May 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
By now we’ve all heard the rumblings that Joss Whedon sees Irish actress Saoirse Ronan as a “prototype” for casting Marvel superhero the Scarlet Witch, who is set to join the team in “The Avengers 2″, but does Ronan have any interest in taking the role herself? The Mary Sue recently caught up with the actress and the answer was a resounding “yes.”
Ronan recently heard about the rumors herself and answered enthusiastically when asked if she would like to join the Marvel family: “I have heard about it and yes, I would. Yeah, of course I would. I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes. I think it’s very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.”
Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff, is one of the most prominent figures in the Marvel universe, and she and twin brother Pietro aka Quicksilver have taken both heroic and villainous turns within the comic canon throughout the decades. They are also the children of Magneto, who, of course, falls under X-Men canon and is being portrayed by Michael Fassbender in the currently filming Fox film “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
It’s been speculated that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver cannot legally be referred to as Magneto’s children or even as mutants, but we’ll let Marvel’s and Fox’s lawyers hammer that one out. The important thing is Whedon is (allegedly) interested, Ronan is definitely interested, how do we make this happen? Ronan should probably make sure her ever crowded schedule is clear for February 2014.
May 21, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
There’s a feeling of the vampire stories of old in today’s newly released “Byzantium” trailer, as we witness secrets being kept and told over the centuries, gorgeous period costumes, and the occasional murder.
Saoirse Ronan stars here as Eleanor Webb, an eternal sixteen year old who meets and befriends Caleb Landry Jone’s Frank in a sleepy English coastal town that she is hiding out in with her mother Clara (Gemma Arterton). Eventually Eleanor lets Frank in on her secret – changing their lives forever. There is also plenty of backstory given to us here, featuring Sam Riley as, what appears to be, a vampire hunter, and this generally looks like a welcome return for director Neil Jordan, who bought Tom Cruise’s vampire to life in the 90s classic “Interview with a Vampire” and has stayed away from monsters ever since.
The pic premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival and has been making the festival rounds, preparing for a June 28th release date in the US.
You can watch a previously posted clip here, and click below to catch the trailer, and also the new poster, courtesy of Apple
May 2, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel make the most of stereotypes in this first trailer for new pic “Violet And Daisy” – before swiftly turning them on their heads.
Bledel plays Violet, best friend of Ronan’s Daisy, and the two are teenage assassins, using their youth and femininity to make their way into the lives of people they are soon to kill. With no cares except for the fact that a concert by their favorite pop idol Barbie Sunday has suddenly been canceled, they are determined to raise cash in order to buy Barbie Sunday dresses, taking on a new job that turns out to prove not everything is as expected.
With what looks like several visually imaginative, dream-like sequences, it looks like “Violet And Daisy” is set to throw up some surprises itself, particularly as Oscar nominated Ronan is known for picking unusual, strong scripts.
Directed by Oscar winner Geoffrey Fletcher, and also starring James Gandolfini, Marinanne Jean-Baptiste and Danny Trejo, “Violet and Daisy” was filmed back in 2011 but will finally be released on June 13th 2013. Check out the trailer below.
March 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
in General News
It’s one of the most anticipated films of the year and we’ve partnered with Open Road Films to give away some great prizes to celebrate the release of “The Host”!
What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? “The Host” is the next epic love story from the creator of the “Twilight Saga,” worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about — Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
THE HOST hits theaters nationwide March 29th, 2013! Click below to see what’s up for grabs. This contest is for US RESIDENTS only. Sorry international fans!
February 16, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
It’s still up in the air whether Stephenie Meyer’s follow-up to “Twilight” has what it takes to be the next big young adult franchise, but the newest trailer for “The Host” at least gives us a lot more to go on. An alien invasion, the battle for the human race, a girl fighting for control of her own mind, and searching for the brother and love she lost, is exactly what made the original novel so compelling in the first place.
Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca”), the film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie, one of the lone survivors of an invasion by Souls, aliens who take control of their hosts and have set out to protect the planet from the destructive human population. After Melanie is taken over by a Soul called Wanderer, she must fight back to stop them from using her to find the last of the resistance.
The trailer, which premiered this past week during a Google Hangout with the film’s three leads Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, also features glimpses of stars Diane Kruger, William Hurt and Frances Fisher. “The Host” will be in theaters next month on March 29th, but for now you can see the new trailer below.
