I hate to wish my life away, but with both The World’s End and You’re Next hitting theaters I really can’t help but look ahead to next weekend. That’s to say nothing of the pics opening this week (I plan on checking out Kick-Ass 2 next Wednesday), rather that the aforementioned two are a pair of my most anticipated of the soon-to-end summer movie season. In fact, You’re Next has been on my must-see list since Matt reviewed it at TIFF 2011 nearly two full years ago. In addition to the excitement associated with finally seeing the movie, my latent resentment of Goldberg for having seen it a lifetime ago will finally come to a close which is nice because I could use the sleep.
But enough about next weekend. Let’s focus on the here and now. This week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Kick-Ass 2 interviews, rare footage from Jerry Lewis‘s unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried, Vin Diesel all but confirming that he’s voicing Groot in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Paranoia interviews with Harrison Ford and more, and a recap of our coverage from Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
Director Robert Luketic’s high stakes thriller, Paranoia, explores a deadly world of greed and deception in which two powerful, dueling global tech billionaires (Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman) with a complicated past will stop at nothing to destroy each other. An ambitious young superstar (Liam Hemsworth) becomes trapped in their dangerous game of corporate espionage only to realize that he’s in far too deep for them to let him walk away. Opening August 16th, the film also stars Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Lucas Till, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway and Richard Dreyfuss.
At the film’s recent press day, Luketic, Ford, Hemsworth, Heard and Till talked about updating the film adaptation based on the New York Times bestseller by Joseph Finder, what drew them to their characters, why the film’s underlying themes of connectivity, personal privacy and liberty are so relevant today, how the value of hard work has changed for the next generation, the complex relationship between ambition and morality, and their personal relationship with technology. Ford also discussed going toe-to-toe with Oldman and why his character’s mantra of “competition breeds innovation” doesn’t apply to acting. Read the full interview after the jump.
Always a nice casting report when you can open with Kate Winslet:
- Kate Winslet and Judy Davis have signed on to star in The Dressmaker, a project that Australian writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof) describes as “Unforgiven with a sewing machine.”
- Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Joel Courtney (Super 8), and Ally Sheedy have signed on to star opposite Mitchel Musso, Bridger Zadina, Grant Harvey, and newcomer Dani Knights in Sins of Our Youth, the story of four teenage boys who accidentally murder a young boy. Twin brothers Edmund Entin and Gary Entin will write and direct.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.
Though the film only has a couple of months left to shoot, it appears that director Bryan Singer has thus far managed to keep yet another cast member of X-Men: Days of Future Past a secret. In the latest image from the set of the superhero sequel, we get a look at Lucas Till’s Havok as he is seen suited up in armed forces gear for the 1970s-set sequences. Till appeared as Havok in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, but was previously not listed among the returning cast members for DOFP. It’s probably just best to assume that anyone who has ever appeared in an X-Men movie will be popping up in Days of Future Past, save for January Jones apparently. Expect much more about the film to be revealed at the pic’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday.
Hit the jump to take a look at the image. The film also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, and Halle Berry. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.
The first trailer for Robert Luketic’s thriller Paranoia is now available. It does a nice job at setting up the premise of the film but, as is the current vogue, gives an awful lot of the plot away. Liam Hemsworth stars as a blue-collar pawn caught in a game of espionage between two kings of industry, played by Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford. The plot thickens when the long arm of the law reaches out for him, forcing him to play by his own set of rules to survive the game. This one should be on your radar if only to watch Oldman and Ford battle it out and to see how Hemsworth handles the lead.
Also starring Lucas Till, Amber Heard, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway and Domenick Lombardozzi, Paranoia opens August 16th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share today. First up, an unlikely actor is being eyed to topline the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Commercials helmer Michael Gracey was tapped to direct the film this past March, and HitFix now reports that the project is out to Tom Hardy to take on the life of John in the film. The pic is described as a “radically different” kind of biopic, as the story is told in a non-linear, hyper-visual manner complete with choreographed sequences set to John’s songs. Hardy does not have an offer to star nor is he in formal negotiations, but apparently the Dark Knight Rises actor is being considered for the lead role. Hardy has a knack for disappearing into all kinds of difference characters, and I would absolutely love to see him transform into Elton John for the unique-sounding Rocketman.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie drama Strings.
Back in November, we mentioned that Divergent was rounding up the likes of Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening) to star opposite Shailene Woodley in the Neil Burger adaptation. Reynor just landed a lead in Transformers 4, so he’s likely off the table, but newcomers Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) are now vying for the coveted role. Lionsgate is hoping that the property will be the next Twilight and/or The Hunger Games, which is a reasonable goal seeing as the Divergent novels lift themes from both series. Hit the jump for more.
We’ve got some brief casting news for you this afternoon. First up, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Danny Masterson, and Jon Heder will star in the dark indie comedy Killing Winston Jones. Per Variety, the plot “centers on a sixth-grade English teacher (Masterson) who’s on a mission to get the newly constructed junior high gymnasium named after his father (Dreyfuss) despite the fact that the person so memorialized must be dead — leading to a bitter contest over the naming rights with his old rival (Glover).” Joel David Moore, who co-starred in Avatar and previously co-directed the 2007 feature Spiral, will helm Killing Winston Jones. The production company, RadioactiveGiant, “is planning to release the movie theatrically and across multiple platforms worldwide,” so we can probably expect a VOD release coupled with a limited theatrical release.
