May 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Emma Rigby and Aussie actor Rhys Wakefield have joined the cast of romantic drama remake “Endless Love”, according to The Wrap. Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde play the leads originated by Martin Hewitt and Brooke Shields in the 1981 original film, and “The Hunger Games”‘ Dayo Okeniyi, Bruce Greenwood and Robert Patrick also have supporting roles. Shana Feste is directing.
Wilde and Pettyfer play a pair of high school students who fall deeply in love and whose intense relationship puts her parents on edge. When they are forced to break up until the end of high school, Pettyfer’s character sets an ill-fated plan into motion to appear as a hero in front of them to win back their favor, leading to tragic consequences. Okeniyi plays the role of Pettyfer’s daredevil best friend, while Wakefield will play Wilde’s older brother, who struggles to live up to the legacy of their older brother, who passed away. No word on who Rigby plays.
Wakefield starred on famed Aussie soap “Home and Away” and James Cameron’s “Sanctum.” He’ll soon be seen in home invasion thriller “The Purge.” Ribgy starred on British soap “Hollyoaks” and plays the Red Queen in ABC series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”, which was just picked up to series.
May 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Dayo Okeniyi, who played Thresh in “The Hunger Games”, continues to be one of the most prolific and fast-rising young actors to break out of the 2012 blockbuster. THR reports today he has landed a major role in Universal’s remake of 1980s romantic thriller “Endless Love” starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde.
Wilde and Pettyfer play a pair of high school students who fall deeply in love and whose intense relationship puts her parents on edge. When they are forced to break up until the end of high school, Pettyfer’s character sets an ill-fated plan into motion to appear as a hero in front of them to win back their favor, leading to tragic consequences. Okeniyi is lining up the role of Pettyfer’s daredevil best friend, while Robert Patrick recently took the role of Pettyfer’s father. Shana Feste directing the remake.
Okeniyi, who made his feature debut in “The Hunger Games” but whose fate in the story won’t allow for a return in the sequel, has nevertheless lined up quite the upcoming slate. He will next be seen opposite Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in Sundance hit “The Spectacular Now” and he has also wrapped filming on gambling drama “Runner Runner” with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.
April 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chloe Moretz looks the perfect blend of vulnerable and menacing in the full length trailer for Kimberly Pierce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic “Carrie.” The new trailer takes us basically chronologically through Carrie’s journey from outcast laughingstock (the film is clearly set in present day, with the notorious bloody shower scene getting the very modern twist of being captured on someone’s cell phone camera) to deadly villain prompted by a prom night prank gone horribly, horribly wrong.
Julianne Moore also looks appropriately creepy as Carrie’s zealously religious mother, and we also get our first glimpse of Gabriella Wilde and newly cast “Divergent” star Ansel Elgort as two of Carrie’s classmates who play an instrumental role in the prom night fiasco, though it’s unclear at this point whether their more sympathetic sides will be explored in Pierce’s retelling. We have to have some surprises, right?
“Carrie” will be released on October 18th, and the new trailer can be viewed below.
March 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filmmakers have been searching for a pair of young actors to headline a remake of 1980s romantic thriller “Endless Love” and have finally found them in Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, according to Variety.
Director Shana Feste screen tested five young actresses last month, Wilde among them, but Pettyfer has apaprently pulled off a coup for his role, taking it from Brenton Thwaites, who the filmmakers reportedly liked enough to pair in readings with all the girls. In any case, it’s now Pettyfer and Wilde who will play intensely in love high schoolers whose relationship is forbidden by her parents, leading to tragic consequences. Filming begins this spring.
Pettyfer, last seen in “Magic Mike”, also tested for the lead in “Divergent” but ultimately lost out to Theo James, and most recently wrapped up shooting on Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” Wilde is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and will soon be seen opposite Chloe Moretz in Kimberly Pierce’s remake of “Carrie.”
February 28, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
MARCH 11TH UPDATE: Watson has decided to pass on playing Cinderella for Disney. The search continues.
ORIGINAL POST: “Harry Potter” may have made Emma Watson a household name, but the young star’s next potential role is poised to continue that trend. Variety reports Watson is in early talks to play the lead in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Cinderella”, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh from a script by Chris Weitz.
Curiouser and curiouser, this film is just the latest in a line of recent live-action fairytales, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” and next year’s “Maleficent”. Disney apparently considered other actresses for the iconic character, such as favorites Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), Imogen Poots (“Need for Speed”) and Gabriella Wilde (“The Three Musketeers”), but ultimately decided Watson was their best choice to fill the glass slipper. Cate Blanchett has already been cast as the evil stepmother. “Cinderella” is scheduled to begin production this fall for a 2014 release.
