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Open Road Films has unleashed this first trailer for the Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone and Javier Bardem-starring action thriller, ‘The Gunman.’ Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s ‘Prone Gunman’ novel and a script by Peter Travis (‘Dredd’ director), the film follows Penn’s Jim Terrier, an international operative who is betrayed by the organization he worked for, and must go on the run in a relentless game of cat and mouse across Europe. Helmed by ‘Taken’ director Pierre Morel, a March 20th, 2015 UK and US release date has been set for ‘The Gunman.’
With ‘Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur’ set for a July 22nd, 2016 release, Warner Bros. Pictures and director/producer Guy Ritchie are reportedly in talks with Djimon Hounsou to play King Arthur’s mentor in the film. ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ star Charlie Hunnam is playing the title role of King Arthur, Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to play Guinevere, and Jude Law is in talks to play the villain in the film.
Idris Elba was also up for Djimon Hounsou’s role, but when dates could not be figured out, the studio turned to Hounsou for the role described as a Merlin-esque figure who trains and mentors Arthur. The project is said to be a re-imagining of Arthurian legend, with the primary influence being Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” published in 1485. Warner Bros. Pictures hopes the film can kickstart another franchise, with the story to be told over six installments.
With ‘Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur’ set for a July 22nd, 2016 release, Warner Bros. Pictures and director/producer Guy Ritchie are reportedly in talks with Jude Law to play the villain in the film. ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ star Charlie Hunnam is playing the title role of King Arthur in the film, and Astrid Berges-Frisbey (I Origins, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to play Guinevere. Ritchie is currently seeing actors for the part of Arthur’s mentor, the last major role to be cast before the film goes into production. Idris Elba was originally in contention, but a deal could not be reached, and the two sides parted ways.
The project is said to be a re-imagining of Arthurian legend, with the primary influence being Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur,” published in 1485. Warner Bros. Pictures hopes the film can kickstart another franchise, with the story to be told over six installments. It’s unknown whether Jude Law would be appearing in one movie or play a villain throughout the course of the franchise. Law prevously played Dr. John Watson in Guy Ritchie’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ franchise.
Key Cast & Synopsis Revealed For ‘Bastille Day’ – Starring Idris Elba, Charlotte Le Bon, Richard Madden…
With filming now underway in Paris, the key cast and official synopsis has been revealed for ‘Bastille Day,’ an action thriller led by Idris Elba. From a script by Andrew Baldwin and John Hoodge, ‘Bastille Day’ also stars Richard Madden (Robb Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’), Charlotte Le Bon, Kelly Reilly and Jose Garcia. The film has been written by Andrew Baldwin, who’s currently writing the next film in the “Bourne” franchise for Universal Pictures, and John Hodge (Trainspotting, The Beach). James Watkins (The Woman in Black) directs.
On the eve of Bastille Day, a young French woman, Zoe Naville (Charlotte Le Bon), slips across Paris with the intent of planting a bomb to make a radical political statement but means to kill no one. At the last moment, she decides that she cannot commit this violent act. Michael Mason (Richard Madden), an American pickpocket, steals Zoe’s bag, keeps what he can use and throws the rest away into a garbage bin next to a busy Metro stop. At the same time, inside the ultra-secure CIA Station in Paris, Sean Briar (Idris Elba), an agent brought in from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq in the wake of a mission that has gone terribly wrong, struggles to adjust to his reassignment as a desk-bound data-analyst: a misfit real warrior in a world of cyber counter-terrorists.
The good people over at Film4 have unveiled this first clip from ‘Second Coming,’ the feature film debut of BAFTA Award-winning television director and playwright Debbie Tucker Green. The London-set psychodrama follows a tight-knit family (played by Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba and Kai Francis-Lewis) as they navigate their way through family life as it breaks down in the aftermath of an unexplained pregnancy. Jackie (Marshall) is expecting her second child but the math doesn’t quite add up. It’s been months since she last slept with her husband Mark (Elba), so she knows it can’t be his. But, perplexingly, she also knows she hasn’t been with anyone else.
While we’re still awaiting confirmed US and UK release dates, ‘Second Coming’ is showing at the BFI London Film Festival on the 17th, 18th and 19th of October – you can purchase tickets here. I’m certainly checking this one out at the London Film Festival, as I’ve heard great things (not to mention the talent involved!).
Inspired by his recent role as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’, Idris Elba has curated, written and produced ‘mi Mandela’, an album of songs which “uncovers some of South Africa’s most gifted yet largely undiscovered world music talents”. Blending South African and British artists, the album will be released on November 24th via 7wallace (Idris’ own imprint)/Parlophone.
‘mi Mandela’ will feature contributions from Mumford & Sons, Nothembi Mkhwebane, Spoek Mathambol, Cody Chesnutt, James Blake, Maverick Sabre, Phuzekhemisi, Mr. Hudson, George the Poet, DJ Spoko, Future History and Mahotella Queens, among others. In a teaser trailer for the album – which can be viewed below, Idris Elba explains how he came to immerse himself in the music of South Africa while shooting ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.’ “South African music was part of my research. I wanted to understand what music he liked, and so in that journey I discovered the roots of South African music.”