August 28, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Following on from her supporting role in last year’s awards season hit “The Ides of March”, Evan Rachel Wood has been making some clever choices this past year, joining the cast of Justin Long’s indie flick “A Case of You” and then working with Fredrik Bond, Shia LaBeouf and Mads Mikkelson on The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.
Now the young actress is attached to star in new road movie, “18 Wheel Butterfly“. Showblitz reports the film is still currently seeking finance but Michael Polish is also in talks to direct the film which is described “as a cross between Thelma and Louise and Smokey and the Bandit” and follows Wood’s “Rainbeaux, a truck driver who must outrace the law, bounty hunters and a pair of fellow truckers after she is accused of a crime she didn’t commit”.
Wood broke out in Catherine Hardwicke’s gritty drama “Thirteen“, for which she garnered a Golden Globes nomination. The actress has since gone on to make a career out of working with acclaimed directors from Darren Aronofsky (“The Wrestler”) to Woody Allen (“Whatever Works”) and was recently nominated for both Emmy and Golden Globe awards for the HBO’s miniseries “Mildred Pierce”.
April 15, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Die-hard fans of Beat Generation authors are still trying to brace themselves for the impending release of a big screen adaptation of Kerouac classic “On the Road” – a tricky thing given the unique structure of the book – and now, more bad news. Deadline reports that Michael Polish has set his cast on an adaptation of “Big Sur”, a follow-up of sorts to “On the Road” that detailss Jack Kerouac’s move from the East Coast to California after finding himself unable to deal with the sudden fame thrust upon him following the success of “On the Road”. Jean-Marc Barr will play Kerouac, Josh Lucas will be Neal Cassady and Kate Bosworth will be Billie, the woman linked to both authors.
Walter Salles was the first to break the unspoken rule that Kerouac and other Beat authors’ works can’t be translated to the big screen. After years in development, “On the Road” – about a young man’s journey across North America in pursuit of jazz, poetry and drugs – finally went into production last year with British actor Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, the fictional representation of Kerouac himself and Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty, aka Kerouac’s good friend Neal Cassady. The film, which also stars Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen, is currently in post-production aiming for a 2011 release.
“Big Sur” is currently in production and also has Anthony Edwards, Rahda Mitchell, Balthazar Getty and Henry Thomas cast in supporting roles.