November 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like things are suddenly moving right along for “Brooklyn,” the long-gestating adaptation of Colm Toibin’s novel that Nick Hornby adapted and which will now star Saoirse Ronan, who replaced Rooney Mara. Today Deadline reports “Anna Karenina” breakout star Domhnall Gleeson has joined the cast as well, along with Jim Broadbent.
Ronan will star as Ellis Lacey, a 1950s Irish girl who reluctantly leaves her small village to take a job offer in New York City. There, she begins to adjust and enjoy her new freedom, falling in love along the way. When she’s called back to Ireland suddenly, she meets another man on home soil, and must choose between the two men and the two cities they represent. Since Gleeson is Irish as well, we can probably safely assume he’ll play Jim Farrell, the suitor she encounters on her visit home. Director John Crowley recently revealed they’re gearing up to shoot in 2014.
Gleeson is currently filming Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” with Jack O’Connell, and he’s attached to Alex Garland’s directorial debut “Ex Machina,” which will reunite him with “Anna Karenina” love interest Alicia Vikander. He can currently be seen in time travel love story “About Time” with (who else?) Rachel McAdams.
October 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Angelina Jolie has begun filming on her highly anticipated adaptation of WWII true life survival tale “Unbroken,” and Hey U Guys have the first official behind-the-scenes images from the set featuring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock filming one of the most harrowing sequences in the film.
“Unbroken,” adapted from the bestseller by Laura Hillenbrand, follows O’Connell’s Louis Zamperini, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who finds purpose in track and field, eventually becoming an Olympian. But his story only gets more interesting from there as he enlists in the army, fights in WWII and survives a plane crash, being stranded at sea with two fellow soldiers (Gleeson and Wittrock) and then being sent to a Japanese Prisoner of War camp, where he was tortured and abused, and lived to tell the tale.
The first photos released from the set feature the trio looking sunburnt and malnourished (months of dieting got them to this point) floating on their rafts, while Jolie looks on, first on location and then in an edit bay. Filming began on October 16th in Australia, with a Christmas Day 2014 release date set. See the first photos, as well as an official press release about the shoot, below.
August 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Up and coming actors Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock have joined Jack O’Connell in Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of “Unbroken”, based on the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, according to The Wrap.
O’Connell beat out stiff competition to land the role of the Olympian turned POW. Born in 1917 to Italian immigrant parents, Zamperini was picked on in school for his lack of English skills, but a troubled youth was turned around when he got involved in his high school’s track team. He went on to qualify for the 1936 Olympics in the 5000 metres race. He finished 8th in the race at the Olympics, but a fast finish time garnered him a personal meeting with Adolf Hiter. And that’s just the beginning of Zamperini’s epic journey as he then enlisted in the army in 1941 and was caught in a plane crash, landing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with two other soldiers (Wittrock and Gleeson), managing to survive for 47 days, before they were found and then immediately captured by the Japanese Navy. As a POW, Zamperini and pilot and fellow survivor Russel Allen “Phil” Phillips (Gleeson) were beaten and starved for over three years before being discovered alive. The Coen Brothers recently polished up the script and Roger Deakins is rumored to be the DP. Filming begins in October in Australia and Deakins was recently spotted location scouting with Jolie.
Gleeson played Bill Weasley in the final two-parter “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and recently earned raves for his role as Levin opposite Alicia Vikander’s Kitty in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” The two will reunite for Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina.” Most recently he wrapped up shooting on musical comedy “Frank” opposite Michael Fassbender and will soon be seen in time travel rom com “About Time” opposite Rachel McAdams.
Wittrock had been set to play Romeo opposite Elizabeth Olsen’s Juliet in an off-Broadway production of the Shakespearean classic, but dropped out evidently to do this film. He’s wrapped supporting roles in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and fantasy epic “Winter’s Tale” and is currently filming HBO movie “The Normal Heart.”
May 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Alicia Vikander has landed and is now in negotiations for the female lead role in screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut “Ex-Machina”, according to The Wrap. Vikander had been up for the role against British actress Felicity Jones, but emerged victorious and will reunite with “Anna Karenina” co-star Domhnall Gleeson, who stars opposite Oscar Isaac.
Isaac stars in the futuristic thriller as a billionaire who hires a young employee (Gleeson) to “spend a week at his remote estate and participate in a test involving his latest invention – an artificially intelligent female robot.” With a lovely young lady like Ms. Vikander playing the robot, we’re betting human-like feelings start forming here. At least we know Vikander and Gleeson have plenty of romantic chemistry.
The two played would-be lovers Kitty and Levin in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina”, which helped make Vikander one of our Breakout Stars of 2012. The one-two punch of “Anna” and Danish Oscar entry “A Royal Affair” provided Vikander with quite the introduction to Hollywood, and she’s booked more and more intriguing projects ever since. She’s already wrapped on Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film “The Fifth Estate” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl as well as Australian thriller “Son of a Gun” opposite Ewan McGregor.
April 8, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Oscar Isaac has a busy 2013 ahead of him! His first lead film “Inside Llewyn Davis” is rumoured to bow at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and now the rising actor is in negotiations, along with former “Harry Potter” star Domhnall Gleeson to join a new indie pic, “Ex Machina“.
The film, scripted by Alex Garland who will also make his directorial debut with the pic, follows “a billionaire programmer who handpicks a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and participate in a test involving his latest invention – an artificially intelligent female robot.”
The Wrap report that Isaac will play billionaire programmer and Gleeson the employee, and that Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander are two of several up and coming actresses being considered for the female lead, presumably of the artificially intelligent robot.
One of our Faces to Watch in 2013, Isaac recently joined “Partisan“, will co-star with Jason Clarke in psychological thriller “Mojave”, and play Max Minghella’s brother in “Memorial Day”. Hossein Amini’s thriller “The Two Faces of January” with Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst, and the period pic “Therese” with Elizabeth Olsen are also both set to be released this year.
Gleeson played Bill Weasley in the final two-parter “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and recently earned raves for his role as Levin opposite Vikander’s Kitty in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina.” Most recently he wrapped up shooting on musical comedy “Frank” opposite Michael Fassbender.
January 10, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy and Maggie Gyllenhaal, – and based on a book by one of our favourite authors, Jon Ronson – Film4 have today released the first image of rock’n'roll comedy “Frank“.
Based on Ronson’s memoir, “Frank” stars Domhnall Gleeson as Jon, a wannabe musican who joins an eccentric group of musicians led by Fassbender’s mysterious Frank and his terrifying sidekick Clara, played by Gyllenhaal.
A fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, the trademark giant plastic head has made Sidebottom a cult character.
Ronson has scripted the film along with Peter Straughan – who adapted another of Ronson’s book, “The Men Who Stare At Goats” – and Lenny Abrahamson will direct. Filming started this past week in New Mexico, USA.
September 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson are attached to indie rock n roll comedy “Frank”, according to Variety. Lenny Abrahamson will direct from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Fassbender will play the leader of an eccentric rock band, and Gleeson will find himself in over his head when he joins the group.
Fassbender starred in “Prometheus” earlier this summer and is currently shooting Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” opposite Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem. He may join Natalie Portman in Western “Jane Got a Gun” but will in all likelihood be tied up with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” through early next spring.
Gleeson, who played Ron’s older brother Bill Weasley in the final two installments “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, will soon be seen as Levin opposite Alicia Vikander as Kitty in Joe Wright’s new adaptation of “Anna Karenina”, which sees Keira Knightley as the titular Russian literary icon. He recently wrapped time travel romance “About Time” opposite Rachel McAdams.