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.”
May 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Now that Kimberly Pierce has found her titular “Carrie” in Chloe Moretz, the new adaptation of the Stephen King horror classic is beginning to find its supporting cast. According to Deadline, MGM has closed its deal with Julianne Moore to play Carrie’s freakishly religious mother and has cast Carrie’s first classmate in British actress/model Gabriella Wilde.
Shooting will take place later this year with Moretz in the role of Carrie White, a painfully shy and unpopular high school student who is relentlessly bullied by her classmates. Following an especially cruel joke involving pig’s blood at her prom, she manifests telekinetic abilities and begins to exact a murderous revenge on all those who did her wrong. Wilde is in negotiations to play Sue Snell, one of the beautiful, popular girls who initially joins in with the pranks on Carrie, but ultimately has a change of heart. She asks her boyfriend Tommy to ask Carrie to prom in order to make her feel more accepted, though that fateful night doesn’t turn out quite as she expects.
British actress and model Wilde made her acting debut in British cult favorite “St Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold” and was most recently seen as Logan Lerman’s love interest in “The Three Musketeers.” She was shortlisted for the female lead in Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale”, but ultimately lost out to “Downton Abbey” star and fellow Brit Jessica Brown Findlay.
December 9, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like one Linda Lovelace biopic is moving full speed ahead (there are, of course, at least two in the works). Last month Amanda Seyfried signed on to the title role in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s “Lovelace”, replacing Kate Hudson while Peter Sarsgaard also jumped on board to play her pornographer husband Chuck Traynor, replacing James Franco. Now comes word via Variety that the supporting cast is starting to round out, with Juno Temple, West Bentley and Sharon Stone all signing on.
Seyfried will portray the porn star who, “between the birth of the sexual revolution and the culmination of the feminist movement”, became a cross-over celebrity in the mainstream media following the release of the now iconic “Deep Throat.” She later denounced her career in porn, claiming her pornographer husband forced her to star in them, and became a spokeswoman for the anti-pornography movement. Stone will play her mother, Temple her best friend and Bentley her second husband, Larry Marchiano.
Temple recently wrapped a supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s final “Batman” film, “The Dark Knight Rises” and joined the cast of thriller “Magic, Magic” with Michael Cera and Emily Browning. She was recently seen as Queen Anne in the box office bomb “The Three Musketeers 3D” and will has also wrapped up indies like dark comedy “The Brass Teapot” opposite Michael Angarano, lesbian werewolf romance “Jack and Diane”, “A Single Shot” and “Killer Joe.”
November 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Some of our favorite up and comers will be competing against one another for a pair of roles in Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut and passion project, “Winter’s Tale”, from the novel by Mark Helprin, not the Shakespearean classic. The love story will require “chemistry reads” between various combinations of young actors and THR reports among them are Tom Hiddleston, Benjamin Walker, Elizabeth Olsen, Bella Heathcote, Gabriella Wilde and Sarah Gadon. The actors will be reading with one another over this weekend at Warner Bros, the studio behind the project.
Helprin’s 1983 novel takes place in a New York City that is markedly different from the island as we know it. It takes place in the 19th Century and follows a man named Peter Lake. A bad childhood forced him to join a gang and become a thief, only to end up estranged from the group and making a mortal enemy of its leader, Pearly Soames. On a house robbery, Peter meets and falls for the terminally ill Beverly Penn. She becomes the catalyst and the force of change in his life. Russell Crowe is said to be loosely attached to the role of Soames, and another major character is a mythical flying white horse, Athansor, who acts as Peter’s guardian.
Wilde can be see in the new “Three Musketeers” opposite Logan Lerman, while Olsen is gaining raves and Oscar talk for her role in Sundance hit “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Walker will be seen next summer in the title role in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and Hiddlston recently wrapped up reprising his role as “Thor”‘s villainous Loki in “The Avengers.” Heathcote is an Aussie import soon to be seen opposite Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” while Gadon is a David Cronenberg favorite, starring in both “A Dangerous Method” and “Cosmopolis.”
“Winter’s Tale” is aiming for an early 2012 shoot but still needs another major financial backer.
May 15, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Michael Angarano and Juno Temple will weigh desperation against morality in the vein of “The Monkey’s Paw” and “Button, Button” in indie dark comedy/fantasy “The Brass Teapot”, reports Screen Daily from Cannes. The two hot rising stars will play a broke young couple who steal a brass teapot that produces cash every time someone feels pain.
Commercials director Ramaa Mosley makes her feature directorial debut on the film while Tim Macy wrote the screenplay. “We were excited to produce Brass Teapot when it was simply a great script and an ambitious director,” producer Kirk Roos said. “So, it was a super bonus to land an amazing cast on top of an already sexy and smart dark comedy.”
