Hollywood has had a pretty deplorable history of “whitewashing” throughout its entire history, and the outcry surrounding ‘Exodus: Gods of Kings’ seems like it could be the film that finally breaks the camels back – especially in envisioning ancient Egyptians and ancient Egyptian royalty as white men and women (usually drenched in bronzer). If you take a look at any Hollywood film depicting characters from the Bible or ancient Egypt, you’ll find it almost impossible to find a person of color in any of the roles. And the same can be said with something like ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,’ where all of the leads, playing characters of Persian or Middle Eastern descent, were played by white actors.
With all this in mind, Joel Edgerton was questioned about the matter by SBS, replying that he empathizes with the #BoycottExodusMovie Twitter campaign surrounding ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings.’ Asked for his opinion on the debate, Edgerton, who plays Egyptian pharaoh Ramses in the movie, said it was “not my job to make those decisions,” adding, “I got asked to do a job and it would have been very hard to say no to that job.” He continued, “I do say that I am sensitive to it and I do, I do understand and empathise with that position.”
Tom Hiddleston Posts Images From The ‘High-Rise’ Set With Director Ben Wheatley, Luke Evans & DOP Laurie Rose
After directing the first two episodes of the upcoming new Peter Capaldi-led season of ‘Doctor Who,’ Ben Wheatley, one of my favorite filmmakers working today, is currently shooting his big screen adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel ‘High-Rise.’ With that being the case, lead actor Tom Hiddleston has shared these two snaps from the set of the film on his Twitter account. Also starring the likes of Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, Stacy Martin and Dan Renton, the script for ‘High-Rise’ is by ‘Kill List’ and ‘A Field in England’ writer Amy Jump. A 2015 release is expected.
The folks over at Magnet Releasing have let out the hatch this new poster for Leigh Janiak’s horror-thriller ‘Honeymoon.’ Led by Rose Leslie (‘Game of Thrones’) and Harry Treadaway (‘Penny Dreadful’), the film hits cinemas on September 12th. In ‘Honeymoon,’ Treadaway and Leslie play Paul and Bea, young newlyweds who travel to a remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods. The likes of Ben Huber and Hanna Brown co-star.
‘Mission: Impossible 5′ director Christopher McQuarrie has revealed that Ving Rhames, who has appeared in all of the “Mission: Impossible” movies so far as computer hacker Luther Stickell, will return for the fifth installment in the franchise. McQuarrie announced the news on his Twitter account, posting, “Welcome back, Mr. Rhames. cc: @TomCruise @simonpegg @Renner4Real #MI5Diary”.
Plot details for the tentatively titled ‘Mission: Impossible 5′ are being kept under wraps. However, it was recently reported that Rebecca Ferguson will play the female lead, and Alec Baldwin is said to be playing the head of the CIA in the new film. ‘Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol’ – the fourth installment in the franchise, which was first introduced in 1996 – earned nearly $700 million worldwide and marked Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing film to date. The franchise has earned more than $2 billion, one of the most successful franchises in movie history. ‘Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol’ was directed by Brad Bird, who has moved on to directing ‘Tomorrowland’ for Disney.
Poster by Hobo95.
While the film has been shooting second-unit since April and first-unit since May, this month the ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ team will take a brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury. Shooting remains on track to wrap in the fall with the film scheduled for release on December 18th, 2015.
New Images From The Stephen Hawking Biopic ‘Theory Of Everything’ Feature Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones & Harry Lloyd
From Focus Features comes these two new images from the Stephen Hawking drama ‘Theory of Everything.’ Starring Eddie Redmayne as Hawking, the film is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). The movie explores the excitement of the 1960s for Stephen as he studies at Cambridge University. At the dawn of a brilliant life’s work, he falls passionately in love with arts student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). Their relationship leads him through personal and scientific challenges and breakthroughs, and as his world opens up he opens up the entire world to new ways of seeing.