For his last feature, Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson tapped the then-unknown Kara Hayward to play the film’s young female lead. For his next movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson is turning to a more established name. Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) will play one of the lead roles, opposite Ralph Fiennes, who is M. Gustave, the “perfectly composed” concierge of the titular hotel, and Jude Law.
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The first full day of the San Diego Comic Con found the giant Hall H occupied by nearly the entire cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer showing up as well. But after the Twilight panel finished up, Meyer came back out to the stage to introduce a few minutes from The Host, which is the Andrew Niccol-scripted and directed adaptation of Meyer’s sci-fi novel of the same name.
The book follows a teen girl named Melanie Stryder, who is initially one of the few humans to escape possession by an alien race. But she is eventually “occupied” by a symbiotic alien named Wanderer, and the story kicks into gear as Melanie and Wanderer fight for dominance within the girl’s mind, as human and alien-controlled factions have their own raging conflict.
A few minutes of footage was unspooled, seemingly from the first and second acts of the movie, and we’ll run down the details below. Read More »
Twilight may be ending this year, but the work of author Stephenie Meyer isn’t going to be away from screens for long. Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, In Time) wrote and directed an adaptation of Meyer’s novel The Host, in which Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) forms a strange alliance with an alien parasite that is part of a race targeting Earth and humanity.
We’ve seen a very brief teaser for the film that really didn’t show much in the way of footage. Now there is a bit of behind the scenes set visit video that shows some of the characters and sets. Check it out below. Read More »
For a decade, Disney has been preparing a new live-action Snow White film, and in the couple years it has taken the shape of The Order of the Seven, previously Snow and the Seven, a film that would re-cast the Seven Dwarfs as a band of international warriors (the better to court non-US box office) protecting Saoirse Ronan. The Snow White character was to be re-imagined as “a young woman in 19th century Hong Kong who escapes her wicked stepmother and takes refuge with seven men belonging to an ancient order dedicated to fighting demons and dragons.”
Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were hired to rework the script very recently, and commercial helmer Michael Gracey was set to make his directorial debut with the movie. (Scott Elder and Josh Harmon originally wrote, and Michael Arndt rewrote last year, with Francis Lawrence previously attached to direct.) But now it is off. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: We have been told that there is no truth to this rumor. Original story follows.
The last time we saw Jennifer Connelly in a Darren Aronofsky movie, she was curled up in the fetal position after having hit rock bottom at the end of 2000’s Requiem for a Dream. But in real life, of course, that movie had a much happier conclusion, with Connelly drawing raves for her fearless performance. Now Connelly and Aronofsky may be headed back to work together a second time, for his upcoming Biblical epic Noah. The project would also reunite her with Russell Crowe, who starred with her in 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.
Meanwhile, the project also appears to be reaching out to the younger generation, as Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) is reportedly being eyed for a supporting role. More details after the jump.
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Author Stephenie Meyer is obviously best known for writing the Twilight books, but she also wrote a best-seller not filled with vampires, werewolves and teen lust. It’s called The Host and the film version, directed by Andrew Niccol, has just released its first teaser trailer. Starring Saoirse Ronan, The Host is about one woman’s struggle in world where aliens have fused themselves with the majority of humans to create an ideal society. It’ll be released March 29, 2013 and you can check out the teaser after the jump. Read More »
For quite some time, Disney has been developing a new live-action version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in which the old story would get a fairly modern makeover. Michael Chabon wrote the initial version, but the film has been tweaked a few times over the past decade with directors as disparate as Yuen Wo-ping and Francis Lawrence attached at different times.
Then something happened. Or, really, two somethings happened, as Universal and Relativity Media beat Disney to the punch with Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror, Mirror, both of which are set to open this year. Two live-action Snow White re-tellings is goofy enough, and adding a third would strain audience interest like crazy.
So the Disney movie, which has had various titles over the years (most commonly Snow and the Seven) has been reworked again to eliminate all overt Snow White ties. What’s left is The Order of the Seven, a martial arts action film centered around a young heroine. Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Hanna) is in talks to take that lead role. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Although this November’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the last film currently planned in The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer will be back at the box office again just four months later, with March’s The Host. The adaptation of Meyer’s first non-Twilight novel has been in the works for a couple of years now, and picked up steam last year when Saoirse Ronan and Andrew Niccol (In Time) signed on to star and direct, respectively. Max Irons, Jake Abel, and William Hurt joined a few months later, and now Inglourious Basterds actress Diane Kruger has been announced as the latest addition to the cast. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Jay Baruchel has built a nice career playing lovable nerds, but for his newest role he’ll be transforming himself into a full-on rock star. The former Undeclared actor has signed on to star in The Rebel Kind, based on a memoir by John Armstrong. As frontman of The Modernettes, Armstrong — or “Buck Cherry,” as he was called then — was at the heart of the rising Vancouver punk scene in the ’80s.
Reg Harkema (Monkey Warfare) has written the script and is set to direct, with Patrick Carroll, Andria Spring, and Kevin Eastwood producing. The Rebel Kind will shoot next fall in Vancouver. Baruchel will next star in the hockey comedy Goon, which he wrote with Evan Goldberg. [Variety]
After the jump, Atonement actress Saoirse Ronan revisits World War II — this time as a New Yorker — and Skins star Kaya Scodelario steps in for Rooney Mara.
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Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Hot off two of the year’s most buzzed-about performances in Albert Nobbs and Martha Marcy May Marlene, Glenn Close and Elizabeth Olsen have signed on to star in Thérèse Raquin. Charlie Stratton is writing and directing the erotic thriller, which is based on a 19th century novel and play by Émile Zola. Olsen will lead the cast as the titular young woman, who’s pushed into an unhappy marriage by her overbearing aunt (Close). Thérèse eventually falls into a passionate affair with her husband’s friend Laurent, with destructive consequences for all involved.
Close has reportedly been attached to the film for years, though Olsen’s involvement appears to be a recent development. Thérèse Raquin is scheduled to begin shooting this spring. [Entertainment Weekly]
After the jump, David Schwimmer gears up to kill people and Saoirse Ronan gets another love interest for The Host.
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