LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Australian newcomer Rachael Taylor and "Prison Break" star Amaury Nolasco have been cast in "Transformers," the live-action adaptation of the 1980s Hasbro toy line of giant robots that morph into cars, trucks, planes and ships.
Tyrese Gibson is in negotiations to join them in director Michael Bay's DreamWorks project. Already cast are Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Jon Voight and Bernie Mac.
Taylor will play Maggie Marconi, a codebreaker at a think tank. Nolasco and Gibson are Army officers.
"Transformers," which has a July 4, 2007, release date, is scheduled to start shooting this month in Los Angeles.
Taylor was in town only three weeks when she booked her role. She appeared in the feature "Man-Thing" and played Catherine Oxenberg in TV's "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure."
Nolasco is best known for playing Wentworth Miller's cellmate in Fox's cult hit "Prison Break." He is currently in theaters with the comedy "The Benchwarmers."
Gibson most recently appeared in "Annapolis." Other feature credits include "Four Brothers" and "Flight of the Phoenix."
Yay for Amaury! Like I said, he was the funniest part of Benchwarmers. :o) And a movie about Transformers? I loved them!
These two bits were in the January 13-15th issue of The Hollywood Reporter:
Small Screen Standouts
THR's Barry Garron make his annual TV Predictions
Except for ABC's "Lost," all of the nominated drama series are new kids on the block. It's tempting to pick "Rome" because of two factors common to previous winners: 1) It's on HBO and 2) It was filmed overseas. Instead, I think the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will choose Fox's "Prison Break." The series has high drama and great action, a combination that should endear it to Golden Globe voters.
**Note: He did a predictions for Best Actor Drama also, but didn't mention Wentworth. Instead he chose Hugh Laurie.
Will Golden Globe voters continue to put their ballots behind indies- and leave studio films in the dust?
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"...But there also is a significant element in the TV categories of paying homage to the new. Four of the five series nominated for top drama and three of the six for best musical or comedy are rookies: ABC's "Commander-in Chief," and "Grey's Anatomy," Fox's "Prison Break," HBO's lusty period epic "Rome" and the comedies "My Name is Earl" (NBC), "Weeds" (Showtime), and "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN).
...Also enjoying a particularly good Globes showing is 20th Century Fox Television, with nominations for "Earl" and its star Jason Lee, "Prison Break" and its charismatic breakout lead Wentworth Miller, "24" lead Kiefer Sutherland and ABC's "Boston Legal" castmate Candice Bergen.
Following is a brief analysis of the major film and TV races being decided at Monday night's Golden Globes ceremony:
Actor (Television Drama):
For more than a year, buzz has been surrounding the performance of Laurie as the crotchety Dr. Greg House. He has to be seen as a front-runner even though Sutherland is a four-time Globes nominee (and one-time winner in 2002). But the momentum on the white-hot Miller also could carry him into the winner's circle."