Casting and Miscellaneous Flix News (Brits Edition)

I haven’t done a miscellaneous flix news post in a while, but this week I want to share a few things from the past few days. It’s a Brits edition in honor of the BAFTA Awards this past Sunday.

First, congratulations to all the BAFTA winners (see the full list here)! The British Academy of Film & Television Arts celebrated the 2011 event on Feb. 13 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Boy, what I would give to be a fly on the wall in that event, what with all my fave British actors in attendance!

Colin Firth won Best Actor award for The King’s Speech yet again. Wow, it’s got to be challenging for him to keep coming up with another thank you speech for one award after another. The real King George VI would have a real predicament having to give such a speech all over the world 🙂 But y’know what, Firth seems genuinely thankful and humbled by it, so really, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer fellow. Also glad to see Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter collecting awards for their supporting performances.

Oh, and congrats to Tom Hardy as well for winning The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award! He beat out fellow nominees including Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield, Gemma Arterton, and Emma Stone. I’m totally happy for him, though I’d be equally pleased if it had gone to Aaron or Andrew, as all three of those young Brits are in my Five Notable Breakout 2011 Performances list. It’s also interesting that Andrew and Emma are starring together in the Spiderman reboot, which is now called The Amazing Spiderman.


Now on to some recent casting news!

  • On a related Colin Firth news, thanks to Dezzy @ Hollywood Spy, the British thespian has reportedly joined Korean director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut Stoker. It also escaped me that former Prison Break star Wentworth Miller is actually a screenwriter who’ll be penning the script. Here’s additional plot details per FirstShowing: the film is a family mystery-drama about a moody teenager whose mysterious uncle (Firth) comes back into her family’s lives after the death of her father. Fellow Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman also joined the previously-cast Mia Wasikowska who’ll play Kidman’s daughter.
  • Speaking of BAFTA winners, previous Best Supporting Actor winner Ralph Fiennes was in Berlin yesterday promoting his debut film Coriolanus. Also on hand at Berlinale Film Festival were cast members Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain, and screenwriter John Logan.
     

    Photo courtesy of JustJarred.com

    Check out the latest stills from the film I posted last week. From what I’ve been reading of late, the film received a standing ovation at Berlinale, and I’m hoping it’d win Berlinale’s The Golden Bear for Best Picture! Some of the screening reviews have trickled in, and Obsessed With Film gave it a full 5 stars, praising Fiennes’ direction and the use of Shakespearean dialog in modern setting, “Treating Shakespeare as if it were normal speech makes it far more accessible than when actors take the more stagey thespian route.” Oh, another great, four-star review from The Guardian has just arrived, saying that Fiennes’ debut is a triumph! Man, I absolutely can’t wait to see the trailer! The release date on IMDb says the release date for the US is November 2011, and it looks like the Weinstein’s already prepping this for his 2012 awards campaign.

  • So what’s next for Butler? Well, aside from the two movies he’s got in the can (Machine Gun Preacher, Coriolanus and the Farrelly Brothers’ ensemble comedy Movie 43) he’s recently signed on to star in Mavericks, a surfing movie with director Curtis Hanson. Per Deadline, the film is based on the true story of Santa Cruz surf phenom Jay Moriarity and his quest to ride the treacherous Northern California breaks known as ‘Mavericks.’ Though Moriarity survived those impossible waves, he died at 22 in a diving accident. But he remains an inspiration to surfers, who coined the phrase “Live like Jay.” Butler, who also serves as executive producer) will play Rick “Frosty” Hesson, the mentor who trained Moriarity for over a year and forged a close relationship with the surfer in the process. I really respect Hanson as a filmmaker as L.A. Confidential is one of my favorite films. The role of Jay has not yet been cast. Based on Moriarty’s obituary (via SlashFilm), his life story is certainly worth telling on the big screen.

    Mavericks is the second sports-related movie Butler will be doing back to back. He’s also starring in Gabriele Muccino’s soccer flick that I first talked about here. It has since been titled Playing the Field, which centers on a former professional athlete with a weak past tries to redeem himself by coaching his son’s soccer team, only to find himself unable to resist when in scoring position with his players’ restless and gorgeous moms (plot per IMDb). No other cast member has been announced yet.
  • Looks like Mr. Ridley Scott’s been reading my Hollywood Fantasy Draft 😀 Well you probably know I cast Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender in a romance mystery, but Mr. Scott has now cast both of them in his sci-fi adventure Prometheus, which was originally proposed to be a prequel to the Alien films. Per Filmonic.com, Theron apparently turned down the role in Clint Eastwood’s J Edgar (about the famed FBI director J Edgar Hoover) opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, and opted to take this one instead. Well if I had to choose, I’d rather star alongside Fassbender myself personally 😉
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  • Last but not least, I’m quite excited of this latest development of The Dark Knight Rises. I’ve been kind of blase about the previous casting news for the movie, I mean I’d still be seeing the film in the theater of course, I just don’t want to get caught up in the endless newsflash coming every week. But I’ve been hoping for Marion to be cast as Catwoman as far back as Sept 2009, alas Nolan offered it to Anne Hathaway.

    But now it looks like Cottilard has indeed signed on. FirstShowing reported that the original French article that broke the news basically said that Cotillard, now pregnant with French actor Guillaume Canet’s baby, was only going to shoot one movie this year and decided that it would be The Dark Knight Rises for Chris Nolan. Rumor has it she could possibly be playing Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul’s who was played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins. I certainly hope that is true. I think there’s a lot of potential for an intriguing conflict with that storyline, as well as a possible forbidden romance? Oooh, juicy! 😀

Well, any thoughts on any of these newsflash? Or if you have a movie news you’re excited about, please do share in the comments!