July 26, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Aussie rising stars Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer make love, not war in our first look at stills from indie Vietnam War drama/romance “Love and Honor” (previously “AWOL”).
Initially it had been reported that Austin Stowell plays a soldier dumped by his hometown girlfriend (Aimee Teegarden), with Hemsworth as his best friend who joins him in going AWOL in order to return to the United States to win her back, but that appears to have been backwards. Hemsworth and Palmer are the central romance of the film, if the stills and the first poster are any indication.
The backdrop of the tale is the anti-war movement on the campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Danny Mooney directed the film which is tentatively set for release later this year. The stills of Hemsworth and Palmer, which seem to indicate a trailer may be on its way soon, can be seen below, thanks to Just Jared.
April 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth continues to step out from big brother Chris’s shadows and build an impressive upcoming slate following a huge breakout role in “The Hunger Games.” Deadline reports Hemsworth has been tapped to play the lead in corporate espionage thriller “Paranoia”, and esteemed veteran actors Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford are in negotiations to play supporting roles. Not bad, Gale!
Robert Luketic will direct the film based on the Joseph Finder novel this summer. Hemsworth plays Adam Cassidy, a low level employee of a high-tech firm who finds himself in trouble and agreeing to become a spy at a rival company. When he discovers he has a knack for the business, he skyrockets to success and achieving, at alarming speed, a luxurious life he never could have dreamed of. When he tries to break free of the people for whom he’s spying, he finds himself in over his head.
Meanwhile, it looks like Hemsworth has fallen out of Philip Noyce’s time-traveling love story “Timeless”, according to Vraiety’s Jeff Sneider. Shooting had been set to begin in July, perhaps a reason why he had to choose one over the other.
Prior to “The Hunger Games”, which is now headed to its fourth straight week atop the box office, Hemsworth only had one American film to his name – the Nicholas Sparks adaptation and Miley Cyrs starrer “The Last Song.” Needless to say, his career is heading in quite a bit of a different direction now. He’ll shoot bank heist thriller “Empire State” with Dwayne Johnson this spring and after “Paranoia”, heads back into the woods for “Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” in September. In the can awaiting release are “The Expendables 2″ and indie war drama “AWOL.” Is it any wonder he’s one of our Faces to Watch of 2012?
February 6, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Since “Friday Night Lights” left the air in 2011, actress Aimee Teegarden has slowly been making a name for herself in Hollywood, taking on roles in Scream 4, Prom and 60s war drama AWOL – which will hit theaters this year and also stars Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer.
Up next for the young actress though is a role alongside fast rising Brit actor Douglas Booth in the adaptation of Life at These Speeds, which Booth joined earlier this year.
Mark Novak has adapted the novel, by Jeremy Jackson, for the big screen, which stars Booth as a rural teenager who, after losing his best friends in a tragic accident, turns his survivor’s guilt into a running addiciton, and in the process becomes a world-class distance runner. Teegarden is set to play “his hometown soul mate”, and also joining the cast as “an over-achiever who struggles to break through [Booth's] grief and defenses” is Annasophia Robb who was last seen in Soul Surfer and will next be heard voicing a lead character in animated film Khumba.
“This is a wonderful teen story about first romances and the passion for sports in rural America,” Teegarden told Variety. “I love that it has such an unexpected, yet emotionally satisfying, ending.” Director Leif Tilden told Variety that “AnnaSophia and Aimee are both such special young artists … I’m thrilled they want to help tell this story.”
January 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Aussie up and comer Liam Hemsworth sure is doing his best to establish himself as an action star. Deadline reports Hemsworth is closing a deal to star in “Empire State”, a bank heist thriller that will co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose career it seems Hemsworth wouldn’t mind emulating.
Filming will begin in April on “the true story of a 1982 NYC armored car company robbery thought at the time to be the largest cash heist in U.S. history.” Hemsworth will play Chris while Johnson’s character is Ransone. No further plot or character details are available. Dito Montiel will direct from a script by Adam Mazer.
Hemsworth, who is about to have a big breakout moment in a couple of months when he stars as Gale Hawthorne opposite Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games”, the first in a trilogy – with the sequel already set for release in 2013. He also recently completed work on indie war drama “AWOL” and tesosterone-fueled actioner “The Expendables 2.” While he may take a break from the action to do a love story called “Timeless”, he’s still full speed ahead pursuing an action career, with “Die Hard 5″ possibly on the horizon as well.
November 4, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
New Zealand’s rising star Rose McIver has landed a role in a new indie film “Light Years”, reports Variety. Furthermore, “Gossip Girl” star Jessica Szohr appears to have been cast in the film as well.
The actress, last seen in Hollywood in 2009′s tear-jerker “The Lovely Bones” as Saorise Ronan’s older sister Lindsay Salmon, will star alongside Chris Lowell, who plays “a listless guy who gets dumped by his girlfriend — the catalyst to getting his life back in order.” The film is based on a short film by Maggie Kiley, who will direct the feature length version.
“Shameless” star Emmy Rossum had originally been cast alongside Lowell, but appears to be out of the project now.
After her role in “The Lovely Bones”, McIver went back to her native New Zealand to star in several TV shows, including “Power Rangers R.P.M” and “Super City.” Szohr had been a regular on CW series “Gossip Girl” and since being ousted from the show, has been racking up film roles, mostly on the indie scene.
October 14, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
[01/25/12 UPDATE] Hemsworth is now officially confirmed for “Timeless”, via press release from Relativity Media.
