During some down time on the set of James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7, Vin Diesel took advantage of his free time to get in some training for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Diesel may be pretty imposing on screen, but he needs a bit of help in the height department in order to play the tree-like Groot. He posted a fun behind-the-scenes video featuring his training, along with a few words on both films. As a special bonus, Diesel’s co-star Djimon Hounsou, who will appear in both films, also makes a special appearance in the short video. Hit the jump to check it out. Fast & Furious 7 is due out July 11, 2014, and Guardians of the Galaxy will follow less than a month later on August 1, 2014.
The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together. With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy. Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.
At the film’s press day, actor Djimon Hounsou (who plays the wealthy and exotic Quinton Jamison) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this project appealed to him, the opportunity he had to create his own backstory for the character, that he believes people should get to know and enjoy each other before considering marriage, and how much he enjoyed working with co-star Paula Patton. He also talked about how important it was for him to show some diversity in a superhero movie like Guardians of the Galaxy, how fun and entertaining Marvel movies are to watch, and how he hopes to get some of his own projects into production soon. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Djimon Hounsou (Never Back Down) is the latest addition to director James Wan’s Fast & Furious 7. Plot details are still few and far between, but it’s known that the seventh installment will film at least partially in Los Angeles. New cast members include Ronda Rousey, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Tony Jaa. Expect most of the franchise cast to return, with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker as headliners. Fast & Furious 7 opens July 11, 2014.
Hounsou has a busy schedule lined up, with Baggage Claim, Seventh Son and The Vatican Tapes coming soon. He’ll also voice a role in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and is currently filming Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. (Via Variety)
At this weekend’s press junket for the romantic comedy Baggage Claim, Collider got the opportunity to chat with actor Djimon Hounsou about his role as the wealthy and exotic businessman, Quinton Jamison, who is one of the exes that flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) decides to track down and reconnect with. While we will run the full interview and what he had to say about working on the film closer to its September 27th release date, we did what to share what he had to say about what he’s currently shooting – the latest Marvel action-adventure epic Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he plays Korath the Pursuer.
During the interview, Hounsou talked about how important it was for him to show some diversity in a superhero movie, how fun and entertaining Marvel movies are to watch, how alive the creative process is with the film, how he feels like he’s in a different part of the galaxy when he’s on set, working on a combination of both soundstages and outdoor sets, and why he wanted to voice Black Panther for an animated series. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Having left production in London to make an appearance in Hall H at Comic-Con, cast members Chris Pratt (“Peter Quill”/”Star-Lord”), Zoe Saldana (“Gamora”), Benicio Del Toro (“The Collector”), Dave Bautista (“Drax the Destroyer”), Karen Gillan (“Nebula”), Michael Rooker (“Yondu”), Lee Pace (“Ronan the Accuser”) and Djimon Hounsou (“Korath”) joined director/writer James Gunn (Slither, Super) to talk to the press about the otherworldly Guardians of the Galaxy that’s more anti-hero than hero.
During the interview, Gunn talked about the basic moral premise of the film, when he might announce further casting, the tone they’re going for, working with such a big budget, and the connection between the Guardians and the rest of the Marvel universe, while the cast talked about stepping into these high-profile roles, the extent of the training, and their favorite aspects of their characters. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
While the official Comic-Con schedule listed Marvel’s panel as centering on Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we knew from experience to expect a few surprises. As such, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was greeted with great applause when he introduced director James Gunn and the entire main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy earlier today in Hall H, all of whom flew in from the London set just to appear on the panel. While filming only just got underway two weeks ago, fans were treated to the excellent debut of some footage from the pic, while Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Karen Gillan, and Michael Rooker teased what to expect from the film.
Hit the jump to read my full recap of the Guardians of the Galaxy Comic-Con panel.
During today’s DreamWorks Animation panel at Comic-Con, the roles of some of the new voice-casting additions were revealed for How to Train Your Dragon 2. Previously-reported star Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) will voice “Eret, a cocky dragon trapper complete with swagger and a London accent.” He’ll work for Djimon Hounsou’s character, who turns those captured dragons into an army. Newcomer Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) joins the cast as “Valka, a stealthy vigilante type set on rescuing as many of the dragons as possible.” (Thanks to BleedingCool for the casting update!) Be sure to check out our panel recap for DreamWorks Animation later today.
The film also features the voices of Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig and Gerard Butler. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 20, 2014.
San Diego Comic-Con week is upon us, folks, and that means there will be plenty of geek-friendly content breaking over the next six days or so. Ahead of SDCC panels for both films, new character posters for the graphic novel adaptation I, Frankenstein and the fantasy/adventure pic Seventh Son have landed online. I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart as a modern-day version of the creature who is being hunted by demons who want to learn the secret of his creation, while Seventh Son finds Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes going after a witch played by Julianne Moore. The Frankenstein posters give us a look at Eckhart and couple of interesting-looking creatures, while we get Seventh Son character posters for Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou, and Alicia Vikander.
Hit the jump to check out the posters, and check back here on Collider later this week for our recaps of both Comic-Con panels. I, Frankenstein opens on January 24, 2014 and Seventh Son opens on January 17, 2014.
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for director David E. Talbert’s (First Sunday) romantic comedy Baggage Claim. The film stars Paula Patton as an unmarried flight attendant who becomes determined to find a man before her younger sister’s wedding. In order to aid her on her quest, her friends at the airport arrange several of her ex-boyfriends to cross her path. Though the “I need a man to make me feel whole” premise is rather played out and at least a little offensive, Baggage Claim actually looks like it has a few genuine laughs in store for audiences. Also, Adam Brody plays the “gay best friend” character, so there’s that.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony, and Djimon Hounsou. Baggage Claim opens on September 27th.
Orlando Bloom and Djimon Hounsou are set to lead Jerome Salle‘s crime thriller Zulu. Not to be confused with the 1964 Michael Caine movie of the same name, Zulu is based on the novel by Caryl Férey and centers on two Cape Town cops (Bloom, Hounsou) who are called in to investigate the murder of Sprikboks’ rugby team player’s 18-year-old daughter. While I haven’t seen Salle’s previous films (The Tourist was based on his movie Anthony Zimmer, but he can’t be blamed for that), I like the pairing of Bloom and Hounsou, and this sounds like it could be a good set-up for a nice little thriller. Screen Daily reports that filming will take place in July.
Hounsou was previously set to play the Angel of Death in the adaptation of Paradise Lost, but Legendary Pictures decided to scrap the picture due to budget concerns, and I assume that’s what made the actor available for Zulu. Bloom recently signed on to re-team with Kirsten Dunst in the drama Cities, and he’ll be seen at the end of the year reprising his role as Legolas in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Djimon Hounsou has joined the cast of Alex Proyas’ adaptation of John Milton’s classic epic poem Paradise Lost. The film has Bradley Cooper and Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) set to star as Lucifer and the archangel Michael, respectively. Variety reports that Hounsou will take on the role of Abdiel, the angel of death. The story revolves around the epic battle between Michael and Lucifer and Proyas will be utilizing motion capture and 3D in the adaptation. Paradise Lost is targeting a late 2013 release.
Additionally, Tom Wilkinson is in talks to join the cast of Alejandro Monteverde’s (Bella) historical drama Little Boy. The WWII-set story revolves around an 8-year-old boy with developmental problems who is left vulnerable to the cruelty of his classmates when his father, his only friend, leaves to go to war. Variety reports that Wilkinson will join a cast that includes Ben Chaplin, Emily Watson, David Henrie and possibly Kevin James (yes, that Kevin James), though his name is conspicuously absent from the trade’s report. Nevertheless, Little Boy is currently filming in Baja California.
Currently playing in limited release is writer-director Julie Taymor’s The Tempest. Adapted from William Shakespeare, Taymor has added a twist to The Tempest by switching the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera (Helen Mirren). In addition, Taymor has brought along an all-star cast featuring Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones, and Tom Conti.
Anyway, over the past week we’ve posted video interviews with Helen Mirren and Russell Brand. Tonight we’ve got Djimon Hounsou. During the interview, Hounsou talked about how he got involved in the project, how challenging it was to work with the makeup and the language of Shakespeare, what he has coming up, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch:
In Julie Taymor’s version of William Shakespeare’s final masterpiece The Tempest, the gender of the traditionally male sorcerer Prospero has been changed into the sorceress Prospera and is played by the illustrious Helen Mirren. The film follows the exiled Prospera on a journey from vengeance to forgiveness as she reigns over a magical island, cares for her daughter Miranda (Felicity Jones), and unleashes her powers against those who have wronged her. With the assistance of the sometimes unwilling Ariel (Ben Whishaw) and Caliban (Djimon Hounsou), Prospera puts her former tormentors – members of the royal court – through a series of adventures, while the king’s son Ferdinand (Reeve Carney) meets Miranda and falls in love at first sight.
During a press conference at the film’s press day, director Julie Taymor talked about the reasons behind her passion for bringing The Tempest to the big screen, developing the mother-daughter relationship for the film, her decision to cast Russell Brand to do Shakespeare and the importance of not playing up stereotypes. She also gave a brief update on the status of the Broadway production of Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, currently in previews. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
With writer-director Julie Taymor’s The Tempest opening December 10 in New York and Los Angeles, we’ve been given 5 clips and 15 high resolution images from the film. Adapted from William Shakespeare, Taymor has added a twist to the material by switching the gender of the sorcerer Prospero into the sorceress Prospera (who is played by Oscar winner Helen Mirren). In addition, Taymor has brought along an all-star cast featuring Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, Reeve Carney, Felicity Jones, and Tom Conti.
Hit the jump to check out the clips and images. Look for interviews with the cast next week.
New images have been released for the upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest starring Helen Mirren and Russell Brand. Written and directed by Julie Taymor, who also helmed 2007’s Across the Universe as well as the fantastic stage adaptation of The Lion King, the Shakesperean comedy features a fantastic cast that includes David Strathairn, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Cooper and Alan Cumming. We recently brought you the visually impressive trailer for the film, which hits theaters on December 10th. Hit the jump to check out the new images.