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Marvel universe cohorts Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson will headline indie legal drama “Reasonable Doubt”, according to Variety. Peter Howitt will direct the film formerly known as “The Good Samaritan” starting on November 19th in Canada.
Peter Dowling wrote the script which follows Cooper’s up and coming assistant District Attorney who’s tasked with prosecuting a fatal hit and run case with insufficient evidence. After the driver is acquitted, Cooper’s character continues to pursue him.
Cooper appeared in several of 2011′s biggest movies, including superhero blockbuster “Captain America: The First Avenger”, Sundance hit “The Devil’s Double” and awards contender “My Week with Marilyn.” He recently wrapped revenge thriller “Dead Man Down” opposite Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, as well as romantic drama “Summer in February” opposite Emily Browning and Dan Stevens.
British actress Natalie Dormer has landed a role in the highly anticipated Cormac McCarthy-scripted, Ridley Scott-directed “The Counselor”, according to THR. Michael Fassbender plays the titular role, and is joined by an all-star supporting cast that includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz. Dormer’s role is expected to be supporting in nature.
Fassbender’s Counselor is a lawyer in the film that’s been described as “‘No Country For Old Men’ on steroids.” The Counselor tries to dip his toes into the Mexican drug trade without getting himself in too deep, but of course that doesn’t work out so well when he becomes entangled with some very dangerous men (Bardem and Pitt). Meanwhile, his fiancee Laura (Cruz) gets dragged into the mess and Diaz’s femme fatale Malkina has an agenda of her own. Filming is currently underway in London.
Dormer, most known to audiences from her role as Anne Boelyn on series “The Tudors” opposite Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, has also appeared in supporting roles in films including “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “W.E.” She also completed work on Ron Howard’s Formula One biopic “Rush” with Chris Hemsworth, and is currently shooting the role of Margaery Tyrell for next season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Looks like conquering “Motor City” just isn’t enough for Dominc Cooper, who’s setting his sights on something more global, as Variety reports the busy and rising actor has replaced Clive Owen in international thriller “Cities”. The new casting could call into question Cooper’s previous commitment to “Motor City”, the ambitious dialogue-free revenge thriller he was slated to star in opposite Amber Heard.
Cooper will join Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst and Anil Kapoor in “Cities” for director Roger Donaldson, which will tell “stories of characters around the globe, including a New York hedge fund manager, a Mumbai police officer and a couple who are house-hunting in London” in the months leading up to the Dow Jones stock market high. Filming will begin this spring in London, Mumbai and New York.
Cooper is currently filming romantic drama “Summer in February” with Emily Browning and appeared in several of 2011′s biggest movies, including superhero blockbuster “Captain America: The First Avenger”, Sundance hit “The Devil’s Double” and current awards contender “My Week with Marilyn.” He’ll next be seen as Abe’s vampire mentor Henry Sturgess in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, which just released a pretty epic first trailer.
“Captain America” actress Hayley Atwell is keeping her options open. She is still in the running for one of the female leads opposite Tom Cruise in an untitled sci fi epic formerly called “Oblivion”, but if that doesn’t work about, she has tentatively attached herself to “The Return of Captain Nemo”, a $10 million 3-D British film that is a sequel to “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”Deadline reports she will not appear in “Captain Nemo” if she is the one chosen to star opposite Cruise, as there will likely be scheduling conflicts.
In the Pearry Teo directed film, which will be shot entirely on green screen, Atwell would play the heroine Sara, with David Morrissey playing her uncle, the chief advisor to President Ulysses S. Grant, who has just ordered the release of Captain Nemo from prison to investigate mysterious “sea monsters” that have been sinking ships on the East Coast. Hugh Bonneville had previously already been cast in the title role. But Atwell’s involvement is contingent on a decision from the filmmakers of the Cruise sci-fi film. She recently tested for the role of Victoria, a mysterious woman who crash lands on the surface of a post-apocalyptic earth, and is contending against Diane Kruger and Kate Beckinsale for the role.
Atwell broke out this summer when she played with an abundance of charm and grace the role of Peggy Carter opposite Chris Evans in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, and has been hitting one shortlist after another. “Oblivion” is her second shot at starring opposite Cruise, after losing out to Rosamund Pike for the female lead in “One Shot.”
Jessica Chastainis about to meet her competition. The “Tree of Life” actress was the first to be cast for one of two female leads in a new untitled sci fi epic film starring Tom Cruise, formerly titled “Obivion” and “Horizons.” Chastain beat out the likes of Brit Marling, Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace and Olga Kurylenko for her role and now three new actresses are in contention for the other female lead. Deadline reports Diane Kruger, Kate Beckinsale and “Captain America” star Hayley Atwell will be reading opposite Cruise this weekend in Philadelphia, where he is shooting “One Shot.”
“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. While there had been conflicting reports before about what each role entails, it has apparently now become clear that Chastain will be playing Julia, Cruise’s wife on earth. Atwell, Kruger and Beckinsale are reading for the role of Victoria, a mysterious young woman who crash lands in a pod and leads Jack to question everything he knows.
