In the international thriller Erased, ex-CIA agent Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) discovers that he and his teenaged daughter (Liana Liberato) have been marked for termination as part of a wide-reaching conspiracy that he unknowingly ended up right in the middle of. Logan must outsmart their hunters and uncover the truth, all while still getting reacquainted with the daughter he hasn’t had much of a relationship with in years.
At the film’s press day, actor Aaron Eckhart spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted him to the film, why audiences like spy thrillers, the challenges of doing hand-to-hand combat, how tiring this film was to make, and the physical preparation he did ahead of time. He also talked about how hardcore the Kali stick fighting was that he had to learn for his role as the famous monster in I, Frankenstein, due out in theaters in January 2014. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
A batch of new images and a poster for the long-delayed thriller Erased have been released online. Directed by Philipp Stolzl, the film stars Aaron Eckhart as a former CIA agent who moves to Belgium with his estranged 15-year-old daughter (Liana Liberato) and takes a job as a security consultant at a multinational corporation. He soon discovers that his co-workers are gone, the corporation no longer exists, and his assistant is actually a trained operative trying to kill him. The film was originally shot a couple of years ago and received a foreign released under the title The Expatriate last fall, but now the pic is finally getting a release stateside this year. If you missed the first trailer, click here.
Hit the jump to check out the images and poster. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko and Alexander Fehling. Erased will be released VOD on April 5th and hits theaters on May 10th.
The first trailer for director Philipp Stolzl’s long-delayed action thriller Erased (formerly titled The Expatriate) has finally been released online. The film stars Aaron Eckhart as a former CIA agent who moves to Belgium with his estranged 15-year-old daughter (Liana Liberato) and takes a job as a security consultant at a multinational corporation. He soon discovers that his co-workers are gone, the corporation no longer exists and his assistant is actually a trained operative trying to kill him. The trailer gives off a very strong Taken vibe, and certain aspects of the pic actually look pretty interesting. That said, when a film has been sitting on the shelf for over two years, it’s usually not a good sign. One thing’s for sure, though: messing with people’s daughters is a good way to provoke a disproportionate (and unfortunate) response from the father.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko and Alexander Fehling. Erased opens on May 10th.
New images have gone online for the upcoming action flicks The Expatriate and Fire with Fire. The Expatriate stars Aaron Eckhart as a former CIA agent who moves to Belgium with his estranged 15-year-old daughter (Liana Liberato) and takes a job as a security consultant at a multinational corporation. But then he discovers that his co-workers are gone, the corporation no longer exists and his assistant is actually a trained operative trying to kill him. Upside: great dental program. Olga Kurylenko co-stars as Eckhart’s former lover/CIA partner tasked with tracking him down.
As for Fire with Fire, the film stars Josh Duhamel as a fireman who has to take matters into his own hands when he’s threatened by a man he’s going to testify against. Hint: he does it with fire. The film also stars Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, 50 Cent, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. It could end up in theaters, but my gut tells me this is headed straight to DVD with maybe a cursory stint on VOD. Hit the jump to check out the images. No release dates have been announced for The Expatriate or Fire with Fire.
Since he was first cast in the spy thriller The Expatriate last November, Aaron Eckhart has become a bona fide action star thanks to Battle: Los Angeles ($185 million worldwide and counting). Appropriately, Eckhart will be awarded his own Bond girl for his follow-up. Variety reports Quantum of Solace siren Olga Kurylenko will play “a CIA agent assigned to track down her former CIA partner and lover (Eckhart).” Additionally, Liana Liberato (Trust) has been cast as Eckhart’s daughter. Director Philipp Stölzl is currently filming The Expatriate in Montreal; production will shift to Brussels in May.
Read more about the project after the break.
Aaron Eckhart will star in Philipp Stolzl’s spy drama The Expatriate. According to Deadline, Eckhart will play an ex-CIA agent “who hopes to make a fresh start with his estranged 15-year old daughter. He takes a job in Belgium as a security expert for a multinational corporation and arrives one day to find the corporation no longer exists, his coworkers are gone, and his assistant is really a trained operative out to kill him and his daughter. Father and daughter go on the run and must learn to trust each other, something that becomes difficult once she learns the truth about his shadowy past.” The worst thing in all of this must be that all the work for the company softball team has been a complete waste.
When Steve spoke to Eckhart a couple weeks ago at the Scream Awards, Eckhart began to talk about the project, but was cut off by his publicist. Eckhart will be seen later this year in the drama Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman. He’s also starring in the sci-fi action flick Battle: Los Angeles, which is due out in March next year.