Rogue One Riz Ahmed

The first Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One, to be directed by Gareth Edwards, is sounding like an anomaly in the Star Wars lineup. The movie has been positioned explicitly as a war film, and the teaser trailer shown at Star Wars Celebration featured a vibe that is more serious, even adult, than any other Star Wars project to date. And there’s the cast, which is so far led by Felicity Jones, who we know plays a Rebel fighter.

Now Riz Ahmed (above, with Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler) is reported to be in the Rogue One cast as well. Additionally, Sam Claflin is reportedly circling a role. Read More »

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You’ve got to hand it to Michael Winterbottom: he’s a prolific director who isn’t afraid to experiment. The results of his experiments are pretty hit and miss, but he’s got as many hits as misses, and that’s a better track record than many can boast.

His latest is Trishna, which is also his third Thomas Hardy adaptation. In this case the source material is Tess of the d’Urbervilles, with the story set in modern India rather than late 1800s England. The story follows the relationship between Jay (Riz Ahmed), the wealthy son of a hotelier , and working class girl Trishna (Freida Pinto). Their affair may be doomed, but the trailer for Trishna is quite pretty, and should be enough to make this romance look quite appealing. Read More »

Michael Winterbottom sure does love author Thomas Hardy. He has made two adaptations of the author’s work — Jude and The Claim, neither sadly among the director’s best work — and now is at it again. He’s doing a version of Tess of the d’Urbervilles with the action transplanted to Rajasthan and Mumbai, and has cast Freida Pinto in the lead role. The film, which could end up being quite the dispiriting examination of rigid social and sexual rules, if it faithfully follows the novel, is called Trishna. Read More »