Watson has had no problem moving on from her breakout role as Hermione Granger. She recently received rave reviews for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and will next star in Seth Rogen’s “This Is the End,” Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”.
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Another big role is up for grabs for young actresses, and refreshingly, it’s not for a superhero’s girlfriend. THR reports a remake of 1980s teen romance “Endless Love” is in the works, and five young actresses are flying in to LA tomorrow to begin testing for the female lead originally played by Brooke Shields. Australian up and comer Brenton Thwaites will be doing chemistry reads with the ladies but he has not yet officially been cast for the male lead, though he is “well liked” by filmmakers.
Director Shana Feste will oversee the tests pairing Thwaites up with Australian actress Sophie Lowe, British model Gabriella Wilde, Irish Sarah Bolger and British actress Olivia Cooke. The report specifies five actresses will be testing, which leaves one mystery girl. The actress chosen will land the updated Jade Butterfield role, who falls for David Axelrod. The two enter a relationship which intensity worries her parents. When they are forced to break up until the end of high school, David sets an ill-fated plan into motion to appear as a hero in front of them to win back their favor. Shooting is set for this spring, and because of her commitment to “Love, Rosie”, Lily Collins was considered but ultimately had to pass.
January 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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.
Faces to Watch: The Girls | Faces to Watch: The Guys
November 30, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Thank you, Disney! Two days ago we picked five actresses who we would like to see play the new live action “Cinderella” for director Mark Romanek, and today Variety reports the filmmakers are on the same wavelength as us, and have unveiled a shortlist of three actresses, two of which were also on ours.
Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde will soon audition for the titular role in the rags-to-riches princess fairy tale, which already has Cate Blanchett in negotiations to play the role of Cinderella’s evil stepmother. We previously highlighted the connection between Ronan, Blanchett and the studio, who had been poised to work together on another fairy tale adaptation “The Order of the Seven” before it fell apart, seemingly giving her a leg up in this competition. It could be her role to lose, though Ronan has famously said no to other high profile projects, including both other Snow White films. She’ll next be seen in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host.”
November 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Transformers” is moving on with a brand new cast of characters, but of course we need new incarnations of the archetypes that worked in the first trilogy. Michael Bay is on board to direct “Transformers 4″ and Mark Wahlberg has taken on the male lead role as a dad with a teenage daughter, but now comes time to cast that teenage daughter and her racecar driver boyfriend, who will be taking over for the roles that launched the careers of Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. Testing for these roles will take place this week, reports THR, with actors being told they will be signed to three-picture deals and they need to be available for an April-November shoot. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the actors testing should be familiar to U&C readers.
For the role of Wahlberg’s daughter, Abbie Cornish’s younger sister Isabelle Cornish will be among those testing. The 17 year old only began following in her older sister’s footsteps this year by signing with major US talent agency United and is in now making the transition from Australian acting jobs – including a stint on famed talent exporter “Home and Away” – for Hollywood ones. Slightly more experienced American actress Nicola Peltz, who’s probably most known for her role in “The Last Airbender”, will also be testing for the role of the daughter. Peltz also has a role in new “Psycho” TV series “Bates Motel.”
October 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Kimberly Pierce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic “Carrie” is off to an appropriately creepy start. Today the first teaser trailer dropped, and like the teaser poster released over the weekend, it relies heavily on star Chloe Moretz as the titular telekinetic causing some damage.
The footage is brief, overlaid with spooky, atmospheric music and voice-over that suggest conspiracies, and focuses in tightly on one singular scene/event, and anyone familiar with the story can guess at what scene that is. Unlike the original Brian De Palma film, it’s not just Carrie’s high school that’s on fire but damn near the whole town, and you can thank Carrie’s overbearing religious mother – played by Julianne Moore in this new version – and bullying schoolmates (Gabriella Wilde, Alex Russell, Portia Doubleday, etc) for triggering her latent superpowers. Moretz is only seen briefly, but seems to infuse her Carrie with a cognizant, snarling anger rather than the possessed/blank expression Sissy Spacek employed in De Palma’s original.
We expect there will be much debate to come on which interpretation is better, but for now, consider us thoroughly spooked and our interest piqued. “Carrie” will be released on March 15th, 2013 and the first trailer can be viewed now below.