On Aug. 18, 2013, I caught up with "Insidious: Chapter 2" co-stars Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson at the New York City press junket for the movie. During separate roundtable interviews that I did with Byrne and Wilson, they revealed some information that has not yet been reported.
First, Byrne confirmed the rumor that she has the role of Grace in the 2014 movie musical "Annie," which is directed by Will Gluck. Other cast members announced so far are Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks. The Wrap reported that Bobby Cannavale (who is dating Byrne in real life) has also joined the "Annie" cast: "He'll play Guy, a bulldog political consultant to Foxx's character as he runs for mayor of New York."
When I asked Byrne if she was definitely going to be in the 2014 movie version of "Annie," she replied in her first comments to the media about her role in the movie: "Yes. I think I can say that now. I am playing the role of Grace, who works with Benjamin Stacks, who is Jamie Foxx's character."
As for how she feels about her first singing role in a movie, Byrne laughed and said, "Just dipping my toe into the whole thing. I'm starting. I'm going to see how it all unfolds. It's really exciting."
"Annie," which is about orphans and their guardians, has had countless stage productions all over the world but only a few movie versions. There was a 1982 feature film of "Annie" (directed by John Huston) that starred Carol Burnett, Albert Finney, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry and Eileen Quinn (as Annie). Then in 1999, Rob Marshall directed a TV-movie version of "Annie" (which aired in the U.S. on ABC) that starred Kathy Bates, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Victor Garber, Alan Cumming and Alicia Morton (as Annie).
Meanwhile, Wilson revealed for the first time that he is going to star in a movie adaptation of "Big Stone Gap," which has a lot of personal meaning to him and his family. Wilson said about his upcoming plans: "I think I'm going to do this movie called 'Big Stone Gap,' based on the novel by Adriana Trigiani. It's a little independent movie, but coincidentally, 'Big Stone Gap,' which is a series of books that were very successful, is where my father and grandfather are all from, this tiny little coal-mining town [in Virginia]. So it's a double whammy for me. I get to stay at my grandparents' house. They're no longer here, but we still own the house on Wilson Road, going over Wilson Bridge."
The full interviews with Byrne and Wilson will be published in my Celebrity Q&A blog on Examiner.com, closer to the U.S. release date of "Insidious: Chapter 2," which opens in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on Sept. 13, 2013.
In the meantime, fans of Byrne and Wilson can see them in other movies that have already been released in 2013. Byrne co-stars in the drama "The Place Beyond the Pines" and two comedies: "The Internship" and "I Give It a Year." Her 2013 movie "The Turning" is currently set for release only in Australia. (Click here to read an interview with Byrne for "I Give It a Year.") "The Place Beyond the Pines" and "I Give It a Year" are currently available on demand. The release date for "The Internship" DVD/Blu-ray/digital download is to be announced, but the release date will be the same day that "The Internship" premieres on demand.
Wilson is one of the stars of the horror movie "The Conjuring," which was a big hit and will likely have at least one sequel. (Click here to read an interview with stars from "The Conjuring.") The release date for "The Conjuring" DVD/Blu-ray/digital download is to be announced, but the release date will be the same day that "The Conjuring" premieres on demand.
"Insidious: Chapter 2" is the third horror movie that Wilson has done with director James Wan, who also directed 2011's "Insidious" and 2013's "The Conjuring." How many more horror movies will Wilson do? At the "Insidious: Chapter 2" press junket in New York City, Wilson said he's "all tapped out" from doing horror movies for a while.
There is currently no script for a sequel to "The Conjuring" or an "Insidious: Chapter 3" movie, but don't be surprised if Wilson is convinced to do a sequel to "The Conjuring."
Wilson said about a second "The Conjuring" movie: "I think if Ron Livingston and Lili [Taylor] were sitting here, they'd go, 'I don't think we're in 'Conjuring 2.' It just makes sense that [paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Wilson and Vera Farmiga] would go on to a different case."
As for Wilson being in a third "Insidious" movie, people will have to wait and see "Insidious: Chapter 2" to find out how likely his character in the movie will be in future "Insidious" sequels. Wilson commented, "You can only be surprised so many times. It's a different beast with 'Conjuring' because we're not the family being [haunted]."