With Daniel Craig (Layer Cake, Quantum of Solace) sadly stepping down from the role, speculation continues to circle the web as to who is going to replace him as the world’s most famous spy. Although MGM had reportedly offered Craig £68 million for a further two films, plus shares, inside reports have stated that Craig is simply done with the role, and is moving on. And so now must producers Barbara Broccoli (GoldenEye, The World is Not Enough) and Michael G. Wilson (For Your Eyes Only, License to Kill), along with the heads at MGM, decide on a new actor to further the franchise. The favored choice, at least according to all the rumors, is Avengers and High-Rise actor Tom Hiddleston, who has thus far denied all of the rumors, but who, I’m sure, is not completely against the idea. Another name that has come up is Aiden Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Poldark), but according to a more recent report from the Daily Mail, Billy Eliot and Nymphomaniac star Jamie Bell is in actual talks with the producers to take over the role. Continue reading →
Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) will be making his feature-length directorial debut this month with his new war drama The Water Diviner. Working from a script by Andrew Knight (Siam Sunset, Cashburn) and Andrew Anastasios (The Broken Shore, Australia: The Story of Us), Crowe directed himself and actors Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion), and Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Immortals) in the story of an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey in 1915 following the Battle of Gallipoli in an attempt to locate his missing sons. The film will see a limited release at the end of April following a premier at the Newport Beach International Film Festival on the 23rd. Check your local listings for showtimes in your area…meanwhile you can see the trailer here on MADE!
After much speculation as to who would take over directing duties for the next Bond film after Skyfall director Sam Mendes initially said he would not be returning for another installment, fans of the franchise will be excited to hear that Mendes has decided to direct the next movie after all. Mendes was skeptical about returning at first because the plan was to make another two-part movie, much like Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were made as a two-part story line. Mendes brought the original franchise characters of M, Moneypenny, and Q back to their origins in Skyfall, and now the chance to continue their stories has brought Mendes a newfound interest in returning to the series. The next film will be a solitary story line following these timeless characters and is currently scheduled for theatrical release in November 2015. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw will all reprise their roles, so it should make for a modern Bond film with a twist of original character development all in one movie!