December 6, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
in Television, TV Casting
Let’s get this straight. “The Tomorrow People” already have Jedikiah and now The Founder hot on their trails, but soon, per TVGuide, James Landry Hébert will be joining the series as a powerful new baddie who can teleport and read minds. Sounds like staying alive is about to get a lot harder.
Known as The Wraith, which means ghost or shadow and can’t be anything good, he’ll not only push the Tomorrow People’s powers to the max as they try escape his murderous clutches, but also make them wonder what exactly makes one of their species a killer. Is it only through experimentation, ala leader John, or could they be naturally evolving into something regular humans fear most.
Hébert is no stranger to playing bad guys, having appeared in this year’s “Gangster Squad” as Mitch Racine, as well as 2012′s “Looper” and “Seven Psychopaths.” Yet, he’s also hopped over to the law side of things with roles as cops in TNT’s new miniseries “Mob City” and J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8.” He’ll next be seen in thriller “Two Step” and Tyler Shields drama “Outlaw.”
August 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“X-Men” star Lucas Till and “Super 8″‘s Joel Courtney, along with 80s teen icon Ally Sheedy, have been cast in indie teen drama “Sins of Our Youth”, according to Deadline.
Character details are vague, but the film follows four teenage boys who accidentally kill a younger boy while shooting off rifles. When they try to cover up the crime, things get even worse for them. Gary Entin is directing the film from a script by his brother Edmund Entin. Filming is scheduled to begin this week in and around Los Angeles.
Till is currently reprising his role as Havok in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and was last seen bullying Mia Wasikowska in Park Chan-wook’s “Stoker.” While he often shows up on shortlists for high profile roles, he sticks mostly to indies, recently wrapping “The Curse of Downer’s Grove” opposite Bella Heathcote, horror “Random” with Haley Bennett and Ashley Greene and currently filming drama “Strings.” This month he has a supporting role opposite Liam Hemsworth in corporate espionage thriller “Paranoia.”
Since his breakout role in JJ Abrams’ “Super 8,” Courtney has wrapped shooting on a quartet of indies, “The Between” with Isabelle Fuhrman, period drama “Dear Eleanor,” a new adaptation of “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” and Stephen King adaptation “Mercy.”
June 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Mint! Indie coming of age drama “The Measure of a Man” has found its lead in 14-year-old Riley Griffiths, who played one of the scene-stealing youths in JJ Abrams’ alien invasion actioner “Super 8″ in 2011. Furthermore, Deadline reports, “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks has also joined the cast as Griffith’s character’s mother.
Terry Loane will direct the adaptation based on the novel “One Fat Summer” by Robert Lipsyte. “Measure of a Man” follows Bobby Marks (Griffiths), a chubby and often bullied teenager, who finds spending the summer at a family lake house sheer torture, until he transforms himself into a confident young man. “The Master” star Madisen Beaty was the first to be cast, taking the role of Michelle, Bobby’s sister who’s used to the spotlight and getting her own way. Hendrick’s character is going through marriage troubles brought on by a new career path. David Scearce adapted the coming of age novel for the big screen.
Griffiths played Charles, the fast-talking wannabe filmmaker friend to Joel Courtney’s Joe in JJ Abrams’ family-friendly alien invasion action flick “Super 8″ in 2011, which also marked Griffiths’ acting debut. “Measure of a Man” will mark only his second film, but don’t worry, he’s only 14 so he’s just getting started. He’s also filmed one episode of youth-driven horror series “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” Hendricks plays Joan on AMC series “Mad Men” and is currently filming the lead role in “Drive” co-star Ryan Gosling’s feature directorial debut “How to Catch a Monster.”
August 15, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Elle Fanning will star in the big screen adaptation of Kevin Henkes’ award-winning Young Adult novel “Olive’s Ocean”, according to Deadline. Producers behind the still in development project has just set Christina Hammonds Reed to adapt the screenplay.
Fanning will play Martha, a normal 12 year old girl who gets her first real taste of growing up when she’s handed a page out of the journal of a classmate recently killed in a car accident. Olive wanted to be a writer, just like Martha and also thought of Martha as “the nicest person in my whole entire class.” A summer of soul searching and coming of age follows as she vacations with her family on Cape Cod.
