been set to star in Cus And Mike, the story of Mike Tyson’s legendary trainer Cus D’Amato and how he moulded the fighter into becoming the youngest heavyweight title winner ever and one of the most ferocious boxers of his generation.

The Patriot Pictures film, which is set to be a character study as well as a sports-biopic, will be directed and written by The Notebook and John Q filmmaker Nick Cassavetes, based on the original screenplay by Desmond Nakano, and the book Mike Tyson: Money, Myth, and Betrayal by Montieth Illingworth.

The film will chart how the tough but brilliant D’Amato became a father-figure to the wayward adolescent Tyson who would go on to become the revered fighter and then a figure of controversy. The search for the young Tyson is underway.

D’Amato, who died in 1985, also trained Floyd Patterson & José Torres. He's long been the source of film interest. Martin Scorsese & Jamie Foxx tried to thrash out a movie version of the coach-boxer story & Bruce Willis was attached to another. George C. Scott portrayed him in HBO's movie Tyson.

Antonio Banderas Joins Tom Holland & Mark Wahlberg In "Uncharted"

Antonio Banderas, who was recently in the running for the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Pain and Glory, has signed on to co-star in "Uncharted," Sony’s film adaptation of the bestselling PlayStation action-adventure video game created by Naughty Dog. Sophia Ali (Truth or Dare, Grey’s Anatomy) and Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) have also joined Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in the film, which has Ruben Fleischer on board to direct.

Art Marcum and Matt Holloway penned the current draft of the screenplay. Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing for Atlas Entertainment and Avi Arad and Ari Arad for Arad Productions. PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan will serve as executive producers.

The film is slated for release on March 5, 2021.

Banderas will next be seen in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson and is currently filming the Spanish comedy-drama Competencia Oficial with Penelope Cruz.

Ali, who co-stars in the upcoming Amazon young adult series, The Wilds, is repped by Innovative Artists and Industry Entertainment. ICM and Fox Rothschild, LLP rep Gabrielle, who most recently starred in The CW’s The 100.

‘Sense8’ Alum Brian J. Smith Joins "Matrix 4"

Brian J. Smith is the second Sense8 alum to reteam with Lana Wachowski on Matrix 4 following Eréndira Ibarra’s addition.

Smith played Chicago police officer Will Gorski on the Netflix series. His role, natch, is being kept under wraps for the Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow fourthquel. He joins Keanu Reeves (Neo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe) as well as newcomers Priyanka Chopra, Jessica Henwick, Ibarra, Neil Patrick Harris, Toby Onwumere, Andrew Caldwell and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is rumored to be playing young Morpheus. Henwick is buzzed to play a female Neo-like character.

Wachowski is directing and co-wrote the screenplay with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is producing with Grant Hill, who executive produced Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. The Matrix trilogy has amassed over $1.6 billion at the global box office. Matrix 4 hits theaters on March 5, 2021.

Smith stars in the USA series Treadstone an offshoot of Universal’s Bourne franchise from creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions. He plays Doug McKenna, an all-American oil-rig worker whose life changes after he discovers long buried truths about himself. The series was acquired by Amazon for global distribution.