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Ahead of the film’s premiere this month at Sundance, this first poster has been released online for writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s (son of legendary writer Gabriel García Márquez) ‘Last Days In the Desert.’ Shot by one of my favorite cinematographers, Emmanuel Lubezki, the cast for the film includes Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds and Ayelet Zurer.
The official synopsis for ‘Last Days In the Desert’ is as follows: “Ewan McGregor is Jesus — and the Devil — in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test.” I’m certainly intrigued.
According to the The Wrap, Matilda Lutz has landed the lead in F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming reboot of ‘The Ring’ franchise. The project, going under the title ‘Rings,’ will once again feature Samara and a deadly videotape, though ‘Rings’ will feature a new cast – Naomi Watts, who led the English-language remakes, will not appear.
In 2002, Gore Verbinksi’s ‘The Ring’ was an English-language remake of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 horror ‘Ring,’ which was based on the novel of the same name by Kôji Suzuki (who also helped co-write both film versions). The original film was followed by three Japanese sequels while the Verbinski version received a sequel, ‘The Ring Two,’ which was directed by Nakata.
Out today in the UK and Ireland, Lionsgate have unveiled this collection of clips from the upcoming adaptation of Vera Brittain’s iconic and powerful WW1 memoir, ‘Testament Of Youth.’ The stellar cast includes Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.
Alicia Vikander plays the iconic writer, feminist and pacifist, Vera Brittain, and Kit Harington plays Roland Leighton, Brittain’s fiancé. ‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies, Paddington) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films. The film opens later this year in the US.
After bagging a “Best Animated Feature” Oscar nomination earlier today, this new trailer has arrived online for Tomm Moore’s brilliant ‘Song of the Sea.’ A mythological adventure steeped in the wondrous world of Irish folklore, ‘Song of the Sea’ speaks powerfully of a long lost respect for the balance of nature based on the loss of old traditions in modern society.
A follow up to director Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominated ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘Song of the Sea’ tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Sea-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. ‘Song of the Sea’ takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. The voice cast includes David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, Lucy O’Connell, Jon Kenny, Pat Shortt, Colm Ó Snodaigh, Liam Hourican, and Kevin Swierszcz. Look out for the film later this year.
New Trailer For ‘Anarchy’, The Modern-Day Adaptation Of ‘Cymbeline’ Starring Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris…
This first teaser trailer has arrived online for writer-director Michael Almereyda’s modern day adaption of Shakespeare’s ‘Anarchy’ (formerly titled ‘Cymbeline’), Starring the likes of Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johnson, Penn Badgley, John Leguizamo, James Ransone, Delroy Lindo, Ed Harris, Anton Yelchin, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Milla Jovovich, the story unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. In the vein of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and in the style of ‘Romeo + Juliet,’ ‘Anarchy’ is a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge.
The folks over at The Wrap bring word that Tom Hardy has dropped out of Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment’s ‘Suicide Squad’ movie due to scheduling conflicts, and writer-director David Ayer is eyeing his ‘End of Watch’ star Jake Gyllenhaal – who many believe should have been nominated for an Oscar today for his work on ‘Nightcrawler’ – to replace him in the role of Rick Flagg. Hardy was reportedly forced to exit the project because Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ‘The Revenant’ is going over schedule into mid-March, after which Hardy will be needed to promote Warner’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ which comes out in May. ‘Suicide Squad’ is expected to start production in April.
‘Suicide Squad’ will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith as Deadshot; Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto as the Joker; Jai Courtney as Boomerang; Cara Delevingne as Enchantress; and Viola Davis is in negotiations to play Amanda Waller and Jesse Eisenberg is in talks to reprise his upcoming role as Lex Luthor. ‘Suicide Squad’ story centers on the team of super villains who are given a chance at redemption by the government. The catch: Their mission will probably kill them all.