From director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), the indie thriller Plush (now available on DVD) tells the story of Hayley (Emily Browning), a singer in the rock band Plush, who just lost her bandmate and brother (Thomas Dekker) to a drug overdose. Finding new hope and friendship in Enzo (Xavier Samuel), the band’s replacement guitarist, she is inspired to reach new creative heights, but that soon crosses the line, putting her marriage and family in jeopardy and sending her down a path darker than she ever could have imagined.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke talked about all of the different ideas and themes she was looking to explore with this film, why she became fascinated with the backstage life of rock stars, the challenge of finding a leading lady to pull off such a complex role, how she got the original songs for the film, and how surprised she was that audiences were shocked by the extent of the sexuality in the story. She also talked about the new MTV pilot that she is directing and executive producing with Blumhouse Productions, called Eye Candy, which is inspired by the R.L. Stine novel and starring Victoria Justice. Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
The previously-released red-band trailer for Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush was meant as more of a sexy teaser than anything else, but this newer and longer cut actually clues audiences in as to what the film’s actually about. It’s a tough one to sell since there are so many moving parts. Plush stars Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as married singer/songwriter Hayley, who begins to fall for her new guitar player, Enzo (Xavier Samuel) after losing her brother/band member to a drug overdose. Enzo helps to unlock her creativity after the band’s previous release received disastrous critical reviews. If that weren’t dramatic enough, Hayley also begins to receive the unwanted affections of a dangerous and obsessive fan.
Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush also stars Cam Gigandet, Frances Fisher, Brandon Jay McLaren and Dawn Olivieri. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new poster.
Three projects took a big step toward theaters today:
- IM Global will finance Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush, an erotic thriller led by Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel, and Cam Gigandet.
- Strand Releasing has acquired the U.S. rights to Simon Aboud’s Comes a Bright Day. Craig Roberts and Imogen Poots star in the British production set during the robbery of a London jewelry store.
- GKIDS signed a deal with Studiocanal to release an English-language version of Ernest & Celestinein the States in Fall 2013.
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A bit of casting news to sum up for you today. Here are the particulars:
- Heather Graham played a memorable character in The Hangover but was absent in the follow-up. Todd Phillips’ The Hangover Part III will see her return, alongside Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong.
- Alan Ritchson (Smallville) is set to play a returning tribute in Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opposite Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
- Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) will join Catherine Hardwicke’s erotic thriller, Plush, along with Emily Browning and Cam Gigandet.
- Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) has been cast in director Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, Noah, which stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
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A bit of casting news to share with you today. Here are the important bits:
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Here’s your latest fix for relevant casting news. Check them out at a glance below:
- Cam Gigandet (Easy A) has joined Emily Browning in director Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush.
- James Corden (The History Boys) has boarded not one, but two projects: Can a Song Save Your Life? and One Chance.
- Cristin Milioti (Year of the Carnivore) is in talks to join the Martin Scorsese picture, The Wolf of Wall Street.
- David Lyons (The Cape) is the latest addition to Relativity’s romantic thriller, Safe Haven.
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Some easy on the eyes casting additions today. Here they are at a glance:
- Malin Akerman (Watchmen) will star as “Blondie” front-woman, Debbie Harry in director Randall Miller’s indie, CBGB.
- Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is in talks to join Plush, a psychic story from director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight).
- Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) will star opposite Ashton Kutcher in the Steve Jobs indie picture, Jobs, from director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote).
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Catherine Hardwicke‘s career arc doesn’t make much sense to me. Her directorial debut was the edgy teen drama Thirteen, followed by the likeminded skater tale Lords of Dogtown. The first major detour came in 2006 with the chaste The Nativity Story. Next she kicked off the Twilight Saga phenomenon, but instead of returning for the sequels, moved on to the panned Twilight knockoff Red Riding Hood. To get back on track, Hardwicke may return to her roots. THR reports that Hardwicke is attached to direct Plush, and her Thirteen star Evan Rachel Wood is attached to star. The script that Hardwicke co-wrote with Artie Nelson is described as an erotic thriller set in the L.A. music world.
Honestly, I tune out when I hear the phrase “erotic thriller,” but reuniting with Wood is a smart move if Hardwicke wishes to reconnect with the critical community. Knockout, a boxing drama starring Noomi and Ola Rapace, looks to be her next project. It sounds promising, so perhaps the director is already on the path back to critical favor. Hardwicke is also attached to direct The Maze Runner and The Bitch Posse . Hit the jump for a recent video interview where Hardwicke mentions the project.