Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling teamed up for Drive, a film that won praise at Cannes and a Best Director award for Mr. Refn. They’ll work together again on a remake of Logan’s Run, and possibly after that film on a romantic comedy. (Difficult to tell if that last project is real, or just a bit of junket/premiere joking.)
Before he shoots Logan’s Run, however, the director will shoot Only God Forgives in Bangkok. Luke Evans has been set to star for a couple months, but now there is a report that Ryan Gosling is in the cast as well.
Update: Variety confirms that Ryan Gosling is in negotiations for the role, and that he’ll replace Luke Evans, who dropped out due to his commitment to The Hobbit. Read More »
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The rightful heir to the throne of Dale and eventual slayer of the dragon Smaug, Bard the Bowman is one of the key roles in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit. Director Peter Jackson has been filming the two-part, 3D adaptation of the classic book for several weeks now but had yet to announce who would play this pivotal character. We’ve now learned that Luke Evans, best known for roles in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Clash of the Titans, has been cast as Bard. Evans is an up and coming actor whose roles in the upcoming The Three Musketeers and Immortals have primed him for a trip to Middle Earth. Read More »
One of the better-received films at this year’s Sundance was Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The film is playing to good reviews at Cannes now as well, and the writer/director, Jeff Nichols, is prepping his second film. Mud, as the picture is called, has Chris Pine in talks to star as Mud, a fugitive that is assisted in his escape from an island in the Mississippi river by two 14-year old boys.
The LA Times has the news, and says, “the ambiguity of the story lies with Mud, who is both an unsavory and a redemptive character and who teaches the boys as much as he learns from them,” making the obvious and obligatory Huck Finn reference immediately afterward. Stand By Me is also name-dropped. The reviews for Take Shelter are all I need to be interested in what Jeff Nichols does next, and picking Chris Pine for a definitively non-blockbuster sort of role sounds like a good move.
After the break, Matt Dillon may beat up a pretend Linda Lovelace, and a shortlist emerges for the Great Gatsby role that Ben Affleck had to give up. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
A couple quick updates on James McTeigue‘s The Raven today: The Edgar Allan Poe thriller, starring John Cusack as Poe, has lost its title, and is currently being referred to by the working title The Untitled Raven Project. On the plus side, the film now has an official release date of March 9, 2012. Read more about the project after the jump.
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This is great Monday morning film news: Nicolas Winding Refn is really moving forward with plans to shoot a small film between Drive and the Logan’s Run remake. That ‘small film’ is Only God Forgives, which he had planned to make before Drive came up, and in which he has now cast Luke Evans and Kristin Scott-Thomas. More details on the movie are after the break. A hint: it has been called a modern Western, and it involves some Thai-style ass-kicking. Read More »
The official release of the trailer for Tarsem‘s Immortals is now out. Now you can see just what Tarsem meant when he said he was going for a sort of “Caravaggio meets Fight Club” approach — really, it looks more or less like established Tarsem style as seen in The Cell and The Fall, filtered through 300. There is some real beauty in this trailer, but as has been the case with the director’s movies in the past, it’s probably too early to make a call about whether the movie will be more than a great slideshow or not. Read More »
Update: A leak of the full trailer, in measurably better quality, is now available. Since it doesn’t seem to be the official release, we’ve just added it to this post and bumped. Look out for the official release, hopefully with HD, very soon.
Last night E! showed part of the first trailer for Tarsem Singh‘s Immortals, and a bootleg video of the segment is online. The footage seems to make up most of the film’s teaser trailer, and shows off a lot of post-300 action, filtered through Tarsem’s recognizable style, and shows off most of the core cast that includes Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. Check it out after the break. Read More »
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Tarsem Singh‘s Immortals had its coming out party at WonderCon in San Francisco this weekend. On Friday they revealed the first character posters for the film, and at the panel on Saturday they screened the first teaser trailer for the film. Find out the details after the jump.
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