With director Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers opening October 21, Summit Entertainment has provided us with eight clips from the reboot of Alexandre Dumas’ classic story. The film stars Logan Lerman, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Matthew Macfayden and Mads Mikkelsen. In the reboot, “the hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (MacFadyen, Evans and Stevenson). They must stop the evil Richlieu (Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Jovovich).” And unlike many films that have been post converted into a 3D release, the Musketeers was shot in 3D. Hit the jump to watch the clips.
At this weekend’s London junket for Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers, I was able to speak with Orlando Bloom about playing the Duke of Buckingham. While I’ll be posting the full interview next week, since I got an update on The Hobbit I figured you’d like to hear his comments immediately. As most of you know, Peter Jackson is currently directing the two prequels to the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand. Part one is titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and it’ll be released on December 14, 2012. Part two is titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again and it will hit theaters on December 13, 2013. Both films are set sixty years before the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and tell the story of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who joins up with a band of dwarfs to retrieve a great treasure from the lair of a powerful dragon.
While we already knew Bloom would be reprising his role as Legolas in The Hobbit, no one was sure how big of a part he’ll play in one or both of the films. But according to Bloom, he’s already done some filming and will be “on and off all next year.” With that kind of schedule, his appearance is clearly more than just a cameo. Hit the jump for more.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 9th, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Summit has sent over eight new character posters and a making-of featurette from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s take on The Three Musketeers. Starring Logan Lerman, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, Matthew Macfayden and Mads Mikkelsen, the film looks pretty much exactly how you’d expect a Paul W.S. Anderson Musketeers movie to look. I’m no Musketeers enthusiast, so I’m really not offended by Anderson’s updating of the material. That doesn’t mean I want to see it either, though.
Check out the new hero/villain character posters and the “Making of a Musketeer” featurette after the jump. The Three Musketeers hits 3D theaters on October 21st.
Magnolia has released the first trailer for Main Street, a drama about “the residents of a small Southern city are changed forever by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown.” It’s worth a watch for Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom trying on Southern accents. There’s something about the transition from proper English to Southern drawl that sounds unnatural, especially when Bloom is acting opposite Margo Martindale, who owns the homespun phrasing.
I honestly couldn’t get past it, but you can give it a shot after the break. Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, Amber Tamblyn also star. Main Street premieres on VOD August 5, followed by theatrical release September 9.
New posters have been released for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Take Shelter, Main Street, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The UK Tinker Tailor poster is pretty slick, the Take Shelter does a satisfactory job of conveying the film’s sense of dread and isolation, the Main Street poster [which @DarkHorizons tells me is the same design they used when promoting it in international markets two years ago] is painfully bland, and the Thai banner for Rise of the Planet of the Apes proves yet again that an ape staring you down will make you want to see the movie featuring said ape. We also have a hi-res version of the poster for Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opens November 18th, Take Shelter opens September 30th, Main Street hits VOD on August 5th and theaters on September 9th, Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens August 5th, and Hugo arrives in 3D on November 23rd.
Transformers 3: Blowin’ Up Chicago arrives on screens tomorrow so the taste for trashy blockbusters is in the air. The good news is that there are more ridiculous action movies on the way after Michael Bay’s latest ode to slow motion explosions. Today a fresh new trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s glossy The Three Musketeers update has arrived online in all its overblown glory. It’s not often that you get to see a trailer that proudly claims to be based on “the classic novel from Alexandre Dumas” only to seconds later show flying ships suspended by hot air balloons that I don’t recall being in the book. Fan of the series or not, this is one of those trailers that you kind of have to see in a “you’re not going to believe this shit” kind of way.
Hit jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelson, Gabriella Wilde, Juno Temple, Orlando Bloom, and Christoph Waltz. The Three Musketeers opens October 14th.
I shouldn’t complain about writing about posters. I have 44 of them in my office (the majority are mini posters, but they still count, dammit!) so I get the appeal. Plus, they can be really fun to mock! For instance, Summit has released the first poster for Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers and it makes me feel so bad for Mads Mikkelsen. I can’t decide what’s worse: that he’s the tiniest main character on the poster or that Matthew Macfayden is shoving his crotch in Mikkelsen’s face. The expression on Mikkelsen’s face suggests the latter.
There’s also a NSFW US poster for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’m sure that Rooney Mara knew that she would have to bare her breasts for the movie, but I wonder if she knew they would also be part of the marketing campaign. I wonder if the folks in Sony’s advertising department thought to themselves, “I have seen Rooney Mara’s pierced nipples and they are going to boost ticket sales.” Hit the jump to check out the posters. The Three Musketeers opens in 3D on October 14th. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens December 21st.
Back in December, we reported that Orlando Bloom might reprise his role as Elven sharpshooter Legolas for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Today on his official Facebook page, Jackson confirmed that he had Legolas bow:
Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I’m excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn’t! I guess that’s why he makes such a wonderful elf.
Bloom is the latest Lord of the Rings cast member to join The Hobbit. While Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Elrond (Hugo Weaving), and Gollum (Andy Serkis) actually appear in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, Jackson has apparently made room for Legolas, Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), old Bilbo (Ian Holm), and Frodo (Elijah Wood). Hit the jump for the synopsis of the novel. The two-part 3D film is set for December 2012 and December 2013.
