20th Century Fox has unveiled, via Yahoo! Movies, this poster for Brian Percival’s ‘The Book Thief.’ Opening on November 15th and based on the beloved bestselling book, ‘The Book Thief’ tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a new family in World War II Germany. Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse star.
Lionsgate has revealed this first trailer for Jonathan Teplitzky’s ‘The Railway Man,’ which stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada and Jeremy Irvine. Based on Eric Lomax’s autobiography, Firth plays Lomax, an engineer with a passion for trains who is captured by the Japanese during World War II and sent to work on the brutal Burma-Siam railroad where he was repeatedly tortured and interrogated. While the film is set for a January 3rd, 2014 release in the UK via Lionsgate, there is currently a number of distributors bidding on the film’s North American distribution rights.
Steve McQueen follows the acclaimed ‘Hunger’ and ‘Shame’ with this incredibly powerful, based-on-fact story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Opening on October 18th in the US and January 24th in the UK, ’12 Years a Slave’ also stars Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Alfre Woodard, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Scoot McNairy, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams.
In ’12 Years a Slave’ you play a slave owner named Edwin Epps, a man for whom the words “brutal” and “despicable” barely suffice. When you play a character like that, can you tell us about your approach to this man? I know you always go with the human aspect of the character, finding something relatable….?
Michael Fassbender: Yeah. He’s a human being, so I approached him with a very human touch. I tried to find his voice first. I worked with a lot of different tapes and our dialect coach helped me out a lot. And then I just spent a lot of time with the script. It was about finding the human being in Epps, because obviously what he does is pretty terrible, but… I don’t know, there’s something in there where I feel a little sorry for him. He’s a victim of the time as well, in a way. He’s in love with Patsy and he can’t deal with it, he thinks, “How can I be in love with a slave?” So he sets about suppressing her and beating her to try to beat it out of himself. So I thought that there was a really amazing humanity in that alone. So that was my in: the love for Patsey and how he was processing that. I think I see Epps as a representative of the time, all the ugliness and despicable is culminated into this character.
Set for a September 13th release in the UK and a September 27th bow in the US, ‘Rush’ centers on the 1970s rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Daniel Brühl is playing the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Lauda with Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of the charismatic Englishman Hunt, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives. The likes of Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Christian McKay and Alexandra Maria Lara co-star. Helmed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the script for ‘Rush’ is by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen).
Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, ‘Rush’ portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed. Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, ‘Rush’ follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error. If you make one mistake, you die.
Other than the script and speaking with Ron Howard, what sources did you use to delve into James Hunt, this fascinating man full of passion and contradictions….?
Chris Hemsworth: I used so many sources (laughs). I done as much research as I could and I spoke to a lot of people that knew him. It was interesting to try to pin down exactly who James was. In reading different biographies, watching different interviews – depending on what mood he was in – and then speaking to people who knew him, there’s quite varied opinions on him. I think that’s why it was so fascinating to be around him: he was incredibly passionate, outspoken and a great amount of fun. He wasn’t black and white with things. But he also had a side to him that was bottled up, a sort of dark side – nothing overly brutal. But there were contradictions, which make for an interesting character.
Red Band “Director’s Cut” Trailer For ‘The Family’ – Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer & Dianna Agron
Relativity Media has debuted this new red band trailer for the mafia action-comedy, ‘The Family’ (Malavita). Directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), the film stars the likes of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John D’Leo. ‘The Family’ is the story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the “family” way. Arriving in cinemas on September 13th in the US and November 8th in the UK, the script is adapted by Luc Besson from the book ‘Badfellas’ by author Tonino Benacquista.
In somewhat surprising (yet exciting) news, Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel have moved the release of Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ from November 6th, 2015 to July 31st, 2015. The film, which will launch “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will follow the May 1st, 2015 release of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’
While details on ‘Ant-Man’ are currently under lock and key, the script for the film is co-written by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Marvel recently announced three mystery projects for May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017. There’s currently no word if a Marvel film will fill that vacated November slot.