January 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jamie Bell and Chris Evans are heading for an ice age in new post-apocalyptic thriller “Snow Piercer”, according to Variety. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” star and Oscar hopeful Tilda Swinton is also joining the cast of acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s English directorial debut.
Bong also wrote the script and Park Chan-wook, equally acclaimed Korean director (of the original “Oldboy”, among others) who also recently made his English directorial debut on Nicole Kidman-Mia Wasikowska starrer “Stoker”, will produce. Evans, Bell and Swinton will play passengers on a full train barreling down unknown tracks in a world that is covered in ice. Class differences, nationalities and more collide as passengers struggle to co-exist. Korean actor Song Kang-Ho is already on board, and more international actors are expected to jump on board as well.
Evans, aka “Captain America”, recently wrapped up reprising the quintessential American superhero in Joss Whedon’s all-star superhero team-up “The Avengers” and has been turning towards darker fare, recently earning raves playing a drug addict in “Puncture” and currently filming serial killer drama “The Iceman” opposite Michael Shannon. Bell was seen this year in “Jane Eyre” and animation Oscar favorite “The Adventures of TinTin.”
November 21, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chris Evans will go from being the quintessentially American hero “Captain America” to…. the exact opposite? Deadline reports Evans has replaced James Franco in serial killer drama “The Iceman”, starring Michael Shannon in the titular role. The project had been left in limbo when Franco dropped out last month, but now with Evans in, it’s back on track to begin filming next month under the direction of Ariel Vromen.
Based on the book “The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer” by Anthony Bruno and on interview footage from the documentary “The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer” by Jim Thebaut, the film centers around Richard Kuklinski (Shannon), a mob contract killer who was famed for freezing his victims, disguising the time of death and successfully throwing police off his track. Seemingly the very definition of a sociopath, Kuklinski never showed any remorse for the over one hundred people he killed, but conversely was a loving family man who mourned the fact that he hurt his family with his actions. Benicio Del Toro had previously been pegged to play his boss, the notorious mobster Roy Demeo, and Evans will now take over Franco’s role of his mentor assassin, known as Mr. Softee.
Evans failed to ignite as a Marvel superhero back in 2005 when he played The Human Torch in “Fantastic Four”, but he’s definitely making his mark now as a pitch-perfect Steve Rogers aka Captain America, recently wrapping up the role for Joss Whedon’s all-star team-up “The Avengers” in New Mexico. He’s also making a play for darker, more arthouse pictures, as evidenced by this casting in “The Iceman” and his recent portrayal as a drug addict in “Puncture”, in which his performance stunned and impressed audiences and critics alike. Unfortunately, he’s also in the Anna Faris rom-com “What’s Your Number?” but let’s try our hardest to forget about that one.