Edgar Ramirez Talks THE LIBERATOR, the POINT BREAK Remake, HOLLAND MICHIGAN, Working with Robert De Niro on HANDS OF STONE, and More

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In The Liberator, Edgar Ramirez plays Simon Bolivar, the legendary Latin American political and military leader who helped lift the yoke of Spanish Colonialism in South America.  Directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, The Liberator is one of the most expensive Latin American films to date, and that price tag shows in the film’s enormous scope.  It follows Bolivar’s transition from spoiled rich kid to revolutionary hero across decades and continents; featuring epic battles, magnificent aerial shots, and a magnetic performance from Ramirez.

Back in June I sat down for an exclusive interview with Ramirez while he was in town for the Los Angeles Film Festival.  He talked about the challenge of taking on such an iconic character, balancing the line between historical accuracy and performance, and what it was like shooting a film with such a broad scope.  He also talked about what to expect from the Point Break remake, the status of Errol Morris’s Holland, Michigan, and working with Robert De Niro on Hands of Stone.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Edgar Ramirez Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Tortured Souls, Creating a Memorable on-screen Priest and the POINT BREAK Remake

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Hitting theaters tomorrow is Deliver Us From Evil, a new supernatural crime thriller that writer/director Scott Derrickson describes asSerpico meets The Exorcist.”  While this may seem like the most unlikely pairing since Abbot and Costello first encountered the Wolfman, it’s actually a pretty good assessment of the film’s tone and style.  The Jerry Bruckheimer production tells the very-loosely-based-on-fact story of Ralph Sarchie, (Eric Bana) a hardboiled Police Sargent from the Bronx who, – with the help of a knife-wielding partner (Joel McHale) and the guidance of a Priest (Edgar Ramirez) carrying a dark past of his own – slowly discovers that the perp in his latest murder investigation just might be Satan himself.  As the walls close in and the bodies pile up, Sarchie and his cohorts race against time to find the culprit and protect his own family (Oliver Munn).

Last week, Collider sat down with Ramirez to discuss the origins of his character, the concept of strength through suffering, real life ghosts, Olivier Assayas, the upcoming Point Break remake (he says it’s “going to keep the subversive, rebellious spirit of the first one”) and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Edgar Ramirez Talks POINT BREAK Remake, Taking on Bodhi, and Keeping the Subversion of the Original

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We learned earlier today Teresa Palmer is in talks for the female lead in the Point Break remake.  The timing is crucial, since production is scheduled to begin June 26Gerard Butler dropped out just last month, but producers soldiered on and cast Edgar Ramirez in his place.  Ramirez makes that bit of serendipity sound like the best thing that ever happened to him, calling the experience “pure magic.”  We recently spoke to Ramirez to talk about his new film Libertador, and he was happy to talk about sharing his love for the original Point Break with Kathryn Bigelow, keeping the subversive aspect and protecting the legacy of the original, and his appreciation for the international cast.

Ramirez plays Bodhi (the Patrick Swayze role) in the new Point Break, set in the world of international heists and extreme sports.  We’ll post the full Edgar Ramirez interview down the road—read what Edgar Ramirez had to say about Point Break after the jump.

LIBERTADOR Trailer Starring Edgar Ramirez as the South American Revolutionary Simon Bolivar

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The first trailer for Alberto Arvelo Mendoza‘s Simon Bolivar biopic, Libertador, is now online.  Edgar Ramirez stars as the legendary emancipator in the Timothy Sexton script, which is told from Bolivar’s perspective and focuses on his military campaign that attempted to unify South America.  While Ramirez’s strong performance as the revolutionary is front and center in this first look, the beauty and variety of the South America continent’s lands and native people provides an excellent backdrop to his character’s story.

In addition to Ramirez, Libertador also stars Maria ValverdeDanny Huston, Imanol Arias, and Gary Lewis.  Libertador plays at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend, and opens in theaters starting August 22nd.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

POINT BREAK Remake Officially Adds Edgar Ramirez, Sets Production Start for June 26th

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Point Break is about to get even more extreme!  Now that the action-thriller remake has set its principal cast with Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah and Edgar Ramirez on board as Bohdi, we have a few new details as to the plot and production of the film, both of which are rather ambitious.  Directed by Ericson CorePoint Break will film across four continents where extreme sports athletes from around the world will step in for stunt performers in daring sequences involving surfing and snowboarding, wingsuit flying, free rock climbing, and high speed motorcycle stunts.  The plot is steeped in this world, as Bracey’s young FBI agent hopes to infiltrate a gang of criminals who use their athletic skills to pull off extraordinary heists.  Production is set to start June 26th.  Hit the jump for more.

Edgar Ramirez in Talks for POINT BREAK Remake; Nic Cage to Lead THE TRUST; Emma Thompson & Daniel Brühl Join BERLIN

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We’ve got a few more casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) is in talks to replace Gerard Butler in the Point Break remake.
  • Nicolas Cage and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) will star in the crime thriller The Trust.
  • Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl (Rush), and Mark Rylance (The Other Boelyn Girl) will star in the Hans Fallada adaptation Alone in Berlin.

Hit the jump for more on this casting news.

