Sundance Announces U.S. and World Competition Films and NEXT Category for 2015 Festival

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The countdown to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival has officially begun.  Today, the festival announced its lineup for films in the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and NEXT categories for next month’s fest, and they’re chock-full of promising titles including the post-apocalyptic Z for Zachariah starring Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the Jack Black comedy The D Train, and much more.  Sundance always highlights the best and brightest in independent filmmaking, often serving as the debut for eventual hits like Whiplash and Fruitvale Station.  But the real treat of the festival is the discovery aspect of it all.

Check out the full 2015 Sundance Film Festival lineup for the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and NEXT categories after the jump, and stay tuned for some first look images, and of course our extensive coverage from the festival in January.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd to February 1st.

First Z FOR ZACHARIAH Image: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine Survive a Nuclear War

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The first Z for Zachariah image has been released online, introducing us to director Craig Zobel’s (Compliance) adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s post-apocalyptic 1974 novel of the same name.  The story revolves around a woman who believes she is the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, only to have two strangers come across her small farm.  The Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie plays the lead role, while Chris Pine and one of last year’s Best Actor Oscar nominees, 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, play the two strangers.  The debut image doesn’t really tell us much about the film (other than the fact that Robbie is gorgeous no matter her hair color, obviously), but it’s an extremely curious choice of material for Zobel, who gained plenty of buzz for his 2012 small-scale character drama Compliance.

Check out the full Z for Zachariah movie image after the jump.  The sci-fi thriller opens in theaters sometime next year.

Margot Robbie in Talks to Play Jane in TARZAN; May Join Chris Pine in Z FOR ZACHARIAH

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Margot Robbie broke out in a big way as the female lead in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, more than holding her own opposite the formidable Leonardo DiCaprio, and now she’s poised to reap the benefits of her success by way of two promising new projects.  The Wrap reports that Robbie is in talks to play Jane opposite Alexander Skarsgard in Warner Bros.’ big budget adaptation TarzanHarry Potter helmer David Yates is set to direct, and she would join a cast that also includes Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson in what would mark her first big franchise property.

Additionally, the report adds that Robbie is in talks to replace Amanda Seyfried in the psychological thriller Z for Zachariah.  The pic revolves around a woman who believes she’s the only survivor after a devastating nuclear event, only to come across two strangers.  Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor are expected to star in the film as well.  Robbie will next be seen opposite Will Smith in the con man pic Focus.

Amanda Seyfried Talks EPIC, Awkward Non-Dialogue Voice Work, Tricks for Working in a Sound Booth, Z FOR ZACHARIAH, and More

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The moment you’re famous enough that your voice becomes recognizable, the animated movie offers must come pouring in, but even after years of being in the spotlight, Epic only marks Amanda Seyfried’s very first foray into the world of voice work. She plays Mary Katherine, the daughter of Professor Bomba (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who’s essentially given up everything for an obsessive pursuit to prove that there are tiny warriors living in the forest. Like everyone else, MK isn’t buying it, but when Queen Tara (voiced by Beyonce Knowles) has no choice but to shrink MK down to Leaf Man size so she can help save the forest, MK realizes her father’s been right all along.

With Epic on its way to a May 24th release, Seyfried sat down in New York City to talk about making the film and more. We ran through what drew her to the project, her love of the forest, the challenge of tapping into her imagination while in a sound booth, the physicality involved in doing voice work, how voicing an animated character compares to singing live on set, and the awkwardness of non-dialogue voice work. Seyfried also offered an update on her upcoming projects including Lovelace and Z for Zachariah. Hit the jump to watch.

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