November 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Well, we pretty much already knew this, but today Marvel has made it officially official: Elizabeth Olsen will play Scarlet Witch and Aaron Johnson will play Quicksilver in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The two will join an all-star cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye as well as James Spader as the big bad Ultron.
The sequel will start filming under the direction of returning director Joss Whedon in early 2014 for a May 1, 2015 release, with Johnson and Olsen as twins who, in the comics, were fathered by the mutant Magneto. Because Magneto is firmly part of the X-Men and Marvel don’t own the rights to him, it’s expected that the duo will not go by those names in the film, but will be referred to by their given names, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. Guess Marvel.com didn’t get that memo.
Olsen and Johnson are reuniting on “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” after having wrapped the leads in 2014′s reboot/franchise hopeful “Godzilla,” in which they play a married couple. She’s impressed in various Sundance films like “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Liberal Arts,” and will next be seen opposite Josh Brolin in Spike Lee’s remake of “Oldboy,” as well as an adaptation of Emile Zola’s Victorian thriller “Therese Raquin,” now called “In Secret,” opposite Oscar Isaac.
September 20, 2013 | Posted by Alyssa Pando
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Busy rising star Brady Corbet has recently taken on two new projects, reports Deadline. He joins Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts and Adam Driver in Noah Baumbach’s ensemble comedy “While We’re Young,”, and will star in HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” opposite Frances McDormand.
Baumbach’s new comedy is about an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife (Stiller and Watts) who learn toloosen up after befriending a free-spirited younger couple (Seyfried and Driver). No word on Corbet’s role there but in “Olive Kitteridge” he will play Henry Thibodeau, husband to Zoe Kazan’s character. The miniseries centers around a seemingly peaceful New England town harboring scandals and crime beneath its calm surface. John Gallagher, Jr. and Jesse Plemons also star.
Most known for his roles in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and last year’s “Simon Killer,” Corbet recently wrapped production on indie dramas “Paradise Lost” opposite Josh Hutcherson and Benicio del Toro, “Sils Maria” opposite Juliette Binoce and Kristen Stewart and French drama “Eden” opposite Greta Gerwig. His other credits include “Melancholia,” and TV’s “24.”
August 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
August 22nd UPDATE: Olsen’s deal is in the “final stages” of talks for the role, per THR.
Saoirse Ronan is out, and Elizabeth Olsen may be in for the much talked-about Scarlet Witch role in Joss Whedon’s Marvel sequel “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”, according to Bleeding Cool. Olsen is apparently on Whedon’s radar after Ronan reportedly turned it down at some point, despite expressing interest earlier.
Interestingly, Olsen’s “Godzilla” reboot co-star Aaron Johnson is up for the role of Scarlet Witch’s twin brother Quicksilver, and his deal is apparently still ongoing. If both of them finalize things, they will join an already established billion dollar franchise and join Marvel and Hollywood heavy-hitters like Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in the sequel that will start filming in early 2014 for a May 1, 2015 release. Olsen will reportedly adopt a European accent for the role that is described as scene-stealing.
In another interesting twist, Whedon and “The Avengers” aren’t the only ones targeting the hot rising star for their superhero franchise. Olsen’s name has apparently also been brought up a lot in regards to the Sue Storm/Invisible Woman role in Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” reboot. Looks like Fox may already be too late if she’s negotiating for the rival studio’s project. Sure things on Olsen’s upcoming slate include “Godzilla” and Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake, coming out in November. She’s a very respected and in demand young actress after impressing in her debut, Sundance hit “Martha Marcy May Marlene” in 2011.
August 2, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Miles Teller is having a killer weekend. Not only is his critically acclaimed “The Spectacular Now” opening today, now comes word via The Wrap that the rising star is one of the frontrunners for the Mr. Fantastic role in Josh Trank’s reboot of “Fantastic Four.” The trade also adds that Elizabeth Olsen is in the mix as well, presumably for the role of Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman.
While no decision has been made, Teller is rumored to be Trank’s top choice for the role of Reed Richards, the team’s leader, a genius scientist who gains the superpowered ability to contort his body into any shape he wants after the group is blasted with cosmic rays. Sue Storm, his eventual wife, a role that also has the interest of “Girls” star Allison Williams, gains the power to go invisible, while her younger brother Johnny, long rumored to be eyeing Michael B. Jordan, gains the ability to generate fire. Their friend Ben Grimm is transformed into a giant rocky creature known as The Thing. Filming is set to begin in September in Louisiana so hopefully we can start turning some of these rumors into reality soon.
Teller’s performance in “The Spectacular Now” (which we loved) won him and co-star Shailene Woodley a Special Jury Prize for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and the two have since wrapped YA hopeful “Divergent” together. Teller has also wrapped another film with Jordan, the ensemble rom com “Are We Officially Dating?” with Zac Efron.
Olsen just wrapped her first go at a big blockbuster franchise hopeful, Gareth Edwards’ reboot of “Godzilla.” She too is more known for smaller indie films, stunning Sundance with “Martha Marcy May Marlene” two years ago. She’ll next be seen opposite Josh Brolin in Spike Lee’s remake of “Oldboy.”
March 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Indie actor Brady Corbet has landed a “key role” in indie Pablo Escobar drama “Paradise Lost”, according to Deadline.
“The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson plays the lead in the film, a young surfer who visits his older brother (Corbet) in Colombia, falls for a local girl and then meets her uncle Pablo.Benicio Del Toro plays the infamous drug cartel kingpin. Andrea di Stefano wrote the script and will make his directorial debut on the film which begins shooting in Panama this month.
Corbet is a steady presence on the indie movie scene, most known for his role as a fellow cult member of Elizabeth Olsen’s in Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” He also starred in Lars Von Trier’s “Meloncholia” opposite Kirsten Dunst and will soon be seen in “Simon Killer”, which debuted at Sundance in 2012 but will finally be released this year on April 5th.
February 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The script is still being finalized, but Gareth Edwards and the “Godzilla” reboot producers are moving full steam ahead on casting to prepare for a scheduled March production start. Today Variety reports Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen have entered negotiations to join the cast, and previously rumored front-runner Aaron Johnson is in talks as well.
The film is set for a May 16, 2014 release, so despite a messy lawsuit currently playing out in the courts, it will have to begin shooting soon. Frank Darabont is putting the finishing touches on a script and none of the actors’ deals will be finalized until that is done and they get to take a look at the final draft. There are, of course, no plot details, but I think it’s safe to assume our fearless trio will be doing a lot of looking up as they try to save a city from being trampled.
Olsen was one of the darlings of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where she broke out in Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, and she has stuck religiously to the indie scene ever since. She’s been back at Sundance in the two years since, with films like Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts”, Rodrigo Cortes’ “Red Lights”, John Krokidas’ “Kill Your Darlings” and Naomi Foner’s “Very Good Girls.” She recently wrapped up shooting on Spike Lee’s remake of Korean horror “Oldboy” and “Godzilla” will mark Olsen’s very first foray into big budget blockbuster franchise territory, which has become an inevitable check mark on every young rising actor’s must list.
January 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: Eva Green has been cast in the female lead role of Ava Lord, the titular Dame to kill for.
Indie rising star Julia Garner is the latest to join the ever-growing cast of sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, according to Deadline. She joins fellow newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta and Jeremy Piven in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s follow-up to their 2005 stylized hit “Sin City,” based on Miller’s graphic novel of the same name.
Miller and Rodriguez are already underway filming on the sequel to 2005′s “Sin City” based on Miller’s graphic novel, and a large chunk of the original cast is returning, including Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jaimie King, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson. Gordon-Levitt will play a newly created character named Johnny, while Garner will play a young stripper. Green’s Ava Lord is a femme fatale described as “every man’s most glorious dreams come true, she’s also every man’s darkest nightmares.” “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” will be released on October 14, 2013.
She played a member of the cult Elizabeth Olsen escapes from in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and a classmate of Logan Lerman’s in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, and Garner was back at Sundance this year, taking the starring role in a gruesome family drama/horror “We Are What We Are”, which premiered in the Park City and Midnight category and was picked up for distribution by Entertainment One.
July 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Recent Tony winner Nina Arianda has landed a big break on the big screen, and will play legendary folk singer Janis Joplin in a biopic to be directed by “Martha Marcy May Marlene” helmer Sean Durkin, according to Deadline.
The film, titled “Joplin”, will chronicle the final six months of the singer’s life, with flashbacks to earlier times, and Arianda will perform several of Joplin’s best-known songs. Filming is set to begin early next year. “I’ve never in my life seen an actress walk on a stage and convey the duality of vulnerability with overheated sexuality, which is what Janis was all about,” the film’s producer Peter Newman said of seeing Arianda on Broadway.
Arianda made her big screen debut in 2011, in supporting roles in Sundance films “Win Win” and “Higher Ground” and had a more memorable performance as Michael Sheen’s wife in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”, but “Joplin” will mark her first leading role on film. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress last month for her performance in “Venus in Fur.”
February 28, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rooney Mara said no, then Mia Waikowska did too, but it seems Spike Lee may have finally found his leading lady for Korean revenge thriller remake “Oldboy.” Twitch Film is now reporting that Sundance darling Elizabeth Olsen is the latest starlet to receive an offer for the female lead role opposite Josh Brolin, while THR updates “early talks” have already begun and a deal is likely.
Olsen, like Mara before her, is no stranger to playing young women with dark and twisted circumstances thrust upon them, so she seems like a great choice for the role of a young chef named Marie, who gets embroiled in Brolin’s character’s quest for answers and revenge after he emerges from a hotel room after fifteen years of imprisonment without any knowledge of why or who put him there. Marie isn’t the only character Lee had trouble locking down, as the villain in the film has also gone through several offers to the likes of Christian Bale, Colin Firth and Clive Owen, but has thus far not resulted in any signed contracts. Meanwhile, production on the film has been pushed back to late summer, buying the filmmakers’ a bit more time to get their cast together.
After a stunning Sundance debut last year in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (and the less buzzy, releasing soon “Silent House”), Olsen quickly started garnering awards attention and began building up her bright future resume. She signed on for coming of age drama “Very Good Girls” opposite Anton Yelchin and Dakota Fanning, then period piece “Therese Raquin” opposite Glenn Close, then Beat generation origin tale “Kill Your Darlings” with Dane DeHaan and Daniel Radcliffe. She also returned to Sundance last month with two more buzzy projects, Josh Radnor’s sophomore directorial vehicle “Liberal Arts” and Rodrigo Cortes’ sci-fi thriller “Red Lights.” Meanwhile, she also may land one hell of a big budget blockbuster in Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale.” If her dance card isn’t completely filled up by now, that is.
January 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
A trio of promising young rising stars have signed on to Beat Generation origin tale “Kill Your Darlings”, according to Variety. “Harry Potter” himself Daniel Radcliffe signed on to play Allen Ginsberg a couple of months ago, and it looks like Dane DeHaan, Elizabeth Olsen and Jack Huston are rounding out most of the main cast.
Huston will play Jack Kerouac (whose iconic “On the Road” is also getting the big screen treatment), Olsen his girlfriend Edie Parker, and DeHaan will be Lucien Carr, whom Ginsberg called “the glue” at the center of the tight circle of friends that would go down in history as the founders of the New York Beat scene. The fourth Beat icon in the group, William Burroughs, is presumably still yet to be cast, as well as the pivotal role of David Kammarer. John Krokidas wrote the script and will also make his feature directorial debut. Filming is scheduled to begin on March 12 in New York.
Huston, last seen in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, also stars opposite Jessica Chastain in “Wild Salome” and Bella Heathcote in “Twylight Zones.” Olsen broke out in a big way in 2011 with her feature film debut in Sundance hit “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year, thanks in no small part to her revelatory performance. DeHaan has a big year ahead with roles in “The Wettest County”, “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Chronicle.”