First Clip From J.C. Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ – Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain & David Oyewelo
A24 has debuted this first clip from ‘A Most Violent Year,’ the upcoming thriller written and directed by ‘All Is Lost’ and ‘Margin Call’ helmer J.C. Chandor. ‘A Most Violent Year’ is set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The story revolves around an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built. The film opens on December 31st in the US before a UK release on January 23rd – positioning it for a potential awards run. David Oyelowo, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Albert Brooks also star.
Radius-TWC has unveiled this latest (slightly spoilery) trailer for ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost,’ which stars Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro as Pablo Escobar and Josh Hutcherson as a young man who finds himself unexpectedly pulled into the family business after marrying Escobar’s niece. Opening on January 16th, the film is directed by Andrea Di Stefano.
The synopsis is as follows: Told from the perspective of Nick (Josh Hutcherson), an innocent surfer from Canada, Escobar: Paradise Lost unfolds during the final years of Escobar’s reign. Nick and his brother Dylan (Brady Corbet) set up a modest surfing retreat near Medellin, where Nick meets the woman of his dreams, Maria (Claudia Traisac), who is busy campaigning for her politician uncle. That uncle turns out to be Pablo (Academy Award-winner Benicio del Toro), who invites Nick to a party at his “cottage,” a sprawling, Xanadu-like jungle fortress. When he hears of the trouble Nick and Dylan are having with some local thugs, Pablo vows to “take care of it.” The thugs turn up dead, and suddenly Nick finds himself immersed in a world of wild extravagance, corruption and bloodshed – one he will find nearly impossible to escape.
Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s (The Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball) ‘Beyond the Lights’ is the story of Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge – until she meets Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker), a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be. Also starring the likes of Minnie Driver, Danny Glover, Jordan Belfi, Aml Ameen and Machine Gun Kelly, ‘Beyond the Lights’ opens on November 14th in the US (expect word on a UK release date shortly).
I can imagine that this character was a joy for you to dig into? She goes on an incredible journey, and there’s a lot there about finding your own voice and identity – something that has some parallels with your role in ‘Belle,’ even though for the most part Noni and Belle couldn”t be more different.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw: For sure (laughs)! Noni has a massive evolution. The story, for me at least, is about someone finding their own voice, and Noni finds her voice in many ways I suppose (laughs). She’s also able to become a woman and stand up to her mother and make her own way in the industry. It is a big evolution, and that’s always interesting for an actor. That was definitely an exciting journey for me to explore, and I think it’s safe say that I’m pretty different to Noni (laughs), but I certainly relate to where she ends up at the end of the film in terms of finding her voice and being able to be authentic to her true self – and not having to conform to these cultural ideas of beauty and glamour. She’s very much been hiding behind this very synthetic construction that’s been created for her – this “image”. I always try to be authentic in my choices and follow my instincts and I think it’s a valuable message for women in today’s society to learn to love yourself – which is something that appealed to me about ‘Belle’ as well. You have to be able to appreciate who you are.
Ahead of the release of the new ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer tonight (it will debut during ABC’s ‘Scandal’ at 9:00pm ET/2:00am GMT, and then follow online shortly after), Focus Features has unveiled this latest teaser poster for the erotic drama. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the duo at the center of the story. Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Victor Rasuk, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle and Max Martini also star in the adaptation of the EL James novel. ’Fifty Shades of Grey’ opens on Valentine’s Day 2015.
While ‘Suicide Squad’ is still in early development and the script is being worked on, that is not stopping writer-director David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) and the studio from making overtures for what will seemingly be an A-list ensemble piece filled with colorful anti-heroes. Today it is being reported that ‘Terminator: Genesys’ and ‘Divergent’ star Jai Courtney is in talks for the role of Deadshot in the film. Based on the DC comic book, the ‘Suicide Squad’ story centers on the team of super villains who are given a chance at redemption by the government. The catch: Their mission will probably kill them all.
Earlier in the week it was reposed that Margot Robbie is set to play Harley Quinn – the frequent accomplice and girlfriend of Batman’s nemesis The Joker – in the film, and over the weekend news broke that Oscar winner Jared Leto is being eyed to play the Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’ (Ryan Gosling was initially sought to play the iconic character, but he was reportedly unwilling to sign a deal with options for multiple movies). Tom Hardy and Will Smith are also said to be in various stages of negotiations to star, although no casting is confirmed at this time. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, who co-stars in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ may also join the film.
Back in October, 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 Variety holds weight, ‘Breaking Bad’ producer/director Michelle MacLaren is in talks to helm the project. MacLaren has made a name for herself in television over the past couple of years with shows like ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Breaking Bad.’ Given the cinematic feeling of her TV episodes, the leap to big-budget makes even more sense.