Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
Armie Hammer has been working his clean-cut golden boy looks to his advantage in The Social Network, J. Edgar, and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror, but the latest addition to his slate will see him transforming into a bit more of a “badass.” Hammer will bulk up and shave his head to star with Eric Bana in By Virtue Fall, a “gritty drama” about an ATF agent (Hammer) who gets framed for corruption and serves time into a maximum security prison. Once out, he’s determined to get revenge on his former partner (Bana), whom he blames for destroying his life.
The project marks the directing debut of Up in the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner, who also penned this script. By Virtue Fall is scheduled to start sometime in 2012, after Hammer wraps up Disney’s The Lone Ranger over the summer. [Deadline]
After the jump, Richard Jenkins becomes Adam Scott’s dad, while Juno Temple and Wes Bentley befriend Amanda Seyfried.
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Here’s one more film to watch crawl towards the screen in the coming months, thanks to the American Film Market. Elvis & Nixon is an indie based on the real-life meeting between the crooner and the President, and will mark the feature directing debut of actor Cary Elwes, who co-wrote with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal. (And who is probably still best known for his role in The Princess Bride.)
To play Elvis, Elwes and his producers have landed Eric Bana — strike that, Bana is one of the producers. Meanwhile, Danny Huston (The Proposition, Clash of the Titans, John Adams) will play Richard M. Nixon. And if this week’s release of J. Edgar proves anything, it is that you don’t need someone who is a dead ringer for a famous figure. Actually, I’m not sure that J. Edgar really proves that, but regardless, Huston will probably make a better Nixon than does J. Edgar‘s Christopher Shyer.
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Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2011 by Angie Han
Actors signing on to play real-life figures is nothing new, but casting, say, Jesse Eisenberg in the role of ordinary-looking dude Mark Zuckerberg is one thing. When the character in question is a larger-than-life icon whose unique looks and mannerisms are recognized all over the globe, that’s something else entirely, whether it’s Michael Douglas playing Liberace, Michelle Williams doing her best Marilyn Monroe — or Eric Bana rocking the King’s pompadour.
The Aussie actor has signed on to star as Elvis Presley in Elvis & Nixon, the directorial debut of Cary Elwes. Bana will also executive produce, through his shingle Pick Up Truck Pictures. Meanwhile, Danny Huston is in final negotiations to play the other title role, of U.S. president Richard M. Nixon.
The story, which was written by Elwes with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal, revolves around a real-life visit that Presley paid to Nixon at the White House on December 21, 1970. The meeting came about after Presley wrote Nixon a letter requesting that he be allowed to visit and suggesting that the President make him an agent at large with the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Presley brought family photos and a Colt .45 pistol to give the President as gifts. Elvis & Nixon will begin shooting in Los Angeles and Louisiana at an unspecified date. [The Hollywood Reporter]
After the jump, Robert De Niro also tackles a true-life tale — that of Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff.
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Let’s start off this casting break with a quick one: Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) is putting together a diamond heist movie called Brilliant, written by Blood Diamond producer Gillian Gorfil. He’s now got Eric Bana set to star. The plot follows “a small-time criminal who joins accomplished thieves in a diamond heist,” with Bana presumably playing the small-timer. I can’t say that Luketic is the most inspiring choice — I don’t expect a serious heist movie here — but Bana could be a good choice for the lead. [Variety]
After the break, Liongate wants more of what Tyler Perry’s got, and Jason Bateman goes back to the land of the indie for two films. Read More »
The current issue of Entertainment Weekly (you know, the one with Jennifer Lawrence on the cover and on the inside) doesn’t only have the first look at The Hunger Games, it also has the first look at 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and Blackbird with Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde and Charlie Hunnan. One’s a comedy, the other’s a thriller and you can see the photos and read quotes from the stars after the jump. Read More »
Last time we heard about the film Blackbird, it was called Kin. That was when Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde were cast as “two desperate sibling fugitives (Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde) on the run who subsequently collide with the holiday homecoming of a troubled ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam).” The film’s name has changed, but that cast remains the same.
Now Kate Mara and Treat Williams have taken roles, playing a father and daughter who factor into the story. Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson are also on board as the parents of Charlie Hunnam’s boxer. That’s a pretty cool parent pairing; in general this is shaping up with quite the strong cast. Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing from a script by Zach Dean, and the film shoots in March in Montreal. [Variety]
After the break, a shortlist for actresses that could end up in The Trade, the film about Yankee baseball players and wife-swapping that is being written by Ben and Casey Affleck. Read More »
One of the soon-to-be-released films that’s currently flying under the radar is Hanna, directed by Joe Wright and starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. Focusing on a young girl trained as an assassin by her father, we’ve already seen a domestic and international trailer and now we’ve got two clips adding up to three minutes of footage and a slew of slick new images including an upgraded poster. Word around the campfire is that Wright has a winner with Hanna, a blend of Hit Girl in Kick Ass with the emotion of Leon: The Professional complete with cool music by The Chemical Brothers and a compelling story wrapped around it all. Form your own opinion by checking out the material after the jump. Hanna will be released April 8. Read More »
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Focus Features has released a new international movie trailer for Joe Wright‘s Hanna, which stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) as a 16-year-old killing machine in. Saoirse plays the title character in Hanna, who has been “raised from childhood to be the perfect assassin by her ex-CIA man father (Eric Bana) in rural Finland.” Wright is probably best known for his period dramas Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. Hanna is a different type of film: an action/adventure/thriller. The film also stars Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Robin Hood), Eric Bana (Star Trek), and Niels Arestrup (Un Prophète).
The film looks completely different from Wright’s recent filmography, movies like Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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