Playwright/screenwriter Peter Morgan and actor Michael Sheen have teamed for two films featuring former British Prime Minister Tony Blair: The Deal and The Queen. Their third project together is The Special Relationship, which chronicles the working relationship between Blair and Bill Clinton in the late ’90s. The photo above is the first look at Dennis Quaid in costume as Clinton. It’s not as eerily convincing as Josh Brolin was as George W. Bush in W., but Quaid looks fine.
Morgan’s script is directed by Richard Loncraine (Richard III) with Helen McRory and Mark Bazeley reprising their roles from The Queen. Hope Davis appears as Hilary Clinton. [Dark Horizons]
Disney has released a third trailer for Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, which is scheduled to be projected in 3D in front of prints of James Cameron’s Avatar. The trailer gives us a glimpse at some of the characters that have been, until now, kept in the background or off screen. There are so many wonderful visuals in this trailer, that I’ve compiled a collection of 40 screenshots so that you can see everything (click here to see the gallery). Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
The Damned United Trailer
The one name I will always remember from the trip I took to Ireland in 2002 is Roy Keane. Part of Ireland’s soccer team, he caused quite a kerfuffle when he spoke out about Irish players being treated unfairly during their run for the 2002 World Cup. It led newscasts, it was on every paper and it was the subject people most wanted talk about. I learned a lot about football/soccer on that holiday as I saw people’s home adorned in green, white, and orange bunting as if Christmas really was coming in June.
I know how this sport can grip an entire country and this trailer gets that passion down on film. Read More »
We’ve known for a while that Michael Sheen would be in Tron Legacy. Sheen has started to explode into high-profile films, and while he’s been stuck in the Underworld films and now the Twilight series, he’s also impressed us in Frost/Nixon and The Queen. His presence in the new Tron flick is nothing but a good thing. Read More »
Walt Disney Pictures has released the first promotional photos from Tim Burton‘s 3D re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland. Above you can see the first official photos of Johnny Depp as a freakish-looking Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen (“Off With Their Heads”), and Anne Hathaway as The White Queen, looking very pale. After the jump we’ve included newly confirmed details about the film’s plot (did you know its a kind of a sequel?) and new concept art that shows the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), the egg-shaped Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) and more.
Classic James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld was supposedly killed in For Your Eyes Only. Or, at least, we last saw him plunging to what would be a demise for most people. But this is Bond, so nothing is writ in stone (as evidenced by the fact that Blofeld later appeared in the non-canonical Never Say Never Again). Now, The Guardian says that actor Michael Sheen is in talks to appear in the next Bond film as Blofeld. No great surprise that Sheen might appear in the film, as Peter Morgan was just hired to co-write. Sheen and Morgan have worked together several times in the past: in Frost/Nixon, The Queen and The Damned United. If he’s going to appear in this Bond film, why not use the chance to bring back Blofeld, one of the most classic screen villains? Read More »
Michael Sheen played Lucian, leader of the Lycans in not one, not two but three Underworld films – two of which I can personally identify as being particularly tedious, the third of which I’m passively avoiding. Now he’s set to switch sides and head up the Vampires as Aro, boss of the fangsters in New Moon, Chris Weitz‘s Twilight sequel.
Dennis Quaid is set to play President Bill Clinton and Michael Sheen will reprise his role as British Prime Minister Tony Blair in HBO Film’s The Special Relationship. The movie tells the story of the “unique and sometimes turbulent political relationship between the newly installed PM and the U.S. president.”
Frost/Nixon playwright Peter Morgan will make his directorial debut based on a screenplay he also wrote. Sheen previously played Blair in The Queen and the television movie The Deal, both of which were also scripted by Morgan. Julianne Moore has also signed on to play Hillary Clinton.
Josh Brolin seemed like an extremely odd choice to play George W. Bush in Oliver Stone’s W., but ended up surprising everyone. Quaid seems like a more obvious casting choice for Clinton, but is that a good thing? People might not remember this but Quaid has played a President on the big screen before — in the 2006 comedy American Dreamz.
Discuss: Do you think that Dennis Quaid is a good choice to play Bill Clinton?