Godzilla vs. Kong doesn’t hit theaters (and HBO Max) until tomorrow, but the massive monster mash-up has already taken the international box office by storm. Overseas, the blockbuster battle opened up in 38 markets, raking in over $121.8 million, which is enough to set the record for biggest global box office debut during the coronavirus pandemic. However, that doesn’t mean the film’s debut in the United States will have nearly as big of a reception. Read More »
How many real-life British men who played a significant role in history can Benedict Cumberbatch play? A lot, as we’re coming to see with his latest “based on a true story” film, The Courier. Cumberbatch stars in The Courier as unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne, who gets recruited by American spies to smuggle information on the KGB. Watch The Courier trailer below.
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At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange, Star Trek Into Darkness) starred in a true-life Cold War spy drama called Ironbark, which features one of the most notable performances of the actor’s entire career. Now that movie has a new title: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have changed its name to The Courier. Read on to find out when you can (hopefully) see it in theaters. Read More »
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Writer/director Hany Abu-Assad tackled some pretty weighty subject matter with his 2005 film Paradise Now, a very well received drama about suicide bombers. For his latest picture though, the upcoming action/thriller The Courier, he’s turned his focus to more audience-friendly fare. The film was written by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (the team behind the 3:10 to Yuma remake and Wanted), and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as “a courier who has tackled dangerous assignments and never missed a drop. He’s hired to deliver a briefcase to a notorious crime boss who can’t be found. The courier finds himself pursued by corrupt cops, double-crossing feds and rivals from the criminal underworld.”
Now Mickey Rourke and Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds) have joined the cast, with Schweiger playing an FBI agent and Rourke in an unspecified role. Additionally, Schweiger has also joined This Means War, McG’s spy flick about two best friends (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) who fall in love with the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).
I loved Morgan’s work in Watchmen, and have been awaiting another stand-out performance from him. With this cast and director alongside him, The Courier may provide him an opportunity to live up to his potential—if not as a thespian, at least as an action star. [The Wrap, Variety]
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Briefly: Hany Abu-Assad, whose very good film Paradise Now was released in 2005, finally has a new feature gearing up to shoot. The Courier is an action film scripted by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, about “a courier who has taken on improbable missions and never missed a drop.”
Deadline says that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is committing to the title role. The site expands on the plot, saying that Morgan’s character is “hired to deliver a briefcase to a notorious underworld figure that can’t be found. The courier finds himself pursued by corrupt cops, double-crossing feds and rival crime bosses.”
The film will shoot in September in New Orleans. The plot sounds standard enough, but I like Morgan’s work and am really curious to see what Hany Abu-Assad does with the material, so we’ll stay on top of developments surrounding this one.