Ben Wheatley directing A Field in England

One of the U.K.’s most interesting filmmakers is coming to our shores. Ben Wheatley is getting a cast together for Free Fire, a ’70s-inspired action shootout that will be his first-ever film set in the U.S.

So far, he’s off to a great start. Olivia Wilde, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer are all on board, along with Wheatley regular Michael Smiley. Hit the jump for Ben Wheatley Free Fire plot details and more.

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Hugh Grant Helps Out ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

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Briefly: Guy Ritchie‘s new take on the spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is growing fast. He’s got Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play US agent Napoleon Solo and the Russian spy Illya Kuryakin. They’re partnered though the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) to fight bad guys.

Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki were added in the past weeks, and now Hugh Grant is on board as the head of British Naval Intelligence. We don’t know too much more about the setup of the film other than the fact that the main characters won’t start off relating to one another in a very genial fashion. [Deadline]

 

The Lone Ranger

There’s no question at this point that The Lone Ranger was a big fat flop, but why it failed so badly remains up for debate. Were audiences turned off by the cultural insensitivity? Does Johnny Depp need to put down the white makeup? Was the movie just not very good?

According to director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Depp and Armie Hammer, the answer is none of the above. Instead, the team pegs the film’s poor box office performance on film critics, whom they believe were “gunning for” the movie due to its production troubles. Cue every single movie reviewer I know: If only we had that kind of power. Hit the jump to watch them complain.

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When Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. announced that the follow-up to Man of Steel would feature a conflict between Batman and Superman, many questions were raised. The title is one; we’re using Batman vs Superman for the time being, but the final title could be different. The precise story is another question, especially since Snyder used a line from Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns to introduce the concept to an audience at Comic C0n. While we know that the film won’t be a direct adaptation of Miller’s series, that planted a seed of expectation in fans.

The other big question is: who will play Batman? Warner Bros. needs a new actor, as Christian Bale’s time in the cowl expired with the end of Christopher Nolan’s directorial run. Armie Hammer, once cast as Batman in a Justice League film that never happened, has been once name people are asking about. He says he doesn’t want to do it. Armie’s interest or lack thereof might not even matter, as the new rumor is that Warner Bros. is willing to cast an older actor in the role — fueling more speculation that The Dark Knight Returns will be more of an influence than Snyder suggested at first. Read More »

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After years of trying to bring The Man From U.N.C.L.E. back to life, Warner Bros. finally settled on director Guy Ritchie, and when Tom Cruise decided not to do the film, the studio looked to Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

Now the film has picked a leading lady, and she’s someone with some big recent work with Warner Bros.: Elizabeth Debicki, who gave an eye-catching turn in The Great Gatsby. Read More »

The Lone Ranger

Why is a film in which a magic horse eats scorpions off Armie Hammer’s face so insufferably fractured and dull? Now that I’ve got your attention, consider the unfortunate fate of a film, one eager to subvert Western tradition, which becomes deeply lost in the wilderness between the arthouse and multiplex.

The Lone Ranger, masterminded by the Pirates of the Caribbean team of Gore Verbinski (director) and Jerry Bruckheimer (producer), throws out one weird idea after another — fanged rabbits factor in — almost as distractions for the fact that it wants to batter the very myth of the American west. In all cases, it does so without any significant unifying principle to weave the ideas into a movie of any compelling merit. More interesting to talk about than it is to watch in the moment, The Lone Ranger is still a dud in the end.

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Lone Ranger Armie Hammer

For actor Armie Hammer, things are going pretty damn well right about now. He broke out in an Oscar-nominated film, worked with one of the best directors of all time, and is now the title character in a big budget Disney blockbuster. That last one is, of course, Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, a brand-new take on the classic radio and TV character featuring Hammer as the Ranger and Johnny Depp as his sidekick, Tonto. This time around, however, Depp’s the focus and Hammer is just fine with that.

In our one on one interview, the actor talked about joining the multi-billion dollar team of Verbinski, Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the thought of playing this character for years to come, his next film (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) directed by Guy Ritchie, and what would have happened if he’d played Batman in George Miller’s Justice League. Read More »

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Want to see some cool behind the scenes images from Iron Man 3? What video did Marc Webb post to commemorate the end of filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Just how important is Doctor Strange to Marvel’s Phase 3? Does Henry Cavill want to rush to make Justice League? Where is S.H.I.E.L.D’s headquarters in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Could Armie Hammer be playing Ant-Man? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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