Though we first heard of Bong Joon-ho‘s Snow Piercer back in 2009, it wasn’t until just a couple of weeks ago that the project really began to pick up steam and build a top-notch cast. Chris Evans was the first star announced for the film, with Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell boarding soon afterward. Now John Hurt has been announced as the latest addition to the post-apocalyptic film, based on a French graphic novel titled Le Transperceneige. More details after the jump.
Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
Throughout his career, Chris Evans has jumped back and forth between big-budget pics and indie films and tackled a wide range of roles in the process. And though he’s now a fast-rising star thanks to last year’s Captain America and this summer’s The Avengers, it seems he’s still interested in mixing things up, as he looks to join an especially promising project that falls on the indie end of the spectrum.
Evans has just entered talks to star in Snow Piercer, from The Host director Bong Joon-ho. That’d be enough to pique my interest already, but it gets even more intriguing from there: The film was co-written by Bong and Oldboy helmer Park Chan-wook, who’s also producing. Though neither filmmaker is a household name in the States just yet, that could be changing soon as Bong will be making his domestic directorial debut with Snow Piercer, and as Park’s wrapping up his first English-language film Stoker. More details after the jump.
Casting Bits: Dermot Mulroney in ‘Stoker;’ John C. McGinley in ‘I, Alex Cross;’ Tyler Posey in ‘Taco Shop’
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Casting! Here’s info one one potentially great project, one that will probably find an appreciative audience, and one that will perhaps just make you hungry. I’ll let you figure out which is which:
- Wentworth Miller joins Park Chan-wook’s first English-language film, Stoker,
- John C. McGinley will realize his destiny by playing police chief to Tyler Perry in I, Alex Cross,
- and Tyler Posey will go to war with rival taco vendors in Taco Shop.
Way back in late 2010, we reported on the potential casting of Bradley Cooper in the lead role for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. At some point, however, Mark Wahlberg emerged as the star of the film, and Cooper was no longer associated with the project. Now, it’s looking like we’re back to square one, with Wahlberg out and Cooper back in. Wahlberg has dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict with a different project (possibly Broken City with Allen Huges), and Cooper is currently in talks to replace him.
Also in talks for the movie is Robert De Niro, who met with Russell earlier this summer regarding an unnamed part. Jennifer Lawrence is still set to co-star as the main character’s love interest. Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film follows a former high school teacher (that’d be Coopers part) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. [Deadline]
After the jump: Reese Witherspoon teams up with Disney, Alden Ehrenreich joins Stoker, and Doctor Who star Karen Gillan nabs an indie romance.
Casting Bits: Alia Shawkat in ‘He Loves Me’ and ‘The Brass Teapot’, Jacki Weaver in ‘Stoker’, David Oyelowo in ‘The Paperboy’
Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011 by Angie Han
Alia Shawkat may not be quite as ubiquitous as Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman, but she’s been quietly beefing up her film resume over the past few years. Recently, Shawkat added two more projects to her slate: He Loves Me, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ follow-up to Little Miss Sunshine; and The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano.
He Loves Me revolves around a lonely young novelist (Paul Dano) who writes a fictional dream girl for himself — and manages to will her into existence. (She’ll be played by Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan, who also wrote the script). Shawkat will play a hipster who’s obsessed with one of Dano’s literary creations, and who has a crush on the novelist himself. Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, and Chris Messina are also set to star.
The Brass Teapot marks the feature film debut of director Ramaa Mosley, known for her work in commercials and music videos. The dark comedy follows “a broke young couple who steal a brass teapot that produces cash whenever someone feels pain.” Shawkat will play the best friend of Temple’s character; I’m assuming Temple and Angarano will play the main couple. [Variety]
After the jump, Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver picks up a new gig, and David Oyelowo signs up for Lee Daniels’ new project.
Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Newly-minted Oscar-winner Colin Firth following up The King’s Speech with a genre vampire movie always seemed like a stretch. Now, it turns out it was. But King George’s loss is Ozymandias’s gain as Matthew Goode, best known for playing the rich, evil member of the Watchmen, is now in talks to star in Stoker, the English-language debut of director Park Chan-wook. As we’d written in the past, he’d star along side “Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska, in the story of a girl and her mother who, after the death of the father, reunite with his mysterious brother. Kidman is the mother, Waskiowska is the girl and Goode would be the mysterious uncle, who is rumored to be a vampire. Hence the Bram Stoker-influenced title.”
Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
It’s a huge testament to the talents and reputation of Park Chan-Wook that Colin Firth has reportedly chosen the director’s next film, Stoker, as a suitable way to wield his brand new Oscar muscle. Firth will star alongside fellow Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska, in the story of a girl and her mother who, after the death of the father, reunite with his mysterious brother. Kidman is the mother, Waskiowska is the girl and Firth would be the mysterious uncle, who is rumored to be a vampire. Hence the Bram Stoker-influenced title.
Posted on Friday, February 11th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Things are looking good for Stoker, the first English-language film from Oldboy and Thirst director Park Chan-wook. The director had already got Mia Waskiowska to play a key role. Now he’s got Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in talks as well. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
For those who pleaded for a new ‘real’ movie from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook when we recently talked about his short film shot on the iPhone, here you go. We heard about Stoker last year — the film is scripted by Wentworth Miller under the pseudonym Ted Foulke, and is described as such: “After the death of her father, a teenager must deal with a mysterious uncle who returns to spend time with the family.”
Last year Park Chan-wook was attached to direct with Carey Mulligan in the lead and Jodie Foster in a key supporting role. Now both actresses have moved on, but it looks like Mia Wasikowska will have the lead when the film shoots this spring. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 17th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
One of the more surprising news items of last week was the existence of Paranmanjang, which is a new 30 minute short film by Thirst and Oldboy director Park Chan-wook. (I originally used the translated title Ups and Downs, which is a fairly literal title translation, but it now seems like we might see the film under the name Night Fishing.) The kicker is that the short was created in partnership with a Korean telecom company, and was shot entirely on the iPhone 4.
The film will hit some Korean cinemas at the end of this month, and we’re not sure when the strange little ghost story will get out to other audiences. But as a first step we’ve got the teaser trailer and a little behind the scenes featurette on the film. And all I have to say is that it looks a bit like Park Chan-wook is channeling Canadian eccentric Guy Maddin. Which is to say: whoa. Read More »