Upcoming Flix Spotlight: Immortals – ‘The Story Behind Theseus’ Featurette

Exactly a month from now, on 11-11-11, Immortals is released. You probably already know that I’ve been anticipating this for some time. I was initially excited because Tarsem is directing (as I really like The Fall), but when Henry Cavill was cast, I am even more psyched!!

Yes the British actor is VERRRY easy on the eye, with his dark hair, blue eyes and tall, lean physique, he’s soooo my type, ehm. But looks can only interest me so far. Fortunately, after watching some of his interviews, it’s obvious he’s much more than a pretty face. Watch this featurette below of Henry discussing his lead character Theseus, as well as snippets of Tarsem and Luke Evans discussing his role as Zeus.

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I’m a big fan of swords & sandals movies and so this kind of movies is right up my street. Plus, with Tarsem’s visual flair this is likely going to be a visual feast in every sense of the word. Cavill is still relatively unknown now apart from him being cast as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Unless you’ve seen him in The Tudors and notice him in Stardust and Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, this is likely people’s first major introduction to Cavill before Man of Steel comes out in Summer 2013. It’s interesting that Immortals‘ been compared a lot to 300 and Cavill’s going to be working with 300’s director next.

Well, I do think he’ll do a good job. He’s got such a strong on-screen charisma as you can see in the trailer so I sure hope he’ll continue to have a lasting and varied career in Hollywood post Superman.

You can read updates on the film here and the latest trailer here. Immortals also stars Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Luke Evans, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, Kellan Lutz,and Isabel Lucas.

What do you think folks? Thoughts on Henry Cavill and/or Immortals?

THIS JUST IN! Second Immortals Trailer

Happy Monday, everybody!

Ooooh, lookie here. As you surely already know, I’ve been anticipating this movie for some time (you can see all my coverage on Immortals here). Last April I put up the first trailer and last night, director Tarsem Singh released the second one via Ryan Seacrest’s website. Check it out below:

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I love swords & sandals genre and Greek mythology tales, and having one of my fave British actors Henry Cavill in the lead as Theseus just makes me anticipate this all the more! The trailer definitely is an improvement from the first one and Henry already looks much more expressive and engaging than Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans. The rest of the cast is ok, apart from Mickey Rourke as the bloodthirsty King Hyperion and Luke Evans as Zeus, I’m not overly enthused about Stephen Dorff or Kellan Lutz. Indian actress Frieda Pinto as Phaedra seems fitting though, she’s such an unearthly beauty and I’m glad to see a person of color getting the female lead in this movie. Both Henry and Luke are two up and coming Brits high on my to-watch list, and I hope I get to meet them next month at San Diego Comic Con! 😀

I was bummed out when I heard news last week that Marvel Studios won’t have a big presence at SDCC this year. But… that disappointment is short-lived when I read reports that IMMORTALS will indeed be in Hall H!!! According to Stars Entertainment website, Relativity Media has announced their lineup for Hall H that includes Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire (too bad one of the cast members Michael Fassbender won’t be in the guest panel), The Raven with John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, AND Tarsem’s Immortals! Evans’ star power is surely on the rise as he’ll be amongst the panelists for the period thriller The Raven as well. Looks like everyone from Immortals will be present at the Con… AND there’ll be an official autograph signing at the Convention Center, wahoo!

Man, oh man! Just the thought of being able to shake hands with the future Superman just gets me all giddy! 😀

Ehm, now that I got that out of my system… what do you think of the second trailer?

THIS JUST IN: Immortals Trailer

I was in the midst of writing a news post when this IMMORTALS trailer arrives. It was yanked out for copyright issues earlier today, but now it’s back on. So let’s just get to it, shall we?

Well, considering how many times I’ve blogged about this movie, you probably know I’ve been anticipating this one for ages. The trailer looks stunning, but I guess I’m expecting it to look a lot more unique. After all, the director promises “… Caravaggio meets Fight Club … It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style…” as I mentioned in this post.

Hmmm, I’m not really seeing what he described and its resemblance to 300 in terms colors scheme and even camera angles/movements are so obvious that some movie sites even saying it’s like watching a 300 sequel. Yes I know it’s from the same producers and I’m not saying I don’t appreciate the visuals of the Zack Snyder’s movie, but I’m just expecting Immortals to have its own look as the Indian director is known for a distinctive visual flair as evident in The Fall. It could be just a marketing strategy on the studio part though, given what a smashing success 300 was given its relatively low budget. So hopefully, the actual movie won’t turn out to be too identical to 300, or Zeus forbid, Clash of the Titans! Surely the acting and storytelling style has got to be better than Clash.

So yeah, this one’s still got enough going for it to make a fan of swords & sandals genre like me REALLY want to see this. For one thing, Henry Cavill looks pretty convincing as Theseus, so I’m sold on that front and even more excited to see him as Superman.

Well, what do you think, people? Are you sold on this one?

Updates on Tarsem’s Greek Saga IMMORTALS

Oooh, lookie here! I’ve been waiting for ages for this movie and finally this weekend we’ve got some goodies courtesy of WonderCon in San Francisco.

