Meet your newest scream queen: Jane Levy, who is signing on to another horror flick before the much-buzzed about, controversial “Evil Dead” remake even hits theaters. Screen Daily reports Levy is in negotiations for the lead role in “In a Dark Place”, a psychological thriller in the vein of “The Others” and “The Innoncents.”
UK director Bharat Nalluri will direct from a screenplay by Stacey Menear. Levy will play a young American student who goes overseas to England to act as nanny to “a most unusual charge.” Filming is set to begin in the spring. The film sounds awfully similar to “The Darkness”, which had Mary Elizabeth Winstead attached to star in last year, but to the best of our knowledge, the two are entirely different projects.
Scream Queen is seemingly an odd fit for Levy, who’s generally a comedic actress as the star of hit ABC series “Suburgatory”, now in its second season and showing no signs of slowing down. She landed the lead role of Mia in Sam Raimi’s upcoming remake of his own horror classic “Evil Dead” after Lily Collins dropped out. The film, which has shocked with explicit promos and which had to be recut to get an R rating, will premiere at SXSW next month and is set for an April 5th release. Levy was seen in last year’s “Fun Size” and “Nobody Walks.”
International rising stars Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites are heading Down Under for thriller “Son of a Gun”, which already stars Ewan McGregor, according to Deadline.
Julius Avery begins directing the film later this month in Australia, which is described as “a visceral, tautly paced heist thriller, centers on a complex relationship between Australia’s public enemy No. 1 (McGregor) and his young protégé (Thwaites).” Polish actor Jacek Koman has also joined the cast in an unspecified role.
Vikander will hop on board the shoot after she finishes filming Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film “The Fifth Estate” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl, which is now in production in Germany. The Swedish actress broke out big in 2012 thanks to the one-two punch of Danish Foreign Language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair” and Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina”, in which she played a scene-stealing Kitty. This year she’ll also be seen in sorcery epic “The Seventh Son”, starring opposite Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
Thwaites, who frequently shows up on various shortlists for upcoming high profile projects, was most recently was seen in Lifetime’s remake “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”, will next be seen opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty redo “Maleficent” as well as indie horror “Oculus” opposite “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan.
It appears shortlist stories are becoming more unreliable and obsolete by the hour because another high profile project has cast its lead, and it’s someone who was not previously reported to be in contention. Deadline reports Marvel has found its lead for “Guardians of the Galaxy” in “Moneyball” and “Zero Dark Thirty” star Chris Pratt.
Pratt beat out the likes ofJoel Edgerton, Eddie Redmayne, Jim Sturgess and Zachary Levi for the role of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, the leader of the intergalactic superheroes. James Gunn will direct the Marvel Phase 2 film this summer for a scheduled August 1, 2014 release. Pratt is the second alumn of The WB series “Everwood” to land a major Marvel role. Last week Emily VanCamplanded the female lead in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Abbotts FTW!
Aside from “Everwood”, Pratt is currently a regular on NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” but has been branching out to dramatic big screen roles, the most current being a reluctant baseball player in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” and a Navy SEAL in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” Both films received Best Picture Oscar nominations. He recently wrapped up comedy “The Delivery Man” opposite Vince Vaughn.
The first trailer for indie psychological thriller “The Philosophers” has been released and color us intrigued. James D’Arcy, most recently seen in “Hitchcock”, plays a philosophy teacher at an international school in Indonesia who challenges his class to one final thought experiment. The class, comprised of a plethora of rising young stars including Aussies Rhys Wakefield and Sophie Lowe, “Harry Potter” star Bonnie Wright, “Les Miserables” star George Blagden and “The Carrie Diaries” star Katie Findlay among others, must imagine themselves on the brink of a nuclear apocalypse and in charge of a 10-person underground bunker. With 21 students and only 10 spots, they must decide which of their fellow classmates are bunker-worthy.
Lucky for us, writer/director John Huddles brings these imagined philosophical scenarios to life with some impressive imagery of a scorched earth and futuristic bunker. The film is shopping for distribution in Berlin at the European Film Market this week, so hopefully we will get a release date soon. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer below.
British rising actress Felicity Jones has landed the female lead role in crime thriller “True Story”, according to Deadline. Jonah Hill and James Franco had been set for the two lead roles a year ago, andru now the project may finally be moving along.
