What would you say if Ashton Kutcher was cast as the new James Bond?! Well spare a thought for our cousins across the pond, because little-known English actor Henry Cavill has followed in the footsteps of Andrew Garfield and become the latest Brit to land a role as one of America’s most iconic comic-strip superheroes. The 27 year-old has been confirmed as the new Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s revamp of the Superman franchise. You may not be too familiar with Cavill, but this isn’t the first time he’s tried his hand at the superhero game. Apparently he was on the brink of being cast as the man of steel in Bryan Singer’s 2006 remake before they plumped for Brandon Routh. He was also considered in the new Batman series before Christian Bale got the nod and to make it a hat-trick of near misses, he was in the final three candidates to be the next 007 with Sam Worthington and Daniel Craig back in 2005..
Cavill’s debut came in Laguna (not the car..) which also starred Joe Mantegna and Emmanuelle Seigner…
It was less than 12 months before he cracked the big-time and he had a central role opposite Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce in this retelling of Alexandre Dumas’ novel.
The highlight of his career came a few months later when he scored a one-off role in British television institution, Midsomer Murders. Incidentally, he could have shared many more scenes with David Bradley, who plays Mr Filch in the Harry Potter series, as Cavill was favourite for the role of Cedric Diggory until the part went to Robert Pattinson (3 years his junior). Cavill was also Stephanie Meyer’s original choice to play frigid vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga. He was widely considered to be too old for both parts, but this scene certainly won’t have helped…
Barry, who was awarded an OBE and won five Oscars throughout his career, had been suffering with bad health for some time and passed away after a heart attack.
An announcement on his website expressed its condolences, saying: “Sad that he has died, yes, but at least he will be at peace now after being in poor health for some time.
“We feel sure his name will live on forever, thanks to the extraordinary output of wonderful music he produced during his 50-year career.”
Barry arranged Monty Norman’s ‘James Bond Theme’ for the first Bond film Dr. No. and composed 11 scores for the films, including Goldfinger, regarded as the work which perfected the distinctive ‘Bond sound’.
Tributes have poured in from Twitter, including Stephen Fry who wrote: “John Barry has died. How sad. One of the greats and a real mensch [Yiddish, meaning ‘a person of integrity and honor’]. RIP”
Mark Ronson wrote: “RIP John Barry 1 of the greatest composers EVER.”
Barry’s most recent work included his musical score for war thriller Enigma in 2001, and a musical version of Brighton Rock in 2004, which he composed with lyricist Don Black.
Fellow Bond composer David Arnold told BBC Radio: “I think James Bond would have been far less cool without John Barry holding his hand.”
They’re both clad in red, they both decide the fate of us ordinary civilians (“will I be saved vs. the nail biting “will I get to work?”), and in the latest twist of their simply (un)remarkable similarities, they also come in twos. Any guesses? Why, it’s buses and superhero movies of course! Duh…
With the new Spiderman movie gearing up for release in July 2012, it has been announced that British actor Henry Cavill will don his specs and cloak and take on the role of everyone’s favourite superhero-with-a-crap-disguise, Clark Kent aka Superman. Take that Spidey!
Cavill is best known for his role as Charles Brandon in BBC drama The Tudors, but will now be going up against fellow Brit actor Andrew Garfield (the new Spiderman) in the battle of the superheroes.
It’s arguably been a long time coming for Cavill, who has previously narrowly missed out on roles including James Bond, Batman, and even the Superman role in 2006’s Superman Returns.
The new Superman movie will be directed by Zack Snyder who described Cavill as “the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”
Until the ink’s dry, no casting is ever certain. Carey Mulligan was previously attached to star in Stoker with Jodie Foster also floating about as a possible. But now it seems that idea’s been completely ditched in favour of Alice In Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska.
The screenplay’s written by none other than Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller (clearly a man with hidden talents) and tells the story about an eccentric teen whose weird Uncle returns to the family after her father dies. But with his arrival brings a series of strange events. Wasikowska has had plenty of experience acting alongside unstable nutters in Wonderland, so she seems well suited to the role.
