June 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Scoot McNairy has joined Jude Law in underwater adventure film “Black Sea”, according to Deadline. Kevin Macdonald is directing the film that sees Law as a rogue skipper who gathers a crew and a submarine to dive for buried treasure in the Black Sea. McNairy will play the mysterious financial backer who convinces Law’s character to undertake the increasingly dangerous mission.
McNairy was one of our Breakout Stars of 2012 with a trio of prestigious indie projects: Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” opposite Brad Pitt, Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land” and Ben Affleck’s Best Picture Oscar winner “Argo.” McNairy is filling his upcoming slate with even more serious, prestige projects with acclaimed directors. He’ll be seen with Michael Fassbender in Steven McQueen’s “Twelve Years a Slave” and then again in musical drama “Frank”, and recently wrapped shooting on “Animal Director” diretor David Michôd’s next, a futuristic thriller with Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson called “The Rover.”
April 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
James Franco to the rescue? When Werner Herzog’s Gertrude Bell biopic lost Jude Law, it ground the production – starring Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson – to a halt, but now it appears Oz the Great and Powerful himself may ride in to save the day. Deadline reports filmmakers are now in talks with Franco to take over Law’s role in “Queen of the Desert”, but they caution scheduling is still being worked out and everything is contingent upon that right now.
Watts stars as writer Gertrude Bell in the flick that chronicles “Bell’s life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford at the turn of the 20th century, she traveled through the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.” Pattinson’s supporting role will be that of T.E. Lawrence, a British army officer whose brilliant writing of his experiences in WWI, particularly in his best known “Seven Pillars of Wonder”, earned him international acclaim as Lawrence of Arabia and became the subject of the iconic 1962 film starring Peter O’Toole. Lawrence and Bell were good friends and helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq in the 1910s. Law’s role – now Franco’s – was never specified, but speculation pegged it as Charles Doughty-Wylie, with whom Bell had a two-year affair.
The free-spirited Franco was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”, and most recently starred as the titular Wizard in Disney’s megahit “Oz the Great and Powerful.” He’s currently filming true life crime drama “True Story” with Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones and will soon be seen playing himself along with some of his celebrity friends in apocalyptic stoner comedy “This Is The End.” He does all this in between directing his own films, putting on art shows, taking college classes and writing a column for The Huffington Post. No wonder scheduling is an issue!
April 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After a shaky start, production on western “Jane Got a Gun” appears to finally be getting back on track with the final piece of the missing puzzle now in place. Deadline reports Bradley Cooper has filled the villain role in the film which was vacated by Jude Law after he exited the project along with director Lynn Ramsay.
Natalie Portman stars in the film, which will now be directed by Gavin O’Connor, as a woman who must defend her home when her outlaw husband returns injured and with a pursuing gang in tow. She turns to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help. Michael Fassbender had originally been set for Edgerton’s role, with Edgerton in place for the villain role, but in the first of many rounds of musical chairs on this film, Fassbender exited and Edgerton got “promoted” to the bigger part, vacating his original role as the leader of the gang for Law, and then for Cooper. Still with me?
I’m not sure how the scheduling on this worked out for Cooper, as “Jane” is two weeks into filming and Cooper has been in Boston for about the same amount of time shooting David O. Russell’s untitled Abscam thriller with Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The fact that he’s supporting rather than lead in both films probably helped. He’s coming off his first Oscar nomination in “Silver Linings Playbook”, another Russell film, and has attached himself to a plethora of in development upcoming projects. He can currently be seen opposite Ryan Gosling in “The Place Beyond the Pines” and will next reprise his role in “The Hangover Part III”, and then opposite “Silver Linings” co-star Jennifer Lawrence in “Serena.”
November 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
There’s a lot going on in the first trailer released for Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller “Side Effects” (formerly “Bitter Pill”), starring Rooney Mara as a troubled young woman who turns to pills to deal with her husband’s (Channing Tatum) release from prison. Add in Jude Law as her therapist with whom she may or may not be having an inappropriate relationship, a murder mystery, some courtroom drama and it all adds up to something pretty intriguing.
