While nearly every actor in England turned out for a role in the Harry Potter series, the majority of the film focused on a group of young, unknown actors. With a decade's worth of fantasy blockbusters under their belts and the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 exploding into theaters this Friday, here's a look at what’s in store for the soon-to-be Hogwarts graduates:
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
The star of the Harry Potter series, Radcliffe is the actor most assured of future success. The twenty-two year old broke the typecasting boundary with his surprising turn in the play Eqqus in 2008, and is proving his Broadway chops again with his leading role in the Tony-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Radcliffe is already set to appear in some post-Potter films, including the upcoming supernatural thriller The Woman In Black, and indie comedy The Amateur Photographer. We’re not worried about Radcliffe succumbing to the Mark Hamill Curse, an actor who never quite took off post-Star Wars (although, he's certainly getting plenty of work as one of my favorite voice actors).
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
The leading lady of the Potter films, Emma Watson has been keeping busy. The only member of the main trio to continue school, Watson has been attending Brown University in the US and acting part-time. The young actor is set to start filming The Perks of Being a Wallflower this summer, and will appear in My Week With Marilyn, due out this November. Watson has also parleyed her acting success into the world of fashion, partnering with Burbury in 2009 to model for their Autumn/Winter catalogue. She also worked as a creative advisor for a line of clothing with People Tree. It’s probable that Watson is on her way to becoming a fashion icon.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Something of the dark horse of the trio, Rupert Grint hasn’t had as much success outside the world of Harry Potter as his co-stars. Still, the actor has had a number of roles in small independent films, including Cherrybomb, Wild Target and Driving Lessons. Grint is set to make his post-Potter premiere as the lead in Norwegian independent film Comrade, due out in 2012. We hope that the actor’s red-headed charisma will pull him through.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Tom Felton may have made it big playing smug, jerk-face Draco Malfoy, but the actor actually came into the series with more experience than any of the other child actors. From the looks of it, he’s planning on maintaining that workload post-Potter -- he’s currently cast in five films in different stages of production. His next is this summer's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in which he plays another Draco-like villain. We’re not sure yet if Felton has the charm to pull off a heroic lead on his own, but at the very least, there’s plenty of demand for sneering villains. At least, until that guy who plays Joffrey on Games of Thrones grows up and starts providing competition.
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Wright is one of the youngest of the Potter bunch, but she’s keeping up with the best of them. Currently a film student at the University of London, the former Weasley plans to continue acting. At the moment, Wright is filming the mind-bending thriller The Philosophers in Jakarta, and will appear in a short film in the upcoming Geography of the Hapless Heart. She has also followed in Emma Watson’s footsteps, gaining a reputation as a fashionista and taking part in Katie Eary’s show during London Fashion Week. Wright has one heck of a souveneer to take away from the Potter set- she’s currently engaged to co-star Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays the younger version of Grindelwald in the seventh and eighth films.
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
Like Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis made a transition to stage after finishing the last film. Lewis recently finished his role in a touring production of Agatha Cristie’s Verdict, and also wrapped up filming on upcoming independent film The Sweet Shop, described as a “romantic comedy with a twist.” Along with his acting career, Lewis is a member of small indie rock band The Transmission, in which he plays guitar. Where ever the rest of his career takes him, I hope he won’t have to wear fake teeth and ear extenders anymore.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
Evanna Lynch was a relatively recent addition to the Potter cast, but she’s made a big impression. A huge Harry Potter fan herself, Lynch has remained active with the fan community, working with the Harry Potter alliance on behalf of gay rights. While the actress has no current projects in the works, she plans to return to acting after she finishes college, and perhaps explore the stage.
Five years ago, Warner Bros. sued AVELA for the distribution of merchandise bearing the likenesses of characters from the 1939 films The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, as well as the cartoon short series Tom and Jerry. Warner Bros. won the case on the grounds of copyright infringement, symbolizing the definitive controlling stake the studio has in these cinematic icons.
While this particular episode might not hit very close to home with the public, the fact is that Warner Bros. degree of control could inevitably effect, or even destroy, currently in-production incarnations of these films, specifically The Wizard of Oz, which has nine derivative projects in the works. Two of these projects are being developed by Warner Bros. itself (or subsidiaries), Oz—about which little is known—and Oz: Return to Emerald City, which places Dorothy’s lawyer granddaughter into the magical world to defeat a new witch.
