Edgar Ramirez Set as Lead in Richard Kelly’s CORPUS CHRISTI; Robert Rodriguez and Eli Roth Will Produce

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Carlos star Edgar Ramirez was on the shortlist of possible replacements for Benicio Del Toro when the actor dropped out of J.J. AbramsStar Trek sequel, but the role ultimately went to Benedict Cumberbatch. Now the much buzzed-about star has landed the lead in the next effort from Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly. Variety reports that Ramirez will star in Kelly’s Corpus Christi, a thriller set in 2014 that finds the actor playing an Iraqi war veteran with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. The character forges a dangerous alliance with a wealthy industrialist in Texas. The film is said to be a departure for Kelly as it has a more traditional narrative than his past features.

Eli Roth and Robert Rodriguez are producing the pic, which will start shooting on location in Austin this July. Kelly followed-up the well received Donnie Darko with the confusing Southland Tales, which of course was followed by the disappointing sci-fi thriller The Box. While I’m dismayed that we haven’t seen anything from Kelly that matches up to the wonder and darkness of Darko, I’m intrigued to see him take on a more straightforward story. Ramirez is currently filming Kathryn Bigelow’s action drama Zero Dark Thirty which centers on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and he’ll next be seen in the sequel Wrath of the Titans as Ares.

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  • Dsimolke

    I actually found The Box to be a highly ambitious film, that, while arguably muddled in its execution, was still a breath of fresh air for a variety of reasons. Much like the third act of Alex Proyas’ film, Knowing. Both of these movies appeared to be standard sci/fi, thriller, supernatural (whatever you want to call it) fare, but in reality had much loftier goals. Even though they weren’t entirely successful, I think their ambition should be acknowledged as a serious positive. Everyone gave The Tree of Life a pass on this same “confusing execution” aspect because it was Terence Malick and much more of an art film than these two movies, which were decidedly more genre-oriented. I’m not saying The Tree of Life isn’t great, or even better than these two movies (I personally think Life is better overall), but just that ambition can often be overlooked because it isn’t pulled off perfectly. How often are truly ambitious films ever executed flawlessly? Not often. I’d rather see an ambitious film than one that follows the same conventions as 90% of the movies we see. At least most of the time. And The Box and Knowing are just two that have been unjustly neglected regarding their real ballsiness (and I thought I would hate Knowing going in).

  • Dsimolke

    Roger Ebert actually gave both of these films good reviews and acknowledges that many people would not like both of them in the last paragraph of his review for The Box. It sucks that a person with such a great understanding of film criticism would have to apologize for appreciating intriguing movies.

  • Dsimolke

    My post about Ebert is referring to The Box and Knowing. My initial comment didn’t post for some reason, but all I was really saying was The Box and Knowing (which I wasn’t expecting to like at all) were both films that were marketed as standard sci/fi, supernatural, genre fare but were actually much more ambitious, and although muddled in their execution to an extent, were still a breath of fresh air. I think movies with lofty goals are usually more respectable than those that stick to the by-the-numbers conventions, even if their execution isn’t perfect. How often does this happen with really ambitious films anyways? I think these films have huge merit for trying to be ballsy. They should be more respected than they are. Not as masterpieces, but for having balls.

  • Dsimolke

    The two movies I’m referring to are Knowing and The Box. I tried to post like three comments that elaborated on how their ambitiousness isn’t appreciated but they don’t seem to be posting.

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