December 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Here’s a long-gestating project suddenly popping up again. Back in 2011 Emma Stone became attached to rom com “He’s F-ing Perfect” but we didn’t hear much about it after that. Well, not surprisingly, she’s out, but the project is not dead. The Will Ferrell and Adam McKay produced and Jake Szymanski directed film now has a new star as well, in Amanda Seyfried, according to Variety.
Now Seyfried will take over for Stone to play a thoroughly modern, thoroughly cynical media savvy girl who uses the internet to screen all her friends’ potential dates. When her search uncovers a guy she thinks is “fucking perfect”, she uses her skills to mold herself into becoming his perfect match – even after he starts dating her friend. Lauryn Kahn wrote the script.
Seyfried, who recently played Cosette in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning “Les Miserables,” recently wrapped Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and is currently filming Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” with Adam Driver. She’s also attached to a handful of upcoming projects, including “Fathers and Daughters” with Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul, ensemble comedy “The Most Wonderful Time” with Diane Keaton and Theo James and apocalyptic thriller “Z for Zachariah” with Chris Pine.
October 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Amanda Seyfried has signed on for the co-lead role in multi-generational drama “Fathers and Daughters” opposite her “Les Miserables” co-star Russell Crowe, The Wrap reports. You guys, Javert is Cosette’s dad! We just cracked this whole “Les Mis” thing wide open.
Set 25 years apart and described as “a love story”, Crowe will play an acclaimed writer in the 1980s who recently lost his wife and is struggling with raising his five year old daughter while battling mental illness. Seyfried will play that daughter, Katie, all grown up in modern day Manhattan, battling her own demons stemming from her troubled childhood. The film will cut back and forth between the two settings and characters. Gabriele Muccino will direct from a script written by Brad Desch.
Seyfried, who recently played Cosette in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning “Les Miserables,” recently wrapped Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and is currently filming Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” with Adam Driver. She’s also attached to a handful of upcoming projects, including true life tale “The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League”, social work drama “Three Little Words” opposite Reese Witherspoon and apocalyptic thriller “Z for Zachariah” with Chris Pine.
October 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Three British rising stars have come together to star in wartime drama “The Devil’s Harvest,” according to Deadline. Aneurin Barnard, Samantha Barks and Max Irons are joining a cast that also includes Ben Kingsley and Terence Stamp.
George Mendeluk is currently directing the film in Ukraine with Aneurin in the role of Mykola, a young man “growing up in rural Ukraine who finds his life changed forever by the invasion of the Red Army and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime extends into Eastern Europe.”
Barnard and Irons starred together recently in BBC miniseries “The White Queen.” Barnard also plays love interest to Kaya Scodelario in Sundance hit “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes” and has “Mary Queen of Scots” (the Thomas Imbach version, not the Saoirse Ronan version) coming up.
Irons recently wrapped “Posh” with just about every other British up and comer (including Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Holliday Grainger) and is attached to Christopher Nolan-scripted “The Keys to the Street” opposite Gemma Arterton.
Barks broke out playing fan-favorite Eponine in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning “Les Miserables” and is currently filming “Dracula Untold” opposite Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon.
October 11, 2013 | Posted by Brittney Seegers
“Shake It Up” may be ending, but Bella Thorne already has another project waiting in the wings. Deadline reports that Thorne, along with Aaron Tveit, Frank Grillo, and Kyra Sedgwick, has signed on for indie thriller “Big Sky”.
Thorne will play Hazel, a teen dealing with an extreme case of agoraphobia, and Sedgwick will play her overprotective mother, Dee. On their way to a desert facility to seek treatment for Hazel, the two find themselves attacked by gunmen (Grillo and Tveit), and it’s up to Hazel to ensure their survival. The film, written by Evan M. Weiner, will be director Jorge Michel Grau’s English language debut. He’s best known for the original Spanish language horror-thriller “We Are What We Are”. Production is set to start this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Thorne can be seen in the final season of “Shake It Up”, airing now on Disney Channel. She most recently wrapped up filming Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore reunion “The Familymoon” and is set for Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and indie flick “Home Invasion”. Tveit, who just wrapped filming on “Undrafted” with Chace Crawford and Tyler Hoechlin, can also be seen on USA’s “Graceland” which will return for its second season sometime next year. Grillo can be seen as villain Crossbones in the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
July 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Les Miserables”‘ Eponine Samantha Barks leads a trio of actors joining Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon in the new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, according to THR. Icelandic actor Thor Kristjansson and “Game of Thrones” child star Art Parkinson have also hopped aboard the Gary Shore-directed tale.
The long-gestating project formerly titled “Dracula: Year Zero” sees Evans as a young Prince Vlad who offers up his soul to a bloodthirsty sultan in exchange for the lives of his wife (Gadon) and child, and thus becomes the world’s first vampire. Barks is set to play a baba yaga, an Eastern European folklore figure who is a vicious witch disguised as a beautiful young woman. Parkinson plays Dracula’s son and Kristjansson will play a member of the Ottoman army. Filming is set to begin in August in Belfast and a release date of August 8, 2014 has already been set.
