While we’re still awaiting the first trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,’ the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, Stella Joe has put together this great piece centering on Luke Evans’ character Bard the Bowman. The film, previously titled ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again,’ will be released worldwide on December 17th. ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ which Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’
First Trailer & Poster For ‘Pride’ – Starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West…
The good folks over at Pathe have revealed this first trailer and poster for the uplifting British comedy-drama ‘Pride,’ which tells the extraordinary true story of two very different communities who unite to defend the same cause. Starring the likes of Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Sophie Evans, Jessie Cave, Freddie Fox, Faye Marsay, Adrian Palmer, Lasco Atkins and Shane Salter, ‘Pride’ opens in the UK and Ireland on September 12th. The film is directed by Matthew Warchus, who’s set to take over from Kevin Spacey as artistic director of the Old Vic theatre.
In ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,’ a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. 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 Alexander, 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. Matt Reeves directs the film.
A formidable antagonist for the humans is Toby Kebbell’s Koba. The milky-eyed and scar-faced bonobo, introduced in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ Koba spent much of his younger life confined in laboratories, where he was subjected to experimentation in the name of science. In the decade following the apes’ liberation, Koba has evolved into a grizzled warrior who harbors a strong hatred of the human race, believing that the only good human is a dead human.
Caesar is compassionate and forbids his family of apes from killing innocent humans and those who don’t seek to harm them. Koba has a very different perspective, really because he’s spent most of his life in laboratories being neglected and abused. So he somewhat understandably holds a grudge against humans, he’s extremely vengeful…
Toby Kebbell: Yeah. Koba hates humans, and it’s warranted. He’s been abused, he doesn’t know the outside world, he doesn’t feel like an Ape. We discussed at the beginning that he couldn’t really quadruped, which is walking on all fours, and that’s something you learn in groupings of apes, it’s not an innate thing necessarily. And I think Koba and Caesar over these 15 years have really bonded in finding out what it really is to be an ape. So I think he holds that very true and very dear to himself: what it is to be an Ape… and humans disrupt that.
After being linked to the film for a while, Tom Hardy is now officially set to join Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘The Revenant,’ a gritty thriller that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (‘Babel’, ‘Amores Perros’, the upcoming ‘Birdman) will direct for a fall 2015 release. Hardy had been linked to the project for several weeks but needed to work out his hectic schedule before fully committing. Hardy and DiCaprio previously worked together on Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception.’ Will Poulter is also in negotiations to join the cast of ‘The Revenant.’
An adaptation of the Michael Punke novel ‘The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge,’ Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who gets mauled by a grizzly bear, and then is left for dead by cohorts who rob him. When he survives, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on those who betrayed him. Set to commence filming in September, Gonzalez Inarritu and Mark L. Smith co-wrote the script for ‘The Revenant.’ Tom Hardy has a number of projects on the horizon, including ‘The Drop,’ ‘Child 44,’ ‘London Road,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ the Elton John movie ‘Rocketman,’ a Kathryn Bigelow project, and the Kray Twins biopic ‘Legend.’ The official synopsis for the book can be read below.
While we’re almost 2 years away from the release of the hugely anticipated film, writer-director-producer Bryan Singer has just teased the treatment for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’ The film will focus primarily on the returning cast members from ’X-Men: First Class,’ which includes Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, in addition to some younger versions of other mutants like the previously-teased Gambit and Nightcrawler. Gambit’s only big-screen appearance to date was in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine,’ where he was played by Taylor Kitsch. Nightcrawler was played by Alan Cumming in ‘X2.’ It looks as if Gambit will be played by Channing Tatum in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse.’