July 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like she’s taking her big break and running with it. Elizabeth Debicki was barely out of drama school in Australia when Baz Luhrmann cast her as Jordan Baker opposite Tobey Maguire in his “The Great Gatsby”, and Hollywood has clearly taken notice. Variety reports Debecki has now landed another major role in a major Hollywood production, signing on for Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” opposite fellow up and comers Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.
This is the 1960s buddy cop comedy style spy series that Warner Bros has been trying to put together for the big screen for some time, with previous iterations featuring Soderbergh behind the camera, Clooney in front, etc. Cavill is taking the Napoleon Solo role, with Hammer in line for his sidekick Illya Kuryakin. The two work for United Network Command for Law Enforcement (or U.N.C.L.E.) and use their charm, wit and advanced spy technology on missions. Vikander is taking the role of a British agent with U.N.C.L.E. who “has a thing for cars,” while Debicki’s role – which she was chosen for after the studio considered much more famous actresses like Rose Byrne and Charlize Theron – is described as being a femme fatale.
Debicki landed an agent and her first film role – Australia’s answer to “The Hangover”, “A Few Best Men” starring “Twilight”‘s Xavier Samuel – within three weeks of graduation from the Victorian College of the Arts, and then proceeded to impress Luhrmann so much in her audition for Jordan Baker in “The Great Gatsby” that he gave her the role over someone more well know, a history that appears to be repeating itself again here. Not straying too far from her roots, Debicki is currently on stage at the Sydney Theater Company opposite Cate Blanchet in “The Maids.”
July 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rose Byrne is the latest to (maybe) join a big screen musical adaptation, with Variety reporting she is in early talks to take the role of Grace in Will Gluck’s adaptation of the classic orphan tale “Annie.” She is also up for a role in “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” but budget cuts on that film could delay or cancel that deal altogether.
Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis plays the little orphan Annie in Sony’s remake, with Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks, the updated version of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, and Cameron Diaz as the mean orphanage matron Miss Hannigan. Byrne is in the early stages of negotiations for the role of Grace, Warbucks/Stacks’ faithful secretary who brings Annie to the mansion for Christmas, who loves her from the start and vows to help her find her family. Filming is slated to begin this fall, and the new “Annie” already has a December 25, 2014, where it will go head to head against another musical, Disney and Rob Marshall’s adaptation of “Into the Woods.”
It’s unclear which role Byrne is up for in Guy Ritchie’s new take on 1960s comedic spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” but she would be joining a cast that already includes Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. Though with the budget being cut, it’s unclear where the film now stands, with or without Byrne. It has been a particularly rocky road even predating the current filmmakers’ involvement, after all.
Byrne, last seen in “The Place Beyond the Pines” opposite Bradley Cooper, British rom com “I Give It a Year” and Google
infomercial set comedy “The Internship”, recently wrapped Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedy “Townies” and horror sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2″, and is currently filming “This is Where I Leave You” opposite Jason Bateman.
June 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We first heard about indie thriller “Cut Bank” more than a year ago, when Armie Hammer and Teresa Palmer had been cast alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, John Malkovich and Michael Sheen. Well, it looks like the movie is finally ready to begin shooting, but as is the case often with independent films, there have been some changes.
Hammer is no longer mentioned in regards to the film (probably too busy with “The Lone Ranger” and what not these days), but “The Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth is, presumably taking on the lead role Hammer vacated. Kingsley also appears to be out, with new cast additions Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Stuhlbarg and Bruce Dern in. Palmer and Malkovich remain on board, with Palmer telling Next Movie in March that she would be reuniting with “Love and Honor” co-star Hemsworth on this film. Now Hemsworth, not Hammer, will play Dwayne McLaren, a small town auto mechanic in Cut Bank, Montana, who will do anything to get out of his tiny town, which sets into motion “a series of events that will change his life, and the life of Cut Bank, forever.” Filming is set for this summer in Edmonton, Canada, and extras are now being sought.
Hemsworth was recently in Cannes promoting sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, which comes out this November, and he’s also got a second and third sequel, “Mockingjay” Parts 1 & 2 to film. Between stints as Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend/love interest in Panem, he starred in “The Expendables 2″ and wrapped filming on upcoming thrillers “Empire State” and “Paranoia” (for which the trailer just dropped).
May 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Cruise is out of Guy Ritchie’s remake of spy series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and now THR reports new Superman Henry Cavill is in talks to replace him. Cavill will join Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander, who is still in negotiations for the female lead role.
