Martin Scorsese has finally started filming his adapation of Brian Selznick’s acclaimed, wonderfully illustrated adventure book The Invention Of Hugo Cabret and boy oh boy is this an ensemble cast.
Hugo Cabret will star Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz. As if that wasn’t enough to get your mouth watering, the supporting cast will be made up of Christopher Lee, Jude Law, Ray “Apples an’ Pears” Winstone, Helen McRory, Frances De La Tour and miserable muggle Uncle Vincent himself Richard Griffiths.
Set in 1930s Paris, it tells the story of orphaned Hugo who lives in the roof of the Gare Montparnasse and looks after the clock whilst attempting to repair a wind up automaton left to him by his father.
As well as being a great adventure and mystery, it’s also rather touching, not to mentioned woven into the history of cinema itself with pioneering master filmmaker George Melies (Le Voyage dans la Lune) playing a major role. With that cast and those details, this one looks like it could be an absolute cracker, especially given Scorsese’s passion for cinema.
Marty’s also surrounded himself with familiar faces for this project – John Logan (The Aviator) is writing the script and Dante Ferretti (Shutter Island) is handling the production design. Shooting has started in London but much of it will be filmed in Paris. Expect a late 2011 release.
Some critics have long said that Rupert Grint is the more talented than his fellow Horcrux hunters, but it seems the young actor has attracted the attentions of one of the biggest directors in the business with some of his performances.
“I thought he was a great actor in the Harry Potter movies,” Martin Scorsese told The Sun. “In a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show. He will always have respect for the movies that gave him such a huge break, but at his age it’s important he doesn’t become typecast.”
The film-maker from Manhattan is famous for not typecasting actors (just ask Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci*) and added that he would like to see Grint as a villain in one of his future films.
“He has to do something really out of his comfort zone in the next few years – play a gangster, play a dirty cop, play a kid with learning difficulties, I would be interested in working with him. I would have no issues in casting him as a gangster, he is a very talented young man.”
*It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between their characters in Casino and Goodfellas. Still great films though…
Andy Serkis is no stranger to prancing about in a big blue body suit with four dozen electrodes strapped to it as he played tricksy Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings. He’s also got previous experience as a gigantic simian as King Kong and with WETA digital providing the motion capture for Rise Of The Apes it’s probably no surprise that he’s landed a role as the lead ape, Caesar.
He’ll be stepping into Roddy McDowell’s slighty furry shoes as the leader of a band of intelligent apes that arise from a lab after a few experiments into a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease go rather wrong (bet they didn’t see that one coming).
If other films in the series are going to be touched on he’ll presumably be leading a revolution which will make all of us hairless monkey-types pay for our crimes against ape-kind.
He joins a cast which already includes James Franco, John Lithgow and Slumdog Millionaire‘s own Freida Pinto. Shooting begins in British Columbia soon for a June 2011 release.
Like most other people on the net today, we are still marvelling at the new international trailer for the much-anticipated Scott Pilgrim vs The World this week, we have managed to get our grubby little hands on the first official international trailer.
If you’re anything like us, then this taster will only serve to get you more excited about the release of Michael Cera’s latest effort on August 25th.
While Pixar are almost critically bulletproof (in the animation arms race, Toy Story 3 is like a megaton bomb, a final sky-scorching explosion after a salvo which included WALL-E and Up), Dreamworks have been more hit and miss with their arsenal. But with How To Train Your Dragon and now Shrek 4 on their books, there’s still hope that this is not just a one-horse race.
Shrek (Mike Myers) has become a family ogre with seemingly everything he wants in life. He has a beautiful wife, lovely kids, best friends that drop in to see him and the adoration and minor celebrity of the town of Far Far Away, which he previously used to enjoy terrorising.
But like Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” and Shrek dreams of one day where he could be his old curmudgeonly self and escape his pleasant but mundane life. Read More…
That wailing noise you just heard was the sound of millions of geeks crying out in united anguish as Transformers actress and international superbabe Megan Fox has just got married, neatly shattering the dreams of spotty nerds everywhere.
She’s now hitched to Beveley Hills 90210 actor Brian Austin Green who she’s been seeing since 2004. The couple were engaged back in 2009 but abandoned the union but it seems that things did get sorted out after all and the unconfired rumours that they’d got engaged again were true.
Fox will appear in western Jonah Hex later this year.
Well, we thought it was a just a ridiculous rumour but it looks like the LEGO movie is now in full swing as it’s nabbed Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to lay the foundations.
It’ll be a combination of live action and animation (presumably like a knobbly Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) – an idea which Lord and Miller pitched at the recent Lego Convention in Fremont (the thought of a LEGO convention has me giggling into my tea – surely the chairs are really uncomfortable?).
As stupid as it sounds, Warners are also behind the brilliant series of Lego games which have film tie-ins (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Batman), which are fun and family friendly, so it wouldn’t be too much of stretch to see how that format plays out on the big screen.
No word on casting yet, but as it will involve inanimate plastic, we’d suggest Hayden Christensen or Orlando Bloom – perhaps they can play a couple of fake trees in the background or something.
Miller and Lord (sounds like a brewery) are currently working on a 21 Jump Street remake with Jonah Hill but we gather they’ll be constructing plot, details, aeroplanes, castles and spaceships out of little square bricks after that.
It’s been two years since Spike Lee directed anything for the silver screen (his last effort was the controversial war film, Miracle At St. Anna). Now it seems that he’s in line to direct another close-to-the- bone thriller in Nagasaki Deadline which will have James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment producing.
Its script, which sees an FBI agent racing against time to stop a terrorist attack has been languishing in Hollywood for a number of years and was eventually shelved by Fox who evidently deemed it a bit too close for comfort after the events of 9/11. It’s been floating around again lately but lost its director Martin Campbell to Green Lantern.
It’s a project which seems like a good vehicle for Lee who excels at directing incendiary material (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X). James Cameron producing will give it some extra clout too and the subject of terrorism is still a touchy one for Hollywood, so expect Lee to make the most of that. No doubt we’ll be getting casting information soon. Watch this space.
Eve has been raising some eyebrows in Hollywoodland lately with with roles in She’s Out Of My League and Sex And The City 2. She lost out to Hayley Atwell for a part as Captain America’s main squeeze, Peggy Carter but someone down at Marvel evidently liked what they saw. Dare we say that she’s a better fit for Miss Frost?
The character is your typical sexy telepath (when was the last time you saw any female superhero without a body to rival a supermodel?) who is no stranger to manipulation and a bit of duplicity on the side – a trait which made her both a primary antagonist for Professor X’s band of burgeoning mutants as well as one of their later leaders.
Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) is down to direct the prequel which will chart the early days of mutant society and already has James McAvoy down for Professor X (with hair we wonder?) and Michael Fassbender as Magneto (probably the best bit of casting you could ask for). Shooting begins in London this summer.
The latest trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was unleashed on the world at midnight last night sending everyone into a Potter frenzy the likes of which we’ve never seen. As we all know by now, the finale will be split into two films and the trailer contains footage from both parts rather than just the first.
We’ll all have to wait until November to really see how the finale is shaping up but in the meantime the trailer gives us Voldemort, blind dragons, goblins, explosions, Bellatrix Lestrange (our favourite) and the heroic trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione roaming around searching for the elusive horcruxes.
There is one curious thing we’d like to point out though. In the previous teaser trailer that we saw, there’s a shot in which Hermione appears to have blood on her hands but in this trailer the blood has vanished. Magic or CGI trickery? You decide.
You can catch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in November in glorious 3D but for now we bring you the trailer. You’re welcome.