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BFI London Film Festival: First ‘The Falling’ Images – Starring Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones) & Maxine Peake
Writer/director Carol Morley’s dream-like coming of age drama tells the story of Lydia (played by ‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams), a troubled girl at the centre of a mysterious fainting epidemic, who is determined to discover the cause of the malady spreading through her British all-girl school in 1969 – a year when the whole world seems poised on the brink of change. While ‘The Falling’ is still awaiting a cinema release date, there are still some tickets available for public screenings on the 13th and 19th of October at the London Film Festival. Maisie Williams, Maxine Peake, Monica Dolan, Joe Cole, and Greta Scacchi star.
Universal Pictures send word that they’ve acquired ‘Vikingr,’ an action drama to be directed by Baltasar Kormakur (The Deep, 2 Guns). Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with Olafur Egill Egilsson. ‘Vikingr’ is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age. The film will focus on Viking culture as a whole on a scale that is “both intimate and epic.”
Next up for Baltasar Kormakur is ‘Everest,’ which opens on September 18th, 2015. Starring the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Naoko Mori, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Thomas M. Wright, and Clive Standen, the film is inspired by the events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. ‘Everest’ documents the journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.
This red band trailer has been set loose for ‘Wolves,’ the directorial debut of screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2, Watchmen). The werewolf action-thriller, written by Hayter, stars Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, Merritt Patterson, John Pyper-Ferguson, and Jason Momoa. ‘Wolves’ follows the story of Cayden Richards (Till) – a popular eighteen year-old with a dark secret. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden finds himself turning into a savage wolf and is thrust between two warring clans of werewolves fighting for control of the ominous town of Lupine Ridge. ‘Wolves’ will be released VOD on October 16th, and opens in cinemas on November 14th.
According to a new report, Massachusetts native Casey Affleck is set to star in and produce a film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The book “Boston Strong” by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge will serve as the primary source material for newcomer John Pollono’s screenplay. The spec was written by ‘The Fighter’ scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, with the story following the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events.
Casey Affleck, who I thought was absolutely incredible last year in ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ and ‘Out of the Furnace,’ will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ and John Hillcoat’s ‘Triple Nine’ – two films that are firmly planted on my “most anticipated” list. The “Boston Strong” book, published earlier this year, is officially described as follows:
Premiering shortly at the BFI London Film Festival, ‘Night Bus’ is the debut feature from director Simon Baker. Set entirely on a London night bus during one journey, on one night, the film is an intimate, poignant and often funny portrait of London’s characters of the night. The passengers on the ‘Night Bus’ have many different stories – some are lovers, some have dark secrets, some are looking for a fight, others are just trying to get through the night.
Featuring a talented, yet largely unknown cast, with no script and dialogue entirely improvised, shot over 7 nights in London’s east end on a micro £20,000 budget, ‘Night Bus’ is a truly independent and honest homage to London – all its colour, character, poignancy and charm. Screenings for the film at the BFI London FIlm Festival are currently sold out, yet fingers crossed there’s details about a wide cinema release shortly.
“Heart & Soul” Featurette For ‘Fury’ – Starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña…
Written and directed by David Ayer, ‘Fury’ stars Brad Pitt as Don “Wardaddy” Collier, Shia LaBeouf as Boyd Swan, Logan Lerman as Norman Ellison, Michael Peña as Trini Garcia, and Jon Bernthal as Grady Travis. The likes of Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood, Xavier Samuel and Brad William Henke co-star. The film will open in the US on October 17th and in the UK on October 24th.
In ‘Fury’, it is April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.