About a month ago, we reported that Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook were among a shortlist of actors testing for the part of Kyle Reese in Alan Taylor’s Terminator: Genesis. It sounds as if you can narrow that list down further to just those two individuals. Courtney’s latest efforts include the actioners Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, and I, Frankenstein, with a role in Divergent coming out March 21st. Holbrook has had less high-profile pictures of late, including The Host, Out of the Furnace, and television’s Behind the Candelabra. He’s got a hot list of films coming up, however, such as David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun and Terrence Malick’s untitled project.
Whoever wins out to play the role made famous by Michael Biehn in the original film will join Arnold Schwarzenegger in the robotic title role, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, and Jason Clarke, who was in talks to star as John Connor at last report. Terminator: Genesis is due out July 1, 2015. (Via Deadline)
With Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) set to play Sarah Connor and John Clarke onboard as John Connor, producers are now looking to fill the role of Kyle Reese in the Terminator reboot Terminator: Genesis. Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is set to helm what is envisioned as the first in a trilogy of Terminator films, and the pic is going big with regards to Terminator canon. The studio first approached Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) about filling the Kyle Reese role, but both actors apparently refused to read. Now Paramount is focusing on casting a lesser known actor in the part, and word has come as to which actors will be testing for Kyle Reese next week. Hit the jump to find out.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival just announced its Premieres line-up, along with images and synopses for the movies playing in that category. Briefly:
- Calvary – Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh; starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.
- Hits – Written and directed by David Cross; starring Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters, and Wyatt Cenac.
- I Origins – Written and directed by Mike Cahill; starring Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, and Archie Panjabi.
- Little Accidents – Written and directed by Sara Colangelo; starring Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16- 26th.
Fresh off the release of an extended 12-minute featurette, a new UK trailer and a batch of new images from director Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Liberace film Behind the Candelaba have landed online. The plot centers on the tempestuous relationship between the musician (Michael Douglas) and his lover Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) throughout their secretive five-year love affair that began in 1977. This UK trailer goes deeper into the film’s story, as we see the beginnings of the relationship and start to see some of the great interplay between Douglas and Damon. You can go ahead and wrap up Douglas’ Emmy right about now.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the new images. The film also stars Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula, Dan Aykroyd, Cheyenne Jackson, Paul Reiser, and Boyd Holbrook. Behind the Candelabra will premiere on HBO on May 26th at 9pm/8c.
Cross Creek Pictures has announced that production is underway on writer/director Scott Frank’s (The Lookout) crime thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones. Filming is taking place in New York on the pic, which stars Liam Neeson as an alcoholic ex-cop who investigates the kidnapping of a heroin drug lord’s wife, teaming up with a heroin trafficker and his brother to hunt down the men responsible for the crime. Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and Boyd Holbrook (Milk) star as the trafficker and his brother, respectively, and Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina) is also onboard as Neeson’s former colleague.
The film is based on one of a series of Matt Scudder crime novels by author Lawrence Block. David Harbour (End of Watch), Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story), and Astro (The X-Factor) round out the cast. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the official synopsis.
Casting for Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones continues to fill out around star Liam Neeson. The adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel recently added Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey); we can now report that Ruth Wilson (Luther) and Boyd Holbrook (Milk) will also be joining the cast. The story centers on private investigator Matthew Scudder (Neeson) who is hired by a drug lord in order to find out who kidnapped him and murdered his wife. Hit the jump for more on A Walk Among the Tombstones.
Open Road Pictures has released a new trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s (Gattaca, In Time) adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host. The story takes place in a future where a parasitic alien species is nearly finished wiping out the human population by taking over the consciousness of each person. A soul named Wanderer is attempting to take control of Melanie Stryder’s (Saoirse Ronan) consciousness, but faces strong opposition by what remains of the girl. This trailer finally does a swell job of explaining the film’s plot, and Niccol looks to have crafted a really cool-looking sci-fi world. I’m still not entirely sure whether the story plays out as a romance or as more of a thriller, but I’m intrigued nonetheless.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, and Boyd Holbrook. The Host opens on March 29th.
