While walking the floor of the American Film Market (AFM) this morning, Steve was able to grab some images and synopses for a few upcoming films. Briefly:
- Rush – Director Ron Howard’s 1970s drama focuses on the rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). The film opens September 20th, 2013.
- Can a Song Save Your Life? – This uplifting music-centered drama comes from Once director John Carney and centers on the relationship between a struggling musician (Keira Knightley) and a music producer (Mark Ruffalo) in New York City. The cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, and Catherine Keener.
- Thérèse – This adaptation of the classic novel stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman trapped in an arranged marriage who conspires with her lover (Oscar Isaac) to dispose of her sickly cousin husband (Tom Felton). Jessica Lange also stars.
Hit the jump to check out images and detailed synopses for all three films.
Principal photography has started today on a couple of interesting productions. Here they are at a glance:
- Therese, formerly known as Therese Raquin, is an erotic thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Oscar Isaac (Drive), Tom Felton (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story).
- Graphic novel adaptation, The Scribbler, also started production with Katie Cassidy (Taken) set to star.
Hit the jump for much more on both projects.
Oscar Isaac has landed one of the lead roles in the adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin. The dark thriller stars Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman in 1867 Paris whose aunt, Madame Raquin, is forcing her into an arranged marriage with her rich, but sickly, first cousin (Tom Felton). As Therese soon becomes obsessed with Laurent, a friend of her husband’s, a devastating affair ensues with a very heavy price. Deadline reports that Isaac will take on the role of Laurent, and while we previously had Glenn Close attached to play Olsen’s aunt, Deadline’s report now says that Jessica Lange has the role.
Isaac had a nice supporting role in last year’s Drive and he appears in the upcoming reboot The Bourne Legacy. The talented actor is currently filming Joel and Ethan Coen’s folk music drama Inside Llewyn Davis, and he make a nice addition to the promising Therese Raquin cast. Though Close was a nice fit, Lange does “overbearing motherly figure” like nobody’s business so I have no qualms with the switch.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share with you today. First up, Harry Potter star Tom Felton set to join the cast of Therese Raquin. Based on the 19th century novel and play by Emile Zola, the dark thriller revolves around young Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) in 1867 Paris, whose aunt, Madame Raquin (Glenn Close), is forcing her into an arranged marriage with her rich, but sickly, first cousin. As Therese soon becomes obsessed with Laurent, a friend of her husband, a devastating affair ensues with a very heavy price. Deadline reports that Felton is in talks to play Therese’s sickly cousin whom she marries. Theater director Charlie Stratton is set to helm, and the dramatic role is a nice get for Felton. It’s a wise decision, as the “sickly cousin” plays against the nefarious type that Felton is surely wary of being typecast as.
Additionally, Thor star Jaimie Alexander has landed the female lead in the thriller Intersection. Variety reports that Alexander will play a woman who plots to murder her husband with the help of her lover. “Things go awry when the lover and husband are involved in a car accident on a remote desert road.” Frank Grillo (The Grey) stars as the husband, and production begins next month. Alexander recently wrapped The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hit the jump to read synopsis for Therese Raquin.
It seems like every other day we’re reporting on a new addition to the fantastic cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Today is one of those days as we can report on four new members: James Remar (Dexter), Tom Wopat (Jonah Hex), James Russo (Public Enemies) and Todd Allen (Friday Night Lights) have all joined the party.
In non-Django Unchained news, we have two leading contenders for this year’s Best Actress Oscar: Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) and breakout star Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene). The catch here is that they’re co-starring in the same movie, Therese Raquin. After the awards are over, the pair will co-star in the film based on the 19th century novel and play by Emile Zola. Hit the jump for more on both projects.