Joel Edgerton Talks FELONY, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS, JANE GOT A GUN Production Troubles, His Directorial Debut, and More at TIFF 2013

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Australian director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) Felony.  Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition.  Per the synopsis, “one is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it.”

Shortly before the premiere I sat down with Joel Edgerton for an extended video interview.  He talked about the issues that Felony explores, his writing process, financing, what he collects, his upcoming directorial debut (it’s explores what it would be like to run into the person who you used to terrorized in school), and much more.  In addition, he talked about playing Ramses in Ridley Scott‘s Exodus, how he was cast, shaving his head for the role, and the shooting locations.  Finally, he talked about the difficult production of Jane Got a Gun and how they got the film back on track.  Hit the jump to watch.

Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem Try to Find a Solution in New Clip for THE COUNSELOR; Plus New Posters and a Bonus Clip [UPDATED]

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A new clip from director Ridley Scott’s upcoming drama The Counselor has been released online.  The script by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine.  In this new clip, we see Fassbender and Bardem’s characters trying to figure out a solution to a problem that the two have encountered.  The cast is certainly fantastic and a script by McCarthy bodes well, but I still really have no idea what the film is about.  Here’s hoping Scott’s finished feature delivers.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Brad Pitt, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, and Goran Visnjic.  The Counselor opens on October 25th. [Update: We've added a collection of character posters and a second clip to the article after the jump.]

New Images and Poster for Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR Featuring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz

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A new batch of images and a fresh poster for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor have landed.  While each of the images features stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem in their own standalone poses, the new poster frames them altogether.  Perhaps this is intended to establish each of the characters as having strong personalities; or perhaps it’s just a good way to satisfy the actors’ egos.  Either way, Scott has a talented cast who has the benefit of Cormac McCarthy’s tense script to work from, one that centers on a lawyer (Fassbender) who gets in over his head in a drug trafficking attempt gone awry.

Also starring Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, and Goran Visnjic,  The Counselor opens on October 25th.  Hit the jump to see the new images and poster.

Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul, John Turturro, and Ben Kingsley Eyed for Ridley Scott’s Biblical Epic EXODUS

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An Alien reunion is in the works.  Ripley herself Sigourney Weaver has been tapped to join the cast of director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus, along with John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.  Scott is putting together an impressive cast for the pic, with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton already set to play Moses and Ramses, respectively.  Variety reports that Weaver will play Tuya, the mother of Ramses, while Turturro has been tapped to play Ramses’ father Seti and Paul is in talks to portray a Hebrew slave alongside Bale’s Moses.  Additionally, Deadline reports that Ben Kingsley is in talks to join the cast as a Hebrew scholar.

Steven Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) penned the script for Exodus, and Scott is looking to start production in September in England, Spain, and Morocco.  This will mark the first time that Scott and Weaver have worked together in quite a while, though Exodus will see Weaver playing a considerably different role than that of her Alien heroine.

Joel Edgerton in Talks to Join Christian Bale in Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic EXODUS

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Director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus is coming together quite nicely.  While Scott has been developing the pic for some time, the project picked up steam earlier this year when Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) turned in a rewrite of the Adam Cooper and Bill Collage script.  Christian Bale was being courted to play Moses in the film, and now it appears that Bale has indeed signed on to play the Biblical character as THR reports that The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton is in talks to play the Egyptian ruler Ramses.  Hit the jump for more.

New Trailer for Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt

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A new full-length trailer for director Ridley Scott’s upcoming drama The Counselor has been released online.  The script by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine.  I had heard the script described as a film comprised of all the strange parts from No Country, and judging by this new trailer that appears to be a fairly accurate description.  There’s plenty of darkness to go around, but also a healthy amount of odd and offbeat moments that make the pic feel fresh.  Though Scott has been a bit hit-and-miss in recent years, it’s hard to imagine The Counselor being disappointing with that cast and McCarthy onboard.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, and Goran VisnjicThe Counselor opens on October 25th.

3 New Clips from Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR Featuring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt

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Three new clips from director Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated drama The Counselor have landed online ahead of a new trailer debut tomorrow.  The script by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine.  In the first two clips, we see Fassbender’s counselor character receiving advice from two separate sources, Bardem’s Reiner and Brad Pitt’s “cowboy chic” character.  The third clip involves Fassbender and Penelope Cruz.  Everything we’ve seen thus far has been excellent, and I look forward to seeing what tomorrow’s new trailer brings to the table.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, and Goran VisnjicThe Counselor opens on October 25th.

9 New Images from Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR Starring Michael Fassbender

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Nine new images have been released for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. The script by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine. The film’s screenwriter and the excellent cast (which also includes Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, and Goran Visnjic) are encouraging aspects, but Scott is the wild card, and I’ve learned to keep my expectations in check when it comes to his latest movies.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The Counselor opens October 25th.

New Teaser Trailer for Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem

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Another teaser trailer for director Ridley Scott’s upcoming film The Counselor has landed online.  The script by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine.  Like the initial teaser, this one highlights the tension that promises to be abundant in the star-studded pic, and while Scott’s recent output has been hit or miss, I’m really looking forward to seeing how McCarthy’s first screenplay stacks up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, and Brad PittThe Counselor opens on October 25th.

Russian and UK Teaser Trailers Provide a First Look at Ridley Scott’s THE COUNSELOR Starring Michael Fassbender [UPDATED]

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A Russian teaser trailer has popped up online for Ridley Scott‘s upcoming drama/thriller, The Counselor.  The script by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country for Old Men) centers on an attorney (Michael Fassbender) who teams with Reiner (Javier Bardem) to sell $20 million worth of cocaine.  The trailer is dubbed in Russian, but there’s no language barrier when it comes to understanding that Bardem’s hair is crazier than his character No Country for Old Men.  Wild dos aside, the stacked cast also includes Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer, and Goran Visnjic.  This will definitely be one to keep an eye on in the fall awards season.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The Counselor is due out in the U.S. on October 25th. [Update: We've added an embed for the UK trailer as well, which is in English.]

PROMETHEUS Sequel Moving Forward at Fox; Jack Paglen to Write Script

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20th Century Fox seems to have a game plan with regards to a sequel to last year’s Prometheus.  While director Ridley Scott made no secret of the fact that he envisioned the Alien pseudo-sequel as the beginning of a new franchise, firm movement on the follow-up had yet to materialize.  Coming off a box office take of over $400 million worldwide for the R-rated sci-fi pic, Fox was initially said to be targeting a 2014 or 2015 release date for Prometheus 2.  Screenwriter Damon Lindelof revealed earlier this year that he opted not to return to pen the follow-up, and a few months ago a story surfaced claiming that Fox was “freaking out” over how to continue the story. Well it appears that a logline for Prometheus 2 has indeed been sorted out, as screenwriter Jack Paglen is in talks to pen the script for the follow-up, with Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender expected to return in the starring roles.  Less certain, though, is Scott’s involvement this time around.  Hit the jump for more.

ASSASSIN’S CREED Set for May 22, 2015; Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic EXODUS Lands December 12, 2014; Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY Arrives December 25th

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We’ve got a few release dates to share today.  Briefly:

  • Labor Day – Writer/director Jason Reitman’s drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin will hit theaters in limited release on December 25th of this year (just in time for awards season, natch), before expanding wide on January 31st.
  • Exodus – Director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic about the life of Moses has been dated for a prime holiday release of December 12, 2014, confirming that this will indeed be Scott’s next project.  Christian Bale may star.
  • Assassin’s Creed – The feature film adaptation of the popular video game series has been dated for Memorial Day weekend of 2015, with a firm May 22, 2015 release date.  Michael Fassbender is producing the film and will also star.

Hit the jump for much more on all of the aforementioned projects.

Colin Firth to Lead Matthew Vaughn’s THE SECRET SERVICE

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Last month, we reported that director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) was set to adapt Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic The Secret Service.  The story is about a veteran secret agent who takes his ruffian nephew from the streets of London and into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types.  According to Heat Vision, Colin Firth is being courted for the role of the uncle.  Vaughn was looking to reteam with his Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role of the nephew, but the actor was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict.

Hit the jump for more.  Firth will next be seen in Atom Egoyan‘s West Memphis Three drama, Devil’s KnotThe Secret Service is set for release on November 14, 2014.

Fox “Freaking Out” Over PROMETHEUS Sequel? Not Exactly, Says Damon Lindelof

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Quite a hubbub occurred earlier today over 20th Century Fox’s supposed difficulty in developing a sequel to Prometheus, and now screenwriter Damon Lindelof has provided a statement on the matter.  Talk of a follow-up to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film has been around ever since Scott and Co. were doing press for the first film, with both Scott and Lindelof offering up plenty of details regarding where Prometheus 2 might lead.  The first film was developed with an eye towards possibly moving forward with a full trilogy should audiences spark to Prometheus, and with a global box office haul of $403 million, Fox is understandably keen on getting a sequel going soon.

Lindelof opted not to come back and pen the script for the follow-up due to scheduling issues, and a new report today claims that Fox and Scott are “freaking out” over trying to figure out the story for Prometheus 2 after Lindelof “abandoned” the project.  Hit the jump for much more, including Lindelof’s comment on the matter.

Christian Bale Courted for Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic EXODUS

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Let the battle of the Moses epics begin!  Two high profile films about the Biblical character have been in development for the past year or so—one at Warner Bros. with Steven Spielberg flirting with the director’s chair, and one at Fox that has Ridley Scott attached to direct.  Yesterday, Warner Bros.’ film Gods and Kings was dealt a blow when Spielberg finally left the project, and now it appears that Fox is ramping things up on Exodus as Scott is looking to make the pic his next film after he completes post-production on The Counselor.  The Gladiator filmmaker has taken a big step forward towards production, as he and Fox are apparently courting Christian Bale to tackle the Moses role.  Hit the jump for more.

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