Exclusive: Daniel Brühl to Star in Michael Winterbottom’s THE FACE OF AN ANGEL Based on Amanda Knox Murder Trial

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Director Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel, a project bringing the events surrounding Amanda Knox’s murder trial to the big screen, has landed Daniel Brühl in the film’s lead.  Steve landed the scoop earlier today at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival while speaking to Brühl for his work in Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate.   You can read Matt’s review on that film here.

Back on the topic of The Face of an Angel, Paul Viragh (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) adapted the novel Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox by Barbie Latza Nadeau.  When last we reported on this film, Colin Firth was involved in its development.  Rather than focusing on Knox specifically, Winterbottom previously said, “I have no view on whether they did it, the film will not be about that. There is unlikely to be a character playing Knox.  I talked to Firth about the idea of playing a journalist or a writer.”  It sounds as if Brühl will now be taking on that role.  Hit the jump for more.

Paul Viragh Scripting JOE PUBLIC, Biopic About The Clash Frontman Joe Strummer

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Paul Viragh (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) is currently scripting a biopic about The Clash frontman Joe Strummer, tentatively titled Joe Public.  No time period is specified, but the oddsmakers suggest we’ll see the The Clash’s rise to fame in the mid-1970s, given band’s status as the most crucial pillar in that first wave of British punk.  (No offense, Sex Pistols.)  Strummer amassed a huge body of work, continuously creating new music up until his death in 2002, so there should be plenty of “bio-” to tap into.

According to Screen Daily [via A.V. Club], Film4 is backing Joe Public: the British production could very well avoid the Hollywood mandate to craft a sweeping musical biopic, each beat foretold.  Still, the meaty role ought to allure some major talent if such is desired, so feel free to dreamcast away in the comments.  Hit the jump for a clip of Strummer in action, performing “White Riot” live.

Andy Serkis Interview – Talks THE HOBBIT, TINTIN, BURKE & HARE and SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

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Andy Serkis slice

Andy Serkis is in flux.  Again.  In an industry thick with top-flight thespians known for a complete immersion with each new role, the 46 year-old stands apart because of his whole-hearted embrace of new technology.  From his complex portrayals of Gollum in The Lord of The Rings trilogy and the title role in King Kong to his work as Captain Haddock in Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn and his return to Middle Earth on The Hobbit films, no other actor has consistently morphed from project to project, over the past decade, with the same combination of acting ability and performance capture innovation.

However, the biggest innovation in Andy Serkis’ latest project, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, is Serkis himself.  He reportedly lost nearly 30 pounds, worked out the right side of his body while letting his left side go weak and wore a leg caliper for months to mold himself into the polio-afflicted British punk icon Ian Dury.  His role off-camera also changed, as he conceived and shaped the film with the screenwriter Paul Viragh.  Add those responsibilities to his recently formed production company, a new performance capture studio/academy and you have a man in transition.

Collider caught up with Serkis for a revealing conversation about his changing career and his own background.  Hit the jump for the audio and transcription, along with plenty of stories on The Hobbit, Tintin, Burke & Hare, Steven Spielberg. Guillermo del Toro, John Landis and, of course, Peter Jackson.

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