December 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After testing several actresses for the role, director Alan Taylor is looking closely at either Emilia Clarke or Brie Larson to take the Sarah Connor role in “Terminator 5,” the reboot of the successful futuristic sci-fi franchise, according to Deadline.
The trade further reports Clarke appears to have the edge for the role at the moment, and it’s probably due in no small part to having previously worked with Taylor on “Game of Thrones,” on which she’s played Daenerys Targaryen for four seasons now. Before proving himself on “Thor: The Dark World,” Taylor had directed a dozen “GoT” episodes in seasons 1 and 2. The film is also seeking a new John Connor, who will be older than his mother in this incarnation, with Taylor interested in Tom Hardy for the role. Connor’s probable love interest Kyle Reese is also being sought, with the likes of Garrett Hedlund, Nicholas Hoult and Taylor Kitsch in contention, but that decision will be made after a Sarah is cast.
Clarke is currently in the midst of reprising her role as Daenerys for “Game of Thrones” season 4, which is set to return in the spring of 2014. She can currently be seen in UK thriller “Dom Hemingway” opposite Jude Law. Larson broke out in a big way this year thanks to her first lead role in indie hit “Short Term 12,” for which she’s already won the Gotham Award for Best Actress and for which she is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. She’s also landed the female lead in Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler” remake opposite Mark Wahlberg and has wrapped a Bollywood style musical called “Basmati Blues.”
November 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Who knew the Khaleesi could sing?! Perhaps one of the handful of people who got to see Emilia Clarke play Holly Golightly on Broadway in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” but I digress. Now everyone can see the British actress croon a lovely tune in this first clip released from UK thriller “Dom Hemingway.”
Jude Law plays an ex-con who’s just gotten out of a 12 year prison sentence, which he got for refusing to rat out his boss (Damien Bichir). But now he wants to settle the score and get the reward that was promised him for doing just that. Refreshingly, Clarke, who is fourteen years Law’s junior, plays his estranged daughter rather than a love interest. He’s interested in getting to know her again, and seems surprised and pleased to hear how talented she is in this new scene.
“Dom Hemingway” released on November 15th in the UK and in April of next year in the US. The Playlist found the clip and also has details on the full soundtrack for the movie, which includes Clarke’s entire rendition of “Fisherman’s Blue.” Watch a bit of the scene below.
November 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: THR updates that Hedlund is actually up for the role of Kyle Reese, while Variety tweets Taylor Kitsch and Nicholas Hoult are also in the mix. As for John Connor, Tom Hardy is at the top of the wishlist.
Another big franchise taking shape, and the usual suspects are all lining up to vie for just one or two potentially career-making roles. Schmoes Know are reporting that the franchise du jour is “Terminator 5,” and the young actors being eyed for the now iconic roles of Sarah Connor and John Connor include Brie Larson, Margot Robbie and Emilia Clarke on the ladies side, and Boyd Holbrook and Garrett Hedlund for the guys.
Being mother and son, the ages of the actors being considered is especially interesting, with speculation now turning to whether multiple time travel storylines will take place. In any case it seems as if John will encounter his mother way before she has him, perhaps in the 1950s, as some outlets have reported previously. Let’s hope these actors do some chemistry testing together to make sure they don’t have anything that would be inappropriate for this particular pairing. “Thor: The Dark World” director Alan Taylor is taking the reigns of this one, and Arnold Schwarzenegger has expressed interest in returning. The new “Terminator” is set to release on July 1, 2015.
Clarke plays badass dragon-rearing queen Daenrys Targaryen on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” now filming its fourth season. Robbie will soon be seen opposite Leonardo Dicaprio in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Larson, one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, had a breakout year thanks to SXSW Grand Jury Prize-winning “Short Term 12.” Hedlund, who often shows up on these shortlists, is currently filming Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken.” Holbook, another Face to Watch in 2013 and is currently filming David Dincher’s “Gone Girl.”
October 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Whether it’s “Nashville” or Westeros, Michiel Huisman remains as aesthetically pleasing as ever in the first photos from the set of “Game of Thrones,” where he has taken over the role of Daario Naharis from British actor Ed Skrein.
WinterIsComing.net have the first photo of Huisman with onscreen love interest Emilia Clarke and point out that there are some significant differences between Huisman’s Stormcrows captain and Skrein’s version in season 3. Gone is the long blonde hair and in its place a scruffy beard. Daario and Clarke’s Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen began a tentative truce and flirtation at the end of season 3 of the hit HBO series, but fans of the George R. R. Martin books well know that they will be getting much closer in the future.
Season 4 of “Game of Thrones,” which is said to cover the second half of Martin’s third book, “A Storm of Swords” as well as certain events from books 4 and 5, is currently in production and will premiere in early 2014 on HBO. For now, take a look at your new Daario below, and WinterisComing have even more pics of other cast members as well.
September 29, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
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Filming for “Game of Thrones” season four began almost three months ago, but this latest bit of news means casting is nearly complete. EW reports that British actor Joel Fry will play Hizdahr zo Loraq, a wealthy Meereenese nobleman who becomes embroiled in the affairs of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her quest for the Iron Throne.
Last season, Daenerys and her increasing army of followers conquered the cities of Astapor and Yunkai in Slaver’s Bay. So with those two plot points already off the book agenda, it only makes sense that she’ll next retake the last great slaver city, Meereen, before finally moving on to Westeros.
Season four of the hit fantasy series is set to begin next spring on HBO with the last quarter of the third novel, “A Storm of Swords,” then continue on by overlapping the storylines of the fourth and fifth novels, “A Feast For Crows” and “A Dance With Dragons.” The character of Hizdahr zo Loraq doesn’t appear in the book series until the fifth novel, and thus will likely not arrive until late in the fourth season.
Fry is best known for starring in “10,000 BC” and the British series “Plebs” and “Trollied.”
September 23, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
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The first U.K. trailer for Richard Shepard‘s “Dom Hemingway” has been unveiled exclusively by Digital Spy. The black comedy stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demián Bichir, Madalina Diana Ghenea and Emilia Clarke
It follows the story of Dom Hemingway (Law), a London man who just completed a twelve-year prison sentence after refusing to rat out his mob boss Mr. Fontaine (Bichir). Newly released, he and his best friend Dickie (Grant) travel to the south of France to reap the rewards that he was owed for keeping his lips sealed. Along with collecting his fortune, he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter Evelyn (Clarke).
“Dom Hemingway” – which premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival – is set to arrive in U.K. cinemas on November 15, 2013. Unfortunately, Canadian and American audiences will have to wait significantly longer to see it. It doesn’t hit North American theaters until April 4, 2014.
The trailer shows plenty of Hemingway’s spontaneous personality, including a scene where he carelessly embarks into a field completely nude from top to bottom. But with the estranged father and daughter subplot, Clarke’s character may just bring out the more vulnerable side to Hemingway.
Check out the trailer for “Dom Hemingway” below! Also included is a new still of Jude Law and Emilia Clarke courtesy of The Playlist!
May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
06/27/13 UPDATE: This movie is now dead following Franco’s exit as director and star, according to Deadline.
James Franco has set “Game of Thrones” badass Emilia Clarke to play the female lead in his next directorial venture, “The Garden of Last Days”, according to THR. Franco will also take a starring role in the adaptation of the Andre Dubus III novel of the same name.
Hanna Weg adapted the novel, which is set at the onset of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the screen version will be set in contemporary times. Taking place in and around a strip club in Florida, “Garden of Last Days” follows three central characters, a stripper named April (Clarke) forced to bring her young son to work after his babysitter has a panic attack, an angry and lonely man kicked out of the club (presumably Franco) and “a foreigner with an endless supply of cash on the brink of committing a terrifying act.” A July production start is scheduled.
With only a TV movie and a one-episode guest spot on a British TV series to her credit as of 2010, Clarke won the opportunity of a lifetime when she replaced fellow Brit actress Tamzin Merchant after the pilot for “Game of Thrones” had already been filmed. In her time off from the show, which is now in its third season, she completed work on indie British rock music comedy “Spike Island” and upcoming thriller “Dom Hemingway” opposite Jude Law.
