Anytime you cast Jared Harris, you’ve made the right choice. Over the past two decades, and especially the last few years with Mad Men, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Lincoln, Harris has played every type of role and always makes it look easy. In director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii, Harris plays a morally ambiguous businessman that is quickly running out of rope. He also happens to be the father of Emily Browning’s character, the story’s primary love interest.
During a group interview on set last June, Harris talked about being a fan of disaster movies, how he was cast, his perspective on his character, filming the disaster scenes, why the characters he plays always die, what surprised him to learn about Pompeii, and a lot more. Hit the jump for the interview.
When Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster pic Pompeii was filming in Toronto earlier this year, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. Besides watching Kit Harington and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje fight as gladiators in a huge practical arena, we got to walk through a number of other sets, talk to most of the cast, filmmakers, and key production people. If you’re not familiar with the film, Harington stars as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Lucas, and Jared Harris. While on set, many people mentioned that Pompeii felt like a mixture of Gladiator and Titanic. And after learning about the plot and the love story, I tend to agree, however, I have no idea how the film ends…just that the lovers are up against a very large disaster.
Anyway, while some set visits are very guarded, everyone working on Pompeii was more than willing to talk about their characters, what happens in the movie, and tell us plenty of behind-the-scenes stories. To make it easy to digest, I’ve grabbed the highlights and made two lists: 5 major takeaways and 65 things to know. Hit the jump to check them out. Pompeii opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.
If you enjoy watching Kit Harington kick ass on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Jon Snow, get ready to hit your local theater on February 21, 2014. The actor plays the lead in director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii, “a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning).” The best way to describe the film would be to say it’s a mixture Gladiator and Titanic.
Back when the production was filming in Toronto, I got to visit the set and did a group interview with Harington during a break in filming. He talked about why he wanted to play this role, how he trained to be a gladiator, his love of filming action scenes, the popularity of Game of Thrones, lifting weights between takes in order to keep his muscles bulging, what it’s like dealing with fame and recognition from fans, what he’s learned as the lead actor, his favorite part of filming, and so much more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
It’s always great when an actor you’ve long admired ends up being as cool and friendly as you’d hope they’d be. This was the case when I participated in a group interview with Kiefer Sutherland on the set of Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D disaster flick Pompeii earlier this year. As a fan of Sutherland’s since I was a kid (who didn’t love Stand by Me or The Lost Boys growing up?), getting to ask him a few questions on set was very cool. Sutherland plays the antagonist of the film, a politician who is trying to marry the love interest (Emily Browning) of Kit Harington‘s heroic character and take over her father’s company. While you might think the script would be your typical paint by numbers gladiator/disaster film, Sutherland says it was actually the quality of the screenplay that got him involved:
“I was so surprised how beautifully well-written the script was. The dialogue was really rich. The structure is unbelievably sound and it’s a very classic love story. So yes, it’s a gladiator movie. Yes, it has elements of a disaster movie, but there’s such a well-told story at the root of it that those seem to be in the backdrop or in the background. The story is actually really engaging.”
In case you didn’t know, Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) worked on the script for a couple of months, which could help to explain why it’s better than he expected. During the rest of the interview, Sutherland talked about playing the bad guy, filming the gladiator scenes, getting to ride horses, what it’s been like working for Anderson, what he’s learned over the years, the future of 24, and so much more. Hit the jump for the interview.
Since director Paul W.S. Anderson was a child, he’s been obsessed with Romans. As he explained during a group interview on the Toronto set of Pompeii:
“I grew up in the north of England, in New Castle, which is where Hadrian’s Wall starts on the east coast of England and then goes across to the west. When I was a kid, every field trip was to some Roman fort because it was cheap and free. Romans were a big part of my life when I was a kid. And Pompeii also is taught in school and it’s just a fascinating subject. You know, the idea of this city that’s really been preserved in time. It’s really one of the most unique archeological sites in the world. These people were flash fried at the point of death. So you see the kind of lovers who were embraced, you see the person carrying, you see the dog.”
He went on to tell us that he’s been trying to make a movie about Pompeii since 2008 and it’s been a “labor of love.” During the rest of the interview, Anderson talked about the importance of practical sets, stepping outside his normal wheelhouse by telling a love story, why he wanted to cast Kit Harrington and Emily Browning, being nervous about the kissing scenes, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
While it’s always great to talk to actors and the director on a set visit, I always enjoy talking to producers because that’s where you can learn a lot about a production. And on my Pompeii set visit last June, producer Jeremy Bolt was more than willing to share a lot of behind-the-scenes information during a group interview in between filming. During the wide-ranging conversation, he talked about why they chose to shoot in Toronto, how the film couldn’t have been made ten years ago, how Titanic and Gladiator were huge influences on the film, why Kiefer Sutherland is perfect as the bad guy, how they’re going to use 3D, why they hired Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) to help write the screenplay’s language and dramatic structure, and a lot more. Hit the jump for the interview.