Even more exciting than that is that this will be Korean director Park Chan-Wook’s first English language film (he did the masterful thriller Oldboy and more recently vampire flick Thirst), so this cult fans can start hopping up and down now (it’s hard to type, trust me).
Casting director Ros Hubbard was speaking to the Irish Film & Television Network about her career and mentioned that many Irish performers were going to be in the cast including James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner and Ronan herself.
“Jimmy (Nesbitt) is thrilled to bits, his whole family have gone out, it is just wonderful. And working with Peter Jackson is like working with a family. So they’ll have a great time. Saoirse’s family will go too, everyone is very close and very loving on those sorts of jobs. It’s not like typical studio movies at all.”
Ronan has recently said that she hasn’t been offered anything so evidently this isn’t set in stone and we’ll have to wait for an official announcement but she has been rumoured for the part of elf warrior Itaril for quite some time. The fact that she’s worked with Jackson before (on the soul-crushingly awful The Lovely Bones) probably won’t hurt her chances either.
The role of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been cast ending the huge amount of speculation in the role. There was a massive longlist of possible actors for the part last week, which included Adrien Brody, Timothy Olyphant and Josh Lucas but they’ve all been thrown back into the night in favour of relative unknown Benjamin Walker.
I guess the producers feel that they need some new blood for this one. You might remember him from Eastwood war flick Flags Of Our Fathers (yawn) and sexologist biopic Kinsey and he was first choice for Beast in X-Men: First Class before the scheduling conflicts with some stage work forced him to give it up to Nicholas Hoult.
But for now, he’s the man for Abe, who will be giving pesky Confederate vampire scum a good kicking in the American Civil War.
The project’s really rolling now. The script’s all done, penned by the hand of the original author Seth Grahame-Smith and Wanted/Nightwatch/Daywatch director Timur Bekmambetov is in the chair. All they need now is for someone to play Abe’s mentor/trainer so maybe we’ll get to see one of the others on that longlist fill that role. Expect it to hit our screens in June next year.
Emily Moulder joins Jez Sands and Jamie Steiner to talk about this week’s news, trailers and releases.
We whip our hair back and forth for the release of Disney’s Tangled, try not to slip into a coma during Reese Witherspoon’s new rom-com How Do You Know, empathise with Paul Giamatti’s character in Barney’s Version and have to be restrained from physically assaulting anyone involved with Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon’s abominable Hereafter.
Mr Oizo, the man who brought us Flat Beat makes his debut behind the camera in a film about a sentient, telepathic tire than goes on a killing spree. Utterly mental. We can’t wait.
Returning to somewhat familiar terrain, Paul Giamatti reminds the audience why he is such an infinitely watchable actor in the flawed Barney’s Version; his performance, together with Rosamund Pike’s, narrowly salvaging an uneven and often frustrating film from collapsing in on itself.
The eponymous Barney is introduced in his twilight years looking worse for wear, years of protracted misery etched across his face. Soon enough he is being angrily confronted in a grubby bar by a burly ex-detective brandishing a book allegedly containing evidence that Barney is in fact a murderer who has somehow miraculously evaded the courts and continues to walk a free man. Read more
Bond 23 was suspended last year due to MGM’s ‘financial troubles’, but has finally been given the green light, with a release date of 9th November 2012.
Dench – who received an outstanding achievement awards at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards – confirmed her return, but remained tight lipped about the details.
She said: “I can’t tell you anything at all! Of course I’m looking forward hugely to working with Daniel again and with Sam, who I’ve only ever worked with in theatre.
“I love Bond. I get to work with Daniel Craig on location and wear some rather sharp suits. I’ll do it as long as they ask if I’m alive that long,” she added.
The veteran actress made her Bond debut in 1995 with Goldeye. Bond 23 marks her seventh appearance as Bond’s boss M.
Along with Dench, both director Sam Mendes and ‘blonde Bond’ Daniel Craig have been confirmed as returning.