Though production is set to begin soon, director Ridley Scott isn’t finished adding top-shelf talent to his next film, The Counselor. So far, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie are in varying stages of signing on to the drama, and now Oscar winner Penelope Cruz is apparently eyeing a role. Fassbender is set as the lead in the Cormac McCarthy-scripted project that centers on a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip his toe in the cocaine business without getting sucked down. He teams up with a rich acquaintance (Bardem) for the new business that also brings in the shady type (Pitt).
Per THR, Cruz would play Fassbender’s love interest in the pic. There was talk that Jolie was also circling the female lead, but other reports had her pegged for a smaller role given her tight schedule (she shoots Maleficent in June). No official offer has been extended to Cruz, but she’s already entered talks to the part. Whatever the case, Scott has already put together a stellar ensemble and I can’t wait to see the finished product.
The Avengers may be the all-star superhero movie of the year, but Ridley Scott is putting together an all-star lineup of his own for The Counselor. No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy wrote the script—his first—which quickly sparked a feeding frenzy over who would direct and star in the film. Michael Fassbender is onboard as a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip his toe in the drug business without getting sucked down, and we previously reported that Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner were circling roles in the pic. Now it appears that Pitt and Bardem are extremely close to joining the cast, with Angelina Jolie not far behind. Hit the jump for more.
Angelina Jolie is in negotiations to take a small role in Ridley Scott‘s narco-thriller The Counselor. Scott’s follow-up to Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender as a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip his toe in the drug business without getting sucked down. The script, written by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy, has been described as No Country “on steroids”. As we previously reported, Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper, and Brad Pitt are also circling roles in the film, although Pitt is considering a small part due to his busy schedule.
Vulture currently has no details on who Jolie would play, but there might be room in her schedule to make a brief appearance in Scott’s movie. The Counselor starts filming in June, and Jolie isn’t scheduled to don a pair of horns to play the title role in the Sleeping Beauty re-imagining Maleficent until late June or early July. As we reported yesterday, Maleficent is slated for release on March 14, 2014.
Release dates have been announced for The Dictator and Maleficent. Here’s the breakdown:
- Paramount has moved back the comedy The Dictator five days to May 16th in order to avoid sharing the May 11th weekend with Tim Burton‘s comedy Dark Shadows. [Deadline]
- Disney has slated the Sleeping Beauty re-imagining, Maleficent, for March 14, 2014. The film stars Angelina Jolie as the eponymous evil sorceress.
Hit the jump for more on both films and their box office competition.
After getting behind the camera for the drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie will get back in front for the fairy-tale re-imagining Maleficent. Director Robert Stromberg‘s spin on the Sleeping Beauty tells the story from the eponymous villain’s point of view. Jolie recently commented on what we can expect from the upcoming film, which is scheduled to start shooting in June.
Hit the jump for what Jolie had to say about Maleficent including her take on the character’s personality, how Maleficent can be good for young girls, and how the sorceress will look.
We’re only a few short days away from the 84th Academy Awards, which means all that prognosticating and “fake controversy” business will finally come to an end on Monday morning. Until next year, that is. Nevertheless, a number of presenters have been announced over the past few weeks and we figured we’d bring you a full list of all the pretty celebrities scheduled to appear during Sunday night’s telecast. Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Emma Stone, The Muppets and the leading ladies from Bridesmaids will (hopefully) be bringing the funny, and today the Academy announced that last year’s winners in the acting categories will return to present. I really, really liked the way the awards were given out a few years back with past winners speaking directly to each of the nominees, so I’m hoping Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Natalie Portman, and Colin Firth will be doing something similar.
Hit the jump to read the full list of presenters and performers, and be sure to check back this weekend to see how yours truly and Matt Goldberg think the awards will stack up in our predictions feature. Billy Crystal hosts the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th.
Billy Bob Thornton‘s latest directorial effort, Janye Mansfield’s Car, is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, and now word on his next project has arrived. Variety reports that Thornton will co-write and direct the “ethereal” road movie And Then We Drove. Screenwriter Tom Epperson will co-write the story, which Thornton says is about “a guy who’s on a road trip and picks up this girl along the way, and what happens to them. It’s about the question of life: ‘What is this? Where do I fit in?’” The road trip will take the couple across the U.S. with stops in Los Angeles, the South, New Mexico, and Arizona. Producer Alexander Rodnyansky adds that the movie is partly inspired by Thornton’s tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car is Thornton’s first feature film in over a decade and I’m eager to hear the word on it out of Berlin. Thornton’s also looking for a distributor who will theatrically release his Willie Nelson documentary, The King of Luck, which premiered at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. Hopefully, he’ll find one soon.
Angelina Jolie can almost always move forward a project of her choosing, and it looks like she’ll be taking the Sleeping Beauty re-imagining, Maleficent, as her next feature. While promoting her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and the Berlin Film Festival, Jolie told THR,
“I haven’t acted in two years, and I haven’t done anything else since this [Land of Blood and Honey]. The next thing I am looking at is a Disney movie,” said the actress.
