With director Jose Padilha’s new take on RoboCop opening in theaters and IMAX on February 12th, the other day I landed an exclusive phone interview with Joel Kinnaman. He talked about working with Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman, the PG-13 rating and why his opinion has changed (I asked about this because before filming began, he expressed to us his reservations about a PG-13 take on RoboCop), director Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, Run All Night, future projects, what he wants to do in 2014, his opinion on casting Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman, and a lot more.
For those unfamiliar, the film takes place in the near future where a company called OmniCorp has pushed drone technology to new levels, and they now want to mix the technology with a human operator. When police officer Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is gravely injured, OmniCorp takes the opportunity to use him as their prototype cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. Hit the jump for the interview.
Summit Entertainment has released a collection of new and first-look images from its 2014 slate. Briefly:
- Draft Day – Director Ivan Reitman’s dramedy takes place over the course of one day, centering on a general manager (Kevin Costner) who juggles his options with a number one draft pick. The film opens April 11, 2014.
- Child 44 – Director Daniel Espinosa’s (Safe House) adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel stars Tom Hardy as a 1950s Soviet military policeman. The film also stars Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace and opens next fall.
- Step Up: All In – The fifth entry in the dance franchise takes the series to Las Vegas. The film opens July 25, 2014.
- Divergent – The YA adaptation takes place in a dystopian future in which people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet and opens March 21, 2014.
- The Legend of Hercules – This new spin on the Hercules tale stars Kellan Lutz as the titular demigod and opens January 10, 2014.
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Here’s today’s latest casting announcements:
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Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) is in negotiations to join Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s Stalin-era thriller set in the Soviet Union. Hoffman would join Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman and Joel Kinnaman. Hardy stars as a Soviet military policeman who investigates a string of gruesome child murders, but soon finds that his own government is stonewalling his attempts. Deadline also reports that principal photography on the film is currently underway in Prague. Hoffman will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and A Most Wanted Man.
Hit the jump for more on the actors testing opposite Jeff Bridges for the lead in The Giver.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
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The latest reports have Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises) on board to join Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44. Richard Price penned the adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel that centers on a 1950s Soviet military policeman (Hardy) who finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions while investigating a series of child murders. The picture also stars Joel Kinnaman and has Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer attached to produce. Hit the jump for more.
Though his AMC series The Killing was just resurrected for a third season, star Joel Kinnaman isn’t leaving features behind anytime soon. The actor most recently wrapped the starring role in the RoboCop reboot, and now Heat Vision reports that Kinnaman is in negotiations to join Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace in the thriller Child 44. The film is based on the book of the same name by Tom Rob Smith and takes place in the 1950s, where it centers on a security officer in the Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders.
Kinnaman is in talks to play Hardy’s “ambitious and murderous nemesis.” Should the deal go through, Kinnaman would be reuniting with his Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa on the project. Espinosa is coming off the success of last year’s Safe House, and Child 44 boasts Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan as producers. Filming is hoping to get underway this summer. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Rose Byrne joining Tina Fey/Jason Bateman and Seth Rogen/Zac Efron in a couple of upcoming projects.
Back in December, we learned that Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace were looking to team up for the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue. Well now it appears that the duo may be planning back-to-back projects, as Heat Vision reports that Hardy and Rapace are in talks to star in Child 44. The film is based on the book of the same name by Tom Rob Smith and takes place in the 1950s where it centers on a security officer in the Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders.
Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa is set to direct the thriller, with Hardy looking to play the Soviet officer and Rapace eyeing the role of his mysterious wife. Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan are onboard to produce, and filming is hoping to get underway in May in Budapest, after Hardy and Rapace complete Animal Rescue which shoots in March. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Smith’s novel.
Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is reported circling the director’s chair for Child 44, an adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel. The first book in a trilogy (followed by The Secret Speech and Agent 6) was adapted by the Oscar-nominated Richard Price (The Color of Money). Child 44 centers on Leo Demidov, a security officer in Stalin’s Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders. It’s a taut, gripping tale with an unexpected climax that should be perfectly suited for the big screen. Hit the jump for more on Child 44.