Here’s a look at the latest casting news:
- Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) and Joel Courtney (Super 8) are set to topline the Stephen King adaptation, Mercy, directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) and also starring Frances O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence).
- Angela Bassett (Malcom X) will join writer/director Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, which also stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty).
- Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace) has joined director Doug Liman’s All You Need is Kill, starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.
Hit the jump for more details on each casting.
Following the success of his big-screen debut in Super 8, 15-year-old Joel Courtney has just landed a couple more projects. Variety reports that the actor is currently in talks to star as Tom Sawyer in Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn and he’s also in negotiations for the indie The Healer. Tom Sawyer will be written and directed by Jo Kastner, based on the classic Mark Twain tale. Filming is scheduled to begin this August in Bulgaria, because it’s the one place in the world that looks exactly like 1850’s Missouri.
Additionally, Courtney is in negotiations to star in the indie pic The Healer. Written and directed by Giorgio Serafini, the film centers on two young boys who go out into the woods with their ailing father to renew their bond, only to encounter a supernatural adventure, as all stories that begin with kids going into the woods with their sick dad do. Production is set to get underway this September in North Carolina.
With writer-director J.J. Abrams Super 8 opening tonight, I was recently able to interview the cast in London for our partners at Omelete. While Abrams likes to keep his films under wraps while they’re in production, by now you know Super 8 takes place in the summer of 1979 and it’s about a group of friends that discovers something not from this world while making a super 8 film. Mix in that it’s produced by Steven Spielberg, uses his Amblin logo (which should clue you into what kind of movie this is), and you’re got a great coming-of-age story that I think audiences are going to love.
During my interview with three of the kids (Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee), we talked about trying to keep the movie a secret, their reaction to seeing the finished film, filming the train sequence, what films did they watch before filming, how they got to help write and direct the super 8 zombie film within the film, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
J.J. Abrams Super 8 is an echo. It echoes the innocence of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin films of the 1980s, it echoes the imagined purity of small town America, and it echoes the innocence and coming of age through the lens of aspiring filmmakers. But Super 8 never makes its own noise. While the film manages to capture the fun, adventure, thrills, laughs, and characters of Spielberg’s movies, Super 8 never conjures its own magic.
If you’re a movie poster geek, than you’re no stranger to the work of Drew Struzan. His work was a favorite of Steven Spielberg’s and Struzan did the iconic posters for the Indiana Jones movies, The Goonies, Back to the Future, and more. Because Spielberg produced J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 and that film is specifically trying to recall 80s Spielberg, it makes sense that Paramount would create a Drew Struzan-like poster for the film. However, I don’t think Struzan actually did this poster unless he forgot how to draw faces. Seriously, it looks like poor Kyle Chandler’s face is about to melt off.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and for details on how you can pay to see the movie a day early. Super 8 opens this Friday. [Updated: Movies.com reports that the poster is fan made. I'm willing to give it a little more leeway since this didn't come out of Paramount's marketing department but was a labor of being super excited for the movie]
With writer/director J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 opening next week, Paramount has released over twenty new images and you can check them out after the jump. Here’s the synopsis:
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
With the embargo lifted, I can tell you Super 8 was great and it made me feel like a kid again. If I was 12, Super 8 would probably be my favorite movie. It really deserves the Amblin logo at the beginning…
Paramount released the first clip from Super 8 earlier today, and followed up tonight with clip number two. The second clip opens right where the last clip ended, so together you have a full action-packed minute of Super 8, folks. (Actually, based on some choppy editing, I’m guessing they crammed at least couple minutes screentime devoted to kids goofing around with a camera then train crashery into said minute.)
Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, and Amanda Michalka star. Written and directed by J.J. Abrams in collaboration with producer Steven Spielberg, Super 8 opens June 10. Watch both clips after the jump.
I was thrilled with J.J. Abrams’ casting of the superlative Kyle Chandler (alongside Elle Fanning) in the Steven Spielberg-produced Super 8. Neither Chandler nor Fanning is what you might call a household name, but it turns out they’ll be the most recognizable members of the cast.
According to Risky Business, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, and Zach Mills round out the main cast of the enigmatic thriller, which is said to revolve around “three siblings who discover footage of an alien in some Super 8 footage they shot.” The relatively unknown nature of the cast makes for a fun journey on IMDB, which I try to recreate after the jump.