As the Cannes Film Festival heats up, plenty of casting deals are getting done. We’ve combined some of the latest casting stories into one handy article for your viewing pleasure. First up, Colin Firth and Emily Blunt have signed on to star in a dark comedy from director Dante Ariola and written by Becky Johnston. According to Deadline, “Firth plays a man who hates his job and is hated by his ex-wife and son. Feeling he missed his one shot at living the dream, he fakes his death and buys a new identity. Along the way he meets a woman (Blunt) who is also trying to leave her past behind. The pair break into empty homes and pose as the absent owners. The two find a kindship despite all the lying.” I’m a little giddy at the thought of Firth and Blunt playing off each other so hopefully we’ll see this project sooner rather than later.
Hit the jump for more casting news regarding Katie Holmes, Chase Crawford, Dennis Quaid, Orlando Bloom, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, and Cristiana Capotondi.
We have a few casting tidbits to bring you tonight. First up, Deadline reports that Anna Faris has been offered the female lead in director Larry Charles’ (Borat) comedy The Dictator. Already starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley, the film tells the story of a dictator who risks his life to keep democracy out of his finely oppressed country. Cohen will take on dual roles in the film as both the dictator and a goat herder whereas Faris’ character would be the owner of an organic food store who begins to turn around Cohen’s dictatorial outlook. You may remember that Faris faced competition in the form of Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs for the role. The Dictator is scheduled to be released by Paramount on May 11th, 2012.
Next up, Variety confirms that both Greta Gerwig (Arthur) and Orlando Bloom are settling in for roles in the romantic comedy Lola Versus. Per the report, Gerwig has already accepted the starring role of a girl who is dumped only weeks before her wedding by her college sweetheart. Bloom is still in final negotiations to join the film for an unspecified role (perhaps Gerwig’s aforementioned college sweetheart?). Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards) is set to direct the script he co-wrote with Zoe Lister-Jones. Production on the film is scheduled to begin in New York next month.
In the unusual drama Sympathy for Delicious, actors Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis play charismatic frontman The Stain and bassist Ariel, part of a band on the verge of superstardom, whose manager Nina (Laura Linney) is trying to lead them down the path to fame and fortune. When they hold auditions for a DJ to add to their band, they meet Dean O’Dwyer (Christopher Thornton), aka Delicious D, who they discover possesses the otherworldly power to heal people and they decide to incorporate his gift into their live show, with disastrous consequences.
At the film’s press day, co-stars Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis talked about the appeal of doing such out-there roles, how they related to and identified with their rock star counterparts, working with Mark Ruffalo on his feature directorial debut, and being a part of such a passion project for screenwriter/star Christopher Thornton. Orlando also talked about his excitement to work with Peter Jackson again, reprising the character of Legolas for The Hobbit, and Juliette talked about her desire to get back out on the road again with her own band, The Licks. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Earlier today, at the press day for the independent drama Sympathy for Delicious, about an up-and-coming DJ left paralyzed by a motorcycle accident who discovers that he possesses the otherworldly power to heal everyone but himself, Collider spoke to actors Mark Ruffalo, who directed the film, and Orlando Bloom.
While we will wait to post those interviews closer to the film’s April 29th release, they each gave brief updates about the huge projects that are on their horizons. Mark talked about what he has to do to get ready for The Avengers and revealed it starts shooting the first week of May. Orlando talked about how excited he is to work with Peter Jackson again for The Hobbit, which he just received the full script for. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
The first trailer for The Three Musketeers has gone online and it is a doozy. This is The Three Musketeers as only director Paul W.S. Anderson could make it. And that way is incredibly stupid. While I won’t hold up the 1993 version as a piece of brilliant modern cinema, it at least felt like a good, old-fashioned adventure movie that wasn’t embarrassed by its source material. Watching the trailer for this new version try so hard to be bad-ass and cool just makes me sad. I half-expected one of the characters to turn directly to the camera and shout, “Classic literature, motherfucker!” and then tossing a 3D book into the audience and the book explodes. I suppose having one of the characters solemnly utter a line like “Only we can prevent the coming apocalypse,” will have to do.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Logan Lerman, Milla Jovovich, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelson, Gabriella Wilde, Juno Temple, Orlando Bloom, and Christoph Waltz. The Three Musketeers opens in 3D on October 14th.
The first trailer for Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut Sympathy for Delicious has been released. The film tells the story of a paralyzed DJ (played by the film’s scribe, Christopher Thornton) who somehow acquires the ability to heal, though is unable to make himself walk. Judging from the trailer, Ruffalo definitely shows some promise as a director. Factor in the top-notch cast, and I’m very interested in seeing how this film plays out. The flick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January where it took home the Special Jury Prize.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Sympathy for Delicious stars Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Thornton, Orlando Bloom, Juliette Lewis, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich and John Carroll Lynch.
The first on-set footage of Orlando Bloom in The Three Musketeers has hit the web, courtesy of ET, and it’s a bit strange. We recently brought you the first high-resolution images from the film, which is helmed by director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Afterlife). Bloom stars alongside Mila Jovovich, Christoph Waltz, Matthew MacFayden, Logan Lerman and Luke Evans. The video, in which Bloom gives his best Jack Sparrow impression (albeit unintentionally), shows the actor filming scenes and features a brief, and very bizarre, interview. The film will be released in 3D on October 14th. Hit the jump to check out the video.