May 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
European turned Hollywood movie stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Noomi Rapace have been set to star in thriller “Alive Alone”, which is being packaged to sell at Cannes this week, reports Deadline.
Khurram Longi will make his directing debut on the film which focuses on the relationship between Schoenaerts’ ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee and Rapace as a young woman on the run from a crime boss. The “Animal Rescue” co-stars are taking over roles that back in 2009 had been earmarked for Samantha Morton and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Longi also wrote the script, which landed on both the Black List and the UK-based Brit List of best unproduced screenplays.
Schoenaerts and Rapace are currently filming New York-set crime thriller “Animal Rescue” together opposite Tom Hardy. Rapace will next also star with Hardy in spy drama “Child 44.” She, of course, broke out stateside in the original Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and has since starred in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and “Prometheus.” Schoenaerts broke out starring opposite Marion Cotillard in last year’s Oscar contender “Rust and Bone” and has also landed a string of English roles, with roles in “Suite Francaise” opposite Michelle Williams, “A Little Chaos” opposite Kate Winslet and maybe “Far From the Madding Crowd” with Carey Mulligan coming up.
March 14, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Fast rising star Joel Kinnaman is in talks to star alongside recent break out stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in “Child 44“, a soviet-era drama adaptation.
The film, set in the 1950s, is to be directed by Daniel Espinosa – meaning it will be the third collaboration between Kinnaman and Espinosa, who worked together on “Snabba Cash” and most recently the “Robocop” reboot.
In the film, adapted for the screen by Richard Price, Hardy is a Soviet agent, who whilst investigating a series of murders soon becomes a target of suspicion from his own government. Rapace plays his wife, whose loyalty is a front as she is hiding secrets of her own, and THR reports that Kinnaman will play Hardy’s enemy, an ambitious but murderous man.
Kinnaman is in high demand in Hollywood. He starred in AMC’s remake of the Danish show “The Killing” and will reprise his role later this year in seaosn three. He was wooed for several projects, including “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” and “Arthur and Lancelot“, and was most recently seen alongside Greta Gerwig in indie rom com “Lola Versus” and Ryan Reynolds in Espinosa thriller “Safe House.” Just last week Kinnaman was joined thriller “Run All Night” with join Liam Neeson.
March 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Australian actor James Frecheville has officially cornered the market on crime dramas with the word “Animal” in the title. The “Animal Kingdom” star has signed on to “Animal Rescue”, according to Variety. The Tom Hardy-Noomi Rapace New York set crime drama will begin filming next week.
Michael R. Roskam will direct from a short story by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, who adapted the script himself. Hardy will play a man who wants to shed his criminal past but “gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull.” Frecheville will play a small time crook while Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts also has an unspecified supporting role.
Frecheville played the innocent young man struggling to escape his dark and violent criminal family in David Michod’s 2010 Australian drama “Animal Kingdom”, which also introduced us to stars like Joel Edgerton and Jackie Weaver. He also starred opposite Britt Robertson and Dylan O’Brien in Jonathan Kasdan’s coming of age Sundance drama “The First Time” and was most recently seen opposite Robin Wright, Naomi Watts and Xavier Samuel in controversial romance “Two Mothers”, which premiered at TIFF in September.
February 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Belgian actor Matthias Schoenarts is leveraging his breakout turn in “Rust and Bone” into more international film roles, and The Playlist reports his next project will be “Animal Rescue”, the New York set crime drama that has Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the lead roles.
Michael R. Roskam will direct from a short story by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, who adapted the script himself. Hardy will play a man who wants to shed his criminal past but “gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull.” Like most of Lehane’s stories, it takes place in Boston, but because of the influx of Boston-set tales in recent years, the screen version will take place in New York. Filming is set to begin on location next month. Schoenaerts will have an unspecified supporting role.
Schoenaerts showed up on the radar of the international film industry when he starred opposite Marion Cotillard in Cannes premiere “Rust and Bone”, a performance our own Rebecca Lewis raved about when she caught it at the festival. Since breaking out last May, Schoenaerts has wrapped up shooting on Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” opposite Clive Owen, Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana, and will romance Michelle Williams in upcoming WWII drama “Suite Francaise.”
January 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The newest rising star duo to book back-to-back projects together are Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, who have not even began filming on their first collaboration, “Animal Rescue”, just yet, but are already making plans to do it again sometime soon. THR reports the two are in negotiations to star in Soviet-era spy thriller “Child 44″ for director Daniel Espinosa.
They were rumored to have been eyed for the film back in December when their crime drama “Animal Rescue” casting came together, but now it’s firming up. They will husband and wife in “Child 44″, with Hardy as a Soviet officer who becomes the target of suspicion from his own government and Rapace as his wife, who pretends to be loyal and doting but hiding secrets of her own. Richard Price wrote the script based on Tom Rob Smith’s novel. Hardy and Rapace will film “Animal Rescue” in March and then “Child 44″ in May.
After breaking out in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and then again in “The Dark Knight Rises”, Hardy has been undeniably deemed Hollywood’s favorite new star and seemingly has his pick of projects. He’s sticking to mostly dark fare, producing two separate features about illegal poaching and is attached to a big screen adaptation of video game franchise “Splinter Cell”, as well as Doug Liman’s “Everest.” He recently wrapped up shooting on “Mad Max: Fury Road” and was last seen on screen in John Hillcoat’s violent Cannes premiere “Lawless.”
