October 18, 2013 | Posted by Melanie Abernathy
“American Horror Story” star Lily Rabe is set to star in new chess-intensive flick “Pawn Sacrifice“, reports Deadline. The fresh face is to star alongside Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber in the film about Bobby Fischer, perhaps the most famous chess player in history.
The film follows Fischer (Maguire) as a pro-chess player during the Cold War while he prepares for an epic chess match with a Russian champion Boris Spassky (Schreiber). Rabe is to star as Fischer’s sister, Joan, in the film. Along with the starring role, Maguire is producing the film with Gail Katz and director Edward Zwick. The film, penned by Steven Knight, begins filming in Montreal next month with the hope of a 2014 debut.
Rabe, who is Tony-nominated for her role in Broadway’s “The Merchant of Venice,” is most recognizable for her screen role in FX’s currently-running series “American Horror Story: Coven” and will be next seen on screen in the third installment of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” as Commander Lyme. She’s also attached to play screen icon Mary Pickford in a big screen biopic “The First.”
April 4, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
With a great cast, a classic tale and an incredible director, our excitement for the hotly anticipated 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” has always been high. Over the last few months the excitement has really ramped up, thanks to images and trailers showcasing everything we love about director Baz Luhrmann, but today’s trailer really delivers – and now we can’t wait for it’s premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Huge fans of Luhrmann, we’re so pleased to see his trademark over-stylised direction, with lush colours that pop off the screen, gorgeous costumes, sweeping cinematography (which we imagine can only help with the 3D aspect), and what sounds like the soundtrack of the year.
The newly released trailer contains much more exposition, giving us backstory for Gatsby and Daisy (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in what are sure to be awards-worthy performances) and also provides more information on Tom, Daisy’s brutish husband played by Joel Edgerton.
Also starring Tobey Maguire as the narrator Nick Carraway, Callum McAuliffe as a young Gatsby and Isla Fisher as Tom’s lover, Luhrmann’s film will premiere at Cannes on May 15th – but will actually be on wide release in US on May 10th.
Check out the trailer below the cut.
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
After being pushed back by six unexplained months, promo for Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D film “The Great Gatsby” is finally beginning – and to start us off Warners Bros have debuted five new gorgeous character posters.
An adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, “The Great Gatsby” follows narrator Nick Carraway, who is played by Tobey Maguire, during the rip-roaring 1920s.
Carraway rents a house next door to a reclusive millionaire – Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio – who holds extravagent parties but is never seen. Carey Mulligan won the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby’s longing, and Joel Edgerton stars as Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband. Isla Fisher will play Myrtle, a married woman who is having an affair with Tom – and whose death in a car accident sets the stage for the dramatic climax of the story – and Elizabeth Debecki will be Jordan Baker, Daisy’s long-time friend and Nick’s girlfriend.
A visually stunning trailer was released earlier this year, and we called it “a sort of hyper reality doubling for 1920s New York, the costumes, set pieces and cinematography pop with color and hazy, blurry, glowy hints of magical realism.” These posters mirror that magical realism, and also provide quotes from our main characters – giving audiences who haven’t read the book a glimpse into their minds.
“The Great Gatsby” is set for release May 2013.
May 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Our first look at one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year has arrived, and as with all of Baz Luhrmann’s films, “The Great Gatsby” is visually striking and stunning. Set in a sort of hyper reality doubling for 1920s New York, the costumes, set pieces and cinematography pop with color and hazy, blurry, glowy hints of magical realism. Carey Mulligan seems wholly transformed, looking and sounding unlike herself but like a quintessential 1920s society girl as Daisy Buchanan, coming face to face with old flame Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo Dicaprio with his usual intensity. Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway is present but mostly silent, while only a brief shots of Joel Edgerton’s intimidating and moustached Tom Buchanan is glimpsed.
There’s still a lot of question marks hanging over this film and not all of our fears are quelled, though this trailer certainly confirms that if nothing else, it will be a two hour feast for the eyes. “The Great Gatsby” will be released on Christmas Day, December 25th. Watch the trailer below or in glorious HD over at Apple Trailers.
November 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of iconic 1920s New York classic “The Great Gatsby” has been filming in Australia for over a month now, and today we finally have our first look at leading lady Carey Mulligan on set and in costume as Daisy Buchanan, thanks to Just Jared. Joining her in the new photos and looking all fancied up and dapper are co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, who play Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, respectively.
Mulligan won the role of Daisy a full year ago after an extensive search that saw the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman vying for the part. But Luhrmann was enthusiastic that Mulligan was his Daisy, saying: “Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: ‘Hello, Daisy Buchanan.’” Luhrmann’s impressive – and highly Australian – cast is rounded out by Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, newcomer Elizabeth Debecki as Jordan Baker and Jason Clarke as George Wilson.
“The Great Gatsby” already has a Christmas Day, December 25, 2012 release date. See below for the new images of Mulligan as Daisy, and head to Just Jared for even more.
August 30, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Baz Luhrmann continues his love affair with his native country with the casting of yet another Australian actor in his 3D adaptation of quintessentially New York novel “The Great Gatsby.” Variety reports newcomer Callan McAuliffe has been cast as the younger version of Leonardo DiCaprio’s mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, joining a cast that also includes Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Tobey Maguire.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Roaring 1920′s set story follows Jay Gatsby and his undying yearning for the girl who got away, Daisy. She promised to wait for him when he went off to war, but ended up marrying the boorish and abusive Tom Buchanan instead. Tom has his own mistress and all their lives intertwine at Gatsy’s fabulous and elaborate parties. McAuliffe will presumably play Gatsby (or rather James Gatz, before he changed his name) in flashback scenes, revealing the millionaire’s humble beginnings and ever present longing for wealth and standing.
