Actress Halle Berry has officially signed up to reprise her role as superhero mutant Storm in the upcoming X-MEN movie.
Director Bryan Singer thrilled fans of the sci-fi franchise on Monday by using his Twitter blog to confirm rumors of the Oscar winner’s involvement in the sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class as the cast and crew prepare to begin shooting in Canada.
He tweeted, “Couldn’t be more excited that #HalleBerry has joined the cast of #XMen #DaysofFuturePast. Hopefully she can improve the weather in Montreal.”
Berry portrayed Ororo Munroe and her alter ego Storm in the original X-Mentrilogy, which was rebooted for 2011 prequel starring Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.
All four main actors are set to return for the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, while Berry’s original co-star Hugh Jackman is also aboard to return as Wolverine.
The new installment of the comic book adaptation is due to hit theaters in the summer of 2014.
Ryan Reynolds is being targeted to appear in ‘Highlander’.
The ‘Safe House’ actor is reportedly the frontrunner to take on the lead role in the forthcoming reboot, and though no formal offers have yet been made, sources tell Variety that both the actor and studio Lionsgate-Summit are ”very interested” in working together on the project.
However, the insiders add that Ryan is also weighing up other offers and could instead pursue other projects.
Plot details for the movie are not yet known, but the original series – which began with a 1986 movie and had several sequels and a TV show – followed an immortal swordsman through the centuries as he battled other immortal warriors.
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is to direct the movie with Neal Moritz and Peter Davis producing through Moritz’s Original Film banner along with Enrique LÃ³pez Lavigne and Belen Atienza.
Ryan was last seen in ‘Safe House’, which has grossed over $120 million at the US box office and has not yet committed to any new projects since the success of the movie.
However his ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ character, Deadpool, is getting a spin-off movie, though it is not confirmed when work will begin on the project.
“Patrick Stewart, the first actor to host the Peabody Awards Presentation Luncheon, brings a career that perfectly illustrates the breadth of the Peabody Award,” said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia. “He starred in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which was recognized with a Peabody in 1987. Just last year, he gave us his superb Macbeth, another Peabody Award production. The Peabody recognizes excellence in journalism and news, documentary and public service, and in all forms of entertainment in electronic media. We are truly honored to have Sir Patrick as our host. “
The winners of the Peabody Awards for original broadcast, cablecast and Webcast programs presented in 2011 will be announced via Webcast on April 4 from the University of Georgia.
An internationally respected actor known for successfully bridging the gap between the theatrical world of the Shakespearean stage and contemporary film and television, Sir Patrick Stewart has demonstrated his versatility in a wide range of projects.
Stewart has a long standing relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and is an Honorary Associate Artist, having been made an Associate Artist in 1967. With the RSC he has played roles such as King John, Shylock, Henry IV, Cassius, Titus Andronicus and Oberon. He has also starred in many contemporary works with the RSC, including plays by Tom Stoppard, Edward Bond, Howard Barker and David Rudkin. Stewart recently completed a run at London’s Young Vic in the lead role of William Shakespeare in a revival of Bond’s 1973 play Bingo.
Alongside his extensive theatre work, Patrick has had an enormously successful film and television career. He reprised his role as Captain Jean Luc Picard in the hit Next Generation theatrical films and portrayed Professor Xavier in the popular X-Men movie series. He has voiced characters in such animated films as Steamboy, Chicken Little, The Game of Their Lives and Bambi 2. He recently provided the narration for the natural history documentary Earth.
Stewart’s many honors include an Emmy for directing a Next Generation episode called A Fistful of Datas and Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.), conferred on him by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2001. He received a knighthood in the New Year Honour’s list in 2010 for his services to Drama.
The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The Peabody Awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff. For more information regarding the Peabody Awards program, visitwww.peabody.uga.edu