New Trailer for DELIVER US FROM EVIL Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, and Edgar Ramirez

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Screen Gems has released a new Deliver Us from Evil trailer for director Scott Derrickson’s (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) new supernatural thriller.  The film stars Eric Bana as a New York Detective Ralph Sarchie, who teams up with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.  This trailer focuses more on how the investigation affects Sarchie’s family, and how demonic possessions appear to be spreading like an epidemic.  It looks kind of silly, especially when you have a detective asking a woman he believes to be mentally ill, “What’s wrong witchu?”  Very compassionate.

Hit the jump to watch the new Deliver Us from Evil trailer.  The film also stars Olivia MunnJoel McHale, and Sean Harris.  Deliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.

WonderCon: DELIVER US FROM EVIL Panel Recap Featuring Jerry Bruckheimer, Scott Derrickson, Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Olivia Munn, and Edgar Ramirez

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At WonderCon, Sony Pictures previewed a new trailer for their upcoming ‘based-on-a-true-story’ release Deliver Us From Evil.  Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and stars Joel McHale (Community), Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show!), Edgar Ramirez (Domino) and Eric Bana (Munich) were on hand to discuss the real life exorcism the film is based on, whether the cast believes it to be true and just what separates exorcism films from other genre films.  For a full recap of the Deliver Us From Evil footage shown and bullet point highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL International Trailer Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, and Joel McHale

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Screen Gems and Sony Pictures have released a new Deliver Us From Evil international trailer.  The film stars Eric Bana as a New York police officer who teams up with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.  It’s a fun premise: cop-drama-meets-exorcism-movie and mixing the two together could provide fresh life for both genres.  You also have a strong cast featuring not only Bana and Ramirez, but also Sean Harris (Prometheus), Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale even though the last two are known more for comedy than horror.  My only concern after watching this trailer is that putting these two genres may result in more clichés than exciting entertainment.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Deliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.

First Trailer for Supernatural Thriller DELIVER US FROM EVIL Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn [Updated with International Trailer]

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Screen Gems has released the first trailer for director Scott Derrickson’s (Sinister) supernatural thriller Deliver Us from Evil.  The film stars Eric Bana as a New York police officer who teams up with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez) to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.  It’s tough to make a genuinely scary horror film, but Derrickson very much succeeded with last year’s Sinister and this trailer shows the director’s penchant for building tension.  Though the trailer is pretty light on plot, it does a nice job of conveying the mood and tone of the pic, and I’m hoping the full feature offers a solid story hook.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean HarrisDeliver Us from Evil opens July 2nd.

Bryan Cranston and Edgar Ramirez Join Naomi Watts in HOLLAND, MICHIGAN; Lily Collins Is in Negotiations for HOW TO BE SINGLE

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Here’s a look at the latest casting news:

  • Bryan Cranston and Edgar Ramirez will join Errol Morris’ feature directorial debut, Holland, Michigan, the 2013 Black List topper penned by Andrew Sodroski and starring Naomi Watts.
  • Lily Collins is in negotiations to join New Line’s comedy, How to Be Single, based on the Liz Tuccillo novel.

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First Image from HANDS OF STONE Starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro

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Last week, Steve was at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin and picked up some promo images and art from upcoming films.  Among them was Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing biopic Hands of Stone.  The film stars Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) as Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who won 103 of 119 contests against such top-tier talent such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho and Vinny Pazienza.  Duran might be most remembered for the infamous fight against Leonard in which Duran called out, “No mas!” in order to quit the fight prematurely.  Robert De Niro co-stars as Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel.

Hit the jump to check out the image. Hands of Stone also stars Ruben Blades, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro.

Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn Join Eric Bana in Horror Thriller BEWARE THE NIGHT

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Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty), and Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) have signed on to join Eric Bana in Screen Gems’ upcoming horror-thriller Beware The Night.  The film, being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, centers around a police officer working on a case that deals with demonic possession and other paranormal occurrences.  Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose helmer Scott Derrickson signed on to direct last fall, and he will be using a script he co-wrote alongside with Emily Rose partner Paul Boardman.  If well-received, the studio is said to be aiming for a franchise.  Hit the jump for more details.

Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez Get HANDS OF STONE in Roberto Duran Biopic

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When last we reported on writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing biopic Hands of StoneGael Garcia Bernal (Letters to Juliet) and Al Pacino (Scarface) were in talks to play the leads.  Now, it looks like Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty) are set as trainer Ray Arcel and the focus of the biopic, Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran.  Winning 103 of 119 contests against such top-tier talent as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho and Vinny Pazienza, Duran might be most remembered for the infamous fight against Leonard in which Duran called out, “No mas!” in order to quit the fight prematurely.  Hit the jump for more.

First Look at Edgar Ramirez as Simon Bolivar in LIBERTADOR

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Back in June, Dave told you about the cast being set for the largest independent South American production to date, director Alberto Arvelo Mendoza‘s Simon Bolivar biopic, Libertador. Flash forward a couple of months later and today we’re pleased to bring you the first image of Edgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum) as the legendary emancipator himself.

Timothy Sexton‘s (Children of Men) script is told from Bolivar’s perspective and focuses on the military campaigns he embarked on in an attempt to unify South America. In addition to Ramirez, Libertador also stars Maria Valverde (Melissa P.), Danny Huston (Children of Men), Imanol Arias (El Lute), and Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York). The first image of Ramirez, who also earns an executive producer credit on the pic, resides after the jump.

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