October 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Jumyan Hunter and Madalina Ghenea are rounding out the supporting cast of indie black comedy “Dom Hemingway”, according to Deadline. Jude Law and Richard E. Grant joined the project back in May.
Law plays the titular Dom Hemingway, described as “a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is also funny, profane and dangerous.” After spending 12 years in prison, he’s back on the streets of London and seeking retribution for keeping his mouth shut. Filming under the direction of Richard Shepard begins in the South of France on October 15th.
With only a TV movie and a one-episode guest spot on a British TV series to her credit as of 2010, Clarke won the opportunity of a lifetime when she replaced fellow Brit actress Tamzin Merchant after the pilot for “Game of Thrones” had already been filmed. In her time off from the show, which is heading into its third season next year, she completed work on indie British rock music comedy “Spike Island.” She’s currently vying for the female lead in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opposite Chris Evans.
October 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke, “Downton Abbey” star Jessica Brown Findlay and “Community” star Alison Brie are vying for “a significant new role” in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, according to Deadline. This new report also appears to take the previously-rumored Anna Kendrick and Felicity Jones out of the running.
Chris Evans is reprising his role as the super soldier turned leader of “The Avengers” for the sequel that will take in modern times, with Sebastian Stan set to reprise his role as Bucky Barnes, who becomes the titular Winter Soldier and Scarlett Johansson returning to play the Black Widow, who shares significant history with Bucky in the comics. Anthony Mackie signed on recently to play Falcon, Cap’s longtime partner in crime in the comics, making his Marvel Film Universe debut. Anthony and Joseph Russo will direct “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” next March, with a release already set for April 4, 2014.
It’s unclear what role the young actresses are testing for, though it’s believed to be a new love interest for Steve. Could it be Sharon Carter, great-niece to Peggy Carter, the love Steve left behind in the 1940s and played by Hayley Atwell in “Captain America: The First Avenger”?
July 17, 2012 | Posted by Lindsey Young
Today is a big day for fans of “The Hunger Games” and for Brit actor Sam Claflin. An exclusive report from Variety states that Claflin is the leading choice to portray Finnick Odair, the godly trident-wielding Tribute in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” sequel to “The Hunger Games.” The role of Finnick is a character who in the past few months has perhaps been subject to an equally rabid level of speculation and interest as last spring’s coveted role of Katniss Everdeen. Hailing from District 4, Finnick is a previous winner of the Games who found victory at the age of fourteen. Although dazzled by his gorgeousness, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself unsure if she should consider Finnick as an ally or an enemy. The second book of the YA-dystopian trilogy penned by Suzanne Collins describes Finnick is as having an athletic build, bronze hair and sea-green eyes. Think beautiful Olympian swimmer—but deadly (he didn’t win The Hunger Games by charm alone, after all). Although Claflin doesn’t exactly fit the books’ description, given this franchise’s previous casting choices, this clearly that won’t be an obstacle if he lands the role.
To date, Claflin is most well known for his roles as the mermaid-adoring clergyman in last summer’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and as Kristen Stewart’s prince charming in last month’s “Snow White and the Hunstman.” If Claflin is indeed the victor of this coveted role, this will mark his involvement in a third major franchise/ franchise-potential film.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will hit theatres November 23, 2013, and will be followed by two more films in November 2014 and 2015. Earlier today, Lionsgate announced that Amanda Plummer would be joining the cast as Wiress, another previous winner from District 3. Along with the news of Claflin, Variety also reports that Tony Shalhoub and Melissa Leo are on the shortlist for ex-Tributes Beetee (an inventor who is skilled in electricity) and Mags (Finnick’s mentor), respectively.Yet to be cast for the sequel is Finnick’s girlfriend Annie, also a previous winner of the Hunger Games.
While his status in “Catching Fire” may not be set in stone just yet, another role that Claflin did manage to score is in “Overdrive” alongside Karl Urban (Star Trek) and Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones). Claflin replaces Ben Barnes as one of two auto-thieving brothers. Directed by Pierre Morel and scripted by Michael Brandt and Derek, “Overdrive” is scheduled to film this year.