Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has joined the cast of the new Night At The Museum movie. The Brit, who played Matthew Crawley on the period drama, will portray King Arthur's one-time sidekick Sir Lancelot in the third installment of Ben Stiller's hit film series.
Stiller and Robin Williams will return as security guard Larry Daley and Teddy Roosevelt, respectively, when the film starts shooting in February (14).
Hannibal Lecter may have met his match, and (hopefully) Ted Mosby is losing one of his. New additions to Hannibal, How I Met Your Mother, Once Upon a Time and more fill out our casting roundup.
Hannibal: Laurence Fishburne joins Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelson in NBC's upcoming Hannibal. Fishburne will play Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit (and Dancy's boss).
Once Upon a Time: Sinqua Walls (Teen Wolf) has been cast as Sir Lancelot for one episode. Lancelot, a "sword for hire with nothing to lose," was expelled from King Arthur's Round Table and torn away from his love.
Royal Pains: Carrie Preston is heading from Bon Temps to the Hamptons. TV Line reports that the True Blood and Good Wife actress has been cast as Jackie Van Ark, a romance novelist whose daughter unexpectedly becomes ill, on USA's Royal Pains.
How I Met Your Mother: She's back! Again! Ashley Williams returns to HIMYM for its eighth season, reprising her role as Ted's former flame Victoria, who left him for her German lover but briefly reunited last season.
Scandal: Deadline reports that Gregg Henry (Hung) and Jillian Armenante (The Dark Knight Rises, everything) will join Shonda Rimes' Scandal for its second season. Henry will play a big-money Southern guy whose charm is only surface-deep; Armenante will play brash and quick-witted Lucas, a part originally written for a male actor.
American Horror Story: Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) is just crazy enough to join the second season cast of AHS, according to TV Line. No word yet on who her character is, but it's a good chance she'll be a patient at the insane asylum where this season is set.
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Warner Bros. movie executives initially scrapped plans for the Arthur & Lancelot project in January (12) due to budget concerns, but they are now looking at reviving the film with the Phone Booth star as King Arthur's most trusted knight.
The Killing actor Joel Kinnaman had previously been cast in the role, opposite Kit Harrington.
David Dobkin had been due to direct that project and he is expected to remain in charge of the new film.
Arthur & Lancelot isn't the only Warner Bros. movie focused on the King Arthur era - filmmakers Guy Ritchie and Bryan Singer are also working on their own adaptations.
Less than two months after it was shelved by Warner Bros. over budgetary concerns, Arthur and Lancelot is back on, and it's close to nabbing a resurgent actor for its cast. According to Variety, Colin Farrell, whose career has been revitalized in recent years thanks to stellar turns in films like In Bruges, is in talks to star in David Dobkin's revisionist take on the Arthurian legend.
Kit Harington and Joel Kinniman had previously been slated to play King Arthur and Sir Lancelot, respectively, but dropped out of the project when the project was halted over those always dubious "scheduling conflicts." The "conflict" likely being that Warner Bros. was hesitant to "schedule" a hugely expensive period piece starring Kit Harington and Joel Kinniman and directed by the guy behind Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up.
Normally, the method behind the madness of Under the Radar is to examine the week’s new theatrical releases and find among the cast listings a young actor or actress whose stock seems to be rapidly climbing. We often use that actor/actress’ back catalogue of films to illustrate their meteoric rise and, depending on your viewing regimen, you may or may not agree with the accuracy of their up-and-coming status. But when one particular star shows up in two huge releases in the span of single week, they are kind of making their own case—or at least preliminary arguments.
Such is the case with this week’s star: Joel Kinnaman. Within a week's span, the actor will be appearing in both The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Darkest Hour. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about Joel:
David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which opens on Wednesday, is an adaptation of a novel by Swedish author Stieg Larsson; a previous cinematic incarnation was produced in the novel’s native Sweden in 2009. To call Fincher’s version a remake of the 2009 film would be inaccurate—several differences, mined from the original text, exist between the two versions. Given that he is appearing in an American adaptation of a Swedish novel, it seems altogether fitting that Kinnaman would have dual citizenship between the two countries. Joel’s mother is Swedish while his father is American so the reason for the dual citizenship seems pretty clear.
