March 31, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Here’s a movie that continues to surprise and surpass expectations. We didn’t know what to make of “Deep Powder” when we first heard about it over a year ago, but our interest was properly piqued when we finally learned what exactly the Tribeca Film Festival premiere was about, and a now a trailer has raised our expectations even further.
Shiloh Fernandez and Haley Bennett star in the film about a couple of young kids from opposite sides of the tracks who fall in love. She’s a privileged member of a secret society who has ties to the South American drug trade, and now that he’s with her, she wants him to make the next drug smuggling trip with her. Though the initial synopsis made it sound like she’s using the less financially set boy for whatever reason, the trailer seems to indicate it’s a real love story between the two, and Fernandez and Bennett look perfectly natural together and have some great chemistry. It looks like they have bigger than usual high school relationship problems to worry about, but this looks like an intense and compelling ride.
“Deep Powder” will make its world premiere in the Viewpoints section at Tribeca next month, and has no distribution yet. The first trailer can be viewed below.
March 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
More from Tribeca, coming right up! Somehow this one slipped through the cracks, but it appears indie drama “Deep Powder”, which we first heard about a year ago and then gradually lost track of, is also headed to the Tribeca Film Festival to have its world premiere next month. In addition to the first images from the film featuring Shiloh Fernandez and Haley Bennett, we also finally know exactly what this movie is about.
The Mo Ogrodnik film is based on real life events that happened in the 1980s, and Bennett plays boarding school senior Natasha Tabor, who is a member of a secret society with ties to the drug world. She’s tapped to make an annual drug run to Ecuador, and chooses a working class young man (Fernandez) to be her partner in crime, “launching a journey with devastating outcomes for everyone involved.” So, that sounds way better than the snowboarding plot we had originally envisioned.
“Deep Powder” will make its world premiere in the Viewpoints section at Tribeca next month, and has no distribution yet. The first photos from the film can be viewed below.
February 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Hollywood is sitting up and paying attention to Terrence Malick’s newest discovery. After being chosen to star opposite Christian Bale in “Lawless”, Haley Bennett is suddenly a hot commodity in town and has just booked two lead roles. Deadline reports Bennett has taken the lead role in “Deep Powder” and the title role in “Ella Walks the Beach.”
We don’t know much about “Deep Powder”, except that it also stars Shiloh Fernandez and was written and will be directed by Mo Ogrodnik later this month in New York. In “Ella Walks the Beach”, Bennett will play Ella, who walks on a beach. Literally. The film is described as “a drama about a young woman who spends 24 hours traveling along an iconic California beach, testing the waters of suddenly being single.” David Robert Mitchell wrote the script and will direct.
Bennett is still very much a relative unknown, perhaps still most well recognized for her role as pop star Cora Corman in Hugh Grant-Drew Barrymore rom-com “Music & Lyrics” or perhaps as the titular haunted girl in “The Haunting of Molly Hartley”, though she has also turned in impressive work in indies like Greg Araki’s “Kaboom” opposite Thomas Dekker and Juno Temple. She has already began pre-production work with Bale and Malick on “Lawless”, which is expected to shoot this September.
February 2, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The almost Edward Cullen didn’t exactly hit Twilight heartthrob status with “Red Riding Hood”, but it appears Shiloh Fernandez is finding more success in darker projects. Variety reports Fernandez has booked two new roles, first taking the highly coveted male lead in Sam Raimi’s own “Evil Dead” remake/reboot, and in indie “Deep Powder.”
Raimi wrote the script for the new take on his original “Evil Dead”, and this time five friends – David, Natalie, Eric, Olivia, and Mia – vacation in a remote cabin in the woods and discover a Book of the Dead, which unleashes an evil demonic force that possesses each of them until only one is left to survive. David and Natalie are engaged, while Mia is an ex-drug addict hoping to detox in the cabin. Olivia is her best friend while Eric is the one who unleashes the demons upon the group. Lily Collins had originally been cast as the female lead Mia, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts so now the hunt is back on for that vacant role, as well as the three others. Diablo Cody did revisions on the script and Fede Alvarez will direct.
Mo Ogrodnik wrote and will director “Deep Powder”, but plot details are being kept under wraps. Sounds like some kind of ski/snowboard actioner just based on the title, if we were to venture a guess. Fernandez is expected to film “Deep Powder” first, later this month in New York. “Evil Dead” will follow later in the year.
Fernandez recently wrapped up shooting Brit Marling’s new eco-terrorist thriller, “The East” opposite Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard, as well as “Syrup” opposite Amber Heard and Brittany Snow. He’s also attached to comedy “Adult World” with Emma Roberts and “Regular Boy” with “The Social Network”‘s Josh Peck.