The star of Prison Break and the pen behind the screenplay for Stoker, Wentworth Miller is now being courted to take up the adaptation of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Written by David Wroblewski, the bestselling literary novel follows the titular protagonist, a mute boy in the American heartland who raises a fictional breed of dog with his family. While that description sounds a bit odd, the story is actually a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, albeit replacing the kingdom of Denmark with rural Wisconsin. The novel was part of Oprah Winfrey’s book club in 2008; Winfrey will produce alongside Kate Forte, partnering with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Hit the jump for more.
A red-band trailer has gone online for the thriller The Loft. The film centers on five friends who have a loft where they can go to cheat on their wives. Their perfect locale hits a bit of a snag when they find a woman brutally murdered in the loft, and they don’t know who’s responsible. I first thought that this would be a claustrophobic film where the five friends would be turning on each other since they each have a key to the loft. Instead, they start suspecting their wives to be jealous murderous who discovered their husbands’ secret. It’s an odd approach, although it makes sense since the guys seems sleazy enough to distrust the woman they’ve wronged rather than the dishonest guys in their company. The only question is whether or not we’ll care what happens to the five adulterers, and if we’d rather see them get their comeuppance than solve the mystery.
Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer. The impressive cast features Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Rachael Taylor, Rhona Mitra, Valerie Cruz, and Isabel Lucas. The film currently has no release date.
Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce is looking to tackle a remake of the 2000 French film With a Friend Like Harry. Variety reports that Peirce is attached to direct the pic, which centers on a family man who is joined on vacation by an old schoolmate named Harry who he doesn’t know. Initially, “Harry seems to be just what the family needs with his carefree spirit and charm but his efforts and advice eventually become more mysteriously menacing.”
Interestingly, Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller is adapting the screenplay. He previously wrote the script for the horror drama Stoker, which is set for release next March. Nicole Kidman stars in that pic, which was directed by Oldboy’s Park Chan-wook. Peirce is currently in the midst of helming the promising Carrie remake with Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore. No word on how soon Harry could begin production, but the Talented Mr. Ripley vibe seems an exciting fit for Peirce. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the original French film.
Eric Stonestreet is a scene stealer on ABC’s Modern Family but he’s about to made a radical departure as he’s in final negotiations to star in the dark indie thriller Loft. Variety reports that Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) is also set to join the film, “which follows five married friends who share a loft where each of them bring their mistresses. When the body of an unknown woman is found in the loft, they begin to suspect one another of murder.” As we reported back in February, the film also stars Patrick Wilson and James Marsden. This cast and premise offers the possibility for a tight, claustrophobic thriller…or it could end up like 2006′s disappointing Unknown (as opposed to 2011′s disappointing Unknown). Screenwriter Wesley Strick (the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street) adapted Bart De Pauw’s original screenplay for the 2008 Belgian film of the same name. Erik Van Looy directed that film and will return to helm the remake.
While I’ll be interested in seeing Stonestreet in such a different role from Modern Family‘s Cam, he’ll next be seen in the R-rated comedy Bad Teacher and the family film The Muppets. As for Miller, he’s signed on to the indie drama Analog. He also wrote the script Stoker, which will be directed by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy).
Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) will star in the indie drama Analog. Per Variety, “Story follows an introverted genius who tries to find a love connection in an increasingly digital world.” Mike Million will direct from his own screenplay, which landed on 2005′s Black List (the list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood). The $3 million picture is expected to begin shooting in Michigan this summer.
Miller is also a Black List alum, with his script for Stoker landing on 2010′s list. That film is now in pre-production with Chan Wook-Park (Oldboy) at the helm, and Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Mia Wasikowska attached to star. As far as acting jobs, Miller was last seen in theaters in Resident Evil: Afterlife.
Last October we heard lead actor Andy Whitfield has dropped out of the Starz epic series Spartacus: Blood and Sand in order to receive more treatment for his Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Prison Break star Wentworth Miller might step in to replace him. But today Starz announced Australian actor Liam McIntyre (The Pacific) will be stepping into Whitfield’s titular role for the series’ second season which finds Spartacus and his fellow gladiators now out of Capua and engaged in the massive slave rebellion against Roman society that has echoed through time.
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht commented on the recasting, “Since no one can really replace Andy, we realized that we should instead find an actor who can truly lead ‘Spartacus’ forward. It was important to us to have Andy endorse the idea of recasting this part, which he did in the same heroic manner that he’s dealt with his whole ordeal. And that, coupled with our fortune in finding a young actor with the gladiator credentials and the acting ability of Liam, makes it easier for us to keep this hit franchise going.”
The 2010 Black List has been announced. For those who don’t know, the Black List is a list of the best “unproduced” screenplays in Hollywood. I put “unproduced” in quotations because some of these screenplays are in various stages of production. For instance, College Republicans (formerly Young Republicans) has Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano circling the project while Safe House has Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds on board. J.C. Chandor’s script (which he also directed) Margin Call is the furthest along of the Top 10 as it’s already set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Hit the jump to check out the 2010 Black List Top Ten.
South Korean writer/director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) is in talks to make his English-language debut with Stoker. Based on a script from actor Wentworth Miller (Resident Evil: Afterlife), Stoker centers on “the story of an eccentric teen whose enigmatic and estranged uncle who returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father.”
