Last year, while promoting his documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, Nick Cave told me that he and Warren Ellis were hungry to do more work scoring films. Specifically they were eager to do a horror film, but clearly they’re not about to be limited by genre. The duo has recorded a couple of new films scores in the past few months. One is for Amy Berg’s documentary Prophet’s Prey. (For which Cave also provides voice-over in an opening animated history of the Mormon Church!) The other is Far From Men, a film starring Viggo Mortensen, based in an Albert Camus story, and directed by David Oelhoffen.
The film arrives soon, but you can listen to the first track from the score right now. Read More »
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Jauja looks like a western, but it really takes place in Patagonia in the late 1800s — and the film’s aspect ratio and general sense of tone reinforce the idea of this being something from decades past. Viggo Mortensen stars as a military captain working with the Argentine army, and the film appears to put his facility with languages to great use. Lisandro Alonso directs, and this looks like a very beautiful and unusual film for an audience that wants to see something different. Check out the Jauja trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Officially, Quentin Tarantino‘s next movie The Hateful Eight doesn’t have any confirmed stars yet. Unofficially, however, it’s been linked to all sorts of big names. Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson are among those expected to star, while a whole bunch of other actors have been rumored including Jennifer Lawrence.
As of today, we can throw Viggo Mortensen into the rumor mill as well. The Lord of the Rings star is rumored to be Tarantino’s choice for one particular badass-sounding character. Hit the jump to get all the details on the Viggo Mortensen Hateful Eight rumor.
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Viggo Mortensen has had a busy couple years, though he hasn’t been doing Hollywood films. The Two Faces of January (trailer) and Jauja (trailer) have premiered recently in Berlin and Cannes, respectively. Now he’s got a third film hitting a major fest this year. In Far From Men, French writer-director David Oelhoffen started with the Albert Camus short story The Guest to create what is, in many respects, a western — just one set in Algeria during the revolution of the mid/late 1950s. Check out the Far From Men trailer below. Read More »
Last time we checked in on The Two Faces of January, the film didn’t have a US release date set. There was reason to hope for one, as the film stars Viggo Mordetensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac in an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley).
This Two Faces of January trailer starts off a bit different than the last one — it introduces Mortensen and Dunst as an American couple abroad, and shows how they get into trouble when the past catches up with them. And then Oscar Isaac steps in to help, and things start to get complicated. Knowing Highsmith’s plots, there will be more twists than the ones promises here. Watch below! Read More »
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If Inside Llewyn Davis whet your appetite to see a lot more from actor Oscar Isaac, the new Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces of January is hitting at just the right time. The film stars Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst in a story about a vacationing couple, not exactly squeaky lean folk, who fall into a business relationship with a scamming “tour guide.” When the couple gets into some serious trouble they call upon the guide for less-than-legal assistance.
Highsmith wrote many of her prime thrillers in the ’50s and ’60s, and like another well-known Highsmith adaptation The Talented Mr. Ripley, this film preserves the time period in which the novel was written. In this case, the setting is 1962, which gives director Hossein Amini (who wrote Drive) plenty of opportunity to photograph his attractive cast in great period costumes. Check out a trailer below, which also acts as a chance to see Mortensen in a relatively rare turn as an out and out heavy. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit unfolds decades before Frodo ever got his hands on the One Ring, but all the same, the three-part movie adaptation from Peter Jackson managed to rope in a bunch of familiar faces from the Lord of the Rings cinematic trilogy. Some, like Ian McKellan’s Gandalf, were part of the story as originally conceived by Tolkien; others, like Cate Blanchett’s Galadriel, were made to fit into the plot; and still others, like Elijah Wood’s Frodo, were included as part of a framing device.
All of which is to say that Jackson probably could’ve found a way to work in another fan favorite, Viggo Mortensen‘s Aragorn, if he’d really wanted to. Turns out, though, that the actor wasn’t having it. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
One of the unexpected highlights of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was Edgar Wright‘s test footage reel from his long-gestating Ant-Man. For all the positive buzz that clip got, however, it wasn’t clear when or how anyone who wasn’t in Hall H that day would get to see it. But one Marvel exec says an online release is a distinct possibility.
Victoria Alonso (her title is “Co-Producer and Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post-Production at Marvel Studios”) revealed to a Brazilian website that Wright’s clip is getting cleaned up for the web, due to popular demand from fans. And yes, of course, a full-length version of Ant-Man is still in the works just as soon as Wright’s schedule clears up a bit.
Unfortunately, not all she had to say was good news. Alonso also squashed one particularly juicy rumor that’d been making the rounds lately, that Viggo Mortensen could play Dr. Strange in Thor: The Dark World. Bummer. Read her comments after the jump.
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The Argentine thriller Everybody Has a Plan has an unlikely but very welcome star in Viggo Mortensen, who seems to act his way through the picture with a reasonable accent to his Spanish dialogue. Actually, he acts his way through it twice, as Mortensen plays twin brothers whose lives intersect and entwine in an unusual way.
The film looks like a pretty standard thriller in the Euro mold, but even as the trailer seems to give up some of the big story beats, the fact of Mortensen’s dual roles makes it difficult to tell just when in the narrative some of the scenes below are happening. Check out the trailer below, which is worth a look if only for the lead actor’s work. Read More »