Here’s an update to the developing news on Steve McQueen‘s third film, Twelve Years a Slave, that is pretty minor in terms of word count, but potentially huge for the movie. We know that Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Solomon Northrup, a free black man kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and made to serve as a slave for over a decade. Michael Fassbender, who featured in McQueen’s last two films, Hunger and Shame, will also play a role.
Brad Pitt‘s company Plan B is producing the film, and now the actor will take a role in the movie, too. Read More »
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Michael Fassbender is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after actors working right now. He’s got that combination of skill, looks and fearlessness that makes him desirable for any producer or director.
For demonstrations of fearlessness, all you have to do is look to Fassbender’s two films made with director Steve McQueen. Hunger is a searing experience that recreates the 1981 hunger strike led by IRA volunteer Bobby Sands in the Maze prison. And then there is Shame, opening in December, which gained immediate notoriety after festival appearances revealed the sexually explicit details of the drama about a man (Fassbender) “unable to manage his sex life.”
You can also take the in-demand actor’s willingness to make time for McQueen as a declaration of the director’s stature. Now, as Shame moves towards a general opening in US theaters, Fassbender has signed to appear in McQueen’s next film, 12 Years a Slave, which will star Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup, a free black man kidnapped in Washington in 1841 and made to serve as a slave for over a decade. Read More »
Steve McQueen followed his debut film Hunger with Shame, which reunites him with actor Michael Fassbender and will premiere shortly at the Venice Film Festival. Now he’s got his post-Shame project set: a film called 12 Years a Slave, in which Chiwetel Ejiofor will star. Read More »
Annette Haywood-Carter, a former script supervisor who jumped to directing (Foxfire, with a young Angelina Jolie, for instance), is preparing to shoot the period drama Savannah in the Georgia town of the same name, and has secured the final pieces of the film’s cast. Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor have joined Bradley Whitford, Jaimie Alexander, Jack McBrayer and Hal Holbrook. Read More »
Talk about perfect casting. We’ve mentioned before that Hunger director Steve McQueen is making a film about the life of Fela Kuti, the Nigerian musician / activist who essentially invented Afrobeat. Now there’s word that Kuti will be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Because, really, was there anyone else who could take the part? Read More »
Update: An official domestic teaser trailer has been released online, and is now embedded after the jump. The original story follows.
We’ve seen a few photos of Angelina Jolie in character for her lead role in Salt, the political action thriller that was rewritten for the actress when Tom Cruise bailed on the role. Now there’s an international trailer, straight from Russia. First thought: man, they really do some great lip-matching work when dubbing movies over there! Check the Russian trailer after the jump. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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It must be trailer week at Sony Pictures International. Yesterday they released an international trailer for Zombieland, and today they’ve released a new Japanese trailer for Roland Emmerich‘s new disaster flick 2012. It might start off similar to the previously released domestic trailer, but about half way through we begin to see a lot of scenes and sequences we haven’t seen before. We also begin to learn more about the story — where are the main characters going? How will they survive? The countdown clock is introduced.
To be honest with you, I’m more excited for this film than I should be. Yes, I’m not expecting a great movie, or even a good story, but the sequence we saw at Comic-Con with a limo outrunning an earthquake was so ridiculous, yet fun in all the ways that Transformers 2 should have been, but wasn’t. Check out the new Japanese trailer embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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