March 14, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Fast rising star Joel Kinnaman is in talks to star alongside recent break out stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in “Child 44“, a soviet-era drama adaptation.
The film, set in the 1950s, is to be directed by Daniel Espinosa – meaning it will be the third collaboration between Kinnaman and Espinosa, who worked together on “Snabba Cash” and most recently the “Robocop” reboot.
In the film, adapted for the screen by Richard Price, Hardy is a Soviet agent, who whilst investigating a series of murders soon becomes a target of suspicion from his own government. Rapace plays his wife, whose loyalty is a front as she is hiding secrets of her own, and THR reports that Kinnaman will play Hardy’s enemy, an ambitious but murderous man.
Kinnaman is in high demand in Hollywood. He starred in AMC’s remake of the Danish show “The Killing” and will reprise his role later this year in seaosn three. He was wooed for several projects, including “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” and “Arthur and Lancelot“, and was most recently seen alongside Greta Gerwig in indie rom com “Lola Versus” and Ryan Reynolds in Espinosa thriller “Safe House.” Just last week Kinnaman was joined thriller “Run All Night” with join Liam Neeson.
March 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Living up to its title, the first day of shooting on crime drama “Animal Rescue” sees Tom Hardy getting protective over an adorable four-legged co-star, and Just Jared has the first pictures.
Michael R. Roskam is directing from a short story by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, who adapted the script himself. Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Gandolfini and James Frecheville co-star. Plot details are sparse, but Hardy plays a man who wants to shed his criminal past but “gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull.” Judging by these pictures, let’s hope Hardy is successful in rescuing and saving the adorable little puppy. Hardy was also seen in other images clutching a stuffed toy dog, either rehearsing or engaging in action sequences that would have put the real dog in danger.
“Animal Rescue” began filming today in Brooklyn. See the first images of Hardy and his cuddly co-star below.
March 8, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Australian actor James Frecheville has officially cornered the market on crime dramas with the word “Animal” in the title. The “Animal Kingdom” star has signed on to “Animal Rescue”, according to Variety. The Tom Hardy-Noomi Rapace New York set crime drama will begin filming next week.
Michael R. Roskam will direct from a short story by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, who adapted the script himself. Hardy will play a man who wants to shed his criminal past but “gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull.” Frecheville will play a small time crook while Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts also has an unspecified supporting role.
Frecheville played the innocent young man struggling to escape his dark and violent criminal family in David Michod’s 2010 Australian drama “Animal Kingdom”, which also introduced us to stars like Joel Edgerton and Jackie Weaver. He also starred opposite Britt Robertson and Dylan O’Brien in Jonathan Kasdan’s coming of age Sundance drama “The First Time” and was most recently seen opposite Robin Wright, Naomi Watts and Xavier Samuel in controversial romance “Two Mothers”, which premiered at TIFF in September.
February 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Busy British actor Tom Hardy has added one more project to his plate. Deadline reports Hardy will develop and star in “Samarkand”, a contemporary soldier’s tale which deals with the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Brothers Greg and Olly Williams wrote the script after developing the story with Hardy and Solar Pictures’ Bobby Paunescu and Greg Williams, a famous celebrity photographer known for his portraits of Daniel Craig’s Bond among others, will make his directorial debut on the project. Hardy will play an SAS soldier who returns home from combat in the Middle East and has trouble reintegrating back into society.
It’s unclear when this will begin production as Hardy’s upcoming schedule locks up tighter. Up next for the “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Rises” breakout star is two back to back films with Noomi Rapace. The duo will film crime drama “Animal Rescue” in March, before moving on to spy thriller “Child 44″ in May. Hardy is also attached to Doug Liman’s “Everest” as well as Steven Knight’s “Locke.”
February 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Belgian actor Matthias Schoenarts is leveraging his breakout turn in “Rust and Bone” into more international film roles, and The Playlist reports his next project will be “Animal Rescue”, the New York set crime drama that has Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the lead roles.
Michael R. Roskam will direct from a short story by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, who adapted the script himself. Hardy will play a man who wants to shed his criminal past but “gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull.” Like most of Lehane’s stories, it takes place in Boston, but because of the influx of Boston-set tales in recent years, the screen version will take place in New York. Filming is set to begin on location next month. Schoenaerts will have an unspecified supporting role.
Schoenaerts showed up on the radar of the international film industry when he starred opposite Marion Cotillard in Cannes premiere “Rust and Bone”, a performance our own Rebecca Lewis raved about when she caught it at the festival. Since breaking out last May, Schoenaerts has wrapped up shooting on Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” opposite Clive Owen, Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana, and will romance Michelle Williams in upcoming WWII drama “Suite Francaise.”
February 7, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
We’re only five weeks into 2013 and Tom Hardy has already signed on for his second project of the year. The British actor has signed on to star in “Locke“, which will be set over 90 minutes and filmed in real time. Directed by Steven Knight, who also wrote the screenplay, The Hollywood Reporter reports that production will begin later this month in London.
“Locke” follows the story of Ivan Locke, a family man with the perfect job which is about to peak. Then Locke takes a call which will leave his “life unraveling in a tension-fuelled, 90-minute race against time”.