TriStar Pictures has released a new trailer for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii. The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier. While this trailer teases a bit of the character interplay between Harington and Browning, the main focus is on the massive amount of destruction that Anderson unleashes in the film—which is to be expected when your movie is titled Pompeii.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and click here to check out a trio of new images. The pic also stars Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, and Jared Harris. Pompeii opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.
Some new images from two upcoming films have landed online. First up, we have a trio of new images from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster pic Pompeii. Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) stars as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier. These images give us or first look at Kiefer Sutherland as the film’s villain and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Harington’s friend. The film opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.
Additionally, fresh off the film being named the Best Picture of 2013 by the New York Film Critics Circle, a batch of new images from American Hustle have landed online. Director David O. Russell’s comedic drama takes place in the 1970s and revolves around a con artist duo (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) working with an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to root out corruption. These images highlight the pic’s lavish costumes, specifically those worn by Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. The film opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide on December 20th. Hit the jump to check out all of the images.
FilmDistrict has released the first teaser trailer for Resident Evil and The Three Musketeers director Paul W.S. Anderson’s upcoming Mount Vesuvius actioner Pompeii. The film stars Kit Harington as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier. This teaser opens up by quietly playing on the familiar imagery of the Pompeii citizens fossilized in ash, followed by a brief glimpse of footage. While it’s tough to suss out the character interplay from this teaser, it’s clear that Anderson is not holding back when it comes to volcano carnage (as if you thought he would). We’ve come a long way since Dante’s Peak and Volcano, folks.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega. Pompeii opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.
For those annoyed by all the layers Kit Harington’s Jon Snow sports in HBO’s Game of Thrones, the actor has taken a rather bare approach to his wardrobe in the upcoming Mount Vesuvius actioner Pompeii. The first image from director Paul W.S. Anderson’s (Resident Evil, The Three Musketeers) disaster film shows off Harington’s incredibly toned lead character, Milo, who is an enslaved Celtic gladiator. The story follows Milo as he falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier. Harington bulked up for the role in order to convincingly play a gladiator, and his training definitely appears to have paid off.
Hit the jump to take a look at the image. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega. Pompeii opens in 3D on February 21, 2014.
Here are today’s latest release dates:
- Lone Survivor – Though Peter Berg’s Navy SEAL thriller will open wide on January 10, 2014, Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg and Taylor Kitsch, will open in an awards-qualifying limited release run on December 27th. (Via Deadline)
- Almanac – Michael Bay’s found-footage time-travel film directed by Dean Israelite, written by first-time writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, and starring Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D’Elia will open one week later on February 28, 2014.
- Pompeii – Paul W.S. Anderson’s historical thriller starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, and Carrie-Anne Moss will now open one week earlier on February 21, 2014. The script was written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
*Release date information for Almanac and Pompeii courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is director Mira Nair’s latest meditation of her distinctive subject matter: the exploration of East-West interactions and relations. The movie is based on Mohsin Hamid’s book of the same title and follows the story of Changez (Riz Ahmed), a young Pakistani Columbia grad pursuing his professional goals in the corporate scene of New York and living the American dream until terrorism strikes the United States on 9/11 and he is turned into the enemy. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Jim Cross — the managing director of a high-end boutique Wall Street hedge fund company who hires Changez and becomes somewhat of a father figure to him. However, their relationship dissolves when a cultural divide forces Changez to choose between two vastly different worlds.
In this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Kiefer Sutherland talked about the complexity of his character and why he wanted to do the film. He also gave an update on the status of the 24 movie and the Paul W.S. Anderson historical thriller Pompeii, in which he plays the villain. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. distribution rights for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s (Resident Evil, The Three Musketeers) upcoming disaster film Pompeii. The story “follows an enslaved Celtic gladiator who falls in love with a noblewoman on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier.” Kit Harington stars as the gladiator, while the rest of the cast is filled out by Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead), and recent addition Carrie-Anne Moss.
The script was written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, and production is currently underway in Toronto. FilmDistrict has set Pompeii for release on February 28, 2014. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
An American, a Canadian and a German each found work in the movies today. Here’s who was cast in what:
- Denis Leary has been added to the ensemble of football drama Draft Day.
- Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) has signed up for Pompeii, Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest 3D actioner.
- Antje Traue (Man of Steel) will get her Ancient Greek on as the latest recruit for Brett Ratner’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
Check out the latest casting news below:
- Sally Hawkins (Submarine) has joined the cast of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot, featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen.
- Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity) has boarded Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii, starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.