by Adam Chitwood Posted: February 9th, 2011Director Brad Anderson is looking to reunite with Batman himself, Christian Bale, for his next film outing. In 2004, Bale transformed himself into a small bird for Anderson’s psychological thriller The Machinist. During a recent interview, Anderson announced that he and Bale are looking to team up yet again for his next flick, Concrete Island, which he described thusly:
“The best way to describe it is it’s like an urban Robinson Crusoe story – a guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can’t escape and he’s basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban Metropolis.”In the interview with Shock Till You Drop, Anderson said they plan to shoot the film when Bale can fit it into his schedule (which, more than likely, will not be this year). Bale is currently filming 13 Flowers of Nanjing with director Zhang Yimou, and will then move on to The Dark Knight Rises, the presumed concluding chapter in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Anderson is getting ready to release Vanishing on 7th Street.
by Adam Chitwood Posted: February 9th, 2011Two highly esteemed actors have joined the cast of director Bryan Singer’s (X-Men, X2) fantasy tale Jack the Giant Killer. Stanley Tucci is set to play the villain of the film, Roderick, while Bill Nighy will portray Fallon, the leader of the giants. The film is a darker re-telling of the classic “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale, with Jack going after the princess who has been kidnapped and taken to the giants’ kingdom. No actor is currently attached to play the title role of Jack, but Kick-Ass star has been an early favorite and recently screen tested for the film.
The Wrap reports that Tucci’s character is an advisor to the king in the film and has plans of taking over Clositer. Nighy’s character of Fallon is two-headed, with the other head being played by John Kassir (the voice of the Cryptkeeper in the Tales from the Crypt series). When Steve recently sat down with producer Neal Moritz, he stated that filming on Jack was set to begin in March, so expect more casting news very soon as the production start-date nears.
by Adam Chitwood Posted: February 9th, 2011A quartet of actors are the latest to join director John Hillcoat’s (The Road) adaptation of Matt Bondourant’s gangster saga The Wettest County in the World. Gary Oldman, Guy Pierce, Mia Wasikowska (The Kids are All Right) and Jason Clarke (Public Enemies) are the latest actors to join the project. Shia Labeuof stars in the film which centers on a family of prohibition-era bootleggers. Tom Hardy and Dane Dehaan (True Blood) also star in the film alongside Jessica Chastain (Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life) as Hardy’s love interest. THR reports that Oldman will portray a gangster who enlists Labeuof and his friends has alcohol delivery boys, while Pierce will take on the role of an overtly violent deputy. Wasikowska is set to play Labeuof’s love interest.
When Steve recently sat down with Chastain at Sundance, the actress said The Wettest County is basically a 1930’s gangster film, and they start filming in Atlanta in March. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the novel.