Movie News: Big Names Cast for Catching Fire, Assassin’s Creed and Noah

July 9, 2012

Hollywood may replace NYC as the city that never sleeps (movie-wise, anyway) as three big name castings were reported over the weekend.

First off is everyone’s favorite/most-hated android from Prometheus, Michael Fassbender, who has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed. The film will be based on the video game of the same name, which sees a man from the near future strapped to a machine that allows him to travel through time and embody his own ancestors; a line of assassins originally in the employ of the Knights Templar. No word on which epoch the movie will portray but the games have so far traveled from the Holy Crusades to Renaissance-era Italy to the American Revolution.

Next up is Phillip Seymor Hoffman who will lend his venerable acting skills to the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Hoffman is being brought on to play Gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee, who in the second Hunger Games book has very little interaction with Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Katniss Everdeen, but does have significant presence in the third title, Mockingjay.

Finally is veteran actor Anthony Hopkins who will join Russell Crowe and Jenifer Connelly in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, Noah. According to Aronofsky’s Twitter, Hopkins is set to play Methuselah, Noah’s grandfather who dies seven days before the story’s Great Flood at the tender age of 969.

That’s a lot of serious acting chops to look forward to in the next year or so. Stay tuned for the latest info on these and other great flicks!