June 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Borgias” star Holliday Grainger is in final talks to join Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Disney fairytale “Cinderella”, according to The Wrap. “Downton Abbey” actress Lily James recently landed the titular rags to riches Princess role, with “Game of Thrones”‘ Richard Madden as her Prince and Cate Blanchett playing her evil stepmother. Grainger will play one of Cinderella’s beautiful but wicked stepsisters. Filming is set to begin this fall with a 2014 release date in mind.
Grainger plays the ambitious (and incestuous) Lucrezia Borgia on Showtime’s series “The Borgias” about the prominent and corrupt Italian family during the Renaissance. It was recently announced that this, the show’s third season, will be its last, though creator Neil Jordan has not given up on the idea of a feature film to wrap everything up. Grainger last appeared as Estella opposite Jeremy Irvine in Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations” and also had small roles in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” and Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre.” She also may be joining Lone Sherfig’s adaptation of controversial play “Posh” with Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth.
June 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The ever-busy Emma Stone has departed Guillermo Del Toro’s haunted house horror pic “Crimson Peak” over a scheduling issue, and the probably just as busy Mia Wasikowska is now in talks to replace her, according to The Wrap. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain and Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam are already part of the stellar young cast.
With this new cast addition also comes our first semblance of plot details, with The Wrap detailing that Wasikowska – pending scheduling working out – is up for the role of a young writer named Edith who discovers her new husband is not who he appears to be. It’s unclear if Hunnam will be her husband, but Cumberbatch and Chastain will play a pair of siblings from an aristocratic family. This is sounding more like a period piece to us with these new descriptions. Del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon and production is slated for early 2014.
Wasikowska recently departed Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria”, presumably in order to do David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” and Todd Haynes’ “Carol” opposite Cate Blanchett, both of which will film this year. She just premiered Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” at Cannes and also has Australian outback drama “Tracks” and Dostoyevsky adaptation “The Double” with Jesse Eisenberg awaiting release.
May 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
David Cronenberg continues to build an impressive cast for his next feature, and today has added Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and “The Killing” kid actor Evan Bird to “Map to the Stars.” The trio join previous cast members Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon for the LA-set drama.
Bruce Wagner wrote the script on the long-gestating project, which involves Hollywood characters like actors, agents and managers, with both Cronenberg and Pattinson using words like weird and absurd to describe the tone of the piece. Deadline also gives us our first hint of the characters that will populate this world, with Bird as a troubled child star, Williams as his mother and Wasikowska in apparently a very juicy role as his “disfigured, schizophrenic, fame-obsessed sister.” “Map” will be Canadian director Cronenberg’s first time shooting in the US, Los Angeles, specifically. Filming will begin in July.
After breaking out in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, Aussie Wasikowska has stuck solely to small, interesting films like this one, earning raves for her portrayal of “Jane Eyre” and most recently in Park Chan-wook’s “Stoker.” She has wrapped filming on a few more intriguing projects, including Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes-bound “Only Lovers Left Alive” opposite Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, Australian outback set survival tale “Tracks” and Dostoyevsky adaptation “The Double” with Jesse Eisenberg.
June 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
All the hype has been surrounding that dreamboat Finnick Odair, but true “Hunger Games” fans knows the name Johanna Mason is just as crucial to sequels “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” as Finnick is. With Finnick still a mystery, The Playlist gets the jump on the casting of Johanna, with their sources reporting Mia Wasikowska and model/actress Zoe Aggeliki among those in the mix.
Both actresses have reportedly had discussions with director Francis Lawrence about the role, and Aggeliki appears to be a front-runner, though nothing has been decided and Lawrence is taking this casting seriously, looking at both bigger and lesser known names. Like Finnick, Johanna is in her twenties, and is a former Tribute and survivor of the Hunger Games. She hails from District 7, and has lost everyone she knows, making her jaded and dangerous – she’s got nothing left to lose. She and Katniss have an antagonistic relationship at first, but she ultimately becomes an invaluable ally. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and the gang return to film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” this fall and the film already has a November 23, 2013 release date.
Wasikowska is clearly an example of the bigger names Lawrence is looking at for Johanna, having played “Jane Eyre” to acclaim and recently appearing in Cannes as one of the stars of John Hillcoat’s “Lawless.” She’s currently filming “The Double” opposite Jesse Eisenberg and has more literary adaptations down the pike, including “Madame Bovary” and “Carol.” Aggeliki, much less known than her competitor, is currently in the midst of making that sometimes difficult transition from model to actress. She’ll appear in the upcoming “Fun Size” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” and is also, curiously, quite a few years younger than Jennifer Lawrence, whose Katniss is supposed to be younger. In any case, Lionsgate is famously evasive about confirming casting rumors, so we expect this one will be firmed up long before they tell us.
May 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Mia Wasikowska is well on her way to being the queen of literary adaptations, and has just added another to her pile. The Playlist reports Wasikowska will star opposite Cate Blanchett in “Carol” (also known as “The Price of Salt”), based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith.
