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?
Michael Sheen is the nearest thing we here in boring old reality have to Scott Bakula’s character in Quantum Leap. Just like Dr. Sam Beckett, Sheen somehow leaps, film after film, into the body of a historical figure (sometimes from very recent history) and guides them through dramatically amusing moral dilemmas scenarios.
He’s been Tony Blair twice, with a third outing on the cards; Carry On star Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa!; art critic and journalist Robbie Ross in Wilde; playboy TV presenter David Frost in Frost/Nixon and, in UK cinemas from late March, Brian Clough in The Damned United.
Today, the first trailer has been unveiled and already Clough looks a little bit more like Sheen in my imagination. He does that – and don’t we love him for it?
I’ve been sent some tip-offs casting for Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, and I checked some of it with Peter and found out he’s heard tiny whispers himself. My source is really pretty solid, so I’m going to go out on a limb here. Remember – I’m buying into this 99%, but you don’t have to. Take it as a rumour for now.
So, the key role here is that of The Cheshire Cat. Early reports had Michael Sheen pegged as taking that part, but he’s since denied this in a good handful of interviews (I think it was his turn as Tony Blair that made the casting seem obvious). What I’ve been told now discusses not only the part that will be taken by Sheen, but which other actor actually did get the part of the Cheshire Cat. Well, allegedly.
I fell asleep in the movie theater while watching the first Underworld film. It was a point in my life when I was working an overnight shift. Friday and Saturdays were my nights off, and I often attempted to get back to a normal sleeping schedule for the weekend, which rarely worked. I have a feeling that I still wouldn’t have enjoyed the film even if I had remained awake for the entire thing. I never gave it a second chance. I never saw the sequel. But I did see the trailer for the sequel, and I think thats all I really needed to see.
Patrick Tatopoulos‘ Underworld prequel Underworld: Rise of the Lycans doesn’t look any better. Oh, and did I mention that before this, the director was a costume designer and special effects makeup artist? But I know there are many people who enjoyed the first two movies, who are interested to see the trailer for the third film. Heck, enough people had to see these films to warrant a trilogy, right? You can watch the trailer below, and please explain to me why I am missing out.
Official Plot Synopsis: The prequel story traces the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires known as Death Dealers and their onetime slaves, the Lycans. In the Dark Ages, a young Lycan named Lucian (Michael Sheen) emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has enslaved them. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle against the Death Dealer army and his struggle for Lycan freedom.
Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans hits theaters on January 23rd 2009.
Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the poster for Ron Howard‘s Frost/Nixon, which pretty much says everything you need it to in one picture. The site also has 49 other first looks (none of which are all too interesting), which you can see here.