This is the 1960s buddy cop comedy style spy series that Warner Bros has been trying to put together for the big screen for some time, with previous iterations featuring Soderbergh behind the camera, Clooney in front, etc. and which suffered another setback when Cruise dropped out. Now Cavill is in line for the Napoleon Solo role, with Hammer as his sidekick Illya Kuryakin. The two work for United Network Command for Law Enforcement (or U.N.C.L.E.) and use their charm, wit and advanced spy technology on missions. Vikander is taking the role a British agent with U.N.C.L.E. who “has a thing for cars.” She will be an original character who did not appear in the original TV series.
The British star of “The Tudors” is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 thanks to one major make or break moment: On June 14, 2013 Cavill will don the iconic red cape of Superman in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel.” In the meantime, studios already had him on their radar for other such potential tentpoles as “Godzilla” and “Tarzan.”
May 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Fast rising Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has landed another high profile role, this time the female lead in Guy Ritchie’s reboot of spy comedy “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” starring Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer.
This is the 1960s buddy cop comedy style spy series that Warner Bros has been trying to put together for the big screen for some time, with previous iterations featuring Soderbergh behind the camera, Clooney in front, etc. Cruise is taking the Napoleon Solo role, with Hammer in line for his sidekick Illya Kuryakin. The two work for United Network Command for Law Enforcement (or U.N.C.L.E.) and use their charm, wit and advanced spy technology on missions. Vikander is taking the role a British agent with U.N.C.L.E. who “has a thing for cars.” She will be an original character who did not appear in the original TV series. And if she has to be someone’s love interest, we are just praying it’ll be Hammer.
One of our Breakout Stars of 2012, Vikander arrived on the scene in Hollywood thanks to the on-two punch of Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” and Danish Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair”, and has been landing increasingly impressive stateside jobs ever since. She’s wrapped Bill Condon’s Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” and crime thriller “Son of a Gun” opposite Ewan McGregor, and will next be seen in sorcery actioner “The Seventh Son” with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
December 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Pretty much in direct contrast to the “Man of Steel” trailers which are all about hazy, mythic atmosphere, the trailers for “The Lone Ranger”, the newest of which debuted today, go full-out exposition. Gore Verbinski directed Armie Hammer in the titular role and Johnny Depp as Tonto in the reboot of the classic long-running radio turned TV series, and while the first trailer dug deep into the action-oriented train robbery plot, the new trailer is all about the men behind the myth.
We fear the movie may turn out to be a slog like Verbinski’s final “Pirates” film, but it’s nice to see some comedic elements from Hammer, who has a keen sense of timing and has rarely gotten to display it. He, frankly, looks more interesting and intriguing than Depp, who has become a bit of a farce with his crazy costumes that ceased to be amusing several Burton movies ago.
“The Lone Ranger” is set for a May 31, 2013 release and the new trailer can be viewed below.
November 15, 2012 | Posted by Up&Comers Contributor
A list by Emiah Gardner
If you’re a Hollywood follower, you know the drill. Small-time star has a bit-part in a big movie and suddenly goes wild. Soon, that star achieves A-list status and is able to choose any part he wants after paying his dues as a walk-on. Well, that’s how it used to be, anyway. With the growing number of movie actors who are TV actors and vice versa, it’s become kosher for TV and movie worlds to collide. In fact, some of the fresh-faced new A-listers are some of the TV show elite, using the small screen to catapult their rise to the silver screen. Check out this list of 15 big screen rising stars who launched their career in television.
October 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Aside from knowing the basics behind “The Lone Ranger” and his sidekick Tonto, there really weren’t that many plot details available for Gore Verbinski’s big screen remake of the long-running radio turned TV series. At one point, the Lone Ranger and Tonto were supposed to face off against mythical creatures, but budget constraints put the kobosh on that idea. Now, with the arrival of the first trailer, we finally get a glimpse of what, exactly, this movie is about.
According to the trailer, Armie Hammer as the titular Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto will be facing off against crooks who intend to take over the newly invented railway system that runs through the American southwest. This brief teaser trailer shows off a lot more of the train robbery action sequences, and we barely glimpse the stars of the film at all until pretty far into it. It’s an interesting contrast, the rather grounded in reality look at the Old West with footage that could almost pass for any generic Western but then here comes Johnny Depp with white face paint and a bird on his head. Color us intrigued, if not particularly optimistic at this point in time.
“The Lone Ranger” is set for a May 31, 2013 release and the first teaser trailer can be viewed below.