The new dramatic thriller from director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House), Child 44, is opening in theaters this Friday, April 17th. Featuring The Dark Knight Rises co-stars Tom Hardy (Inception, Lawless) and Oscar-nominee Gary Oldman (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element), Child 44 follows a military officer in Stalin-era Russia who becomes disgraced when he begins an investigation into a series of mysterious child murders while the state claims this sort of crime is said to be non-existent. The film comes from an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith‘s novel by screenwriter Richard Price (The Color of Money, Shaft), and also co-stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Drop), Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop, The Killing), and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby). Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) produced the project with co-producers Greg Shapiro (Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, The Hurt Locker) and Michael Schaefer (Now You See Me, Exodus: Gods And Kings). Watch the trailer here on MADE, then catch it in theaters this Friday.
Actor Jared Leto has a lot on his plate since he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor alongside Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club last year. The actor is in talks to take the lead role in Marvel’s Dr. Strange, and he may also take the lead in Brilliance at Legendary and Universal Pictures. Actress Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is already attached the project, which was adapted by David Koepp from the novel by Marcus Sakey. The story follows a federal agent who is also a ‘brilliant’ because of his superhuman powers, who sets out to stop another ‘brilliant’ from starting a Civil War. Sounds pretty interesting, but I might want to read this one before I wait a few years to see it in theaters. If Leto takes both jobs his schedule is going to grow extremely tight, but we’ll see what happens.
With writers in Hollywood constantly falling short of a new and interesting idea for a good movie, filmmakers are continuing to turn to real-life biographies for inspiration, particularly in the music industry. Such is the case with these two upcoming movies, which follow two of the 20th century’s most original musical acts, the charismatic James Brown, and the New Jersey native Frankie Valli. Get On Up follows the story of James Brown’s rise from poverty and imprisonment to international fame and features an all-star cast including Chadwick Boseman (The Kill Hole, 42), Viola Davis (Doubt, The Help), and Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers). The film is directed by The Help director Tate Taylor and comes from a screenplay by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Jersey Boys is a film-adaptation of the award winning Broadway musical of the same title, which follows Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to commercial success from Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby). Other upcoming biopics on music legends includes a film from actor Don Cheadle about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis, and a Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). While Cheadle’s project is still looking for some solid financing, Mackie will portray Hendrix in a film that will follow the last 9 days of the iconic musician’s life, with Thandie Newton (Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) on board to take on supporting roles for director Ol Parker (Imagine Me & You, Now Is Good). Stay tuned for more updates!
The news of James Gandolfini’s death shocked Hollywood. The 51-year old actor died of a heart attack while vacationing with his family in Italy earlier this year. Gandolfini won an Emmy for his role as Tony Soprano, the lead character in the HBO series The Sopranos. His latest projects include appearances in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Killing Them Softly, Not Fade Away, and Zero Dark Thirty. His first appearance on screen since his death will be an indie comedy called Enough Said starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener. The plot revolves around a massage therapist who discovers she’s begun a relationship with one of her client’s ex-husbands. Gandolfini has one last project called Animal Rescue, which is scheduled for release next year. The movie co-stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace and is being directed by Michael Roskam.