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Entertainment Weekly have revealed the first looks at Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant,’ the latest from Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman). An adaptation of the Michael Punke novel ‘The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge,’ DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who gets mauled by a grizzly bear, and then is left for dead by cohorts who rob him. When he survives, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on those who betrayed him. Set for December 25th, Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith co-wrote the script for ‘The Revenant’ and the likes of Tom Hardy, Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson co-star. The official synopsis for the book can be read below.
This new UK trailer has arrived online for writer-director David Robert Mitchell’s ‘It Follows,’ which will hit the UK on February 27th and the US on March 27th. The film is led by Maika Monroe (The Guest) as Jay, a 19-year-old girl who after a strange sexual encounter finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her. Currently holding a 100% rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 16 reviews, the likes of Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe co-star.
Arrow Films have set loose this first UK trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol’s ‘Good Kill,’ starring Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Jake Abel and Zoë Kravitz. In the film, a Las Vegas-based fighter pilot turned drone pilot fights the Taliban by remote control for 12 hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other 12. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end? This story follows one soldier’s tale with huge implications. Set for April 10th in the UK, expect word on a US release date shortly.
James Franco has posted on his Instagram the first footage from his next directorial effort, the comedy-drama ‘Zeroville,’ which also stars Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz. In the adaptation of Steve Erickson’s acclaimed 2007 novel, Franco follows a young film-obsessed architecture student (with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift tattooed on his shaved head) as he arrives on Hollywood Boulevard in 1969. Mistaken for a perpetrator in the Charles Manson murders, he enters a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, the decline of the movie studios and the rise of independent renegade directors. Through encounters with former starlets, burglars, political guerrillas, punk musicians and veteran filmmakers he dives into the ‘renegade America of the ’70s and ‘80s’.
Likes Of Tatiana Maslany, Rooney Mara & Felicity Jones Eyed For Gareth Edwards’ Standalone ‘Star Wars’ Film
Shortly after the release of ‘Godzilla,’ Lucasfilm and Disney announced that Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone Star Wars film. In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. After that there’s Rian Johnson’s ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ in 2017 and then Josh Trank’s standalone ‘Star Wars’ feature in 2018. And while very little is known about Edwards’ movie, a new report reveals a few actresses who are being tested for the female lead.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that ‘Orphan Black’ star Tatiana Maslany is testing for the female lead in the Star Wars spinoff, while Rooney Mara is also due to test this week among a handful of others. Additionally Felicity Jones, who just received a “Best Actress” Oscar nomination for her work in ‘The Theory of Everything,’ is said to be on the want list, although there may be scheduling issues with ‘Inferno,’ the Da Vinci Code sequel that Ron Howard is due to direct this spring and summer. The Gareth Edwards-directed Star Wars film opens on December 16th, 2016.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Replaces Frank Darabont As ‘The Huntsman’ Director – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron & (Possibly) Emily Blunt
Following the departure of Frank Darabont last week due to creative differences, Schmoes Know bring word that visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will be taking over the directing duties on ‘The Huntsman,’ the prequel to 2012’s ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ According to Variety, Nicolas-Troyan was among the finalists when Universal Pictures first started looking for a director for the film and the decision made sense to go back to him given how well he knows the world, having worked as the VFX supervisor on the first film. Nicolas-Troyan is currently developing ‘Bethlehem’ for Universal and a reboot of ‘Highlander’ for Summit Entertainment.