August 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s an out and out cornucopia of “Twilight” connections. Catherine Hardwicke, the director who launched the franchise that started it all behind the camera, Emily Browning – who famously turned down the chance to be Bella Swan – as the star, the franchise’s first bad guy Cam Gigandet as her husband, and now “Eclipse” bad guy Xavier Samuel is in too.
Variety reports Samuel has signed on to play another villainous role in Hardwicke’s LA-set thriller “Plush”, previously reported to be about a psychic psychologist (Gigandet) and a young girl who shares his gift (Browning). That appears to have been completely off base, as the plot actually revolves around Browning as a rising rock star who begins to downward spiral after losing her brother to a drug overdose. She’s married to Gigandet’s character, but finds solace in new a new bandmate (Samuel) regardless. That turns out to be a horrible idea as he begins to show his true psycho self. Filming begins at the end of this month in LA.
Samuel starred in very well-received films in his native Australia, including surf drama “Newcastle” and cult horror fave “The Loved Ones”, and seemed on the brink of a Hollywood breakout when he was cast in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, though he has since mostly retreated back to doing movies Down Under. He’ll soon be seen in another surfing drama, this time opposite Sam Worthington in “Drift”, as well as shark attack horror “Bait” and dark family comedy “Two Mothers” (formerly “The Grandmothers”) opposite Naomi Watts, Robin Wright and James Frecheville.
February 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s one reunion after another for the cast of “The Grandmothers”, as Variety reports James Frecheville will be joined by “Animal Kingdom” co-star Ben Mendelsohn and Sophie Lowe is also hopping on board, marking a “Road Kill” reunion with Xavier Samuel. The film, based on Doris Lessing’s novel of the same name, stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as two lifelong best friends who begin secretly dating each other’s sons (Samuel and Frecheville). Shooting begins tomorrow in Australia under the direction Anne Fontaine, who is making her English directorial debut.
Lowe has been acting in Australia since 2005 and broke out in critically acclaimed 2009 drama “Beautiful Kate”, but may still be most well known to international audiences for landing on the final shortlist for David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The other finalists included fellow Aussie up and comers Sarah Snook and Emily Browning, British actress Katie Jarvis, French actress Lea Seydoux and eventual Lisbeth Salander herself Rooney Mara.
November 29, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
Thank you for joining us again if you listened to our earlier podcasts or if you are new to the program, welcome! Once a week, Linda and Rebecca will take to the internet airwaves to discuss a variety of subjects, including all the latest news, movies we’ve seen recently, the Oscar season and more topics that interest us (or you! Please send us your suggestions for topics to talk about).
• 00:00 – 19:00 – Slow news week, so we dissect each and every one of BAFTA’s Rising Star longlist, as well as the high profile castings of Amber Heard in “Motor City” and Chris Evans in “The Iceman”.
• 19:00 – 25:40 – Linda talks about two movies she saw and loved this week: Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo.”
• 25:40 – END – We discuss just a few of Australia’s many rising stars making a mark in Hollywood, from the almost-A-listers like Sam Worthington, Chris Hemsworth and Mia Wasikowska, to the barely known names like Bella Heathcote, Elizabeth Debicki and James Frecheville, and plenty in between.
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November 6, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
More new images straight out of this year’s American Film Market! Action star Sam Worthington trades in Perseus’ sword for the surfboard in these new images from surf flick “Drift”, also starring Xavier Samuel (“Twilight: Eclipse”), Myles Pollard (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) anf Lesley-Ann Brandt.
Once again, Collider have come up with the goods, and as well as the official poster, and four new images, we also have an official synopsis.
Based on the true story of “Australia’s legendary surfwear moguls”, the film is set in the 1970′s, and follows two brothers, Jimmy (Samuel) and Andy (Pollard) who, helped by photographer and friend JB (Worthington) bet on everything they have by opening a surf shop … and end up building an empire. From a script by Morgan O’Neill, the film has been directed by O’Neill (“The Factory”) and first time director Ben Nott.
Click through the gallery for larger images of the cast in action, and head over to Collider’s site for a high res image of Worthington on that board.
November 2, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Young Aussie actors Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville are about to enter MILF territory as they join “The Grandmothers” opposite Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. Screen Daily reported on the casting of the film, which is now entering pre-sales at AFM, earlier today.
Watts and Wright will play lifelong best friends who fall in love with each other’s sons (presumably Frecheville and Xavier) and carry on affairs for years, until one day they vow to end them and see their sons married off, which “has lasting impact on all concerned.” The film is aiming for a February 2012 shoot under the direction of Anne Fontaine in Australia in order to be completed in time to be submitted to Cannes 2013.
Samuel broke out internationally when he played the villainous vampire Riley in the third “Twilight” installment, “Eclipse”, but has since returned to work mostly in his native Australia, recently wrapping up surfing drama “Drift” opposite Sam Worthington. Frecheville earned raves as the lost teenager who gets caught in the crosshairs of his dangerous, dysfunctional family in 2010′s “Animal Kingdom.” He was a finalist for Warner Bros’ wizardry fantasy “The Seventh Son” and recently wrapped up shooting on Jon Kasden’s “The First Time” opposite Brittany Robertson and Dylan O’Brien.
June 16, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Xavier Samuel is trading in his (non-existent) fangs for a surfboard, as Variety reports the “Twilight” series star has joined the cast of “Drift”, an Aussie surf drama starring Sam Worthington. Another fellow Aussie actor, Myles Pollard, also stars in the film.
A period film set in the 1970′s, “Drift” follows two brothers (presumably Worthington and Pollard) who open a surf shop and end up building an empire. The film will be directed by Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill, who also wrote the sc the script.
Samuel retreated back to his native Australia after a breakout role playing vampire Riley in the third installment of the “Twilight” series, “Eclipse” in 2009. Around that time he also completed filming on Roland Emmerich’s Shakespearean political thriller “Anonymous”. Meanwhile, back in Australia, Samuel filmed shark attack horror “Bait 3D” and “The Hangover” inspired “A Few Best Men”, in which he plays the English groom who gets into some crazy shenanigans while visiting Australia with his three best men. Perhaps Worthington, now a bona fide action star thanks to the likes “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans”, can give the slightly less experienced actor some tips on how to garner more international success.
Production on “Drift” gets underway on August 1st in the Margaret River region of Western Australia and is aiming for a 2012 worldwide release.
January 20, 2011 | Posted by Lindsey Young
Here comes the groom! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Australian actor Xavier Samuel (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “The Loved Ones.”) has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming film “A Few Best Men,” which director Stephan Elliott calls a “wedding movie for boys”. Samuel will play David, an English groom who à la “The Hangover”, embarks on a trip down under with his three best men which results in disastrous, yet hilarious pre-wedding events.
Elliott has stated that he’s “delighted” to add Samuel to the cast, while commending him for his versatile talent. This will definitely be a switch-up for Samuel who has mostly starred in horror-thriller films.
Starring alongside Samuel are Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop, as well as fellow Aussies Laura Brent, Tim Draxl, Steve Le Marquand, and iconic singer-actress Olivia Newton-John as the bride’s mother.
The film, which marks Elliot’s first Australian feature in over a decade, starts shooting in Sydney and the Blue Mountains next week. It features a screenplay written by Dean Craig and is being produced by Share Stallings, Laurence Malkin, Antonia Barnard, and Arclight’s Gary Hamilton.
“A Few Best Men” will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Icon Film Distribution with international sales by Arclight and Quickfire. No release date for the film has been set as of yet.