“Side Effects”, which marks Mara’s first film since earning an Oscar nomination for her role as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and is Tatum’s third collaboration with Soderbergh following “Haywire” and “Magic Mike”, will be released on February 8th, 2013 and the first trailer can now be viewed below.
November 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
After a five year wait between Wes Anderson’s last two live action features, the underrated “The Darjeeling Limited” and this year’s superb “Moonrise Kingdom”, we couldn’t be happier that he seems to be moving much faster on lining up his next adventure. Even more good news today as Variety reports that prolific young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has been cast in the female lead role in that project, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Anderson regulars Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman will unsurprisingly be part of the cast, along with newcomers Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes. The director has not revealed any plot details, but does confirm that the film is set in the early 20th Century in a Hungarian hotel, and is partly influenced by the films of classic directors Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch. Filming begins early next year in Germany.
Ronan, who landed an Oscar nomination at the age of 13 for Joe Wright’s “Atonement”, recently wrapped up filming on young adult novel adaptation “How I Live Now” and will next be seen in the adaptation of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s alien actioner “The Host” opposite Max Irons, as well as Neil Jordan’s vampire drama “Byzantium” opposite Gemma Arterton.
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.
June 20, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s got Oscar bait written all over it but this newly released first trailer reminds us why “Anna Karenina” can already be found on potential awards season winner lists. Director Joe Wright showcases his skills as one of the great auteurs with absolutely gorgeous visuals, taking the audience from one stunning scene to another by apparently using just the one tracking shot.
Star Kiera Knightley, who has already garnered two Oscar nominations from her work with Wright (“Atonement“, ”Pride and Prejudice“) looks right at home in this period drama, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy. In the film, Knightley’s titular Anna marries Jude Law’s high-ranking official before meeting and falling in love with Vronsky, played by Aaron Johnson – for whom this role may just be the one to kick his career up a notch.
Among the supporting cast are Kelly Macdonald, Alexandra Roach, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Emily Watson and Olivia Williams.
Click below for an official synopsis, the trailer and full size poster. “Anna Karenina” is set to hit screens in September for Europe and November in the US.
April 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s been over a year of being Lisbeth Salander and it looks like Rooney Mara is finally sporting a new look. Well, it’s probably just a wig and temporary, but still. Gossip site Celebrity-Gossip.net snapped the star wigged and ready to begin work on Steven Soderbergh’s “Bitter Pill” today in New York.
In her first follow-up to her Oscar-nominated role as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Mara stars as Emily Hawkins, a depressed woman who turns to pills as her anxiety grows over the imminent release of her husband from prison. Frequent Soderbergh collaborators Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones round out the supporting cast, with Tatum as her husband and Law and Zeta-Jones as her psychiatrists. Filming began yesterday in Manhattan and the NY Post also reports the director plans to take his cast to a real working prison to do some filming as well.
See a few more images of Mara as Emily Hawkins below, and head over to Celebrity Gossip and JustJared for more.
January 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum appear to be the newest bromance in Hollywood, as The Playlist reports the director-actor duo are now set to reunite for a third time in less than two years. Tatum will join “Gossip Girl” Blake Lively in “The Side Effects”, a psychological thriller that will also co-star Jude Law (another recent Soderbergh collaborator in “Contagion”).
Lively takes another step towards serious acting here as the lead, Emily Hawkins, who turns to prescription medication to cope with anxiety regarding her husband’s (Tatum) upcoming prison release. Law will play her new psychiatrist. There are also several more supporting roles to be cast, and we are betting more Soderbergh alums will pop up.
Tatum hit it off with Soderbergh after working with him on actioner “Haywire”, releasing this week, and the two reunited to develop “Magic Mike”, this summer’s male stripper buddy comedy that was inspired by Tatum’s own experiences as a male stripper when he was just starting out. Tatum will also soon be seen in the Nicholas Sparks-esque “The Vow” opposite Rachel McAdams. Lively, star of The CW’s “Gossip Girl”, now in its fifth season, picked an unfortunate superhero flick as her big breakout (“The Green Lantern” opposite Ryan Reynolds), but has impressed in more serious film roles like “The Town.” She’ll next be seen in Oliver Stone’s highly anticipated “Savages” opposite Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson.