November 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Michael Fassbender is set to play one of those iconic American novelists of the 20th Century in biopic “Genius”, reports THR from the American Film Market. Fassbender is signing up for the role of “Look Homeward, Angel” author Thomas Wolfe in the film, while Colin Firth will play Max Perkins, the “genius” editor who made the careers of Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and more 20th Century luminaries. Michael Grandage will direct the film based on A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award winning biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.”
Fassbender, who was seen in “Prometheus” earlier this year, is currently filming Terrence Malick’s new untitled feature with Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara in Austin, Texas. He recently completed work on a third collaboration with “Hunger” and “Shame” director Steve McQueen, “Twelve Years a Slave” and will reprise his role as Magneto in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, recently confirmed to be directed by Bryan Singer.
October 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Just like with “Knight of Cups” before it, set photos are the method through which we are gathering scraps of info on elusive director Terrence Malick’s next untitled feature. The film formerly titled “Lawless” is now filming in Austin, Texas, and today we have our glimpse of two unannounced cast additions cozying up to Natalie Portman. Set against the backdrop of the music scene in Texas, the film is loosely described as being about two intersecting love triangles.
Michael Fassbender is seen holding Portman in his arms, while rising star Boyd Holbrook looks much more restrained, though there are subtle hints of intimacy between the two during their scene as well. Is this one of the intersecting love triangles the film is purported to be about in action right before our eyes? Of course, this adds more questions to how the cozy duos of Christian Bale and Haley Bennett and Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara fit into Portman’s seemingly already complicated love life. Gosling and Mara have been pictured filming in Austin in recent weeks as well, and Gosling and Fassbender apparently had at least one brief scene together, but thus far, that’s been the only “intersecting” we’ve seen take place.
With “To the Wonder” and “Knight of Cups” on the docket for release before this film, it may be a long while before we get any answers. For now, some new set photos of Portman, Gosling, Holbrook and Fassbender can be seen below, and Just Jared has even more.
September 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson are attached to indie rock n roll comedy “Frank”, according to Variety. Lenny Abrahamson will direct from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Fassbender will play the leader of an eccentric rock band, and Gleeson will find himself in over his head when he joins the group.
Fassbender starred in “Prometheus” earlier this summer and is currently shooting Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” opposite Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem. He may join Natalie Portman in Western “Jane Got a Gun” but will in all likelihood be tied up with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” through early next spring.
Gleeson, who played Ron’s older brother Bill Weasley in the final two installments “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, will soon be seen as Levin opposite Alicia Vikander as Kitty in Joe Wright’s new adaptation of “Anna Karenina”, which sees Keira Knightley as the titular Russian literary icon. He recently wrapped time travel romance “About Time” opposite Rachel McAdams.
August 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
They didn’t end up in Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” together after all, but Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman have a second chance to become co-stars, as Vulture reports Fassbender is negotiating to join Portman-produced Western “Jane Got a Gun.”
“We Need to Talk About Kevin”‘s Lynne Ramsey will direct from a Black List script by Brian Duffield, and filmmakers are aiming for an early 2013 start. Portman plays a frontier woman whose husband returns home riddled with bullet holes as a result of his outlaw gang turning on him. She’s forced to turn to an ex-lover to defend her land and home. Fassbender is eyeing the role of the ex-lover.
The “Prometheus” star had an amazingly busy 2011 but looks to have no desire for a break. He is currently shooting “The Counselor”, as well as a third collaboration with director Steve McQueen on “Twelve Years a Slave.” He is also set to return as Magneto in “X-Men: First Class” sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” early next year and is attached to romantic drama/thriller “The Mountain Between Us.”
August 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actress Natalie Dormer has landed a role in the highly anticipated Cormac McCarthy-scripted, Ridley Scott-directed “The Counselor”, according to THR. Michael Fassbender plays the titular role, and is joined by an all-star supporting cast that includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz. Dormer’s role is expected to be supporting in nature.
Fassbender’s Counselor is a lawyer in the film that’s been described as “‘No Country For Old Men’ on steroids.” The Counselor tries to dip his toes into the Mexican drug trade without getting himself in too deep, but of course that doesn’t work out so well when he becomes entangled with some very dangerous men (Bardem and Pitt). Meanwhile, his fiancee Laura (Cruz) gets dragged into the mess and Diaz’s femme fatale Malkina has an agenda of her own. Filming is currently underway in London.
Dormer, most known to audiences from her role as Anne Boelyn on series “The Tudors” opposite Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, has also appeared in supporting roles in films including “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “W.E.” She also completed work on Ron Howard’s Formula One biopic “Rush” with Chris Hemsworth, and is currently shooting the role of Margaery Tyrell for next season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
May 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising stars Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy and Ruth Negga have joined Steve McQueen’s “Shame” follow-up, “Twelve Years a Slave”, according to Variety and Deadline. The three actors join Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and “Pariah” breakout star Odepero Aduye in the cast.
The film is based on the memoirs of Soloman Northup, to be played by Ejiofor, a free-born son of a former slave who is lured to Washington DC where he was illegally sold into slavery (with McNairy in the role of a circus worker who masterminds his abduction) and shipped to work on a plantation in New Orleans. When Northup is finally able to get a letter to his wife and family, they seek legal counsel to help free him. Dano and Fassbender will play plantation owners and Pitt will be the family’s lawyer. Negga will play a runaway slave, while Oduye is rumored to play Northup’s wife. Filming will begin at the end of June.
Indie scene staple Dano recently showed up on shortlists for big tentpole projects including “Akira” and “Die Hard 5″, but will next be seen sticking closer to his comfort zone in quirky rom com “Ruby Sparks”, from the directors of “Little Miss Sunshine.” He broke out in low budget horror “Monsters”, and now McNairy reteams with Pitt on “Twelve Years” after starring opposite one another at the current Cannes title “Killing Them Softly.” Irish actress Negga can currently be seen opposite Samuel L. Jackson in “The Samaritan.”
April 17, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Adepero Oduye, star of last year’s indie hit “Pariah” is set to join a star-studded cast in Steve McQueen‘s next pic “Twelve Years A Slave”.
With Michael Fassbender – who’s clearly a big McQueen fan having worked with the director on two critically-acclaimed hits (“Hunger” and “Shame”) – already on board as well as Hollywood heavyweight Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oduye will take on the female lead, rumoured to be Ejiofor’s wife.
The film is based on the true story of Soloman Northup, to be played by Ejiofor, a free-born son of a former slave who is lured to Washington DC where he was illegally sold into slavery and shipped to work for William Ford in New Orleans. When Northup is finally able to get a letter to his wife and family, they seek legal counsel to help free him. Oduye will presumably play his wife, while Fassbender will play a plantation owner and Brad Pitt will be the family’s lawyer.
It’s been a busy past year for Oduye, whose name could be found on any number of “next generation” type lists last year including Sundance Film Festival’s Fresh Faces to Watch; THR’s Next Generation Class of 2011 and Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue. She was also nominated for her first Indie Spirit award for her leading role in “Pariah”, Dee Rees’ tale of a Brooklyn teenager juggling conflicting identities and risking friendships and family in her search for sexual expression.
March 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
This is one of those movies that looks cooler and more epic with every new bit of footage revealed, and the new full length trailer for Ridley Scott’s maybe-maybe-not “Alien” prequel “Prometheus” is no exception. Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green play scientists/astronauts who lead a team on the Prometheus into space for further investigation of the origins of mankind, but what they find is not what they expect. “Big things have small beginnings”, Michael Fassbender prophesizes, but there is nothing small here. One mysterious, awe-inspiring sight follows the other, each bigger than the last. Is it June 8th yet?
Watch the new full length “Prometheus” trailer, which debuted at WonderCon earlier this afternoon, below.
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.”
March 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Michael Fassbender may be meeting his friends and foes for Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” soon. Twitch Film reports that Natalie Portman is in early talks to take on the role of love interest Laura, while Jeremy Renner remains a top contender for the villain role of Reiner, though Scott is said to be leaning towards Javier Bardem. No official offers nor negotiations have commenced.
Scripted by Cormac McCarthy, “The Counselor” has been described as “‘No Country For Old Men’ on steroids.” Fassbender will 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. Laura unwittingly gets dragged into the mess, while another pivotal female role, Malkina, has yet to be filled. All the roles should be locked down soon, given how quickly the turnaround has been thus far and with a May start date looming.
Acting steadily since she was 13, Portman received her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for 2004′s “Closer” and followed it up with a win her second time around for Best Actress in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological ballerina thriller “Black Swan.” Always deft at doing both indie and mainstream films, she followed it up with a couple of lower brow comedies, “No Strings Attached” and “Your Highness”, and played love interest to Chris Hemsworth in Marvel’s blockbuster hit “Thor.” It was thought her return to acting would be in a pair of Terrence Malick films – “Lawless” and “Knight of Cups” – filming this summer and fall, but if she signs on, “The Counselor” will get that distinction instead.