October 18, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, 32, has nabbed the lead role in Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli’s feature film debut “Last Summer,” according to a report by Variety. Kikuchi joins an ensemble cast that includes Lucy Griffiths, Yorick Van Wageningen and Laura Sofia Bach.
“Last Summer” tells the story of Naomi, a Japanese woman (Kikuchi) who has only four days left to spend with her six-year-old son Ken, before she loses him in a custody battle to a wealthy Western man. To make matters worse, she is trapped like a prisoner in her father-in-law’s yacht off the coast of Otranto in Southern Italy.
Although it’s an Italian production, “Last Summer” transcends boundaries with its English-language and international cast that includes English and Danish actors. “I think we’ve set up an unusual, interesting and ambitious Italian film with an entirely international cast shot in a beauty local setting that is not well known to foreigners,” producer Luigi Musini told Variety. Currently on its third week of filming, “Last Sumner” is based on a script co-written by best-selling Japanese author Banana Yoshimoto and Tokyo-based Italian graphic author Igort.
Kikuchi received her breakout role in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2006′s drama “Babel.” The role not only helped her crossover to Hollywood, but also earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. In addition to her work in Japanese cinema, she also dabbled in Hollywood roles in Rian Johnson’s adventure comedy “The Brothers Bloom” and Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi blockbuster “Pacific Rim.” Next up, she stars in Carl Rinsch’s action film “47 Ronin” opposite Keanu Reeves and Isabel Coixet’s drama “Nobody Wants the Night,” alongside Willem Dafoe and Juliette Binoche.
August 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Cary Fukunaga’s long-gestating child soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation” inches one step closer to reality wit the casting of Idris Elba in the lead role, according to Deadline.
Fukunaga adapted Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel of the same name in 2007 and had planned to make it in 2008, so this has been a long time coming. The director says via press release, “This project has been seven years in the making, so to say I’m excited to start shooting this — and with Idris Elba as lead — would be me trying to play it cool. Red Crown has real moxie standing behind this story.” The film will follow a young boy named Agu, who is forced into the army when civil war breaks out in his unnamed Western African country. Elba will play Agu’s brutal and ruthless army commander.
Elba, known for his role on Britain’s critically acclaimed detective series “Luthor”, is having a hell of a year that started off with a starring role in Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.” He’ll also have a shot at Oscar season with the Weinsteins’ “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, in which he plays the titular role, and will them reprise Heimdall in Marvel sequel “Thor: The Dark World.”
June 10, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Guillermo Del Toro‘s much anticipated “Pacific Rim” previewed a handful of edited scenes this past weekend, and we were there to sample what was on offer. There are no real spoilers contained here, as Del Toro was kind enough to edit these scenes so even us journalists attending weren’t hugely spoiled by his epic sci-fi film, but if you want to go into “Pacific Rim” without knowing details about specific scenes, stop reading now!
In his intro, Del Toro described “Pacific Rim” as “gothic tech.” The footage shown was extremely action-heavy and unfortunately we didn’t get to see much from Charlie Hunnam in his first potentially major breakout film role, but what we did see was a wonderful mix of explosive summer blockbuster mixed with del Toro’s signature style.
May 28, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s been five years since Guillermo del Toro‘s last directorial effort so hopes are high for “Pacific Rim“, his long-awaited alien vs. robots pic starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba.
Previous trailers and footage have given us a glimpse at the scale of the film which follows Hunnam, Elba and Rinko Kikuchi, three human characters who are tasked with piloting gigantic robots/weapons, called Jaegers, to battle dinosaur-like aliens called Kaiju’s, who have invaded Earth – not from the stars, but from beneath the sea.
Now two new images via Empire Magazine showcase just how ridiculously huge in scale these aliens are! In one of the images we see the Jaeger and Kaiju go up againt each other, and in the second we are just aboutable to make out two human characters standing atop their ship – dwarfed by the size of the Kaiju in front of them.
Click below to see the images. Del Toro’s sci-fi epic is out on July 12th in 3D and Imax cinemas.
April 29, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited alien film “Pacific Rim” is set for release this summer and today del Toro has released the footage which was previously shown at this year’s WonderCon – to a hugely positive response – to everyone else, stating “This was originally intended for only WonderCon, but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it’s time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!”
Enjoy we will! In this new extended preview Charlie Hunnam leads a voiceover, stating “Alien life. They came from deep beneath the Pacific. The first made land in San Francisco. The Jaeger program was born. Two pilots, mind-melding through memories with the bodies of machines. We started winning. Then it all changed. They counted on the humans to hide; to fail. They never considered we’d rise to the challenge.”
Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba join Hunnam in battle against gigantic dinosaur-like aliens who have arrived from beneath the sea on July 12th 2013. “Pacific Rim” will be avaiable in 3D and Imax theaters.
January 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We won’t see how Charlie Hunnam does in “Pacific Rim” until this summer, but director Guillermo Del Toro is clearly pleased with what he’s seen so far. Variety reports the duo are keen to work together again and Hunnam has begun negotiating to join Del Toro’s next feature, a haunted house horror film called “Crimson Peak.”
There are no plot details vailable, but the film already has Emma Stone in talks to join the cast as well. Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon are working on a rewrite of the script which he first co-wrote with Matthew Robins. With Del Toro, Stone and Hunnam all busy with other projects for the foreseeable future, filming on “Crimson Peak” isn’t expected to begin until February of 2014.
Hunnam, who has appeared in “Cold Mountain” and “Children of Men”, is most known for his starring role on hit FX series “Sons of Anarchy”, which is now heading into its sixth season. He last appeared on the big screen opposite Olivia Wilde and Eric Bana in violent crime thriller “Deadfall.” Thanks to his role in “Pacific Rim”, he has become increasingly attractive to studios looking to cast rising stars in big projects. Most recently he was considered for the titular role in David Yates’ “Tarzan.”
December 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Who better to usher in what could be the next great monster movie? Today the first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s highly anticipated alien invasion epic “Pacific Rim” has been released, and it’s like Transformers meets Cloverfield meets Godzilla meets the Avengers, which means the internet will be going nuts for it.
Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba lead the cast of human characters who are tasked with piloting gigantic robots/weapons when gigantic dinosaur-like aliens invade Earth, not from the stars, but from beneath the sea. On the plus side, t looks like it’s got all the exciting and grand scale makings of a big summer blockbuster, but on the down side, it looks about as generic a summer blockbuster as you can imagine. That being said, Del Toro certainly gets the benefit of the doubt and we are still very much looking forward to this one.
“Pacific Rim” will be released on July 11, 2013 and the first trailer can be viewed below.
November 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
He gave up a project that sounded awesome for this? Frequent “Harry Potter” director David Yates has finally committed to his next film for Warner Bros, and Vulture reports it won’t be a psychological drama with Hermione Emma Watson, but rather a live-action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan.”
Yates only committed to the project this Monday, so a cast is far from being finalized, but of course the search for Tarzan has already begun. Vulture reports Yates will be meeting with up and coming actors like “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard, new “Man of Steel” Superman Henry Cavill and “Pacific Rim” soldier Charlie Hunnam for the role of the boy who is raised by apes and grows up in the jungle. Additionally, Warner Bros seems keen on the idea of Tom Hardy swinging around in a loincloth, but it’s unclear if he reciprocates their enthusiasm for this project. Clearly, the filmmakers are set on bringing a particular kind of manly, gritty edge to their Tarzan, and we have to agree this is the way to go.
We can almost assume off the bat Hardy’s not going to be interested, especially with how increasingly in demand he becomes with each passing movie, but the others certainly could still stand to gain from headlining a major studio blockbuster – unless it ends up like the last Burroughs property translated to the big screen. Pre-”John Carter”, we bet Taylor Kitsch would have been on Yates’ list as well, but a bomb that size has done at least some damage to his prospects. All this to say, it’s a gamble, but for Skarsgard, Hunnam and Cavill, it’s probably worth it at this stage in their careers.
July 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
After a quick stop in the real world for teen drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, it seems “Harry Potter” series star Emma Watson is eager to step back into the dark and fantastical realm that she’s so familiar with. ComingSoon.net reports the actress is attached to star in a new adaptation of classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”, and at the steering wheel is visionary sci-fi director Guillermo del Toro.
Details are scarce as the project appears to be in its early stages, with “Crazy Stupid Love” producer Denise di Novi only recently telling CS that she’s in development on the project with del Toro. The director, of course, will be busy for the next several months as he gears up to shoot the highly ambitious sci-fi epic “Pacific Rim”, starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba and Charlie Day as soldiers who operate giant robots in a war against an alien attack.
As for Watson, her schedule is all clear with “Perks” having wrapped a couple of weeks ago and publicity commitments to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ done (and to great effect – the film just had the biggest box office opening weekend of all time). She’ll next be seen in what could be a star-making turn, as Eddie Redmayne’s love interest in “My Week with Marilyn”, opening this fall.