Hit the jump for casting news on the psychological thriller, Kristy.
The first images and synopsis for Wolves are now available. David Hayter (X-Men, X2 writer) makes his directorial debut in this clash of werewolf clans starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) and Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class). Till stars as Cayden Richards, an 18-year-old who runs away from his perfect life when he turns into a werewolf and slaughters his family. Cayden makes it to the town of Lupine Ridge, where the alpha-wolf Connor and the aging John Tollerman vie for control.
Steve recently had the opportunity to interview make-up supervisor Dave Elsey (X-Men: First Class) who will also be working on Wolves; he calls it “very violent and bloody.” Wolves is currently filming. Hit the jump to see the images and read the synopsis.
The first trailer for Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut Stoker has been released. The film centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). Chan-wook’s signature lush visual palette is on full display in this trailer, along with a wonderful air of creepiness and foreboding. There’s promise of some strong performances from the whole cast, especially Nicole Kidman as Wasikowska’s wary mother, and the tone is downright chilling. I can’t tell if the trailer gives too much away or if it’s a great tease of the film’s atmosphere, but this looks like a great way for Chan-wook to make his American debut.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. Stoker opens on March 1st, 2013.
Oldboy director Chan-wook Park has been in the news quite a bit lately, attaching himself to helm a violent Western called The Brigands of Rattleborge and a 1930s crime drama Corsica 72, but his English-language debut is already in the can and set for a March 2013 release. Stoker centers a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). The cast is led by Nicole Kidman as the girl’s mother, and the chilling first footage from the pic has landed online by way of an ET preview. I expected a blend of horror and drama, and that’s exactly what Park has delivered based on this snippet of footage. We look to be in for strong performances from Kidman and Wasikowska, and I can’t wait to see more from the film when a full trailer lands online.
Hit the jump to watch the footage. The film also stars Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. Stoker opens on March 1st, 2013.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Chris Pratt is in talks to star opposite Vince Vaughn in the comedy remake of Starbuck.
- Mos Def has joined Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in the music-themed drama Can a Song Save Your Life?
- X-Men: First Class star Lucas Till is in talks to lead the werewolf film Wolves.
Hit the jump for more details.
Filming has begun on Robert Luketic‘s thriller Paranoia. The film stars Liam Hemsworth as a telecom employee who is blackmailed by his boss into spying on a rival company. I don’t know if Hemsworth can lead a film, but he’s got a strong supporting cast backing him up on Paranoia. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till, Amber Heard, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Josh Holloway, and Richard Dreyfuss. While I think Hemsworth has leading man potential, I have far less faith in Luketic, whose previous films include 21, The Ugly Truth, and Killers. However, the corporate-espionage world of Paranoia is a far cry from anything else Luketic has done, so maybe he’ll have his first good film since his feature debut, 2001′s Legally Blonde.
Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the official synopsis. Paranoia is due out September 27, 2013.
We were starting to wonder when Stoker, the English-language debut from Oldboy director Chan-wook Park, would get released. The film went in front of cameras last September, and we haven’t heard anything about it since. Today, word comes that Stoker will open March 1, 2013. The plot centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning her death of her father (Dermot Mulroney). The impressive cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich. I’ve been told that the movie could be described as a horror, a thriller, a drama, or a combination of all three, so it will be interesting to see how Fox Searchlight plans to sell it.
It won’t be an easy sell in a crowded March 2013, which could almost pass for a summer month with the amount of heavy-hitters it has on hand. Stoker will be sharing its weekend with Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, which stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Even if Stoker does well, it will be tough to have legs in a month that also includes Oz the Great and Powerful, Now You See Me, the remake of Carrie, the Tom Hanks drama Captain Phillips, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, Jack the Giant Killer, and the delayed 3D release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. [Update: We've been sent official word regarding the release date, which comes with an official synopsis. Read it after the jump.]
Relativity Media announced today that it has acquired US distribution rights for the thriller Paranoia, and they’ve slated the film for a September 27th, 2013 release date. Robert Luketic (21) is onboard to direct, with Liam Hemsworth starring as a blue collar guy whose costly and legal mistake at his entry-level job at Wyatt Telecom leads to a deal between him and ruthless CEO Nicholas Wyatt. The CEO promises not to turn Hemsworth’s character in as long as he agrees to infiltrate the competition as a corporate spy. Things escalate and the young man soon discovers that his boss will stop at nothing to demolish the competition.
The impressive cast includes Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Lucas Till. Though it’s not specified in the press release, I’m assuming Oldman plays the ruthless CEO since he’s listed second among the cast. Production is set to begin this summer, and currently the only other film slated for release during the month of September in 2013 is the 3D re-release of The Little Mermaid. Hit the jump to read the press release, which also includes a full synopsis.