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First Look At Matthew McConaughey In ‘The Free State of Jones’ – Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell & Mahershala Ali Also Star
STX Entertainment send word that principal photography has commenced on ‘The Free State of Jones’ in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. ￼The epic action-drama is written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and stars Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Belle), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Americans) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, House of Cards). The film is being produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, Safe House) through his Blue Grass Films shingle, with Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, The Hunger Games) producing through his Jon Kilik Productions, and Ross producing through his Larger Than Life Productions.
Set during the Civil War, ‘The Free State of Jones’ tells the story of defiant Southern farmer Newt Knight (McConaughey), and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers, and with the assistance of local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. His marriage to a former slave, Rachel (Mbatha-Raw), and his subsequent establishment of a mixed race community was unique in the post-war South. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, which distinguished him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
With filming now underway, Hugh Jackman has revealed the first look at himself and Taron Edgerton shooting the upcoming movie about Olympic skier Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. Egerton’s ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ director Matthew Vaughn will produce while Dexter Fletcher is directing the movie, in which Jackman will star as Chuck Berghorn, a ski expert who helped a down-on-his-luck Edwards train for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The filmmakers are said to be courting Timothy Spall to play Egerton’s father.
New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures have unleashed this new poster for ‘San Andreas,’ an action thriller that reunites Dwayne Johnson with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn following their collaboration on ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.’ Also starring Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Kylie Minogue, and Art Parkinson, ‘San Andreas’ is slated to open in theaters on June 5th.
The first trailer has arrived online from Mark Neveldine’s (co-director/writer on the ‘Crank’ films) ‘The Vatican Tapes,’ starring Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Peter Andersson, and Kathleen Robertson. The horror thriller follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, played by Dudley, an ordinary girl who begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close to her, causing serious injury and death. The local priest, Father Lozano (Peña), examines Holmes and believes she is possessed, but when Vicar Imani (Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Andersson) are called from the Vatican to exorcise the demon, it proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined. ‘The Vatican Tapes’ hits theaters on May 22nd.
Ahead of Monday’s new trailer (the trailer will debut at 10:30am PT/06:30 pm UK time; with a live Q&A with director Brad Bird and producer Damon Lindelof on the film’s Facebook page to follow immediately after), Walt Disney Pictures have revealed this new poster for Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland.’ Starring the likes of Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson, Bird is making the film his follow up to ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ his first live action pic after helming his trio of awesome animated flicks, ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘The Iron Giant.’ ‘Tomorrowland’ opens on May 22nd.
“Sentient Robot” Behind-The-Scenes Featurette For Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ – Starring Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel…
From Sony Pictures comes these new TV spots for ‘Chappie,’ the upcoming film from Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium). Led by Sharlto Copley as the titular robot (he’s playing Chappie via performance capture), the sci-fi flick also stars Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.
Opening today, the official synopsis for ‘Chappie’ is as follows: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever. “