May 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” director David Gelb is set to direct Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass in medical thriller “Reawakening”, according to Variety.
Wilde and Duplass will play two of a group of medical research students who discover a way to bring subjects back from the dead – but of course with sinister consequences. The project is described is having “Frankenstein” themes but with a twist, and sounds to me like Stephen King’s “Pet Semetary” may be an influencer as well.
Duplass is the indie scene multi-hyphenate and mumblcore staple whose latest films behind the camera were “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” and “The Do-Deca-Pentathlon” and who has branched out to acting in more mainstream films such as “People Like Us” (also co-starring Wilde) and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Wilde, one of the busiest young actresses in Hollywood, was last seen in magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” opposite Steve Carell and has Ron Howard’s “Rush” out later this year opposite Chris Hemsworth. She recently wrapped up shooting “Third Person” opposite Liam Neeson.
October 30, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Olivia Wilde, Hailee Steinfeld and “Shame” star Nicole Beharie will star in gritty Civil War set drama “The Keeping Room”, according to THR.
Written by Julia Hart and to be directed by Daniel Barber, the film will follow two sisters and one slave during the dying days of the Civil War who are forced to defend their home from a band of soldiers who have broken off from the Union Army. Filming will begin in March 2013 in North Carolina.
Steinfeld is no stranger to Westerns, having made her feature film debut and earned her first Oscar nomination for her role as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit.” She has been steadily working since, and will have a big 2013 when films including “Ender’s Game” and “Romeo and Juliet”, in which she has lead roles, will be released. She recently wrapped up filming on indie musical drama “Can a Song Save Your Life?” and is currently filming “Hateship, Friendship” opposite Kristen Wiig.
Wilde also has Western experience, if you count “Cowboys and Aliens.” One of the busiest young actresses working today, she was last seen opposite Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks in family drama “People Like Us” and is currently filming anthology style romantic drama “Third Person” opposite Liam Neeson. Awaiting release are such high profile flicks as Ron Howard’s “Rush” opposite Chris Hemsworth, Spike Jonze’s “Her” with Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams and magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.
Beharie played Marianne opposite Michael Fassbender in visionary director Steve McQueen’s modern masterpiece “Shame”, and will next be seen opposite newcomer Chadwick Boseman, who plays Jackie Robinson in baseball biopic “42.”
August 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Continuing this lovely trend, “Oz The Great and Powerful” co-stars James Franco and Mila Kunis are set for an onscreen reunion in Paul Haggis’ international drama “Third Person.” It was announced this morning that Kunis and Franco, along with Casey Affleck, are in talks to join Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in the anthology-style interlocking love story.
Haggis’ film will follow a frustrated writer and his lover in Paris, a mother fighting for custody in New York and an American man helping to free an Italian woman’s daughter from a local gangster in Rome. It’s unclear which actor will be playing which characters, though The Wrap did specify Neeson would play a journalist and Wilde a gossip columnist, and Neeson himself confirmed he and Wilde play romantic partners. Filming begins on October 13th on location in Rome.
Before joining forces to retell the Wizard of Oz story for Sam Raimi’s upcoming “Oz the Great and Powerful”, Franco and Kunis both went through the whirlwind of Oscar season, Franco a Best Actor nominee for Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” and Kunis an almost-nominee for Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.” Since then, Franco has spun off into vastly random and eclectic projects, including starring in Harmony Korine’s Venice-bound “Spring Breakers” and directing a variety of his own films. Meanwhile, Kunis continues her mainstream Hollywood rise, starring opposite Mark Wahlberg and a talking stuffed animal in this summer’s comedy hit “Ted”, shooting Gallaume Canet’s “Blood Ties”, as well as prepping for the lead role in the Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending.”
May 25, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Former TV actresses Brie Larson and Olivia Wilde are starring together as sisters in relationship comedy “Relanxious“, but Variety reports that the two will also star together in new indie comedy “Squirrels to the Nuts“.
With a script from Peter Bogdanovich, the film tells the tale of Larson, who is a Broadway actress .. and also a hooker. The film follows these two aspects of her life as they interweave and collide. Owen Wilson stars as the Broadway director who pays her for her services, before helping her to reach her dreams on the stage and leave escorting. Wilde will play a therapist.
Larson broke out on TV in Toni Collette’s short-lived series “United States of Tara”, but won over Hollywood audiences as Jonah Hill‘s love interest in “21 Jump Street” this year. Wilde came to the public’s attention when she joined the cast of “House” as Thirteen, the secretive, self-destructive doctor but her film career has been steadily on the rise, recently wrapping the female leads in Steve Carrell-starrer “Burt Wonderstone” and “Rush” with Chris Hemsworth, and winning the lead opposite Liam Neeson in “Third Person”.
May 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Paul Haggis is the latest filmmaker to hop aboard the anthology style storytelling trend, and has set Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde to play a couple in one of three interconnected stories in “Third Person”, according to Deadline.
Neeson told TalkTalk back in April, “I’m doing a movie in September for four weeks with Olivia Wilde. We have some serious love-making to do so I have some push-ups to do… It’s a really interesting part and I get to go to bed with Olivia Wilde! It’s a small film. It’s a really interesting script.” So who will Neeson and Wilde play? Haggis’ film will follow a frustrated writer and his lover in Paris, a mother fighting for custody in New York and an American man helping to free an Italian woman’s daughter from a local gangster in Rome.
Wilde is currently filming Ron Howard’s Formula One biopic “Rush” opposite Chris Hemsworth and recently completed work on magician comedy “Burt Wonderstone” opposite Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. She recently premiered graphic thriller “Deadfall” opposite Eric Bana at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is also committed to indie comedy “Relanxious” opposite Brie Larson and Jason Sudekis. She’ll next be seen opposite Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks in “People Like Us”, which opens in June.