The first image from director Anton Corbijn’s (The American) upcoming drama Life has landed online. The film chronicles the friendship between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean as the two took a journey across the U.S. for a 1955 Life Magazine assignment. Dane DeHaan leads the film as Dean, while Robert Pattison takes on the role of Stock. It’s tough to judge how much DeHaan embodies the role of Dean based on this one slightly obstructed image, but the pieces are all in place for a fascinating drama that provides an interesting point of view on Dean’s life.
Hit the jump to take a look at the image and to read what Corbijn had to say about the casting. The film also stars Ben Kingsley. Life is currently in the midst of production in Canada but a release date has yet to be set.
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly:
- Meryl Streep has signed on to a small but pivotal role as a historical figure in the feminist movement drama Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan.
- Sir Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of director Anton Corbjn’s drama Life, starring Dane DeHaan as James Dean.
- Paramount has set its sights on its two leads for the big-budget Monster Trucks movie in Jane Levy (Suburgatory) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class).
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.
Casting is heating up as the American Film Market (AFM) approaches. Production companies at AFM are trying to package stars in an effort to shore up international funding for their movies. First up, Dane DeHaan might join Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) in Justin Chadwick‘s Tulip Fever. The movie centers on the affair between a young couple, but the twist is that the story takes place during 17th century Holland, during a period where tulip bulbs became hot trading items, and a single bulb could sell for as much as ten times the average annual salary. While some economists and historians believe this simplification to be somewhat misleading, it still created the notion of economic bubbles. I’m not sure how a romance fits into that, but I’m curious to find out.
Hit the jump for details on why DeHaan might have to pass on the role plus casting news on an intriguing true-life story focusing on the outlandish attempts of a yacht-racer to deceive the world.
Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen. I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival. In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.
Last week, I landed an extended video interview with Dane DeHaan. He talked about the filming schedule and New York City-based location shoots of Kill Your Darlings, his preparation process and whether he delved into the real-life history of his character, working with other actors who were as committed as he was, and more. In addition, DeHaan talked about making The Amazing Spider-Man 2, working with Marc Webb, how excited he is to be made into an action figure, playing James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life, his reaction to the series finale of Breaking Bad, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch.
Director Nimrod Antal’s (Predators) Metallica Through the Never opens this weekend in IMAX 3D. The pic combines Metallica concert footage with a fictional narrative where Dane DeHaan plays a roadie who is sent on a mission through a “terrifying post-apocalyptic urban streetscape” during a concert. For more on the film, watch the trailer.
This year at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with DeHaan and Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich. They talked about how the project came together, the IMAX sound mix, DeHaan’s approach to the unique material as an actor, how they chose the songs, what they collect, and much more. In addition, DeHaan talks about the opportunity to play James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life. Hit the jump to watch.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each casting story.
The Television Critics Association honored their favorite television of the year yesterday and, if nothing else, want you to know that they really like Glee.
- Glee took home thee awards: “Program of the Year”, “Outstanding New Program”, and “Individual Achievement in Comedy”
- Both of the gender-neutral “Individual Achievement” awards went to females: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) for Drama, Jane Lynch (Glee) for Comedy
- Lost tied with Breaking Bad for “Outstanding Achievement in Drama”, while freshman Modern Family earned “Outstanding Achievement in Comedy”
- In terms of classic television, M*A*S*H* got the nod for the “Heritage Award”, and The Rockford Files star James Garner was recognized with the “Career Achievement” award
Hit the jump for the press release, with the full list of winners.
by Jackson Posted 3 years, 246 days ago
life – noun, definition 1 c: an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction (from the Merriam Webster Dictionary, online edition)
Life – noun, proper: a nature documentary television series produced by BBC Television and distributed in the United States by the BBC and the Discovery Channel that perfectly encapsulates the above definition of “life”. More after the jump.
I got sucked into this series during reruns of the first season. Could not turn away. Sure it’s a procedural and we’ve all seen dozens of these, but there was something about this particular version that caught my attention and held it. I’m gonna try to explain what the special ingredient is, so just bear with me…
This is the pitch for this series… You’ve got to imagine the show creator, Rand Ravich sitting in a room filled with stone faced executives and saying, “You know ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, an innocent man thrown into jail where he is forgotten for 20 years? When he returns to his home after his escape, he does so in the guise of a wealthy man now vowing revenge against all those responsible for his years in jail. Great story, right? Now imagine that character as a detective in Los Angeles, fighting crime with a sexy, sexy female partner…more after the jump: