We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Lindsay Lohan has joined director Paul Schrader’s indie sexual thriller The Canyons. The script was written by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis and the early logline states that the film centers on a group of students who are trapped in shark-infested waters by a lunatic. Ellis broke the news of Lohan’s involvement via Twitter, and THR confirms that she’s in talks to star opposite porn star James Deen.
The report has a slightly different synopsis than the shark-centered one, as THR says it follows sex and crime among a group of young twentysomethings in Los Angeles. Deen will be playing “a manipulative trust-fund kid with dreams of making a movie” and Lohan plays his materialist girlfriend. Hit the jump for news concerning Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candleabra.
With Roland Emmerich’s period drama Anonymous now playing, it’s time to post the last of my video interviews with the cast. While Emmerich is known for his big-budget disaster movies like 2012 and Independence Day, Anonymous is a big departure by centering on a conspiracy to cover up the true author of Shakespeare’s plays. Emmerich made a really entertaining political thriller wrapped in a controversial theory. The film stars Rhys Ifans, Jamie Campbell Bower, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Xavier Samuel and Vanessa Redgrave. Here are some clips and the trailer.
During my interview with Xavier Samuel, we talked about how he got cast, karaoke, video games, his thoughts on the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays, how early does he start to prepare once he gets a project, and what Twilight fans want to talk about when they meet him. In addition, Samuel recently made a few Australian movies (Bait, A Few Best Man and Drift) and talks about them. Hit the jump to watch.
Taxi Driver scribe Paul Schrader has signed on to direct the indie thriller Bait. Variety reports that Schrader will direct the film, and is currently polishing the script written by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. The story centers on a group of students who are trapped in shark-infested waters by a lunatic. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Schrader’s most noted films came out of his collaboration with Martin Scorsese, as he wrote the scripts for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead.
Schrader has also directed a number of films on his own, and has most recently been developing The Jesuit with Willem Dafoe and Oscar Issac attached to star. Bait is definitely an unexpected project, but with Ellis writing the initial draft it’s safe to assume that this isn’t your typical “teens in peril” gorefest.
Jonas Pate (Caprica) will direct the Bret Easton Ellis-scripted thriller Bait for Picture Machine and Galavis Films. For those who don’t know, Ellis is the writer behind such novels as American Psycho, Less Than Zero, and The Rules of Attraction. According to Variety, his script for Bait “centers on a disturbed woman who holds a group of American students hostage in shark-infested waters.” I’m interested to see this movie so I can watch how the students get into that situation.
The film is set in Spain so I assume the students are on a break of some kind and carelessly backpacking through Europe without realize that most Europeans don’t see us as “exotic” as much as “eventually-murdered”. But even if you remove European disdain, how does the hostage situation play out? Does one of the students say, “Man! How can this spring break get any worse?” “We’re in shark-infested waters.” “Oh. That’s how.” (I used the image above because it features a shark and an explosion, and hopefully Bait will have both. Surprisingly enough, I couldn’t find an image of hostages in shark-infested waters. Click over to TopatoCo to buy the shirt).