Luke Evans Talks DRACULA UNTOLD, the Character’s Popularity, What Drew Him to the Project, Ben Wheatley’s HIGH RISE, and More

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Opening this weekend is Dracula Untold.  Directed by Gary Shore, the film stars Luke Evans as Vlad, a character based on Vlad the Impaler.  When the Turkish ruler Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to take 1,000 boys from Transylvania including Vlad’s son, Vlad makes a desperate play to save them by becoming a vampire.  The film also stars Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Art Parkinson, and Noah Huntley.  For more on the film, watch a clip or read 50 things to know about Dracula Untold from our set visit.

The other day in New York City I spoke with Luke Evans about the film.  He talked about why Dracula has remained popular for generations, how the film is focused on Dracula’s family and if that’s one of the things that drew him to the project, the challenging shoot, using social media, Ben Wheatley’s High Rise, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ben Kingsley Joins THE JUNGLE BOOK; Rooney Mara to Produce and Star in HOUSE IN THE SKY; Elisabeth Moss and James Purefoy Climb HIGH-RISE

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Sir Ben Kingsley will voice the character of Bagheera in director Jon Favreau’s live-action/CG adaptation of The Jungle Book.
  • Rooney Mara has been set to produce and star in an adaptation of the harrowing memoir A House in the Sky for Annapurna Pictures.
  • Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and James Purefoy (The Following) have joined Tom Hiddleston in director Ben Wheatley’s thriller High-Rise.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Keanu Reeves to Replace Daniel Craig in Courtroom Drama THE WHOLE TRUTH; Luke Evans to Star in HIGH-RISE; Ice Cube’s Son to Play Him in NWA Biopic

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Keanu Reeves is set to replace Daniel Craig as the lead in Courtney Hunt’s courtroom drama The Whole Truth.
  • Luke Evans has reportedly joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel that stars Tom HiddlestonJeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.
  • Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., will play Cube in the NWA picture, Straight Outta Compton.

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Irons and Miller Join HIGH-RISE; Sarsgaard and Ryder to Lead EXPERIMENTER; Galifianakis Has TULIP FEVER; Butler Set for DEN OF THIEVES

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We have a few casting stories for you this morning.  Briefly:

  • Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller will join Tom Hiddleston in Ben Wheatley‘s adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s High-Rise.
  • Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder will lead the biopic Experimenter, The Stanley Milgram Story.
  • Zach Galifanakis has signed on to Justin Chadwick‘s period romance Tulip Fever.
  • Gerard Butler is set to star in the heist drama Den of Thieves.

Hit the jump for more details on these casting bits.

Tom Hiddleston to Star in Ben Wheatley’s HIGH RISE; Filming to Begin in June

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The adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s High Rise has been stuck in development hell for years, but last year, Kill List director Ben Wheatley signed on to become the project’s latest director.  The 1975 novel “takes place in a tower block, which is supposed to be a gleaming new, exciting and exotic home for its affluent residents, but ends up isolating and factionalizing them into all-out war, with the surface sophistication degenerating to primal savagery.”  Today, Wheatley announced on his Twitter page that production will begin in June, and the film will star Tom Hiddleston.

Hit the jump for more including a cool promo image Wheatley tweeted.

Director Ben Wheatley Talks A FIELD IN ENGLAND, His Film Influences, Working on DOCTOR WHO, HIGH RISE, and More

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Ben Wheatley’s filmography defies easy categorization.  With just four films under his belt, Wheatley has directed a dysfunctional family mobster melodrama (Down Terrace), a hitman cult horror tragedy (Kill List) and a romantic serial-killer comedy (Sightseers).  His latest, A Field In England (released last year in the UK, Friday here in the US), is perhaps his oddest amalgamation yet: a psychedelic supernatural wartime period piece, harkening back to the experimental genre pictures of English provocateur Ken Russell.  In a (well…) field in England, four war deserters are taken captive by an alchemist and forced to search for a buried treasure.  As the characters descend into petty grievance and madness, the film itself begins to mirror their mental state, the reality of what’s on screen coming into question.  It’s another strong heady entry from Wheatley, who has rightly been heralded as one of the best new English filmmakers today.