German actress Kruger, star of “Inglourious Basterds”, and Brit actress Beckinsale, star of the lucrative (and never-ending) “Underworld” series, are more established than Atwell, who had her breakout moment earlier this year when she played love interest Peggy Carter to Chris Evans’ “Captain America: The First Avenger.” No stranger to shortlists, she has come close but ultimately lost out twice to fellow countryman Rosamund Pike for recent projects. Pike won the role of ancient Greek princess Andromeda in “Wrath of the Titans” and the female lead in Cruise’s currently-filming “One Shot.” With Pike out of contention here, perhaps Atwell will finally nail it.
Here at Up and Comers, we love a good superhero movie. For some of us, Iron Man will always be our favorite Avenger film, whereas for others, there have been several near arguments over whether Captain America: the First Avenger or Thor was the best superhero film of 2011. But here’s something that will make us all happy – the first full length trailer for Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated The Avengers, the film to finally bring together all our favorite Marvel heroes into one big budget tentpole film.
Starring a whole bunch of our favorite up and coming actors, from Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as hammer-wielding Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and and Tom Hiddleston as bad guy Loki – as well as some of our favorite established actors, with Mark Ruffalo taking on the role of The Incredible Hulk for the first time, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man – this is an explosive, fast-paced and witty first trailer, raising our high hopes even higher.
Co-written by Whedon and Zak Penn, this adaptation follows our Avengers who, after several films which nicely weaved together the individual storylines, have finally all been bought together by S.H.I.E.L.D. to help save the world from annihilation.
The Avengers hits theaters on May 4, 2012, but watch the trailer below the cut, or over at Apple for a HD version, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
British rising star Dominic Cooper – not his “Captain America” co-star Chris Evans – will be headlining Warner Bros’ ambitious revenge thriller “Motor City” for director Albert Hughes, reports Variety. The trade further reports it was Cooper’s revelatory double role as Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia in Sundance hit “The Devil’s Double” that made producer Joel Silver ultimately decide on him. It’s quite a coup for the young actor, after names like Evans, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Renner were previously reported to be in consideration for the part.
Cooper will star as a sort of modern day Count of Monte Cristo, a small time crook who is framed for a crime and sent to prison and seeks revenge on those who set him up upon his release. The innovative and ambitious aspect of “Motor City”, a 2009 Black List script from Chad St John, is that it is virtually dialogue-free, containing only one spoken line throughout its feature length story.
Cooper played Iron Man’s father Howard Stark in this summer’s blockbuster “Captain America: The First Avenger” and recently wrapped Timur Bekmambetov’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” He’ll next be seen as famed Monroe photographer Milton H. Greene in Simon Curtis’ “My Week with Marilyn”, which is already garnering positive buzz ahead of its premiere at the New York Film Festival next week.
One of our faces to watch in 2011 continues to line up a busy year ahead, as Variety reports Sebastian Stan has landed a role in thriller “Gone” starring Amanda Seyfried. Australian thesp Socratis Otto has also joined the cast.
Shooting begins in April under the direction of Heitor Dhalia from a script by Allison Burnett. Seyfried plays a kidnap victim who escapes and is convinced the serial killer who abducted her has abducted her newly missing sister. When the police refuse to believe her claims, she must take matters into her own hands to face down her kidnapper and save her sister. Jennifer Carpenter is also on board as a police officer and Emily Wickersham and Wes Bently are in the ensemble cast as well, in unnamed roles, though we would venture to guess Wickersham will be playing the younger sister and Bently the serial killer.
After gaining recognition on television shows like “Gossip Girl” and “Kings”, Stan made his foray into serious feature film acting with supporting roles in “Rachel Getting Married” and “Black Swan” and will next be seen in the pivotal role of Bucky Barnes in “Captain America: The First Avenger” opposite Chris Evans. He has completed filming on his first starring studio film, horror “The Apparition” opposite “Twilight” star Ashley Greene, and will next film a new version of “A View from the Bridge” opposite Mia Wasikowska.
The first full length trailer for Joe Johnston’s Captain America: the First Avenger has dropped, and we have to say, we’re impressed.
The trailer focuses on Steve Rogers pre-Captain America days, as a weak and skinny guy who gets beat up quite a bit, and the CGI used on Chris Evans to create this look is excellent. The action scenes look exciting and and fun, and build to a sneak peak of Red Skull.
Also starring Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, and British up and comer Hayley Atwell, Captain America: the First Avenger is due out July 22nd 2011.
Watch the trailer below and let us know your thoughts!
British rising star Hayley Atwell, star of this summer’s “Captain America: The First Avenger“, has joined the cast of “I, Anna”, according to Variety. Atwell will play the daughter of Charlotte Rampling’s title character, a femme fatale who falls for the detective working her case. The director will be played by Gabriel Byrne.
The film, from writer-director Barnaby Southcombe, based on the novel of the same name by Elsa Lewin, wrapped up filming over the weekend, after a five-week shoot in London and Hamburg. International distributors have been set, but there is no word on release dates for the US yet.
Atwell has starred in a string of British period pieces, from “Mansfield Park”, “Brideshead Revisited”, “The Duchess” to TV’s “The Pillars of the Earth” but had a big breakout moment last April when she beat out Keira Knightley, Emily Blunt and Alice Eve to win the role of Peggy Carter, love interest to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, a WWII soldier who undergoes a secret scientific experiment and emerges as Captain America. “Captain America: The First Avenger” will be released on July 22, 2011.
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