A few casting notices:
- Benicio del Toro is in final negotiations to play Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost, which is not exactly a Pablo Escobar biopic.
- Scoot McNairy booked two roles. He will star opposite Michael Fassbender in Frank, and joins Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in The Rover.
- The full cast list for Reach Me features Tom Berenger, Kevin Connolly, Thomas Jane, Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelsey Grammer, Nelly, Terry Crews, Ryan Kwanten, and more.
Details on each project after the jump.
Earlier today, Steve was walking the floor at the American Film Market (AFM). There are plenty of genre films trying to get distribution, but there’s always one that stands out as the most bonkers, utterly ridiculous picture. This year, the clear winner is Hansel and Gretel & The 420 Witch. You can see the full poster after the jump along with some images, but I’ll briefly recap what this movie has going for it. First it’s going to capitalize on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, so already that market is cornered. Everyone else will clearly be late to that party. Also, 420 Witch is from the producers of Twilight, so now that audience is covered. And what is the plot of this masterpiece? It’s a modern take where the witch uses pot instead of candy to lure teenagers into her home. That’s right, kids: pot, the mellowest illegal drug, can be used for sinister purposes. I hope this is Reefer Madness for a new generation. At the very least, we clearly have a movie with something for everyone (if everyone is the 12 morbidly curious people who seek out this flick; I might be one of them).
Hit the jump to check out the poster and images.
Disney has taken on the task of bringing the Studio Ghibli filmography to a broad American audience with an English dub, but that still leaves so much foreign animation on the table that the young ones never get a chance to see. Consider In the Attic: Who Has a Birthday Today?, the Czech stop-motion film by Jiří Barta. We Americans have bestowed a billion dollars on a ceratin animated franchise about toys that come to life, so there is clearly a market. Hannover House has stepped up and recruited Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, Cary Elwes, Vivian Schilling, and more for an English-language limited release of the movie—now titled Toys in the Attic—on September 7.
It feels a bit wrong to hear Cusack vocally cheating on Toy Story, but I guarantee these will be some of the most interesting visuals you see all day. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Eric Bana and Danny Huston have signed on to play Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon, respectively, in Cary Elwes‘ directorial debut, Elvis & Nixon. According to THR, the movie centers on the famous December 21, 1970 meeting/photo-op between The King (who was beginning to enter his Fat Elvis phase) and the crooked president. Elvis had written Nixon a six-page letter requesting to be a “Federal Agent-at-Large” in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and considering that Elvis died from drug abuse, he was clearly committed to his work. Elvis brought family photos and a Colt 45 pistol as gifts for Nixon. Nixon brought an incredibly awkward situation.
THR doesn’t say whether or not Elvis & Nixon is intended to be a comedy, but even if it’s a drama, seeing Bana play Elvis is too enticing a prospect to pass up. In case you haven’t seen the photo of Elvis and Nixon, hit the jump.
When it first arrived in theaters 24 years ago, The Princess Bride was well short of a box office smash. According to Prince Humperdinck, played by Chris Sarandon:
“They couldn’t quite figure out how to market it. They didn’t really know what they had.”
What they had was the definition of a cult classic, an inconceivably-well-put-together movie that would stand the test of time. There was a giant name Andre, a six-fingered man, princes and princesses, pirates and R.O.U.S.’s, miracle workers and albinos. What’s not to like? After more than two decades of having fans force them to repeat their famous lines, the cast of The Princess Bride reunited recently to reminisce. Hit the jump to check out what they had to say. Or don’t. As you wish.
Alonso Mayo has started principal photography on his feature directorial debut, The Story of Luke, in Ontario, Canada. Lou Taylor Pucci stars as Luke, “a young man with autism who, after being sheltered his whole life, embarks on a quest for a job and a girl.” Tonight it was revealed Seth Green will co-star alongside Cary Elwes, Kristin Bauer, Kenneth Welsh, Tyler Stentiford, and Mackenzie Munro.
Producers Nina Leidersdorff, Julien Favre, and Fred Roos are doing their best to get the word out on the indie coming-of-age comedy. The official site and Facebook page are packed with material, including production stills, a lengthy synopsis, and even the first ten pages of the screenplay. Check it out after the jump.
The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has gone online. While the teaser does a good job of selling the action, it doesn’t overcome two major hurdles the film is facing. First, US audiences aren’t familiar with Tintin and they need an introduction. The book may be acclaimed in Europe, but the books simply haven’t gained mainstream recognition in the states. Second, moviegoers have an aversion to fully mo-capped features because of the way that characters fall into the uncanny valley. The teaser tries to dodge that problem by showing as little of the characters’ faces as possible (except for the final shot of Tintin) but they’ll have to show us eventually.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook, and Daniel Mays. Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) wrote the script; Peter Jackson co-produced the film. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn opens in 3D on December 23rd.
It seems like the fully-animated motion-capture craze has come and gone with the shuttering of Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers Digital and the box office bomb Mars Needs Moms. However, before that bomb exploded, directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson decided to do a mo-cap trilogy adaptation of the internationally popular comic book series, The Adventures of Tintin. The cast includes Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook, and Daniel Mays.
But how do you market a mo-cap adaptation of a Belgian comic that isn’t widely-recognized by the American mainstream? With airplanes, flaming ships, and a silhouetted figure in a trenchcoat. That’s what you’ll see on the UK poster for the flick along with attention paid not to the cast, but to screenwriters Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish. Hit the jump to check out the poster. The first trailer for the film is set to go online tomorrow. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (a subtitle that was left off the poster) opens in 3D on December 23rd. [Update: The US teaser poster has also gone online. I slightly prefer the UK version, but the US teaser is no slouch and it shows off the ship, "The Unicorn"]
Following the abysmal opening of Disney’s Robert Zemeckis-produced 3D motion-capture-animated Mars Needs Moms this past weekend, the studio has killed Zemeckis’ planned 3D motion-capture remake of Yellow Submarine. The Beatles-themed film was set to star Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell as the Fab Four. Heat Vision reports that the disastrous box office returns for Mars Needs Moms was the final nail in the coffin for Disney, as the studio was already concerned following the lackluster reception to Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol and the overall creepiness of the human characters created by Zemeckis’ team for 3D motion capture.
While Zemeckis is now free to shop the project around at other studios, the director has apparently retreated to Montana to regroup, where he may also be mulling over a live-action flick for his next directorial outing (his last live-action film was 2000’s Cast Away). I think I speak for most everyone when I say it’s about time that Zemeckis returned to live-action films. Enough already with the rubber people movies. He’s a fine director and his talents are missed back here in the land of non-creepy-looking films.
It is definitely pilot season. Casting agents are working furiously to fill out the casts of the countless TV pilots getting ready to go into production, and today two high profile projects added castmembers. Cary Elwes has joined the cast of David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot for NBC. Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights) is set to star in the update which finds Diana Price balancing life as a corporate executive and a crime fighter. Deadline reports that Elwes will play the loyal and trustworthy CEO of the company she works for. Elizabeth Hurley was added to the cast yesterday as the villain (she plays the head of a rival pharmaceutical company).
Hit the jump for news on Jim Caviezel landing the lead in the J.J. Abrams/Jonah Nolan pilot Person of Interest.
Earlier today, Paramount revealed the first image of Ivan Reitman’s upcoming romantic-comedy, No Strings Attached. Now, only a few hours later, Paramount has released the first trailer for the film. The film stars Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman as two friends who decide to begin a “no strings attached” (hence the title) sexual relationship. You can probably guess all of the film’s beats and how it will end by watching the trailer, but I’m sure that the same people who have turned up for all of Kutcher’s past romantic comedies will be showing up for this one as well. No Strings Attached opens on January 21, 2011 and also co-stars Cary Elwes, Greta Gerwig, Ludacris, Kevin Kline, and Olivia Thirlby. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Very few actors find a project that connects so strongly with fans that it becomes an obsession. Cary Elwes is among a smaller group that’s done it twice. The unassuming British actor burst onto film screens as Westley in The Princess Bride in 1987 and still gets fan letters from a generation that was born after its release. In 2004, Elwes tapped into a very different fan base with the smash hit Saw. It scared up more than $103 million worldwide. Not bad for a film that barely cost $1 million to make. Additionally, more than a few industry observers have said it helped to save Lionsgate, the studio that bought it just prior to its world premiere at Sundance. Five intervening films and $633 million in global box office later, the British actor returned to help bookend the series in Saw 3D.
Elwes filled Collider in on the film recently. Hit the jump for the interview’s full audio and transcript along with his take on the R rating, why no one with a heart condition or a baby on the way should see the film, the Yellow Submarine remake, twisting Steven Spielberg’s arm into a part in Tintin, and the lasting impact of The Princess Bride.
We have a couple of new posters for you this afternoon. First up is the final poster for the “final” Saw film, Saw 3D. Starring series mainstay Tobin Bell and featuring the return of original Saw alum Cary Elwes, the poster is of the animated variety and (much like the last handful of installments in the series) is cool for a few seconds before becoming obnoxiously redundant. Our second poster today is from Disney’s upcoming animated film Tangled. Featuring the voice talents of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Ron Perlman, the one-sheet delivers the features you might expect from Disney – solid animation, rich colors, and the overwhelming feeling that, in spite of my being nowhere near its target demographic, I will love the film.
Hit the jump to check out the posters along with a synopsis for each. Saw 3D opens October 29th. Tangled hits theaters on November 24th.
Cary Elwes has been tapped to star alongside Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in Ivan Reitman’s upcoming romantic comedy. Previously titled Friends with Benefits (until it gave up/lost the title to another comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis), Variety says the film “centers on the question of whether two longterm friends can have a purely sexual relationship without falling in love.” For the purposes of mainstream romantic comedies, I say the answer will turn out to be, “No.”
Per Variety, “Elwes plays a physician who works with Portman’s character and develops a flirtatious relationship.” Elwes was most recently “seen” in Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol and will re-team with the director for a “re-imagining” of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.
To those hoping Robert Zemeckis had finally gotten the motion capture thing out of his system… think again. That’s because Zemeckis has just cast Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell as The Beatles in his 3D performance-capture movie Yellow Submarine.
While I was very disappointed with A Christmas Carol as the story was stale and I thought the motion capture was better in Beowulf, I think Yellow Submarine is a perfect fit with the technology. Also, he has the rights to The Beatles music. That alone will get me into a theater. More after the jump: