Briefly: This isn’t much of a surprise, but it is very good news. Sam Mendes will soon direct Daniel Craig in the twenty-third James Bond film, and along for the ride as commanding officer M will be Judi Dench. This will be her seventh performance as M (not counting video game voice roles). She made her first appearance alongside Pierce Brosnan’s Bond debut in Goldeneye.
The news comes from the South Bank Sky Arts Awards via Bond fansite MI6. The actress says, “Of course, I’m looking forward hugely to working with Daniel [Craig] again and with Sam [Mendes] who I’ve only ever worked with in the theatre. So that’ll be all good fun to do! I’m so glad it’s coming back, it’s wonderful.”
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Briefly: Clint Eastwood continues to pull in impressive actors for his J. Edgar Hoover biography, titled J. Edgar. Leonardo DiCaprio is playing the title role, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is his right-hand man and reputed lover Clyde Tolson, and the Australian actor Damon Herriman has a minor role as Bruno Hauptmann, the man tried and convicted for ‘the crime of the century’: kidnapping and killing the Lindbergh baby.
Now the director has told SandwichJohnFilms [via the Playlist]that Judi Dench is “definitely in the film” and that “we think [Charlize Theron] will be in the film.” That would seem to indicate that Ms. Theron will be in J. Edgar rather than Snow White and the Huntsman, as the two films are meant to shoot int he same time period. Last we heard, Charlize Theron was up for the role of Helen Gandy, Hoover’s long-time secretary. No word at this point who Judi Dench might play, but with her in the cast you can’t really go wrong.
Focus Features has dropped new images from two of the company’s more promising 2011 films: Lone Scherfig‘s One Day and Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre.
That’s the new Jane Eyre image, above, showing Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender as the lead characters of Charlotte Brontë‘s famous novel. We’ve seen one trailer already (and it was pretty wonderful, check it if you missed that post) but this image is notable for showing the characters in a serene, even tender moment.
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I’ve always been one who appreciates Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre at arm’s length; it’s a great book, an indisputable classic, but not one for which I’ve got some real passion. So a new film version isn’t something I would expect to be excited to see. Enter Cary Fukunaga, the director of the wonderful Sin Nombre, who shot his verion of Jane Eyre this year.
His film based on the novel is set to release March 11, 2011, with Mia Wasikowska in the title role and Michael Fassbender as Rochester, the man who employs Jane and with whom she falls in love. The film also boasts Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Imogen Poots, Holliday Grainger and Tamsin Merchant. And now it has an excellent poster, which you can see in full after the break. Read More »
Two major 3D sequels are gaining, and losing, some high profile female talent. First up, Judi Dench (not pictured above) will have a small run in with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) at the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. And while former Pussycat Doll and Dancing With the Stars winner Nicole Scherzinger (pictured ab0ve) is playing “a small villain role” in Men in Black 3, the previously rumored to appear Betty White is apparently not in the movie. We’ve got more info on everyone after the jump. Read More »
Fox Searchlight wants to go back to India. But this won’t quite be a return to a story like Slumdog Millionaire — i.e. the film that made Fox Searchlight a ton of money and generated a few Oscars to decorate the mantle.
This time the company is looking at a film that skews a bit older than Slumdog, which had rather broad appeal, managed to do. That said, Slumdog star Dev Patel is being courted for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which also has a storied cast in talks to take the lead roles, and John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, the My Fair Lady remake) as possible director. Read More »
Hurry up and put your bid in for MGM will you, because it seems that whole situation will have to be settled before the next Bond film makes any more progress. According to producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, “Well, our timeline’s a little up in the air what with the situation at MGM, so we have to be flexible. We just don’t know enough about the situation to comment, but we know it’s uncertain.”
Scary. And I suppose it follows that if Bond 23 can be up-ended like this, so could The Hobbit, another MGM picture…?
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The Weinstein Co have released the first movie trailer for Nine. Rob Marshall, who directed Chicago – winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture, returns to the big screen with another classic Broadway production. The musical tells the story of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he prepares his latest picture and balances the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), a producer, a mistress (Penelope Cruz), a film star muse (Nicole Kidman), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Fergie), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), and his deceased mother (Sophia Loren).
The trailer shows off some of the bright vs. dark cinematography of Dion Beebe, the all-star ensemble cast and incredible choreographed musical sequences. I love the backlit silhouette imagery in the opening. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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