Temple recently landed a pivotal role in Christopher Nolan’s final “Batman” film, “The Dark Knight Rises” and joined the cast of “Magic, Magic” with Michael Cera and Emily Browning. She’ll next be seen as Queen Anne in “The Three Musketeers 3D” and lesbian werewolf thriller “Jack and Diane” opposite fellow up and comer Riley Keough. Angarano was a finalist for the “Spider-Man” reboot and was recently seen in Kevin Smith’s industry-defying horror “Red State” and Max Winkler’s “Ceremony”. He’ll next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated “Haywire”.
“The Brass Teapot” is gearing up for a July shoot in New York City.
May 9, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
He may have lost out on the Bourne reboot, but Luke Evans isn’t struggling to fill his schedule. THR reports from Cannes that the British up and comer will star in indie horror film “No One Lives”, a sort of “The Strangers” in reverse about a gang of criminals who take a young couple into an abandoned house to be tortured, only to have the tables turned on them. Filming will begin on June 13 in New Orleans. No word on who Evans will play or who might join him in the cast. Ryuhei Kitamura, who directed the 2008 horror cult hit “The Midnight Meat Train”, will from a screenplay by David Cohen.
Evans can be seen in two high profile blockbusters later this year, as leader of the Olympians Zeus in Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals”, out November 11 (coincidentally, he played a different Greek God, Apollo, in 2010′s “Clash of the Titans”), and as Aramis in a new adaptation of “The Three Musketeers 3D”, out on October 14. Evans is also said be so good in “The Raven” opposite John Cusack that producers developed an action film just for him to star in.
April 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Up and comer Logan Lerman is gearing up for a busy second half of 2011 after 2010′s “Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief” failed to ignite his career the way some had anticipated. He has just signed on for the lead role in indie dramedy “The Only Living Boy in New York”, according to Deadline.
“Horrible Bosses” helmer Seth Gordon will direct the picture, described as a twisted coming of age tale about a young man who discovers his father is having an affair and tries to stop it, but ends up getting involved with the mistress himself. The film is gearing up for a fall shoot, presumably after Lerman completes filming on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” opposite “Harry Potter” superstar Emma Watson. “Perks” is gearing up for a July shoot.
Lerman, who first caught audiences’ eyes as a youngster on The WB’s short-lived Kennedy-esque political drama “Jack & Bobby”, in which he played a future President as a teenager, will also debut as D’Artagnan in a new 3D version of “The Three Musketeers”, out on October 14th.
March 11, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
British actor Luke Evans is the next young star with still unproven mettle getting a potential blockbuster built just for him. Deadline reports FilmNation Entertainment has bought and will develop “The Amateur American” as a starring vehicle for Evans, who they are banking on to become one of the next hot young stars to break out in a big way. The action-thriller will be written and directed by Ross Katz, and expected to begin shooting in September. The film will center around Evans, who will play “a young American living in Paris who accepts a job working for a shadowy employer and soon finds himself framed for murder and caught up in a web of deceit.”
Evans follows in the footsteps of names like Taylor Lautner and Alex Pettyfer, who have had studios and producers develop projects around them in recent months, though to this day, neither has showcased any ability to carry a movie. Dreamworks is said to be developing a James Hunt biopic for Pettyfer, though the highly disappointing box office numbers for their projected hit “I Am Number Four” (coupled with even worse numbers for “Beastly”) may make the studio pause for a moment. Lautner, on the other hand, reportedly has many offers on the table but his first feature that doesn’t come with “Twilight”‘s international brand recognition doesn’t open until September. Given Pettyfer’s flops, Lautner seems like a highly risky investment as well.
Evans, at age 32, is a bit older than his tween-friendly counterparts, but age and maturity might given him an edge over the competition, bringing a gravitas and believability to becoming an action hero that both guys and girls, of any age, can root for. The producers reportedly put their faith in Evans after seeing his work in “The Raven”, in which he stars opposite John Cusack. He has also had plenty of action-movie experience, playing Apollo in “Clash of the Titans”, Zeus” in the upcoming “Immortals” and Aramis in “The Three Musketeers”. On top of that, his impressive dramatic chops are also on full display as the kind and grounded Andy opposite Gemma Arterton in “Tamara Drewe”.
Our money is on Evans.
January 20, 2011 | Posted by Tamara Manne
Here are three new stills from Paul W. S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers 3D, starring Ray Stevensen, Matthew Macfayden, and Luke Evans as the musketeers. Also seen in the stills is now nineteen-year-old Logan Lerman as D’artagnan.
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is Cardinal Richelieu, Milla Jovovich, who worked with Anderson in the Resident Evil franchise, portrays M’lady De Winter, and Orlando Bloom, after barely laying down his Pirates of the Caribbean sword, picks up another one as the musketeers’ arch-nemesis The Duke of Buckingham.
This 3D action adventure will be released to theaters in October of this year.