We’ve got a pair of images from the following films:
- Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) poses alongside Elton John in promotion of the upcoming biopic on the legendary musician, Rocketman. John will re-record some of his hits in order to parallel the film’s emotional beats. Production looks to begin next fall.
- Salma Hayek (Savages) in a first-look image for Joe Lynch’s action thriller Everly, which just wrapped principal photography in Belgrade, Serbia.
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When last we reported on the the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) was circling the lead. We can now confirm Hardy will star as the musical legend in the Rocket Pictures and Focus Features film. Rocketman is scheduled to shoot in 2014 and will feature new recordings from Elton John himself that will accompany the emotional dynamics of the story that follows John from child prodigy to superstar. Written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Rocketman will be directed by Michael Gracey.
Check out all the details after the jump.
Take note, filmmakers: if you don’t want paparazzi and amateur photogs snagging set photos, send them out yourselves. We’ve rounded up some new images from across the social media landscape to bring to you today in one place, incuding:
- Mad Max: Fury Road – A new, cleaned-up image of Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Mel Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, and Riley Keough, George Miller’s newest Mad Max film opens in 2014.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past – A viral image from the film’s Twitter account featuring a brief shot of what we presume to be a Sentinel from Trask Industries. Bryan Singer’s X-Men Days of Future Past, starring James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry, opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.
- In the Heart of the Sea – Ron Howard’s adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel about the whaling ship, Essex, that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, and Brendan Gleeson.
- Fury – David Ayer’s World War II thriller starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, Scott Eastwood and Michael Peña opens November 14, 2014.
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While there are plenty of exciting films opening over the next few months, one highly anticipated pic that’s already in the can is conspicuously absent. After years of starts and stops—including a massive yearlong postponement due to torrential rains in the planned filming location—director George Miller’s long-promised Mad Max: Fury Road finally underwent principal photography in the summer of 2012. However, in the ensuing time we have yet to see even an official image from the pic. While some were hopeful that Miller would complete Fury Road in time to make a surprise late 2013 release, it became clear that that would not be the case.
Now we may have a bit of a reason for the delay, as Miller is poised to go back and do three weeks of additional shooting on the pic with his main cast. Hit the jump for more.
The first clip has been released for Steven Knight‘s (Redemption) upcoming film, Locke. The real-time thriller stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, “a man on the road to success who must race to save his life from unraveling after he receives a mysterious phone call.” It sounds like a gripping, intense picture, but that doesn’t really come across in this clip. It has nice cinematography, but the clip involves Locke asking to have an important discussion regarding concrete. There’s a bit of intrigue on the other end of the line, but it’s barely there. However, it’s sometimes better to obfuscate, and I’ll be eager to hear the word on the movie when it debuts at the Venice Film Festival on September 2nd.
Hit the jump to check out the clip along with a statement about the picture from Knight.
An Elton John biopic would grab our attention in most any configuration, but producers Steve Hamilton Shaw, David Furnish, Lawrence Bender, and (hey) Sir Elton John are doing a great job with the early hype for Rocketman. Shaw promises, “Rocketman will be a radically different kind of biopic. It will be as unique as Elton’s life, told in a non-linear and hyper-visual manner.” Up-and-coming commercials director Michael Gracey is on board with a script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) that features choreographed features set to John’s catalog. Best of all, Tom Hardy is circling the lead role—I didn’t know I wanted that, but now I must have it.
This is understandably an appealing package to studios. Deadline reports FilmDistrict is near a deal for the U.S. rights with a $10 million minimum guarantee (plus a significant marketing budget) for a wide release. Hall’s script starts at age five with a musical prodigy who wins a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music by age eleven, so the next step is to cast Young Elton. We will let you know if/when they lock in Hardy and/or FilmDistrict’s money.
Though he was reported as being in talks as recently as November of last year, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) will indeed star in The Outsider. In an interesting twist on the tale, director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer) is in talks to direct what would be his English-language debut. Based on an original idea by John Linson and scripted by Andrew Baldwin, The Outsider will be produced in part by Joel Silver and his banner, Silver Pictures. The independently-financed film, previously set up at Warner Bros., is “set in post-World War II Japan, chronicling the life of a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Japanese Yakuza.” According to Deadline, it will begin shooting in Japan early next year.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share today. First up, an unlikely actor is being eyed to topline the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Commercials helmer Michael Gracey was tapped to direct the film this past March, and HitFix now reports that the project is out to Tom Hardy to take on the life of John in the film. The pic is described as a “radically different” kind of biopic, as the story is told in a non-linear, hyper-visual manner complete with choreographed sequences set to John’s songs. Hardy does not have an offer to star nor is he in formal negotiations, but apparently the Dark Knight Rises actor is being considered for the lead role. Hardy has a knack for disappearing into all kinds of difference characters, and I would absolutely love to see him transform into Elton John for the unique-sounding Rocketman.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie drama Strings.
