The two Hollywood superstars have stepped back from the remakes of "The Magnificent Seven" and "Point Break." According to Thewrap.com, Cruise is no longer attached to the project that was designed to remake the classic Western, a project he had been involved with since May 2012. The Hollywood studio has asked John Lee Hancock to work on a new script. Hancock directed Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side," for which she received an Academy Award.
Between historical dramas, science-fiction thrillers, superhero action movies and arthouse films, there will be something for everyone next year. The coming year will be a busy one for the Hollywood star, who returns to theaters next May in the title role of "Maleficent," a live-action adaptation of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" told from the perspective of the iconic villain. Next Christmas, the actress will present her latest project as a director, "Unbroken." The film is a biopic on the remarkable destiny of Louis Zamperini, a former small-time criminal who went on to become an Olympic athlete and later a war hero. The 42-year-old French actress has teamed up once again with "Melancholia" director Lars von Trier for "Nymphomaniac," which premieres at the Berlinale in February 2014 before hitting US theaters in March.
For his second film as director, British actor Ralph Fiennes lifts the cover on a little-known secret about classic English author Charles Dickens: his decade-long adulterous affair with a young actress. Fiennes, a Shakespearean actor who made his debut behind the camera with 2011's "Coriolanus," used a 1990 biography as the basis for "The Invisible Woman," on limited release from Wednesday in the United States. When Dickens fell in love with 18-year-old Ellen "Nelly" Ternan, the "Oliver Twist" author was 45.