Here’s the day’s latest casting news:
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A new trailer for the drama Broken has been released online. Directed by Rufus Norris, the film stars Tim Roth as the father of an 11-year-old girl living in North London who witnesses a violent attack which changes the way she looks at the world around her. Cillian Murphy also stars, and judging by the trailer the film looks to be an intense little character drama with a strong performance from newcomer Eloise Laurence. It’s not exactly clear what the full story entails, but the trailer does a nice job of teasing this dark story without really giving much away.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Broken opens in the UK in Spring 2013.
The first trailer for the thriller Mobius has popped online. Directed by Eric Rochant, the thriller takes place in Monte Carlo in the world of high finance and stars last year’s Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin as an experienced spy who is tracking a powerful oligarch suspected of laundering money through his bank. It’s tough to parse any of that out in this trailer, but the clip does succeed in setting up an engaging and downright suspenseful tone reminiscent of Inception.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Tim Roth, Cecile de France, and Brad Lelad (Buddy Garrity!). Mobius opens in France on February 27th, but no U.S. release date has currently been set.
Here’s another casting round up for you:
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The first trailer and poster for the thriller Arbitrage have gone online. Richard Gere stars as a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire who makes a bloody error that forces him to scramble for help. The cast, anchored by Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth and rising star Brit Marling, is impressive and Arbitrage looks to be a fairly engrossing thriller. It’s obvious that there are two stories trying to be told at the same time, and I’m hoping the more intriguing character-centered one takes front and center. Matt noted this dichotomy in his review from Sundance, but I’m still quite eager to check the full film out once it hits theaters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster. Directed by Nicholas Jarecki, the film also stars Laetitia Casta and Nate Parker. Arbitrage opens on September 14th.
Tim Roth has signed on to star in David Cronenberg‘s developing TV series, Knifeman. Knifeman is based on Wendy Moore‘s biography about 18th century surgeon John Hunter; when the project was announced, I longed for a period piece. But Deadline says Roth will play “John Tattersall, a radical, self-educated surgeon who will go to unorthodox lengths to uncover the secrets of the human body.” So it looks like Hunter will be the inspiration, not the character. Too bad, but given the premise and Cronenberg’s involvement, Knifeman still sounds like something more than your typical medical drama. Skipping the pilot process, Media Rights Capital ordered the show straight to series and plans to shop it out to networks soon. Roth is all in on Knifeman, which means he’ll bow out as star of the drama project he was developing with Lie to Me showrunner Alex Cary—Roth will stay on as producer.
Cronenberg will direct the first episode from a script by Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights) based on a story Jones conceived with Ron Fitzgerald (Friday Night Lights). Cronenberg, Jones, and Fitzgerald will produce alongside Sam Raimi, Josh Donen, Robert Zotnowski, and Renee Tab. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Moore’s biography, The Knife Man.
Some casting news to share with you today. Check the bullets:
- Anthony Mackie (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is in talks to join Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in the gambling drama, Runner Runner.
- Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) will topline Diamond Dogs, an English-language thriller by director Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker).
- Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) will join Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Cecile De France (Hereafter) in the spy-thriller, Mobius.
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It’s been a bit of a wait for the follow up to Cristian Mungiu‘s terrific 2007 feature 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, but it looks like a festival release for his next film is on the horizon. Deadline reports that Wild Bunch has reteamed with Mungiu for the new film, which is “set in an Orthodox convent in Romania,” and “centers on a young woman’s descent into madness, her subsequent exorcism and the police investigation it sparks.” I’m sick to death of exorcism movies, but I’ll make an exception for Mungiu. Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval says that the movie “has elements of 4 Months, but with a much more intense twist.” Hopefully, that twist does not involve sending the audience to a website.
Pre-sales on the untitled film will go down in Berlin, with a possible release at Cannes in May. Wild Bunch is also planning to submit Rufus Norris‘ Broken, which centers on “the father of an 11-year old girl living in North London who witnesses a violent attack which changes the way she looks at the world around her.” The film stars Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, and Bill Milner.
There are two movies living inside Nicolas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage. Both films are about justice and a wealthy man’s struggle to elude it. They both appeal to our hope that one day the truth will out and that no one can hide their dark secrets forever no matter how desperately they might try. Both stories transcend class because we can all relate to a character who will stop at nothing when he’s at risk of losing everything. But only one story helps Arbitrage stand apart by intelligently showcasing a crime we rarely see depicted in film and embracing the rich drama of family betrayal. The other story is a dull episode of Law & Order.
