Intrepid reporter Samantha Cheirif is currently snapping some movie marketing images from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. We hope to have more images in the coming days, but for now we have looks at international posters for World War Z, The Lone Ranger, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hercules 3D, Despicable Me 2 and more. There are also quite a few promos for films that might not even be on your radar yet, so it’s definitely worth a look.
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15th to May 26th. Hit the jump to check out the images.
Two casting notices tonight:
- Spartacus: War of the Damned star Liam McIntyre will cross the bridge from Roman to Greek mythology to co-star in Hercules 3D, directed by Renny Harlin (12 Rounds). Kellan Lutz (Twilight) stars as the titular demigod.
- Naomi Watts is in talks to star alongside Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, and Chris O’Dowd in St. Vincent De Van Nuys, the feature directorial debut of Ted Melfi.
More on both projects after the break.
Though director Brett Ratner and star Dwayne Johnson are gearing up to start production on their own take on Hercules later this year, the duo is poised to have some competition at the box office by way of director Renny Harlin’s (Die Hard 2, Deep Blue Sea) Hercules 3D. Harlin’s film has now found its star, as Heat Vision reports that Twilight actor Kellan Lutz is set in the titular role. Harlin previously described his take on Hercules as “not a comic book, cartoony fantasy thing,” and said it’s more in the vein of Gladiator. The central story concerns a love affair between Hercules and the mortal princess of Crete, who was promised to his older brother despite her love for the demigod.
The $70 million budgeted Nu Image/Millenium pic is expected to begin production this May in Bulgaria in a race to get it into theaters next March, which would be way ahead of Ratner’s Hercules as that film opens next August.
If you had to see a movie by Renny Harlin or Brett Ratner, which would you choose? Audiences will have to face that question (because in my Saw-like example, you must choose) because Ratner’s Hercules will now be facing competition from Harlin’s Hercules 3D. Although Harlin hasn’t has a hit film since the Clinton Administration, Millennium has tasked the director to helm a $70 million tentpole based on the Greek demigod. THR reports that preproduction has already begun, casting is expected to begin in the next few weeks, and cameras should be rolling by May so the film can make a March 2014 release date. The rush will get Hercules 3D to theaters before Ratner’s film, which opens August 8, 2014.
Hit the jump for more.