January 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Newbie actor Roberto Aguire has landed the co-lead of indie drama “Boulevard”, which casts him opposite Robin Williams, reports Variety.
Williams plays “a devoted husband in a marriage of convenience until a run-in with a guarded young man forces him to come to terms with his own secrets”, with Aguire in the role of the young man. Douglas Soesbe wrote the script and “Empire State” director Dito Montiel will direct.
Aguire recently wrapped up his feature debut in “Glee” star Chris Colfer’s “Struck By Lightning”, whic premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Aguire played the character Emilio and also acted as a producer on the film.
May 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Liam Hemsworth thriller “Empire State” has rounded out its supporting cast with “Twilight” star Nikki Reed, Michael Angarano, “Entourage”‘s Jerry Ferrera, Paul Ben-Victor and Chris Diamantopoulos, according to Deadline.
Dwayne Johnson and Emma Roberts had already been cast in the heist thriller described to be based 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 plays one of two friends who pull off the daring heist in the 1980s-set thriller. No word who the other friend may be (our guess is on Angarano), though Roberts will play a waitress and Hemsworth’s love interest, while Diamantopoulo will play a mob boss who suspects the two youngsters while the rest of New York believes it was a major mob conspiracy. Production begins next Tuesday in New York, with Dito Montiel directing from an Adam Mazer script.
Reed appears in the final installment of the “Twilight” saga, “Breaking Dawn: Part II”, this November. Angarano was last seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” and recently completed two indie comedies, “The Brass Teapot” opposite Juno Temple and “The English Teacher” opposite Julianne Moore and Lily Collins.
March 11, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It kind of felt like Emma Roberts career was faltering there for a while, with several box office duds including “4,3,2,1″ and “The Art of Getting By”. In recent months however, we’ve seen the young actress star in the Sundance hit “Celeste and Jesse Forever”, watched her long-gestating comedy “Adult World” go into production, and report on her casting in indie drama “I Am My Family Secret” with up and coming British star Craig Roberts, all with the hopes of watching this talented young actress’s star rise.
Now, Roberts has joined the cast of heist thriller “Empire State”, Dito Montiel‘s film which is based on true events that took place in 1982 following “two childhood friends from Astoria, New York who plan to rob an armored car depository [and the] NYPD detective who’ll stop at nothing to bust them.” Montiel will direct from a script by Adam Mazer.
Liam Hemsworth, star of the upcoming “The Hunger Games” joined the cast back in January as one of the two childhood friends, and Variety reports that Roberts will play a waitress who will become Hemsworth’s love interest. Dwayne Johnson will play the NYPD detective, but there’s still no word yet on who will play Hemsworth’s partner in crime.
With filming set to start next month though, we look forward to the final piece of casting news on this flick.
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.