With The Huntsman: Winter’s War, director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan makes his feature directorial debut with the fantasy sequel. Nicolas-Troyan worked on Snow White and The Huntsman, as a visual effects supervisor and second-unit director. After the experience of collaborating with director Rupert Sanders, the 47-year-old visual effects artist decided to finally direct a movie of his own.
The sequel stars Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, and Charlize Theron. This time around, the story centers around Hemsworth’s Eric the Huntsman, who must retrieve the lost mirror for Snow White, in order to prevent — you guessed it — winter’s war.
Below, read our Cedric Nicolas-Troyan interview, in which he discusses his debut feature, a surprise narrator in the film, a key VFX shot, and, of course, Gore Verbinski‘s 2005 drama, The Weather Man.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
How was your ride to work this morning? Did you get snarled up in traffic? Was your train unbearably crowded? Maybe it was raining, or maybe you spilled coffee on yourself in your rush to get out the door. Whatever the case, though, it seems a pretty safe bet you still had a better time than Emily Blunt‘s character in The Girl on the Train.
Directed by Tate Taylor and based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train follows Rachel (Blunt), an alcoholic who’s still reeling from her divorce. Every day on her daily commute, she passes by a perfect-looking couple and fantasizes about what their lives must be like — until one morning, when she witnesses something she wasn’t supposed to. Watch the Girl on the Train trailer after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: Christopher McQuarrie took to Twitter to correct Deadline’s original post. He will not be directing Edge of Tomorrow 2. Doug Liman will return to helm the sequel. The original article follows.
Edge of Tomorrow didn’t make my top 10 of 2014, but I’ve certainly watched it more times than any other film that did make the list. Doug Liman’s science fiction war movie works on just about every level: it’s stylish and smart and hilarious and filled with genuinely unique action that’s powered by a Groundhog Day-esque time travel plot that allows its lead character to repeatedly die on the battlefield and instantly return to action. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are a duo for the ages. It’s wonderful.
It also has a completely definitive ending that wraps up every loose end, making it the rare modern studio tentpole film to not showcase an interest in building a franchise. But rumblings of a potential sequel began in earnest last year and now there’s been a major step forward – writers have been hired to pen Edge of Tomorrow 2 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie is now attached to direct.
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Sicario was one of 2015’s best quiet successes. Director Denis Villeneuve‘s drug war thriller never made a huge splash, but it made dozens of tiny splashes, impressing audiences and critics alike while flying under the radar. The film received enthusiastic reviews, nabbed three Oscar nominations, and grossed $80 million worldwide against a budget of only $30 million. /Film’s staff declared it the eleventh best film of 2015. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Now, producers Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill have confirmed that a sequel is in development and that they expect original stars Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin to reprise their roles.
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The most important thing about The Huntsman: Winter’s War is that there is at least one scene where Emily Blunt rides a polar bear. This was true when the first trailer arrived last month and it continued to be true when the second trailer arrived last week. This film seems to offer its fair share of pleasures for all kinds of people – the astonishingly handsome Chris Hemsworth strutting about with just enough chest exposed, the lovely Jessica Chastain kicking all kinds of ass in black leather, the incredible Charlize Theron vomiting black goo all over the place – but I’m buying a ticket because Emily Blunt is a literal ice queen who rides a fantasy polar bear. How did this movie gain access to the darkest corners of my brain?
Anyway, a batch of new The Huntsman: Winter’s War clips have arrived and one of them is entirely about Emily Blunt and her polar bear. Be still, my pounding heart.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Sunday was the first official day of spring, so naturally Universal is celebrating with a trailer that’s all about winter. The Huntsman: Winter’s War takes Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Charlize Theron) back before they met Snow White, to a time when he got caught up in the battle between Ravenna and her sister Freya (Emily Blunt).
As one of Freya’s loyal protectors, Eric is forbidden to fall in love with a fellow Huntsman — but that rule becomes awfully difficult to follow when he sets eyes on Sara (Jessica Chastain). Watch the Huntsman: Winter’s War trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel seems like kind of a tough sell. How many people have really been clamoring for a new take on that childhood classic? But its cast, at least, is unimpeachable. Emily Blunt is in the title role, and now Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is looking to star alongside her as the Bert equivalent. Read More »
UPDATE: After many months of rumors, Variety has finally confirmed that Emily Blunt is in talks for Mary Poppins. Original story from September 17, 2015 follows.
Disney has already invested in Emily Blunt with a small role as Miss Piggy’s assistant in The Muppets and one of the lead roles in the Broadway musical adaptation of Into the Woods. Recently there have been rumblings that Blunt is under consideration for Captain Marvel along with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson, but the actress had an interesting theory as to why those rumors keep circling.
And now Disney has another role for which they think the star of Edge of Tomorrow and this weekend’s Sicario would be perfect: Mary Poppins. That’s right, according to a new rumor, the House of Mouse wants Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the recently announced musical sequel set in Depression-era London, about 20 years after the original. Read More »
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Posted on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Hasbro’s attempts to turn its toys into movies have yielded mixed results. For every Transformers, there’s a Battleship — or worse, a Monopoly, which still hasn’t managed to pass Go despite years of efforts. But there’s a lot riding on My Little Pony, based on one of the hottest properties in its stable. So Hasbro and Lionsgate have enlisted a big-name star to guide the film to success. Fans will get to see Emily Blunt in My Little Pony alongside Kristin Chenoweth. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The most important thing to understand about the new The Huntsman: Winter’s War trailer is that there are at least two shots where Emily Blunt, playing a literal ice queen named Freya, rides a polar bear. Now, I’m not sure what you value in life, but Emily Blunt as an ice-blasting sorceress sitting astride a polar is the kind of thing that can get us through a dark and lonely day. That’s some serious D&D shit right there.
The rest of the trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War isn’t nearly as inspiring, looking like a half-baked rehash of the already half-baked Snow White and the Huntsman. And yet it’s hard to find too much to hate about a movie that somehow managed to wrangle Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chasten, and Emily Blunt (on a polar bear!) into the same ensemble.
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