“Dracula” marks only the second film Barks has committed to since breaking out as Eponine in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of musical phenomenon “Les Miserables.” She contemplated starring in another musical, “Walking on Sunshine”, but ultimately passed, not wanting to be typecast, and joined a British period piece called “The Christmas Candle” instead.
June 21, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
2013 really is looking like Anne Hathaway‘s year! The newly minted Oscar winner has attached herself to an adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s “The Lifeboat”, and the “Les Miserables” star will also produce.
“The Lifeboat” tells the story of Grace Winter, who in 1914 was standing trial for murder. She had survived the sinking of a ship thanks to her husband who had ensured she found a place on the lifeboat – but unfortunately so had many others, and soon the survivors begin to discuss how to lower the numbers.
THR report that William Broyles Jr. is currently writing the script but the film has no director in place, so it looks like it could be a while before we see this one on the big screen. But it’s a great project for Hathaway, who has been taking on more high profile roles but also keeping the small indie pics close as well.
After winning rave reviews for her portrayal of Fantine in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables”, Hathaway has teamed up again with “The Dark Knight Rises” director Christopher Nolan for the highly secretive, highly anticipated time travel pic “Interstellar“. She also has Kate Barker-Froyland’s musical pic “Song One” with Johnny Flynn in the pipeline.
June 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actor Eddie Redmayne has become increasingly in demand thanks to his breakout role as Marius in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables.” Deadline reports Redmayne has landed the role of genius physicist Stephen Hawking in biopic “Theory of Everything”, which James Marsh is set to direct. Deadline also reports Redmayne is also being sought for Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of “Far From the Madding Crowd” opposite Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts, but believes Redmayne’s priority will be the Hawking biopic.
Filming is set to begin in early fall with Redmayne as the British physicist who grew up in a financially strapped but highly intelligent family. Hawking did not succeed at school as a young boy but always showed an aptitude for science, earning the nickname “Einstein.” He started Oxford at age 17, where he felt isolated for being younger than his classmates and finding the work “ridiculously easy.” After being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21, Hawking fell into depression and only found something to continue living for upon falling in love with Jane Wilde, a friend of his sister’s. They were engaged in 1964 and the film is expected to focus on their relationship.
In “Far From the Madding Crowd”, Mulligan plays a headstrong young woman named Bathsheba and her three suitors: Gabriel, a shepherd (Schoenaerts); William, a rich older farmer; and Troy, a handsome young soldier, through a number of years and dramatic episodes as she grows up and learns what is truly valuable in life. Presumably Redmayne is being sought for the role of Troy, which had once also been linked to Matthew Goode. But “Crowd” also films this fall, so Redmayne’s ability to commit to both films is in question.
Redmayne was one of our Breakout Stars of 2012 thanks to his revelatory and heartbreaking turn as student revolutionary Marius in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of hit musical “Les Miserables”, Oscar nominated for Best Picture last year. He’s already tackled Hardy in BBC miniseries “Tess of the D’Ubervilles” opposite Gemma Arterton, and was the best part of Simon Curtis’ “My Week with Marilyn” opposite Michelle Williams. Redmayne is currently filming the Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending” with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.
May 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Confirming earlier reports, Amanda Seyfried is now in final negotiations to join Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts and Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s long-gestating next film, “While We’re Young”, according to The Wrap.
The film is about two couples, an older, uptight married one comprised of a documentary filmmaker (Stiller) and his wife (Watts) who find their lives turned upside down when they befriend a free-spirited younger couple, to be played by Driver and Seyfried. Filming will take place in New York this fall should everything come together, though it should be noted this project has been on and off for years, with other actors like Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco in Driver’s role, and frequent Baumbach collaborator Greta Gerwig in Seyfried’s.
Last seen as Cosette in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning adaptation of musical “Les Miserables”, Seyfried also earned acclaim at Sundance this year, where her titular “Lovelace” premiered to mostly rave reviews. She’s currently filming Seth MacFarlane’s Western comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West” opposite Charlize Theron and has recently signed on to a string of films, including sci-fi adaptation “Z for Zachariah” with Chris Pine and true life family drama “Three Little Words” opposite Reese Witherspoon.
May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried, and Chiwetel Ejiofor have signed on to star in the adaptation of sci-fi young adult novel “Z for Zachariah”, according to Deadline.
Craig Zobel directs the film following 16 year old Ann (Seyfried) who thinks she’s the last person on earth after a nuclear holocaust, living on a farm in the only valley with breathable oxygen left in the region. Her world is turned upside down when a campfire alerts her to the presence of two men who have also seemingly survived. An August start on the adaptation of the Robert O’Brien novel is scheduled.
Pine opens in sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness” tomorrow, reprising his role as Cpatain Kirk, and also has Kenneth Branagh’s “Jack Ryan” reboot in the can awaiting release. He just landed his first musical, as one of the Princes in Rob Marshall’s twisted fairy tale “Into the Woods.” Seyfried is also musically inclined, most recently seen as Cosette in Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables.” She’s currently filming Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”