Joel Edgerton Talks FELONY, the Moral Ambiguity of the Film, Screening Reactions, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, and More

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Now available On Demand and opening in select cities this weekend is director Matthew Saville’s (Noise) crime drama Felony.  Starring Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney, and Melissa George, the film is about three detectives that become entangled after a tragic accident leaves a young child in critical condition.  One of the men is guilty of the crime, one wants to uncover the truth, and one is trying to cover it up.

Last week in New York City I landed an extended video interview with Joel Edgerton.  He talked about what it’s like winning the “actor’s lottery,” the realness of the people and situations in Felony, the moral ambiguity of the film, reactions from screenings, how he hopes audiences will react after seeing the movie, what it was like working with Ridley Scott on Exodus: Gods and Kings, the challenge of adapting The Bible, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Exclusive FELONY Clip Finds Joel Edgerton Confessing His Troubles

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Today, we have an exclusive clip from the upcoming drama FelonyJoel Edgerton stars as Malcolm Toohey, a celebrated detective who becomes embroiled in an investigation when a tragic accident occurs.  I’m a big fan of Edgerton, and always want to see him take on more lead roles.  The movie premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and you can click here to see Edgerton’s interview with Steve.

Hit the jump to check out the Felony clip.  The film also stars Jai Courtney, Melissa George, and Tom WilkinsonFelony is now available on VOD and will be in theaters on October 17th.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Preview; 30 Minutes of Footage Reveals Epic Scope

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Last night I drove down to Fox to attend a special preview of footage from director Ridley Scott‘s upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings.  While I can’t really offer any opinions on the film since what we saw was both incomplete and a relatively small snippet (around 30 minutes) of the overall experience, I will say that this film looks massive and that they got an impressive amount of ground covered in their relatively brief (for a movie of this scale) 72 day production.  The trailer that hit this morning covers some of this ground, but there’s a lot more that you’re not seeing.

Scott’s epic stars Christian Bale – who was there to answer a few questions – as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Rhamses.  Hit the jump to check out our Exodus: Gods and Kings footage preview.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.   Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Trailer: Christian Bale’s Moses Rises Up

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A brand new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings just dropped and it’s far more comprehensive than the last one.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses and chronicles what happens when Moses rises up and leads 600,000 slaves out of Egypt.  We’ll have our thoughts on the new trailer up shortly, but we wanted to make it available as quickly as possible.

Hit the jump to watch the new Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer and click here to catch Evan’s thoughts on the recent footage preview.  The film arrives in theaters on December 5, 2015 and also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Trailer: Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Square Off in Ridley Scott’s Biblical Epic

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20th Century Fox has released the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer for director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses, focusing on the figure’s struggle to free his enslaved people from their ancient Egyptian rulers as Joel Edgerton fills the role of Ramses.  The trailer is, well, curious.  The eyeliner is very heavy, and it almost feels like there was no effort whatsoever put into making Bale and Edgerton look like they fit into the time period (or, you know, anything resembling Egyptians).  That said, the visuals are striking and Scott certainly appears to be going all-out with the whole “Biblical epic” moniker.  I have a feeling this movie might be pretty weird.

Hit the jump to watch the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Posters and Images Place Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in Ancient Egypt

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Ahead of the trailer debut later today, 20th Century Fox has released the first Exodus: Gods and Kings posters as well as some new high-resolution images from director Ridley Scott’s Biblical epic.  The film finds Christian Bale filling the role of Moses while Joel Edgerton (Warrior) plays Ramses, and it looks to be a rather curious picture.  The Australia-born Edgerton isn’t exactly the epitome of an ancient Egyptian, and the eclectic cast is filled out by the likes of Aaron Paul, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  We’ll have a much better idea of what to expect once the trailer hits, but for now these posters and images are certainly tantalizing.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Exodus: Gods and Kings posters and images, and check back later to watch the trailer.  The film opens in theaters on December 5th.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Images Feature Christian Bale Getting Old Testament as Moses

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20th Century Fox has unveiled some new Exodus: Gods and Kings images ahead of the film’s trailer debut, which will come with next week’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Directed by Ridley Scott, the epic retells the Moses story, with Christian Bale taking on the lead role and Joel Edgerton playing the Pharaoh Ramses.  From these debut images, its clear that Bale’s Moses won’t be pulling any punches.  With Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and John Turturro also a part of the cast, the film certainly has a solid supporting lineup, and the last time Ridley Scott took on a period epic, the result was the excellent Kingdom of Heaven (well, the Director’s Cut at least).  I’ll admit the image of Weaver as Ramses’ mother is, uh, striking, but the prospect of the actress reteaming with her Alien and 1492 director is nonetheless exciting.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Exodus: Gods and Kings images, and look for the first trailer here on Collider soon.  The film opens in theaters on December 5th, just in time for the awards/holiday season.

Joel Edgerton Gets LIFE; Greg Mottola to Direct Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis in KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES; Ciaran Hinds Joins AGENT 47

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Here’s the latest casting additions to the following films:

  • Joel Edgerton is set for Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring opposite Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan.
  • Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are in negotiations to star in the spy comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, which now has Greg Mottola attached to direct.
  • Ciaran Hinds has joined Aleksander Bach’s Hitman sequel, Agent 47, starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, and Thomas Kretschmann.

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Joel Edgerton Signs Back on for BLACK MASS; Malin Akerman and Taissa Farmiga to Lead Horror Comedy THE FINAL GIRLS

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this morning.  First up, Joel Edgerton has signed back on to play corrupt FBI Agent John Connolly in Scott Cooper‘s Black Mass.  The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and centers on how he amassed his power with the help of his childhood friend Connolly by turning informant on rival operations, and then being warned by Connolly when the feds were closing in.  Edgerton signed on almost a year ago, and remained when Depp dropped out, but eventually left the project as well.  Depp signed back on three weeks ago, and there was the possibility of Tom Hardy playing the Connolly role, but now Deadline reports that the part is Edgerton’s again.  Production is set to begin in two months in Boston, and Warner Bros. is eyeing an October 2015 release. [Update: Deadline adds that, since WB has picked up Black Mass, it has dropped Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's planned Whitey Bulger film, which was to star Damon and be directed by Affleck and just had a new draft of the script turned in by Terrence Winter.]

Hit the jump for the first word on Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s The Final Girls in over two years.

Revisionist Western JANE GOT A GUN Set for August 29, 2014; Stars Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Ewan McGregor

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For cinephiles, the behind-the-scenes drama on the revisionist western Jane Got a Gun will overshadow the film until at least the first trailer.  Natalie Portman stars as a woman who must call on an ex-lover to help defend her farm and injured outlaw husband from the husband’s gang.  Michael Fassbender was going to play the ex-lover and Joel Edgerton was to play the gang leader.  Then Fassbender left because of a scheduling conflict, Edgerton moved to the ex-lover role, and Jude Law signed on to play the villain.  Then matters got crazier when director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk about Kevin) unexpectedly dropped out on the first day of shooting, and the production scrambled for a replacement.  They got Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), but then Law left because he wanted to work with Ramsay.  Bradley Cooper came on to play the villain, then he left, and finally the production landed on Ewan McGregor.

It’s impressive that the production survived all of this hullaballoo, and The Wrap reports the movie will be released on August 29, 2014.  The light competition is the horror film Jessabelle, and the thriller The Loft, which has been on the shelf for well over a year.

Joel Edgerton to Make Directorial Debut with WEIRDO

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Joel Edgerton is having a pretty good year.  He started things off with acting turns in Zero Dark Thirty and follow-up The Great Gatsby, then re-teamed with director Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) for Jane Got a Gun, and has landed starring roles in Barry Levinson’s Black Mass, Ridley Scott’s Exodus and Warner Bros. adaptation of Shantaram.  Now, Edgerton is taking a turn in the director’s chair, making his directorial debut with Weirdo Hit the jump for more.

Warner Bros. in Talks with Joel Edgerton for SHANTARAM Adaptation; Johnny Depp to Produce

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Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks with Warner Bros. for an adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ bestseller, Shantaram.  The thinly-veiled memoir centers on the protagonist Lin, who narrates his travels as an escaped Australian convict who flees to the bustling city of Bombay in order to escape into the protection of the criminal underworld.  Produced by Inifinitum Nihil partners Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski, and GK Films’ Graham King, Edgerton was personally tapped by Depp for the role, one which Depp himself previously considered taking.  Hit the jump for more.

THE GREAT GATSBY Blu-ray Review

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There are few stranger cinematic weddings that that of F.  Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby to Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top, nearly grating visual aesthetic.  The fact that Luhrmann’s adaptation is in 3D is icing on the cake.  But Luhrmann (best known for William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge) is at his best when he’s got a story to anchor his visuals to, and performers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton delivering the lines.  His Great Gatsby is far from a definitive version of the novel, but it has its moments.  My review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Joel Edgerton in Talks to Join Christian Bale in Ridley Scott’s Moses Epic EXODUS

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Director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus is coming together quite nicely.  While Scott has been developing the pic for some time, the project picked up steam earlier this year when Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) turned in a rewrite of the Adam Cooper and Bill Collage script.  Christian Bale was being courted to play Moses in the film, and now it appears that Bale has indeed signed on to play the Biblical character as THR reports that The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton is in talks to play the Egyptian ruler Ramses.  Hit the jump for more.

Ryan Reynolds to Star in MISSISSIPPI GRIND, Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Pic and Christopher Plummer Replaces Michael Caine in IMAGINE

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Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) is set to star in writers-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s gambling pic, Mississippi Grind, along with Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly).
  • Joel Edgerton (Warrior) is eyeing the new untitled picture from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Mud) which co-stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel).
  • Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) will replace Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) in Imagine, the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) that stars Jennifer Garner, Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Bobby Cannavale.

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