Now playing in theaters is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah. As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood. The film also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, and Douglas Booth. For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, 30 images, a featurette, and all our previous coverage.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Winstone. He talked about working with Aronofsky, how he got involved in the project, what it was like seeing the Ark for the first time, how he likes to prepare for a role, working with Sean Penn in The Gunman, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
While two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn has never been one to shy away from dramatic or political fare, the actor is poised to make his action film lead debut in director Pierre Morel’s (Taken) upcoming pic The Gunman. The first image of Penn in character has now landed online, as we see the actor sporting an automatic weapon and some pretty serious bicep action. The story centers on a hitman (Penn) who attempts to leave his job behind for the woman he loves, only to find that the actuality of giving up the professional killing game is much harder than expected. The impressive cast also includes Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, and Jasmine Trinca.
Hit the jump to take a look at the debut image. The Gunman is currently in production in Europe, and should hit theaters sometime next year.
Although DreamWorks is no longer involved with the project, director Thomas McCarthy (Win Win) is hoping Matt Damon will show interest in his untitled picture about the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal. Based on the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning articles chronicling reports of sex abuse within the Church, the project is said to be in the vein of All the President’s Men, and would star Damon as lead reporter Mike Rezendes. Damon has yet to see a script but the filmmakers have had the Boston-native in mind for the role during its two years of script development.
Hit the jump for more on this controversial picture and for the latest casting news on Pierre Morel’s The Gunman.
Check out the latest casting news below:
- Idris Elba (Luther) and Jasmine Trinca (The Son’s Room) are set to join director Pierre Morel’s action thriller The Gunman, starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.
- Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) is in final talks for director Terry Loane’s coming-of-age drama, Measure of a Man, also starring Riley Griffiths (Super 8).
- Haley Bennett (Marley & Me) has signed on for Sony’s adaptation of The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo and Chloë Grace Moretz.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Javier Bardem (Skyfall) has booked two feature roles. The first is writer-director J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. The film is expected to start shooting in Manhattan this fall. Bardem will also star in Pierre Morel’s film The Gunman, which already stars Sean Penn. The action thriller centers on a spy who must clear his name from his previous organization in order to save his own life. The Pete Travis screenplay previously went by the title of Prone Gunman. Hit the jump for more.