Other companies’ projects which might face more legal peril include:
Dorothy of Oz: Summertime Entertainment’s indie animation film featuring the voices of Glee’s Lea Michele as Dorothy and Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and James Belushi as the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion respectively.
Oz, the Great and Powerful: Disney’s 3D prequel to the 1939 film starring James Franco (of course) and directed by Sam Raimi.
Wicked: Speculation has it that Universal might back the film-adaptation of the Broadway sensation, with possible stars including Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel.
The Witches of Oz: Already in post-filming stages, Leigh Scott adapts to film one of the original sequels, starring Paulie Rojas as an adult Dorothy recovering memories of the magical land (sounds familiar to another classic story destroyed in cinematic reimagination). Also starring are Sean Astin, Christopher Lloyd and Lance Henrikson.
Dark Oz: An adaptation of the Caliber Comics steampunk series wherein Dorothy’s return to Oz finds that her former trio of comrades have become tyrannical dictators. To be directed by Perry Teo and to star The Fugees’ Pras Michael.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: John Boorman, director of 1974’s Oz-inspired Zardoz, oversees a CGI adaptation of the original novel.
Surrender Dorothy: A film originally slated to star Drew Barrymore, but currently on production hiatus.
So how many of these will escape legal damnation? Let’s pull, at the very least, for Wicked…and maybe Dorothy of Oz. Also, Oz, the Great and Powerful sounds pretty cool… Warner Bros., please be generous.
Source: Hollywood Reporter, FilmBuffOnline
It seems that Tim Burton hasn't completely lost his mind. (I was worried after Alice in Wonderland, which was visually stunning, but flew off the handle a bit.) He decided that his latest project, Dark Shadows, shouldn't get the 3D treatment.
Whew. The film, which is a big-screen adaptation of the 1960's soap marked by plenty of supernatural elements (of course), calls for what Burton refers to as a more "ethereal" tone that 3D just can't capture. In an age when most filmmakers are jumping on staunch pro and anti 3D bandwagons, Burton is firmly walking the line between camps. He told The Wrap of his theories about the new technology, "I have no plans for [shooting Dark Shadows in 3D]. I loved doing Alice in 3D. Frankenweenie, gonna do that in 3D. There’s people like, 'Everything’s gonna be in 3D,' or 'I hate 3D!' I think people should have a choice. I don’t think it should be forced on anybody." It's a refreshing comment coming from someone whose last 3D film hit blockbuster status.
Dark Shadows is filming now with Johnny Depp in the lead role (of course) and with Chloe Mortez, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, and a few others rounding out the rest of the cast. The film combines ancient curses, vampires, witches and soapy drama, dropping Depp's Early American tycoon and playboy-turned-vampire into late 1960s America, where his long-cursed family line has continued, only to find modern-day curses of their own. While supernatural in nature, the film would certainly gain little benefit from an unnecessary 3D boost. It's a little early to tell, but this film could be a turn from Burton's glossy blockbuster streak back to projects like his beloved, older ones like Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands -- films that had that signature Burton outlandishness, but held something a little more real at their centers.
Source: The Wrap (via /Film)
While there are a million fairy tale movies currently being made in Hollywood, I think Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful has pulled ahead for the lead in my book. The latest addition to the already impressive cast is Zach Braff. Now, to recap, James Franco is playing a circus magician mistaken for a wizard when he arrives in Oz. Braff is his under-appreciated assistant and the towns-people ask them to take care of the witches who will be played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams.
Now look, you can’t argue with the casting of Franco and the lady witches. That’s more talent collected than most G20 meetings. And the addition of Braff? I know Braff is polarizing (that's the nice way of putting it) but the dude can handle the funny and the serious better than most. Scrubs shifted more gears than a beat up pick-up truck and Braff was one of the reasons it did it so well. Besides, he’s already visited Oz once before.
It's almost summer, which means it's almost time for True Blood. While the networks are taking their time enticing us with promises of the next big thing, HBO released a teaser for the new season of their vampy drama and unlike the first trailer this time, they're playing a few more cards. We find a whole lotta sex and a really big problem. Too bad the series won't be back until late June.
