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Alright, I REALLY hope this is true. According to Deadline, Lucasfilm is making a deal with ‘Brick’ and ‘Looper’ writer-director Rian Johnson to both write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’ If this report is indeed true, that means that the intention is for Johnson to take the baton from J.J. Abrams, who co-wrote and is currently hard at work directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’
For me Rian Johnson is without a doubt one of cinemas brightest talents, and this report follows Lucasfilm’s announcements that their first two Star Wars spinoff films are being directed by Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards, two other filmmakers on the rise. Hopefully we got an update on this story soon. Aside from Johnson’s feature film work on ‘Brick,’ ‘The Brothers Bloom’ and ‘Looper,’ he also directed three of the most acclaimed episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ – “Fly”, “Fifty-One”, and “Ozymandias”. ‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan stated that “Ozymandias” is the best episode of the entire series. UPDATE #1: Johnson just tweeted the following video as his first response to the news being public. UPDATE #2: THR are reporting that Johnson will only direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII,’ but he is writing a treatment for ‘Star Wars: Episode IX.’
Paramount Pictures and Pathé today send word that Ava DuVernay’s (Middle of Nowhere) ‘Selma’ will have a limited release in the US on Christmas day 2015 and will open wide on January 9th, 2015 (making its presence known as an Oscar contender). ‘Selma’ is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Tim Roth as George Wallace, and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. ‘Selma’ is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
UK Trailer For ‘Hector And The Search For Happiness’ – Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer…
This new trailer has arrived online for ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness,’ an upcoming comedy/drama based on François Lelord’s novel of the same name. Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard and Jean Reno, the film opens in the UK and Ireland on August 15th and in the US on September 19th.
In the film, Simon Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier. He’s going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered vacuum of a life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins a colorful, exotic, dangerous and hysterical journey.
During a recent interview, Tom Hiddleston opened up about playing the legendary country western singer Hank Williams in ‘I Saw The Light.’ Hiddleston revealed that the film will chart the singer’s life from his turbulent first marriage to Audrey Mae Sheppard in 1944, through his early radio career to his auspicious debut, in 1949, at the home of country music, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The film will “get under the skin of Hank’s relationships with the aforementioned Audrey Mae, his mother Lillie, Nashville music executive Fred Rose, his band the Drifting Cowboys and second wife Billie Jean Jones Eshliman.” Hiddleston said, “It will go all the way to his tragic death in 1953. He was only 29. In the intervening period, he wrote some of the greatest songs in the history of American music.”
“The film is about the man behind the myth, the power of his music, the sheer voltage of his talent and charisma, and his formidable demons,” Tom Hiddleston continued. “He worked hard, played hard, lived hard — there were women, there was whiskey — but when he sang about being in the doghouse in Move It On Over, or about his heartbreak in I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, it came from an honest place.” Marc Abraham’s screenplay ‘pulls no punches’, the actor added, and explores Williams’s shattering, self-abusive relationship with alcohol and later prescription drugs.
From 20th Century Fox comes this latest clip from ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.’ The Matt Reeves-directed flick is the sequel to the 2011 film ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ which began Fox’s reboot of the original ‘Planet of the Apes’ series. Opening on July 11th in the US and July 17th in the UK, the cast for ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is as follows.
Humans: Jason Clarke as Malcolm, Gary Oldman as Dreyfus, Keri Russell as Ellie, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Malcolm’s son, Jocko Sims as Werner, Kirk Acevedo as Carver, Kevin Rankin as McVeigh, and Keir O’Donnell as Finney.
Apes: Andy Serkis as Caesar, Toby Kebbell as Koba, Judy Greer as Cornelia, Terry Notary as Rocket, Karin Konoval as Maurice, Doc Shaw as Ash, and Nick Thurston as River, Caesar and Cornelia’s teenage son.
Fox Searchlight have set loose, via the good folks over at Empire, this new UK poster, batch of images and trailer for Michael R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) much-anticipated ‘The Drop,’ which is set for a September 19th release date in the US and a November 14th bow in the UK and Ireland. The film, formerly known as ‘Animal Rescue,’ stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Gandolfini, John Ortiz and James Frecheville.
‘The Drop’ focuses on a man (Tom Hardy) who wants to shed his criminal path but somehow gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull. Rapace will play Nadia, a woman who crosses paths with the protagonist when he finds a wounded puppy outside her home. Author Dennis Lehane adapted the film from his own short story that first appeared in ‘Boston Noir.’ Previous Lehane movie adaptations include ‘Mystic River,’ ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone.’