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Over a decade after he made his feature film debut in Black Hawk Down, Tom Hardy is preparing to work with Ridley Scott again. This time, they’ll be joining forces for a BBC One drama called Taboo, created by Hardy’s Locke director Steven Knight.

Meanwhile, Hardy has also booked another, very different kind of role. He’ll be showing off his pipes in London Road, a musical about the 2006 Ipswich serial murders. Hit the jump for more details on both of Hardy’s new gigs.

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Briefly: Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed Alps and Dogtooth, is making his first English-language feature. The Lobster is “an unconventional love story” that has been coming together for a while now. What makes it unconventional? The fact that it is set in a dystopian future isn’t all that odd in the days of rampant YA adaptations, and the fact that this particular future makes it “a matter of life or death” to find a life partner isn’t even the unusual bit. No, there’s something in the script about people being transformed into animals if they don’t fit in. Yeah, that’s the unusual part.

Most of the cast has been set since last fall, but Jason Clarke seems to have dropped out, and Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz are now on board. They join the previously cast Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Olivia Colman, Ariane Labed and Aggeliki Papoulia. Lanthimos wrote with frequent collaborator Efthimis Filippou, and we can’t wait to see what weirdness they’ve cooked up. [THR]

Cuban Fury

Nick Frost has made a nice career of playing sidekicks and supporting characters, often alongside frequent collaborator Simon Pegg. But as his unexpected straight-man turn in The World’s End showed, the guy’s certainly got the chops to lead a movie of his own. In Cuban Fury, he gets the chance to do just that.

Directed by James Griffiths (NBC’s Up All Night) from an idea by Frost, the comedy follows a lonely sad-sack named Bruce (Frost) who’s crushing on his gorgeous new boss Julia (Rashida Jones). Because this is a movie, the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance. Good thing he used to be a child prodigy at salsa dancing — now all Bruce needs to do is rediscover his inner passion. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Dogtooth and Alps director Yorgos Lanthimos is going to bring his signature style of skewed narrative to an English-language film.

His next movie is The Lobster, described as “an unconventional love story” that has a slightly sci-fi bent. What sort of sci-fi bent, exactly? How about this: if people don’t comply with the rules of their society, they are transformed into animals. Got your attention?

Now it has a cast, with Jason Clarke (Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) signing on alongside Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Cloud Atlas), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Ariane Labed (Alps) and Angeliki Papoulia (Dogtooth).

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Phyllida Lloyd‘s Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady won’t open for a few weeks yet, but with all the buzz Meryl Streep has been getting for her lead turn, it’s no wonder the latest trailer has decided to focus on the woman at its center. The first teaser we saw offered just a brief snippet of Streep-as-Thatcher practicing her public persona, while the UK trailer kept things relatively light with a poppy soundtrack. The new one, however, is a dead-serious look at Thatcher’s personal journey — and through it, Streep’s amazing performance as the former Prime Minister. Watch it after the jump.

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Forget Ghostbusters IIIBill Murray has some potentially great stuff coming out. He shot a part in the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, and will have a role in Roman Coppola’s second feature, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. And in between those, he played President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a film called Hyde Park on Hudson.

That’s the first look at Murray as FDR, above, and unfortunately it’s all we’ve got right now. But hit the jump to have another look at the details of the movie, in the event you passed over it the couple times we’ve reported on it in the past. Read More »

Actor Paddy Considine‘s first feature as a director is Tyrannosaur, which features the always reliable, often impressive character actor Peter Mullan as a violent, self-destructive alcoholic who strikes up a friendship with Hannah (Olivia Colman, of Hot Fuzz), a Christian charity-shop worker. Considine adapted the feature from his previous short Dog Altogether, and has said that “mainly [Tyrannosaur is] about my interpretation of life, and trying to function as a human.”

The film got outstanding reviews at Sundance early this year, and is set to play TIFF next month. Now there is an absolutely outstanding trailer that shows off the film’s grit, and suggests that Considine’s impression of life is a vision of harrowing experience. Read More »

Paddy Considine is one of the best character actors out there. You’ve seen him in Hot Fuzz, Cinderella Man, Red Riding 1980, The Bourne Ultimatum, the films of Shane Meadows and more. Now he’s made the jump to directing features and his debut film, Tyrannosaur, is getting great notes at Sundance. And while promoting that effort, he’s dropped hints about his next film. That will be a ghost story called The Leaning. More details after the break. Read More »

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