Dave Franco isn’t the only one playing catch-up to a more successful older sibling. Liam Hemsworth, little brother to Chris “Thor” Hemsworth, has been working hard to carve out a smart and hopefully long-standing career of his own. After landing what is sure to be one hell of a breakout role as Gale opposite Jennifer Lawrence in Gary Ross’s “The Hunger Games”, Moviehole reports (via Playlist) the young Aussie is in negotiations for the lead role in Philip Noyce’s time-traveling love story “Timeless.”
At the ripe old age of 21, Hemsworth will play a man haunted by the recent passing of his wife and subsequently learns she has left him a tremendous fortune in her will. He decides to use the money to build a time machine so he can go back and see her one final time. “Enchanted” scribe Bill Kelly wrote the script. All together now: Awwwwww. But before you write it off as “The Time Traveler’s Wife 2″, just remember director Noyce is behind films like “Salt”, “Patriot Games” and “The Bone Collector.” Surely there’ll be more of an element of action and danger than the initial premise suggests.
Hemsworth, too, seems drawn to more action-oriented roles that befit his hulking 6’3″ frame (feature film debut in Miley Cyrus starring Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Last Song” notwithstanding. Ouch!). After playing young rebel Gale in “The Hunger Games”, he’ll don Army greens for Vietnam War drama “AWOL” and then tussle about with the most iconic action stars of all time in the most testosterone driven film ever, “The Expendables 2.”
September 19, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
In the first installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, Liam Hemsworth’s character Gale doesn’t get to do much fighting, but that shouldn’t be a problem for the actor in his new project, as Variety reports the strapping young Aussie has been cast in testosterone-fueled actioner “The Expendables 2.” If Hemsworth wants some pointers for when he does get his fight on in “Hunger Games” sequels “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay”, he’ll have literally the biggest action stars on the planet at his tutelage: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture all reprise their roles from the original and will be joined by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris. Add Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to that list as well, as they will expand upon their cameo roles in the sequel too. No pressure, Liam!
“The Expendables”, which grossed $275 million worldwide in 2010, starred Stallone as Barney Ross, the leader of a group of highly skilled mercenaries sent on a mysterious mission to take out a corrupt military leader on a remote Latin American island. Simon West is directing the sequel, and Hemsworth will play a young sniper. His age difference with his co-stars is significant, and while other young stars like Taylor Lautner had been rumored for a role in the sequel, there’s no word if Hemsworth will be joined by more of his peers, or if he has taken the role Lautner was after. Production is slated to begin next month.
Hemsworth has wrapped up his role in “The Hunger Games” and has even managed to shoot another movie since, the indie Vietnam War drama “AWOL” opposite Teresa Palmer and newcomer Austin Stowell. Younger brother to Chris “Thor” Hemsworth, he is thus far most known for playing Miley Cyrus’ love interest in Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Last Song.” He remains attached to starring as Ali Baba in Chuck Russell’s long-gestating fantasy epic “Arabian Nights.”
July 27, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming on “The Hunger Games” is still continuing on rigorously in North Carolina, but Liam Hemsworth is taking a breather and getting a head start on shooting his follow-up film “AWOL”, a Vietnam War set drama co-starring newcomer Austin Stowell, Teresa Palmer and Aimee Teegardan.
Stowell plays a soldier dumped by his hometown girlfriend (Teegarden). Hemsworth is his best friend who joins him in going AWOL in order to return to the United States to win her back. The backdrop of the tale is the anti-war movement on the campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Danny Mooney will make his directorial debut on the film, which is based on a true story.
Though filming has been ongoing with Stowell, Teegarden and Palmer for several weeks, it was expected that Hemsworth would complete work on “Hunger Games” before jetting up to Michigan. Could this mean he has already finished his part in the Gary Ross directed teen actioner? He was pictured on set with co-star Jennifer Lawrence back in May, both sporting significantly darker hair as required of their characters, but Hemsworth’s seems to have gone back to its lighter shade of brown since.
Pictured below are Hemsworth and Stowell in their army greens while Teegarden does her best peace-loving Flower Child impression. Head over to Just Jared for more where these came from!
June 24, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Liam Hemsworth will be taking a little Absence Without Leave after competing in “The Hunger Games”, with Variety reporting the Aussie up and comer has signed on to star in indie “AWOL”, a Vietnam War set drama. Hemsworth will be joined by a cast that includes newcomer Austin Stowell, Teresa Palmer and Aimee Teegardan.
Stowell plays a soldier dumped by his hometown girlfriend (Teegarden). Hemsworth is his best friend who joins him in going AWOL in order to return to the United States to win her back. The backdrop of the tale is the anti-war movement on the campus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Danny Mooney will make his directorial debut on the film, which is based on a true story. The supporting cast also includes Chris Lowell and Max Adler. Production is slated to begin in Mid-July on location in Ann Arbor.
Hemsworth is currently in North Carolina filming the highly anticipated “Hunger Games” opposite Jennifer Lawrence and has also long been attached to Chuck Russell’s “Arabian Nights.” Stowell, a recurring guest star on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, will make his big screen debut in this September’s “Dolphin Tale” with Morgan Freeman. Teegarden rose to fame playing rebellious daughter Julie on NBC’s critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights” and recently appeared in “Scream 4.” Palmer, like Hemsworth, is one of many Aussies making waves stateside, recently seen in “I Am Number Four” and attached to “Mad Max: Fury Road” and zombie romance “Warm Bodies” opposite Nicholas Hoult.