Fanning seems to have been instrumental in bringing this project together, as producer Donald Rosenfeld optioned the rights while working on “Effie” with Fanning’s older sister Dakota. He asked the younger Fanning what her favorite book was, and now she’ll get to star in the movie. Boy, I guess it’s not easy growing up anywhere! “I haven’t worked with a more dedicated actor than Dakota and can’t wait to work with Elle,” Rosenfeld tells Deadline. “There is such talent, they are young but they are old souls.”
At the tender age of 14 Fanning has already proven herself a capable and versatile actress. She won raves for her performance as a small town girl and budding young actress in JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s alien adventure caper “Super 8″ and went just about 180 in the opposite direction in Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental gothic tale “Twixt.” Another altogether different performance showed up in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo”, and she’ll next head to TIFF for the premiere of British coming of age drama “Ginger and Rosa.” She’s currently playing the slumbering princess in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty remake “Maleficent”, with Angelina Jolie in the title role.
April 10, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
At only 13 years old, Elle Fanning has already tackled comedy, drama, horror and action on the big screen, and now it looks like she’ll give musicals a try. Variety reports the younger Fanning sister – move over, Dakota – is in negotiations to star in musical “God Help the Girl”, the passion project of Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of indie folk band Belle and Sebastian. Additionally, British rising star Olly Alexander is joining the cast as well. Both young thesps were cast after an extensive international search that spanned 3 years.
The film has long been in the works since 2003 when Murdoch wrote some “girl group” sounding songs that eventually led to the release of a concept album of the same name. The story follows a young woman named Eve who drops out of college and works a mundane job while dreaming of becoming a singer/songwriter. Alexander will play James, Eve’s guitarist accompaniment while Fanning will play a young aspiring guitar player named Cass, who James mentors and who tags along with the duo to their various gigs. The female lead of Eve has not been cast but presumably will not be played by singer Catherine Ireton, who sang Eve’s songs on the concept album. Murdoch has written the script and will make his directorial debut when “God Help the Girl” begins filming in June on location in Glasgow.
Alexander’s screen credits have been piling up and include Jane Campion’s “Bright Star”, “Enter the Void” and Mike Newell’s upcoming “Great Expectations”, in which he plays Herbert Pocket opposite Jeremy Irvine as Pip. Fanning won raves for her performance as a small town girl and budding young actress in JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s alien adventure caper “Super 8″ and went just about 180 in the opposite direction in Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental gothic tale “Twixt.” Another altogether different performance showed up in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo”, and she most recently wrapped up playing a 1960s peace-loving flower child in British family drama “Bomb.” Immediately following “God Help the Girl” she’ll go head to head with Angelina Jolie as she plays Sleeping Beauty to Jolie’s “Maleficent.”
March 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Well, Hollywood is so not over fairy tales yet (even though audiences may be), and today, a big piece of casting news on one of the more high profile fairy tale adaptations. Angelina Jolie has long been attached to play the titular evil queen in Disney’s “Malificent” and now Twitch Film reports young rising star Elle Fanning is in talks to play the princess she terrorizes. That would be Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty.
At one point a directing vehicle for Tim Burton, it will now be helmed by Robert Stromberg, with Jolie staying on. While plot details are probably still being worked out, we can only assume that, in the vein of Broadway success “Wicked”, it’ll tell the story of the princess who falls into a 100 year slumber after pricking her finger on a cursed spinning wheel, from the perspective of Jolie’s Malificent and perhaps make the once one-dimensional villain somewhat more sympathetic. Though we can’t help but think how awesome a bad-ass unrepentant sorceress would be in Jolie’s hands. And as for the beautiful and innocent princess who’s nowhere near as well developed as some of her fairy tale counterparts, the doll-like Fanning seems perfectly cast.
That’s not to say Fanning is just a pretty face. At the tender age of 14 she’s already proven herself a capable and versatile actress. She won raves for her performance as a small town girl and budding young actress in JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s alien adventure caper “Super 8″ and went just about 180 in the opposite direction in Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental gothic tale “Twixt.” Another altogether different performance showed up in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo”, and she’ll next head to the 1960s to play a peace-loving flower child in British family drama “Bomb.”
February 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Seriously, this movie just gets better and better. With Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow behind the camera and a cast that already included Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez, the latest bit of news feels like an answer to the question “What do you give the movie that already has everything?” How about a little dash of Coach Taylor? Deadline reports “Friday Night Lights” star Kyle Chandler is the latest to join the cast on the topical untitled Navy SEALs thriller previously titled “Kill Bin Laden.”
The secretive filmmakers won’t comment on any of the actors who have been cast so far, but Deadline reports Chandler will be playing a CIA agent. Edgerton, Clarke and Pratt play SEALS, while Chastain will be a military analyst. Strong and Ramirez’s roles are unknown. Though the film had been in development for a couple of years (and originally revolved around an unsuccessful earlier assassination attempt on the Al Qaeda leader), it became a top priority when Osama Bin Laden was really killed by Navy SEAL Team 6 last year in a covert operation. Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are expected to rewrite the ending of their film to reflect the thrilling new development. Filming is imminent with a release date already set for December 19, 2012.
November 28, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
One of our favorite TV shows “Friday Night Lights” recently finished after five brilliant seasons, and ended on a high note – Kyle Chandler finally won a much deserved Best Actor Emmy for his beloved role as Coach Eric Taylor. But, as we discussed on our podcast two weeks ago, it can sometimes be hard for TV actors to move into films. For Chandler, the transition is proving easy, as the actor has now lined up a role in Allen Hughes’ “Broken City.”
Starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe, the film follows Wahlberg’s detective, who is hired by a powerful politician (Crowe) to identify his wife’s lover. However, the lover is soon found dead. Also featuring Barry Pepper as a mayoral candidate, Chandler will play “the nuts and bolts component of [Barry's] political team, the kind of guy who’s a star in his own right but prefers working behind the scenes.”
Since beginning work in 2006 on “Friday Night Lights”, Chandler has only found time to star in a few films, including 2008′s “The Day The Earth Stood Still” with Keanu Reeves and this year’s box office hit “Super 8.” Post-”Lights”, he recently wrapped wartime drama “Argo”, which has Ben Affleck in the director’s chair as well as in front of the camera.
November 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Elle Fanning and Alessandro Nivolo have signed on for indie drama “Bomb”, according to Deadline. Sally Potter wrote the screenplay and will direct the film set in the tumultuous 1960s. Fanning plays a rebellious teenager “who wants to save the world from nuclear annihilation, but as the cold war meets the sexual revolution, it’s her family that threatens to explode.” Nivolo will be a charismatic writer in London who has an affair with his daughter’s best friend, straining their relationship. It’s unclear if Fanning is his daughter, her friend, or someone else altogether.
Potter says of Fanning: “Elle has a subtlety and range beyond her years. Her unaffected enthusiasm for work is a joy. She can move you to tears and then light up the room with her radiant smile, the perfect presence at the center of this volatile story.” UPDATE: The Daily Mail adds that newcomer Australian actress Alice Englert has also joined the cast, playing Alice, the boy crazy best friend of Fanning’s brainy character Ginger. Presumably this means Nivolo will have an affair with Alice, making Ginger the daughter of the unraveling family.
Fanning, one of our faces to watch in 2011, certainly hasn’t disappointed and has unquestionably stepped out from big sister Dakota’s shadow. She won raves for her performance as a small town girl and budding young actress in JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s alien adventure caper “Super 8″ and went just about 180 in the opposite direction in Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental gothic tale “Twixt.” She’s got one more high profile project still to come this year, playing a young employee in Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo.”
October 10, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like the folks over at the Hollywood Awards love up and comers as much as we do. Already giving awards to Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Breakthrough Actor), Jessica Chastain (Breakthrough Actress) and Felicity Jones (New Hollywood), the annual ceremony will also honor Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo of “The Artist”, Elle Fanning of “Super 8″, Amber Heard of “The Rum Diary”, Anton Yelchin of “Like Crazy”, Andrea Riseborough of “W.E.” and Shailene Woodley of “The Descendents” with the Hollywood Spotlight Award, intended to highlight promising up and coming actors who gave breakthrough performances this year in film.
Carey Mulligan, who took home Breakthrough Actress for “An Education” in 2009, will also be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award for her role as wayward sister to Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed “Shame”, as well as a desperate young mother opposite Ryan Gosling in Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive.”
“It is a privilege to honor Carey Mulligan, Bérénice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, Elle Fanning, Amber Heard, Andrea Riseborough, Shaileen Woodley and Anton Yelchin for their great talent,” Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the event, tells THR. Other actors given awards at the gala ceremony on October 24th include Michelle Williams for Best Actress for her role in “My Week with Marilyn”, Christopher Plummer for Supporting Actor for “Beginners” and Glenn Close for Career Achievement, but mostly for her passion project “Albert Nobbs.” The big ones, Director and Actor, will be announced later this week.