Rupert Goold directs the adaptation of former New York Times writer Michael Finkel’s nonfiction book of the same name. Hill will play Finkel, whose memoir revolved around his entanglements with accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco). In 2002 Longo was arrested in Mexico for murdering his entire family, but he was living under an assumed name: Michael Finkel. On the very next day, the real Finkel was fired from his writing job after being accused of twisting facts in an earlier story on the African slave trade. After Longo’s arrest, the only reporter he will speak to is Finkel himself. The two begin a months-long face-off via correspondence, phone calls and face to face meetings as Longo insists he can prove his innocence and Finkel seeks to uncover the truth. Jones will play Finkel’s ” long suffering girlfriend, who tries to stand by her guy even after his screw ups cost them everything.” For what it’s worth, the book contains no such character, but this is a Hollywood makeover, after all.
After breaking out in 2011′s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “Like Crazy”, Jones laid low for a couple of years but now seems to be back with a vengeance. Her second collaboration with “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus – “Breathe In” – just premiered at Sundance 2013, and she recently landed an unspecified role in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″, prompting speculation it could be recurring supporting player Betty Brant or Marvel superhero Felicia Hardy, aka the Black Cat.
The adaptation of Mark Zusak’s bestseller “The Book Thief” is coming together fast as THR reports major casting is now complete on the Brian Percival-directed film. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson will play foster parents in the story that has three young lead characters. French-Canadian child actress Sophie Nelisse landed the titular lead character of Liesel, while fellow unknowns Ben Schnetzer and Nico Liersch will presumably play the roles of Max and Rudy, respectively.
Nelisse’s Liesel, as the title suggests, has a penchant for stealing books. The book follows her as she is orphaned and lands in the care of Hans and Rose Hubermann (Rush and Watson), who are tough but genuinely care for the young girl (Thenardiers, they are not). Liesel learns to read and witnesses the horrors of World War II while bonding with Rudy, the boy next door, and Max, a Jewish refugee her foster parents are hiding in their home. Filming is slated to begin later this month in Berlin.
Nelisse is best known for her Genie-Award winning role in “Monsieur Lazhar”, Canada’s Oscar-nominated Foreign Language entry of 2011. She will make her English-language debut on “The Book Thief.”
Jennifer Lawrence is not very good at taking compliments, which must have made Saturday night rather torturous for the newly minted two-time Oscar nominee. The compliments kept piling on at Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer of the Year Award Tribute dedicated to her incredible 2012 run, and after more than an hour of enduring words of praise from moderator Roger Durling, Lawrence joked, “I’m not going to say thank you anymore, I’m just going to say shut up.”
Lawrence joined festival director Durling onstage as they painstakingly went through her still short but already impressive acting resume, from her feature film debut in Lori Petty’s “The Poker House” to her newest, David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook”, in which she plays the vibrant, explosive and complex Tiffany and for which she just received her second Best Actress Oscar nomination, making her the youngest two-time nominee ever in the category. Lawrence charmed the audience and made them laugh out loud, perhaps none louder than Russell, who would later present Lawrence her trophy and who would call her talent “kissed by angels.”
“Lore” is not an easy film to sit through. Australian director Cate Shortland’s German Foreign Language Oscar entry is a tense, contemplative and eye-opening exploration of a little-seen legacy of World War II, which is drenched in duality and shades of grey, and thrives on the inner turmoil of its lead character. The very definition of a slow-burner with no easy payoff, “Lore” will likely be successful in agitating, frustrating, depressing and horrifying audiences despite its beauty.
Sam Claflin and Lily Collins, both headlining teen adaptation franchises this year, are teaming up for indie romantic comedy “Love, Rosie” according to Deadline.
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”‘ Clary and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”‘s Finnick will play best friends and star-crossed lovers in the film based on the novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, who also wrote “P.S. I Love You”, which was adapted into a film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. “Love, Rosie” begins filming in May under the direction of German director Christian Ditter and follows Collins’ Rosie and Clafin’s Alex, best friends and star-crossed lovers on the cusp of heading off to college. When she gets pregnant unexpectedly, she urges him to go without her and the film chronicles their lives over the next 12 years.
Claflin is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and has a lot on the line with his role in “The Hunger Games” sequel, after fizzling out in previous blockbusters “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Collins, too, will test her teen franchise metal as the lead of “The Mortal Instruments”, which seeks to become the next “Hunger Games” or “Twilight.” She’s also completed work on indie dramas “Stuck in Love” (previously “Writers”) and “The English Teacher” with Julianne Moore.
It’s that time of year again, when studios bring out the big guns to run some amazing new promos for all their biggest future blockbusters. And this all happens during some football game or something. Watch the spots below – this post will be updated as they begin airing and showing up online. Which is your favorite so far?
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