Jesse Eisenberg to Star in Adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s THE DOUBLE, Nick Nolte Joins PARKER Starring Jason Statham
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 4th, 2011We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this evening. First up, Jesse Eisneberg is set to star in director Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine) adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella The Double. Vulture reports that in a spot-on bit of casting, Eisenberg will take on the lead role of a government clerk whose life is destroyed after what he believes to be an exact copy of himself begins working in his office and attempts to ruin his life.
Additionally, Nick Nolte has joined the cast of Taylor Hackford’s revenge thriller Parker. Stars Michael Chiklis and Wendell Pierce tweeted their enthusiasm on the first day of filming, revealing Nolte’s casting (via The Playlist). Based on Donald Westlake’s series of crime novels, the film is intended to start a new franchise with the title character, this time played by Jason Statham. The cast includes Statham, Chiklis, Pierce, Jennifer Lopez and Clifton Collins Jr.
James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming to Star in Adaptation of Irving Welsh’s FILTH
by Adam Chitwood Posted: August 4th, 2011A feature film version of Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh’s book Filth is on its way, and it sports quite the cast. James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming are set to star in the film which centers on an evil Edinburgh cop who has a knack for bigotry and coercing sex from teenage Ecstasy dealers. The Playlist recently spoke with Welsh who confirmed that a feature film version of his novel is on the way, with McAvoy taking on the lead role, Bell playing his sidekick Lennox, and Cumming set to play McAvoy’s boss, Toal.
Welsh is probably best known for his 1993 novel Trainspotting which was adapted for the screen by director Danny Boyle. While I haven’t read Filth, it definitely sounds like some slightly insane material. This sounds like a rather meaty role, and McAvoy should have plenty of opportunities to really show his chops. Bell and Cumming are no slouches either. The plot hinges on a murder mystery that McAvoy’s character must solve, but the guy’s got so many quirks that this will most definitely not be your typical paint-by-numbers thriller. Jon S. Baird (Cass) is directing, with production looking to start in January 2012. Hit the jump to read the synopsis of Welsh’s novel. .......... http://collider.com/james-mcavoy-jamie-bell-alan-cumming-filth/107499/
Red-Band Trailer for David Gordon Green’s THE SITTER Starring Jonah Hill
by Matt Goldberg Posted: August 4th, 2011
The red-band trailer for David Gordon Green’s The Sitter has gone online. As star Jonah Hill says in the intro to the trailer, “It’s the filthiest R-rated babysitter movie ever made,” and then he tells some rude children to “Try a little ‘Shut-the-Fuck-Up’ next time.” As for the trailer itself, it’s got a bunch of great jokes, and I really hope I like it more than Green’s last film, Your Highness. The guy has a talent with foul-mouthed comedy (he’s directed the majority of Eastbound and Down episodes) but with Your Highness and to a lesser extent Pineapple Express, the execution couldn’t live up to the concept. But children who act like adult ass-holes are always good for laugh and so is Hill.
Hit the jump to check out the red-band trailer. The Sitter opens December 9th.
New UK Trailer for TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
by Matt Goldberg Posted: August 4th, 2011A new UK trailer for Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has gone online. Like the first trailer, it’s tense, gripping, and reaffirms the film as one of my most anticipated for the remainder of 2011. The plot centers on semi-retired spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman who looks like he could be making a serious run at an Oscar nomination) is called in to uncover a mole at MI6 (that’s the “circus” referred to at the beginning of the trailer). As if Oldman working with the director Let the Right One In wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, how’s this for a supporting cast: Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham, and Kathy Burke. How can you not want to see this movie?
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer which finally explains the title to those of us who never read John le Carre’s novel. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy opens in the UK on September 16th and in the US on November 18th. It will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. ..........
First Official Image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL
by Matt Goldberg Posted: August 4th, 2011 at 7:27 am
Warner Bros. has released the first official image of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. As you can see, he looks pretty much like Superman. There’s no insane Tim Burton redesign going on here. The emblem is a little bigger, the cape seems a little a longer, and the suit has kind of a scaly quality to it. I’m more interested in the composition of the image. You may recall the first image released for Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. There were certainly complaints about turning the bright red to maroon, but Brandon Routh is doing a Superman pose: noble, back straight, hands on his hips, looking to the sky. Contrast that with this image where Superman is apparently less than pleased he forgot the key to his safety deposit box.
Hit the jump to check out the full image. The film also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Julia Ormand, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Christopher Meloni, and Russell Crowe. Man of Steel opens June 14, 2013.
James McAvoy, Jamie Bell And Alan Cumming Join The Cast Of Filthpublished: 2011-08-05 17:48:18 Author: Eric Eisenberg
The lead character of Irvine Welsh's Filth sounds like a dream job for any actor. Bruce Robertson is a Scottish cop and misanthrope who is addicted to sex and drugs and would rather spend his days pranking his fellow police offers than doing his job. It's nothing you wouldn't expect from the author of Trainspotting, but what performer wouldn't want to try their hand at playing someone like that? In that sense, James McAvoy has just won the lottery.
The Playlist has received confirmation from Welsh himself that casting has begun for an adaptation of Filth and McAvoy has landed the lead role. What's more, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming have both come on-board as well, starring as Ray Lennox (Robertson's partner) and Chief Inspector Bob Toal (Roberton's boss), respectively. The project is being directed by Jon S. Baird, who only has one feature credit to his name, but it impressed Welsh to the point that he knew he wanted the filmmaker on board. "Jon did a biopic of Cass Pennant, a film called Cass, which was well received in the U.K," Welsh said. "It was compared favourably by some of the critics to This Is England. It was the same kind of style and really kind of a beautiful little film."
Baird as also done a rewrite on the script, which Welsh called "absolutely brilliant." The project is scheduled to start production in January 2012. Given the three actors that have already been wrangled, this could definitely turn out to be a project to look out for. ........... http://www.cinemablend.com/new/James-McAvoy-Jamie-Bell-And-Alan-Cumming-Join-The-Cast-Of-Filth-26081.html