October 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Liam Neeson is an old hand at taking on mysterious bad guys, and now he’s gonna do it from 40,000 feet in the air. The first trailer for “Non-Stop” has dropped and sees Neeson as an air marshal aboard a commercial flight who’s taunted by an unknown assailant threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes until he’s given $150 million. Hey buddy, kinda bad timing with the government shutdown and everything.
Still, this trailer makes the movie look pretty tense and exciting, with everyone from Julianne Moore’s next-seat neighbor and Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyongo’s frightened flight attendants and Corey Stoll’s paranoid passenger all in turns seeming sympathetic and suspicious. Who could it be? There’s no sign of other actors we know about like Scoot McNairy and Nate Parker, so the suspects list remains an open book.
“Non-Stop” will be released on February 21, 2014 and the first trailer for the Jaume Collet-Serra film can be viewed below.
August 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker and Danny Glover are set to star in romantic drama “Blackbird”, according to Deadline.
Gina Prince-Bythewood is directing from a script she wrote, and Mbatha-Raw will play Noni Jean, a hot new singer who just won a Grammy but succumbs to the pressures of fame and nearly ends her own life. She’s saved by Parker’s character, a young policeman, and the two fall for each other despite their families’ objections.
Parker first garnered attention opposite Richard Gere in last year’s surprise hit “Arbitrage”, and will be seen opposite Casey Affleck and Rooney Marain buzzy Sundance drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” out this weekend. He’s also wrapped filming on Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop” and is producing and starring in indie thriller “Eden.”
Mbatha-Raw, one of BAFTA’s Brits to Watch of 2012, was a regular on Fox drama series “Touch” and can be seen opposite Anton Yelchin in the upcoming “Odd Thomas.” Next month she heads to Toronto to premiere British historical drama “Belle”, in which she plays the title character opposite Sarah Gadon and Sam Reid.
June 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising actor Nate Parker is not taking any chances with his career. Telling THR, “I don’t want to be in the position where anyone can pull the plug on my career,” he has set up indie thriller “Eden” to produce as well as star in, and has recruited Diego Boneta and Ethan Peck to join him on screen.
Parker came up with the idea for a survivalist tale about what happens to a soccer team whose plane crash-lands on a deserted island. Reminiscent of “Lord of the Flies”, the teammates’ baser instincts reveal themselves: “Team spirit evaporates as disagreements both petty and profound cause the group to separate into factions, and soon sharks, abandoned Japanese mines and starvation are the least of the survivors’ worries.” Parker will play Slim, who ends up leading the most compassionate faction, while Peck will lead the most violent group. Boneta’s character is described as an “arrogant player who becomes an obsessive and sadistic barbarian once on the island.” Mark Mavrothalasitis was commissioned to write the script and Shayam Madiraju will make his feature directorial debut on the project. Filming begins next month in Malaysia.
Parker first garnered attention opposite Richard Gere in last year’s surprise hit “Arbitrage”, and will next be seen opposite Casey Affleck in buzzy Sundance drama “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” He’s also wrapped filming on Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop.” Peck has wrapped two indies, “The Wine of Summer” and “Nothing Left to Fear”, while Boneta is most recognized for his starring role in the big screen adaptation of musical “Rock of Ages.”
Parker directed a short teaser trailer for the film in order to put together the package, and you can watch it below.
May 24, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck are star-crossed lovers in the first trailer for David Lowery’s hit Sundance and Cannes western romance “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, embracing, separating and longing for each other after an arrest for a crime spree separates them just as she gets pregnant with their child. Much has been made of the beauty of this film and the brilliant cinematography by Bradford Young is clearly evident in this first glimpse of it, as are the strong acting choices by the impressive cast.
Our own Rebecca Lewis gave the film a glowing A, saying it “feels like a classic already, old-fashioned to an extent but also a timeless tale of love, family and limits – and almost as if the director is beginning a fresh re-examination of these outlaw tales of old”, with Affleck and Mara turning in “the performances of their careers.” As for those Malick comparisons, well, the high volume of magic hour shots is certainly reminiscent, but “Saints” also seems much more verbose and action-driven, with a clear narrative and an inevitable conclusion.
Watch the first trailer below. “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, also starring Ben Foster and Nate Parker, releases on August 16th.
March 20, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Rising actor Nate Parker has joined Dakota Fanning in the crime drama “Every Secret Thing“, which has already started production in New York City and is being directed by Amy Berg from a script by Nicole Holofcener.
Adapted from Laura Lippmann’s 2004 novel, the film follows two 18 year olds (Fanning and Danielle Macdonald) who have recently been released from prison after being convicted aged 11 for the murder of a baby they had found in an alley. Soon after their release, children begin to go missing and the secrets that have remained around the case, and the girls, begin to unravel.
