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 10, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
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Martin Starr to guest on “The Goldbergs,” and more casting news, including “Game of Thrones,” “Grimm,” “Revolution,” “Starcrossed,” “Believe” and “Deliverance Creek.”
“Knocked Up” and “Freaks and Geeks” alum Martin Starr is set to appear on ABC’s new comedy series “The Goldbergs,” which was recently picked up for nine more episodes. Slated to air in January, he’ll guest star as Andre, a video store employee who takes his job just a little too seriously. [EW]
November 7, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
Deadline reports that “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington is set to star in “Spooks: The Greater Good,” a film adaptation of the long-running hit British spy series, also known as “MI-5″ in the United States.
Harington will join Jennifer Ehle and former “Spooks” star Peter Firth as ex-MI5 operative Will Crombie, who is brought back in by the Deputy Chief (Ehle) to find out how terrorist Adam Qasim escaped custody during a routine handover and why Head of Counterterrorism Harry Pearce (Firth) disappeared soon afterward. Also Harry’s former protégé, Crombie uncovers a conspiracy that runs from Vietnam to the Mediterranean as an impending attack on London looms. “Spooks” writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent have penned the script, and the film begins shooting in early 2014 with Bharat Nalluri, the originating director on the series, behind the helm.
Best known as Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones,” now filming its fourth season, Harington will next be seen in fantasy adaptation “The Seventh Son” opposite Alicia Vikander and Ben Barnes as well as Paul W. S. Anderson’s period action flick “Pompeii” opposite Emily Browning.
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 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams has landed her first lead film role, a British indie drama called “The Falling,” according to THR, and we now have the first photo from the currently shooting film as well.
Williams stars as a troubled girl at the center of a mysterious fainting epidemic, “who is determined to discover the cause of the malady spreading through her British all-girl school in 1969, a year when the whole world seemed poised on the brink of change.” Newcomer Florence Pugh co-stars and is pictured with Williams in the first photo, while Monica Dolan, Greta Scacchi and Maxine Peake have supporting roles in the film written and directed by Carol Morley.
“The Falling” is described as a dreamlike coming of age drama and began filming this week. See the first photo of Williams and Pugh below. The film is expected to be released in 2014.
October 21, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
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Rose Leslie, one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2013, has joined the cast of British Channel 4 series “Utopia” for season two.
Digital Spy reports that season two of critically-acclaimed but little-seen dark thriller will also star Tom Burke (“The Hour”), with Leslie and Burke joining returning members Alexandra Roach, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Adeel Akhtar, and Neil Maskell.
Written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden, season one of the show followed an unconnected set of people who found themselves in possession of the manuscript for a legendary graphic novel, leading to their lives imploding as they begin to be pursued by a shadowy and murderous organisation.
Leslie has begun to make a name for herself on the small screen, after a role in the hit ITV drama “Downton Abbey“. She has since moved on to HBO’s “Game of Thrones” where she plays Ygritte opposite Kit Harington’s Jon Snow.
October 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Dutch actor Michiel Huisman is suddenly everywhere, and this is just good news for everybody. The “Nashville” breakout star has not only booked a major role on season 4 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” today he’s also nabbed even more roles. Variety reports Huisman has joined Reese Witherspoon on the big screen in “Wild,” while THR adds he’ll be part of season 2 of “Orphan Black,” the BBC America breakout hit series starring Tatiana Maslany.
No word on who he’ll play in “Wild,” but filming has already begun under the direction of “Dallas Buyers Club”‘s Jean-Marc Vallee. “The Newsroom” star Thomas Sadoski plays doting husband to Witherspoon’s troubled woman on a 1,000 solo hike as a journey of self-discovery. W. Earl Brown, Kevin Rankin and Gaby Hoffman are also part of the cast.
Sci fi thriller series “Orphan Black” sees Maslany playing several characters who are all revealed to be clones. Her main identity is Sarah Manning, who assumes the identity of one of her clones after she commits suicide. Huisman is lining up the role of Cal Morrison, described as a rugged, resourceful outdoorsman.
Huisman played Sonny on New Orleans musical drama series “Treme,” continues to recur as country producer Liam on ABC’s “Nashville” opposite Connie Britton and recently began filming scenes with Emilia Clarke as Daario Naharis on “Game of Thrones.” Huisman for everybody! Yay!
October 10, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Sophie Turner, 17, will join Hailee Steinfeld, 16, in Kyle Newman‘s action comedy “Barely Lethal,” according to Deadline. The John D’Arci-scripted film is also set to star Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Barely Lethal” centers on Megan (Steinfeld), a teenage girl who was raised in a boarding school that trains children to become assassins. In an attempt for a normal adolescent life, Megan fakes her own death, moves to a small town and enrolls in a regular high school. But her former employer (Jackson) won’t just let her get away, so he hires Turner’s character as an undercover agent to enroll in the same school to retrieve her. Megan’s past life may also seek her again when a villain named Victoria Knox (Alba) poses a threat.
Turner is best known to audiences for her role as Sansa Stark on HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”. However, like many other small screen up and comers, she is slowly making the leap from television to film. She makes her feature film debut this year in Isabel Coixet’s supernatural thriller “Another Me,” opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Rhys Ifans. The film is set to debut at the Rome Film Festival in November.
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.
October 1, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Natalie Dormer, Adelaide Clemons, Zachary Quinto and Stephen Graham are all set to join “The Girl Who Invented Kissing,” according to Variety. The Tom Sierchio indie drama already has “Veep” actor Timothy Simons attached to star.
“The Girl Who Invented Kissing” tells the story of two brothers whose lives are changed after they encounter and fall for a nameless young female drifter who enters their bar on a rainy night. The Sierchio-scripted film will be produced by George Zakk through An Olive Branch, along with Cybill Lui. Details on which character each actor is set to play have not yet been revealed. The filming start date also remains unknown.
“Game of Thrones” star Dormer, who currently appears in Ron Howard’s “Rush,” is slowly moving to the big screen with upcoming roles in “The Counselor,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” and “Posh.” Rising Australian talent Clemons also recently had a small, but memorable role in “The Great Gatsby.” Although renowned for his work on television’s “Heroes,” Quinto has risen in the big screen with roles in “Margin Call” and the “Star Trek” franchise.