Edgar Ramirez Talks THE LIBERATOR, the POINT BREAK Remake, HOLLAND MICHIGAN, Working with Robert De Niro on HANDS OF STONE, and More

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In The Liberator, Edgar Ramirez plays Simon Bolivar, the legendary Latin American political and military leader who helped lift the yoke of Spanish Colonialism in South America.  Directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, The Liberator is one of the most expensive Latin American films to date, and that price tag shows in the film’s enormous scope.  It follows Bolivar’s transition from spoiled rich kid to revolutionary hero across decades and continents; featuring epic battles, magnificent aerial shots, and a magnetic performance from Ramirez.

Back in June I sat down for an exclusive interview with Ramirez while he was in town for the Los Angeles Film Festival.  He talked about the challenge of taking on such an iconic character, balancing the line between historical accuracy and performance, and what it was like shooting a film with such a broad scope.  He also talked about what to expect from the Point Break remake, the status of Errol Morris’s Holland, Michigan, and working with Robert De Niro on Hands of Stone.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Luke Bracey Talks THE NOVEMBER MAN, Working With Pierce Brosnan and Roger Donaldson, the POINT BREAK Remake, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man.  Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission.  While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down.  The film also stars Eliza TaylorCaterina ScorsoneBill Smitrovich and Will Patton.  For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. 

A few days ago I landed an exclusive phone interview with Luke Bracey.  He talked about what the last year has been like, working with Roger Donaldson, getting to work with Pierce Brosnan  and the advice he gave him, Janusz Kaminski’s American Dream, the Point Break remake, playing Cobra Commander in G.I.  Joe: Retaliation, what he’s going to do after he wraps Point Break, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

AMERICAN SNIPER, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., and the POINT BREAK Remake Get New Release Dates

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Warner Bros. shifted their slate around a bit today which resulted in new release dates for a trio of their films.

  • Director Clint Eastwood‘s film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper, will now open in select theaters on Christmas Day.
  • Guy Ritchie‘s adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which stars Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill, will now open on August 14th, 2015.
  • The Point Break remake, directed by Ericson Core, will hit theaters on July 31st 2015.

Hit the jump for more on these release date changes.

Edgar Ramirez Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Tortured Souls, Creating a Memorable on-screen Priest and the POINT BREAK Remake

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Hitting theaters tomorrow is Deliver Us From Evil, a new supernatural crime thriller that writer/director Scott Derrickson describes asSerpico meets The Exorcist.”  While this may seem like the most unlikely pairing since Abbot and Costello first encountered the Wolfman, it’s actually a pretty good assessment of the film’s tone and style.  The Jerry Bruckheimer production tells the very-loosely-based-on-fact story of Ralph Sarchie, (Eric Bana) a hardboiled Police Sargent from the Bronx who, – with the help of a knife-wielding partner (Joel McHale) and the guidance of a Priest (Edgar Ramirez) carrying a dark past of his own – slowly discovers that the perp in his latest murder investigation just might be Satan himself.  As the walls close in and the bodies pile up, Sarchie and his cohorts race against time to find the culprit and protect his own family (Oliver Munn).

Last week, Collider sat down with Ramirez to discuss the origins of his character, the concept of strength through suffering, real life ghosts, Olivier Assayas, the upcoming Point Break remake (he says it’s “going to keep the subversive, rebellious spirit of the first one”) and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Edgar Ramirez Talks POINT BREAK Remake, Taking on Bodhi, and Keeping the Subversion of the Original

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We learned earlier today Teresa Palmer is in talks for the female lead in the Point Break remake.  The timing is crucial, since production is scheduled to begin June 26Gerard Butler dropped out just last month, but producers soldiered on and cast Edgar Ramirez in his place.  Ramirez makes that bit of serendipity sound like the best thing that ever happened to him, calling the experience “pure magic.”  We recently spoke to Ramirez to talk about his new film Libertador, and he was happy to talk about sharing his love for the original Point Break with Kathryn Bigelow, keeping the subversive aspect and protecting the legacy of the original, and his appreciation for the international cast.

Ramirez plays Bodhi (the Patrick Swayze role) in the new Point Break, set in the world of international heists and extreme sports.  We’ll post the full Edgar Ramirez interview down the road—read what Edgar Ramirez had to say about Point Break after the jump.

Teresa Palmer Joins POINT BREAK; Emilia Clarke Set for VOICE FROM THE STONE; Anna Kendrick, Albert Brooks, and More Take Voice Roles

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake.
  • Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone.
  • Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls.
  • Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

POINT BREAK Remake Officially Adds Edgar Ramirez, Sets Production Start for June 26th

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Point Break is about to get even more extreme!  Now that the action-thriller remake has set its principal cast with Luke Bracey as Johnny Utah and Edgar Ramirez on board as Bohdi, we have a few new details as to the plot and production of the film, both of which are rather ambitious.  Directed by Ericson CorePoint Break will film across four continents where extreme sports athletes from around the world will step in for stunt performers in daring sequences involving surfing and snowboarding, wingsuit flying, free rock climbing, and high speed motorcycle stunts.  The plot is steeped in this world, as Bracey’s young FBI agent hopes to infiltrate a gang of criminals who use their athletic skills to pull off extraordinary heists.  Production is set to start June 26th.  Hit the jump for more.

