Briefly: This is a pretty small story, but it could lead to something fun: Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson (son of Brendan, and Bill Weasley in the last two Harry Potter films) have been signed to star in a UK comedy called Frank.
The Film4 production is written by Jon Ronson (who wrote the book The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (who scripted the film The Men Who Stare at Goats, and co-scripted Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and will be directed by Lenny Abrahamson. That’s a pretty good talent lineup, and the idea of seeing Fassbender play in an a comedy is so appealing.
Oh, and the film might be kind of a musical, as Variety says “Gleeson will play an aspiring musician who finds himself in over his head when he joins an eccentric rock band led by Fassbender.”
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Lynne Ramsay has made three very good films (most recently We Need to Talk About Kevin, which followed Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar) and now she’s prepping a western called Jane Got a Gun. The film has Natalie Portman attached to play “a woman whose outlaw husband returns home barely alive and riddled with bullet wounds. She is forced to reach out to an ex-lover and ask if he will help defend her farm when her husband’s gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.”
Now it looks like Michael Fassbender could be the main recruit. Read More »
UbiSoft didn’t much like the Prince of Persia film that Disney turned out — mostly because audiences didn’t much like the movie — and so the game publisher is developing its next big game adaptation as an indie.
To do so, they’ve managed to land a guy who could make the project, based on the Assassin’s Creed games, nearly essential viewing. Michael Fassbender, the actor who can jump from serious stuff like Shame and Hunger to tentpoles such as X-Men: First Class and Prometheus, is going to produce and star in the film. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
I’m starting to suspect Steve McQueen watches the same TV we do. The British director of Hunger and Shame has already cast Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch, Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam, and Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt in his upcoming Twelve Years a Slave, and he’s now added another small-screen favorite. Michael K. Williams, a.k.a. Omar Little on The Wire, has just boarded the cast, which also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt. More details after the jump.
UPDATE: A few hours after this post went up, it was announced that Beasts of the Southern Wild star Dwight Henry had also joined Twelve Years a Slave.
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On the grand list of Big Questions left by Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus, one item that probably falls somewhere down in the lower third is “what the hell did David say to the Engineer?”
Well, we can’t tell you specifically what the black goo is, or what it has to do with the green goo, or what the sea monkey in Holloway’s eye was all about, but we can answer that burning lower third mystery. (And a burning lower third mystery sounds like something you should really get checked out.)
Here’s how this works: the ancient language being studied by David (Michael Fassbender) is actually Proto-Indo-European (PIE), and the man giving him a hologram lesson is played by Dr. Anil Biltoo of the SOAS Language Centre in London. Dr. Biltoo is also the language consultant for the film, and he has provided a translation of David’s dialogue from his meeting with the Engineer. Read More »
Prometheus is going to be a controversial film. As a prequel to Alien, and a “summer” movie, it has a certain suspense / horror / sci-fi pedigree that generally belies serious conversation. There’s no particular reason Prometheus should have “big” themes running through it, any more than Battleship or MIB 3 would, except for the salient fact that we believe director Ridley Scott has embedded some interesting nuggets throughout, much as he did with Blade Runner.
So what are these “big” ideas? What are the questions and themes Prometheus tackles throughout its two-hour running time? We’ll start with the easy ones, and then progress toward the more philosophical questions.
Note: Massive thematic SPOILERS follow, naturally. Read More »
Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview Prometheus star Michael Fassbender.
Fassbender talks playing an earlier model of android, cinematic influences for the role, David’s contempt for humans, what David did the 2 years when everyone was in cryostasis, the possibility of appearing in Prometheus sequels, how humans treat David, not having time to do a lot of preparation for the role, further delving into the hinted relationships he has with Weyland and Charlize’s characters, playing up the comedy in moments of the film, working on the viral marketing for the project, trying to produce feature films, his future project slate, not acting for nine months, and much more.
Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made any mild spoilers invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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Those who’ve been locked into the first two seasons of Sherlock are likely well-established members of the cult of Benedict Cumberbatch at this point. The actor has an unusual combination of humor, intelligence, and physicality that makes him ideal for Sherlock Holmes, and that appeal is starting to expand into more feature roles. Cumberbatch has a couple big pictures coming up in the next two years, as he’s playing a crucial role in The Hobbit, and he’s the villain the new Star Trek film.
Now, perhaps most exciting, Cumberbatch has been cast in Twelve Years a Slave, which is the third teaming of director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) and actor Michael Fassbender. Read More »