In the following interview with Wheatley, he discusses the resurgence of artsploitation films, Ken Russell’s The Devils and accolades from Martin Scorsese & Nicolas Roeg. In addition Wheatley, currently shooting the first two episodes of the upcoming Doctor Who season, gives updates on his next motion picture High Rise and his (supposed) American film debut Freakshift.  For the full interview, hit the jump.  A Field in England opens in the U.S. on February 7th.

Ben Wheatley Becomes the Latest Director to Attempt an Adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s HIGH-RISE

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Ben Wheatley will be the latest director to try and climb J.G. Ballard‘s satirical sci-fi novel High-Rise.  Published in 1975, the book, per Empire, “takes place in a tower block, which is supposed to be a gleaming new, exciting and exotic home for its affluent residents, but ends up isolating and factionalizing them into all-out war, with the surface sophistication degenerating to primal savagery.”  So it’s pretty much in the violent wheelhouse Wheatley established with his first three movies, Down Terrace, Kill List, and Sightseers.

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Richard Stanley to Pen Vincenzo Natali’s Adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s HIGH RISE

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Hardware and Dust Devil director Richard Stanley has come on to write the screenplay for director Vincenzo Natalie’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, High Rise.  In an interview with Bleeding Cool [via Twitch], Natali said:

Richard’s writing a draft right now … for years I had worked on High Rise myself, pretty much alone. At one point Rudy Wurlitzer had written a draft, He’s quite a well known screen writer. That hadn’t really worked out, and at a certain point, I just felt tapped out. So Jeremy Thomas suggested Richard who he had worked with in the past, so Richard’s come in and he’s really injected new blood into it. I think we’re going to nail it, I think it’s going to be great.

Hit the jump for the synopsis of Ballard’s novel plus a recap of Natali’s other projects.

Director Vincenzo Natali Exclusive Video Interview SPLICE

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As I said when I first interviewed director Vincenzo Natali at this year’s WonderCon, one of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film festival was Splice. Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic scientists that create a new life form with severe consequences, the film is original, dark, twisted, and awesome.  If you’re the kind of person that complains Hollywood never does anything original, you’re going to want to check out Splice this weekend.  Here are some clips.

Anyhow, with the movie set for release tomorrow, I recently sat down one more time with this talented director to talk about his film.  During our extended interview we talked about the challenges of getting Splice made, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray, what’s up with High Rise, Tunnels and Neuromancer, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out.

SPLICE Director Vincenzo Natali Talks HIGH RISE and NEUROMANCER

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Last week, we excitedly reported that director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) would be taking over the adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer from Joseph Kahn (Torque).  Speaking with io9, Natali clarified that he hasn’t signed the contracts yet, but he does have Gibson’s blessing.  Natali then went on at length about what he finds fascinating about Neuromancer and how he plans to adapt it.  He also spoke about his “social disaster” film High Rise, which he mentioned to Steve this year at WonderCon.

Hit the jump to read what he had to say about Neuromancer and High RiseSplice hits theaters on June 4th.

Vincenzo Natali WonderCon Video Interview SPLICE – Plus Updates on HIGH RISE and TUNNELS

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One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film festival was director Vincenzo Natali’s Splice. Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic scientists that create a new life form with severe consequences, the film is original, dark, twisted, and it looks like a Hollywood produced film.   That’s probably why Joel Silver agreed to distribute Splice through his Dark Castle label (via Warner Bros.) on June 4th.  Trust me, the film is absolutely worth seeing.

Anyway, a few days ago I was at WonderCon and got to speak with Vincenzo Natali.  We discussed what edits he’s made since Sundance, how the film came together, how Joel Silver got involved, some possible next projects like High Rise and Tunnels, and a lot more.  Watch it after the jump:

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