Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. have announced the start of production of director Denis Villeneuve’s (Incedies) dramatic thriller Prisoners. The film stars Hugh Jackman as a working-class Boston father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case. Filming is underway in Georgia, with an impressive supporting cast that includes Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis.
The screenplay was written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), and Mark Wahlberg is onboard as one of the film’s executive producers. Moreover, genius cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) is handling the camera work. Hit the jump to read the full press release. Prisoners opens on September 20th of this year.
The romantic drama Beautiful Creatures tells the story of 17-year-old Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), whose world is shaken up with the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the niece of Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), the reclusive owner of gothic Ravenwood Manor. Immediately drawn to each other, it becomes apparent that Lena is a Caster with powers beyond her control, and the two are faced with a curse that will claim her for either the Light or the Dark on her 16th birthday.
At the film’s press day, actress Viola Davis – who plays Amma, a Seer with her own reservations about a union between Ethan and Lena – talked about why she wanted to be in this film, how she personally feels about past lives, how being from the South herself helped inform her character, what she discovered about her own family from the research she did for the role, working with her young co-stars, and filming scenes with Jeremy Irons. She also talked about her roles in Prisoners, which she’s filming now with Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello, and Ender’s Game, which she recently did with Harrison Ford. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
We’ve got two new additions to leading lady casting news today. Check them out in brief below:
- Viola Davis (The Help) will join Prisoners, a Black List script from Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) that stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).
- Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) will star opposite Zac Efron (17 Again) in Are We Officially Dating?, a romantic comedy from debut writer/director Tom Gormican.
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Here is the latest movie release calendar, including new release dates and one release date shuffle:
- We’re the Millers, a pot comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, is set to open August 9th, 2013.
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a magician comedy starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, opens March 15th, 2013.
- Prisoners, a thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, opens September 20th, 2013.
- The Conjuring, a horror/thriller starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, now opens six months later on July 19th, 2013.
Hit the jump for more on the films’ synopses and casts.
A couple of casting headlines for you today:
- Paul Dano (Looper) will join Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) and Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch) in the vigilante thriller, Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).
- Ron Perlman (Hellboy) has joined the psychological thriller, Angry Little God, from director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism).
Hit the jump for more on these casting assignments and the movies themselves.
Hot off the somewhat surprising box office success of his small-budget cop drama End of Watch, Jake Gyllenhaal is looking to don his police uniform yet again. Variety reports that Gyllenhaal is in talks to star opposite Hugh Jackman in the vigilante thriller Prisoners. Jackman stars as a working-class Boston father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case. Gyllenhaal is looking to take on the role of said detective, with Melissa Leo also poised to star in the film for director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).
Gyllenhaal just recently wrapped filming on Villeneuve’s An Enemy, so he already has a relationship with the director. Production on Prisoners is set to begin in early 2013 after Jackman completes The Wolverine, with an eye towards a Fall 2013 release. [Update: Gyllenhaal has been confirmed for Prisoners. Hit the jump for the full press release.]
Melissa Leo has joined the cast of the vigilante thriller Prisoners. Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is set to direct Hugh Jackman in the story of a working-class Boston father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case. Leo is set to star opposite Jackman, but the nature of her role is not disclosed. It’d be kind of great to see her nab the detective role and square off against Jackman. Written by Aaron Guzikowkski (Contraband), production on Prisoners is set to begin early next year for a fall 2013 release.
Leo has made a number of interesting choices following her Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for The Fighter. She’ll next be seen later this year opposite Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, she recently filmed the Tom Cruise-fronted sci-fi pic Oblivion, and she’s poised to star in the White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen. Hit the jump to read the Prisoners press release.
After years of development, the vigilante thriller Prisoners is finally headed towards production. We learned last April that Incendies director Denis Villeneuve had been set to helm the project, and today it was announced that Hugh Jackman will star. The story centers on a working-class Boston father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case. Jackman had been attached to the project a few years ago when Antoine Fuqua was lined up to direct, but he subsequently dropped out. Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio have all eyed the thriller at one time or another, but it looks like Jackman is the one who’ll be kicking ass on screen. Hit the jump for more.
Director Denis Villeneuve looks to have secured his next film. Villeneuve most recently helmed Incendies, a story of Canadian emigres returning to the Middle East. That film has been met with extremely positive reception, having earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, and now 24 Frames reports that he’s set to direct the vigilante thriller Prisoners. The Black List script by Aaron Guzikowski tells the story of a working-class Boston father who takes hostage the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend.
Prisoners has been in development for quite a while, with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale at one point attached to play the father and a detective, respectively. Leonardo DiCaprio was most recently set to star in the film, but it appears that he’s no longer involved with the project. Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment are producing the flick, so expect more news on the project soon.
Opening this Friday is director McG’s “Terminator Salvation”. By now you’ve all seen the commercials and trailers, so I’m going to keep this intro brief. Also, if you’re reading Collider, you know who Christian Bale is, so I don’t think I need to remind too many people what movies he stared in.
Anyway, Warner Bros. recently held a press day for “Terminator Salvation” and I got to participate in a roundtable interview with Christian. During our twenty minutes he talked about making “Terminator Salvation”, “Public Enemies”, and how he’s training for his next possible film.
If you’re a fan of this great actor, you’ll really enjoy hearing what he had to say. As always, you can either read the transcript after the jump, or listen to the audio by clicking here.
Again, “Terminator Salvation” blasts into theaters this weekend. But you can see some clips now by clicking here.