The “Disney movie” would almost certainly be Maleficent unless it’s another project that we haven’t heard anything about. Jolie’s last film was The Tourist although audiences heard her voice last year in Kung Fu Panda 2. Hit the jump for more details on Maleficent and a refresher on her other projects.
Apparently it’s Disney’s day to attach directors to their projects. Just after the Mouse House filled the director’s chair on their Matterhorn movie, Deadline reports that Disney has finally settled on Robert Stromberg to helm Maleficent. The revisionist take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale has been gestating for some time now with Angelina Jolie attached to star, but it now looks as though things are finally moving forward. Though Maleficent will act as Stromberg’s feature directorial debut, he’s no stranger to big-budget Hollywood movies. He’s served as production designer on films like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland (he won the Academy Award for Art Direction on both films), and he’s most recently been working on Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. Hit the jump for more, including how soon production on Maleficent could begin.
In the war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, which marks the writing and directorial debut of Angelina Jolie, Danijel (Goran Kostic) is a Bosnian Serb police officer and Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) is a Bosnian Muslim artist. Together before the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990′s, their relationship quickly changes, as violence engulfs the country. When Ajla is taken from the apartment that she shares with her sister, Lejla (Vanesa Glodjo) and Lejla’s infant child, she comes face-to-face with Danijel and his troops, under the command of Danijel’s father, General Nebojsa Vukojevish (Rade Serbedzija). As the conflict takes hold, their connection to one another grows uncertain, and the war takes a physical and emotional toll that neither of them will ever recover from.
At the film’s press day, co-stars Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic talked about revisiting this war for the experience of making the film, the difficulty of getting through some of the more emotionally intense scenes, the experience of shooting in both Bosnian and English, and the importance of having somebody like Angelina Jolie bring this particular chapter of history to the world’s attention. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War in the 1990′s, In the Land of Blood and Honey tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostic) and Ajla (Zana Marjanovic), who are on very different sides of the brutal ethnic conflict. As that conflict takes hold of their lives and their relationship changes, their connection to one another becomes strained and their allegiances grow uncertain. Portraying the incredible emotional and physical toll that the war takes on individuals, the unrelenting brutality is intended to make audiences question why it took so long for anyone to intervene in a society plagued by such horrific acts.
At the film’s press day, Angelina Jolie talked about making her writing and directorial debut with this war drama, what led her to tell this particular story, cutting the film down from the initial four-and-a-half-hour version that was way more brutal, deciding to shoot the film in two different languages (Bosnian and English), that writing is a cathartic process for her, and that this experience taught her how much she loves being on the other side of the camera. She also talked about a script she’s written about Afghanistan, but said that she doesn’t know if it’s any good, or if she’ll ever show it to anybody. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Last week we reported that Angelina Jolie was looking to star in an untitled sci-fi thriller set to be directed by Luc Besson. At the time the project was without a studio, but now Deadline reports that Universal has closed a deal to distribute the pic. Plot details are currently under wraps, but the feature is described as a “large-scale dramatic thriller” and is said to be rooted in true scientific elements. Besson wrote the script and will direct. The film is said to be in the vein of Besson’s earlier work like The Fifth Element and The Professional. The director recently helmed the drama The Lady, and Jolie is readying the release of her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. Production on the untitled pic is set to get underway in April.
While she’s currently prepping for the release of her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie is also looking towards her next acting vehicle. Deadline reports that Jolie is in serious talks to star in a big scale action thriller written and directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). Besson just finished his own prestige pic The Lady, but it looks like he’s itching to get back to his action roots with his next project. The film is described as a dramatic thriller “rooted in true scientific elements” and the plan is to shoot with Jolie next spring. Hit the jump for more on Jolie’s upcoming slate of projects.
Last week, we brought you this stylish poster from Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Now we have a host of new images and clips to share with you from the Bosnian war drama. Set against a backdrop of the Bosnian War in the 1990s, the story centers on the relationship between a Serbian soldier, Danijel (Goran Kostic) and a Bosnian native, Ajla (Zana Marjanovic). In the Land of Blood and Honey explores how the dynamics between the two change with the outset of the war, in which Ajla becomes a captive at a camp overseen by Danijel. Also starring Rade Serbedzija, the film will be released both in English and BHS, the native language of Bosnia. In the Land of Blood and Honey opens in limited release on December 23rd with a wider release in January. Hit the jump to check out the clips and images.
We’ve got a couple of new posters to share with you today. First up is a new one sheet for Andrew Stanton’s John Carter. In anticipation of the new trailer (which his Thursday), a few new images debuted this weekend and now we’ve got a new poster. I kind of liked the teaser poster for what it was, but this new one seems a bit dull and is sure to further confuse those who know nothing about the movie. At least they’re starting to hint at the whole Mars thing with the red background, because the first trailer did nothing to inform audiences that Taylor Kitsch was on another planet and not just wandering around a weird desert.
On the flip side of things, we’ve got a gorgeous poster for Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey. It effectively conveys the plot (centered around the Bosnian war) in an incredibly pretty and artful manner. Hit the jump to check out the posters. John Carter opens in 3D on March 9th, and In the Land of Blood and Honey opens in NY and LA December 23rd.