First TRUE STORY Trailer: Jonah Hill and James Franco Go Dramatic in Dark Thriller

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Fox Searchlight has released the first True Story trailer for director Rupert Goold‘s upcoming drama.  Based on real events, the film stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James Franco.  After watching them play off each other in such hilarious fashion onscreen in This Is the End, I’ll admit there’s a bit of whiplash in seeing Hill and Franco play opposite each other in something as dark and serious as this.  That said, both actors have separately proven themselves to be formidable dramatic talents and the story here is incredibly compelling, so I’m really looking forward to catching this one next month at Sundance.

Hit the jump to watch the True Story trailer.  The film also stars Felicity JonesTrue Story will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and opens in theaters April 10, 2015.

Sundance Lineup Adds TRUE STORY with Jonah Hill and James Franco Plus Robert Redford’s A WALK IN THE WOODS; First Images Released

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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival lineup already looked pretty great, but now they’ve slated a couple more additions to make the fest even more exciting.  Director Rupert Goold’s drama True Story and director Ken Kwapis’ adaptation of the Billy Bryson novel A Walk in the Woods have both been added to the Premieres lineup, while the animated Shaun the Sheep will also screen at the festival.  True Story stars Jonah Hill as disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel, who strikes up a head-spinning relationship with accused murderer Christian Longo, played by James FrancoFelicity Jones also stars in this incredibly promising drama, which is immediately one of my must-sees of the fest.  A Walk in the Woods, meanwhile, stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as an aging travel writer and his estranged high school buddy, respectively, who set out to hike the Appalachian Trail.

Check out the first True Story images, plus the first look at A Walk in the Woods, after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22 – February 1st.

Felicity Jones Talks THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Staying True to Real Life, Working with Jonah Hill on TRUE STORY, and More at TIFF 2014

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) The Theory of Everything.  The fantastic film is an adaptation of the Stephen Hawking memoir Travelling to Infinity, written by his wife Jane Hawking.  Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) as Hawking, The Theory of Everything chronicles his budding relationship with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wide (Felicity Jones), heartbreaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at the age of 21, and groundbreaking scientific work in the field of time.  Led by phenomenal performances by Redmayne and Jones, The Theory of Everything will definitely be a player in awards season and I strongly recommend seeing it for yourself when it opens November 7th.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Shortly after the TIFF premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Felicity Jones.  She talked her process in preparing for a role, how on set she could tell they were making something special, the way she got involved in the project, how Marsh’s background in documentaries helped everyone stay true to the real story, the May Ball and other U.K. idiosyncrasies, the competition for strong female roles and how TV is more progressive in some ways, what it was like to work with Jonah Hill in True Story, how she’s about to start filming A Monster Calls, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Felicity Jones Talks THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, Her Incredible Wardrobe, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Secrecy, and TRUE STORY

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Directed by Ralph Fiennes and written by Abi Morgan (Shame), The Invisible Woman tells the story of Ellen “Nelly” Ternan (Felicity Jones), a happily married mother and schoolteacher with a secret past.  Haunted by remorse and guilt, Nelly was a young actress who caught the eye of Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), becoming both his muse and secret lover.

At the film’s press day, actress Felicity Jones spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made you want to play Nelly, her audition process for the role, working with Ralph Fiennes as an actor and as a director, how the two of them were on the same wavelength during the shoot, how extensively she did research into the real woman, and her incredible wardrobe.  She also talked about being a part of such a huge production as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, how the secrecy about the project was inferred, so as to protect the story they’re telling, and how she got a say in the costumes she wears in the film, as well as what the experience was like working with Jonah Hill and James Franco on True Story.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Felicity Jones to Star Opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in TRUE STORY; Stacy Keach Joins SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

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We’ve got a couple of interesting casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) has landed the female lead opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco in the drama True Story.  The film recounts the head-spinning relationship between disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco).  Deadline reports that Jones will play Finkel’s long-suffering girlfriend “who tries to stand by her guy even after his screw-ups cost them everything.”  Rupert Goold (Richard II) will direct.

Additionally, Stacy Keach has joined the ever-growing cast of Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForVariety reports that Keach will play “a chief villain,” mob boss Wallenquist.  Prodution is currently underway on the film which also stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, and many more.  The pic opens on October 4th.  Hit the jump for a synopsis for True Story.

Jonah Hill and James Franco to Co-Star in Drama TRUE STORY

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Jonah Hill turned in a solid performance in Moneyball, and now he’s got another drama on the way, but he’ll be in the lead this time around.  Hill is set to star opposite James Franco in the adaptation of Michael Finkel‘s memoir True Story.  Directed by Rupert Goold (who wrote and directed the upcoming TV movie adaptation of Richard II starring Patrick Stewart), the story recounts the head-spinning relationship between disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) and accused murdered Christian Longo (Franco).

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