The Host and Mother director Bong Joon-ho makes his English-language debut with Snowpiercer, which adapts a French graphic novel about a train that carries the remnants of humanity through a snowy landscape. We’ve seen quite a few posters and images that show off the impressive cast but until now we haven’t seen any footage. (That cast includes Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung.)
The new one-minute featurette below doesn’t feature any English dialogue, but does show off some behind the scenes shots, and a bit of actual footage from the film. It’s all stitched together with an interview with the director, but since that is conducted in his native language most North American viewers will just have to take in the images for now. Read More »
We’ve seen Tilda Swinton play many different roles, with an eclectic variety of looks over the years. But we’ve never seen her in a getup quite like what she sports for Bong Joon-ho‘s new film Snowpiercer. If you can imagine a halfway point between an aged Princess Leia and a stern schoolmistress, you’re close to nailing her look.
Nine character posters for the film have arrived today, and they show Swinton and eight of her co-stars (Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Ko Ah-sung, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner) in their fairly grimy garb.
Why the downtrodden appearance for all? Well, Snowpiercer takes place on a train that carries some of the last remnants of humanity as it speeds across an icy landscape. The film, directed by the man who made Mother and The Host, produced by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) and based on French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, could be the big genre film at Cannes this year.
Until we get a chance to see some footage, check out the character sheets below. Cross-reference them with these character bios for more info. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Snowpiercer is Korean director Bong Joon-ho‘s first English-language outing, but he’s managed to assemble a cast even the most experienced Hollywood directors would kill for, including Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Chris Evans, and Song Kangho.
We’ve seen little of those stars so far, aside from a poster here and a still image there, but today we have much better looks at all of them thanks to a series of character “passports.” Hit the jump to check them out.
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Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
In Jack the Giant Slayer, Bryan Singer engages in the time-honored tradition of taking a classic fairy tale and reshaping it to fit the times. Current trends being what they are, that means turning the film gritty and (relatively) realistic, with plenty of Lord of the Rings-style action.
Screenwriters David Dobkin and Darren Lemke take the basic touchstones of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk — the poor farm boy, the magic beans, the scary giants — but introduce several brand-new elements to the story. In this version, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) heads upward to rescue a beautiful princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) and stop her evil betrothed (Stanley Tucci) from taking over the kingdom. It’s a version of Jack that’s never been told in all the centuries that the character has been around. So why does it all feel so tiresomely familiar?
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This year marks a big event for some movie fans, as three of South Korea’s biggest directors make their English-language film debuts. And the conversion is off to a rocky start, as The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil director Kim Ji-woon stumbled with The Last Stand a couple weeks ago. That film is already fading from theaters. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook has Stoker coming up, and the film’s Sundance debut drew “love it or hate it” responses. I hated it, but there were some who felt quite differently.
Bong Joon-ho, director of Mother and The Host, will be the last to hit with Snowpiercer, an adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. In the story, the few human survivors in a post-apocalyptic future take shelter in a train, on which a revolt between classes begins to ferment.
The film stars an impressive cast, including Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner. We’ve seen a few images and some concept art that sells the train’s grimy, unpleasant conditions. Now a poster for the film gives us another look, and reveals John Hurt’s appearance. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
Between Trespass and the Razzie-nominated Just Go With It, it’s safe to say 2011 wasn’t Nicole Kidman‘s best year. Happily, her upcoming slate looks much more promising. Kidman will hit the big screen this year in Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and Chan-wook Park’s Stoker, and the small one in HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn. As for her next move beyond that, Kidman has entered talks to star in Before I Go to Sleep, from 28 Weeks Later and The American scribe Rowan Jaffe.
Based on the bestselling novel by S.J. Watson, the psychological thriller revolves around a woman who wakes up each morning with no recollection of her past 20 years, due to a mysterious accident that left her suffering from amnesia. She begins using journals to try and record some of her memories, but grows suspicious of her husband Ben. Sounds a lot like Memento, or perhaps 50 First Dates if you’re feeling less charitable. [Screen Daily via Vulture]
After the jump, Joon-ho Bong’s Snow Piercer picks up that sweet simpleton from Trainspotting.
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Perfect Sense, once called The Last Word, debuted almost a year ago at Sundance 2011, and is just now finally starting to get a little promo push in the US. The concept of the film is pretty simple: what happens if our senses started to disappear, to the point where things get a bit dangerous?
It’s a bit like Contagion with added romance as Ewan McGregor plays one of the people who are experiencing the disorienting loss of senses, and Eva Green plays the girl he falls for, who also happens to be an epidemiologist who has a line on the viral outbreak that may be causing the problem. What are the odds? There’s a new trailer that is similar to one released around the Sundance debut, but has some new looks at the movie, and you can check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
The theme of this Casting Bits seems to be “rising stars,” as All My Children‘s Ambyr Childers stakes out a spot in an all-star cast, War Horse star Jeremy Irvine leads a movie starring Britain’s finest, and Thor actress Jaimie Alexander signs on to co-star with the Governator himself. Read more after the jump.
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It’s been 11 years since Trainspotting burst onto the scene. Scottish writer Irvine Welsh’s sequel titled Porno was released five years back. So will Sunshine director Danny Boyle ever get around to making the movie?
“That’s the thing. We’ve been given the rights to do the sequel to it, and there is a script – a very early script from John Hodge, the writer of the first one. And we got the idea of doing it, but it depends on [the actors] being quite a bit older than they are at the moment. They need to have a bit of age,” admitted the director to IGN. “Our take on it is, their headiness – these guys who lived at the absolute brink, felt they were invincible and felt they could abuse themselves to the absolute limit – suddenly hit middle age. They’re in their forties and they look it – but they don’t really look it, those actors, yet. They’re a bit moisturised up and looked after. So when they get a bit older, we’ll have a go at sassing it up a bit, yeah.”
Trainspotting starred Ewan McGregor (now age 35), Ewen Bremner (35), Jonny Lee Miller (34), Kevin McKidd (33), Robert Carlyle (45) and Kelly Macdonald (31).
Porno follows the characters of Trainspotting nine years after the events of the earlier book, as their paths cross again in, this time the pornography business being the backdrop rather than heroin use. The novel is divided into 3 sections, each of which comprises chapters with different narrators. Unlike Trainspotting which had more narrational diversity, Porno is reduced to just 5 narrators: Sick Boy, Renton, Spud, Begbie and Nikki.
If Boyle decides to make it, let’s hope he does it soon.