Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
Just as Emma Thompson’s Victorian Effie is finally coming together, competition has sprung up in the form of a rival project inspired by the exact same subject. Keira Knightley is reportedly in talks to take the lead in Untouched, a biopic of Effie Gray written by Aleksandra Crapanzano with Andrucha Waddington (House of Sand) directing.
Both films are based on the same scandalous 1850s love triangle between Gray, the art critic John Ruskin, and painter John Everett Millais. Gray was married to the much older Ruskin, but Ruskin could not bring himself to consummate the marriage (despite being virile, as he demonstrated in court. Seriously). Gray eventually had the marriage annulled and left Ruskin for his protege Millais.
Development on Untouched is still in the early stages, with no other cast attached at this time and no start date announced. Knightley currently stars as the center of a different mentor-protege love triangle, in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. Effie is filming now, with Dakota Fanning starring and Richard Laxton directing. [Thompson on Hollywood]
After the jump, a Bridesmaids star who’s not named Kristen Wiig or Melissa McCarthy lands a leading role, and Captain America‘s Hayley Atwell goes hunting for sea monsters or something.
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Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
As Garrett Hedlund continues his negotiations over the lead role of Kaneda in Warner Bros.’ Akira remake, the studio and director Jaume Collet-Serra are wasting no time filling in the other roles as well. Buried in one report about Hedlund starring in the film was a tidbit about Keira Knightley being approached for the project. Though her possible role has not been revealed, I’m guessing she’s up for the part of Kaneda’s love interest Kei, member of an underground rebel group.
Knightley’s involvement is far from a done deal at this point, as she’s yet to enter talks. Helena Bonham Carter and Gary Oldman, who were also given offers last month, apparently aren’t any farther along in the process either. Still, the fact that they’ve been approached at all suggests the filmmakers are hoping for a certain caliber of talent for the movie. (Not to mention a certain level of British-ness.) Knightley and Bonham Carter have both been nominated for Oscars in the past, and while Oldman has somehow escaped that honor, it’s not for lack of deserving. [The Hollywood Reporter via The Playlist]
After the jump, another potential project for Gary Oldman, while Jane Campion gets Holly Hunter, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, and David Wenham to sign on for her latest.
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William Monahan, screenwriter of Kingdom of Heaven and Oscar-winning writer of The Departed, directed his first film back in 2009. London Boulevard opened quietly in the UK last year and is opening even more quietly in the States this fall.
The movie is an adaptation of a novel by Ken Bruen (who also wrote the books on which The Guard and Blitz were based) and stars Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley and Ray Winstone in a London-based gangster movie. Reviews haven’t been particularly good — hence the quiet opening — but the cast is top-notch and the material looks fun and difficult to resist despite the tepid reviews. Check out a new US trailer below and get a taste of the action. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
It’s tough to think of a director more suited to adapt Claire Messud‘s acclaimed “disenchanted upper class New Yorkers” novel than Noah Baumbach, so it’s a bummer to hear that the filmmaker has now pulled out of the project. On the plus side, his replacement sounds like an interesting, if not quite as obvious, choice — Scott Cooper, who made his directorial debut with 2009′s Crazy Heart and hasn’t helmed another picture since. More details after the jump.
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Oh, I can’t wait for this. Here’s the second trailer we’ve seen for David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, which tells the story of Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who both fall into a web tethered by Jung’s patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley).
The previous trailer was just a bit more explicit — as you’d expect from the intersection of Cronenberg and early psychoanalysis, there is some kink ahead. So this trailer is much the same as the international one that arrived in June, only with a handful of shots swapped out for tamer stuff. But there’s a proper HD version now, and it is lovely. Read More »
Good news for David Cronenberg fans: his next film, A Dangerous Method, has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. The movie is an adaptation of the play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton, and stars Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung, Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, the woman who was their mutual patient. Read More »
Billed as a “pre-apocalyptic comedy,” Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightly is about to go into production. Though the two leads were announced last month, the rest of the cast for the film – written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) – has now been revealed.
It includes Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Adam Brody (The OC), Rob Corddry (Children’s Hospital), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Gillian Jacobs (Community), Derek Luke (Antoine Fisher), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), T.J. Miller (Cloverfield), Patton Oswalt (Big Fan) and William Petersen (CSI) just to name a few. Wow. Pretty impressive for a first time director. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Atonement director Joe Wright is likely to do well this weekend with his new ‘teen assassin’ film Hanna, but he’s already looking forward to the future. His next film could well be a return to the more literary work we’ve come to expect from the man: an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s classic novel Anna Karenina. He’s mentioned the film left and right, and has Keira Knightley set for the lead role, with Aaron Johnson and Jude Law previously said to be possible additions.
And now the director says that he’s waiting for a yes or no from Hanna star Saoirse Ronan and from James McAvoy. Read More »