Rapace was the original Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and has made a successful transition to Hollywood roles, culminating with Ridley Scott hand-picking her to star in his “Alien” prequel-esque “Prometheus.” She was last seen in Brian DePalma’s “Passion” opposite Rachel McAdams and will next appear opposite Colin Farrell in revenge thriller “Dead Man Down.”
December 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Hardy is in final negotiations and Noomi Rapace has received an offer to star in crime drama “Animal Rescue”, according to Deadline. Michael R. Roskam will direct from a short story by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, who adapted the script himself.
Hardy will play a man who wants to shed his criminal past but “gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull.” Like most of Lehane’s stories, it takes place in Boston, but because of the influx of Boston-set tales in recent years, the screen version will take place in New York. Filming is set to begin on location in March and will be Hardy’s next film.
This also may not be the only time Hardy and Rapace work together, as Variety’s Jeff Sneider tweeted the two are also being eyed to star in spy thriller/murder mystery “Child 44″, which has Ridley Scott attached to direct. That project, though, sounds further off, and much less firm, especially with Hardy’s increasingly busy schedule.
April 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Dominic Cooper is trading in one revenge thriller for another. After dropping out of “Motor City”, which will now star Gerard Butler (downgrade!), Cooper is signing on to original Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” director Niels Arden Oplev’s “Dead Man Down”, joining original Lisbeth Salander Noomi Rapace and Irish star Colin Farrell in the cast.
It’s a curious switheroo for Cooper, who apparently gave up the leading role in “Motor City” to play second or third fiddle here. Farrell leads the way as a mobster’s hitman who may have been responsible for the death of his own family. He falls for a disfigured former beauty (Rapace) who seems to know too much about his past and the two team up on a violent spree against those who wronged them. Cooper will play Farrell’s partner on the street. Filming begins later this month.
Cooper recently wrapped romantic drama “Summer in February” with Emily Browning and appeared in several of 2011′s biggest movies, including superhero blockbuster “Captain America: The First Avenger”, Sundance hit “The Devil’s Double” and awards contender “My Week with Marilyn.” With “Dead Man Down” scheduled for later this month, Cooper may follow it up with Roger Donaldson’s international thriller “Cities” and is also circling a role in Biyi Bandele’s African historical biopic “Half of a Yellow Sun.”
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.
January 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Two relatively unknown young actresses are about to get a big boost to their profile in Hollywood. Variety reports British actress Andrea Riseborough and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko have landed the highly coveted female leads opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi epic formerly titled “Oblivion” (and then “Horizons”). Jessica Chastain had been offered one of the roles, but as previously reported, had to pass when she committed to doing Kathryn Bigelow’s “Kill Bin Laden”, which films at the same time. Kurylenko and Riseborough beat out just about every other young actress for their roles, including Olivia Wilde, Brit Marling and Noomi Rapace.
“Tron: Legacy” helmer Joseph Kosinski directs the film about a man named Jack who lives in the clouds above the earth and goes down to the surface to repair drones that keep the planet safe from an alien race that has practically wiped out the human race. The two female leads are Julia, Jack’s wife, and Victoria, a beautiful mysterious woman who crash lads in an escape pod and leads him to question everything he knows. No word on who will play which character, but the presumption had always been that Chastain would play the wife, so it stands to reason – via the wording in Variety’s report – that Kurylenko will be taking over that role while Riseborough would play the mysterious intruder. Filming begins soon with a release date already set for a July 19, 2013.
Riseborough stars as Wallis Simpson in Madonna’s much talked about “W.E.” and is headed to Sundance next week to premiere James Marsh’s Irish spy thriller “Shadow Dancer.” Kurylenko played the female lead opposite Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace” and has appeared to escape the Bond Girl curse with a promising career post-Bond. She is a part of Terrence Malick’s next untitled film (working under the title “The Burial”), also starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, and is currently filming “Seven Psychopaths” opposite Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Abbie Cornish.
December 6, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
Thank you for joining us again if you listened to our earlier podcasts or if you are new to the program, welcome! Once a week, Linda and Rebecca will take to the internet airwaves to discuss a variety of subjects, including all the latest news, movies we’ve seen recently, the Oscar season and more topics that interest us (or you! Please send us your suggestions for topics to talk about).
• 00:00 – 16:15 – Some big news to discuss, including some “Les Miserables” casting, the Sundance line-up and more.
• 16:15 – 25:45 – We parse through the first wave of awards from the Gotham Awards, Indie Spirits, New York Film Critics and National Board of Review. How does it affect the Oscar chances of Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen and others?
• 25:45 – 35:15 – Movies reviewed: “Young Adult” (great acting but mixed message), “The Ides of March” (solid) and “My Week with Marilyn” (big split in opinion). No spoilers.
• 35:15 – END – Checking in on our Breakout Stars of 2010. What are Andrew Garfield, Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jeremy Renner, Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and Jennifer Lawrence up to one year after breaking out on the big screen?
Podcast: Play in new window