Last we checked, Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go) and Jodie Foster were in negotiations to star. Their involvement has been confirmed, and it is suggested that Fox Searchlight seeks a similarly high profile name to fill the male lead, the “estranged uncle.” More after the jump.
In case you weren’t already aware, lead actor Andy Whitfield has dropped out of the Starz epic series Spartacus: Blood and Sand in order to receive more treatment for his Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It’s been up in the air as to whether or not the series would simply come to an end, or if Whitfield would be replaced, but now EW brings word that Starz is moving forward with the series and re-casting his role. Who’s strapping on the sandals? Apparently Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has expressed interest in taking over the titular role of the series. Since Fox’s prison escape series ended, Miller hasn’t done anything on television, so now would be a good time to make his return. A bit disappointing the Whitfield isn’t returning under the circumstances so we wish him well and hope for a quick recovery. We’ll keep you posted as this story develops. What do you Spartacus fans think of Wentworth Miller in the role?
With writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D getting released on September 10, Screen Gems has released the full press kit and included are four movie clips, a new featurette, and about nine minutes of B-Roll (Behind the Scenes Footage) from the set.
As you might imagine, the featurette cuts between footage from the movie and the actors talking about their roles and the film. The B-Roll is great for fans of the franchise as you can see what it was like on set and how they made the 3D movie. Finally, the clips give you a taste of the finished film. Hit the jump to check everything out:
Our partners at Omelete have premiered a new minute long trailer/extended commercial for writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D. Due to being at the airport and having a bad internet connection, I was only able to watch part of the trailer, but I think it has some new footage. If you’re a fan of the Resident Evil franchise, hit the jump to check it out:
For more Resident Evil: Afterlife coverage, here’s our recap of the Comic-Con panel, here’s the last trailer, here’s my set visit to Toronto last year and some on set interviews with Ali Larter, Milla Jovovich, Wentworth Miller and Writer/Director Paul W.S. Anderson. Finally, here’s our interview with Anderson at Comic-Con.
Just when you think it can’t possibly get any bigger, the annual San Diego Comic-Con manages to do just that. The exponentially growing number of attendees and non-comic book related attractions doesn’t deter it from being one of the biggest draws of the summer for fans of superheroes, sci-fi, action-adventure and all things vampire. Over the last couple of years, people have even decided to camp out on the street under tents, for a better chance to catch a glimpse of the A-list actors and filmmakers that film Hall H with their upcoming blockbusters.
While I understand that Comic-Con ended on July 25th, I went straight into attending the Television Critics Association Press Tour, where I’ve been every day since, and I haven’t had any time to post these until now. But, I got so many great photos of the folks that I interviewed that, even though Comic-Con ended awhile ago, I think the photos are still of interest.
Throughout my stay at Comic-Con, I took photos of Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds, Ali Larter & Wentworth Miller from Resident Evil: Afterlife, Chloe Grace Moretz & Kodi Smit-McPhee from Let Me In, the stars of Sons of Anarchy, the cast of Psych, Amber Heard & Nicolas Cage from Drive Angry 3D, Anna Torv & Joshua Jackson from Fringe, Maggie Q & Lyndsy Fonseca from Nikita, Daniel Dae Kim & Grace Park from Hawaii Five-0, Denis O’Hare from True Blood, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, the cast of the U.K. series Being Human, Elisabeth Shue & Steven McQueen from Piranha 3-D, the cast of The Vampire Diaries, Jensen Ackles from Supernatural, the stars of Castle, Jeff Bridges & Bruce Boxleitner with the new co-stars of Tron: Legacy, and Bruce Willis, Karl Urban & Helen Mirren from RED. Hit the jump for all the photos:
In the last Resident Evil film, Alice (Milla Jovovich) met a survivor of the virus infection, named Claire Redfield (Ali Larter). In the fourth installment of the franchise, Claire has found a way to survive the very traumatic experience she went through, but she has lost some of her memory and is trying to figure out who she can trust again. There is even the introduction of Claire’s brother from the video games, which presents even more issues, as she figures out if he is who he is.
While at Comic-Con, actress Ali Larter spoke at a roundtable about how much she loves doing action and stunts, what it was like to work with the 3D technology and how much fun it is to play such strong women. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Wentworth Miller is the latest actor to join the Resident Evil franchise. In the latest installment, Resident Evil: Afterlife, he plays Chris Redfield, brother to Claire (Ali Larter) and a character straight out fo the popular video games. Unfamiliar with the video game when he was cast, he made sure to do his research and see what the fan expectation was for the character, before developing the character for himself.
While at Comic-Con, Wentworth Miller spoke at a roundtable about being a fan of the genre and his excitement in joining such an internationally successful franchise. He also talked about the writing projects that he’s developing – a feature film called Stoker, that’s part horror film, part family drama and part psychological thriller, all wrapped in one, along with its prequel, Uncle Charlie. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Fans of the Resident Evil franchise are sure to get three times what they love as the fourth film in the series, Resident Evil: Afterlife, was shot in 3D and presented as such at its San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday. Producer, director and writer Paul W.S. Anderson brought his wife and star Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, and Resident Evil newcomer Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) along with him to present footage and answer questions. Hit the jump for more.