I was excited last year when it looked for a moment like Édgar Ramírez might be cast in the sequel to Star Trek. After seeing Ramírez dominate the excellent mini-series Carlos, I’m hoping for him to break into greater public awareness than his supporting roles in films like The Bourne Ultimatum and Domino have offered. (He’s got bits in Wrath of the Titans, and Kathryn Bigelow’s now-filming Zero Dark Thirty, too.)

Ramírez didn’t get the Star Trek role, which went to Benedict Cumberbatch instead. But now he has taken the lead role in Corpus Christi, from Donnie Darko writer/director Richard Kelly. Read More »

Richard Kelly‘s ambition and zealous attention to detail served him well with Donnie Darko, but he hasn’t been so lucky with his subsequent outings. After his exceptional directorial debut, he’s tried twice over to replicate what made that film such a frenzied fan favorite, and the results — Southland Tales and The Box — were as intriguingly unique as they were confoundingly incoherent.

For his next film though, Kelly is stepping away from the non-linear and metaphysical to deliver a film with a more traditional narrative. He’s directing the thriller Corpus Christi, from a screenplay he wrote about a strange friendship that forms between a supermarket employee and his boss. Learn more after the break. Read More »