Reuniting ‘Silver Lining Playbook’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, ‘Serena’ is directed by Academy Award winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World) and boasts a stellar supporting cast in Sam Reid, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones and Sean Harris. Opening in UK cinemas on October 24th, the film is based Ron Rash’s Shakespearean tragedy-style historical novel of the same name. Expect word on a US release date shortly.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
This first image has been release online from ‘The Sea of Trees,’ the new film from Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting ), starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Oscar nominees Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe. McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, who treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur’s will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Watts).
Lit Reactor reveal that James Franco has picked up the feature film rights to ‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk’s 2007 novel ‘Rant.’ Palahniuk writes, “As of last night we’ve finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant. Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco.”
Currently filming an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s ‘Zeroville,’ James Franco’s literary adaptations to date include ‘The Sound And The Fury,’ ‘Child Of God,’ and ‘As I Lay Dying.’ At this moment in time it’s unclear if Franco will direct, act or produce the ‘Rant’ adaptation (it’s likely all three), so expect more details about this project soon. UPDATE: Deadline add that Franco is eyeing the title role and Pamela Romanowsky is set to write and direct the adaptation.
New Trailer For Tommy Lee Jones’ ‘The Homesman’ – Also Starring Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep…
While Tommy Lee Jones directed the television film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Sunset Limited’ in 2011, his last theatrical feature film was 2005′s ‘The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.’ Later this year he’s got his next movie, the western drama ‘The Homesman,’ which opens on November 14th.
Adapted by Tommy Lee Jones himself from Glendon Swarthout‘s novel, the story follows him as a down-and-out man who gets recruited to take three women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa. Alongside Jones, ‘The Homesman’ features a top-notch cast in Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, Meryl Streep, Tim Blake Nelson, James Spader, William Fichtner and Jesse Plemons, among others.
From Warner Bros. Pictures comes this new UK trailer for the David Dobkin-directed (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) ‘The Judge.’ In the thriller/family drama, Robert Downey Jr stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. The likes of Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Dax Shepard, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, David Krumholtz, Balthazar Getty and Denis O’Hare also star. ‘The Judge’ opens on October 10th.
RADiUS send word that they’ve acquired US rights to ‘Before We Go,’ Chris Evans’ feature directorial debut, in which he also stars opposite Alice Eve. Written by Ron Bass, the movie follows two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Evans plays a down-on-his-luck saxophone player who helps a young woman (Eve) in need. Over the course of one night, they form an unlikely bond and the conflicts in their own lives become the basis for exploration into each other and themselves. RADiUS have set a second quarter 2015 release.