Witches vs. Vampires
We’ve had vampires, werewolves, and zombies. I guess it’s about time that witches get their time in the spotlight. And no, Season of the Witch doesn’t count. Breck Eisner is attached to direct Summit’s newest monster movie, The Last Witch Hunter, which finds the last remaining witch hunter facing an increasing population of witches. Sounds like.... a witch movie. Yep, definitely a witch movie. Good job, Summit! I guess a lake monster is next? What about a birdman? Wait, going back to the witches, are these, like, green-skinned, warty witches? Or just my junior year math teacher? HEYO!
Actress ANJELICA HUSTON has landed a deal with publishers at Scribner to write her memoirs. The 59-year-old's tell-all will hit stores and the Internet in 2013. The Witches star is the daughter of movie great John Huston and once famously dated Jack Nicholson.
There are some filmmakers who work best with men and some who work best with women. Tim Burton is a bit of a conundrum. He's helped actors and actresses like Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jack Nicholson, Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp transform themselves in front of cameras. Now what if I told you that he was planning on reuniting with three of those five fantastic performers for his new film Dark Shadows? I bet you'd be pretty excited; I know I am.
Deadline reports that Burton and Warner Bros. Pictures are now in talks to invite Pfeiffer and Carter to join Depp in the big-screen adaptation of ABC's gothic soap opera. Already cast are Eva Green, Bella Heathcoate and Jackie Earle Haley. The story would feature many staples of the supernatual including werewolves, ghosts, zombies, witches, warlocks and more. You couldn't ask for better material from the guy who made Beetlejuice, Mars Attacks and Planet of the Apes.
The source notes that if cast, Pfeiffer would play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the Collins clan and owner of the Collinwood mansion i which the saga is set. Carter would take on the role of Dr. Julia Hoffman, a specialist in psychology and rare blood disorders who initially is a threat to Depp's vampire Barnabas but eventually becomes an ally who might be able to cure him of his thirst for blood. The great thing about having actresses as talented and versatile as these two is that they could literally swap roles without compromising the integrity and legacy of the characters. Having both on the massive set that will be Collinwood will create a dynamic environment for Burton's cast to perform.
Deals aren't definite yet, but we'll let you know when you can start celebrating. The production is gearing up for a tentative April start for a 2012 release.
Are you over the whole vampires, zombies, and werewolves thing? Well, what about witches? You can't possibly be over witches. It's been far too long since Sabrina the Teenage Witch made us giggle and cringe or Charmed made us just cringe. We definitely need more witchy women on TV again, right?
I hope I'm right, and so does the CW. They just picked up a pilot from the Vampire Diaries folks that is based off of books written by the same person who wrote the Vampire Diaries books. Talk about going back to the well. The CW's been hoping for a companion show for the vampiric hit, but producers were too busy. Now they've come across this story of a young girl (because every CW show starts off with that description except for Smallville and Supernatural) who moves to a small town (what is it with small towns this pick up season?). The girl discovers that she's actually a witch and part of a secret covenant -- or CIRCLE -- and that she's the key to the battle of good and evil. Boy does this sound like a Charmed and Buffy sandwich with a side of old school WB mayo: stale.
It may seem dull and contrived to me, but just watch. This show's going to be a hit and the crowning jewel to make CW the Queen of Monsters -- they've already got a vampire show, a show about miscellaneous paranormal creatures, a zombie show in the works, and now one about witches. I guess you really can have it all.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Ah, springtime. It's the time of fresh flowers, new love, and -- um -- old-ass witches? Well, in Rob Zombie's world, that seems to be the case. The musician/director/screenwriter has decided that this spring is the perfect opportunity to shoot his next movie, The Lords of Salem. This past fall, Zombie signed on to direct the film, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is the third film from the Haunted Movies banner, a partnership between the U.K.’s Alliance Films and Paranormal Activity producers Jason Blum, Oren Peli and Steven Schneider.
The Lords of Salem takes place in the birthplace of all things scary, Salem, Massachusetts, and is about how some 300-year-old witches haunt the current residents. Back in the fall, Zombie hadn't written the script yet -- and there still isn't any word that it's been completed -- so maybe this film will test the waters of the new experimental genre everyone is talking about, improv horror.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter