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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elijah Wood has signed on to star in ‘Set Fire to the Stars,’ a period movie exploring the relationship between poets John Malcolm Brinnin and Dylan Thomas. Andy Goddard, best known for helming key episodes of ‘Downton Abbey,’ co-wrote the script and is directing. Celyn Jones co-wrote the script with Goddard and will portray Thomas opposite Wood’s Brinnin. ‘Set Fire to the Stars’ is set to begin filming at the end of the month and counts Kelly Reilly (Flight, Sherlock Holmes), Shirley Henderson (the ‘Harry Potter’ movies) and Steven Mackintosh (Luther) in its cast.
John Malcolm Brinnin was a Canadian-born American poet who was instrumental in bringing Dylan Thomas, known as the “doomed poet,” into the US for his famed visits in the early 1950s, leading up to his death in 1953. He had to deal with the drunken Welsh man’s increasingly erratic behavior, even writing about those final years in a 1955 book, ‘Dylan Thomas in America.’ The movie will explore the turbulent relationship between Brinnin and his hero, with shooting taking place on location in and around Thomas’ home of Swansea, Wales.
Paramount Pictures has debuted these two behind-the-scenes featurettes for ’Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ which opens on January 17th in the US and January 24th in the UK. In the film, Chris Pine takes on the eponymous Tom Clancy character; who’s previously been played in novel-to-screen adaptations by Alec Baldwin in ’The Hunt for Red October,’ by Harrison Ford in both ’Patriot Games’ and ‘Clear and Present Danger,’ and finally by Ben Affleck in ‘The Sum of All Fears.’ The story for this film centers on ex-Marine and Moscow-based financial analyst Jack Ryan, who uncovers a plot by his employer to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the US economy. Ryan must race against time to save America and his wife (Keira Knightley).
Kenneth Branagh will be pulling double-duty as the film’s director and villain, while Kevin Costner stars as William Harper, a legendary CIA Field Agent. Colm Feore, Nonso Anozie, Karen David and Gemma Chan co-star. The synopsis for ’Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ is as follows.
The SXSW Film Festival will see the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ as its Opening Night Film. The film will screen on March 7th. ‘Chef’ is based on an original screenplay by Favreau, who will direct and star in the movie. The film will also star Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffmanm Bobby Cannavale and Robert Downey Jr. Open Road Films will release the film on May 9th. ’Chef’ is the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.
The festival also announced that the ‘Veronica Mars’ movie, which reunites the original cast of Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Ryan Hansen and Krysten Ritter, will play at SXSW before its own March 13th release. Check out SXSW’s full press release below.
Following the tragic death of Paul Walker late last year, The Wrap are reporting that ‘Homeland’ star Rupert Friend is in talks to replace Walker as the star of ‘Agent 47,’ an action movie that serves as a reboot of the 2007 Timothy Olyphant film ‘Hitman.’ Acclaimed commercials director Aleksander Bach is directing from a script by Kyle Ward, Skip Woods and Michael Finch. The Square Enix video game sold more than 20 million units overseas, and 20th Century Fox will handle worldwide distribution for the film.
Rupert Friend, who plays Peter Quinn on Showtime’s hit drama, is nearing a deal to take over the role of the famed assassin who boasts a barcode tattoo on the back of his head. ‘Agent 47′ represents a change of pace for Friend as far as features go, as his previous credits include period films such as ‘The Libertine,’ ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ ‘The Young Victoria’ and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.’ The British actor recently wrapped the indie movie ‘Meet Me in Montenegro’ from director Alex Holdridge (In Search of a Midnight Kiss) and next stars in David Mackenzie’s acclaimed drama ‘Starred Up.’
Following their brilliant Poster Posse fan art projects for ‘World War Z’ (here), ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (here), ‘Pacific Rim’ (here & here) and ’47 Ronin’ (here & here), the excellent Blurppy have kicked things off in 2014 by putting together a collection for Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’
Blurppy add, “The outstanding artists that participated this time around are: Doaly, Matt Ferguson, Paul Shipper, Berkay Daglar, Andy Fairhurst, Ben Mcleod, Chris Skinner, Dan Shearn, Florey, Harlan Elam, Juan Hugo Martinez, Khoa Ho, Patrick Connan, Richard Davies, Robert Bruno, Rodolfo Reyes, Salvador Anguiano,Tom Miatke, Dan Nash, Fernando Reza, Erin Gallagher, John Hughes and Matt Needle. Each artists brought their usual, unique take on the project and turned in some exceptional fan art in the process.” Phase 2 of this ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Poster Posse project will drop at 9:09 am PST on 1/10/14. Above poster by Matt Ferguson.
Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment send word that that Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum have joined the cast of the action comedy ‘Mortdecai.’ Based on the popular three-novel anthology by Kyril Bonfiglioli, the film has wrapped production in London and is currently in production in Los Angeles.
Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum join an stellar cast led by Johnny Depp and featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul Bettany. Additional cast previously announced include Guy Burnet, Michael Byrne, Michael Culkin, Jonny Pasvolsky, Ulrich Thomsen, and Paul Whitehouse. David Koepp is directing the film from a screenplay by Eric Aronson. ‘Mortdecai’ is described as follows: