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 »
As more and more news leaks about Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our curious natures take over. Sure Iron Man, Thor and Captain America are all getting new movies, but which characters and Easter Eggs will be included that look ahead to The Avengers 2 and Phase Three? The safe bet would be to look at set photos like these as well as the plots of Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, things that have some basis in realtiy. But what’s the fun in that?
It’s more fun to go way out there on a limb, and a new rumor does just that. The rumor is that Dr. Strange will appear in Thor: The Dark World and Marvel wants Viggo Mortensen to play him. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
We’ve already seen a couple of trailers for Walter Salles‘ adaptation of Jack Kerouac‘s Beat classic On the Road, but the latest to hit may be the most arresting one yet. Thanks to sharp editing and a relentless pounding drumbeat, it does a fairly good job of capturing the heady exuberance of being young and carefree, hopped up on drugs, and in pursuit of the next awesome thing.
Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart star as the central trio of Dean Moriarty, Sal Paradise, and Marylou as they journey across America, crossing paths with all manner of people along the way. The star-studded supporting cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Sturridge, Steve Buscemi, Elisabeth Moss, Alice Braga, and Terrence Howard. Check out the video after the jump.
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The work of Patricia Highsmith has been good to kickstart a solid movie or two. Maybe you’ve heard of some of them: The Talented Mr. Ripley; The American Friend; Cry of the Owl; and a little one called Strangers on a Train. And even though some of her work has also lead to less impressive efforts, I’m always interested to see where a Highsmith movie goes.
We learned a while ago that Hossein Amini, who wrote the original draft of Drive, is planning to make his directorial debut with a new adaptation of the book The Two Faces of January. He’s had Viggo Mortensen waiting to make the movie, and now Drive co-star Oscar Isaac, also seen in Che, Body of Lies, and Sucker Punch, has signed on, too. They’ll play a con artist and a new acquaintance who get involved in some difficult and shady dealings in a foreign country. Read More »
The Last Voyage of the Demeter is an unusual project, as it spins a brief interlude in Bram Stoker’s Dracula — the voyage of the title character from Transylvania to England — into a feature-length thriller. The script has been kicking around for a while, and nearly got made a couple years back with David Slade directing and Noomi Rapace and Ben Kingsley in the lead roles.
Not long ago Neil Marshall was set to direct the film for Millennium Films, and now there is a report that he has offered the lead role of Henry Clemens to Viggo Mortensen. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
Who knew the vaguely British-sounding Aragorn was an adept Spanish speaker? Though Danish-American star Viggo Mortensen works primarily in English, it turns out he’s actually equally fluent in Danish and Spanish, the latter thanks to a childhood spent in Argentina. And as a trilingual actor, he likes to make forays into foreign-language film from time to time.
His latest non-English effort is Todos Tenemos un Plan (or Everyone Has a Plan), a dark thriller directed and written by Ana Piterbarg. The first trailer has just dropped, and it turns out that Mortensen en español is twice as potent as Mortensen in English. Or he is in this case, anyway, because he plays identical twins. Watch it after the jump.
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For the last couple years there have been rumors of a possible sequel to Eastern Promises, the film from David Cronenberg that starred Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel as members of the Russian mafia in London.
While early reports today suggested that David Cronenberg won’t direct, despite the fact that he was talking of doing so for some time. That has been corrected to say that Cronenberg is indeed set to direct, from a script by original Eastern Promises screenwriter Steven Knight. And Vincent Cassel is reportedly in talks to join Viggo as the primary returning cast. More info follows, with spoilers for the first film embedded within. Read More »