October 24, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Really, maybe they were just reaching too far for Charlie Hunnam. A guy who’s already respected and got good movie roles under his belt was never going to commit to playing a fanfiction version of Edward Cullen in the hope of getting his name out there. So as Variety reports Jamie Dornan has now agreed to play Christian Grey in “50 Shades of Grey”. It just makes much more sense.
Dornan will now star opposite the equally up-and-coming-but-not-quite-there-yet Dakota Johnson in the adaptation that Sam Taylor-Wood is directing (of the adaptation from Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight”, it should never be overlooked) by Kelly Marcel. Instead of Edward keeping his vampirism a deep dark secret from Bella, here Christian is hiding a BDSM fetish from his new love Anastasia. But don’t worry, “Twilight” fans hoping to experience deja vu, he’s still adopted, just like Edward, and she’s even got a best friend who wants more. Who’s named José instead of Jacob, and is Hispanic instead of Native American. Really.
Dornan played Sheriff Grahame on the first season of “Once Upon a Time” and BBC crime drama “The Fall.”
September 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Benedict Cumberbatch is out (to do “Star Wars” or just “The Lost City of Z”?) but “Crimson Peak” is getting an upgrade as Tom Hiddleston is now in talks to replace him, according to Variety. Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam are also set to star for Guillermo del Toro.
The film is set for a February 2014 production start, with Wasikowska in the role of a young writer named Edith who discovers her new husband is not who he appears to be. Stepping into Cumberbatch’s shoes, Hilddeston will now play twin brother to Chastain, with the two being from an aristocratic family. Del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon and a rewrite is underway, so these plot details could still certainly change.
Most known to audiences as main villain Loki in both “Thor” and “The Avengers”, Hiddleston is expected to continue to have a presence in the Marvel cinematic universe, including next month’s “Thor: The Dark World,” but has proven to be a versatile actor in plenty of other roles. He especially impressed us in 2011, with roles in “War Horse” and “Midnight in Paris” in addition to his Marvel duties. He’s currently on the festival circuit with “Only Lovers Left Alive” opposite Tilda Swinton and is attached to play wartime photographer Robert Capa in the long-gestating biopic “Close Enough” opposite Hayley Atwell.
June 10, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Guillermo Del Toro‘s much anticipated “Pacific Rim” previewed a handful of edited scenes this past weekend, and we were there to sample what was on offer. There are no real spoilers contained here, as Del Toro was kind enough to edit these scenes so even us journalists attending weren’t hugely spoiled by his epic sci-fi film, but if you want to go into “Pacific Rim” without knowing details about specific scenes, stop reading now!
In his intro, Del Toro described “Pacific Rim” as “gothic tech.” The footage shown was extremely action-heavy and unfortunately we didn’t get to see much from Charlie Hunnam in his first potentially major breakout film role, but what we did see was a wonderful mix of explosive summer blockbuster mixed with del Toro’s signature style.
June 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The ever-busy Emma Stone has departed Guillermo Del Toro’s haunted house horror pic “Crimson Peak” over a scheduling issue, and the probably just as busy Mia Wasikowska is now in talks to replace her, according to The Wrap. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain and Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam are already part of the stellar young cast.
With this new cast addition also comes our first semblance of plot details, with The Wrap detailing that Wasikowska – pending scheduling working out – is up for the role of a young writer named Edith who discovers her new husband is not who he appears to be. It’s unclear if Hunnam will be her husband, but Cumberbatch and Chastain will play a pair of siblings from an aristocratic family. This is sounding more like a period piece to us with these new descriptions. Del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon and production is slated for early 2014.
Wasikowska recently departed Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria”, presumably in order to do David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” and Todd Haynes’ “Carol” opposite Cate Blanchett, both of which will film this year. She just premiered Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” at Cannes and also has Australian outback drama “Tracks” and Dostoyevsky adaptation “The Double” with Jesse Eisenberg awaiting release.
May 28, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s been five years since Guillermo del Toro‘s last directorial effort so hopes are high for “Pacific Rim“, his long-awaited alien vs. robots pic starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba.
