November 7, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
Deadline reports that “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington is set to star in “Spooks: The Greater Good,” a film adaptation of the long-running hit British spy series, also known as “MI-5″ in the United States.
Harington will join Jennifer Ehle and former “Spooks” star Peter Firth as ex-MI5 operative Will Crombie, who is brought back in by the Deputy Chief (Ehle) to find out how terrorist Adam Qasim escaped custody during a routine handover and why Head of Counterterrorism Harry Pearce (Firth) disappeared soon afterward. Also Harry’s former protégé, Crombie uncovers a conspiracy that runs from Vietnam to the Mediterranean as an impending attack on London looms. “Spooks” writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent have penned the script, and the film begins shooting in early 2014 with Bharat Nalluri, the originating director on the series, behind the helm.
Best known as Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones,” now filming its fourth season, Harington will next be seen in fantasy adaptation “The Seventh Son” opposite Alicia Vikander and Ben Barnes as well as Paul W. S. Anderson’s period action flick “Pompeii” opposite Emily Browning.
August 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Swedish rising star Alicia Vikander is really cornering the market on historical romances. The star of “Anna Karenina” and “A Royal Affair” is poised to headline another, this one set at the onset of World War I. Screen Daily reports Vikander is in talks to join “Ali and Nino”, based on the novel by Kurban Said.
Asif Kapadia is on board to direct from a script by Christopher Hampton, which is currently in the early stages (read: it’ll probably be a while before this one starts filming). Said’s novel, originally published in German in 1937, follows Azerbaijani youth Ali Khan Shirvanshir, a descendent of a noble Muslim family who falls for Nino, a Georgian princess. The story follows the two star-crossed lovers over a number of years as they traverse religious and societal opposition and more dramatic obstacles like kidnapping and war.
One of our Breakout Stars of 2012, Vikander arrived on the scene in Hollywood thanks to the on-two punch of Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” and Danish Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair”, and has been landing increasingly impressive stateside jobs ever since. She’s wrapped Bill Condon’s Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” and crime thriller “Son of a Gun” opposite Ewan McGregor, and will next be seen in sorcery actioner “The Seventh Son” with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. Also on the docket: the long-gestating reboot of spy comedy “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, and another period romance (of course): 17th century-set “Tulip Fever”, which may also star Matthias Schoenaerts.
July 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After dropping the first trailer on us yesterday, fantasy epic “The Seventh Son” is now entering a marketing push leading up to its second Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20th (it already had one two years ago, in 2011). Today, the first poster from the film has been released, featuring a presumably minor character, played by “Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington.
Ben Barnes plays the titular Seventh Son here, as the apprentice fated to assist Jeff Bridges in his defeat of the evil witches led by Julianne Moore, falling for Alicia Vikander’s beautiful and benevolent witch along the way. Of course, many apprentices have tried and failed at the task before him, and Harington plays one such unfortunate pupil. His fate is pretty well spoiled in the trailer, though we’re not ruling out twists and surprises.
Expect more character posters to drop between now and the Legendary panel in San Diego in a little over a week. “The Seventh Son”, after many delays, has finally settled on a January 14th, 2014 release date. See the first poster featuring Harington below.
July 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Talk about long-gestating! “The Seventh Son” cast its young leads back at the beginning of 2011 and filming took place in the beginning of 2012, but over two years later and…. we’re still several months away from its release. Further bad news: The release date it finally landed on is in the barren desert of January 2014. There might be cause for concern here, but for now, the first trailer has dropped.
Ben Barnes plays the seventh son of the seventh son, which means he’s The One to help Jeff Bridges take on the evil witches, led by Julianne Moore, who are also apparently part dragon. Lots of Medieval battles go down, and Barnes meets a beautiful young witch in Alicia Vikander, who tries to convince him that not all witches are evil. The footage looks like standard period fantasy action flick stuff to me, and really dark (screen brightness-wise), so we’ll see how Barnes’ second attempt at leading a big budget blockbuster fares.
Watch the trailer below and let us know your thoughts: Is “The Seventh Son” worth the wait?
May 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Fast rising Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has landed another high profile role, this time the female lead in Guy Ritchie’s reboot of spy comedy “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” starring Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer.
This is the 1960s buddy cop comedy style spy series that Warner Bros has been trying to put together for the big screen for some time, with previous iterations featuring Soderbergh behind the camera, Clooney in front, etc. Cruise is taking the Napoleon Solo role, with Hammer in line for his sidekick Illya Kuryakin. The two work for United Network Command for Law Enforcement (or U.N.C.L.E.) and use their charm, wit and advanced spy technology on missions. Vikander is taking the role a British agent with U.N.C.L.E. who “has a thing for cars.” She will be an original character who did not appear in the original TV series. And if she has to be someone’s love interest, we are just praying it’ll be Hammer.
One of our Breakout Stars of 2012, Vikander arrived on the scene in Hollywood thanks to the on-two punch of Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” and Danish Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair”, and has been landing increasingly impressive stateside jobs ever since. She’s wrapped Bill Condon’s Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” and crime thriller “Son of a Gun” opposite Ewan McGregor, and will next be seen in sorcery actioner “The Seventh Son” with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
February 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
International rising stars Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites are heading Down Under for thriller “Son of a Gun”, which already stars Ewan McGregor, according to Deadline.
Julius Avery begins directing the film later this month in Australia, which is described as “a visceral, tautly paced heist thriller, centers on a complex relationship between Australia’s public enemy No. 1 (McGregor) and his young protégé (Thwaites).” Polish actor Jacek Koman has also joined the cast in an unspecified role.
Vikander will hop on board the shoot after she finishes filming Bill Condon’s Wikileaks film “The Fifth Estate” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl, which is now in production in Germany. The Swedish actress broke out big in 2012 thanks to the one-two punch of Danish Foreign Language Oscar nominee “A Royal Affair” and Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina”, in which she played a scene-stealing Kitty. This year she’ll also be seen in sorcery epic “The Seventh Son”, starring opposite Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
Thwaites, who frequently shows up on various shortlists for upcoming high profile projects, was most recently was seen in Lifetime’s remake “Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”, will next be seen opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty redo “Maleficent” as well as indie horror “Oculus” opposite “Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan.
December 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Bill Condon continues to build an impressive cast for his still untitled film about the founding of Wikileaks and its controversial leader, Julian Assange. With British actor Benedict Cumberbatch set as Assange and German actor Daniel Bruhl as his right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Variety now reports Swedish rising star Alicia Vikander has joined the cast as well.
The Dreamworks film is taking its source material from Domscheit-Berg’s “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website” and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke Harding, British journalists who worked at The Guardian and helped Assanage publish his first findings. Vikander will play a co-worker and eventual love interest of Domscheit-Berg’s. Production is aiming for a January start.
Vikander first caught our attention back in 2010 when she was shortlisted for “Snow White and the Huntsman”, and has since proven on screen what filmmakers initially saw in the unknown actress. This year she puts in two awards-worthy performances, in Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” and the Danish Foreign-Language Oscar entry “A Royal Affair” and she’ll get her first crack at studio fare when she stars opposite Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in next year’s “The Seventh Son.” She also may get a chance to play a fairy tale princess after all as she is one of three contenders Mark Romanek is considering to be his “Cinderella.”
December 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Perhaps Warner Bros’ own answer to “the next Harry Potter”, the first image from historical fantasy epic “The Seventh Son” has arrived today via USA Today. Ben Barnes – replacing Sam Claflin – plays Tom, a young 18th century sorcery apprentice of Jeff Bridges, who is ancient and benevolent and has struggled for centuries in a fight against Julianne Moore’s evil witch.
The cast also features rising Swedish star Alicia Vikander as a young half-witch named Alice, though we have no images of her just yet. She, along with Claflin, beat out a slew of contenders for the role after extensive chemistry tests. With Barnes replacing Claflin, we can only hope chemistry was still a priority for director Sergei Bodrov and the other filmmakers.
“The Seventh Son” will be released on October 18, 2013 and the first full photo of Barnes and Bridges can be viewed below. Check out USA Today for an additional dramatic image of Moore’s character.
June 7, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The summer months are here so it’s time to watch TV show actors and actresses hang up their small screen character for a few months and try on some big screen shoes instead.
One such actor making the most of his time away from HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is Kit Harington, who is currently filming WB’s “The Seventh Son”, starring opposite Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander.
Now Screen Daily reports that Harington has signed on to play opposite Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”) in the psychological thriller “Greenland Time“. Scripted by David Newman and Catherine Linstrum, the pair will also direct, making this their directorial debut.
Set to start filming later this year, the film follows Farmiga’s character, a woman who is “out for revenge on the man who killed her daughter in a hit-and-run accident.”
March 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The good news: one of my most anticipated upcoming projects that had seemed DOA a couple of months ago, may now be back on. Variety first reported that Warner Bros has tentatively revived David Dobkin’s Arthurian legend actioner “Arthur and Lancelot”, but here’s the bad news: rising stars Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman, who had been set to take on the roles of Arthur and Lancelot, respectively, are now both out due to new scheduling conflicts as a result of the delay. The film had been set to begin shooting in January for a projected March 15, 2013 release, but all of that is out the window now.
The studio is now talking to a bigger star to take the lead, with THR reporting that the roguish and charming Colin Farrell is eyeing the role of Lancelot. Plot details are allegedly under wraps, but earlier reports indicated this incarnation sees Arthur as an orphan being raised by a poor knight in a small village while Lancelot is a nobleman disgruntled with the current state of politics. Dobkin has said it revolves around “the birth of democracy as a concept and it’s positing Arthur as the first man to say all men are created equal.”
After the delay and seeming cancellation of “Arthur and Lancelot”, Harington went on to join Warner Bros’ “The Seventh Son” and is currently filming season 2 of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” Kinnaman’s career is going even better, having recently landed the lead in MGM’s “Robocop” reboot. He, too, is back at work on the second season of his own hit series, AMC’s “The Killing.”