*“Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan is in the running for a role in the forthcoming “Star Wars” sequel after confirming he has auditioned for J.J. Abrams‘ new film.
The actor reveals he took advantage of his relationship with franchise creator George Lucas, who he met while making his 2012 war film “Red Tails,” and landed a chance to try out for an unspecified part in the highly-anticipated “Star Wars: Episode 7,” to be directed by Abrams.
Jordan, who is also in talks to play the “Human Torch” in Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” reboot, tells the Associated Press, “I mean, everybody’s going in on this project. They’re trying to figure out what they want. That’s another incredible franchise. It’s pretty crazy!
“We’ll see how it happens. I don’t know how I can do everything.”
Actor Delroy Lindo poses with AOL at the Maxim Party Powered by Motorola Xoom at Centennial Hall at Fair Park on February 5, 2011 in Dallas
*Delroy Lindo has booked a role in NBC’s drama pilot “Believe,” from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón.
The story is about the unlikely relationship between Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a girl in possession of great powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and Tate (Jake McLaughlin), the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.
Lindo will play Winter, a kindly man posing as a Priest who has an agenda.
Also cast in the pilot is Jamie Chung as Channing — a woman who works for Winter and assists Tate when he escapes from prison. Additionally, Sienna Guillory (“Resident Evil”) plays hitwoman Moore. She will next be seen on Season 3 of “Luther.”
Actor Giancarlo Esposito arrives at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 25, 2012 in Santa Monica, California
*Giancarlo Esposito – who played a drug dealer on AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and is currently recurring on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” as the Evil Queen’s Magic Mirror – has scored a starring role in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming NBC drama pilot “Revolution,” The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The pilot follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. Esposito will play Capt. Neville, a tough military man with a genteel Southern manner who may not always be what he seems.
Esposito joins the previously cast Tracy Spiradakos, Graham Rogers and Anna Lise Phillips.
*Paramount has set the pre-Memorial Weekend date of May 17, 2013 for its much anticipated “Star Trek” sequel from writer/director J.J. Abrams (which is actually the 12th Star Trek film to hit theaters), reports Deadline.com. All key cast members will be returning, including Chris Pine and Zach Quinto and Zoe Saldana as a young Uhura. A title has yet to be announced.
Paula Patton on the set of M:I4 - Ghost Protocol
Meanwhile, Paula Patton is the leading lady in “Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol,” her biggest role to date, and the trailer just went viral this week.
“Making ‘Mission: Impossible’ was a dream come true. It challenged me as an actor because it’s so technical,” she told Complex magazine.” Any time you’re challenged you get better. I learned so much from working with Tom Cruise—it was remarkable. Also, I got to do my own stunts, and that felt more freeing than anything I’ve ever done. To be able to be that physical was exciting.”
(L-R) Actors Taraji P. Henson, Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel and Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan speak during the 'Person of Interest' panel during the CBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
*Producers of CBS’ new fall drama “Person of Interest” can’t say enough about their Academy Award-nominated cast member Taraji P. Henson.
Based on a screenplay by J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias”) and show creator Jonathan Nolan, the series follows mysterious billionaire Mr. Finch (“Lost’s” Michael Emerson) who develops a computer program that can predict future crime victims. Finch hires Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former CIA agent presumed to be dead, to help stop those crimes, using Finch’s agency resources and tech savvy.
Henson, who plays a police officer, says of her character: “She served two tours in Iraq. She is the heart. There are police officers that can be quite cynical because you see enough dead bodies in a day, you gotta laugh to keep from crying. She’s more of a caring police officer. Not that all police officers don’t care. But she won’t crack the joke, or, you know, she gets a little more emotionally involved with some of the people that she’s she interacts with. And she’s chasing this guy in a suit, which she’s already identified him as an ex-army person of some sort. So she identifies with that, and that’s what drives her to find out who this guy is.”
In the bonus audio below, Henson describes her first reaction after reading the “Person of Interest” script for the first time.