Empire has unveiled this UK poster for the feature adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi novel, ‘Ender’s Game’. Starring Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Nonso Anozie, Aramis Knight, Han Soto and Moises Arias, writer/director Gavin Hood’s ’Ender’s Game’ will arrive in cinemas on October 25th in the UK and November 1st in the US. The synopsis for the film is as follows.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. Also starring Gemma Arterton, Ben Schwartz, Anthony Mackie, Dayo Okeniyi and Oliver Cooper, ‘Runner Runner’ opens on October 4th in the US and September 27th in the UK. Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) directs.
This seductive, manipulative, immoral man is very different to many of the characters you’ve played in the past….
Ben Affleck: Definitely. It was especially interesting to play a guy like Ivan after ‘Argo’ and ‘To The Wonder,’ where I played characters that were very reserved, opaque and didn’t say much because of who they were and what they did and so on. I was looking for a part where I could play somebody in a more genre, pulpy kind of way – and I got that with his monologues and chew-the-scenery kind of way (laughs). I had so much fun on a movie I did about 10 years ago called ‘Boiler Room,’ and I hadn’t gotten a chance to do something that fun since in that way. My character in ‘Runner Runner’ is in the mold of someone like Michael Douglas’ character in ‘Wall Street’ and other seductive, unapologetic characters.
Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. ‘Don Jon’ is set for a September 27th release in the US and a November 15th bow in the UK
I can imagine that Barbara is one of the more self-absorbed characters you’ve played?
Scarlett Johansson: She’s very self-absorbed, and not in a traditional way that she’s self-obsessed with the way that she looks or whatever, that’s a given, she’s very much into her physical appearance, but I think she’s very much absorbed in the idea that she can kind of manifest her own destiny. I think she’s standoffish and she has a little bit of an attitude, which is quickly melted away when you realize her fatal flaw, which is that she’s this idealist to a fault. She’s totally self-absorbed in what she’s entitled to, what she feels she’s entitled to. It completely blinds her to the reality of who’s standing right in front of her and what they bring to the table.
Moments after the first episode of Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ aired on ABC in the US, Deadline bring word that Fox has landed the rights to ‘Gotham’ and have already given the show – from Warner Bros and ‘The Mentalist’ creator Bruno Heller – a series commitment. ‘Gotham’ will explore the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous.
In ‘Gotham,’ Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series. The Gordon character was introduced in 1939 in the very first Batman comic. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Commissioner Gordon has appeared in comic books as well as Batman films and series, including in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, where he was played by Gary Oldman. Expect more news shortly.
Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’ Could Be Delayed; Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Jack Ryan’ Shifted To January?
According to reports, Paramount Pictures may shift both ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Jack Ryan.’ Apparently Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ won’t be ready for its scheduled November 15th release, raising the possibility that it won’t be a contender in this year’s Oscar race. Insiders say Scorsese’s cut of the film is 180 minutes long, and that he’s currently in discussions with his producers about how to shorten the running time. The studio and the legendary director are hoping that the movie, based on former broker Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir, will be completed by Christmas in time for an awards run. If not, the film would be pushed back to 2014.