April 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“War Horse” star Jeremy Irvine is set to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Radcliffe, signing on to star in the sequel to the film that proved to be a success for Radcliffe’s post-Harry Potter career. “The Woman in Black: Angel of Death”, takes place 40 years after the events that terrorized a Victorian British village in the original, and British actress Phoebe Fox will star opposite Irvine in the World War II set horror.
The creepy Eel Marsh House at the center of the original film is back, as the British government seizes the long abandoned property to house evacuated children, which awakens the ghostly presence that resides there. Tom Harper will direct and had this to say about his cast: “Jeremy and Phoebe are fantastic actors to continue The Woman in Black’s chilling tale. I’m looking forward to working with them both on the film and can’t wait to start shooting with the pair.”
Irvine was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg to headline his “War Horse”, which eventually went on to earn six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. He has since starred in Mike Newell’s new adaptation of “Great Expectations” as well as upcoming WWII drama “The Railway Man”, in which he plays a younger version of Colin Firth. He’s currently filming Ron Rash adaptation “The World Made Straight” opposite Minka Kelly.
Fox had a bit part in Anne Hathaway-Jim Sturgess romantic drama “One Day” and is a regular on series “Switch.”
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star in “The World Made Straight”, a thriller based on Ron Rash’s novel of the same name, according to Variety.
David Burris will direct the film which follows Irvine’s character Travis, who is a high school dropout. When he happens upon a marijuana field, he steals some and sells them to a disgraced former teacher turned drug dealer (presumably to be played by Morgan), eventually moving in with him and his druggie girlfriend (presumably Kelly). The film is set, like all of Rash’s stories, in a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a brutal Civil War massacre. Filming is scheduled for later this year. Rash’s novel “Serena” was also recently adapted by Susanna Bier, with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the lead roles.
Irvine was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg to headline his “War Horse”, which eventually went on to earn six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. He has since starred in Mike Newell’s new adaptation of “Great Expectations” as well as WWII drama “The Railway Man”, in which he plays a younger version of Colin Firth. Irvine is presumably still in the running for the male lead in teen franchise adaptation “Divergent” opposite Shailene Wodley.
Kelly, of NBC series “Friday Night Lights” fame, recently completed work playing Jackie Kennedy for Lee Daniels’ historical drama “The Butler.”
October 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actor Sam Reid is set to play a “rebellious prophet” in indie Australian thriller “The Second Coming”, according to Deadline, and he will be joined by Aussie actress Sarah Snook.
Filming begins in early 2013 Down Under on the film based on the novel Andrew Masterson. Reid plays Joe Panther, “a psychotic, alcoholic, violent, substance-abusing heroin dealer. He is also, he believes, Joshua Ben Pantera, born two thousand years ago, the son of Mary and the Lord God Yaweh Himself, not dead yet, the crucified Jesus: still around, abandoned by his Father, abused by the world, and as pissed off as hell.” David Barker adapted the script and will direct, and Snook is set to play a friend of Panther’s.
Reid was last seen in Roland Emmerich’s Shakespearean thriller “Anonymous”, and recently wrapped up shooting on “The Railway Man” opposite Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine, and “Serena” opposite Jennifer Lawernce and Bradley Cooper. He’s currently filming British piece “Belle”, and will segue to “The Second Coming” right after.
Snook was one of the final girls in contention for the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and recently wrapped up horror indie “Jessabelle” opposite Mark Webber. She also recently joined the cast of upcoming Australian apocalyptic thriller “These Final Hours.”
September 10, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Not all “The Hunger Games” fans may have been pleased with Sam Claflin joining the cast of the hotly anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire“, but for one lucky actor it’s been a blessing.
Deadline reports that Sam Reid, a British actor who also studied at LAMDA where Claflin graduated in 2009, has taken the lead role in the historical drama, “Belle“, after Clafin was forced to exit due to scheduling conflicts.
The film, directed by Amma Asante, is based on the true story about a mixed-race young woman raised as an aristocratic lady in Great Britain at the end of the 18th Century, set against the backdrop of a legal case concerning the end of slavery in England. Fellow British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw will play the titular character, full name Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay, while Canadian Sarah Gadon, most recently seen on screen in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” will play her cousin. Reid will take the lead male character, John Daviner, a man of high social standing who Dido falls in love with.
The film also stars Miranda Richardson, Tom Wilkinson and Matthew Goode, and production begins at the end of the month.
Reid has recently finished filming on “The Railway Man” with Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine, and stars alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the upcoming “Serena“.
July 23, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Jeremy Irvine recently wrapped filming on “The Railway Man” with Colin Firth but is jumping straight into another production, joining road movie “A Night in Old Mexico“.
The pic is set to begin shooting today in Texas and it will be the sophomore effort of Spanish director Emilio Aragon. From a script by Bill Wittliff, the film follows the developing relationship between Irvine and his grandfather, to be played by Robert Duvall, and features “action, tragedy and romance.”
Variety reports the film also stars Angie Cepeda, Luis Tosar and Javier Gutierrez.
Irvine was one of 2011′s promising young actors, being discovered by Steven Spielberg to take the lead in the director’s “War Horse” adaptation and then going on to land three other high-profile roles in quick succession, in World War II drama “The Railway Man“, the iconic role of Pip in “Mike Newell’s adap of “Great Expectations“, and joining Dakota Fanning in the “average, melodramatic, teen rom-com” “Now Is Good“.
“War Horse” went on to receive mixed reviews but garnered six Oscar nominations. Irvine has spent recent months in production, with the first stills of “Great Expectations” being released late last year.
October 31, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” doesn’t open for another two months, but his young discovery is wasting no time leveraging his breakout status into more high profile roles. Jeremy Irvine, who was plucked from obscurity by Spielberg personally to headline his WWI epic, has now landed his fourth major film role. THR reports Irvine has been cast as a younger version of Colin Firth’s character in World War II drama “The Railway Man.”
Jonathan Teplitzky directs the film based on the true life memoir of Eric Lomax, who, as a prisoner of war, was forced to work on constructing Japan’s Death Railway, a track which connects Bangkok to what is now Yangon, Myanmar. Lomax, an officer in the British army, was tortured by the Japanese for being a spy and later in life was sought to track down one of his torturers. Firth and Irvine will share the duty of portraying Lomax at various stages of his life.
Though he has acted with the National Youth Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Irvine’s only onscreen credit previous to Spielberg’s discovery was little-known British television series “Life Bites”. Since completing work on “War Horse”, Irvine has also completed filming on teen love story “Now Is Good” opposite Dakota Fanning and is now in production as Pip on Mike Newell’s adaptation of Dickens classic “Great Expectations.” “War Horse” releases in theaters on December 28, 2011.