Star Scoop: Dwayne Johnson’s Herculean Role, Vampire Weekend Says ‘Ya Hey,’ Uma Thurman’s New UTA Deal

By  May 03, 2013

Dwayne Johnson—and his muscles—are pretty busy these days. Not only is he starring in a dramedy pilot for HBO and reaping the number one success of Pain & Gain, he’s readying for a role of epic proportions: Hercules. He’ll start filming as the embattled Greek hero in June with Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, who’s just been added to the cast. The MGM-Paramount project is slated for a July 25, 2014 release. [Variety]

Fresh off its finale concert for the Tribeca Film Festival, Vampire Weekend has released a lyric video for the band’s next single “Ya Hey,” the next single from their upcoming project, Modern Vampires of the City. [Vulture]

“Kill Bill” badass Uma Thurman has parted ways with William Morris Endeavor to be represented by United Talent Agency. The global talent firm will represent her on future film and television endeavors, putting her in the company of rapper and actor T.I., who was recently brought on by the agency for his budding on-screen career. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Broadway is saying bye to the revival of Jekyll & Hyde, starring American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis and singer Deborah Cox, will be ending on May 12th. The original production in 1997 ran for more than 1,500 performances and received four Tony nominations. [Wall Street Journal]

Olympus Has Fallen is getting some theatrical competition this summer with the release of the Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum thriller White House Down. The blockbuster follows Tatum as an off-duty officer who must protect his daughter and the President of the United States after a terrorist attack on the White House. See how it weighs in after its June 28th release. [YouTube]

Just because Ryan Gosling is taking a break from acting for other filmmaking pursuits, doesn’t mean we can’t revel in his glory. The Only God Forgives star was spotted on set of his new project How to Catch a Monster where he’s easing into his behind-the-scenes role. His lady love Eva Mendes is starring in his directorial debut. [E! Online]

Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, and James Taylor are among the acts confirmed for  a May 30th benefit concert for victims of the Boston Marathon attack. Tickets for the philanthropic showcase will go on sale Monday, May 6th for $35-$285. [Yahoo News]