Release dates for a couple of highly anticipated indies have been set. Per Exhibitor Relations, Sony Pictures Classics will release director John Krokidas’ excellent drama Kill Your Darlings in limited release on October 18th, with a nationwide expansion to follow. The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival; Radcliffe and DeHaan both give powerhouse performances and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch. Read Matt’s review here and check out Steve’s interview with Krokidas here.
Additionally, Jean-Marc Vallee’s drama The Dallas Buyers Club has been given an awards season release date of December 6th by Focus Features. Based on a true story, Matthew McConaughey plays a man who was given six months to live after a 1986 AIDS diagnosis, but instead survived six years on the medication he smuggled into the U.S. that he shared with other patients. McConaughey will likely be gunning for an Oscar run, especially given that he looks like this in the film.
We saw that Jared Leto lost a lot of weight to play a flamboyant cross-dresser with HIV in The Dallas Buyers Club in these set photos. But there he was covered by a bulky fur coat. To show off his dramatic transformation, Leto recruited photographer Terry Richardson for a shirtless shoot, and oh my goodness! Leto has become the kind of skinny that is hard to look at. I admire his commitment to the role, but I can’t imagine a scenario in which the verisimilitude is worth the health issues.
Matthew McConaughey has also drawn attention for his weight loss to play the lead role in Dallas Buyers Club, based on the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey). Woodroof was given six months to live after a 1986 AIDS diagnosis, but instead survived six years on the medication he smuggled into the U.S. that he shared with other patients. Jennifer Garner co-stars in the Jean-Marc Vallée-directed drama. Check out the Leto photos after the jump.
Marvin Gaye is an obvious choice for a music biopic. Cameron Crowe worked on a Gaye movie for years with Terrence Howard as the latest candidate for the lead role. As Crowe’s project toils in development, Julien Temple may swoop in to make his own Gaye biopic, Midnight Love. Many are picking up Deadline’s report tonight, but the Evening Standard reported earlier in the week that Lenny Kravitz is Temple’s choice to play the Prince of Soul. Midnight Love starts in 1981 London and tracks the final years of Gaye’s life, particularly how music promoter Freddy Cousaert helped Gaye as he struggled with alcohol and tax problems. The singer found renewed success with the release of Midnight Love and Top 10 Hit “Sexual Healing,” capped off by two Grammy wins and a U.S. tour. After the troubled tour, Gaye retreated to his parents’ house in Los Angeles, where his father shot him dead in April 1984. More after the jump.
Jared Leto is making a return to acting. After taking a five-year break from films to focus on his band, 30 Seconds to Mars, Leto is now set to join Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in the AIDS drama The Dallas Buyers Club. Directed by Jean Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria), the film is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. Given only a few months to live, Woodroof began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other AIDS patients. The pic has been a passion project for McConaughey, who recently lost an alarming amount of weight in order to portray Woodroof onscreen.
Per THR, Leto will play “a flamboyant cross-dresser with HIV who helps Woodruff.” Gael Garcia Bernal previously circled the role but never closed a deal. Filming begins next week in New Orleans.
Today’s casting roundup runs the gamut from rainbow-colored fantasy to the stark reality of AIDS:
- Jennifer Garner is in talks to star opposite Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer’s Club. McConaughey stars as a man with AIDS who survives by smuggling medication into the U.S. to for himself and other patients.
- Willow Shields, Karl Urban, and Leehom Wang are set to star in The Wonder 3D, which follows three kids who find the end of a rainbow… with unexpected consequences.
Details on both projects after the jump.
Let’s take a look at some recent casting news, shall we?
- It looks like Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) will be joining Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, a drama about the AIDS epidemic directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.).
- Ron Perlman (Hellboy) will join Savage Mutts, a criminal action thriller written and directed by Nika Agiashvili (Tbilisi, My City).
- Word has it that Jack Black and director Richard Linklater, who previously collaborated on School of Rock and the 2012 indie Bernie, will reunite for a bowling movie that may have been inspired by colorful PBA champion, Pete Weber.
- Finally, the ensemble cast of August: Osage County has added Julianne Nicholson (Kinsey) as well. The film currently stars Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor and Dermot Mulroney.
Hit the jump for more on each casting note.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Hilary Swank is set to join Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer’s Club. Directed by Jean Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria), the film s based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, a heterosexual man who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. Given only a few months to live, Woodroof began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other AIDS patients. THR’s report on the matter doesn’t specify what role Swank will be playing. The film is currently being shopped to buyers at Cannes.
Additionally, director Baz Lurhmann continues to fill out his cast for The Great Gatsby as Deadline reports that Australian newcomer Elizabeth Debicki is set to play Jordan Baker in the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Leonardo DiCaprio will take on the role of Gatsby, Tobey Maguire is set as narrator Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan will portray Daisy and Isla Fischer is in talks to play Myrtle Wilson. Ben Affleck was offered the role of Tom Buchanan, but was forced to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. The film, which may or may not be shot in 3D, is set to start filming later this year in Australia. Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Great Gatsby.
Matthew McConaughey has signed on to star in the drama The Dallas Buyer’s Club. 24 Frames reports that Jean Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) will direct the film, which is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, a heterosexual man who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. Given only a few months to live, Woodroof began to smuggle alternative and illegal treatments into the US and into the hands of other AIDS patients. He ended up living six more years and prolonging the lives of countless others. Presumably, McConaughey will have to lose his signature physique as he wastes away, but isn’t it worth it just so we can all potentially hear the words: “Best Actor Nominee Matthew McConaughey”?
Hit the jump for more on the project and my thoughts on McConaughey landing the lead role.