October 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer get too close too fast (for her dad’s taste, anyway) in the first trailer for the remake of 1980s teen romantic drama “Endless Love.” She’s a good girl who’s spent her life with her nose buried in a book, he’s a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, but it’s pretty much love at first sight for our young lovers. Pretty soon he’s texting her romantic, not creepy at all messages like “What are you doing every day for the rest of your life?” “IDK, probably like college and a career and stuff?” I imagine is her giggling answer. Her dad (Bruce Greenwood) is very unhappy with the developments, and things get out of control.
The interesting thing to me about what we see so far of this film is its unapologetic, straightforward romantic melodrama tone. There’s no trying to add humor or a werewolf or vampire or two, and while there is some danger that seems to come from this relationship, the trailer does seem to focus on the intensity of their feelings for each other. Probably why chemistry testing was such a big part of this casting process. As a result it reads more like a Lifetime Movie of the Week than a theatrical release, but if you think about it, it’s pretty refreshing to see something that’s so different from everything else that’s out there these days.
“Endless Love” will be released, of course, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014. See the first trailer below.
October 10, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
British actor Alex Pettyfer, 23, will reunite with director Lee Daniels to play one-half of a gay interracial couple in his forthcoming action film.
In an interview with Out magazine (via The Film Stage), Daniels compared the film’s premise to “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but with “the two good-looking guys as the action heroes.” He added: “We don’t find out they’re gay until the end of the movie.”
Daniels, who is openly gay, has managed to break barriers in Hollywood with his African-American-centric films such as “Precious” and “The Butler” – the latter of which has found success at both the box office and with critics. “I don’t think I’m going to have a problem now. I made a $100 million for The Butler,” he said in answer to questions of being able to get such a project greenlit. “I’m in a rare group. So this is something I feel good about.”
Daniels also praised Pettyfer, who played a small role in “The Butler” as a slave owner and had been Daniels’ first choice for the Zac Efron role in “The Paperboy.” “Alex Pettyfer is in it, [but] I have to find the right black guy opposite him. He’s so hot, isn’t he? So hot. And so aware of his hotness in a way that’s so…I love him to death.”
In addition to “The Butler,” Pettyfer most recently starred in last year’s male stripper dramedy “Magic Mike” by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh. Next up, he will play opposite Gabriella Wilde in the remake of the 1981 romantic drama “Endless Love.”
August 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Now, it’s not time to panic just yet, Alex Pettyfer haters, because an audition is certainly a far cry from actually being cast, but Latino Review reports the “I Am Number Four” actor is going in for a meeting about a lead role in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” In less upsetting news, British actress Rachel Hurd-Wood has also auditioned for a role, presumably to play the daughter of Princess Leia and Han Solo.
Deep breaths, everybody. Both of these are obviously very preliminary. LR are careful to point out that a reading or a meeting with Lucasfilm could mean nothing, it doesn’t even necessarily mean JJ Abrams or the producers are seriously considering these two, as they are meeting a lot of young actors. However, they do update that Ryan Gosling has already passed on the opportunity to play Luke Skywalker’s son, so that could be the role Pettyfer is going in to read for. Additionally, a major piece of casting news (not to do with Hurd-Wood or Pettyfer) could be as close as being officially announced today.
Hurd-Wood is probably still best known for playing Wendy in 2003′s live action “Peter Pan” adaptation, and she also starred in Aussie teen thriller “Tomorrow When the War Began,” which, for my money, was a hell of a lot better than the YA adaptations Hollywood is churning out these days. Pettyfer starred in a couple of those failed YA adaptations, “Beastly” and “I Am Number Four”, but did more respectable work for Steven Soderbergh in “Magic Mike” and currently in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
May 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Emma Rigby and Aussie actor Rhys Wakefield have joined the cast of romantic drama remake “Endless Love”, according to The Wrap. Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde play the leads originated by Martin Hewitt and Brooke Shields in the 1981 original film, and “The Hunger Games”‘ Dayo Okeniyi, Bruce Greenwood and Robert Patrick also have supporting roles. Shana Feste is directing.
Wilde and Pettyfer play a pair of high school students who fall deeply in love and whose intense relationship puts her parents on edge. When they are forced to break up until the end of high school, Pettyfer’s character sets an ill-fated plan into motion to appear as a hero in front of them to win back their favor, leading to tragic consequences. Okeniyi plays the role of Pettyfer’s daredevil best friend, while Wakefield will play Wilde’s older brother, who struggles to live up to the legacy of their older brother, who passed away. No word on who Rigby plays.
Wakefield starred on famed Aussie soap “Home and Away” and James Cameron’s “Sanctum.” He’ll soon be seen in home invasion thriller “The Purge.” Ribgy starred on British soap “Hollyoaks” and plays the Red Queen in ABC series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”, which was just picked up to series.
May 8, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The first trailer for Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” was released today and it’s a stirring two and a half minutes that tugs at the heartstrings. Talk about an impressive trailer to get us talking about the first of this year’s awards-baity films!
Starring Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines and Oprah Winfrey as his wife, “The Butler” is based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about a black man who served as a White House butler to eight presidents over three decades. Daniel’s film also stars David Oyelowo as Gaines’ song Louis who was a Freedom Rider, Alex Pettyfer as a slave-owner, and James Marsden and Minka Kelly as President Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy.
This trailer has a heavy focus on the 1960s and the Civil Rights Movement, showcasing Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King Jr., but expect the film to cover all of the presidents that Cecil Gaines worked for in the White House, with this first trailer giving us glimpses of Eisenhower (Robin Williams), Kennedy, Nixon (John Cusack) and President Reagan (Alan Rickman)
“The Butler” will be released on October 18th 2013 – perfect for awards season.
Click below to watch the trailer.
May 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dayo Okeniyi, who played Thresh in “The Hunger Games”, continues to be one of the most prolific and fast-rising young actors to break out of the 2012 blockbuster. THR reports today he has landed a major role in Universal’s remake of 1980s romantic thriller “Endless Love” starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde.
Wilde and Pettyfer play a pair of high school students who fall deeply in love and whose intense relationship puts her parents on edge. When they are forced to break up until the end of high school, Pettyfer’s character sets an ill-fated plan into motion to appear as a hero in front of them to win back their favor, leading to tragic consequences. Okeniyi is lining up the role of Pettyfer’s daredevil best friend, while Robert Patrick recently took the role of Pettyfer’s father. Shana Feste directing the remake.
Okeniyi, who made his feature debut in “The Hunger Games” but whose fate in the story won’t allow for a return in the sequel, has nevertheless lined up quite the upcoming slate. He will next be seen opposite Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in Sundance hit “The Spectacular Now” and he has also wrapped filming on gambling drama “Runner Runner” with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.
March 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filmmakers have been searching for a pair of young actors to headline a remake of 1980s romantic thriller “Endless Love” and have finally found them in Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, according to Variety.
Director Shana Feste screen tested five young actresses last month, Wilde among them, but Pettyfer has apaprently pulled off a coup for his role, taking it from Brenton Thwaites, who the filmmakers reportedly liked enough to pair in readings with all the girls. In any case, it’s now Pettyfer and Wilde who will play intensely in love high schoolers whose relationship is forbidden by her parents, leading to tragic consequences. Filming begins this spring.
Pettyfer, last seen in “Magic Mike”, also tested for the lead in “Divergent” but ultimately lost out to Theo James, and most recently wrapped up shooting on Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” Wilde is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and will soon be seen opposite Chloe Moretz in Kimberly Pierce’s remake of “Carrie.”
January 31, 2013 | Posted by Lindsey Young
in Casting, Features
With the announcement that Shaliene Woodley has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming dystopian “Divergent“, as well as Kate Winslet being in talks for an unknown role, this adaptation of the YA novel just got a little more real. Naturally, the next course of action will be to seek out other young individuals (well-known or perhaps not) to fill out the rest of the roles of Tris’ friends and foes alike. It’s no surprise that among Tris’ circle of friends is a love interest, and yes, it’s time to play the casting game again.
After Woodley’s negotiations became public knowledge last year, names were thrown into the casting mix for the pivotal role of “Four”, Tris’ mentor-turned-love interest. Alexander Ludwig (Cato of “The Hunger Games“) tweeted that he had a meeting with Lionsgate about the role. Not too long after, “Teen Wolf” star Colton Haynes caused much speculation among fans when he announced his departure from the MTV show and soon after followed Veronica Roth, author of “Divergent” on twitter while tweeting that he had some “news” to share soon. Related instances? Who knows. They were, however, perhaps meaningless ones as earlier this month, Alex Pettyfer, Lucas Till and Jeremy Irvine were reported to have auditioned for the role. The search is definitely on, but nothing and no one has been confirmed as of yet.
Of the names who have been thrown into the pool, there are some that we at Up and Comers could see as Four – but then there are also some that we think should stay far, far away from this adaptation lest they just turn him into another lacking portrayal of a character with so much to work with. In the words of our Tris Prior herself, “This character needs to be extremely masculine, and his eyes need to scream vulnerability and sensitivity.” We agree, Shailene. And so here are five actors that we think would be great as Tris’ mentor and eventual love interest.
January 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Shailene Woodley is still searching for her Four. Two months after she tested opposite a quartet of young leading men, director Neil Burger and the filmmakers behind “Divergent” are still looking for the perfect male lead. Variety reports today that a trio of guys will test opposite Woodley later this week, and the contenders are Lucas Till, Jeremy Irvine and Alex Pettyfer.
Till is the only holdver from the guys who tested in November, so it seems fair to say Brenton Thwaites, Luke Bracey and Jack Reynor did not make the cut, while Variety is careful to point out that Till may have a slight advantage over his new competitors but there are no clear frontrunners just yet. Woodley plays Tris Prior, whose futuristic dystopic world is one in which society is divided into factions (Dauntless, Abnegation, Amity, Candor, and Erudite), and each person is sorted into each faction based on a personality test that determines their dominant character traits. Born into the selfless faction Abnegation, Tris shocks her family when she opts to join Dauntless, the brave, instead. There she meets Four, a fellow Abnegation defector who has now taken on a leadership role in their new faction. Four is stand offish, mysterious and super hot. Well, of course. In any case, they discover they have bigger problems to worry about than their burgeoning romance. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Chicago this spring for a March 21, 2014 release.
Till is perhaps best known for his role as Havok in “X-Men: First Class” (he’s not yet confirmed to return for its sequel, and scheduling conflicts would surely arise if he landed “Divergent”). He will next be seen Chan-wook Park’s “Stoker” opposite Mia Wasikowska and recently wrapped up shooting on “Paranoia” opposite Liam Hemsworth. Irvine was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg to star in his Oscar-nominated “War Horse” and also recently played Pip in a new adaptation of “Great Expectations.” He recently wrapped up shooting “The Railway Man”, in which he plays the younger version of Colin Firth. Pettyfer, who’s had YA adaptation experience thanks to his starring role in “I Am Number Four”, most recently headlined Steven Soderbergh’s sleeper hit “Magic Mike” opposite Channing Tatum. He recently wrapped up shooting on Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.”
July 30, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The cast of Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” is still growing. Today Deadline reports Daniels has found his MLK in “True Blood” actor Nelsan Ellis, who joins a cast that already includes Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey, Liam Neeson, Nicole Kidman, Minka Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr, Alex Pettyfer, Terrance Howard and Lenny Kravitz in the true historical tale.
Whitaker plays Eugene Allen, the White House butler who started out as an entry level “pantry man” in pre-Civil Rights 1952 to serving eight presidents over 30 years and witnessing firsthand such historical events as the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy. Winfrey and Oyelowo play his wife and son, respectively, while the rest of the cast all play real life historical and political figures, which now includes Ellis as the iconic Civil Rights leader. Filming is underway.
Ellis appeared in “The Help” with Oyelowo, as well as sports films “Secretariat” and “The Express”, though he’s most well known for his role as short order cook and gay witch Lafeyette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood”, now in its 6th season. He recently wrapped up shooting indie films “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” opposite Keiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson, and “Gods Behaving Badley” with Christopher Walken and Sharon Stone.