Entertainment One UK has debuted this new critics TV spot for Mike Leigh’s masterpiece of a film, ‘Mr Turner.’ This biopic of the iconic British painter J. M. W. Turner stars Timothy Spall in the title role, as well as Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Ruth Sheen and David Horovitch. ‘Mr Turner’ arrives in UK cinemas on October 31st and in the US on December 19th. Look out for my interviews with Mike Leigh and Timothy Spall next week.
‘The Last Witch Hunter’ Release Set For October 2015 – Starring Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood…
Lionsgate send word that the Vin Diesel-led ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ will arrive in cinemas on October 23th, 2015.
Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), Vin Diesel is joined by Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Julie Engelbrecht, Olafur Darri Olafsson and Michael Caine in the supernatural action flick. ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ sees an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch (Leslie), to stop the covens of NYC from unleashing a plague on humanity. The film is currently shooting in Pittsburgh.
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. Pictures officially announced that a standalone ‘Wonder Woman’ film will hit cinemas on June 23rd, 2017, a year after the character makes her debut in 2016’s ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ With Gal Gadot playing the part, the search is on for a director and, if a recent report from THR holds weight, the studio is looking for a female director to helm the project.
Both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Cinematic Universe had been under ever increasing scrutiny in regards to their caginess about putting forward a female-led superhero pic (and a non-white lead), so credit to Warner Bros. Pictures for bringing some welcome diversity to the superhero universe. ‘Wonder Woman’ will be the first female-centric superhero movie of the modern era, and, unless Marvel announce a Black Panther feature before DC’s 2020 ‘Cyborg’ film, Ray Fisher will be playing the first black superhero to anchor a studio film since 2004’s ‘Blade: Trinity.’ Also, Ezra Miller, who’s playing The Flash in the DC Cinematic Universe, is the first openly gay actor to head up a superhero franchise — although Ian McKellen certainly paved the way with his contributions to the X-Men movies.
According to a new report, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sebastian Stan have joined the ensemble cast of Ridley Scott‘s ‘The Martian’ adaption. Adapted from Andy Weir’s book of the same name, the sci-fi survival thriller follows NASA astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), a botanist and mechanical engineer, who becomes stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough to return to Earth.
The likes of Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Sean Bean, Michael Pena, Mackenzie Davis, Aksel Hennie and Jeff Daniels also star in ‘The Martian.’ Chastain is pegged to play the leader of the rescue mission, while Pena, Mara and Henne will play astronauts. Daniels will play the director of NASA, Bean a NASA flight director, and Wiig will play NASA’s director of media relations. Glover and Davis will play bright young NASA employees, and Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Venkat Kapoor, the Director of the Mars Mission. It’s currently unknown who Sebastian Stan will play. Opening on November 25th, 2015, the synopsis for Andy Weir’s grippingly detailed and ingenious novel is as follows.
Columbia Pictures send word that principal photography has commenced on ‘The 5th Wave,’ the adaptation of Rick Yancey’s bestselling young adult novel. Set for release on January 29th, 2016, ‘The 5th Wave’ stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Cassie, Nick Robinson as Ben Parish aka “Zombie,” Ron Livingston as Dad/Oliver, Maggie Siff as Mom/Lisa, Alex Roe as Evan Walker, Maika Monroe as Ringer, Zackary Arthur as Sam, and Liev Schreiber as Vosch. The action-adventure film is directed by J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed).
In ‘The 5th Wave,’ set in the present day, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, 16-year-old Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie meets a young man who may become her final hope.
Reuniting ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ and ‘American Hustle’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, ‘Serena’ is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) and boasts a top-notch supporting cast in Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones and Sean Harris. Opening on October 24th in the UK and February 26th in the US, the film is based Ron Rash’s Shakespearean tragedy-style historical novel of the same name.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.