October 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Boyd Holbrook and Rhys Wakefield are amongst the cast signing on for indie drama “Cardboard Boxer,” according to Variety.
Macy Gray, Thomas Haden Church and Terrence Howard are also in the film written and directed by Knate Gwaltney. The story follows a homeless man living on LA’s Skid Row who finds himself the target of rich, trouble-making teenagers who stop buy to pay the homeless to fight each other for their enjoyment. Ick, but presumably Holbrook and Wakefield are amongst the teen characters.
Holbrook is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and has been building up a steady stream of credits, most recently YA adaptation “The Host” opposite Saoirse Ronan. His upcoming projects are a bit more impressive, with roles in Terrence Malick’s latest opposite Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender, David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and two Liam Neeson thrillers, “Run All Night” and “A Walk Among the Tombstones.”
Wakefield, last seen as one of the home invaders terrorizing Ethan Hawke in “The Purge,” starred on famed Aussie soap “Home and Away” and James Cameron’s “Sanctum.” He recently wrapped the “Endless Love” remake opposite Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as well as thriller “A Relative Stranger” starring James Badge Dale.
September 19, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We probably all could have called this one, but Latino Review confirms it with sources: Saoirse Ronan has gone in for a meeting or an audition for an unspecified role in “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Meanwhile, Bleeding Cool takes it one step further, reporting it is indeed the lead role in the film that she met for.
Given their similar ages and even appearance, it may stand to reason that Ronan went in for the same role that Rachel Hurd-Wood also read for last month. What does this tell us? Naturally, that they are probably among hundreds of other similarly aged young actresses vying for the role and neither are close to being cast yet. Bleeding Cool also points out that there are at least two major roles for young actresses, so there is more opportunity here than most movies offer. Filming is slated to begin in early 2014 so JJ Abrams and Co. still have some time to find their perfect cast.
If Ronan is indeed up for the lead role in the new “Star Wars,” those rumors of her turning down the Scarlet Witch role in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (paving the way for Elizabeth Olsen to snag it) suddenly begin to make a lot more sense. Ronan definitely needs a hit because while she’s a proven talent (“Atonement,” “Hanna”), recently she’s been hit with a string of duds like YA adaptation “The Host” and teenage assassin actioner “Violet & Daisy.” She’s got some prestige projects in the works though, including the lead role in Wes Anderson’s next, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut “How to Catch a Monster.”
September 10, 2013 | Posted by Stacy Radtke
Boyd Holbrook, one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, has landed himself two new roles, according to Deadline. He’ll play Collin, the son of Ed Harris’ character, in the WB’s thriller “Run All Night” also starring Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman. This is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (“Orphan”, “House of Wax”).
Holbrook has also bagged the role of kidnapper Jeff in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” for Fox opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Others such as Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris have also recently joined the novel adaption. “Gone Girl” is a contemporary thriller novel by American writer Gillian Flynn.
We last saw Holbrook in “The Host” and his upcoming films include “Little Accidents” with Elizbaeth Banks, “A Walk Amoung The Tombstones” with Neeson, Terrence Malick’s Texas-set untitled drama with Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara, and “Skeleton Twins” with Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
September 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Gemma Arterton has talked freely about the myriad of in development projects she is attached to, and many of them have never come to fruition, but it looks like one finally will. Variety is reporting “The Keys to the Street,” one of Christopher Nolan’s first screenplays, adapted from the novel by Ruth Rendell, is finally happening.
The film, co-written by Nolan and Michael Stokes, now has a director, Julius Sevcik, and Arterton has two new co-stars, Tim Roth and Max Irons. Filming is set to begin in the first quarter of 2014 with Arterton in the role of a woman who accepts a house-sitting gig in an attempt to escape from her violent husband (Roth). Amidst a string of ghastly murders in the neighborhood, she begins an affair with Irons’ character.
Arterton is most known for modestly successful actioners like “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and “Clash of the Titans” and was most recently seen in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” opposite Jeremy Renner, British musical drama “Song for Marion,” and Neil Jordan’s vampire saga “Byzantium” with Saoirse Ronan. She recently wrapped psychological thriller “The Voices” opposite Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick.
Irons is coming off of YA alien invasion actioner “The Host” and BBC miniseries “The White Queen.” He recently wrapped Lone Scherfig’s ensemble drama “Posh,” based on the controversial play, opposite Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth.
July 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Kenny Wormald and Jake Abel have joined the cast of indie drama “Love and Mercy”, according to The Wrap. The biopic follows legendary Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson. Paul Dano will play Wilson as a young man, while John Cusack will portray him in later years. Wormald will play Beach Boys member and Brian’s younger brother Dennis Wilson, while Abel will play their cousin and the group’s lyricist Mike Love. Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks co-star.
The movie, written by Oren Moverman and to be directed by Bill Pohlad, will span decades and follow “the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Rather than a bio pic, the film will take an unconventional look at seminal moments in Wilson’s life, his artistic genius, his profound struggles, and the love that kept him alive.” The film also has the blessing of Wilson himself. “I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career,” he says in the press release. Oscar-winning composer Atticus Ross will create the “soundscape” for the film, which will undoubtedly feature some of the band’s most iconic songs.
