Inception star Tom Hardy has dropped out of Miike Takashi's English-language debut film The Outsider. Production on the movie is currently underway, but it has been placed on hold following The Dark Knight Rises star's departure, according to Twitch.com.
Producers are now searching for a new lead and reports suggest Takashi may exit the film because of the hiatus and his commitments to several other projects this year (14).
The Outsider has been in development since 2011, and centres on an American soldier, who becomes a member of the Japanese Yakuza crime organisation.
Michael Fassbender was previously attached to star in the film with Safe House filmmaker Daniel Espinosa directing, but the project fell through in 2012.
Boasting the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman, the cast of Child 44 is already quite impressive, and now it's about to become even more so. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Clarke is in talks to sign on to the Soviet-era thriller. The Zero Dark Thirty star has had quite a breakout year, appearing in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby and this summer's blockbuster action White House Down. This Child 44 role promises to keep the buzz surrounding the actor alive.
Child 44 tells the story of a Soviet military policeman (played by Tom Hardy, beside whom Clarke starred in Lawless) who investigates serial killer crimes after the government chooses to ignore a number of child murders. As he continues this work, however, the government begins to suspect that he is the culprit in question. The film is directed by Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, and producers include Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer. Clarke is in talks to play a character named Brodsky, who is accused by Hardy of being a traitor.
Production on Child 44 began in June in Prague, and the film is slated for a late 2014 release.
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You wouldn't expect a movie called Safe House to have as much danger as Daniel Espinosa's thriller did. Unless, of course, you're familiar with the dramatic tool of irony, which is apparently a big thing nowadays. Either way, the Denzel Washington starrer packs its share of violent action sequences, which take a lot more deliberation and craft than you'd think.
Below is a clip from the Safe House Blu-ray. The clip touches upon the intricate process that goes into creating some of the high-octane fight scenes in Espinosa's movie, courtesy of fight coordinator Olivier Schneider. Stars Washington and Ryan Reynolds and director Espinosa discuss the definitive style of Safe House's action, while the clip exhibits some behind-the-scenes footage of both actors training and practicing for their onscreen brawls.
Safe House comes out Tuesday, June 5.
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The actor plays an ex-CIA agent battling to escape rebel soldiers in Africa, and to fully understand his character, he opted to put himself through a terrifying torture scene, where water was poured over a cloth on his face.
He tells New York Magazine, "I wanted to see what it would be like. It's strange. You can't breathe in, because the water comes in, and it's filling up your mouth.
"And that was just one time for a short time. Imagine having that done for 20, 30 seconds? You will give up the answers! You may not necessarily tell the truth, but you will tell (your captors) whatever they want to hear."
Director Daniel Espinosa was against the star putting himself through the experience - and admits he was left disturbed by what he saw.
He adds, "I was terrified, but I let him go and I had to watch him do it. He went all out for this movie. I would definitely not like to be waterboarded. It was intense. Disturbing. I had sympathetic pain. I always get sympathetic pain. I wish I didn't. I felt like I was drowning."
In the last seven years Denzel Washington has paired with director Tony Scott on four hyperkinetic ultra-saturated feature films: Man on Fire Deja Vu The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and Unstoppable. When he strays from the time-honored action collaboration you'd think the man would take a break from the format. Not so—as Washington's new film Safe House clearly demonstrates.
Daniel Espinosa director of the acclaimed Swedish crime drama Snabba Cash shoots his espionage thriller with Scott-ian flair complete with rapid camera movement a palette of eye-scorchingly bright colors and fragmented editing. If Safe House was emotionally compelling the stylistic approach might make the narrative sizzle—but the script is as simple and familiar as they come: Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent with a monotonous gig. He's a safe housekeeper tasked with maintaining a stronghold in South Africa in case the feds need to stop by for some…interrogating. After a year of begging for field work and keeping the joint tidy Weston finds himself embroiled in the investigation of Tobin Bell (Denzel Washington) an ex-CIA notorious for selling information on the black market. A group of agents bring Bell in to Weston's safe house for a routine waterboarding but everything is thrown into chaos when the lockdown is infiltrated by machine-wielding baddies looking to put a bullet in Bell's head. To keep the captor alive Weston goes on the run with Bell in hand…never knowing exactly why everyone wants the guy dead.
The setup for Safe House provides Washington and Reynolds two fully capable action stars to do their thing and to do it well. The two characters have their own defining characteristics that each actor bites off with ferocity: Reynolds' Weston is a man drowning in circumstance built to kick ass but still out of his league and just hoping to get back to his gal in one piece. Bell has years of experience boring into the heads of his opponents and Washington plays him with the necessary charisma and confidence that make even his most despicable characters a treat to watch.