With our continuing coverage of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Spotlight line-up, we’re bringing you some early looks at next year’s films. Hit the jump for synopses and images from writer-director Julie Delpy‘s 2 Days in New York, starring Delpy and Chris Rock; writer-director Nicholas Jarecki‘s Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth; writer-director Leslye Headland‘s Bachelorette, starring Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan; and writer-director Josh Radnor‘s Liberal Arts, starring Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen.
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from Thursday, January 19th to Sunday, the 29th. Click here for all our coverage.
Tim Roth is currently looking for a new TV series since Lie to Me was canceled earlier this year. In the meantime, he’s signing on to star in the drama Broken and the dark comedy The Liability. Directed by Rufus Norris, Broken co-stars Cillian Murphy and newcomer Eloise Laurence, and has Roth playing “the father of an 11-year old girl living in North London who witnesses a violent attack which changes the way she looks at the world around her.” At which point, Roth becomes The Abomination. Okay, that doesn’t really happen, but I think that should happen in all of his movies from now on. Filming on Broken begins this month in England.
As for The Liability, Deadline reports the story centers on an “aspiring hitman and a veteran assassin who hates protégés and dreams of retiring. They come across a beautiful and deadly female vigilante, who forces them to pool their resources to survive.” How to survive: become The Abomination. Directed by Craig Viveiros (Ghosted), the film co-stars Talulah Riley and the great Peter Mullan. The Liability will also shoot in the UK.
Tim Roth is looking to get back in the directing game with an adaptation of Marc Parent’s non-fiction book, Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk. Roth, who was abused as a child, sees the film as a companion piece to his 1999 directorial debut, The War Zone. Parent was a struggling actor in his twenties who joined an experimental social work unit that called upon him to project children from abusive parents. His work sometime required him to at times break up households and even have parents arrested.
Roth tells THR, “He was an incredible social worker – he saved tons of children from horrible situations.” Roth wants Sam Rockwell to play Parent even though Rockwell is twice Parent’s age when he started the job. The film currently has no producer, but Roth is already planning to shoot the film in digital in order to keep costs low and take “real control of the atmosphere surrounding the children.” Hit the jump for a synopsis of Turning Stones.
Tim Roth is the latest actor to join the cast of writer/director Nicholas Jarecki’s indie drama Arbitrage. The film stars Richard Gere stars as “a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire makes an error that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help.” Variety reports that Roth will play a detective who’s investigating a murder.
The film now boasts an impressive cast that includes Gere, Susan Sarandon, Eva Green, Aubrey Graham (also known as rapper Drake), and Sundance darling Brit Marling. Jarecki, who helmed the documentary The Outsider, is the brother of filmmakers Andrew and Eugene (Capturing the Friedmans). The cast that he’s assembled is intriguing, especially Marling, who was a breakout hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival having co-written and starred in two films that were featured: Another Earth and Sound of My Voice. Arbitrage is set to start filming this month in New York City.
With Sundance and Slamdance starting next week in Utah, we’re about to get bombarded with a ton of images, trailers and reviews for tons of movies you’ve never heard of. If you’ve been reading Collider for the past few years, you know I usually cover Sundance alone. However, Matt Goldberg will be traveling with me to the Festival, so this year should be the best in terms of our coverage. He’s going to be writing most of the reviews, and I’ll be conducting all the interviews.
Anyway, one of the many films playing at Slamdance is director Alexandre Rockwell’s Pete Small is Dead. While the film hadn’t been on my radar, after seeing an image of Steve Buscemi with that blond wig and watching the crazy trailer, I’m definitely curious. Also, with a cast featuring Peter Dinklage, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Roth, Michael Lerner, Seymour Cassel, Theresa Wayman, and Rosie Perez, how can I not want to see it. For the synopsis and trailer, hit the jump:
This year will be my first time attending the Sundance Film Festival and as a fan of documentaries, I couldn’t be more excited for some of the films that will be premiering. Today, we have the first images from the documentaries These Amazing Shadows, Granito, and The Interrupters. These Amazing Shadows is about the history and importance of the National Film Registry. Granito centers on the turbulent history of Guatemala. And The Interrupters is about ex-gang members who are now protecting their communities from gang violence. I’m particularly excited for The Interrupters because it’s from Steve James, the director of the incredible 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.