It has just been announced that the likes of Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley will star in Ben Wheatley’s action shootout movie ‘Free Fire,’ which is being launched for pre-sales at AFM by Protagonist Pictures. The $10 million budgeted film, Wheatley’s first set in the US, is a story about an arms deal that goes spectacularly wrong. Set in Boston in 1978, Wilde plays Justine, a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Hammer and Evans, who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues. Production is scheduled for spring 2015.
First Concept Images Of The Titular Battle In ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’; Peter Jackson Talks About The Sequence
While we await the release of the film’s first full-length trailer, this new set of images have arrived online, via Entertainment Weekly, from the final film in Peter Jackson’s cinematic Middle-earth, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.’ Providing us with our first looks at the titular battle, Jackson had the following to say about designing and creating the 45-minute fight sequence. “There’s a lot of logistics that have to be thought through,” he tells the outlet. “We have dwarves and men and elves and orcs, all with different cultures, with different weapons, and different shields and patterns and tactics. Before we could loose the first arrow, we had to design the landscape itself and figure out, ‘Okay, if we have 10,000 orcs, how much room are they going to take up?’ ” Jackson says. “ ‘Are they going to fill up the valley or look like a speck?’ Then we could start drawing the arrows on the schematics.”
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.