Fox Searchlight has unveiled this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Steve McQueen’s (Hunger, Shame) phenomenal ‘12 Years a Slave.’ Out now in the US on limited release (it goes nationwide on November 1st), the historical drama, featuring a script by McQueen and John Ridley, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, 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, Chris Chalk, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Michael Kenneth Williams. ’12 Years A Slave’ opens on January 24th in the UK.
Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, ‘12 Years a Slave’ tells of Northrup’s tragic kidnapping in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation. The official synopsis for ‘Twelve Years A Slave’ can be read below. Hans Zimmer is providing the score for the film.
Deadline are reporting that ‘Oblivion’ star Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski are looking to re-team on ‘Go Like Hell,’ 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of A.J. Baime’s non-fiction book, ‘Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.’ The book tells the story of the decision by Henry Ford II to go against Enzo Ferrari’s dominance on the Le Mans track in 1966. Ford challenged Ferrari with a car designed by racer-turned-car designer Carroll Shelby. The book is officially described as follows:
By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, “science fiction on wheels,” but was also called “the Assassin” because so many drivers perished while racing them.
Rocket Pictures send word that Tom Hardy is officially set to star as Elton John in the upcoming biopic, ‘Rocketman.’ Additionally, Focus Features has come aboard to give the film a major US release, producers announced today. ‘Rocketman’ is described as being “a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend.”
Elton John will re-record many of his iconic hits to parallel the emotional beats of the film. The Tom Hardy deal caps a lengthy search to cast the role of Elton in the film, which will be co-financed by AI Film and directed by Michael Gracey (the upcoming’ The Greatest Showman on Earth’). The original screenplay is written by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall (‘War Horse,’ ‘Billy Elliot’).
Following the somewhat surprising announcement that Charlie Hunnam will no longer play Christian Grey in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ Variety bring word that Jamie Dornan has landed the leading role. Dornan plays Sheriff Graham Humbert in ABC series ‘Once Upon a Time'; he’s also played a serial killer in BBC Two crime drama ‘The Fall,’ and he appeared in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette.’ The 31-year-old actor performs in an Irish folk duo and has modeled for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Armani.
The film, which will be released on August 1st, 2014, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (‘Nowhere Boy’) and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel. To date, Dakota Johnson and Jennifer Ehle also star in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’
With the release of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ fast approaching, Marvel has debuted this latest clip from the film via Moviefone. The likes of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Rene Russo (Frigga), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) reprise their roles from the first ‘Thor’ film, while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandral, Christopher Eccleston will play the villainous Malekith The Accursed, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor” and ‘The Avengers,’ Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves… but our universe itself.
USA Today has unveiled this new clip from Walt Disney Pictures’ 53rd full-length animated flick, ‘Frozen,’ showcasing Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Sven meeting Olaf (Josh Gad) and enlisting his help in locating Else and bringing back summer. ‘Frozen’ journeys into theaters on November 27th in the US and December 6th in the UK. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck direct the 3-D musical adventure, while Tony-award winner Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote the music. The official synopsis for ‘Frozen’ is as follows.
Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” presents “Frozen,” a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.