Recently joining up with Noomi Rapace for two upcoming projects – spy thriller “Child 44″ and crime drama “Animal Rescue” – Hardy is in hot demand following an incredible few years. Over the last few months, he has been on the shortlist for David Yates’ retake of “Tarzan“, has been sought for a “Jack Ryan” spin-off and may climb everest for a biopic of George Mallory, the first man to scale the highest mountain in the world.
January 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The newest rising star duo to book back-to-back projects together are Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, who have not even began filming on their first collaboration, “Animal Rescue”, just yet, but are already making plans to do it again sometime soon. THR reports the two are in negotiations to star in Soviet-era spy thriller “Child 44″ for director Daniel Espinosa.
They were rumored to have been eyed for the film back in December when their crime drama “Animal Rescue” casting came together, but now it’s firming up. They will husband and wife in “Child 44″, with Hardy as a Soviet officer who becomes the target of suspicion from his own government and Rapace as his wife, who pretends to be loyal and doting but hiding secrets of her own. Richard Price wrote the script based on Tom Rob Smith’s novel. Hardy and Rapace will film “Animal Rescue” in March and then “Child 44″ in May.
After breaking out in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and then again in “The Dark Knight Rises”, Hardy has been undeniably deemed Hollywood’s favorite new star and seemingly has his pick of projects. He’s sticking to mostly dark fare, producing two separate features about illegal poaching and is attached to a big screen adaptation of video game franchise “Splinter Cell”, as well as Doug Liman’s “Everest.” He recently wrapped up shooting on “Mad Max: Fury Road” and was last seen on screen in John Hillcoat’s violent Cannes premiere “Lawless.”
Rapace was the original Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and has made a successful transition to Hollywood roles, culminating with Ridley Scott hand-picking her to star in his “Alien” prequel-esque “Prometheus.” She was last seen in Brian DePalma’s “Passion” opposite Rachel McAdams and will next appear opposite Colin Farrell in revenge thriller “Dead Man Down.”
December 17, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Hardy is in final negotiations and Noomi Rapace has received an offer to star in crime drama “Animal Rescue”, according to Deadline. Michael R. Roskam will direct from a short story by “Gone Baby Gone” author Dennis Lehane, who adapted the script himself.
Hardy will play a man who wants to shed his criminal past but “gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull.” Like most of Lehane’s stories, it takes place in Boston, but because of the influx of Boston-set tales in recent years, the screen version will take place in New York. Filming is set to begin on location in March and will be Hardy’s next film.
This also may not be the only time Hardy and Rapace work together, as Variety’s Jeff Sneider tweeted the two are also being eyed to star in spy thriller/murder mystery “Child 44″, which has Ridley Scott attached to direct. That project, though, sounds further off, and much less firm, especially with Hardy’s increasingly busy schedule.
November 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
He gave up a project that sounded awesome for this? Frequent “Harry Potter” director David Yates has finally committed to his next film for Warner Bros, and Vulture reports it won’t be a psychological drama with Hermione Emma Watson, but rather a live-action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan.”
Yates only committed to the project this Monday, so a cast is far from being finalized, but of course the search for Tarzan has already begun. Vulture reports Yates will be meeting with up and coming actors like “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard, new “Man of Steel” Superman Henry Cavill and “Pacific Rim” soldier Charlie Hunnam for the role of the boy who is raised by apes and grows up in the jungle. Additionally, Warner Bros seems keen on the idea of Tom Hardy swinging around in a loincloth, but it’s unclear if he reciprocates their enthusiasm for this project. Clearly, the filmmakers are set on bringing a particular kind of manly, gritty edge to their Tarzan, and we have to agree this is the way to go.
We can almost assume off the bat Hardy’s not going to be interested, especially with how increasingly in demand he becomes with each passing movie, but the others certainly could still stand to gain from headlining a major studio blockbuster – unless it ends up like the last Burroughs property translated to the big screen. Pre-”John Carter”, we bet Taylor Kitsch would have been on Yates’ list as well, but a bomb that size has done at least some damage to his prospects. All this to say, it’s a gamble, but for Skarsgard, Hunnam and Cavill, it’s probably worth it at this stage in their careers.
September 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Hardy is in early negotiations to star in director Doug Liman’s “Everest”, according to Deadline. The film chronicles the journey of George Mallory, the first man to scale the highest mountain in the world.
Adapted from Jeffrey Archer’s book “Paths Of Glory” by Oscar nominated scribe Sheldon Turner, Hardy will play Mallory, the devoted husband and father who was torn between his family and his ambition to scale Everest. He tried three separate times in the 1920s to climb the mountain, disappearing into its midst in 1924 with climbing partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine. Their bodies were not discovered until 1999, only a few hundred meters off the top of the mountain, and whether they reached the peak before dying remains an openly debated mystery to this day. Filming will begin after Liman wraps up shooting on sci-fi thriller “All You Need is Kill” with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
Hardy is a very in demand actor following his breakout performance in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”, then “The Dark Knight Rises.” He can currently be seen in John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” opposite Shia Labeouf and is attached to literary adaptation “The Long Red Road” opposite Michael Shannon. He’s currently filming “Mad Max: Fury Road”, the reboot of the Mel Gibson franchise, opposite Charlize Theron.