American actress Emma Roberts and British thesp Craig Roberts (no relation) are teaming up to co-star in indie drama “I Am My Family Secret”, according to Deadline. The film reunites Emma Roberts with director Derick Martini, who made his directorial debut on the Roberts-starrer “Lymelife” back in 2008.
The film, sure to be dark and gritty like Martini’s previous projects, follows two wildly different brothers who discover that their parents have kept a life-altering secret from them for over twenty years. Presumably Craig will be one of the brothers, and there’s no word on who Emma will play (a secret sister? A secret sister one of the brothers begins dating? Is she her family secret? The possibilities are endless). Martini’s “Lymelife” follow-up, “Hick”, has received critical reviews, but by all accounts he did his best work with Emma as his leading lady, and the same could be said for her acting as well, so this is certainly one to look forward to.
Both young thesps are currently represented at the Sundance Film Festival, Emma Roberts in comedy “Celeste and Jesse Forever”, which sold to Sony Pictures Classics, and Craig Roberts in “The First Time”, the Jonathan Kasden coming-of-age dramedy that’s also been very well received, with one sitecalling it “‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ Meets John Hughes” (in a good way). Emma, niece of Julia and son of Eric, broke out on her own when she starred in Nickelodeon series “Unfabulous”, then made a pretty successful transition to film with roles in “Scream 4″ and “The Art of Getting By.” Craig broke out in British indie coming-of-age tale “Submarine” and is also in Sundance flick “Red Lights” from “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes.
It certainly was a morning full of surprises and snubs as the Academy Awards announced their nominations this morning. There was plenty to be ecstatic about and plenty to scratch your head over, so let’s dive in to some of the biggest reveals.
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the 9/11 novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, had been deemed down and out by most prognosticators after getting severely mixed reviews and not being lauded by any other group aside from the Broadcast Film Critics, but the Academy clearly fell for the emotional movie (sidenote: so did I) and it landed the biggest shock of the morning as the final Best Picture nominee announced. Max Von Sydow, in a riveting mute performance, also landed a well-deserved (but quite surprising as well) Best Supporting Actor nomination. Similarly, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” was a movie that seemed to be missing out on key precursors and thus had little shot at any nominations in major categories, but came on strong and landed Best Picture, Best Director and – most deservedly – Best Cinematography.
Looks like Disney star Selena Gomez is taking creative control of her career. The young “Wizards of Waverly Place” star is looking to add Producer to her resume, optioning teen novel “The Sky is Everywhere” with her production company as a starring vehicle for herself. Deadline reported the news today.
Gomez will star as 17-year-old Lennie Walker, a clarinet-playing band geek who has always stood firmly in the shadow of her popular older sister Bailey. When Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie finds herself thrust into the spotlight and caught between two boys, her sister’s boyfriend Toby, who understands her own grief, and Joe, a fellow musician and recent transplant from Paris (oh, how dreamy).
Gomez traveled the Miley Cyrus road to success via her own Disney Channel television series “Wizards of Waverly Place”, which has led to a music recording career as well as a fashion line and other tween-friendly franchises, but she has impressed on the big screen as well. Youth-driven comedies like “Ramona and Beezus” and “Monte Carlo” proved Gomez to be a charming and likeable presence on the big screen, and she’ll try her hand at darker fare next, lining up roles in Harmony Korine‘s “Spring Breakers” and comedy “Hot Mess.” Universal also acquired another teen novel for her to star in, “Thirteen Reasons Why”, but thus far there has been no movement on that front; perhaps a catalyst for Gomez to take charge and option the projects she wants with her own production company, a move that’s fast becoming popular with actors seeking more control over the projects they star in.
Cima Productions, currently basking in the glow of rave reviews at Sundance for their directorial debut “Filly Brown”, have announced their next project, a psychological thriller to star young thesps Jake Hoffman and Nikki Reed. Deadline reported the news earlier today.
“Filly Brown” helmer Youssef Delara will co-direct with producer Victor Teran, who also wrote the script. Set in the underground dubstep scene, the film follows Hoffman as a brilliant but introverted musician who falls for Reed’s young social worker. A romance blossoms then quickly withers, with “shocking and tragic results.” “We’re extremely blessed that, after our amazing experience with Gina Rodriguez on Filly, we get to continue working with more brilliant young actors like Jake and Nikki,” Delara tells Deadline. Production is slated to begin on March26, with a return to Sundance in 2013 planned for the premiere.
Reed made a splash early when she co-wrote and starred in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen”, partly based on her own life, but got her biggest break yet when Hardwicke cast her as the vampire Rosalie in “Twilight.” She’ll wrap up that role in “Breaking Dawn Part II”, which releases this November. Hoffman played a younger version of Adam Sandler in “Click” and has appeared on TV shows like “Arrested Development” and “Californiacation.”
Elizabeth Olsen returns to Sundance (where she broke out in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” one year ago) in “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes’ “Red Lights”, and today we have our first look at a clip of her in the film. Sigourney Weaver stars as a paranormal investigator who aims to debunk fraudulent claims, and Olsen and Cillian Murphy are along for the ride as her assistants. Everything comes to a head with the reappearance of Robert DeNiro’s character, a famous blind psychic who disappeared inexplicably for 30 years. The film is meeting with mixed reports from Sundance and it’s apparently got a whopper of an ending.
In the clip below, Weaver, Olsen and Murphy are on stake out, looking for “red lights” in a crowd, which apparently means people behaving strangely. No distribution deal is in place yet for the film, though a 2012 release is certainly likely.
Olsen is also appearing in Sundance entry “Liberal Arts”, directed by and co-starring Josh Radnor, which has been much more universally praised. Looks like the Sundance streak continues for Olsen.
