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.
June 6, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Looks like the casting process for “The Hungers Games” sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is still underway, as reports today confirm that no-one has yet been cast in fan favourite Finnick – and those rumours around Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund are in “no way true”.
Taylor Kitsch already took himself out of the running, and despite reports that director Francis Lawrence had “his mind set on” Hammer, Nina Jacobson, one of the producers for the sequel has told 24 Frames that things are “not narrowed things down by any means.”
The character of Finnick is a fan favorite from the entire series, a handsome, charming District 4 victor who becomes one of Katniss’s most trusted allies throughout “Catching Fire” and the third novel, “Mockingjay”.
And Jacobson admits that producers and Lawrence are not taking in to consideration the fan wishes, admitting that “It means something that people can see [an actor] in that light, so you know [the actor] will be accepted by a lot of people [but] the other hand, you have to kind of ignore it.”
Our open letter to director Francis Lawrence back in April featured Hammer and Hedlund, as well as Hunter Parrish, Harry Lloyd and Jesse Williams, five actors “who have demonstrated all the strength and charm and swagger and heartbreaking sadness that would make them more than suited to join Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and step into Finnick’s shoes”. But with a November 23, 2013 release date and production set to start this summer, there’s sure to be an unveiling soon.
May 29, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s just about that time. With “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” set to film this fall (and rehearsals beginning as soon as July), fans – us included – have been waiting with baited breath to hear news of who will be joining Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and the rest of Panem’s citizens, with one character at the forefront of everyone’s minds: Finnick Odair, the handsome, charming District 4 victor who becomes one of Katniss’s most trusted allies throughout the two remaining sequels. Today, E! Oline reveals that the top three contenders currently “being bantered about” at Lionsgate are familiar and popular names that have come up in many discussions among fans: Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund and Taylor Kitsch.
E! Online’s sources go on to say that filmmakers are also keeping an eye out for a discovery of an unknown, ala Brad Pitt in “Thelma and Louise.” Not a bad goal to strive for. Furthermore, an official announcement could come as soon as this week.
If you ask us, any of the three would be terrific in the role, and we said as much here in an open letter to new director Francis Lawrence. Sorry for the exclusion, Mr. Kitsch, purely an oversight, we can assure you. However, Kitsch may have already taken himself out of the running, if we believe an MTV interview from earlier this year during “John Carter” press rounds. In any case, this shortlist, whether it ends up being any of the three, is a good indication that filmmakers’ view of the much beloved character is very much in line with fans’.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has already been set for a November 23, 2013 release so the real Finnick should be unveiled sooner rather than later. And then can we talk about Johanna Mason?!