May 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
No stoic, brooding vampires here. Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive”, which is premiering at Cannes next week, features Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as centuries-long on and off lovers who are reunited, and now we have the first two clips from the film.
Mia Wasikowska plays Swinton’s wild child little sister (presumably also a vampire) and Anton Yelchin apparently her beau if we go by the first two musically-themed clips. Are they a vampire rock band?! Hair metal seems more appropriate given all the wild locks the quartet are sporting.
“Only Lovers Left Alive” premieres in the latter half of the Cannes Film Festival, so we will likely miss it, but this remains one of our most anticipated of the year. Hopefully it’ll find distribution soon. In the meantime, watch the first two clips from the film below.
May 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After circling Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard, it appears “The Crow” has finally landed. Deadline reports the long-gestating gothic thriller remake has snagged British rising star Luke Evans for the lead role, who apparently had been director F. Javier Gutierrez’s first choice all along.
Evans will take on the role of Eric Draven, a rock star brutally murdered while trying to protect his fiance from a gang of thugs. He is resurrected by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. The original film starring Brandon Lee – itself adapted from comics by James O’Barr – spawned three sequels but with a different victim and resurrection each time. Gutierrez had always preferred Evans for the role, reports Deadline, but the increasingly busy actor had appeared unavailable. The filmmaker is so keen on his choice actor, in fact, that production on the film will now be pushed to early 2014 in order to accommodate Evans’ schedule.
Evans has been steadily building up a high profile resume, recently seen in Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals”, Edgar Allen Poe inspired murder mystery “The Raven” opposite John Cusack and has the villain role in Universal’s “Fast Six”, which led to his first leading role in the studio’s “Dracula” origin tale film, which he will shoot next opposite Sarah Gadon. He also plays Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy and headlined indie horror “No One Lives.”
May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
To say “Jane Got a Gun” is something of a troubled production is likely to be the understatement of the year, and its troubles just won’t seem to end. After Bradley Cooper appeared to save the day by committing to play the villain role in the film, now he’s out again, according to Deadline.
Natalie Portman stars in the film, which is now being directed by Gavin O’Connor, as a woman who must defend her home when her outlaw husband returns injured and with a pursuing gang in tow, forcing her to turn to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help. Cooper was to play the leader of the pursuing gang, but now filmmakers are desperately searching for yet another replacement, with Deadline further reporting Jake Gyllenhall, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hiddleston are amongst the actors they’re talking to. At least they have until June, which is when the supporting villainous role will need to be on set to begin filming.
Gordon-Levitt and Hiddleston both seem rather busy with other projects so it’s unclear if any of this will work out. Gordon-Levitt’s got his directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction” rolling out this summer, while Hiddleston will be heading off to Cannes to premiere “Only Lovers Left Alive” and is set to star opposite Hayley Atwell in Robert Capa biopic “Close Enough.” Still, if Cooper could almost manage to do “Jane” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and Cameron Crowe’s next feature all around the same time, there’s hope.
April 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
This is gearing up to be the longest round of casting musical chairs ever. It looks like, just days after the first whispers of Tom Hiddleston maybe negotiating to take “The Crow” remake, it appears he’s already out and “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard is the new casting rumor du jour, at least according to Deadline.
Skarsgard has no official offer yet (so again this could all amount to nothing), but is being eyed for the role of Eric Draven, a rock star brutally murdered while trying to protect his fiance from a gang of thugs. He is resurrected by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. The original film starring Lee – itself adapted from comics by James O’Barr – spawned three sequels but with a different victim and resurrection each time. F. Javier Gutierrez is directing the latest incarnation of the gothic superhero tale, though with the history it’s already racked up, who knows if and when this will actually happen.
Deadline adds Skarsgard has been courted by several projects in recent days since David Yates’ big budget “Tarzan” remake fell apart and the Swedish actor became available. Skarsgard plays bad boy vampire Eric on HBO’s hit series “True Blood”, now heading into its sixth season. He has wrapped up filming on indies “Disconnect” and “The Hidden” with Andrea Riseborough and “The East”, which we just saw and reviewed and which co-stars Brit Marling and Ellen Page, opens at the end of next month.
April 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sequels have to be bigger and badder than the original, as a rule, and Marvel has clearly been strictly enforcing it thus far for their Phase 2 films. The first trailer for “Thor: The Dark World” has arrived and indeed, it already feels grander, more epic and more dangerous than 2011′s “Thor.” Chris Hemsworth returns as the God of Thunder to battle the Dark Elves, whose Earth-destroying capabilities far surpasses that of the lone giant robot The Destroyer that Thor fought in the first film. More of the action will also take place off Earth this time around, with even Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster transported to Asgard and beyond with her intergalactic superhero boyfriend.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki is back for the third time but I for one am hoping he’ll have a limited role this time around. There are other villains in the Marvel universe, after all. “Thor: The Dark World”, directed by Alan Taylor, will be released on November 8th, following next month’s “Iron Man 3.” Marvel Phase 2 is well underway and we could not be more psyched. Watch the trailer below.
April 22, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Looks like Tom Hiddleston’s Robert Capa has found his Gerda Toro. Hayley Atwell has been cast in the wartime photojournalism drama “Close Enough” (previously titled “Capa”.)
Toro was one of the first female war photographers and met Capa in the early 1930s. They embarked on an intense love affair and “Close Enough” is set during their time in Paris during the mid-1930s and their dramatic conclusion.
Paul Andrew Williams will be directing and Screen Daily report that filming will begin in June this year. Talking to Screen Daily, Williams told them that “Hayley is someone I have wanted to work with for a long time and after a few near misses we have finally found, what I believe to be, the best project to collaborate on. The chemistry between Capa and Gerda was electric and I have confidence that Tom and Hayley will repeat that chemistry on film.”
Atwell was last seen on the big screen in British crime drama “The Sweeney” but has remained rather quiet since her break out role in “Captain America: The First Avenger” alongside Chris Evans. The sequel is currently filming but Atwell only has a small role as this next film in the Marvel universe will show Steve’s struggle to fit in with the modern world. Atwell will next be in the Jimi Hendrix biopic “All Is By My Side“, playing Hendrix’s girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
April 22, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Hiddleston could be stepping into the shoes of the late Brandon Lee (and, briefly, Bradley Cooper) as The Wrap reports the British actor is in early talks with filmmakers about taking on the lead role in Relativity Media’s new adaptation of “The Crow.”
Hiddleston is the latest start linked to the role of Eric Draven, a rock star brutally murdered while trying to protect his fiance from a gang of thugs. He is resurrected by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. The original film starring Lee – itself adapted from comics by James O’Barr – spawned three sequels but with a different victim and resurrection each time. F. Javier Gutierrez is directing the latest incarnation of the gothic superhero tale, which Hiddleston is so keen on that he did his own makeup test in London and brought it to a recent meeting with producers. He will also undergo more proper visual tests soon as Devan has a specific look that is important to the franchise’s die-hard fans. With many false starts in its wake, production is for now tentatively scheduled for this fall.
Most known to audiences as main villain Loki in both “Thor” and “The Avengers”, Hiddleston is expected to continue to have a presence in the Marvel cinematic universe but has proven to be a versatile actor in plenty of other roles. He especially impressed us in 2011, with roles in “War Horse” and “Midnight in Paris” in addition to his Marvel duties. He has wrapped up filming on Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” opposite Tilda Swinton and is attached to play wartime photographer Robert Capa in the long-gestating biopic “Capa.”
April 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
This one has been in development hell for quite some time, but it appears there’s movement on one of two dueling biopics of wartime photographer Robert Capa, with British actor Tom Hiddleston confirming to Shortlist (via Playlist) that he will play the titular role in Paul Andrew Williams’ “Capa.”
Back in 2010, it had appeared now-Spider-Man Andrew Garfield and Gemma Arterton may have the lead roles, though even then we were skeptical and it appears that skepticism was founded. Arterton is no longer attached to the film despite having starred in Williams’ “Song for Marion” last year, so now Hiddleston will need a co-star to play Gerda Taro, a fellow wartime photojournalist with whom Capa had an intense love affair. Michael Mann had long been attached to direct a rival biopic, “Waiting for Robert Capa” but he’ll be, uh, waiting for a while longer on that with other projects on his plate in the immediate future.
Hiddleston was one of our Breakout Stars of 2011, the year that brought us his mischievous Loki in “Thor”, noble Captain Nicholls in “War Horse” and charming F. Scott Fitzgerald in “Midnight in Paris.” He hasn’t slowed down since, reprising Loki in “The Avengers” last year and soon headlining Jim Jarmusch’s vampire saga “Only Lovers Left Alive” opposite Tilda Swinton.
March 25, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
2011′s “The Muppets” was a box office hit with Jason Segel and Amy Adams so it was no surprise to find out we’d get a sequel. “The Muppets … Again!” was co-scripted by James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller, and will have Bobin in the director’s chair, and now Bleeding Cool think they may have cracked one of the first major pieces of casting news, with Brit actor Tom Hiddleston playing a character call The Great Escapo.
Kermit the Frog told EW earlier this year that the “idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we’re selling out these grand theaters all over Europe — in Berlin, Madrid, London —but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my Doppelgänger. He’s the world’s number one criminal, Constantine, and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won’t tell you any more than that, but let’s just say mayhem ensues.” Mayhem ensues? That sounds like the typical Muppets we’ve come to know and love!
Segel has already confirmed he won’t be back in the new film and rumoured guest stars so far include Christoph Waltz, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. As Bleeding Cool suggest, the plot of “The Muppets … Again!” allows for some potentially great guest stars as the Muppets go on the road visiting European theaters, never stopping at one place for too long.
Hiddleston broke out in 2011′s “Thor” as Thor’s evil brother Loki. He also starred in the Oscar-nominated pics “Midnight in Paris” and “War Horse“, and reprised the role of Loki last year in “Avengers Assemble“. He will next be seen in Jim Jarmusch’s vampire saga “Only Lovers Left Alive” which is rumoured to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
January 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton don’t look like any vampires we’ve ever seen before in the first image from Jim Jarmusch’s undead love story “Only Lovers Left Alive.” The Playlist unveiled the first picture from the film which also stars Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin.
Looking more like futuristic underground rock stars than the cloaked, formal vampires we are used to getting from popular culture, Hiddleston, as vampire Adam, is seen embracing his centuries-long lover Eve, played by Swinton. Their relationship is tested with the arrival of her wild younger sister Ava, played by Wasikowska. No pictures of her just yet, but it sounds like a different sort of role for the normally stoic and reserved actress.
The Playlist speculates the film will make its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in just a few short months, which sounds about right, and distribution and release dates should soon follow. For now you can see the full image of Hiddleston and Swinton below.