Star Wars: Episode VII will debut in 2015, but well before that chapter hits screens we’ll have another new Star Wars installment. Disney XD is putting together a new CG animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, and the first cast has been announced today. David Oyelowo, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Taylor Gray and Steven Jay Blum will voice the lead characters in the show, according to a new report. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Saoirse Ronan isn’t the only rising star J.J. Abrams has his eye on, at least if this latest rumor is to be believed. According to a new report, Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo have also read for Star Wars: Episode VII, though of course nothing is confirmed at this point. Abrams is famously secretive about his upcoming projects, and Star Wars is no exception.
That being said, the filmmaker did recently offer some vague yet encouraging statements about what he has in mind for the new film. Hit the jump to read up on the casting rumors and Abrams’ comments.
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Briefly: Christopher Nolan has brought a couple more actors into his already impressive cast for the sci-fi adventure Interstellar. David Oyelowo (Lincoln, Jack Reacher, The Butler) and David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), who worked together in Red Tails, have taken roles in the new film. The cast also includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Michael Caine, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Bill Irwin and Timothee Chalamet.
This is where I recap the other spare details we know about the film, which depicts “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest borders of our scientific understanding,” and features “explorers [who] travel through a wormhole.” Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan scripted the current draft. Composer Hans Zimmer and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hotyema are also working on the picture.
Interstellar is scheduled for November 7, 2014. [The Wrap]
Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
You may recall that a couple of years back, Lee Daniels was debating between two civil-rights themed projects. He ultimately settled on the White House drama The Butler, which opens next month. But the other, Selma, hasn’t been forgotten entirely — it’s just in new hands now.
Ava DuVernay, the rising star behind last year’s Sundance drama Middle of Nowhere, has taken over the project. David Oyelowo remains attached to play MLK, as he has since 2010. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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Left to his own devices Lee Daniels makes films that are eccentric and sometimes just way the hell out there. (The Paperboy) But he has called his newest film, The Butler, “a big compromise” and explained that the film might be “the closest I will come to as a work-for-hire.” Does that mean that, on the relative scale of whackadoo films, The Butler will be far closer to “normal” than anything else he’s made?
Hard to say at this point, but the first trailer suggests that there’s some weird stuff going on here. There’s the parade of cameo players appearing as a string of US Presidents. Among them is John Cusack‘s turn as Richard Nixon, which is… interesting. Then there’s Alex Pettyfer playing an uber-douchebag cotton farm overseer, and the digital effects and makeup that shave a few decades off lead Forest Whitaker in some scenes.
Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who served several different President as the White House butler, and the trailer suggests the film traces his entire life story, using it to frame the sweep of the civil rights movement. It’s a good story, but this trailer looks a lot like a parody that might show up on SNL. So we’ll see — maybe The Butler will be just as crazy as the rest of Daniels’ work. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Matthew McConaughey is having one hell of a year. Having already drawn praise for turns in Richard Linklater’s Bernie, Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, and William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, the onetime Failure to Launch star is now heading into fall with Lee Daniels‘ The Paperboy.
Inspired by true events, The Paperboy centers around wayward young man (Zac Efron) and his journalist brother (McConaughey). When a woman (Nicole Kidman) approaches them for help in getting her death row inmate boyfriend (John Cusack) out of jail, they investigate the murder that put him there. David Oyelowo and Macy Gray also star. The first theatrical trailer has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
Last King of Scotland actor David Oyelowo has been poised on the brink of stardom for some time now, and while he’s not quite there yet he could be soon. He’s due to appear in a slew of buzzy projects over the next couple of years, including Lincoln, Jack Reacher, and The Butler. If he does well in them, he could very well be the subject of breathless THR profiles within another year or two.
His starring turn in Ava DuVernay‘s award-winning Sundance drama Middle of Nowhere isn’t likely to boost his fame or fortune by much. But precisely because it’s so low-key, it could prove a better showcase for his dramatic chops than some of his bigger movies. Emayatzy Corinealdi leads the cast as Ruby, a medical student who puts her career on hold when her husband Derek (Omari Hardwick) is sent to jail. Oyelowo plays a bus driver who develops an interest in her. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Even as Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to Precious, The Paperboy, makes its debut at Cannes this week, the filmmaker’s wasting no time assembling a stellar cast for his next project, The Butler. The talented Forest Whitaker leads the picture as Eugene Allen, the late White House butler who served under eight different presidents from 1952 through 1986, with Oprah Winfrey and rising star David Oyelowo signed to play his wife and son.
And the cast only gets more buzzworthy from there. The roster also includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Nicole Kidman, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz, and John Cusack. Now we can add Minka Kelly to the list as well, as Daniels says he’s cast her to play Jackie Kennedy to Matthew McConaughey‘s John F. More after the jump.
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A couple years ago, Precious director Lee Daniels went back and forth on the idea of filming the life of longtime White House servant Eugene Allen for the movie The Butler, or making a civil rights drama called Selma. In the end, he made neither, choosing instead to shoot The Paperboy with Zac Efron, John Cusack, Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey, based on Peter Dexter’s novel of the same name.
But with that film complete, Daniels has cycled back around to The Butler, and is in the process of casting the film. We’ve heard about quite a few possible actors (Hugh Jackman, Oprah Winfrey, Liam Neeson), some of whom were set for roles in Selma before that project died. The only casting that seemed close to set for The Butler was David Oyelowo, who was said to have the title role.
Now Oyelowo is still in talks for the movie, but it looks like he’ll play Allen’s son, instead of the title character. In the lead role is likely to be played by Forest Whitaker. Read More »