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As filming is set to get underway on The Avengers: Age of Ultron early next year, writer/director Joss Whedon and the folks at Marvel are starting to make logistical preparations for the follow-up, including filling out the cast. Whedon revealed early on that he was including the characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the film, and we learned a couple of months ago that Aaron Taylor-Johnson was the frontrunner to play the incredibly fast Quicksilver in the superhero sequel. Steve recently sat down with Taylor-Johnson in anticipation of the release of Kick-Ass 2, and the actor confirmed that he has indeed had meetings with both Whedon and the people at Marvel about possibly playing Quicksilver, and it certainly sounds like negotiations are ongoing. In addition, Taylor-Johnson spoke a bit about director Gareth Edwards’ vision for Godzilla. Hit the jump to read on. When Steve asked Taylor-Johnson if he has already signed on for The Avengers 2 or if he’s still in negotiations, the actor confirmed that he has indeed been approached about joining the ensemble: “I feel really flattered and honored that they came to me for that role. I think he’s an interesting character and we’re just gonna keep going into that. I sat down with Joss, I think he’s awesome, I sat down with the guys at Marvel and they’re also great; I think it’d be interesting.” While Taylor-Johnson was remiss to go into any detail about the specifics of his involvement, it definitely sounds like negotiations of some sort between the ...
Now playing in theaters is director Joe Wright’s adaptation of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel Anna Karenina. The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness. In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through a door and into a separate setting entirely. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia Williams. For more on Anna Karenina, here’s Matt’s review, five clips, and all our previous coverage. At the press day, I spoke to Aaron Johnson. We talked about how he prepared for the role, when he found out Joe Wright was changing the way he wanted to tell the story and why, and more. In addition, we also talked about the Kick-Ass sequel. Hit the jump to watch. Finally, click here if you missed my video interview with Keira Knightley and here if you missed Jude Law. Aaron Johnson: Talks about how he found out that Joe Wright was changing the way he wanted to tell the story. Also talks about why he decided to change it What was it like preparing for the role and performing it on set Talks about Kick-Ass 2
As evidenced by the bounty of set photos that have already hit the web, production on Kick-Ass 2 is well underway in Toronto. Director Matthew Vaughn has taken on a producer role on the follow-up, with Jeff Wadlow stepping in to helm the sequel. Some exciting new casting additions have been announced like Jim Carrey as The Colonel and Donald Faison as Dr. Gravity, and all signs point to Kick-Ass 2 being one hell of a ride. Steve got to sit down with star Aaron Johnson recently at the Toronto Film Festival for his upcoming romantic drama adaptation Anna Karenina, and the actor talked briefly about what fans can expect in Kick-Ass 2. He revealed that they’ve excised some of the more disturbing material from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book counterpart and teased some interesting character developments. Hit the jump to see what he had to say. Johnson was remiss to give away any plot specifics, but he teased a source material change that might prove interesting for fans: “There’s some really interesting journeys [that] our characters embark on. I can’t really go too deep into it, but I’m really excited about it; we’ve got a great cast. There are some really disturbing things in the comic book which we’re not gonna put in, I think for the better. Yet it’s got all the elements there and probably more, it’s got a bit of narrative and story to be told, so it’s great.” I haven’t read Kick-Ass 2 so I’m not familiar ...
We’ve got quite a few new posters to share this afternoon. Briefly: Anna Karenina – A trio of character posters for director Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of the classic romance novel feature stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson. The film opens on November 16th. Killing Them Softly – This UK poster for Andrew Dominik’s (The Assassination of Jesse James) crime drama is magnificently patriotic, with a gun-wielding Brad Pitt front and center. The film opens on October 19th. Taken 2 – The UK poster for the Liam Neeson-fronted sequel is fairly simple, but you don’t really need anything besides Neeson and the film’s title to sell tickets. The pic opens on October 5th. Deadfall – The Brazilian poster for this thriller starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde. The film opens on December 7th. Butter – A straightforward poster for this film about the world of competitive butter-carving, starring Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, and Hugh Jackman. The film opens on October 5th. Hit the jump to check out all the posters. All poster via IMP Awards. Here’s the synopsis for Anna Karenina: The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with director Joe Wright, following the award-winning boxoffice successes “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement,” is the epic love story “Anna Karenina,” adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”). The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the ...
The first trailer and poster for director Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina has been unveiled. The film is an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tome about late 19th century Russian society and stars Keira Knightley an adulterer who questions her happiness. We knew from Wright’s previous resume (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Hanna) that Anna Karenina wouldn’t be a straightforward, boring period piece, and this trailer speaks volumes to the director’s strength as a filmmaker. The visuals are absolutely gorgeous and he appears to using some truly mesmerizing set design to change the film’s setting in one take. Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson all look great, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how Wright’s adaptation plays out in full. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the poster. The film also stars Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Emily Watson, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams and Ruth Wilson. Anna Karenina opens on November 9th. Trailer via MSN. Poster via Glamour. Video: 'Anna Karenina' movie trailer Here’s the synopsis for Anna Karenina: The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with director Joe Wright, following the award-winning boxoffice successes “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement,” is the epic love story “Anna Karenina,” adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (“Shakespeare in Love”). The story unfolds in its original late-19th-century Russia high-society setting and powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart, from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and ...
We've got a good selection of new posters to share with you today (in addition to these awesome examples from the upcoming Total Recall reboot). Here's what we have to offer: Taken 2 - The sequel to Pierre Morel's Taken features the return of ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) who finds himself on the wrong end of a kidnapping. Taken 2 opens October 5th. Savages - Oliver Stone's newest film stars Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as two marijuana dealers who must rescue their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively) from Mexican cartel runners (Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro). Savages opens July 6th. Magic Mike - Based on his real-life experience as a male stripper, Magic Mike follows Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and more through their daily (and nightly) exploits. Magic Mike opens June 29th. Won't Back Down - Based on a true story of the fight to reform urban education, Won't Back Down stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis. The film opens September 28th. Hit the jump to check out the posters. First up from Empire (via First Showing) is the first look at Neeson in Taken 2: We don't have a synopsis yet but we have some more sweet images from the film here. And here's a bonus Father's Day card from Alex Billington at First Showing: The following posters come courtesy of IMPAwards. Here we have an international poster for Magic Mike. I love that the Russian title is, roughly, Profession: Stripteaser. Check out the clothing-optional trailer for the film here. Here’s ...
Oliver Stone's Savages continues to round up an impressive cast even though Stone hasn't made a good film in over a decade. According to Variety, the latest talented actor to board the flick is Emile Hirsh. There are currently no details on which role he'll play, but he'll be starring alongside Benecio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, and Uma Thurman. The film is based on Don Winslow's novel which centers a pair of marijuana growers (Kitsch and Johnson) who are forced to work in a Mexican cartel after their friend is kidnapped. Stone is revising the script Winslow co-wrote with Shane Salerno. Hirsch recently wrapped filming on William Friedkin's dark comedy Killer Joe and he's currently at work on The Motel Life alongside Stephen Dorff and Dakota Fanning. Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Savages. Here's the synopsis for Don Winslow's Savages: “Baditude.”Bad attitude.Ben, Chon, and O have a bad case of it, but so would you if you were the twentysomething Laguna-cool producers of the best hydro on the Left Coast and now a powerful and vicious Mexican cartel wants in on your business. Ben’s a genius botanist out to save the world. Chon’s a former SEAL with a “Post-Traumatic Lack Of Stress Disorder.” O is a South Orange County slacker girl who loves them both. When the cartel kidnaps O to keep the boys in line, serious baditude breaks out in this twenty-first-century thriller that blasts through all the old rules and ...
We heard last week Blake Lively was the frontrunner to play Ophelia in Oliver Stone's adaptation of Savages, though for scheduling she had to choose between Savages and Oz: The Great and Powerful. It seems Disney must look elsewhere for a Glinda the Good Witch, because Lively has signed on to Savages. Additionally, John Travolta and Uma Thurman have joined a cast that is blossoming terrifically. Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek, and Benicio Del Toro have long eyed roles in the film; Deadline writes confidently tonight that all four are on board. Shane Salerno adapted the screenplay with Savages author Don Winslow. The story centers a pair of marijuana growers (Kitsch and Johnson) who get into trouble with a Mexican drug cartel. Read the full synopsis after the jump. The future is looking good for Laguna Beach, Calif., marijuana growers Ben and Chon, until they receive an ominous e-mail from the Baja Cartel. Attached is a photograph showing the decapitated bodies of other independent drug dealers. The message is clear: sell your product through us or else. Ben and Chon try to resist, but matters escalate after cartel thugs abduct Ophelia, the guys’ beautiful young playmate and accomplice, and hold her for a cool million ransom. Meanwhile, Elena “La Reina” Sanchez Lauter, the leader of the Baja Cartel, must deal with rival drug gangs and potential overthrow from within. Ben and Chon propose ...