The film also stars Diane Lane, as one of the girl’s mothers, and Elizabeth Banks as an ambitious homocide detective. BlackFilm.com reports that there is no word on which character Parker will play but this is a story with very few men in it so it’s possible Parker will be playing one of Banks’ colleagues in the police force.
Last year Parker starred in George Lucas “Red Tails“, and “Arbitrage” with Richard Gere, and recently premiered the Rooney Mara-Casey Affleck starrer “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Later this year Parker will have Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake and the in-flight thriller “Non-Stop” with Liam Neeson.
January 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Film Festivals, Reviews
Being compared to legendary director Terrence Malick is no small compliment for up and coming filmmakers, so director David Lowery must be pretty happy with the reaction to his feature directorial debut, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, which premiered yesterday inside the Eccles at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s a comparison that’s uttered with some baggage, but most audience members seem to agree the stylish, arty slowburner is worthy of standing on its own merits. “While spiritually indebted to Terrence Malick – and yes, it possesses its fair share of the filmmaker’s sun-kissed photography and the like – it would be far too simple and reductive to just pass this film off as nothing more,” says The Playlist.
December 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Awards, Features
It’s almost that time of year again, when young actors who are lucky enough to be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences see a drastic rise in their profiles and the movie offers come flooding in. But first, you have to get nominated. With critics awards already underway and the SAG and Golden Globe nominations both coming this week (!!), now is the perfect time to check in on the dozens of young actors who are vying for just a few spots come Oscar nomination time on January 15th.
From likely winners to maybe-nominees to long shots that deserve some more attention (in descending order), we assess the chances of up and coming actors in each acting category below.
November 28, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
One of the best parts of Sundance announcing their line-up is that we finally get to take a look at some of the movies that we’ve been eagerly anticipating. Here we have the first official photo of Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in a rather dramatic moment in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, announced this morning to be premiering in the US Dramatic Competition at Sundance in January.
Lowery expanded his own short film of the same name for his feature directorial debut, and got one hell of a cast in Mara, Affleck, Ben Foster and Nate Parker to act out the story of a man who escapes from prison and sets out on a journey to reunite with his wife and the daughter he’s never met. Affleck and Mara play the doomed Bonnie and Clyde-esque couple, who were sent to prison in the first place after being brought down by the law. The first image from the film seems to set the stage for that arrest and separation.
This is definitely one of our most anticipated of the fest, and you can see the first photo now below, thanks to The NY Times.
October 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Liam Neeson and Nate Parker are welcoming aboard some fellow passengers. Variety reports Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy and “Downton Abbey” actress Michelle Dockery have all joined the cast of Jaume Collet-Serra’s in-flight thriller “Non-Stop.”
Neeson plays an air marshall who is confronted – via text message! – by an America terrorist who claims to be aboard his flight. The villain threatens to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless Neeson kills himself. Parker will play a passenger on the flight who helps Neeson solve the mystery while there’s no word just yet on who the new cast additions will play. Filming is set to begin in New York City on November 1st. John Richardson and Chris Roach wrote the script.
McNairy has been on an upward swing since breaking out in Godzilla reboot director Gareth Edwards’ low budget thriller “Monsters.” He can be seen in Ben Affleck’s political thriller “Argo”, out this weekend, and soon in Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” opposite Brad Pitt. He also recently wrapped up filming on Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years a Slave.”
Dockery was last seen on the big screen in Joe Wright’s “Hanna” and will next also appear in Wright’s “Anna Karenina”, but is most known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley on PBS’ mega-hit “Downton Abbey.” Curiously, several of Dockery’s audition tapes for high profile films were leaked online in recent weeks – Rob Marshall’s “The Thin Man” and “Into the Woods” among them – indicating there’s interest from her side in a more visible big screen career.
October 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Up and coming Nate Parker is turning heads after a breakout performance opposite Richard Gere in this month’s “Arbitrage”, and now Variety reports he has locked down his next project: “Non-Stop”, an in-flight thriller starring Liam Neeson.
Neeson’s “Unknown” helmer Jaume Collet-Serra will direct the film which sees Neeson as an air marshall who is confronted with an America terrorist aboard a flight. The villain threatens to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless Neeson kills himself. Parker will play a passenger on the flight who helps Neeson solve the mystery. John Richardson and Chris Roach wrote the script and filming begins soon in New York City.
Parker was seen earlier this year in George Lucas’ “Red Tails”, then Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer”, and his turn as an unwitting accomplice to Richard Gere’s crimes in thriller “Arbitrage” is earning raves and has sparked his fair share of Oscar buzz. Parker recently wrapped up a role in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck and will soon reunite with Spike Lee to film his remake of Park Chan-wook’s revenge thriller “Oldboy”, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Brolin.