Previous trailers and footage have given us a glimpse at the scale of the film which follows Hunnam, Elba and Rinko Kikuchi, three human characters who are tasked with piloting gigantic robots/weapons, called Jaegers, to battle dinosaur-like aliens called Kaiju’s, who have invaded Earth – not from the stars, but from beneath the sea.
Now two new images via Empire Magazine showcase just how ridiculously huge in scale these aliens are! In one of the images we see the Jaeger and Kaiju go up againt each other, and in the second we are just aboutable to make out two human characters standing atop their ship – dwarfed by the size of the Kaiju in front of them.
Click below to see the images. Del Toro’s sci-fi epic is out on July 12th in 3D and Imax cinemas.
April 29, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited alien film “Pacific Rim” is set for release this summer and today del Toro has released the footage which was previously shown at this year’s WonderCon – to a hugely positive response – to everyone else, stating “This was originally intended for only WonderCon, but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it’s time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!”
Enjoy we will! In this new extended preview Charlie Hunnam leads a voiceover, stating “Alien life. They came from deep beneath the Pacific. The first made land in San Francisco. The Jaeger program was born. Two pilots, mind-melding through memories with the bodies of machines. We started winning. Then it all changed. They counted on the humans to hide; to fail. They never considered we’d rise to the challenge.”
Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba join Hunnam in battle against gigantic dinosaur-like aliens who have arrived from beneath the sea on July 12th 2013. “Pacific Rim” will be avaiable in 3D and Imax theaters.
April 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Guillermo Del Toro continues to assemble an incredibly impressive young cast for his haunted house horror flick “Crimson Peak”, with Variety reporting Jessica Chastain is the latest to move in, joining the previously announced Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam and Benedict Cumberbatch.
There are no plot details available other than to say it involves a haunted house, but with Del Toro and this cast, who needs ‘em, really? Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon are working on a rewrite of the script which he first co-wrote with Matthew Robins. With such a hot cast, all busy with other projects for the foreseeable future, filming on “Crimson Peak” isn’t expected to begin until February of 2014.
Chastain, who first starred alongside Stone in 2011′s massive hit “The Help”, earned her first Oscar nomination for that film and then her second one this year for “Zero Dark Thirty.” She’s also worked with Del Toro before, as he produced January’s surprise horror hit “Mama.” She’s sought after for the role of Jane in David Yates’ new adaptation of “Tarzan”, but negotiations on that are ongoing and nowhere near finalized yet. In the meantime she’s committed to her first and only role since her second Oscar nomination, an adaptation of the August Strindberg play “Miss Julie” opposite Colin Farrell that Liv Ullman will direct.
April 4, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
August 21st UPDATE: Cumberbatch has dropped out of the film.
Guillermo del Toro has already cast Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam in his upcoming haunted house horror film “Crimson Peak“, and now he’s found another actor looking to try a new genre. Fast rising British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the pic, surely making him one of the most in-demand British actors in Hollywood at the moment.
Variety reports that the film is set to start shooting early in 2014 and there’s still no word on plot details. Del Toro and Matthew Robbins‘ original script is currently going through a rewrite by Lucinda Coxon.
The star of BBC’S “Sherlock” series for which he is currently filming a third season, Cumberbatch will play the still-unnamed villian of this summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”, one of his first major high profile roles for international audiences. Earlier this year he filmed Bill Condon’s biopic “The Fifth Estate“, which also stars Anthony Mackie, Daniel Bruhl and Alica Vikander, and is based on two books which tell the tale of the Wikileaks team founder Julian Assange. He is also in talks to star in an adaptation of “The Turing Game”, a biopic of the tortured WWII genius.
January 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
After a somewhat unpredictable year in which the stars we expected to break out largely didn’t but fresh faces came out of nowhere to surprise us all, we are ready to look ahead to the new talent waiting to be discovered in 2013. It’s looking like a strong year with plenty of hopeful action stars ready to debut to the world for the first time and some who have been quietly working hard finally seeing their films released. As always, there’s a mix of names you’ve never heard of with some who are ready to hit another level in their rising career, so without further ado, here are 20 names and faces we will be watching this year.
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