August 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jamie Bell is among the new actors who have jumped on board to round out the cast of Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” follow-up, “Nymphomaniac”, according to Screen Daily. Bell, along with Connie Nielsen, Mia Goth, Jens Albinus, Severin von Hoensbroech, Peter Gilberg Cotton, Nicolas Bro, Tabea Tarbiat, Janine Romanowski, Jesper Christensen, Tania Carlin, Felicity Gilbert and Shanti Roney join previously cast stars Shia LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsburg and Stellan Skarsgard.
Gainsburg plays Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her erotic adventures from birth to age 50 to a charming bachelor, played by Skarsgard. Stacey Martin plays the younger version of Joe in the flashbacks. The filmmmakers call it “a monumental film about the female erotic desire, with claims and counter-claims, conflicting angles, and moral or perhaps precisely immoral observations.” Shooting on the 11-week production begins tomorrow in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany and for a shorter period in Flanders, Belgium.
Bell recently wrapped up shooting futuristic actioner “Snowpiercer” with Chris Evans and Octavia Spencer as well as British thriller “Filth” with James McAvoy and Imogen Poots. The “Adventures of Tin Tin” star is also gearing up to shoot indie rom com “Fighting Jacob” opposite Kate Mara.
May 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Joel Edgerton is getting to be the kind of busy that forces him to drop out of projects from time to time. The first victim: A reunion with “Zero Dark Thrity” co-star Jessica Chastain in double feature “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her.” Edgerton’s role will now be played by British actor James McAvoy. A disappointing turn of events as Edgerton and Chastain were an exciting pairing, but McAvoy is certainly a worthy replacement.
Ned Benson wrote both scripts and will direct both films, which follow the point of views of the husband, a restauranteur, in one and the wife, who recently decided to go back to college, in the other. Each fill will be a stand-alone feature, with filming set to begin in July.
McAvoy was last seen on the big screen as the telepathic Professor Xavier in “X-Men: First Class” and recently wrapped up on British films “Filth”, “Welcome to the Punch” and Danny Boyle’s “Trance.”
May 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British rising star Imogen Poots has signed on to Nick Hornby adaptation “A Long Way Down”, reports THR from Cannes.
The actress joins Pierce Brosnan, Toni Colette and Emile Hirsch in the relationship drama about a quartet of strangers who meet one another by coincidence when they all climb to the top of the same London rooftop on New Year’s Eve with the intention of committing suicide. Instead of jumping, they make a pact to stay alive and stay together through Valentine’s Day. French director Pascal Chaumeil will make his English-language film debut on the project from a script by Jack Thorne. Filming is set to begin in September on location in London.
Poots recently wrapped up Jeff Buckley biopic “Greetings from Tim Buckley” opposite “Gossip Girl” actor Penn Badgley and will tackle Jimi Hendrix next in biopic “All Is By My Side.” She also recently wrapped on “Filth” opposite James McAvoy and Jamie Bell and is currently filming “The Kings of Soho” about London’s porn baron Paul Raymond. Poots was last seen on the big screen opposite Anton Yelchin in the “Fright Night” remake.
May 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Imogen Poots has added another biopic of a late, great musician to her resume. Already having wrapped “Greetings From Tim Buckley”, Poots has signed on to star in Jimi Hendrix biopic “All Is By My Side”, according to Variety. Outkast singer Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) plays the legendary guitarist and “Captain America” actress Hayley Atwell is confirmed as well.
John Ridley will direct from his own script, which is described as as: “A love story at heart, [the film] aims to captures the energy, the charisma and the talent of a music legend whose influence still resonates around the world today. Based on actual interviews and archival materials, pic will poignantly reveal a Jimi Hendrix behind the legend.” Production begins later this month on location in Ireland.
No word on who Poots will play in the film, but in the recently wrapped Jeff Buckley biopic “Greetings from Tim Buckley” opposite Penn Badgley, she played the female lead and love interest to the late singer. She also recently wrapped up “Filth” opposite James McAvoy and Jamie Bell and is currently filming “The Kings of Soho” about London’s porn baron Paul Raymond. Poots was last seen on the big screen opposite Anton Yelchin in the “Fright Night” remake.
April 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising stars Jamie Bell and Kate Mara will star in quirky romantic comedy “Fighting Jacob”, according to Variety. Bell plays the titular character Jacob ‘The Manic Maniac’ Rosenthal, an up and coming boxer whose “whose extreme OCD is the key to his success in the ring.” When Mara’s character breaks up with him, likely due to that same extreme OCDness, he’s forced to reexamine all of his quirks and neuroses and evaluate whether he wants to stay the way he is and be a great fighter or tone it down to find happiness outside the ring. Charlie McDowell will make his feature directorial debut on the indie project written by Justin Lader. Filming is scheduled for this summer in Los Angeles.
Bell was recently mo-capped as the titular character in Steven Spilberg and Peter Jackson’s “The Adventures of Tin Tin” and was also recently seen in “Jane Eyre” and “Man on a Ledge.” He’s currently filming post-apocalyptic “Snow Piercer” opposite Chris Evans and recently wrapped up British thriller “Filth” opposite James McAvoy. Mara, sister to “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Rooney Mara, is following in her sister’s footsteps and working with David Fincher on Netflix series “House of Cards.” She was recently a regular on hit FX series “American Horror Story” and just premiered Eric Bana-Olivia Wilde actioner “Deadfall” at the Tribeca Film Festival.
January 21, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The 90s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s “Trainspotting” is one of my favourites films of all time, so I’m excited to see how Jon S. Baird takes on an adaptation of another Welsh classic, “Filth”, with rising British stars Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots joining the cast.
James McAvoy plays Bruce Robertson, a sex-obsessed, cocaine-addicted police officer, who, as he attempts to investigate a murder gets sidetracked by his own worries, manipulating “everyone in his path to secure a promotion and win back his wife and daughter.”
Filming is set to kick off very soon and Variety reports that Poots will be playing a colleague of Bruce’s, joining Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt in the film. Bell joined the cast late last summer, with Welsh telling The Playlist that “Jamie is going to be Lennox, [Bruce's] kind of sidekick”.
2012 looks set to be an interesting year for both British actors, with Poots taking on the lead role in “Greeting From Tim Buckley”, one of the three Jeff Buckley films currently in production. We’re also hoping to see the romantic heist film “Comes A Bright Day” sometime this year, also starring up and comer Craig Roberts. Bell remained slightly off-radar for a few years, but 2011 was a comeback for him, starring in the critically-acclaimed adaptation of “Jane Eyre”, attempting a diamond hesit in “Man On The Ledge” and taking on the titular role in the performance-capture 3D family film, “The Adventure of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”. Bell recently joined Chris Evans in the post-apocalyptic thriller “Snow Piercer”.