Sixteen year old McAuliffe made his American feature debut just last year in Rob Reiner’s “Flipped” and recently starred alongside Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron in alien action flick “I Am Number Four”.
May 17, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The cast of Baz Luhrmann’s new 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” seems to be complete as Deadline reports Australian actor Joel Edgerton has signed on to play Tom Buchanan, the last of the major characters to be cast. Recently, Edgerton tested for the part along with British thesp Luke Evans.
Tom is the boorish husband of the vain and manipulative Daisy, played by Carey Mulligan, who in turn is the object of longing for Leonardo DiCaprio’s reclusive millionaire Jay Gatsby. Tobey Maguire is Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki is his tennis player love interest, Jordan Baker. Isla Fisher is Myrtle Wilson, a married woman who is having an affair with Tom.
Though he originally offered the role to Ben Affleck, who had to decline due to scheduling conflicts, Luhrmann appears to have no qualms about not getting his first choice for the role, telling Deadline: “In casting Tom one had to find an actor who could credibly be (as Fitzgerald describes him) ‘one of the most powerful ends that ever played football as New Haven,’ had five star acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio, in the appropriate age group. Any wonder, it has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some.”
Edgerton is a hot commodity in Hollywood following a breakout performance in Aussie drama “Animal Kingdom”, and came close to landing the lead in Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy”. He was also sought for “Snow White and the Huntsman”, but took on Kathryn Bigelow’s “Kill Bin Laden” project instead. He has Disney drama/comedy/fantasy (drametasy?) “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” in the can and will next be seen opposite Tom Hardy in MMA drama “Warrior”, out later this year.
May 14, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
After both losing out on the lead role in Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy” (seriously, do these guys hate Jeremy Renner or what?), increasingly in demand rising stars Joel Edgerton and Luke Evans are going head to head once again for another high profile project. THR reports that Baz Luhrmann read both guys for the part of Tom Buchanan in his new all-star 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”.
The role had originally been offered to the much more famous Ben Affleck, but his scheduling couldn’t be worked around his directorial venture, the political thriller “Argo”. THR insiders say both Edgerton and Evans took part in readings for the role this week, though no decision has been made. Whichever actor is cast will join an A-List ensemble that includes Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson. Earlier this week Aussie newcomer Elizabeth Debicki also joined the cast as Jordan Baker. Earlier reports indicated Luhrmann would like to give the role to a fellow Australian countryman, though it remains to be seen if this gives an edge to Aussie Edgerton over the British Evans.
May 13, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Zac Efron will star in “The Paperboy”, reports THR from Cannes, joining a cast that also includes Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire and Sofia Vergara. Based on the 1995 novel by Peter Dexter, the film has been in development for over a decade by Dexter and Pedro Almodovar. Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels jumped on board early this year to make his follow-up to 2009′s Awards juggernaut “Precious”.
The story follows a Miami Times reporter who returns to his hometown to investigate the murder of a local sheriff. Logically, McConaughey or Maguire would play the reporter, with the other playing the death row inmate currently convicted of the murder. Efron plays the reporter’s younger brother who gets roped into the action, and Vergara is the inmate’s wife.
Back in February, offers had been made to Bradley Cooper and Alex Pettyfer for the brothers, along with Vergara, who is the only holdover. However, the production team seems happy with the new developments, with Millenium Films and Nu Image currently handling international sales at Cannes. “This is a good film for us,” says producer Avi Lerner, “a project that has Pedro Almodovar attached, is set in the steamy South, directed by Lee Daniels, Hilary Shor producing, and with the incredible cast of Matthew, Tobey, Sofia and Zac.”
Still hoping to get out from under the shadow of the “High School Musical” Disney image that made him a star, Efron has been signing on for distinctly more serious and adult roles as of late, though he made a slight turn for the light-hearted in the recently completed ensemble comedy “New Year’s Eve” for Gary Marshall. He is attached to an untitled romantic actioner for Mandate Pictures previously titled “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” and also has “The Lucky One”, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, in the can awaiting release.
May 11, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
When Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper named Elizabeth Debicki as one to watch this past January, they couldn’t have realized just how psychic they turned out to be. Deadline reports that the fresh faced newcomer, who doesn’t have a single screen credit to her name, has been personally tapped by director Baz Lurhmann to play Jordan Baker, golfer and love interest to Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway in a new 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”.
Debicki comes to the project straight from the Victorian College of the Arts, the same school attended by fellow rising Aussie star Isabel Lucas. Luhrmann did not come to the decision to cast a complete unknown without hesitation. “It was a surprising result, but Elizabeth’s grasp of the material and her chemical connectivity to Tobey Maguire, in addition to her striking, athletic appearance, had us in a place where we were fully confident and ready to take the leap of giving the role of Jordan Baker to what, I guess, people would term ‘a discovery,’ ” the director tells Deadline. “We are thrilled.”
Debicki, who landed an agent and a role in a film within three weeks of graduating from drama school, joins an all-star cast that includes, in addition to Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson. Ben Affleck had been offered the part of Tom Buchanan, but had to decline due to prior filming commitments on his directorial venture “Argo”. Filming is expected to commence late summer in Australia.