Wormald broke out as the star of 2011′s “Footloose” remake opposite Julianne Hough and Miles Teller, and has wrapped a slew of indies, including “God Only Knows” with Leighton Meester and Ben Barnes, “Cavemen” with Skylar Astin and Alexis Knapp and “Kid Cannabis” with Jonathan Daniel Brown. Abel played Ian O’Shea opposite Saoirse Ronan in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer novel “The Host” and will soon be seen reprising his role as Luke in “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.”
June 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Busy rising star Boyd Holbrook has booked a pair of upcoming roles, according to The Wrap. The Kentucky-born model turned actor has joined troubled Western “Jane Got a Gun” opposite Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, as well as indie drama “Little Accidents” in which he’ll play the lead role opposite Elizabeth Banks.
Holbrook will shoot the already filming “Jane” first for director Gavin O’Connor. After a serious case of cast and crew musical chairs, lensing is now underway in New Mexico on the tale of a woman (Portman) who must defend her home after a violent gang of outlaws (led by McGregor) pursues her injured husband. She turns to an ex-lover (Edgerton) for help. Holbrook will play McGregor’s younger brother, presumably another member of his gang.
In “Little Accidents”, Holbrook will play a young coal miner who survives a tragic accident that killed all 12 other miners. Banks will play a woman whose son went missing in the accident and turns to Holbrook’s character for comfort. The Wrap also notes the role may have personal poinancy for Holbrook whose father was a coal miner. Sara Colangelo wrote and will direct “Little Accidents”, adapted from her own Sundance award-winning short film.
Holbook is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013, with roles in Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi actioner “The Host” starring Saoirse Ronan, Naomi Foner’s Sundance premiere “Very Good Girls” opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning, Scott Cooper’s revenge thriller “Out of the Furnace” with Christian Bale and Terrence Malick’s untitled Texas-set romantic drama opposite Portman and Michael Fassbender on the docket this year.
May 19, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: We somehow missed this report from last month, but Britain’s The Daily Mail reports “The Borgias” actress Holliday Grainger is in talks for one of the few female roles in the film, while Emma Watson also met with the director but ultimately couldn’t take a different role. Daily Mail also updates Robert Pattinson has passed on the project.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The gang’s almost all here. After initial reports of negotiations in March, British actors Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) and Douglas Booth (“Jupiter Ascending”) have now officially joined Max Irons (“The Host”) in Lone Scherfig’s adaptation of Laura Wade’s 2010 play “Posh”, according to THR. Filming begins next month.
Laura Wade’s 2010 hit play of the same name concerned The Riot Club, a fictional version of The Bullingdon Club, an exclusive society at Oxford University to which such prominent British figures as Prime Minister David Cameron belonged. The entire play is set over the course of one evening when the ten members of the club have their termly dinner. As their President, James, considers leaving his post, the other boys jocky for position, leading to tragic consequences.
Claflin is in Cannes promoting “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, in which he plays fan favorite character Finnick Odair. He previously appeared in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Booth will next appear opposite Hailee Steinfeld in Carlo Carlei’s new adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” and is currently filming the Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic “Jupiter Ascending.”
April 9, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Stars of “The Host” and “Harry Potter” are crossing paths. It was announced today that Jake Abel and Tom Felton have signed on to star in true life historical tale “Ghosts of the Pacific”, along with seasoned actor Garret Dillahunt.
Producer Brian Falk will be making his directorial debut on the film, which follows three WWII soldiers who are cast adrift on the Pacific Ocean when they are forced to ditch their plane. Dillahunt plays pilot Harold Dixon, Felton bombardier Tony Pastula, and Abel radioman Gene Aldrich. Based on real events, the three are virtual strangers when assigned to go on a scouting mission together in 1942, and must rely on each other for survival when they are stranded in a yellow raft with no food, water or supplies. Filming begins on April 15th at Baja Studios in Mexico, home of the largest outdoor water tank in the world which was built for James Cameron’s “Titanic.”
Felton played the villainous Draco Malfoy in all eight of the “Harry Potter” movies, and was most recently seen in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and horror “The Apparition.” He has wrapped up shooting on period dramas “Therese” opposite Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Isaac and “Belle” with Sarah Gadon and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Abel is coming off the slightly less successful YA adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host” and will have another on his hands as he reprises his role as Luke in “Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters”, out this August.
March 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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March 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Host” star Max Irons is the first actor to be confirmed to be joining Lone Scherfig’s adaptation of hit play “Posh”, according to THR. On Friday Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth and Robert Pattinson were first reported to be in various stages of discussions with the production about taking four of the ten or so roles available.
THR also echos the original report that Pattinson, out of all the actors, is the least solidified, indicating “he’s being circled more than he’s circling” the project. Laura Wade’s 2010 hit play of the same name concerned The Riot Club, a fictional version of The Bullingdon Club, an exclusive society at Oxford University to which such prominent British figures as Prime Minister David Cameron belonged. The entire play is set over the course of one evening when the ten members of the club have their termly dinner. As their President, James, considers leaving his post, the other boys jocky for position, leading to tragic consequences. No word on who Irons will play, though we initially heard he is in talks for one of the lead roles.
The son of legendary actor Jeremy Irons, the younger Irons has quickly racked up a teen heartthrob reputation thanks to roles in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Red Riding Hood” fairy tale redo opposite Amanda Seyfried and the upcoming alien invasion action romance “The Host” opposite Saoirse Ronan, based on “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s novel. He recently wrapped up filming on BBC miniseries “The White Queen”, which will premiere later this year.