May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Hugo” co-stars Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield, along with Andrea Riseborough and German actor Christian Friedel, have signed on to star in dark fairy tale “The White Circus”, according to Screen Daily.
The duo of Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, known collectively as Clyde Henry, wrote the script and will be making their feature directorial debut on the project, scheduled to shoot in Germany and Siberia in February 2014. Described as a “dark fairytale of with moments of brilliant black comedy”, “The White Circus” follows a young pilot who crash-lands his plane in a war torn town where he is met with a fantastical cast of characters including a talking bear, a cabaret singer and a maniacal despot.
Butterfield and Moretz previously had a magical adventure together in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated “Hugo.” Butterfield has “Ender’s Game” out later this year, while Moretz is awaiting the release of Kimberly Pierce’s remake of “Carrie.” Riseborough can currently be seen opposite Tom Cruise in “Oblivion” while Friedel appeared in Michael Hanake’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The White Ribbon.”
May 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
From siblings to star-crossed lovers! EW reports rising star Ansel Elgort has been offered the male lead in “The Fault in Our Stars” opposite Shailene Woodley – who plays his sister in the currently-filming dystopian adaptation “Divergent.”
The two will play a pair of teen cancer survivors who meet in a support group and fall in love, with the knowledge that their time together may be fleeting. It’s been done before, but John Green’s novel really was something special, and the film has been eagerly anticipated by his legion of fans. The author seems enthusiastic about the casting, telling EW “Ansel is whip-smart and uber-charismatic and everything I dreamed for Augustus Waters… I am by nature a cautious pessimist, but I’ll just say it: Now that we have Shailene and Ansel, I am completely, unreservedly psyched about this movie.”
Director Josh Boone also seems unreservedly psyched: ““Ansel Elgort is the epitome of the boy John Green brought to life so vividly in his novel and he truly embodies the character traits we admire so much about Gus. His humor, sensitivity, honesty and confidence floored us. Watching him with Shailene was like seeing the film for the first time. Hearing then say okay to each other was incredibly moving. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have found our Gus.”
Filming on the teen weeper will begin in August, after Woodley and Elgort wrap “Divergent.” In the film he plays Caleb Prior, brother to Woodley’s heroine Tris. Just out of high school, Elgort made his professional acting debut on the Off-Broadway play “Regrets” and almost immediately followed it up with landing a major supporting role in Kimberly Pierce’s upcoming “Carrie” remake opposite Chloe Moretz. Then came “Divergent”, and now “The Fault in Our Stars”, and we will most definitely be keeping our eye on this skyrocketing career.
May 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chloe Moretz has pulled off another coup and landed the sought-after female lead role in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Equalizer” opposite Denzel Washington, according to Deadline.
Washington is playing Robert McCall, the retired CIA officer with a mysterious past who helps people in need, originated by Edward Woodward in the 1980s TV series. Moretz landed the role of Teri, a young prostitute, after chemistry testing opposite Washington and impressing the actor and filmmakers, leading to a script change that will age down the character originally meant to be in her 20s. Teri will now be reminiscent of Jodie Foster’s character in “Taxi Driver” and we the audience are hopefully spared another way-too-young love interest for Washington.
For only being 16 years old, Moretz has built an already impressive career on dark, edgy roles which looks to continue now. She recently wrapped up reprising her role as foul-mouthed, violent superhero Hit Girl in “Kick Ass 2″, out this August, and will next be seen in Kimberly Pierce’s “Carrie” remake, out in October. She next has Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell and Mark Webber dark comedy “Laggies” and is attached to Gillian Flynn novel adaptation “Dark Places” opposite Charlize Theron.
April 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chloe Moretz is in negotiations to join meta character drama “Sils Maria” opposite Juliette Binoche and Mia Wasikowska, according to Deadline. French director Olivier Assayas has been developing the film – based on Binoche and starring Binoche as a Binoche-esque actress – for a while.
Sils Maria refers to a region of Switzerland, where the film will be set and where Maria Enders, the Binoche-based actress character (played by Binoche), will sojourn and reflect back on her life and career. Wasikowska will play an assistant and most of the action in the film will take place in one room. Moretz is in talks for the role of an up and coming actress recently cast in a role that once made Binoche’s character famous when she was younger. The English-language film will shoot this summer in Germany and Switzerland.
Moretz’s role seems pretty self-referential too, as she completed filming on the remake of horror classic “Carrie”, a role that made Sissy Spacek a star and an Oscar nominee in the 1970s. That comes out in October, and she’ll also be seen as Hit-Girl once again in “Kick Ass 2″, out in August. She recently signed on to star opposite Anne Hathaway, Sam Rockwell and Mark Webber in Lynn Shelton’s next feature, “Laggies” and is attached to Gillian Flynn adaptation “Dark Places” with Charlie Theron and the lead in Young Adult adaptation “If I Stay.”
April 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chloe Moretz looks the perfect blend of vulnerable and menacing in the full length trailer for Kimberly Pierce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic “Carrie.” The new trailer takes us basically chronologically through Carrie’s journey from outcast laughingstock (the film is clearly set in present day, with the notorious bloody shower scene getting the very modern twist of being captured on someone’s cell phone camera) to deadly villain prompted by a prom night prank gone horribly, horribly wrong.
