A new war drama from director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game) titled Eye in the Sky is opening in theaters nationwide this Friday, March 11th. The film is led by Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Hundred-Foot Journey) and features an ensemble of stars including Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Exodus: Gods and Kings), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips, Hawaii Five-O) and Phoebe Fox (One Day, A Poet in New York), as well as the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Love Actually), who died just last month. Screenwriter Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven, A United Kingdom) wrote the script about a military colonel commanding a drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, who becomes enthralled in an international debate over the morality, and the implications of modern warfare when a young girl enters the Kenyan kill zone where the operation is taking place. Although this will be his last full-length feature appearing in the flesh, Alan Rickman’s last official film will be the upcoming sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, titled Alice Through the Looking Glass, expected in theaters this coming May. The trailer for Eye in the Sky is available here on MADE. Check it out in theaters this Friday.
A new Western-drama from Oscar-winning director Daniel Barber (The Tonto Woman, Harry Brown) titled The Keeping Room will be opening in theaters this September 25th. Written by actress-turned-screenwriter Julia Hart (Tuck Everlasting), the film centers around three Southern women (two sisters and an African American slave) in the final days of the American Civil War who must defend themselves and their land from rogue Union soldiers while the Union Army draws ever nearer to their location. Starring in the lead roles are actresses Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice, I Origins), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game), and Muna Otaru (Syriana, Lions for Lambs), with Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation, Avatar), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina, Fury), and Ned Dennehy (King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes) making up the supporting cast. The film originally aired at the London and Stockholm Film Festival, receiving a nomination for Best Film and the Bronze Horse award, and was also an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. The trailer is available here on MADE. We’ll keep you posted as the release date draws closer. Enjoy!
Variety recently reported that actor Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) is set to join the cast of the upcoming King Arthur movie Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. The film is expected to be the first in a series of six films that depict the story of Arthur, with a cast that will be lead by Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim), Astrid Burges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, I Origins) as Guinevere, and Jude Law (Enemy at the Gates, Sherlock Holmes) as the primary antagonist. Guy Ritchie (Snatch, RocknRolla) will direct the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold (Awake, Edge of Tomorrow). Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures will distribute the movie, which is expected to hit theaters in 2016.
Director J.J. Abrams is currently working behind the camera on Star Wars: Episode 7 with original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. While that’s happening in the studio, Disney and LucasFilm are in the process of finding directors for their Star Wars spin-off movies that are set to be released after Episode 7 in 2015. Director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) is set to direct the first project, which is due out in December 2016 and Chronicle director Josh Trank will be directing a second project. These films are not the continuation story of the Star Wars movies, but instead follow individual characters within the Star Wars universe with separate storylines, very much like X-Men Origins. Although we are not sure what characters will be covered by these new movies, they could include anyone from any of the six Star Wars films, ranging from Master Yoda, Lando Calrissian, and even R2-D2, but we’ll have to wait for further details to come out.
Bryan Singer first introduced audiences to the X-Men back in 1999 and stayed on to helm the sequel X2, after which he seemingly retired from the Marvel franchise. X-Men 3, Origins: Wolverine, and First Class all followed Singer’s films, but without his input as director or collaborator. But now Singer is back to his old tricks, directing his original cast in Days of Future Past more than a decade after the release of the first film. The movie not only reunited Singer and the original X-Men cast (including Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen), but also brought back their younger counterparts who played their respective roles in First Class to incorporate a time travel scenario. Wolverine, it seems, must go back in time to meet with the much younger Charles Xavier in order to prevent a war. With the movie currently being filmed and set for release this coming summer, the studio has also announced that Singer will direct the next installment in the series that is due out in May 2016. X-Men: Apocalypse will also be directed by Singer, and will incorporate one of the most powerful villains from the comic series, Apocalypse, who has waited since the times of Ancient Egypt to study the human race and eventually enslave humanity to allow mutants superiority among the Earth’s species. Sounds like Magneto may have a new side-kick, but seeing as I haven’t read the comics I really don’t know in what direction the filmmakers will want to take the character. According to the comics, Apocalypse killed Xavier in an alternate reality that runs parallel to our own, and in which Magneto leads the clan of “X-Men” in an America ruled by mutants. Perhaps the time travel plot of the first movie will lay the ground work for Apocalypse, but we’ll have to wait for summer to figure that out. Stay tuned!