John Carpenter’s 1981 post-apocalyptic thriller Escape from New York is the latest property to get a face-lift. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, an eye-patching wearing, bank-robbing convict tasked with venturing into the maximum security prison that has become Manhattan in order to rescue the President (Donald Pleasence) and gain his freedom. A reboot was attempted a few years ago but New Line let the rights lapse. Now, Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures and Studio Canal are teaming up to bring a new look (and a new face) to the franchise with plans of an origin story and eventual trilogy. Hit the jump for more.
It’s difficult to do military-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) films because they almost always seem to boil down to “Support the Troops”. It’s a message that doesn’t really work with War on Terror movies because this isn’t Vietnam; everyone is supporting the troops. While there’s certainly not enough attention paid to soldiers returning with PTSD, films like Stop-Loss and In the Valley of Elah become statements rather than stories where we don’t care about the characters and their struggles. PTSD feels like it’s being used as a dramatic crutch rather than being honestly explored. More damning, it feels like a safe way to explore the Iraq War—commentary without controversy. Hopefully, Greg Williams‘ upcoming film Samarkand will avoid the pitfalls of other PTSD films. According to Deadline, Tom Hardy has signed on to star in the film, so that’s a good start.
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Tom Hardy is set to lead the real-time thriller, Locke. Written and directed by Steven Knight (writer of Eastern Promises), the 90-minute film “follows a man on the road to success who must race to save his life from unraveling after he receives a mysterious phone call.” The greatest of all real-time thrillers is High Noon (it’s a western, but it’s also a thriller), but recent attempts like Nick of Time and Phone Booth have never really lived up to their hook. At the very least, Locke has a compelling actor with Hardy, so hopefully Locke will be able to live up to the potential of its premise.
According to Screen Daily, filming begins later this month in London. Hardy recently signed on to co-star with Noomi Rapace in both Child 44 and an adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s Animal Rescue. Since shooting begins soon on Locke, Hardy should still be able to do his films with Rapace.
Back in December, we learned that Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace were looking to team up for the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue. Well now it appears that the duo may be planning back-to-back projects, as Heat Vision reports that Hardy and Rapace are in talks to star in Child 44. The film is based on the book of the same name by Tom Rob Smith and takes place in the 1950s where it centers on a security officer in the Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders.
Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa is set to direct the thriller, with Hardy looking to play the Soviet officer and Rapace eyeing the role of his mysterious wife. Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan are onboard to produce, and filming is hoping to get underway in May in Budapest, after Hardy and Rapace complete Animal Rescue which shoots in March. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Smith’s novel.
After a tongue-in-cheek tacky movie, a clever casting twist with Michael Keaton, and a slow, nipple-suited downfall further plagued by the crack of Catwoman’s whip, Christopher Nolan reinvigorated Batman. Fantastical absurdity was replaced with practical reality and the comic edges were smoothed until a bat hero almost seemed like a real-world possibility. Now the final installation of the trilogy has hit shelves, and you can check out a review of The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray after the jump.
We’ve got some media from two long-in-development pictures today, as follows:
- Riddick – The third film in the Riddick franchise starring Vin Diesel from writer/director David Twohy. This new image shows off the brooding anti-hero who someone left out in the rain. The long-awaited film, also starring Karl Urban (Dredd 3D) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), will finally land in theaters September 6th.
- Mad Max: Fury Road – The fourth film in writer/director George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action franchise. The latest iteration features Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Max Rockatansky along with Charlize Theron (Prometheus) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class). New video shows behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s crazy vehicles in action.
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Filming on the long-delayed Mad Max: Fury Road finally wrapped several weeks ago, and now we might have our first look at the eponymous road-warrior. In the new movie, Mad Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) gets caught up with a group of people fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron). Although George Miller, who directed the previous Mad Max movies, has returned for the fourth installment, we don’t know if the new film is a sequel or a reboot. The leather outfit may be considered a little outdated (although this set photo from Bleeding Cool showed Hardy rocking the leather pants), so perhaps this is Mad Max for the 21st century?
Hit the jump to check out the full image. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Nathan Jones. [Update: We've removed the unofficial image.]