Set for a wide release on January 16th, 2015, ‘Testament of Youth’ is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance. The film is based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, a story that has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. ‘Testament of Youth’ is led by Alicia Vinkander as Vera Brittain, and the stellar cast also includes the likes of Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.
‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films. Award-winning writer Juliette Towhidi adapted the screenplay. Tickets are still available for the public screening tonight (October 16th) at the BFI London Film Festival.
How did you become involved in ‘Testament Of Youth,’ and what was your initial reaction when you read Juliette Towhidi’s script?
Taron Egerton: Around Christmas 2013 my agent sent me Juliette Towhidi’s script and I thought it was wonderful. I then went to dinner with Rosie Alison, the producer and James Kent, the director where we talked about the project and all the people involved at that time after which I was offered the part of Edward.
I came to the story completely fresh. After talking to my friends and family about it, particularly one of my older friends who directed me in youth theatre, I bought a copy of the memoirs to read. And the script, it was so moving and it’s rare that you read something that actually affects you so much just off the page. It’s a very tragic story and what I loved about it was that it didn’t shirk away from any of the horrors of war. It was very much an anti-war story. I think it has a very empowering sense of the futility of it all and it felt a very real retelling of what happened at that time.
This new international poster has arrived online for Clint Eastwood’s Bradley Cooper-led ‘American Sniper.’ In the film, Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who has the most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. military history. The book that the film is based on, ‘American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,’ spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at #1. Co-starring the likes of Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardict, ‘American Sniper’ lands in US theaters in a limited release on December 25th, before expanding on January 16th (the date it also arrives in UK cinemas).
Today it was announced that writer-director David Ayer’s DC Entertainment flick ‘Suicide Squad’ will open on August 5th, 2016. Ayer was the writer of ‘Training Day,’ and he both penned the script and directed ‘End of Watch’ and the upcoming war film ‘Fury,’ starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood.
In the comics, the ‘Suicide Squad’ team, also known as Task Force X, was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, and first appeared in ‘Brave and the Bold’ #25. It centered on the characters Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn. The modern Suicide Squad is an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. The current team in the comics includes Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Black Manta, and Duela Dent (aka Joker’s Daughter).
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ will hit theaters on November 21st, nearly a year to the date after the previous installment, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ – and, about a year before ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2′ swoops into theaters on November 20th, 2015. The likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Dormer, Evan Ross, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, Eldon Henson, Donald Sutherland and Willow Shields star.
In ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,’ Katniss Everdeen reluctantly leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates to the point of destruction of the other districts by the Capitol, Katniss must decide for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
First Images From Ron Howard’s ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ – Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw…
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled this first batch of images from Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea,’ which opens on March 13th, 2015. Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. The film also stars Tom Holland as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
New ‘Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb’ Poster – Starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais…
From 20th Century Fox comes this new (kind of terrible) poster for ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.’ Set to hit theaters everywhere on December 19th, the comedy sequel stars the likes of Ben Stiller, the late, great Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Patrick Gallagher, Mizuo Peck, Bill Cobbs, Dick Van Dyke, and Mickey Rooney. Opening on December 19th, ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ sees Stiller’s security guard Larry head from the Smithsonian to work at London’s British Museum.