February 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Ryan Gosling continues to gather up an impressive cast for his directorial debut, the fantasy thriller “How to Catch a Monster.” The latest to join is Saoirse Ronan, according to Deadline, with Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes and “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith already on board.
Filming begins in May in Detroit and Hendricks, in the female lead role, will play a single mother who is drawn into a dark underworld as her teenage son discovers a road leading to an underwater city. Smith plays the male lead and Ben Mendelsohn is also on board, though there’s no details on who any of the other actors are playing. Presumably the aforementioned teenage son still needs to be cast.
One of the most prolific and accomplished young actresses working today, Ronan was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement” and recently premiered Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” at the Toronto Film Festival. She’ll try on her YA adaptation mettle when she stars in “The Host”, based on the novel by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer. She’s currently in Budapest filming the female lead role in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” follow-up, “Grand Budapest Hotel.”
November 30, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Thank you, Disney! Two days ago we picked five actresses who we would like to see play the new live action “Cinderella” for director Mark Romanek, and today Variety reports the filmmakers are on the same wavelength as us, and have unveiled a shortlist of three actresses, two of which were also on ours.
Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde will soon audition for the titular role in the rags-to-riches princess fairy tale, which already has Cate Blanchett in negotiations to play the role of Cinderella’s evil stepmother. We previously highlighted the connection between Ronan, Blanchett and the studio, who had been poised to work together on another fairy tale adaptation “The Order of the Seven” before it fell apart, seemingly giving her a leg up in this competition. It could be her role to lose, though Ronan has famously said no to other high profile projects, including both other Snow White films. She’ll next be seen in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host.”
November 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Casting, Features
Move over, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, the next fairy tale princess is ready for her moment in the spotlight. Ok, so “Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” didn’t exactly light the box office on fire, and “Maleficent” is still a big question mark, but Disney is ready to move forward on another live action big screen adaptation of another fairy tale. This time, it’s “Cinderella”, and it’s happening fast, with Mark Romanek already set to direct and acclaimed Aussie actress Cate Blanchett in negotiations to join the ranks of Julia Roberts, Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie in playing an iconic evil stepmother.
This project dates all the way back to 2010, when “The Devil Wears Prada” screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna wrote the original draft and Amanda Seyfried was cast in the titular role. But as The Wrap points out now, Blanchett is officially the first cast member of this new incarnation of the project, which has also gotten a rewrite from Chris Weitz, so we still need a girl to fit into those awfully specific and constricting glass slippers. Here are just five of our favorite suggestions:
November 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Though this hasn’t been officially confirmed and should be considered a rumor for all intents and purposes, a reliable source tells us that Australian actress Emily Browning plays the pivotal role of Pet in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host.”
The alien invasion action-romance stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Boyd Holbrook, Diane Kruger and William Hurt and has already wrapped filming, but Browning is a pretty logical choice for the role which has been kept tightly under wraps until now, considering the cameo-sized part would have taken no time at all to shoot and she was dating Irons in real life at the time of filming. If you haven’t read the book, we won’t spoil the details of her character, but suffice to say she shows up at towards the story’s conclusion. “The Host” will be released on March 29, 2013.
Browning earned raves as the star of Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” and recently wrapped up a quartet of indie films: period romance “Summer in February” with Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens, thriller “Magic Magic” with Michael Cera and Juno Temple, musical drama “God Help the Girl” with Hannah Murray and Olly Alexander and erotic thriller “Plush” with “Twilight” stars Cam Gigandet and Xavier Samuel.
November 13, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Without any sequel novels written as of yet, the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” probably doesn’t have much of a chance of being the next “Twilight”, but it’s certainly reaching for a chunk of that soon-to-be-in-mourning audience with this newest trailer. Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons are featured heavily as the star-crossed lovers who get torn apart in the midst of an alien invasion taking over the bodies and brains of human beings. When Ronan’s Melanie is captured and taken over, she fights against the new alien Soul inhabiting her body and attempts to return to Irons’ Jared, but he’s not so sure the new Melanie can be trusted.
Since it’s an alien vs human action flick directed by Andrew Niccol, the aesthetics are more cerebral and rather muted, making the action scenes look somewhat awkward, at least as far as we can see from this new trailer. Let’s hope the human relationship drama is stronger and the beautiful young cast has some chemistry, but given how big of a disappointment Niccol’s last film “In Time” was, we are keeping our expectations lowered for this one.
“The Host” will be released on March 29, 2013 and the trailer can be viewed below.