Julianne Moore also looks appropriately creepy as Carrie’s zealously religious mother, and we also get our first glimpse of Gabriella Wilde and newly cast “Divergent” star Ansel Elgort as two of Carrie’s classmates who play an instrumental role in the prom night fiasco, though it’s unclear at this point whether their more sympathetic sides will be explored in Pierce’s retelling. We have to have some surprises, right?
“Carrie” will be released on October 18th, and the new trailer can be viewed below.
April 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chloe Moretz is in talks to join Charlize Theron in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn novel “Dark Places”, according to Deadline. Gilles Paquet-Brenner is writing the script and will direct the adaptation of the 2009 hit novel.
Theron takes over the role of Libby Day, originally earmarked for Amy Adams, who, at seven years old, witnessed the murder of her entire family and later testified that her fifteen year old brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later, a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes pumps Libby for the truth as they uncover clues that point to Ben’s innocence. Moretz is in line for the role of Diondra, who will appear in flashback scenes along with the then-teenage Ben.
Moretz recently wrapped up reprising her role as Hit Girl in “Kick Ass 2″, out this August, and will next be seen in Kimberly Pierce’s “Carrie” remake, out in October. She recently signed on to star opposite Anne Hathaway, Sam Rockwell and Mark Webber in Lynn Shelton’s next feature, “Laggies” and is attached to the lead in Young Adult adaptation “If I Stay.”
March 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Newly minted Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Mark Webber and Sam Rockwell are all in negotiations to join “Your Sister’s Sister” director Lynn Shelton’s next film, “Laggies”, according to Deadline.
The long-gestating project will see Hathaway as Megan, a perpetually immature 28 year old, who responds to her boyfriend’s (Webber) marriage proposal with a major freakout. Telling everyone she’s going on a work-related trip, she instead spends a week hanging out with her new best friend, Moretz’s 16 year old high school student. Paul Rudd had at one point been attached to the film, but it’s likely he’s been replaced by Rockwell, who plays an older character named Craig. No word on when filming begins.
Hathaway, after having previously been nominated for “Rachel Getting Married”, won her first Academy Award for her role as Fantine in “Les Miserables” just a month ago. Moretz recently wrapped up reprising her role as Hit Girl in “Kick Ass 2″ and will next be seen in Kimberly Pierce’s “Carrie” remake. Webber, a rising figure on the indie scene appeared in three Sundance films last year year, sex hotline comedy “For a Good Time, Call…” with Ari Graynor, “Save the Date” with Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan and his own “The End of Love”, which he wrote, directed and produced, as well as starred in.
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.”
March 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising stars Zoe Kravitz and Ansel Elgort, along with CW series “Nikita” star Maggie Q have joined Shailene Woodley in the adaptation of YA novel “Divergent”, according to THR. But no, none of them are playing male lead Four, who filmmakers are apparently having a lot of trouble locking down.
In the Neil Burger directed adaptation, 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. Elgort will play Tris’ twin brother, who also defects from Abnegation to join Erudite. Kravitz will play Christina, a fellow Dauntless member who befriends Tris, while Q will play Tori, a Dauntless tattoo artist who knows more about their shady divided society than most. Shooting is scheduled to begin in April in Chicago, where the novel is set. The article does not mention Kate Winslet, who entered talks to play an unspecified role a couple of months ago but still has not been confirmed.
Kravitz, daughter of Lenny Kravitz, played a mutant in “X-Men: First Class” but does not appear to be returning for the sequel. She headlined indie “Yelling to the Sky” and recently wrapped up filming on “Mad Max: Fury Road” opposite Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. She’ll next be seen opposite Will and Jaden Smith in M. Night Shyamalan’s intergalactic family actioner “After Earth.”
Elgort made his feature film debut in Kimberly Pierce’s remake of “Carrie” starring Chloe Moretz and before that acted in the Off-Broadway drama “Regrets.”
January 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
One of our most anticipated but long-gestating projects appears to finally be getting some traction, with Variety reporting documentary director RJ Cutler is in talks to direct and Chloe Moretz attached to star in “If I Stay”, the Gaylfe Forman young adult novel that had Dakota Fanning in the lead role back in 2010.
Moretz will play the role of Mia, a young classical musician with an adoring family and rocker boyfriend. When she and her entire family are in a catastrophic car accident, she finds herself on the edge of death and having an out of body experience. She watches as her boyfriend, friends and family gather by her bedside and must decide between waking up to deal with the aftermath of the accident or giving up on life and dying. Fifteen year old Moretz seems too young for the role to us, particularly given the book’s sequel “Where She Went” jumps forward in time by several years.
Moretz, who broke out in 2010 with the twofer “Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In”, is gearing up for a big 2013. She recently wrapped up reprising her role as Hit-Girl in “Kick Ass 2″, as well as the titular role in Kimberly Pierce’s remake of horror classic “Carrie”, both of which will release this year.