Last night during The Walking Dead, Sony Pictures premiered the trailer for Life. No, this isn’t the Anton Corbijn-directed Robert Pattinson biography of the Life Magazine photographer from last year. This is the 2017 science fiction thriller about an international space crew that discovers life on Mars. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44) and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool), the film features Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation), Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine) and Ryan Reynolds. Watch the Life trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mars is attracting white-hot stars. Rebecca Ferguson was the first to sign on for Daniel Espinosa‘s sci-fi thriller Life, hot on the heels of her breakout role in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and Ryan Reynolds‘ casting was revealed just days after Deadpool‘s record-breaking opening weekend. Now it’s sucked Jake Gyllenhaal into its orbit as well. Whatever else this movie has going for or against it, that cast alone makes Life worth a look. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Now that he’s done putting the finishing touches on Child 44, Daniel Espinosa is lining up his next project. He’s entered talks to direct Morningstar, a sci-fi actioner for Warner Bros. It’s something of a change of pace for him, as he’s known for more “realistic” crime dramas and action thrillers. Read all about the Daniel Espinosa Morningstar project after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Tom Hardy has never met an accent he didn’t like, whether it’s Bostonian in The Drop, Welsh in Locke, or whatever the hell he’s doing in The Dark Knight Rises. In his new movie Child 44, he gets to take midcentury Russian out for a spin.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the thriller follows police agent Leo Demidov (Hardy) in Soviet-era Russia. When he begins investigating a serial killer who targets young boys, he attracts the wrath of the state, which refuses to acknowledge the crimes at all.
Noomi Rapace plays Leo’s wife Raisa, Gary Oldman is General Mikhail Nesterov, and Joel Kinnaman is Leo’s rival. Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine, and Vincent Cassel also star. Watch the Child 44 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Boston Strong has found a director and lost a star. First, the positive news: Safe House director Daniel Espinosa has entered talks to helm the 20th Century Fox drama, which follows the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013.
And now, the bad news: Casey Affleck has just dropped out of the lead role, after attaching himself last month. Hit the jump for the Boston Strong Daniel Espinosa and Casey Affleck updates.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sunday wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio‘s night, as it turned out, but the five-time Oscar nominee isn’t letting that slow him down. One of his many upcoming projects, Blood on Snow, is taking a big step forward as Safe House director Daniel Espinosa enters talks to helm.
DiCaprio has been attached to produce and possibly star in the thriller since last fall. It’s an adaptation of a two-book series by Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø, who also provided the source material for Headhunters. More on the new project after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sony’s Assassin’s Creed adaptation got off to a pretty good start, snagging the white-hot Michael Fassbender to produce and star all the way back in 2012. Now it may be taking another big step forward with a new director.
Although nothing is confirmed at this point, a new report indicates that Daniel Espinosa is the top pick to take over at the helm. The Swedish director is known for his Joel Kinnaman thriller Snabba Cash (a.k.a. Easy Money) and the Denzel Washington / Ryan Reynolds actioner Safe House. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Tom Hardy kept a pretty low profile in 2013, after spending the previous two years zipping from Cold War thriller to Prohibition drama to superpowered blockbuster. But fortunately for fans, his release schedule ramps up again in 2014 with two promising crime pics: the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue, and the Stalin-era mystery Child 44.
In the latter, Hardy plays a Soviet military police officer whose investigation into a child murder attracts the displeased attention of the government. The first stills from the production have him looking sharp in uniform, alongside co-stars Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. Daniel Espinosa directed the film, with Ridley Scott serving as a producer. Check them out after the jump.
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This week we spoke with Damon Lindelof about the sequel to Prometheus and, in the conversation, he mentioned that Ridley Scott was finishing The Counselor and had “Child 44 lined up right behind it.” That was an interesting statement, making it sound like Scott was directing the film.
Scott is not directing the film, he’s producing, but it’s a project we haven’t written about much on the site (just Page 2 mentions and one story) so we figured we’d fill you in on the details, even though it’s not exactly breaking news.
Child 44, based on a crime novel by Tom Rob Smith, will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House). The film stars Tom Hardy as a Soviet military police officer who becomes the subject of government suspision when investigating a child murder. The supporting cast is stellar too, including Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman. Read More »
At one point, in 2007, the Tom Rob Smith novel Child 44, about a horrible series of child murders in Stalin’s Soviet Union based on the real story of the Ukranian serial killer nicknamed the Rostov Ripper, was going to be a Ridley Scott movie. But the project moved on from Fox to Summit/LionsGate, and while Scott will still produce the movie, Child 44 is now set to be directed by Daniel Espinosa. He made the serviceable thriller Safe House, which was released earlier this year. Will he have more luck with a tale of a real-life killer? Read More »