Little-known Irish actor Jack Reynor is on the cusp of landing a third massive role after his name was linked to the latest Star Wars epic. With less than 10 feature films to his name, the 22 year old has scored a role in the fourth Transformers movie and director Justin Kurzel's ambitious new adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth - and now he is reportedly in the sights of J.J. Abrams for a leading role in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Multiple sources have told movie news website aintitcool.com that Reynor has held talks with the team behind the sci-fi blockbuster. He joins a long list of famous names linked to the film, including Brits Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench and Gary Oldman, while Saoirse Ronan and Michael B. Jordan have both confirmed they have auditioned for roles.
Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are to revive William Shakespeare's Macbeth for a new film adaptation. The Prometheus star will play the Scottish king in a new imagining of the tragedy, while French actress Cotillard will appear as Lady Macbeth after reportedly seeing off competition from fellow Oscar winner Natalie Portman to win the part.
Snowtown moviemaker Justin Kurzel will direct the film, which is due to start filming in the U.K. in January (14), according to Deadline.com.
The casting news comes shortly after it was revealed Sir Kenneth Branagh will be staging the play in New York next summer (13), after previously appearing in the production in Manchester, England this year (13) opposite Alex Kingston.
James McAvoy also recently played the title role in a London stage production, and Macbeth has previously been adapted for the screen by both Orson Welles and Roman Polanski.
What do you do when a group of 17 actors, choreographers, screenwriters, and circus performers want to take a turn at directing? Let them all do it at once, of course!
The Turning, an adaption of Australian author Tim Tinton's eponymous novel, is an interconnected collection of 17 short storie,s starring Australian actors Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne, and Miranda Otto. Many of the storylines are interweaved to create a central plot-line relationship surrounding a young woman and her abusive husband living in a trailer park, although the trailer seems to hint at much more than that.
Keeping with the Down Under theme, mate, Australian actresses Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska make their directiorial debuts with the film, joining a team of 15 other Australian directors: David Wenham, Benedict Andrews, Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Shaun Gladwell, Rhys Graham, Justin Kurzel, Ian Meadows, Yaron Lifschitz, Claire McCarthy, Ashlee Page and Stephen Page.
In an interview with SBS Film, producer Robert Connolly revealed that some of the directors will tell their story in a traditional way, while others will take an experimental approach. He also disclosed that a few of the directors wrote their own scripts. Huh... why does this remind me so much of a school project?
Wrapping up production on The Turning, which will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in late July, Blanchett and Wasikowska will work together again as lovers in the upcoming drama Carol. Take a look at the powerful teaser trailer and see if you can make sense of the plot (because we can't).
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Actor Michael Fassbender is set to tackle Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth on the big screen. The Prometheus star will portray the doomed Scottish king in an upcoming project directed by Australian moviemaker Justin Kurzel.
Further details have yet to be announced, although shooting is expected to begin later this year (13), after Fassbender completes filming on the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Directors Orson Welles and Roman Polanski have previously adapted the classic work for film in 1948 and 1971, respectively.
The 36 year old won't be the first actor from the mutant superhero franchise to play Macbeth - his co-star James McAvoy recently won critical acclaim and an Olivier award nomination for his turn as the king in a West End revival of the play, while Alan Cumming, who portrayed Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United, is currently starring in an ambitious one-man production of the tragedy on Broadway.
For a play allegedly branded with a 500-year-old fatal curse, there have been a whole lot of versions of Macbeth to hit the theater of cinema over the course of entertainment history. Hollywood has cranked out a ton of its own incarnations of "The Scottish Play," ranging from Orson Welles' 1948 vision, to Roman Polanski's '71 horror drama, to the comedic re-imagining Christopher Walken-starrer Scotland, Pa. And newly stacked onto the long, perpetually growing list: a Justin Kurzel (Snowtown)-directed adaptation of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender as the titular character.
Each entry has sought to contribute something new to William Shakespeare's timeless tragedy, with Polanski injecting his patented zest for horror, Walken adding a dose of humor, and the New York immersive theater performance Sleep No More delivering a haunting and visceral experience for all willing patrons. So what will Michael Fassbender bring to the play? Among other things, hotness.
The new project, which Screen Daily reports is being produced by See Saw Films (the company behind Fassbender's Shame), involves a script by Marc Pease Experience writers Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff, which will borrow from the 11th Century English dialect and provide "a visceral approach to the story including significant battle scenes."
Which, as many fans of Fassy likely hope, will involve grappling, running, any sort of spotlit physically demanding activity from the expertly sculpted Prometheus star. While spellbinding witchcraft, decadent ploys of ambition and betrayal, tumultuous guilt, and forest armies are all pretty big sells in a viewing of your typical Macbeth update, this one can bank solely on the jaw of its smooth antihero.
Hey, that's how Richard Burbage got the part, too.
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The moviemaker, famed for his hit films Easy Virtue and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, took to the stage at the ceremony in Sydney and used the opportunity to talk about his sexuality and call for gay marriage to be made legal Down Under.
He told the audience, "I've been offshore for many, many years for another reason. Basically it was because I was scared of who I was. I basically was scared that I was gay. Even after Priscilla I stayed offshore basically because I was frightened of my family. And tonight I'm coming out."
Elliott's speech was reportedly met with loud applause from the crowd.
The big winner at the ceremony was drama film Snowtown, which received a Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival in France over the summer (11).
The movie won prizes for Best Direction (Justin Kurzel) and Best Adapted Screenplay, while its stars Daniel Henshall and Louise Harris were named Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Hugo Weaving collected the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his role in Oranges And Sunshine.