Jeremy Irvine was a total unknown when Steven Spielberg plucked him from hundreds of aspiring young actors to lead the World War II drama War Horse, but he’s wasted no time booking subsequent roles to boost his profile. In his first post-War Horse project, Ol Parker‘s Now is Good, he romances a cancer-stricken Dakota Fanning as she attempts to seize what’s left of her days.

Oh, and did I mention she has a British accent? That’s the other reason to check out this trailer, which you can find after the jump.

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Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba have boarded No Good Deed, a thriller written by Aimee Lagos (96 Minutes) and directed by Sam Miller (Luther). The Screen Gems project centers around a district attorney who gives up her career to stay at home with her two young children. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger shows up claiming to have car trouble, she invites him into her home, only for him to kidnap and terrorize her and her family.

Though neither Variety nor THR confirm which character each will be playing, we can probably assume that Henson will be the mom and Elba the charming but dangerous stranger. The film marks Elba’s third time working with Screen Gems, having previously made Takers and Obsessed for the studio. Not such an auspicious track record, but for the sake of these talented actors let’s hope for the best.

After the jump, Nicole Kidman subs in for Rachel Weisz, and Emmy Rossum is a beautiful creature.

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Unknown Brit actor Jeremy Irvine got the kind of big-screen debut you generally only see on, well, the big screen when Steven Spielberg plucked him out of hundreds of applicants to lead the cast of his sweeping epic War Horse. But it’s plain hard work that’s already allowed the young star to spin that high-profile start into an enviable career.

Though War Horse won’t hit theaters until later this month, Irvine’s already wrapped the cancer drama Now is Good with Dakota Fanning and is now playing literary icon Pip in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, opposite the likes of Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter. Once that’s finished, he’s set to play a younger version of Colin Firth in The Railway Man, about a World War II POW. Not too shabby for a guy who, as he himself puts it, “literally had to learn everything from scratch” while shooting War Horse last year.

In a recent interview with /Film, Irvine talked about the best thing to come out of his War Horse experience, the actors he admires most, and the dream role he wants to play a few years down the line. Read the full transcript after the jump.

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In the simplest, most literal terms, the very title of Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse explains exactly what the film is about. But as you’d expect with any sweeping period epic from a legendary Oscar-winning director released during prestigious movie season, the themes of War Horse run much, much deeper.

Normally, you’d have to watch the movie to find out exactly what those themes are. However, in the case of War Horse, DreamWorks has released a TV spot featuring stars Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, David ThewlisEmily Watson and Celine Buckens helpfully explaining that what the drama is really about is “bravery,” “loyalty,” “humanity,” “what connects us,” and so on. Watch it after the jump.

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The theme of this Casting Bits seems to be “rising stars,” as All My Children‘s Ambyr Childers stakes out a spot in an all-star cast, War Horse star Jeremy Irvine leads a movie starring Britain’s finest, and Thor actress Jaimie Alexander signs on to co-star with the Governator himself. Read more after the jump.

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The marketing is starting to kick into gear for Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of the book War Horse. Until recently we’d seen only one teaser trailer, but the poster arrived not long ago, and now there is a full UK trailer that shows more of the character of the film. This trailer relies far less upon the monologue from Niels Arestrup than did the first trailer, and it rings with a simple cry: “be brave!” Check it out below. Read More »

‘War Horse’ Poster

Steven Spielberg‘s second movie of 2011, War Horse, opens right at the end of the year, on December 28. Accordingly, Dreamworks has been holding its cards close so far, with only one trailer released to show what Spielberg has done with the adaptation of Michael Morpurgo‘s novel and the stage play it spawned.

But here’s the first poster, showing Albert, played by Jeremy Irvine, with his beloved horse, Joey. The horse is sold and put to work as a calvalry mount during World War I, leading Albert to go on a mad run to France to recover his steed. The film also stars Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Arestrup, Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy. See the full one-sheet below. Read More »

Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ Trailer

The official movie trailer for Steven Spielberg‘s big screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo‘s World War I novel War Horse has been released online. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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