We’ve a few casting stories for you today. First up Adam Scott is planning to reteam with Bachelorette director writer-director Leslye Headland for her upcoming comedy Sleeping with Other People. The movie stars Jason Sudeikis as “a womanizer who befriends a serial cheater; ultimately, the two develop a romantic attraction to each other.” According to THR, Alison Brie is in talks to replace Kirsten Dunst, who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Headland notes that neither deal is done, and that “‘It’s not set in stone, kids.’ I’ve seen shit fall apart over less.” As Harvey Weinstein‘s former assistant, she should know. Hopefully, Scott and Brie will sign on; they’re both immensely talented and are terrific on two of TV’s best sitcoms, Parks and Recreation and Community, respectively.
Hit the jump for casting news on the fantasy feature The Moon and the Sun and the adaptation of the Irish novel, The Secret Scripture.
20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for Wes Ball‘s adaptation of The Maze Runner after premiering it during the latest episode of Teen Wolf. The story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up. The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers. Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape. I am very intrigued by the premise and I am impressed by the visuals teased in the trailer. The giant maze is menacing but worn—futuristic once the future has come and gone.
Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, and Patricia Clarkson also star in the adaptation of James Dashner‘s young adult novel. The Maze Runner opens September 19. Watch the trailer after the break.
From writer/director Francesca Gregorini, the indie drama The Truth About Emanuel tells the story of the troubled Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), who becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, Linda (Jessica Biel). In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a world that blurs the line of fantasy and reality, and shows just how dangerous secrets can be.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Kaya Scodelario talked about what attracted her to this project, how she got the role in spite of a very bad audition, why she identified with the character so easily, how she spent a lot of time working on the American accent, how great it was to collaborate with Francesca Gregorini, what it was like to shoot the underwater sequence, and working with co-star Jessica Biel. She also talked about what made her want to be a part of The Maze Runner, adapted from the Young Adult novel of the same name, being the only girl working with a group of guys, and how much work she put into the physical side of the role, along with what being a part of the hit British TV series Skins has meant to her. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
The first trailer for Sundance entry Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes is now online. Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights) plays the titular character, a troubled girl who obsesses over a new neighbor (Jessica Biel) that looks just like her dead mother: “In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.” The tone chills, I am intrigued by the hints of the “fragile, fictional world,” and I like hearing Scodelario try on her American accent. But whenever Emanuel is released, I will go see it to find out how a young girl gets such an unusual name beyond the thematic resonance of “God is with us.”
Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor, Jimmi Simpson, and Aneurin Barnard co-star in Francesca Gregorini‘s second feature. Watch the trailer after the jump.
The first clips have landed online for two Sundance 2013 premieres: Chan-wook Park’s Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, and Francesca Gregorini’s Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, starring Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario and Alfred Molina. Both movies deal with issues of motherhood, though the first clip from Stoker reveals Kidman’s character as rather aggressively unstable while Biel’s character is merely a dead-ringer for the protag’s own dead mother. Check out both clips after the jump (be forewarned: both clips are annoyingly set to auto-play).
A new trailer for Fish Tank writer/director Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of the Emily Bronte classic Wuthering Heights has landed online, and it’s wildly impressive. For those unfamiliar with the source material, the story centers on the unresolved passion between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how their love creates a storm of vengeance. The atmosphere on display in this trailer evokes another recent (and brilliant) Bronte sister adaptation, Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, as we see a whirlwind of emotions between the leads Kaya Scodelario (Skins) and Jason Howson. Arnold’s visuals are striking (the film’s aspect ratio is an unusual 1.37:1) and the trailer is accompanied by a stellar new song from Mumford & Sons, written specifically for this film.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click here to check out Steve’s interview with Arnold from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in the UK last year but finally hits the U.S. in limited release early next month.
I invested in Kaya Scodelario stock after liking her work on Skins. She seemed like the type of actor we would snatch up for studio fare. And that day may come, as it has for fellow Skins actor Nicholas Hoult, who went on to roles in big budget movies like X-Men: First Class, Jack the Giant Killer, and the upcoming Mad Max reboot. But after one dalliance with Clash of the Titans, Scodelario has been content with the indie world, starring in the opaque adaptation of Wuthering Heights and the upcoming terminal illness drama Now Is Good. Variety reports Scodelario has added another to the list, signing on to replace Rooney Mara as the lead Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.
The script by director Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall) centers on Emanuel, “a troubled 17-year-old girl who babysits her new neighbor’s ‘baby,’ which is actually a very life-like doll.” Oh, that’s creepy. But I like it, especially after Lars and the Real Girl proved the premise is viable. Mara is a tough loss, but the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star is about to be swallowed up by the studio machine. While she’s still an indie darling, Scodelario is a solid replacement.
As an iconoclastic adaptation of a classic novel, Wuthering Heights came out of the Toronto International Film Festival with decidedly mixed reviews. Thankfully for all involved—and the curious like myself—the movie also came home with a distribution deal through Oscilloscope. The first teaser trailer is online, and highlights the beautiful cinematography and the insistent silence. (Also, the unusual 1.37:1 aspect ratio.)
James Howson, Kaya Scodelario, Steve Evets, and Nichola Burley star in Wuthering Heights, directed by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank). Watch the trailer after the jump.
With the announcement of new additions to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, new images have gone online. After the jump you’ll find the first images from The Awakening (starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton), Hysteria (starring Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal), Winnie (starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard), and Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Hit the jump to check out the new images and a synopsis for each film. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th. [We've updated the story with the trailer for Hysteria]
In what isn’t the most eloquent of Twitter announcements, Kaya Scoledario shared in less than 140 characters on her account [via The Playlist]
“im gonna be in the new Wuthering Heights film! as cathy! should probs read the book… start filming next month,cant wait!”
That was actually kinda painful to copy/paste that–mainly because of the word (er, “word”) “probs”.
Andrea Arnold, who came out of Cannes last year with a Jury Prize for Fish Tank, is set to direct the adaptation of the classic Emily Brontë novel, though the male lead, Heathcliff, has yet to be cast. But as Ms. Scoledario notes, filming is just a month away, so I’m sure we’ll hear soon. More after the jump: