Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem & Brad Pitt Showcased In New Pics & Poster For Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’
20th Century Fox has set loose this new international poster and collection of images from Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor.’ The crime thriller features a top-notch cast in Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Dean Norris, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo, Natalie Dormer and Goran Visnjic. The story for ‘The Counselor’ follows a lawyer, simply named The Counselor (Fassbender), who gets embroiled in the drug trade and ends up fighting for his life. Pitt is playing Westray, who helps Fassbender’s lawyer get hold of a $20 million stash of cocaine. Bardem is taking the part of Reiner, a criminal who brings The Counselor into the drugs trade.
The screenplay for the film comes from one of my favorite authors, Cormac McCarthy, whose critically acclaimed books have been adapted into ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘The Road,’ and ‘All The Pretty Horses.’ ‘The Counselor’ is set for October 25th. Sources: The Playlist (images) and M.Markus (poster).
‘The Hobbit’/’Sherlock’ Crossover Art: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Meets Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins
No28t20 has drawn this top-notch “A Hobbit Meets A Detective” piece centering on the ‘Sherlock’ and ‘The Hobbit’ duo of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. If you weren’t already aware, Cumberbatch is playing Smaug the Dragon and The Necromancer in ‘The Hobbit’ film series. Smaug, one of the last remaining dragons in Middle-earth, guards the treasure in Erebor. Cumberbatch will portray Smaug and The Necromancer through motion capture, similar to Andy Serkis with Gollum. Smaug has a very brief appearance in ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ during the opening prologue and the ending, but only portions of him can be seen. I’m looking forward to seeing him unleashed in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!’ Both Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will be seen in series 3 of ‘Sherlock’ later this year.
According to various reports, Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to star in ‘Lost City Of Z,’ which James Gray will direct from a script he adapted. The film is based on the David Grann bestselling book. Cumberbatch is in talks to play Percy Fawcett, who in 1925 headed into the depths of the Amazon jungles in Brazil. Fawcett was there to map the jungle and, hobbled by malaria, he discovered a mythical city he called The Lost City Of Z. Scorned by peers who claimed that this ancient kingdom was a fraud, Fawcett headed back into the jungle with his son and one other, braving the dangers of disease, insects, snakes, poison darts and other hazards to reinforce his discovery. None of them were ever seen again and it remains one of the great exploration mysteries of the 20th Century.
Plan B‘s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas (who worked with Benedict Cumberbatch on ’12 Years A Slave’) will produce. Plan B has been developing the project for several years, and it initially seemed like Pitt would be heading into the jungles. Cumberbatch most recently starred in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ and has ’12 Years A Slave,’ ‘The Fifth Estate,’ ‘August: Osage County,’ and ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ coming later this year.
New ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Clip – Starring Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose & John Boyega
With the film set to premiere this month at the Toronto Film Festival, this new clip has arrived online from ’Half of A Yellow Sun,’ the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel of the same name. For me, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is one the most compelling novels of the last decade. The Orange Prize-winning story follows the intertwining lives of several characters before and during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old boy from a small village who becomes a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the warm, progressive and beautiful daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister.
Thandie Newton takes on the role of Olanna, with Anika Noni Rose as her sister Kainene. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of revolutionary professor Odenigbo, with John Boyega as his houseboy Ugwu. Joseph Mawle plays the English writer Richard. Cobhams Asuquo and singer-songwriter Keziah Jones are also said to be involved in the production, producing original music for the soundtrack. Set to arrive in cinemas in 2013, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is adapted for the screen by Nigerian theatre director, playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele. The official synopsis for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel can be read below the clip. I’m stoked for this!
Deadline are reporting that Jared Harris has joined Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt in ‘Poltergeist,’ the new adaptation of the Tobe Hooper-directed horror classic that will be made by MGM and Fox 2000, with Gil Kenan directing a script by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire. Harris will play Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show ‘Haunted House Cleaners.’
In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil. ‘Poltergeist’ is scheduled to begin production this fall. The film is being produced by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and Rob Tapert (The Posession) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Nathan Kahane (The Grudge) will serve as executive producer.
2 New Images From Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’ Highlight Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo & Steve Carell
Sony Pictures Classics has released these two new stills from Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher.’ Currently in post-production, the film has been pencilled in for a December 20th release. Miller’s top-notch cast includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. ‘Foxcatcher’ tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. Miller’s previous films, ‘Capote’ and ‘Moneyball’ were both Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.