Lupita Nyong’o only just arrived as a feature actress, via her tremendous Oscar-winning performance in 12 Years a Slave. Now, after completing a role in Non-Stop and booking a gig in Star Wars Episode VII, she’s making a step that takes some actors a very long time to achieve. Rather than waiting for her ideal role to come around, she is producing an adaptation of the novel Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The novel is an epic love story that crosses continents and explores modern immigration, race, and the search for a homeland. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Angie Han
Recently, Terrence Malick has been putting out new movies every year or two instead of every decade or so. But that doesn’t mean he’s rushing these newer projects. Case in point: His documentary Voyage of Time has been brewing for several years already, with Brad Pitt revealed as the narrator all the way back in 2009.
Now, as the film inches closer to theaters, Malick’s added another big name to the cast. Cate Blanchett will also lend her voice to the movie, which does nothing less than attempt to cover “the whole of time.” No wonder Pitt needed the help. Hit the jump for the latest details on this long-simmering film.
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Briefly: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have only made one movie together: the 2005 action/caper film Mr. and Mrs. Smith (above), which was produced before they were a couple. Since then, Pitt has kept his acting career going as he moved more deeply into producing, and Jolie has become a director. Her second film, Unbroken, is set for a Christmas Day release this year.
Now she has written a new script, and it will be the first project the two develop together. Deadline has the details. Those are essentially all the details there are at this point — there’s no studio, and no released storyline. Not even a title at this point. We don’t know if Jolie might direct. Variety cautiously reports that there’s no word on casting, while Deadline says that Jolie is in early talks to star with Pitt.
If you liked Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, then David Ayer‘s new film may be right up your alley. We’ve seen many glimpses of the WWII tank squad movie already, as Ayer was generous with Instagram posts as he shot the film. But here’s the official first look at Brad Pitt in Fury, playing a guy with the intimidating nickname “Wardaddy.” Read More »
David Michod, who directed Animal Kingdom and the forthcoming The Rover (trailer here), is now set to direct Brad Pitt in a film about US operations in Afghanistan. The source material is Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Michod will also script The Operators. One focus of the book is General Stanley McChrystal, who was brought back to DC and soon resigned after a Hastings-authored article in Rolling Stone portrayed the general’s men bashing the Obama administration, it’s difficult to see Pitt in that role. We don’t know who Pitt will play at this point.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Fresh off of shooting David Ayer’s Fury, Brad Pitt is looking to head back to World War II. This time, it’ll be for an untitled romantic thriller scripted by Steven Knight, writer of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things and director of Locke. More details on the project after the jump.
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Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise did a movie together when Cruise was an established superstar and Pitt was just starting out, but 1994’s Interview With a Vampire didn’t quite become a classic of the vampire genre. Now, after twenty years, they may re-team for a story grounded in reality, and which has been in development for a few years with both actors attached at different times. Read More »
Briefly: Brad Pitt is back to produce and star in the sequel to World War Z, but this one will have a new director as Marc Forster will not return. Juan Antonio Bayona (aka J.A. Bayona), who made The Impossible and The Orphanage, will direct the sequel. While there are arguments to be had over The Impossible, the disaster sequence in that film alone suggests that Bayona will be right at home with the big sequences in this film.
No one is set to write yet, and we don’t know how the plot of this sequel will jump off from the Wales-set finale of the first film, but Bayona will work with the writer to shape the script. (Which will hopefully be properly finished before cameras roll this time, to prevent some of that third-act scrambling that cost the first production so much time and money.)
Unusually for a tentpole release, Paramount has not yet set a release date, but expect that to happen soon. 2015 anyone? And this one has got to get a subtitle rather than a number, as World War Z 2 looks a bit like World War Zzz, and no studio wants to suggest we should snooze through the sequel. [THR]
Director David Ayer (Training Day writer, End of Watch writer/director) is being generous with his camera while directing the WWII film Fury. The movie stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jason Isaacs, and Michael Pena in a story about an American tank crew that tries to survive an encounter with a German army division towards the end of the war.
Since the beginning of the shoot, Ayer has been posting an image a day to Twitter, and now that we’re a couple weeks in there’s a good collection of shots from the production. They’re not as polished and stylized as the header shot above (which was the first official image release) but they have a grit and atmosphere that works very well. Check out a bunch of more recent shots below. Read More »