If you think Mad Men is the only worthwhile show on AMC, you are sorely mistaken. The network has recently given us the intense, powerful, and altogether fascinating crime drama The Killing. Much like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, , The Killing begins with the search for a missing girl. The series is beautifully shot, clever in its skirting of procedural cop show conventions, and fantastically preformed. Joel Kinnaman plays police officer Stephen Holder, one of two investigators heading up the case. Kinnaman performs the part with a certain crassness, an in-your-face bravado that ultimately proves to be a carefully crafted tool in his detective arsenal. The relationship between he and his partner, played by Mireille Enos, is the backbone of the series.
Arthur and Lancelot
One the case of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is solved and the battle with the energy-devouring aliens of The Darkest Hour is finished, Joel will have a far more epic task before him. Kinnaman is set to star in director David Dobkin’s Arthur and Lancelot. Kinnaman will be portraying Sir Lancelot, the famous knight serving on the court of the legendary King Arthur; the latter to be played by Game of Throne’s Kit Harington. This fantasy adventure will be an interesting departure for Dobkin, as he has up to now only directed comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus. However elements of period action adventure did find their way into his Shanghai Knights. I’m sure with the stars of two hugely successful TV shows headlining, both of whom are tremendous actors in their own right, Arthur and Lancelot will excel.
In 2007, David S. Goyer directed a supernatural teen thriller called The Invisible. The film told the story of a high school student who is brutally attacked and left for dead. The next day, he discovers that no one can see him; calling into serious question whether he actually survived the attack. You may have missed the film in theaters…and in video stores…and on TV, but the film made a decent amount of bank at the box office. What you may not know is that The Invisible is a remake of a 2002 Swedish film that featured among its cast, you guessed it, Joel Kinnaman.
The very next film on Kinnaman’s slate is Safe House from director Daniel Espinosa. The film centers around a young CIA agent looking after a fugitive at an agency safe house; a place that ends up coming under siege. It certainly seems as if Kinnaman is moving up in the film world. He is going from playing a small part in the latest David Fincher film, no small accomplishment, to costarring in a big-budget sci-fi actioner, to being billed in Safe House just under the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga, and Brendan Gleeson. If the old maxim is true, about being judged by the company one keeps, I’d say Joel is doing pretty well.
2009’s Sherlock Holmes found unexpected synergy in the pairing of Robert Downey Jr.’s impish charm and Guy Ritchie’s macho kinetic visual style reinventing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective for a modern blockbuster audience. The follow-up Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows employs the same winning formula while adhering judiciously to the Law of Sequels and its more-more-more dictates: more action bigger set pieces higher stakes and a darker more convoluted plot. But more as so many past sequels have taught us is rarely better.
Game of Shadows marks the emergence of Doyle’s most famous villain James Moriarty (Jared Harris). Glimpsed only in darkness in the first film Moriarty takes center stage in the sequel as Holmes’s foremost criminal foil a genius-level university professor whose extracurricular interests range from horticulture to homicide. Holmes has deduced him to be at the center of a wave of terrorist bombings as well as the seemingly unrelated deaths of various titans of industry but can’t quite discern just what the professor’s endgame might be. Composed and calculating to a menacing degree Harris makes for a promising counterweight to Downey’s manic verbosity. But as in the first film Game of Shadows’ best moments are found in the comic interplay between Holmes and his reluctant sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) who is plucked from his honeymoon to accompany the detective on a trans-continental trip in search of clues to Moriarty’s machinations.
And it’s very much a boys-only trip. The female leads from the first film Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly are tossed aside – literally in the case of the latter – in Game of Shadows while the cast’s highest-profile new addition Swedish star Noomi Rapace (best known as the original non-emaciated Lisbeth Salander) is a curious non-factor in the role of a Gypsy (or Roma if you prefer) fortune-teller. The film maintains only the slimmest pretense of a romantic subplot between her and Downey. Rapace looking perhaps a bit lost in her first English-speaking role can’t hope to eclipse the Holmes-Watson traveling road show.
Ritchie’s technique with its signature blend of rapid cutting and slow-mo and super-high frame-rates – perfect for admiring the odd apple tossed in the air or a piece of bark shot off a tree – is once again evident in the film’s awe-inspiring (and occasionally coherence-defying) set pieces the most memorable of which is set in a munitions factory with Watson wielding a gatling gun like an early T-600 prototype. But some of the novelty of the stylistic juxtaposition has faded since the first film. Ritchie tries to compensate by ramping up the firepower to limited effect. Absent amid the hail of mortar blasts and automatic weapons fire is any real sense of intrigue or suspense which proves to be Game of Shadows’ most vexing mystery.