November 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Fast rising British actor David Oyelowo has added another huge project to his increasingly busy upcoming slate. Deadline reveals Oyelowo has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, a biopic of the 16th – and arguably most popular – President of the United States, starring Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. Oyelowo and Day-Lewis are joined by a sprawling A-List cast that includes Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Hal Holbrook and David Strathairn.
Oyelowo will play a cavalryman in the film, which is based on definitive Lincoln biography “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and which will center around the last four months of Lincoln’s life. Filming has commenced in Virginia and the film is already poised to be a major player in next year’s Oscar race, already set for a December 2012 release date. Of course, it’s not the only Lincoln picture to come out next year. Timur Bekmambetov directs Benjamin Walker as a very different 16th President of the United States, in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, out next June. It’s like the battle of Snow Whites all over again!
Oyelowo has been steadily working in the UK for years but his career has been on an upward swinging trajectory for the past several months after appearing in summer blockbusters “The Help” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” He’s currently filming thriller “One Shot” opposite Tom Cruise and has wrapped up Lee Daniels’ legal drama “The Paperboy.”
July 20, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Peter Parker’s rarely mentioned, usually presumed dead parents play a large role in the first teaser trailer for Marc Webb’s 3D reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man”, which sees Andrew Garfield take over the web slinging crimefighting from Tobey Maguire. The young Peter is left with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May (played by Martin Sheen and Sally Field) by his parents in the middle of the night without explanation, and as he grows up, it’s a mystery that still haunts him. Will he discover their retconned status as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents?
Though we have seen the new Spidey suit many times by now, the trailer plays coy with revealing Spider-Man in costume and in action, choosing instead to show us his POV as he slings and swings across skyscrapers. While it may frustrate fanboys, we can already imagine how awesome the footage will look on the big screen and in 3D.
Garfield, Webb and Emma Stone, who plays Peter’s first love Gwen Stacey, will be on hand to showcase this new trailer and perhaps more at the highly anticipated Sony panel at Comic-Con this Friday. “The Amazing Spider-Man” opens in theaters July 3, 2012.
July 14, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s the week before Comic-Con and studios are bringing out the big guns in promoting their upcoming big budget blockbusters. More and more will be revealed in the lead up to next Thursday and then even more over the course of next weekend, but Sony gets a jump on the competition by being out of the gate first, releasing to this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly some brand new shots of Andrew Garfield in costume and in action as Peter Parker, aka “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
EW also reveals the first stills taken from the movie itself, featuring Peter out of his Spidey costume hanging upside down on a subway, getting close to Emma Stone as first love Gwen Stacy and hanging out with Sally Field and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Also featured is Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors, who transforms into formidable Spidey villain The Lizard after an experiment goes awry.
Said to be “more gritty, more contemporary”, director Marc Webb tells EW how this reboot differs from the Sam Raimi-Tobey Maguire adaptations of the classic Marvel superhero: “Ultimately what this movie is about is a kid who grows up looking for his father and finds himself. And that’s a Spider-Man story we haven’t seen before.”
“The Amazing Spider-Man” recently wrapped up filming and is set for release on July 3, 2012. Garfield, Stone and Webb are set to headline one of the most anticipated panels at Comic Con next Friday.
May 5, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is about to get historical, as THR reports the increasingly in demand actor has signed on to Steven Spielberg’s biopic of the 16th President of the United States, “Lincoln”. Daniel Day Lewis is on board to play Lincoln and Gordon-Levitt will be taking the role of Robert Todd Lincoln, his eldest son and the only one out of the four Lincoln sons to live past the age of 18.
In addition to Day Lewis and Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field is also on board to play Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady, and they are also joined today by a massive influx of new cast members including Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong and David Warshofsky. Phew!
Spielberg’s vampire-free “Lincoln” is based on “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin and adapted by Tony Kushner and chronicles Lincoln’s quest to abolish slavery and overseeing the Civil War to accomplish that goal.
Gordon-Levitt will head to Virginia for the planned fall shoot, presumably after completing work on “The Dark Knight Rises”. “Lincoln” is aiming for a late 2012 release.