In a female-led vehicle, the most powerful figure probably shouldn’t be the poor-man’s Garrett Hedlund. Very Good Girls has two talented actresses in the leading roles, and their personalities and actions are defined not by their friendship, but how a boy controls that friendship. For a couple of “girls” on the verge of going off to college, writer-director Naomi Foner has created a shockingly demeaning picture of shallow sisterhood and male-dependency. Very Good Girls celebrates a friendship that shouldn’t exist by basing it around the kind of man who doesn’t exist.
With a generation of Tweens (and beyond) saying goodbye to The Twilight Saga, a new Stephenie Meyer adaptation will fill the vampire/werewolf void with soul-stealing alien parasites; how dreamy! The sci-fi flick from writer/director Andrew Niccol (In Time) stars Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) as a young woman who is among the last humans to be taken over by the alien parasites, though her spirit won’t give up without a fight. We’ve got 13 new images from The Host, which opens March 29th, that also show off co-stars Diane Kruger, Boyd Holbrook, Max Irons and Jake Abel. Hit the jump to take a look.
Casting is currently underway on Sony’s fast-moving sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and it appears that producers are changing course in filling the integral role of Harry Osborn. Marc Webb is returning to direct with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone back as the film’s leads, but the follow-up is poised to include a tantalizing group of newcomers that should ring familiar to fans of the comics. Shailene Woodley is set to play eventual love interest Mary Jane in what may amount to a larger role in the third film, and negotiations are underway to nail down Jamie Foxx as the film’s villain Electro.
We recently heard that Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures) and Brady Corbet (Melancholia) were under consideration for the role of Harry Obsorn, but now it appears that Sony is looking for a different type of actor to take on the part. Hit the jump for more.
Let’s take a look at some recent casting additions:
- Demian Bichir (Savages) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) have joined Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) in Dom Hemingway, director Richard Shepard’s crime comedy about the titular safe-cracker who’s out of prison and seeking what he’s owed.
- Devin Ratray (Buzz from Home Alone) has been cast as a villain in Alexander Payne’s black-and-white drama, Nebraska. The picture stars Bruce Dern (Monster) as an alcoholic father to his estranged son (Will Forte) as they embark from Montana to Nebraska to claim a million-dollar Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes prize.
- Up-and-comer Boyd Holbrook (Milk) will topline the indie drama Little Accidents, a feature adaptation of writer/director Sara Coangelo’s award-winning short film by the same name which centers on a coal-mining town left devastated by a mining accident.
Hit the jump for more details on each film.
Production has officially commenced on two upcoming projects. First up, filming is underway in Atlanta on the real-life drama Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s. Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims, while Firth plays the private investigator hired to look into the case. The cast also includes Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
Additionally, production has begun in New York on the relationship drama Very Good Girls. Directed by Naomi Foner, the film stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two best friends determined to lose their virginity, only to fall for the same boy. The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Skarsgaard, and Clark Gregg. The score will be composed by Jenny Lewis. Hit the jump to read press releases for both films.
If nothing else, you knew Steven Soderbergh would cull a great ensemble for the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. Michael Douglas is Liberace, with Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson—a great foundation. Dan Aykroyd and Singin’ in the Rain darling Debbie Reynolds next joined the cast. The Playlist adds Rob Lowe, Cheyenne Jackson, and Boyd Holbrook to the mix, but it’s Variety that reported my favorite name yet: Scott Bakula. I mean that literally—Bakula is my favorite name. But I also love the soulful actor, and am excited to see Bakula reunite with Soderbergh after nailing his small part in The Informant!. Hit the jump for details on each role.
Most child actors fail to overcome the chronic, debilitating condition of becoming less and less child-like. Similarly, many siblings of more famous performers struggle to be taken even a little bit seriously. Fortunately, two shining exceptions to the rule are set to team up and show us that it’s not all marijuana-fuelled car crashes and uncomfortable SNL hoe-downs. Former pint-sized dynamo Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) and current indie it-girl Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) were first linked to the drama Very Good Girls in May; Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) is now in talks to join them. The directorial debut of Naomi Foner (writer of Losing Isaiah) will spin the tale of two lifelong friends (Fanning and Olsen) who, following high-school graduation, vow to lose their virginity before the summer ends; naturally, both end up falling for Yelchin, which threatens to irreparably damage their friendship.
Hit the jump for more on Very Good Girls and casting news on the hotly anticipated adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host.