Jon Crowley will direct the 1950s set New York tale about two women, Therese Belivet, a lonely young woman who works in a department store dreaming of something bigger, and Carol, an elegant older woman she encounters at her job. Carol seems to have it all together, but is quite lonely and discontent in her own life and loveless marriage. The film is out to buyers in Cannes as we speak, with cameras hoping to roll by next February in London and New York.
Wasikowska already has “Alice in Wonderland” and “Jane Eyre” under her literary adaptation belt, and is gearing up to shoot “The Double”, from the Dostoyevsky novel, and also has Flaubert classic “Madame Bovary” in pre-production. The actress is headed to Cannes this week as one of the stars of John Hillocat’s “Lawless” and has also completed filming on Park Chan-wook’s English language debut “Stoker.”
March 30, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Recent Vanity Fair cover girl Mia Wasikowska is going from “Jane Eyre” to “Madame Bovary”, according to Variety. The trade also reports Paul Giamatti is circling a key role as well.
Rose Barreneche scripted the new adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s first novel and masterpiece, and Wasikowska will play the titular character of Emma Bovary, a doctor’s wife who lives beyond her means and takes on many adulterous affairs in order to combat the ennui of her life. Sophie Barthes will direct the new adaptation, which is said to be faithful to Flaubert’s text but updated with youthful and modern sensibilities. It will be at least the 6th time the novel has been adapted for the screen.
Australia-born Wasikowska broke out in 2010 when Tim Burton picked her from obscurity to play the lead in his “Alice in Wonderland” reinvention, which went on to gross more than a billion dollars worldwide. Since them Wasikowska has stuck mostly to serious indie flicks, proving her acting chops in films like “The Kids Are All Right” and last year’s “Jane Eyre.” She seems to be a fan of classic literary adaptations, as she’s also attached to a loose adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s “The Double” with Jesse Eisenberg. This fall she will star in Jim Jarmusch’s new vampire movie “Only Lovers Left Alive” with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton.
March 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Michael Fassbender is in no rush to take a break after an incredible streak of six films releasing in 2011. Variety reports the German actor is attached to star in “The Mountain Between Us”, the 20th Century Fox romantic drama/thriller to be helmed by “Miss Bala” director Gerardo Naranjo.
Fassbender would play a doctor and experienced hiker while the female lead is an attractive and successful journalist, who also happens to be engaged. When the two are stranded by a cancelled flight in Salt Lake City, they charter a private plane, which, of course, goes down in the wilderness when the pilot suffers a heart attack mid-flight. Together with the dead pilot’s dog, the two sole survivors must attempt to survive while doing a little falling in love and making out along the way. The film is based on the novel by Charles Martin and was adapted by J. Mills Goodloe.
After a year that saw the actor in such varied projects as “Jane Eyre”, “X-Men: First Class” and “Shame”, Fassbender is now gearing up to top it with the starring role in Ridley Scott’s Cormac McCarthy scripted “The Counselor” and a third reunion with “Hunger” / “Shame” director Steve McQueen, “Twelve Years a Slave.” He appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” in January and will be seen opposite Noomi Rapace in Scott’s maybe-Alien-prequel “Prometheus.”
February 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
We’ve said it before, but there is certainly a trend happening right now amongst the rising stars in Hollywood, and we, for one, love it. Great chemistry is like capturing lightening in a bottle, so it stands to reason that when you pair up two actors who have that elusive indefinable quality, you should hold onto it. There used to be a good ol’ Hollywood tradition of popular, iconic screen couples reuniting again and again to the delight of audiences and we would welcome it back with open arms.
Lawrence and Cooper, Gosling and Stone, Hedlund and Stewart, Edgerton and Chastain, they’re all bucking with recent industry playbooks and reuniting on screen almost immediately after doing one movie together. Who says you have to wait 10+ years like DiCaprio and Winslet?
In that spirit, we present five other recent onscreen couplings that we loved and that we are already eagerly anticipating reunions for.
February 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Are you getting a little sick of Michael Fassbender? Yeah, us either. We say, bring on more Fassy and thank goodness Hollywood agrees, with the star’s stock continuing to rise and every filmmaker and studio wooing him for any role he may be slightly suited for. The latest is his “Prometheus” director Ridley Scott, who has just committed to directing acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy’s first script, “The Counselor.” Fassbender and Scott have just completed filming “Prometheus”, but Scott is already keen on working together again right away, as Deadline reports he’s now talking to his latest leading man about taking the title role in his new film, which already has a planned start date of May 1.
“The Counselor” has been described as “‘No Country For Old Men’ on steroids” and Scott is talking to various other high profile actors about taking on roles as well. Fassbender, if he accepts – and Deadline believes he will, would play a lawyer who decides to dip his toe into the drug business without getting in too deep. Of course, that doesn’t turn out so well for him.
One of the biggest no-brainer additions to our Breakout Stars of 2011 list, Fassbender captured audiences’ attentions in a huge way in 2011 with starring roles in “Jane Eyre”, “X-Men: First Class”, “A Dangerous Method” and “Shame.” He was also seen last month in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” and “Prometheus” is out in June. Despite being sought for project after project, his only upcoming commitment thus far is to a third collaboration with “Hunger” / “Shame” director Steve McQueen on “12 Years a Slave”, which should leave him with an opening for “The Counselor.”