We recently spoke with Jude Law at the press day for his upcoming film Side Effects, and he provided some brief updates on his upcoming projects plus details about his role in Wes Anderson‘s Grand Budapest Hotel. Regarding his minor updates, Law says that the script for Sherlock Holmes 3 is still in development, but he hasn’t heard anything yet. “But you know what it’s like, it’s going to be about scheduling, it’s going to be about the right time for the studio and it is about keeping the bar raised,” says Law, “you know, coming up with something that’s really smart and making sure it keeps getting better.”
I don’t think is going to happen now, or I don’t think that I can be involved in it anymore. I’m not sure what happened there, whether they can get it together I don’t know.
It sounds like financing may have fallen through since the movie was reportedly set to start filming in Morocco in March. Naomi Watts was set to play Bell, who was described as “the female Lawrence of Arabia”, and worked extensively in the middle east and was responsible for establishing what would become the modern framework for Jordan and Iraq. Robert Pattinson was attached to co-star as the actual “Lawrence of Arabia”, T.E. Lawrence.
Law also revealed that he’s wrapped filming on Dom Hemingway, which was directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador). We reported on the film last March, but it’s stayed under the radar since then. Here’s what Law had to say about the flick:
It’s about a guy called Dom, who is a kind of petty criminal. He’s just got out of prison. He’s a bit of a waster, he’s a drunk, he’s a loudmouth, he’s a liar and it’s about him trying to put his life back together and he gets into terrible scrapes with his friend Dickie. And it’s also really about him ultimately realizing that he has to make it up with his daughter.
Finally, Law talked a little bit about Grand Budapest Hotel. For those who don’t know, Anderson has lined up an incredible cast for his upcoming film. In addition to co-starring Law, the film will be lead by Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan, and the cast also includes Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, and Jason Schwartzman, Jeff Goldblum, F. Murray Abraham, and Mathieu Amalric. Plot details are still scarce, but the movie is reportedly in the vein of the films of Billy Wilder (The Apartment) and Ernest Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner).
Talk a little bit about how you got involved in that one, and I don’t want you to ruin anything about the movie, but can you reveal who you play or anything?
LAW: Yes, certainly. I mean, I’m a tiny part, but I was a huge fan of his and I’ve admired his films and wrote to him several times.
Did you write letters or emails?
LAW: Letters initially, which is very in his genre isn’t it?
LAW: “Dear Wes…” yeah, and now emails; and it wasn’t a case of begging it really was just saying, “I love what you do and I want to live in that world.” And he was very sweet to ask me to be a part of this one. I play an author in this and there are sort of several sections, it’s about storytelling. There’s someone plays me older and then they’re recounting how they were told a first certain story, and then you cut to me being told that story, and then you cut to the story. It’s sort of layers of storytelling.
Side Effects opens February 8th.