But the duo fight a losing battle in Safe House contending with the script's meandering action and ambiguous stakes that turn the Bourne-esque thriller into a grueling experience. Much of the movie is an extended chase scene where the object of the bad guys' desire is never identified. It's a mystery!—but the lack of info comes off as confusing. Safe House cuts back and forth between the compelling relationship between Weston and Bell and a war room full of exceptional actors (Vera Farmiga Brendan Gleeson and Sam Shepherd) given nothing to do but spurt straightforward backstory and typical "there's no time Mr. ______!" exclamatory statements. Caking it is Espinosa's direction which lacks any sense of coherent geography. The action is never intense because you have no idea who is going where and when and why.
Safe House is a competently made movie with enough talent to keep it afloat but without any definable hook or dramatic emphasis it plays out like an undercooked version of the Denzel Washington/Tony Scott formula. Which is unfortunate as four solid ones already exist.
No one is safe. Not here, not anywhere. Safety is a thing of the past. You want safety? Go here. You want to live? See this movie: Safe House.
Denzel Washington plays a renegade CIA Agent who is restricted by law to a South African safe house, under the watch of a newcomer to the agency played by Ryan Reynolds. The classic duo of sprightly, wide-eyed newbie and been-around-the-block loose cannon vet comes into action when the house suffers mercenary attacks.
Below is a poster, merging the jaded glare of a well-worn Washington with the chiseled gumption of young Reynolds. Their alliance is borne from necessity. Can they trust one another? Can their disparate styles work in twine to fend off the enemies' advances? Can they return their house to the safety it deserves?
Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa, reaches theaters on Feb. 10.
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.
Denzel Washington is its own genre of movie. It's adrenal, but thoughtful. It's heavy, but fun. It's challenging, but approachable. Safe House looks to fall right into your neighborhood of Denzelia, and no one is complaining.
The upcoming film will star Washington as a rogue CIA agent under house arrest—another classic Denzel juxtaposition: he's bad, but you still kind of root for him—with a rookie officer (Ryan Reynolds) acting as his guardian. However, when their residence becomes the target of an attack, Washington must utilize his special agent prowess to save his life and that of Reynolds' character.
A race against time? Crooked officers? High-level crime? Yeah, this is a Denzel movie all right. And again: no one is complaining.
Safe House is directed by Swedish director Daniel Espinosa. reaches theaters Feb. 10, 2012.
According to Deadline, Vera Farmiga has joined Universal Pictures' Safe House -- a thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds from director Daniel Espinosa. The film follows an agent, played by Reynolds, as he escorts a hardened criminal to safety.
Production on the film is already underway, so it's safe to assume that as soon as Farmiga walks onto set, she'll be met by a grinning, mumbling Denzel questioning her arrival in the typical Washington way: "They're tellin' me you joined Safe House, mm? That's what they're telling me. Mmm." She's playing Reynolds' CIA handler, which sounds similar to the role she took on in Summit Entertainment's Source Code, where she advised Jake Gyllenhaal's time-looping soldier. This film doesn't sound like it has much potential, but then again Safe House could be the next Unstoppable -- a movie that was just so stupid, so ridiculously absurd that somehow, against all odds, it actually worked. Or, you know, it could totally not be like that movie at all and we could just end up with another The Book of Eli. Time will tell, I guess.
Last year, David Guggenheim's buzzy script Safe House put casting agents in a frenzy after Universal Pictures scooped up the high concept project and fast-tracked its production. Practically every young actor in the business read for the lead role, but Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds ended up getting the job. He'll play a CIA agent charged with the task of helping a career criminal evade vicious killers who wish to silence him. They flee an Agency-run safe house for another facility as they run the gauntlet throughout the film.
With Denzel Washington playing the criminal, Safe House is sure to be a battle of on-screen wit between he and Reynolds, but today a strong supporting cast has come on board to widen the pool of talent. Universal has announced that Brendan Gleeson, Robert Patrick, Sam Shepard and Liam Cunningham will all take on undisclosed roles, possibly as some of the killers or some higher-level CIA personnel. They joins previously announced co-stars Tim McGraw and Ruben Blades. We can only speculate about their characters at this point, but one thing is for sure: the script, which is the first from former journalist-turned-screenwriter Guggenheim, must be hella good to have attracted a roster like this. I'm just hoping it's not a rehash of 16 Blocks, a highly underrated film with a similar premise.
Daniel Espinosa is directing while Scott Stuber is producing. Production is set to underway any day now for a February 10, 2012 release.
Source: Universal Pictures