Miles Teller is certainly turning out to be one to watch on the comedy scene. Already a favorite with the gang behind “Old School” and “The Hangover”, he’s now circling the lead in another similarly zeitgeist-mirroring youthful comedy. Variety reports the up and coming actor is in negotiations to star in “Get a Job”, which “Rodger Dodger” helmer Dylan Kidd is looking to direct.
The film follows Teller and his friends, recent college graduates who find themselves having trouble landing their dream jobs in the recession. The studio, CBS Films, cautions that no official deals are in place yet and the project has not been greenlit, but production could get underway as early as February. Offers for other roles are out to Anna Kendrick and Bryan Cranston, while a handful of other young actors are circling roles as well, including Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover of NBC’s “Community” fame, “Saturday Night Live”‘s Jay Pharaoh and “Rodger Dodger” star Jesse Eisenberg, though his role is presumed to be something of a cameo.
Teller, who broke out with a pivotal role in John Cameron Mitchell’s critically acclaimed “Rabbit Hole”, will star in a pair of frat-boy party-hard pics, first in “Project X”, the Todd Philipps produced found-footage high school party gone awry comedy releasing on March 2, and then in “21 and Over”, about three friends whose 21st birthday celebration gets a little too drunk and out of control, which marks the directorial debut of “The Hangover” scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
Jake Abel and Saiorse Ronan, meet your siblings. Casting on Andrew Niccol’s “The Host” is firming up, and Variety reports model-slash-actor Boyd Holbrook has signed on to play the macho Kyle O’Shea, big brother to Abel’s Ian, while child actor Chandler Cantebury will play Jamie Stryder, little brother to Ronan’s Melanie.
“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer traded in vampires for aliens in her first adult action novel about Melanie Stryder, a human who lives in a post-apocalyptic world where humans still technically exist and walk around, but with their brains controlled by alien “souls.” When Melanie is taken over by a soul named Wanderer, her will to survive is too strong to completely overcome and the two beings share her body and attempt to return to the small pocket of human resistance she belonged to before her capture. Max Irons is on board as Melanie’s boyfriend Jared, Diane Krugerrecently joined the cast as The Seeker, an alien who pursues Melanie/Wanderer in the hopes of converting the last group of humans. William Hurt plays the leader of that group, operating out of an underground cave. Filming is set to begin at the end of the month in New Mexico, with a release date already set for March 29, 2013.
Holbrook, a former male model, has a still somewhat light resume in acting, recently seen in Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut “Higher Ground” and indie comedy “The Oranges”, as well as series like “The Big C” and “Hatfields & McCoys.” The 13-year-old Cantebury actually has more credits to his name, most notably “The Curios Case of Benjamin Button” and “Knowing”, along with at least three films in 2012, “The Goats”, “Plastic Jesus” and “Little Red Wagon.”
Two relatively unknown young actresses are about to get a big boost to their profile in Hollywood. Variety reports British actress Andrea Riseborough and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko have landed the highly coveted female leads opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi epic formerly titled “Oblivion” (and then “Horizons”). Jessica Chastain had been offered one of the roles, but as previously reported, had to pass when she committed to doing Kathryn Bigelow’s “Kill Bin Laden”, which films at the same time. Kurylenko and Riseborough beat out just about every other young actress for their roles, including Olivia Wilde, Brit Marling and Noomi Rapace.
“Tron: Legacy” helmer Joseph Kosinski directs the film about a man named Jack who lives in the clouds above the earth and goes down to the surface to repair drones that keep the planet safe from an alien race that has practically wiped out the human race. The two female leads are Julia, Jack’s wife, and Victoria, a beautiful mysterious woman who crash lads in an escape pod and leads him to question everything he knows. No word on who will play which character, but the presumption had always been that Chastain would play the wife, so it stands to reason – via the wording in Variety’s report – that Kurylenko will be taking over that role while Riseborough would play the mysterious intruder. Filming begins soon with a release date already set for a July 19, 2013.
Riseborough stars as Wallis Simpson in Madonna’s much talked about “W.E.” and is headed to Sundance next week to premiere James Marsh’s Irish spy thriller “Shadow Dancer.” Kurylenko played the female lead opposite Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace” and has appeared to escape the Bond Girl curse with a promising career post-Bond. She is a part of Terrence Malick’s next untitled film (working under the title “The Burial”), also starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, and is currently filming “Seven Psychopaths” opposite Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Abbie Cornish.
It’s one of the most striking and talked-about scenes from “The Hunger Games” and today Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss garbed and ready to ignite to become the Girl on Fire (that’s Lenny Kravitz as costume designer Cinna’s hand holding that flame to her outfit) during the opening ceremony of the Games. Hey, you want to look good before you’re sent into the jungle to fight 23 other kids to the death.
Director Gary Ross tells EW, “What Cinna was trying to do was create something that came out of District 12, out of a coal mining world, with a fresh, bold look to it. So Judianna went to this wonderful black reflective material that glistened like coal or graphite and would obviously work well in the Tribute parade where Katniss becomes the Girl on Fire.” Fire, of course, has great significance to the world that Katniss inhabits. In an obvious nod to her Girl on Fire persona, “Catching Fire” is the title of the second book and movie, already set for a November 23, 2013, and details the uprising that begins to take hold of the lower class citizens of Panem in the wake of the Games.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) will get their shot at winning “The Hunger Games” when it’s released on March 23, 2012. The full image of the District 12 duo in their Tribute parade costumes can be seen below.
Again, we’ve chosen a group of fresh talent who we believe will be appearing in some interesting and high profile movies this year, which may or may not propel them to another level in their career. Some may be familiar to you already, some may be completely new. You may cheer at some inclusions, rage at who we left off (it was hard for us too, trust us!), but for better or worse, here are twenty-four actors and actresses that we will be keeping our eyes on this year.
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