More casting out of Cannes today. A lead has been set for the long-gestating sci-fi thriller The Raven, as Heat Vision reports that Gerard Butler is now in talks to star. Universal acquired the project in 2010 based off a short film directed by Ricardo de Montreuil. The story of the short focuses on a young man with powers who is being chased around downtown Los Angeles by robotic police drones. The feature film is described as a conspiracy thriller set in the future, and Gold Circle has come onboard to co-finance alongside Universal Pictures.
Liam Hemsworth was previously in talks for the lead role, but it appears that Butler will now be toplining the pic following his action turn in Olympus Has Fallen. De Montreuil is still onboard to direct, and with a star and financing coming together, The Raven might start production as early as this year. Hit the jump for casting news and a director change concerning the thriller Autobahn.
From writer/director Eran Creevy, the British crime thriller Welcome to the Punch is the story of two arch-nemeses, detective Max Lewinsky (James McAvoy) and master criminal Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong). When Jacob escaped after a robbery, three years ago, Max was left emotionally and physically scarred, but as Max delves deeper into the case and looks for a way to catch Jacob, once and for all, he uncovers a conspiracy that he never could have expected.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Eran Creevy talked about how the film came about, his desire to pay homage to the film of the heroic bloodshed era in Hong Kong, that he finds the process of writing quite hard, how he has quite a few deleted scenes and bits of backstory that he’d like to include on the DVD, how he already has ideas for a possible sequel, and that he’s currently writing a Korean style revenge tragedy, set in New York and called Cry Havoc. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
A new clip and featurette are now available for writer/director Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch, a London-set crime thriller starring James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes). The picture pits the respective dogged detective and master criminal against each other when an incident forces the latter to return to London. The new clip, from the beginning of the film, shows off that inciting event while the featurette gives a little more backstory behind it.
Also starring Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky), Welcome to the Punch opens March 15th in the U.K., March 27th in the States. Hit the jump to watch the new clip and featurette.
The first trailer for the British crime thriller Welcome to the Punch has landed online. Directed by Eran Creevy (Shifty), the film stars James McAvoy as a cop whose nemesis, played by Mark Strong, suddenly reappears after having eluded capture years earlier. The trailer plays like a mash-up between Heat and Snatch, with less comedy and 1000% more bullets and explosions. I’m not exactly sure how everything comes together plotwise, but I’m sufficiently intrigued by the talented ensemble and Creevy’s impressive visuals. This is a British thriller through and through, which is something we’ve seen far too little of lately. Fans of The Walking Dead will also be happy to spot one David Morrissey in the cast, who plays The Governor on the AMC series.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Elyes Gabel, and Peter Mullan. Welcome to the Punch opens on March 15, 2013.
James McAvoy has announced that he’s planning to star in Eran Creevy’s crime thriller Welcome to the Punch. According to The Playlist, the movie is in the vein of Michael Mann’s Heat “involves a London detective, Max Lewinsky (likely the role for McAvoy), whose old nemesis, an armed robber known as Red Diesel, reappears after five years away—but it’s only the tip of a massive conspiracy.” The Playlist adds that “the script’s mostly very strong, a gripping cop thriller with a scope and a level of action that’s quite uncommon for the British film industry.” For those unfamiliar with Creevy, he previously directed the low-budget drama Shifty, which became a cult hit in the UK, but was never released stateside.
Deadline reports that filming is expected to begin in July, which leaves time for McAvoy to make his rumored reunion with Atonement director Joe Wright in an adaptation of Anna Karenina. McAvoy will next be seen in theaters on June 3rd as the young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class.