From Sony Pictures comes this UK trailer for ‘Chappie,’ the upcoming film from Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium). Led by Sharlto Copley as the titular robot (he’s playing Chappie via performance capture), the sci-fi flick also stars Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.
Opening on March 6th, the official synopsis for ‘Chappie’ is as follows: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever. “
According to The Associated Press, writer-director-producer James Cameron revealed at an event held by the New Zealand Screen Advisory Board that the release date of the upcoming ‘Avatar 2′ has been delayed from December 2016 to December 2017. “There’s a layer of complexity in getting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re making a stand-alone film,” said Cameron.“We’re writing three simultaneously. And we’ve done that so that everything tracks throughout the three films. We’re not just going to do one and then make up another one and another one after that and parallel with that, we’re doing all the design. So we’ve designed all the creatures and the environments.”
Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen Of The Desert’, Ian McKellen-Led ‘Mr. Holmes’ & More To Premiere At The Berlin Film Festival
The Berlin International Film Festival has bolstered its already impressive lineup with a number of new additions, including the world premieres of Werner Herzog’ ‘Queen Of The Desert,’ Benoit Jacquot’s Lea Seydoux-starring ‘Diary Of A Chambermaid,’ Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi,’ and Bill Condon’s ‘Mr. Holmes.’ ‘Mr. Holmes’ is about a retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) and is based on Mitch Cullin’s novel ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind.’ The film is the second collaboration between Condon and McKellen, who previously worked together on ‘Gods and Monsters.’ Written and directed by Condon, ‘Gods and Monsters’ won the best screenplay at the Oscars and earned McKellen a best actor nomination.
‘Queen of the Desert’ is led by Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson and Damian Lewis. Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, the iconic explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford at the turn of the 20th century, Bell traveled through the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 5th to 15th, and the eight new additions to the lineup are as follows:
After dropping out of ‘Ant-Man’ last summer – which I was gutted about, Edgar Wright is moving forward on his next film: his long-gestating action/crime film, ‘Baby Driver.’ The project, which Wright wrote, is described as a collision of crime, action, music and sound. Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Nira Park (they’re the same trio that helped Wright make his Cornetto trilogy, and the film follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Rodrigo Santoro is in negotiations to play Jesus Christ in ‘Ben-Hur,’ Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov’s new adaptation of the 1880 Lew Wallace novel ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.’ Jack Huston will play the title character in the film, with Morgan Freeman playing the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer. Toby Kebbell is playing the antagonist role of Messala, and Nazanin Boniadi will play Esther. Olivia Cooke and Ayelet Zurer also star.
The story, despite the expected bloodshed, will have a message of forgiveness and Jesus Christ appears several times in the piece. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion. Rodrigo Santoro next appears opposite Will Smith and Margot Robbie in ‘Focus’ and opposite Natalie Portman,n Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor in ‘Jane Got a Gun.’
‘Ghost In The Shell’ Set For April 2017. ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Set For August 2016. New Dates For ‘The Jungle Book & ‘The Finest Hours’
Walt Disney Pictures have today updated their release schedule, penciling in David Lowery’s remake of ‘Pete’s Dragon’ for release on August 12nd, 2016, and Rupert Sanders’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ film, which recently set Scarlett Johansson to lead, for release on April 14th, 2017. To date, ‘Pete’s Dragon’ stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence.
Additionally, Craig Gillespie’s (Lars and the Real Girl) ‘The Finest Hours’ will now open on October 9th, 2015, while Jon Favreau’s ‘The Jungle Book’ has been pushed back to April 15th, 2016 (the two films swapped dates). Starring Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Eric Bana and Holliday Grainger, ‘The Finest Hours’ is set in February of 1952, and follows one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.