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.
November 1, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Michael Fassbender is set to play one of those iconic American novelists of the 20th Century in biopic “Genius”, reports THR from the American Film Market. Fassbender is signing up for the role of “Look Homeward, Angel” author Thomas Wolfe in the film, while Colin Firth will play Max Perkins, the “genius” editor who made the careers of Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and more 20th Century luminaries. Michael Grandage will direct the film based on A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award winning biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.”
Fassbender, who was seen in “Prometheus” earlier this year, is currently filming Terrence Malick’s new untitled feature with Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara in Austin, Texas. He recently completed work on a third collaboration with “Hunger” and “Shame” director Steve McQueen, “Twelve Years a Slave” and will reprise his role as Magneto in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, recently confirmed to be directed by Bryan Singer.
September 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson are attached to indie rock n roll comedy “Frank”, according to Variety. Lenny Abrahamson will direct from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Fassbender will play the leader of an eccentric rock band, and Gleeson will find himself in over his head when he joins the group.
Fassbender starred in “Prometheus” earlier this summer and is currently shooting Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” opposite Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem. He may join Natalie Portman in Western “Jane Got a Gun” but will in all likelihood be tied up with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” through early next spring.
Gleeson, who played Ron’s older brother Bill Weasley in the final two installments “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, will soon be seen as Levin opposite Alicia Vikander as Kitty in Joe Wright’s new adaptation of “Anna Karenina”, which sees Keira Knightley as the titular Russian literary icon. He recently wrapped time travel romance “About Time” opposite Rachel McAdams.
August 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
They didn’t end up in Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” together after all, but Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman have a second chance to become co-stars, as Vulture reports Fassbender is negotiating to join Portman-produced Western “Jane Got a Gun.”
“We Need to Talk About Kevin”‘s Lynne Ramsey will direct from a Black List script by Brian Duffield, and filmmakers are aiming for an early 2013 start. Portman plays a frontier woman whose husband returns home riddled with bullet holes as a result of his outlaw gang turning on him. She’s forced to turn to an ex-lover to defend her land and home. Fassbender is eyeing the role of the ex-lover.
The “Prometheus” star had an amazingly busy 2011 but looks to have no desire for a break. He is currently shooting “The Counselor”, as well as a third collaboration with director Steve McQueen on “Twelve Years a Slave.” He is also set to return as Magneto in “X-Men: First Class” sequel, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” early next year and is attached to romantic drama/thriller “The Mountain Between Us.”
August 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rafe Spall, Mackenzie Davis and Megan Park have signed on for supporting roles in indie dramedy “The F Word”, according to Variety and THR.
Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe topline the flick about two people who meet and hit it off, but attempt to be platonic friends. Davis plays someone who attempts to facilitate a relationship between the two of them, while “Girls” star Adam Driver is also on board to play Radcliffe’s best friend. No word on Spall and Park’s roles. Based on the play “Toothpaste and Cigars” by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi, Michael Dowse will direct from a 2008 Black List script by Elan Mastai. Filming is currently underway in Toronto.
Davis recently wrapped up shooting Drake Doremus’ follow-up to “Like Crazy”, while Spall was last seen in “Prometheus” and has also finished working on indie rom com “I Give It A Year” with Rose Byrne and Ana Faris. Park is a regular on ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, which stars Shailene Woodley.
June 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Prometheus” star Rafe Spall and “The Hunger Games” tribute Jacqueline Emerson will star in indie drama “Son of the South”, according to Variety. Spike Lee will executive produce and Barry Alexander Brown will direct the drama set in the 1960s, based on the autobiography of Bob Zellner, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.”
Spall will play Zellner, who was the son and grandson of KKK members, but who ultimately decided to join the Civil Rights movement as one of the first white members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, joining black students in sit-ins, marches and more, often becoming a target of violence. Emerson will play his fiancee, Carol Anne, and the supporting cast includes Marianne Jean Baptiste, Lou Gossett Jr., Clint Dyer and Saskia Reeves.
Spall, who recently appeared in “One Day” and “Anonymous”, can currently be seen in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and just wrapped up rom com “I Give It A Year” opposite funny ladies Anna Faris and Rose Byrne. Emerson played the cunning Tribute Foxface opposite Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games”, and “Son of the South” will mark her first follow-up to that phenomenon.
May 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Logan Marshall-Green is the latest to join the ranks of actors portraying real life icons, according to Deadline. The “Prometheus” star has been set to play famed playwright Tennessee Williams in “Lonely Hunter”, a new biopic of Williams’ pal and fellow writer Carson McCullers, who will be played by Jena Malone.
Deborah Kampmeier will direct from a script she co-wrote with Sarah Shulman later this year. Malone will play McCullers as she wrote her first novel, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”, at aged 23, but suffered from various physical and emotional struggles throughout her life. Marshall-Green’s Williams was her best friend and longtime confidant, and casting continues for McCullers’ other larger than life group of friends, which also included Truman Capote, Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee.
Marshall-Green, who has been on our radar since guest-starring on hit teen series “The O.C.” back in 2005, seems to finally be hitting a stride and getting notice on the big screen, though he tried to stick to TV for years, appearing on shows like “Traveler” and “Dark Blue.” After taking on supporting roles in films like “Brooklyn’s Finest” and “Devil”, Marshall-Green landed his biggest break yet, in Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated “Prometheus”, out next month.
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.
March 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Michael Fassbender is in no rush to take a break after an incredible streak of six films releasing in 2011. Variety reports the German actor is attached to star in “The Mountain Between Us”, the 20th Century Fox romantic drama/thriller to be helmed by “Miss Bala” director Gerardo Naranjo.
Fassbender would play a doctor and experienced hiker while the female lead is an attractive and successful journalist, who also happens to be engaged. When the two are stranded by a cancelled flight in Salt Lake City, they charter a private plane, which, of course, goes down in the wilderness when the pilot suffers a heart attack mid-flight. Together with the dead pilot’s dog, the two sole survivors must attempt to survive while doing a little falling in love and making out along the way. The film is based on the novel by Charles Martin and was adapted by J. Mills Goodloe.
After a year that saw the actor in such varied projects as “Jane Eyre”, “X-Men: First Class” and “Shame”, Fassbender is now gearing up to top it with the starring role in Ridley Scott’s Cormac McCarthy scripted “The Counselor” and a third reunion with “Hunger” / “Shame” director Steve McQueen, “Twelve Years a Slave.” He appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” in January and will be seen opposite Noomi Rapace in Scott’s maybe-Alien-prequel “Prometheus.”
February 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Are you getting a little sick of Michael Fassbender? Yeah, us either. We say, bring on more Fassy and thank goodness Hollywood agrees, with the star’s stock continuing to rise and every filmmaker and studio wooing him for any role he may be slightly suited for. The latest is his “Prometheus” director Ridley Scott, who has just committed to directing acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy’s first script, “The Counselor.” Fassbender and Scott have just completed filming “Prometheus”, but Scott is already keen on working together again right away, as Deadline reports he’s now talking to his latest leading man about taking the title role in his new film, which already has a planned start date of May 1.
“The Counselor” has been described as “‘No Country For Old Men’ on steroids” and Scott is talking to various other high profile actors about taking on roles as well. Fassbender, if he accepts – and Deadline believes he will, would play a lawyer who decides to dip his toe into the drug business without getting in too deep. Of course, that doesn’t turn out so well for him.
One of the biggest no-brainer additions to our Breakout Stars of 2011 list, Fassbender captured audiences’ attentions in a huge way in 2011 with starring roles in “Jane Eyre”, “X-Men: First Class”, “A Dangerous Method” and “Shame.” He was also seen last month in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” and “Prometheus” is out in June. Despite being sought for project after project, his only upcoming commitment thus far is to a third collaboration with “Hunger” / “Shame” director Steve McQueen on “12 Years a Slave”, which should leave him with an opening for “The Counselor.”