Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The clip emphasizes the burden on Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), as he explains in voiceover: “The more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make. And it’s just a matter of time before I face those with more power than I can overcome.” (See: Sinister Six.) There’s just a bit of footage of Jamie Foxx as the new villain Electro, but the trailer closes with a cool chase/battle that promises a nice match between our agile hero and the seemingly teleportable villain.
Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field also star. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014. Watch the trailer after the jump, click here to check out the screengrabs, click here to check out more images and to preview the score, and click here to find out whether the post-credits sequence has already been spoiled.
Sony Pictures Classics has released posters for their upcoming 2013 films. Briefly:
- The Armstrong Lie – The new documentary from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) looks at the rise and fall of cyclist of Lance Armstrong, but isn’t a story about doping. According to Gibney’s it’s “about power”. Click here to watch the trailer. The film opens on November 8th.
- The Past – Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) star in a tale about a French woman who beings a new relationship when her Iranian husband leaves her, and asks for a divorce upon his return. The film opens December 20th.
- The Invisible Woman – The film revolves around the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan, with director Ralph Fiennes playing Dickens and Felicity Jones playing Ternan. Click here to watch the trailer. The film opens on December 25th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
The first trailer for Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial effort The Invisible Woman has been released online. The film revolves around the secret love affair between Charles Dickens and his mistress, with Fiennes playing Dickens and Like Crazy star Felicity Jones playing the titular Nelly Ternan. Instead of sensationalizing the story, the film looks to humanize the author and his relationship with the young woman as a tragedy of sorts, with their inability to go public proving to be an ever-existent limit on the extent of their love. As a big fan of Jones, I’m looking forward to seeing what she brings to the film with her portrayal of Ternan.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, and Michelle Fairley. The Invisible Woman opens in theaters later this year.
Even though her character in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was supposed to remain mysterious (or at least unannounced until the studio deemed fit to reveal it), Felicity Jones seemingly confirmed an educated guess in an interview last month. Now, it looks like she may have unintentionally given away something much larger, and it could provide more proof that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is headed towards building the Sinister Six.
Hit the jump for a possible spoiler regarding the upcoming sequel. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
The first UK trailer for Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ new film Breathe In has been released online. The film stars Guy Pearce as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester. The pic was one of my favorites of this year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my full review here), and it boasts some absolutely devastating performances from the entire cast, including Amy Ryan as Pearce’s wife. Doremus tackles the family drama genre with a powerful intimacy that makes the story’s events that much more impactful, and the always-reliable Pearce truly shines in the lead role. Don’t miss this one, folks.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer and some images, and click here to read my extended interview with Doremus from Sundance. The film also stars Mackenzie Davis and Kyle MacLachlan. Breathe In opens in the UK on July 19th and will be released in the US later this year.
After first being first put into motion last year, a director has finally been set for Universal and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey movie. In case you live in a hole and have somehow managed to remain blissfully unaware, the film is based on an erotic trilogy of books by author E.L. James that tracks the relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. After rumors swirled about the likes of Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright being interested in taking the helm, a bit of a surprise choice has been settled on to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Nowhere Boy helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson. Hit the jump for more.
Though Sony went ahead and announced release dates for both The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 yesterday, the first Spidey sequel is still currently in production in New York City under director Marc Webb. We’ve already seen a bevy of set photos that provided glimpses at the film’s villains, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti), as well as newcomer Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, but now we may have semi-confirmation about which comics favorite character another castmember is playing. Felicity Jones joined the film quite a while ago, but thus far the actress’ role has yet to be confirmed. During a recent interview, though, Jones’ body language and awkward answer could very well be interpreted as a half-hearted “yes” in response to being asked about playing a specific character.
Hit the jump for more, but beware of possible spoilers for the film. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Rising stars Oscar Isaac (Drive) and Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) are set to lead Ex Machina, the directorial debut from screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later). As we reported last week, the story centers on a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate, participating in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented. At this point, I assume the theme from Weird Science kicks in. According to The Wrap, Isaac would play the billionaire and Gleeson would play the employee.
Hit the jump for more. Filming is set to begin this summer or fall.
We’ve got a couple of interesting casting stories to share this afternoon. First up, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) has landed the female lead opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in the drama True Story. The film recounts the head-spinning relationship between disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco). Deadline reports that Jones will play Finkel’s long-suffering girlfriend “who tries to stand by her guy even after his screw-ups cost them everything.” Rupert Goold (Richard II) will direct.
Additionally, Stacy Keach has joined the ever-growing cast of Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Variety reports that Keach will play “a chief villain,” mob boss Wallenquist. Prodution is currently underway on the film which also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, and many more. The pic opens on October 4th. Hit the jump for a synopsis for True Story.
If this didn’t come from The Hollywood Reporter, I would assume it was a joke. Paul Giamatti is reportedly in talks to play the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. For those unfamiliar with comics or the English language, Rhino is a hulking character who rams into stuff. I’m dubious about the quality of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but if Giamatti has to bulk up to play the role, the sequel will be worth it. I can’t even wrap my mind around a muscular Giamatti. Of course, just because Rhino is a physically imposing character in the comics, it doesn’t mean the movie will go the same way. Rhino is the second villain on board following Electro, who will be played by Jamie Foxx.
Hit the jump for more including Giamatti talking with Conan O’Brien (who referenced our interview with the actor from 2011) about wanting to play Rhino plus news about Felicity Jones joining the cast. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, and Shailene Woodley. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due out on May 2, 2014. Filming is set to begin in February.
The family drama genre is one that’s very easy to get wrong, and it’s rare to find a film of this kind that is genuinely moving without feeling overly manipulative or sappy. Writer/director Drake Doremus took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2011 with his young love drama Like Crazy, and he returns in 2013 with an intimate take on the family drama genre that marks a major step forward for the filmmaker. In chronicling the story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New York family, Doremus’ Breathe In completely wraps the viewer up in the emotions of its characters and doesn’t let go for 98 captivating, intense, and ultimately heartbreaking minutes.
Since Captain America: The Winter Soldier will take place in the present day (or at least partially in the present day; there will be flashbacks), the production is looking for a new female lead. Three actresses are reportedly the frontrunners for the part: Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Anna Kendrick (50/50), and Imogen Poots (Fright Night). However, this news should be taken with a grain of salt since it comes from the New York Post‘s Page Six [via Bleeding Cool]. The post is more tabloid than newspaper, but if we want to play along with their story, I like these three choices. While the Post doesn’t mention the name of the lead female character, the most likely candidate is Sharon Carter.
Hit the jump for more. Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, and is due out April 4, 2014.
The reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise has lingered in development for years now. Chris Pine has been attached since 2009 and watched director Jack Bender come and go as the months passed. Though there is still no title, the project is finally making significant forward progress now that Kenneth Branagh signed on to direct and play the villain. With the hero and the antagonist set, the next task for Branagh and Paramount is to decide on the female lead to play Jack’s wife Cathy. Deadline hears Keira Knightley is the frontrunner for the role, but Felicity Jones and Evangeline Lilly are also in the mix. Total Recall co-stars Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel also met for the role, but are reportedly no longer in the running. Whoever lands the role would sign a deal with options for three movies. Hit the jump for more on the story.
Fans of director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) now have, not one, but two reasons to cheer. Meyers has recently been attached to direct two new projects:
- The Intern, a comedy starring Tina Fey as a founder of an e-business fashion company who reluctantly brings a 70-year-old widower intern on board.
- The Chelsea, a dramedy starring Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) that revolves around an ensemble cast who reside in New York’s Chelsea Apartments.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.
Ralph Fiennes directorial debut, Coriolanus, was a remarkably confident and well-made first feature, and absolutely worth your time despite the rushed ending sending the film out on a sour note. Screen Daily reports that he’ll follow it up with the period drama The Invisible Woman, which will reunite him with his The English Patient co-star Kristin Scott Thomas. The film centers on the secret love affair between Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and his mistress Nelly Ternan (Like Crazy‘s Felicity Jones). Thomas will play Ternan’s mother. Abi Morgan (Shame) wrote the screenplay, and shooting is set to begin in the UK on April 23rd.
The plot seems a little bland (I’m not sure why Dickens having a mistress is a big deal), but Fiennes earned my trust with Coriolanus, and Invisible Woman has a solid supporting cast. As for Fiennes’ non-directing projects, he’s playing Magwitch in Mike Newell‘s adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations, and he has a highly-secretive role in the new James Bond movie, Skyfall. Fiennes will be seen in theaters next month reprising his role as Hades in Wrath of the Titans.