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Noteworthy News: Abrams in for Trek 2, First Synopsis for Raimi’s Oz, Dawson & Cassel Added to Boyle’s ‘Trance’

1) Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel have been confirmed to be a part of Danny Boyle’s next project ‘Trance.’  Over the past decade, Boyle has been on fire, receiving critical acclaim for his last two movies, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (Won – Best Directing) and ‘127 Hours’ (Nominated for Best Picture and Best Writing).  ‘Trance’ is being both written and directed by Boyle, and tells a story about a thrilled story about a failed robbery featuring James McAvoy.

(Via The Playlist)

2) J.J. Abrams has finally committed to direct ‘Star Trek 2.’  While everyone has been waiting in anticipation for his response, including fans and producers, Paramount has had to readjust some of their scheduled releases due to Abrams indecision.  The original studio release date was July 29, 2012, but it seems much more likely now to land in the summer of 2013.

“Just been waiting for JJ to be free to really decide if he likes the story and hear his suggestions before we finish the script. Once he says go, we’ll have it in no time. Meanwhile, our outline is detailed enough (70+ pages!) to do some prep :),” Orci posted

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3) The first synopsis for Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ has been released.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. ‘


(Via Collider)