Actor Wilmer Valderrama has realised his dream of working with Robert Rodriguez after the director created the villain in the TV adaptation of cult movie From Dusk Till Dawn with the star in mind. The 34 year old, known for playing lovable, shy Fez in hit sitcom That '70s Show, reveals he blindly signed up to the project because he was such a big fan of Rodriguez - and he was flattered after learning he would be leading the cast as crime lord Carlos, a role created specially for him.
Valderrama tells People.com, "After an initial audition, I got a text from (Rodriguez) that said, 'Hey, I handcrafted this character for you that a lot of people haven't seen you do.'
"I now have that text on my wall. I said, 'Yes' without knowing what I was playing and 24 hours later I was playing the villain."
The actor reveals his former TV co-stars, including Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, are overjoyed for him for landing a role working with his idol.
He says, "I stay in touch with everyone from my That '70s Show cast and they are so proud of me getting to do this. They have known me since 1997, '98 and they know how obsessed I have been with everything that Robert has ever done."
From Dusk Till Dawn is based on the 1996 vampire film of the same name, which starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as criminals who stumble across a nightclub filled with vampires.
Valderrama will co-star in the new TV version with Miami Vice veteran Don Johnson as Sheriff Earl McGraw, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz taking the roles played by Clooney and Tarantino respectively.
Liam Hemsworth's one-time fling Eiza Gonzalez has landed her big break by scoring a role in the upcoming TV adaptation of Robert Rodriguez's cult film From Dusk Till Dawn. The director announced plans to turn the 1996 movie, about two criminals who stumble across a nightclub filled with vampires, into a 10-episode series earlier this month (Nov13), with Miami Vice star Don Johnson taking on the lead as Sheriff Earl McGraw.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz were both cast in the lead roles made famous by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, and now Gonzalez has been added to the line-up as one of their hostages.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day star Robert Patrick and actors Madison Davenport and Brandon Soo Hoo have also been hired for the show, which is in production in Austin, Texas.
The programme is due to premiere on Rodriguez's own English-language El Rey Network next spring (14), shortly after the December (13) launch of the cable channel.
Actress/singer Gonzalez hit headlines in September (13) when she was photographed kissing Hemsworth a day after news of his broken engagement to Miley Cyrus was announced. She has only previously appeared in a handful of Spanish-language telenovelas.
Robert Rodriguez's cult film From Dusk Till Dawn is to be adapted for a TV show. Quentin Tarantino wrote the screenplay for the 1996 movie and starred alongside George Clooney as criminals who stumble across a nightclub filled with vampires.
Miami Vice star Don Johnson is set to take the lead in the TV adaptation as Sheriff Earl McGraw, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz taking the roles played by Clooney and Tarantino respectively.
Rodriguez will serve as executive producer for the 10-episode series and will direct its first two installments.
The director says, "If the movie's the short story, the series is the novel. We have assembled an amazing cast and crew, and viewers can expect to be part of a wild ride when the series premieres on El Rey Network."
The El Rey Network is an English-language cable channel started by Rodriguez and due to launch in December (13).
The programme is due to premiere in the U.S. next spring (14).
When you're in high school it feels like the whole world is against you. In writer/director Stephen Chbosky's high school-set The Perks of Being a Wallflower the whole world may actually be against Charlie (Logan Lerman) whose freshman year of high school should be listed in the dictionary under "Murphy's Law." Plagued by memories of two significant deaths as well as general social anxiety Charlie takes a passive approach to ninth grade. A few days of general bullying later he falls into a friendship with two misfit seniors Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) who teach him how to live life without fear. Perks starts off with a disadvantage: introverts aren't terribly engaging but Chbosky surrounds Charlie with a vivid cast of characters who help him blossom and inject the coming-of-age tale with a necessary energy.
Set in a timeless version of the '90s Charlie's world is full of handwritten journals mixtapes and a just-tolerable amount of tweed. He writes letters to a nameless recipient as a way of venting a preventative measure to keep the teen from repeating a vague incident that previously left him hospitalized. The drab background of Pittsburgh fits perfectly with Charlie's blank existence. And when he finally comes to life as part of Patrick and Sam's off-beat clique so does the city. Like the archaic vinyl records Sam lusters over (The Smiths of course!) Chbosky visualizes Charlie's journey through the underbelly of suburban Pennsylvania with a raw emotion blooming lights and film grit at every turn. Michael Brook's score and an adeptly curated soundtrack accompanies the episodic affair which centers on Charlie's search for a song he hears during the most important moment of his life.
The charm that keeps The Perks of Being a Wallflower from collapsing under its own super seriousness come from Chbosky's perfectly cast ensemble. Lerman has a thankless job playing Charlie; often constrained to a half-smile and shy shrug Lerman is never allowed to grapple with Charlie's greatest fears and problems until (too) late in the film. Watson nails the spunky object-of-everyone's-affection but she's outshined by Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth another rebellious friend in the pack who takes a liking to Charlie. The real star turn is Miller riding high from We Need to Talk About Kevin and taking a complete 180 with Patrick a rambunctious wiseass who struggles to have an openly gay relationship with the football captain but covers his pain with humor. A scene of confrontation — at where else the cafeteria — is one of the best scenes of the year.
Chbosky adapted Perks of Being a Wallflower from his own book and the movie feels stifled by a looming structure. But it nails the emotional beats — there is no obvious path to surviving high school. It's messy shocking and occasionally beautiful. That about sums up Perks.
As far as I'm concerned Logan Lerman has got the "Charlie" down pat. He looks pensive, uptight, self-loathing, innocent...the works. But what about the rest of the cast? The new image from the The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie gives us a little heads up for what we're to expect.
Emma Watson isn't the sort I'd ever expect to have embodied Charlie's guardian angel Sam, but I can't say that with any real disappointment—primarily because crowds of Emma Watson fans would accumulate with torches and pitchforks. In all honesty, I'm excited to see what she does with the role.
As an avid Arrested Development/Scott Pilgrim vs. the World/that one episode of Law & Order: SVU fan, I'm also on the Mae Whitman train. I think she can handle the offbeat, rebellious but insecure Mary Elizabeth quite well, and she looks right at home in the role.
We come to Ezra Miller as Patrick, Sam's gay step-brother. The only real disparity between Miller's Patrick and the one I imagined when first reading the novel is hair length. Otherwise, good to go.
The remaining pair look to be Johnny Simmons (playing Brad) and Julia Garner (playing Susan). All in all, the cast looks as on point as we might realistically hope for this iconic piece of our generation's literature. I can't wait to see more material from the film.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written and directed by the book's author Stephen Chbosky, also stars Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Nina Dobrev and Zane Holtz.
Source: Paradisio Films via Oh No They DIDN'T!