StudioCanal and Film4 announced today the start of principal photography on See-Saw Films’ production of ’Macbeth.’ The adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic will shoot for seven weeks in Scotland and England. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown), ‘Macbeth’ features a stellar cast lead by Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard. The film also stars Paddy Considine, David Thewlis, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor and Elizabeth Debicki. Cotillard will play the scheming Lady Macbeth opposite Fassbender as the iconic eponymous antihero.
The synopsis is as follows: ‘Macbeth’ is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland.
At this point it seems that approximately 1823798 actors have been linked to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ in some capacity. And while there’s been no official casting announcements to date, the likes of Michael Fassender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Hugo Weaving, Michael B. Jordan, Jack O’Connell, Alex Pettyfer, Zac Efron, Saoirse Ronan and Sullivan Stapleton have all had their names connected with the film via various casting rumors over the last year or so. Additionally, it has long been expected that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their iconic roles from the original trilogy.
Today you can throw a new name into the mix, as Gary Oldman, one of my favorite actors of all-time, has revealed to Sky Movies that that the team behind ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ have shown interest in getting him on board. Oldman admits that “they’ve called”, but doesn’t show any indication that he’s had official discussions. Check out the exchange below. With filming set to commence in the Spring, expect official word on casting soon.
The first image has been unveiled from the set of Russell Crowe’s feature directional debut, ‘The Water Diviner,’ which is shooting in Australia before moving on to Turkey. The film is set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Olga Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.
The supporting cast includes Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades. The screenplay is by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. Cinematography is by Andrew Lesnie.
This first teaser trailer has arrived online for ‘Fishing Without Nets,’ the first in a series of films VICE is producing and financing. In ‘Fishing Without Nets,’ first-time feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne, whose short film of the same name won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, combines the epic cinematic vision of an action thriller with the intimate, textured qualities of an art film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and struggles.
‘Fishing Without Nets’ follows Abdi, played by Abdikani Muktar, a fisherman who – after pollution spoils the waters generations of his family have counted on for fish – uses the last money he has to smuggle his wife and son out of the country, toward a better life. Desperate to join them, Abdi succumbs to the allure of the quick money to be made as a pirate. This fictional feature film earned the US Dramatic Directing Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The cast also includes Abdi Siad, Abduwhali Faarah, Abdikhadir Hassan, Reda Kateb, and Idil Ibrahim.
UK Poster For Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ – Starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson…
Paramount Pictures has unleashed this UK poster for Darren Aronofsky’s epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story ‘Noah.’ Set for a March 28th release in the US and a April 4th bow in the UK, Ray Winstone will play the role of the nemesis to Russell Crowe’s eponymous hero. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah, while Kevin Durand is playing a giant who helps Noah and his family. The likes of Dakota Goyo, Nick Nolte and Madison Davenport co-star.
Darren Aronofsky is the man behind some of my favorite films of the last twelve years in ‘The Wrestler,’ ‘The Fountain,’ ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ ‘Pi’ and ‘Black Swan’ – fingers crossed ‘Noah’ adds to that list. ‘Noah’ is Aronofsky’s follow up effort to the Oscar-nominated and hugely profitable ‘Black Swan,’ which grossed $315 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. The synopsis for ‘Noah’ is as follows: “NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.”
Variety have caught wind that Marvel is in early talks with ‘LOST’ and The Hobbit’ star Evangeline Lilly for a leading role in ‘Ant-Man.’ With production set to start in April, Edgar Wright is directing ‘Ant-Man’ from a script he co-wrote with Joe Cornish. Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd are set to star as Hank Pym and Scott Lang, respectively. Michael Pena is pegged to be playing a villain in the film.
It is unclear whom Evangeline Lilly would be playing, though some insiders say she would play the daughter of Hank Pym (Douglas) and Scott Lang’s (Rudd) love interest. Pym didn’t have a daughter in the comics, but Cornish and Wright could certainly have switched things up in their version by giving him one. There is the possibility that her potential role could be that of Janet Van Dyne, who, in the comics, was a romantic interest to Pym and the alter-ego of the Wasp. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. ‘Ant-Man’ opens on June 17th, 2015.