Release Dates for POINT BREAK Remake, WILD, DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS, and THE DROP

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A few release dates to pass along:

  • The Point Break remake is set for release August 7, 2015.
  • Two Reese Witherspoon projects found a place on the calendar.  The Jean-Marc Vallée-directed drama Wild opens December 5, 2014.  The comedy Don’t Mess With Texas (co-starring Sofia Vergara) opens May 8, 2015.
  • The crime drama The Drop moves up a week from September 19 to September 12, 2014.
  • Universal and Legendary Pictures scheduled an untitled “event project” November 4, 2016.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  More on each project after the jump.

Edgar Ramirez in Talks for POINT BREAK Remake; Nic Cage to Lead THE TRUST; Emma Thompson & Daniel Brühl Join BERLIN

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We’ve got a few more casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) is in talks to replace Gerard Butler in the Point Break remake.
  • Nicolas Cage and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) will star in the crime thriller The Trust.
  • Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl (Rush), and Mark Rylance (The Other Boelyn Girl) will star in the Hans Fallada adaptation Alone in Berlin.

Hit the jump for more on this casting news.

FANTASTIC FOUR Casts Reg E. Cathey; Liam Neeson Joins A MONSTER CALLS; Dan Stevens in CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES with John Travolta and Michael Pitt

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Reg E. Cathey has joined Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four reboot in a rather interesting role.  The Fox film stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell as the title heroes.
  • Liam Neeson joins J. A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls, starring Felicity Jones and scripted by Patrick Ness.
  • Dan Stevens will star alongside John Travolta and Michael Pitt in Jackie Earle Haley’s Criminal Activities.
  • Ray Winstone’s role in Point Break has been revealed, and no, he’s not replacing Gerard Butler.

Hit the jump for more on each story.

Gerard Butler Drops out of POINT BREAK; Channing Tatum to Produce and Star in Sony Crime Thriller; Emma Stone Joins Woody Allen’s Next Untitled Picture

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Here’s a bit of casting (and anti-casting) news today:

  • Gerard Butler has exited Ericson Core’s Point Break remake scripted by Kurt Wimmer.  Luke Bracey still stars.
  • Channing Tatum will star in and produce an untitled crime thriller for Sony.  Kristin Gore will pen the script.
  • Emma Stone has joined Woody Allen’s latest untitled film, which also stars Joaquin Phoenix.
  • Michelle Forbes is the latest addition to Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove Talk POINT BREAK Remake; Reveal Second Unit Is Already Filming and It’s Being Shot in 10 Countries

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The 1991 action-crime thriller Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, is currently in the midst of getting the remake treatment.  Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the original film followed FBI Agent Johnny Utah (Reeves), as he went undercover and formed a friendship with Bodhi (Swayze), the leader of a group of surfers that were suspected of robbing banks.

At the recent press day for Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Alcon Entertainment producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove gave on update on the status of the Point Break remake being directed by Ericson Core.  The two men talked about how they’re already well underway with second unit photography, that they’re shooting a variety of extreme sports (of which surfing is only one subset) in 10 countries across the globe, that it’s the greatest footage they’ve ever gotten at Alcon, how the narrative of the remake is completely different from the original, that the only thing they’re carrying over is the bromance between Utah (now played by Luke Bracey) and Bodhi (now played by Gerard Butler), that they are considering using the former President’s masks as a throwback to the original, and that the film will be in 3D and IMAX, but converted later.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Luke Bracey to Co-Star with Gerard Butler in POINT BREAK Remake; Principal Photography Starts Early This Summer

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A little over a month ago, we reported that Gerard Butler would be starring as Bodhi in Ericson Core’s Point Break remake, and now it looks as if Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) will co-star as Johnny Utah.  Previously played by Keanu Reeves in the 1991 original, Utah is a young FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang in the world of international extreme sports.  As previously reported, Butler’s Bodhi – previously played by Patrick Swayze – is “an expert extreme sports athlete who also seeks to find nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals.”  Production on the remake is set to begin early this summer.  Hit the jump for all the details.

Gerard Butler in Talks to Star in POINT BREAK Remake

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Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen) is reportedly in final negotiations to star in the Point Break remake.  We last reported on the new version of the 1991 bank-robbing surfers film (fun fact: directed by Kathryn Bigelow) when Ericson Core (Invincible) signed on to direct.  Butler will be playing Bodhi, the role originally played by Patrick Swayze.  Hit the jump for more.

Ericson Core to Direct POINT BREAK Remake

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Ericson Core has signed on to direct the remake of Point Break for Alcon Entertainment.  Like the 1991 original, the remake follows a FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal ring, set in the world of international extreme sports.

Core got his start as a cinematographer on the likes of The Fast and the Furious before making his directorial debut with Invincible in 2006.  Core will try to follow the career trajectory of Kathryn Bigelow, who launched from Point Break to Oscar win in just under 20 years.  Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor, and Kurt Wimmer will produce the remake.  Principal photography is set to begin at the end of the year.  Hit the jump for the press release with all the details.

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