August 21, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz are about to get a new superhero sidekick. Deadline reports British rising star Robert Emms has been tapped to play the role of Insect Man in “Kick Ass 2″, the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 comic book adaptation.
Jeff Wadlow takes over the directing chair from Vaughn on the sequel, since the original director will be too busy prepping an early 2013 shoot for the “X-Men: First Class” sequel. In the 2010 film based on the comic book of the same name by by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr, Johnson played Dave Lizewski, an ordinary teenager and comic book fan who decides to become a real life superhero, giving himself the moniker Kick-Ass. He was aided by the foul-mouthed and highly trained Hit-Girl, played by Moretz. Emms’ Insect Man is a cop by day, but chooses street justice in his off-time since the law can’t take care of everything, as we well know from every action movie ending with sirens being heard only after the bad guy has been neutralized. Lyndsy Fonseca is also returning for the sequel, and a September shoot is scheduled.
Emms made his feature film debut only last year, in Roland Emmerich’s Shakespearean actioner “Anonymous”, and also had roles in Tarsem Singh’s Snow White redo “Mirror Mirror” opposite Armie Hammer, as well as Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” opposite Jeremy Irvine. He also starred in British indie “Broken” opposite Cillian Murphy.
July 11, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
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William and Kate have met and mingled with BAFTA’s inaugural class of British actors to watch for, but there’s plenty more talent where they came from. Screen Daily released recently their annual list of UK Stars of Tomorrow, names less known than the ones BAFTA chose, but who have shown incredible promise for a bright future in acting both in the UK and internationally. And Screen Daily’s got a good track record, having discovered in recent years the likes of Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper, Rebecca Hall and Aaron Johnson.
“As usual, our UK Stars Of Tomorrow comprise a dazzling, diverse group of talented young actors and filmmakers who will go on to do great things,” said Mike Goodridge, editor of Screen International. “As our Stars from years past have proved, golden futures here and in Hollywood await those who make it. In the year of The King’s Speech, when British cinema is at a high premium, we are excited to present the next generation of faces and names who will represent the nation on the world’s cinema screens.”
So who will be following in the footsteps of Stars of Tomorrow from years past like Gemma Arterton, James McAvoy, Andrew Garfield and Emily Blunt?
May 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Relatively unknown British actor Robert Emms has landed a pivotal supporting role in director Tarsem Singh’s now untitled “Snow White” project, previously titled “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White”. Armie Hammer plays Prince Andrew in the film and Emms will be his man-in-waiting, a sort of Medieval wingman. They join Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White.
The film – like its rival “Snow White and the Huntsman”, which comes out six months later – is a revisionist take on the classic Grimm fairytale. In Tarsem’s version, from a screenplay by Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller, the Queen and Snow White both vie for the affection of the Prince, who shows up disguised and seeking someone to love him for him rather than his crown. THR also reports that veteran comedic actor Nathan Lane has signed on to play the Queen’s main servant, who stays loyal to her out of fear.
The 25-year-old Emms, who has been acting on British television since 2008, will make his feature film debut in Roland Emmerich’s Shakespearean political thriller “Anonymous” and will be seen alongside Jeremy Irvine in Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”. Both films will be out in late 2011.
The untitled “Snow White” project is already scheduled for a June 29, 2012 release.