According to a new report, ‘Broadwalk Empire’ actor Jack Huston has been set to play the title character in Timur Bekmambetov’s new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ,’ which in its time outsold every book but ‘The Bible’ until it was eclipsed by ‘Gone With The Wind.’ Judah Ben-Hur was played in the iconic 1959 William Wyler-directed version by Charlton Heston. That adaptation won a record 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, an accomplishment that was not equaled until ‘Titanic’ in 1997 and then again by ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ in 2003.
Jack Huston joins Morgan Freeman, who will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer. Huston also recently landed the role of Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies,’ alongside Lily James, Sam Riley and Bella Heathcote.
‘Her’, ‘Let The Right One In’ & ‘Interstellar’ Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema To Replace Roger Deakins On ‘Bond 24′
While three of the key ingredients for enormous success of ‘Skyfall’ have been confirmed for its untitled follow-up (director Sam Mendes, writer John Logan and lead Daniel Craig), cinematographer Roger Deakins won’t be returning for the latest 007 adventure. Hitfix’s Kristopher Tapley revealed back in February, “At dinner with Deakins last night I learned some news that makes me sad: He won’t be shooting the next Bond.” No reason was given for Deakins not returning for ‘Bond 24,’ but I believe it would be safe to assume that scheduling is the likeliest culprit, as Deakins is one of the most in-demand cinematographers around – and he might just be at the top of my “how-the-hell-does-this-guy-not-have-an-Oscar” list considering his incredible work on the likes of ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘Fargo’ and especially ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,’ for me the most beautifully shot film in modern cinema history.
From Tribeca Film comes this new trailer for writer/director Alex Ross Perry’s (The Color Wheel) ‘Listen Up, Philip.’ Starring the likes of Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Josephine de La Baume, Jess Weixler, Dree Hemingway, Keith Poulson, and Eric Bogiosan, ‘Listen Up, Philip’ begins as Philip (Schwartzman) awaits the publication of his second novel and his anger rages. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Moss), and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself. In the US, ‘Listen Up, Philip’ opens on October 17th and arrives on VOD from October 21st. Expect word on a UK release shortly.
Filming Begins On ‘Vacation'; Cast (Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth…) & Synopsis Revealed
New Line Cinema send word that shooting has begun in Georgia on ‘Vacation,’ which is led by Ed Helms (The Hangover) and Christina Applegate (Anchorman). The road comedy adventure marks Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s directorial debut. Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World.
Rounding out the cast are Chris Hemsworth in the role of Stone Crandall, Rusty’s irritatingly successful brother-in-law; Charlie Day, who plays a river rafting guide; and Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins, who play Rusty’s sons, James and Kevin. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold from the classic Vacation comedies. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (Horrible Bosses, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) wrote the script, based on characters created by John Hughes.
One of the big surprises at this past summer’s Comic-Con was Legendary Pictures’ unveiling of ‘Skull Island,’ a new feature by ‘Godzilla’ writer Max Borenstein based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule. Today we hear that Tom Hiddleston has been set to star and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct. Legendary was looking at ‘Attack the Block’ helmer Joe Cornish as a possible director, but moved on when he was occupied with the spy pic ‘Section Six.’ Hiddleston recently wrapped Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ and Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise.’ The beloved Loki actor is also leading ‘I Saw The Light,’ the story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music.
From Universal Studios comes this first trailer for ‘Northern Soul,’ which opens in UK cinemas on October 17th and on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download from October 20th. The first feature film from fashion photographer Elaine Constantine, ‘Northern Soul’ stars Steve Coogan, John Thomson, Lisa Stansfield, Ricky Tomlinson, Antonia Thomas, Jack Gordon, James Lance, Christian McKay and newcomers Joshua Whitehouse and Elliot James Langridge, who play the film’s central roles, John and Matt. The two young boys, fueled by amphetamines and ambition, discover the youth culture that changed a generation. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production line, John and Matt dream of going to America to discover rare records which will help them become the best DJ’s on the scene. This journey forces them to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse and their friendship is tested to the limit.