Tarsem with Luke Evans, Henry Cavill and Isabel Lucas

(Photo courtesy of nerdreactor.com)

I’ve been talking about this movie as far back as July 2009 around the time Clash of the Titans was filming. I thought it’d go head to head at the box office, hence the Theseus vs. Perseus title. I’ve blogged extensively about it when the name is changed from War of Gods to Immortals, listed it as one of my top ten anticipated movies of 2010, only to learn the release date’s been pushed back yet again. Now it’s back again on my anticipated list of this year, but this time the release date has been set to November 11. So clearly I’m not kidding when I said I can’t wait for this movie 🙂

Now, I’m a sucker for swords and sandals flick, as Ben-Hur and Gladiator are two of my all time favorite films. As it were, my disappointment with Clash of the Titans hasn’t put me off Greek mythology just yet. I remain hopeful mainly because of the visionary director, Tarsem Singh, whose sophomore feature film The Fall was such a visual feast and boast an interesting story (check out the trailer here). As I’ve stated in this newsflash post, he’s revealed that this project is done in the style of “… Caravaggio meets Fight Club … It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style… I’m going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I’m kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity.” Now, if that doesn’t make you at least intrigued to see it, I don’t know what will!

Before I continue, check out these five stunning character posters (courtesy of impawards) to wet our appetite even more.

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I’ve talked about the plot many times, but this is an updated synopsis from the WonderCon site:

“… an epic tale of treachery, vengeance, and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.”

And now that I’ve heard two of the main cast, Henry Cavill (Theseus) and Luke Evans (Zeus) on various WonderCon interviews, I couldn’t be any more excited! Thanks to a tip from Scarlet Sp1der yesterday, I also found this interview footage from Collider site with Henry Cavill and Luke Evans. You might remember Evans from the Three Musketeers‘ trailer I put up last week, he plays Aramis. You gotta love the Brits. These guys are not only VERY easy on the eyes but they’re just so darn witty, funny and humble. Henry and Luke seem to have become good friends since working together and they certainly have a good rapport together.

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You probably noticed in the poster that Immortals is produced by Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari, the same producers of 300. When asked about the similarities and differences between the two, Henry had this to say, “The similarities are the fighting nature, the action of it is visceral and exciting… major difference is that 300 is an ‘event’ story, ‘immortals’ is a journey involving many different chess pieces… You get to follow a character’s and their story throughout as opposed to just one event.” I like that answer a lot and I’m sure this one would be more of a visual feast than that Zack Snyder movie.

Too bad Henry couldn’t say much of anything about his upcoming role as Superman for legal reasons, but he did say he’s currently training with the same trainer Mark Twight from Gym Jones who trained Gerry Butler into that crazy buff shape. As Henry said, his priority now is “… getting my body into the right aesthetic state”  Can’t wait!! 🙂

Here’s an interview I found from WonderCon:

Well, how do you feel about this project and/or the filmmaker and cast of this movie? Are you as excited about Immortals as much as I do?

Meet the new Man of Steel: 28-year-old Brit Henry Cavill

It’s only January, but all these superhero buzz has been traveling faster than a speeding bullet. But this weekend’s breaking news is BIG, powerful in fact, more powerful than a loco… [ok, enough with the catchphrases]. Anyway, if you’re up on movie news or happened to be on Twitter yesterday, then you’ve probably heard it… one of my favorite British actor HENRY CAVILL has been cast as Man of Steel! Woot! Woot!! YAY! Hurrah!!

That’s a steel-y gaze, Mr. Cavill

ehm, okay, sorry… now that I’ve regained my composure…

Y’see, as far back as 2002 when he had a small role as Jim Caviezel’s son in The Count of Monte Cristo, my husband and I actually said to one another, ‘this guy could be Superman in a few years’ as he was only 19 years old at the time. Even last year, when the topic of who should play the Kryptonian hero came up before Zack Snyder was announced to direct, I still championed for Cavill for he role. So it’s awesome that nine years after I first saw him on screen, he’s finally going to be a household name.

Here’s a photo of him with glasses (rockin’ the Clark Kent look I’d say!) and what he could possibly look as Superman (thanks to Superherohype.com forum):

But it wasn’t always a smooth sailing for the English actor. In fact, EMPIRE magazine actually dubbed him ‘most unlucky man in Hollywood’ and as I mentioned in this post, he’s been passed over for not one but FOUR iconic roles: James Bond, Superman, Batman (for The Dark Knight) and Edward in Twilight (despite him being Stephanie Meyer’s first choice). So for the past few years, from 2007 until last year, Cavill’s claim to fame was playing Charles Brandon in the historical bodice ripper drama The Tudors.

I’ve been cautiously optimistic — but optimistic nonetheless — of this Superman reboot. I like Zack Snyder, and with Chris Nolan as his mentor and his frequent collaborator David Goyer penning the script, how bad can it be? And now with the right actor donning the red and blue suit, it’ll be tough to keep my excitement for this movie in check 😀 According to SlashFilm, apparently Cavill was one of the top three contenders since day one, and was invited for a callback in January, where he met Zack Snyder for the first time.

Goode & Bomer, the two Matthews considered for Superman

The article also revealed the five other actors who were considered for the role, with two Matthews: Goode and Bomer as the top two. I like Goode and I actually suggested him for another DC superhero The Flash. Goode is said to be Cavill’s closest contender, probably because he’s worked with Snyder before in Watchmen. He reportedly declined the title role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in hopes of winning Superman. The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer (the 25-year old, 6’5″ actor playing the Winklevoss twins) was also up for the role.

Now the worst thing about this Superman reboot is the wait. Cavill’s got two movies lined up before that to get people familiar with his work. His upcoming films are Tarsem Singh’s Greek mythology Immortals and a thriller with Bruce Willis called The Cold Light of Day (you can see more on set photos here), which I hope will be released this year.

Well, what do you think of Cavill’s casting? Or perhaps you have your own pick to play Superman? Let’s hear it!