Oscar Isaac The Latest Actor Linked To ‘Star Wars: Episode VII'; Harrison Ford’s Han Solo Rumored To Play A Major Role
While principal photography is set to commence mid May, we’re still none the wiser about the cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ (I’m putting my money on a May 4th “Star Wars” day announcement). Over the last few weeks it has been reported that Oscar-winning ’12 Years A Slave‘ actress Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Maisie Richardson-Sellers have been reading for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.’ Additionally, Ed Speleers (Downtown Abbey), John Boyega (Attack the Block) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) are said to be among the men J.J. Abrams is eyeing for the lead male role. Adam Driver is also said to be in final negotiations to play a undisclosed villain character in the movie, while original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher also are said to be reprising their roles, as is Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. And story wise, all we know is that the sequel will be set 30 years after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and will follow ”a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.”
Deadline now hear that ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ star Oscar Isaac is in line for a major role in the film. And they’re also reporting that Harrison Ford’s Han Solo has “a gigantic role” in the first of the next three films. Apparently there’s a big table read on Tuesday with the cast in London, so maybe – and that’s a BIG maybe – we’ll finally get some concrete casting news for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ shorty. The outlet also add that Adam Driver, John Boyega and Maisie Richardson-Sellers are rumored to be top choices to star.
After teaming up on ‘Les Miserables,’ director Tom Hooper and actor Eddie Redmayne are reportedly set to reunite on ‘The Danish Girl,’ a film inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff. The film is a love story about Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. In 1930, Wegener was one of the first men ever to undergo operations to become a woman. Hooper won the Best Picture Oscar for ‘The King’s Speech’ in 2011.
The book, which has been adapted for the big screen by Lucinda Coxon, is officially described as follows: “Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he mind slipping into a pair of women’s shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time. Of course, he answers. Anything at all. With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.”
Fox Searchlight Pictures has set loose this great new behind-the-scenes featurette for ‘Belle,’ which is inspired by the true story of Dido Belle Elizabeth. Directed by BAFTA Award winner Amma Asante and written by Misan Sagay, ‘Belle’ stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Tom Felton, and James Norton. The film, which is fantastic, is penciled in for a May 2nd release in the US and a June 13th bow in the UK.
‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
Cary Fukunaga, the director behind ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Sin Nombre’ and the acclaimed HBO series ‘True Detective,’ will reportedly adapt and helm a big-screen version of ‘The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo’ for Sony Pictures. The Pulitzer-winning 2012 biography written by Tom Reiss chronicles the life and adventures of French Revolution-era General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas.
Born to a French nobleman and a slave woman of African descent, Dumas became the highest-ranking person of color to ever serve in any European army. A favorite of Napoleon for a time, Dumas was also the first non-white to become a brigadier general in the French military. Dumas’ exploits were used as the basis for the novels of his son Alexandre Dumas. Better known today than his father, the younger Dumas wrote ‘The Three Musketeers’ and ‘The Count Of Monte Cristo.’ Mike Jackson, Grammy winner John Legend and Ty Stiklorius will produce alongside Cary Fukunaga and Troy Carter.
Iconic Album Covers Re-Imagined For ‘Frank’ – Starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson…
The good people over at Film4 have put together these great re-worked iconic album covers, featuring a certain other musical icon from ‘Frank.’ Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage, Adam & Paul) and penned by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the film is released in the UK and Ireland on May 9th and in the US from August 22nd. ‘Frank’ stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant papier–mache head at all times.
Domhnall Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender)—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head—and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gylenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this character banner poster for the upcoming sci-fi action adventure ‘Edge of Tomorrow.’ Set for release on May 30th in the UK and Ireland and June 6th in the US, the cast for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ includes Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Dragomir Mrsic, Jeremy Piven, Charlotte Riley, Jonas Armstrong, and Franz Drameh. Doug Liman directs the film from a screenplay by Dante W. Harper, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Christopher McQuarrie, based on the acclaimed novel ‘All You Need is Kill’ by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
The action of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.