Andrew Niccol‘s new film In Time posits a world in which the only currency is time: every individual has a body clock which, after 25 years, constantly counts down to death. Anyone can earn or steal more time, and without that wealth, it is game over. The extended trailer we saw at Comic Con made the film look like a bit like Gattaca infused with a pulp noir sensibility. The film might be a smart thriller that uses sci-fi tropes to critique a youth-obsessed popular culture; or it might just be a silly chase thriller. Difficult to tell right now. But there is a new, shorter trailer; one that gives a bit more time to Olivia Wilde, who plays the mother of central figure Justin Timberlake. Check it out below.
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Imagine that your body stopped aging at 25 and that you could live forever. It’s a very promising proposition if not for one small caveat. At the age of 25, your body is given one year to live. The only way to remain alive is to acquire more time on your body’s biological clock. And time is precious. That’s the gist of In Time, the latest film from writer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca) starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Cillian Murphy and more.
In the world of In Time, you can acquire more time by working but, to buy anything, you need to give up some of your time. So the rich are basically immortal but the poor could die today if they don’t work. It’s a tantalizing conceit for a brand new action thriller that might sound a bit confusing but, once you watch this Comic Con sizzle reel, you’ll have a much better idea of what to expect this Halloween. Read More »
Briefly: Taken director Pierre Morel is following Luc Besson in to the action thriller producing game, and he’s got his first effort set up, with everyone’s new favorite actor on board. Overdrive is about a couple of handsome car thieves, and will star Alex Pettyfer and Matthew Goode. Antonio Negret, who directed Transit for producer Joel Silver, will direct. Read More »
We’ve known for some time that Channing Tatum wanted to make a movie about a male stripper. (Stripping being something Tatum really did in his own past.) We were surprised, a couple weeks back, when Steven Soderbergh revealed that he would make the movie as one of his last few before retiring as a director, under the title Magic Mike. And now I don’t know what to think as Magic Mike has a co-star: Alex Pettyfer, who will play the film’s fictionalized version of a young Channing Tatum. Read More »
When I Am Number Four came out in the United States, director D.J. Caruso had yet to officially sign on to direct the adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s iconic comic book series Preacher. Now that Number Four is opening internationally, though, the cat’s out of the bag and the international press has been chatting him up about it. French website CloneWeb got the director not only to open up about the film, but name a few of the people who he’s talked to about potential roles.
Caruso was very insistent that casting hasn’t started and the script isn’t quite ready, but that he’s been getting a ton of texts and calls from people who want to join in. He said Chris Pine really wants to play Jesse, Shia LaBeouf wants to play Arseface and Alex Pettyfer wants to play the Saint of Killers. Read some more of his quotes and watch the video after the break. Read More »
While most of the discussion around casting Gary Ross‘s film version of The Hunger Games has centered on the female lead, there’s also a male lead that needs to be filled. That character, Peeta Mellark, is the love interest and partner in crime of the Katniss Everdeen. And while the whole story revolves around Katniss, her relationship with Peeta is probably the second most important thing in the film. Seemingly every young actress in Hollywood has been connected to the Katniss role and now we’ve heard our first name of an actor approached to play Peeta: Alex Pettyfer, who can currently be seen in both Beastly and I Am Number Four. What does this mean exactly? Not much, as Pettyfer hasn’t even seen a script yet but I think it does shift the balance towards the eventual casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Read why and a whole bunch more after the break. Read More »
Just the other day we talked about the fact that Alex Pettyfer, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeff Bridges might take roles in The Last Apprentice, based on the novel series of the same name by Joseph Delaney. (They’re known as The Wardstone Chronicles in the UK.) Well, the film has been renamed The Seventh Son, and it looks as if Jeff Bridges is the first to formally take the plunge. Read More »
In what could reasonably be deemed a move to capitalize on the success of Twilight, studios are buying up the rights to any and all young adult book series with a built-in following. And apparently, they’re all vying for Alex Pettyfer to headline the resulting adaptations. Pettyfer already starred in the first film of the failed franchise Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker — based on a young adult novel — and next up he has I Am Number Four from director DJ Caruso — also based on a young adult novel — and the modern day “Beauty and the Beast” reimagining Beastly — based on, you guessed it, a young adult novel. He was also set to be starring in an adaptation of the young adult series The Mortal Instruments, but now, it looks as though he’s moved on… To another adaptation of a young adult series.
Is Alex Pettyfer poised to be the next teen heartthrob a la Robert Pattinson? The studios sure seem intent on making that a reality. And hell, with the way things are shaping up, he may actually eclipse Pattinson within the year. (Pun regretfully intended.) Read More »
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