Casting and Misc. News: FlixChatter’s Highlights

Happy Friday, everyone! I haven’t done a news post in a while and there have been some interesting developments of late, so let’s get to ’em, shall we?

  • Terrence Malick’s Untitled Love Story
    The notoriously reclusive and meticulous director Terrence Malick is reportedly been gathering up a cast for his yet untitled love drama. And what an impressive cast that is. So far Christian Bale, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko have signed on to star in what’s been described as a “powerful and moving love story.” Malick is perhaps the opposite of the workaholic Ridley Scott, as he often goes for years in between films. He’s only got eleven movies under his belt, and was nominated for best director and adapted screenplay for The Thin Red Line.

    I confess I have never watched Bardem in anything, for some reason none of his movies interest me, yet, nothing against him personally. I’m most excited to see Bale here, as the first time he’s in a romantic drama under Malick’s direction was in the Pocahontas story The New World, it turns out to be one of my favorite role ever. He might be famous for his bad-ass roles where he’s either heroic or deranged, but his quieter, more vulnerable side is just as compelling, if not more so. He was great in the indie drama Metroland with Emily Watson, so a return to such a genre is definitely welcomed in my book.

  • Solaris meets Wall-E starring Keanu Reeves?
    That combo description is courtesy of /Film, which is the impression they got about this sci-fi project called Passengers and its potential director. Here’s the synopsis: Passengers is set in the future on a spacecraft making a centuries-long interstellar voyage to a new planet. Due to a computer glitch, a single passenger (Reeves) awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he, in turn, awakens a beautiful woman.

    Italian director Gabriele Muccino directed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds, and was known for directing romance and family dramas in the home country. The first time I heard of Muccino was when there’s news circulating that Gerard Butler is interested in working with him in a baseball drama Slide. Not sure if that’d happen now that Butler’s signed to do Machine Gun Preacher. As for Passengers, the role of the beautiful woman hasn’t been cast, and the casting agent in me thinks someone like Eva Green, Romola Garai, Olivia Wilde or Emily Mortimer would be nice, instead of going with more famous faces.

  • Did you know that John Malkovich – yes, that John Malkovich – has his own fashion label?
    I read about it a long while ago in CNN, in which he says “I’ve always had an interest in it and always loved doing it. I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression.” His brand of eccentricity apparently also carries over to his fashion design, as this article by someone who knew him revealed “… [he] produce an elegant line in men’s clothing and also to name the collection after political tyrants or psychopaths. There is, for instance, the mini mullah coat, an ironic tribute to the former Taliban spokesman Abdul Salam Zaeef.” He was in Florence last month to promote his Technobohemian (say what?) fashion line in his Autumn/Winter 2010-11 collection. ”Technobohemian is a clothing line dedicated to the modern man,” he said to O-kay. If you’re curious what the heck his clothes look like, you can take a peek here, or as worn by Halle Berry’s gorgeous model partner Gabriel Aubrey.

    The 56-year old actor doesn’t stop there, he also owns a budget hotel called The Big Sleep Hotel in Eastbourne UK, because his friends and neighbor in Provence who’s a chocolate-heir-turned hotelier. Wow, I’d never guess that about Mr. Malkovich, but that’s cool!.

  • Carrie Underwood’s film debut in Soul Surfer
    The country singer is joining other singer-turned-actress in her film debut in an inspirational biopic about Bethany Hamilton. According to NY Daily News, the movie will tell the tale of how the Hawaiian native Hamilton, now 19, returned to professional surfing just months after losing her arm in a shark attack six years ago. Underwood plays Sarah Hill, a youth counselor at Hamilton’s church whose friendship and support played a huge role in the surfer’s unlikely comeback. Anna Sophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain) will play the devout Christian teen surfer, with Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt as her parents, and Jack Nicholson’s daughter Lorraine will play Hamilton’s best friend, who was with her at the time of the attack. Underwood will begin the shoot in the Hawaiian island of Oahu following her scheduled gig to sing the national anthem in this year’s Superbowl.
  • Johnny Depp back in the directing chair
    It’s well-known that Johnny Depp’s performance as pirate Jack Sparrow was inspired by the rock legend, and now he’s going to chronicle his life in a documentary. In the Fandango blog, he was quoted as saying: “Now that I’m wiser, and that enough time has passed, I can experience directing again. Already next week I’ll start working on a Keith Richards documentary. While I’m in Drvengrad, my editor is already working on kilometers of archive footage and footage of his concerts. I’m very touched that Keith agreed to show up in front of my cameras.”I didn’t know Depp directed a movie before, but according that blog, he not only directed but also wrote and starred (alongside Marlon Brando!) in The Brave, about an American Indian who is released from jail and given the opportunity to star in a snuff film. I’d be curious to see his directing skills, and how honest the documentary will be about the Rolling Stones’ guitarist’s drug abuse and other shenanigans.

10 thoughts on “Casting and Misc. News: FlixChatter’s Highlights

  1. I’m very pumped for the Terrence Malick news. Not only does it mean that we won’t have to wait 10 years for him to come out with another movie but it also means Tree of Life should get a release date very soon.

    Christian Bale already worked with Malick in The New World in one of his rare relaxed performance that I want to see much more from him. Bardem, I must admit I have seen him only in No Country for Old Men but he was terrifying and did a lot with little dialogue so I can see why Malick would want him. Rachel McAdams is an actress that is very adept at adding to a scene by taking her time and slowing down the pace so she strikes me as being perfect for the type of movies Malick does which are slower-moving and very contemplative in style.

    1. Too funny! I just left you a comment on your post talking about the same thing 🙂 Is Tree of Life the one with Pitt? Then I’m not too excited … who else is in it? Yep I LOVE Bale in The New World, hands down one of my favorite characters of his career! I LOVE McAdams as well. Believe it or not I’m not too impressed with The Notebook, but I thought she did her part really well, and she’s great in Red Eye and State of Play. Malick definitely has a distinct style, but given the right script it’s beautiful to watch.

  2. Yes Tree of Life is with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. If you love McAdams, then see her in The Lucky Ones, her best role to date. I love Terrence Malick! When everyone else is preoccupied with style and fluffy light entertainment, he makes movies that are so rich in substance and have a very poetic tone to them.

  3. Samantha

    Bardem is really talented. Love him in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. I’ve also seen Before Night Falls which was an impressive film. Not one I’d recommend, but an amazing performance. Easily the best actor of that bunch.

    1. May I ask why you won’t recommend Before night Falls? I’m curious to see him in something, but definitely NOT No Country for Old Men. I might give Vicky Cristina one a chance, but my hubby gets a headache listening to Penelope Cruz 🙂

      When you said “Easily the best actor of that bunch”, do you mean in regard to this movie? I think Bale is just as talented, but hugely underrated.

      1. Samantha

        Yes, in regard to that movie. Bale is fine and I like him, but I think Bardem’s a better actor. Before Night Falls is one of those heavy, serious, dramatic movies that I don’t normally watch because … they’re just not enjoyable, you know? Moving story, tremendous performance, but generally I watch movies to have a good time. It’s not a feel good movie. Vicky Cristina Barcelona is fun. It actually went a long way toward making a Penelope Cruz fan out of me. I didn’t take her seriously for a long time.

        1. I see what you mean about seriously dramatic (read: depressing) flicks, but if I like the actor well enough I might give it a shot. Though I have yet to see The Machinist for the exact same reason even though I really like Bale. As for ‘Vicky …’ I think I’ll watch that at some point just to see what the fuss is about. It’s got to be better than Capt. Corelli’s Mandolin! 🙂

  4. mcarteratthemovies

    Johnny Depp is attached to something called “A Long Way Down” — did you tell me that? I think you did — but I can’t tell if it’s a remake of the Nick Hornby novel or just shares the same name. And I searched and searched for a DVD of “The Brave” that would work in my player but couldn’t find it.

    I see that Carrie Underwood has caught that very specific bug that famous people get — you know, the kind that makes them want to be famous in EVERY spectrum of entertainment, not just the one they’re good at. Lord, let us hope it’s not another “Shazam.”

    1. No, I don’t think you heard that Nick Hornby novel adaptation from me. In fact, that’s the first time I heard about it, so thank you! 🙂 I found this on someone’s blog:, not sure what the status of that is right now as Depp’s got so many other projects lined up for him… busy guy indeed!

      I agree about Underwood, but at least this sounds like a small part, not a huge vanity project like Glitter with Mariah. I like the story so I think the key is getting the role of Bethany right. Goodness, ANYTHING would be better than ‘Shazam!’

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