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Looks like some up and comers may be giving A-List veterans a run for their money. In Australia, Nicole Kidman and BFF Naomi Watts are reigning queens of the big screen, but they’re about to get a bit of competition from 20-something rising stars Emily Browning and Rachael Taylor. Aussie paper The Herald Sun reports all four actresses are on director Bruce Beresford’s “wishlist” to play decorated WWII war hero Nancy Wake in his biopic blockbuster “The White Mouse”.
Wake, who died yesterday in London at the age of 98, grew up in Sydney and left home at age 16 to become a nurse and then a journalist, working all over Europe, where she witnessed Hitler’s atrocities in Vienna and Paris. After Hitler took France in 1940, Wake joined the French Resistence as a courier and then became a British spy, eventually saving thousands of lives by sabotaging the German armies and setting up escape routes for Allied forces.
Beresford warns that casting is nowhere near firm. “I’d like an Australian girl obviously but casting is still in the early stages,” he told the paper. “I haven’t sent any actresses scripts yet but there are some great (women) around who would suit the part.” Among the attributes, a “perfect French speaking voice” is a must. “Most of the film is set in France and spoken in French. Otherwise it’s just not credible.” The director is also aware that a “big name” may be what he needs to secure the financing needed to mount such an ambitious, grand scale blockbuster, so perhaps Kidman and Watts have an edge over the young upstarts yet.
Taylor, who had a breakout moment in the original “Transformers” playing a young hacker who aided Shia LaBeouf and his giant robot alien friends, is one of the new “Charlie’s Angels” debuting on NBC this fall. Browning headlined Zack Snyder’s girls-with-machine-guns fantasy “Sucker Punch” and garnered rave reviews in Cannes for her performance in Julia Leigh’s erotic drama “Sleeping Beauty”.
If you’re young and hot and partying in some exotic location in a movie, you know you’re in trouble. Do kids ever go on vacation in a foreign country without running into some situation that leaves them bloody and running for their lives? While others have encountered rich guys with torture fantasies and human organ traffickers, the kids in “The Darkest Hour” run into something a little more alien. Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Rachael Taylor and Max Minghella are four friends on a dream vacation in Moscow, but a night of partying goes south when orbs of light descend from the skies and immediately begin sucking up the earth’s electricity and killing every person that gets close enough to touch them.
Though the aliens and special effects look a bit childish and non-threatening from what we’ve seen, being glowing spheres of orange light and all, it’s still a nice change from the usual robot/giant bug model used by nearly every other alien invasion movie. Will the movie live up to its promise of “highlighting the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects from the minds of visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (‘Wanted,’ ‘Night Watch’) and director Chris Gorak”?
“The Darkest Hour” opens in theaters on December 23, 2011.
Emile Hirsch doesn’t look to be enjoying the gorgeous sights of Moscow too much in our first look at alien invasion thriller “The Darkest Hour”, thanks to Coming Soon. Hirsch looks appropriately dirty and terrified for a young man under attack from monsters, hiding from an unseen assailant while the tranquil beauty of the Saint Basil’s Cathedral looks on, untouched in the background.
Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella and Rachael Taylor co-star alongside Hirsch in the film about five young people who become stranded in Moscow and try to survive in the aftermath of a devastating alien attack. Summit Entertainment also stresses “the 3D action thriller highlights the classic beauty of Moscow alongside mind-blowing special effects from the minds of visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (‘Wanted,’ ‘Night Watch’) and director Chris Gorak.”
“The Darkest Hour” opens in theaters on December 23, 2011. Click below for the full resolution still.
Rachael Taylor is the second “Transformers” beauty to join the cast of indie thriller “Loft”, following in the footsteps of fellow alum Isabel Lucas, who joined the cast last week. Can Megan Fox be far behind? According to Variety, Taylor and Lucas will be part of an ensemble cast that already includes James Marsden, Patrick Wilson, Wentworth Miller and “Modern Family”‘s Eric Stonestreet.
Taking place in and around a loft where five married friends all bring their mistresses, the film is a murder mystery set into motion when an unknown woman’s body turns up there. The friends all begin to suspect one another of murder. While Lucas is set for the role of a “naive young beauty” who unwittingly gets dragged into the events, Taylor will play Ann, a call girl who Wilson pays to seduce Marsden and ends up falling for him. Presumably there will be at least one more male lead and a couple more female roles to be cast. Erik Van Looy is directing the remake of his own 2008 Belgian film, with Wesley Strick adapting Bart De Pauw’s original screenplay.
Taylor broke out in Michael Bay’s first “Transformers” as a computer genius who helped the government, Shia LaBeouf and the earth-saving good Autobots fight against the evil Decepticons. She recently wrapped alien invasion actioner “The Darkest Hour” with Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby, and is one of the new Angels on ABC’s reboot of “Charlie’s Angels”k.
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