Next year's live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is expected to mix up the mythology of the pizza-loving heroes in a half shell.
But the overhaul doesn't stop with the ninja quartet. William Fichtner is teasing big changes for his character, the villainous Shredder.
South African born writer and director Neill Blomkamp made a name for himself as a visionary filmmaker with his debut feature film District 9, which went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards. Now he returns with his follow up movie, an equally stunning science fiction masterpiece called Elysium, which opens in theaters on August 9th and stars Oscar-winners Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
The new film is set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station called Elysium, while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. Damon stars as Max DeCosta, a factory-worker and ex-con who has an industrial accident that leaves him with a deadly cancer virus. DeCosta only has five days to live unless he can find a way to get to Elysium where he can be cured with their advanced medical science. But he will have to strap on a powerful exoskeleton and steal a rich businessman’s (William Fichtner) identity in order to hijack his way on to the outer space satellite. However, when he realizes that the information he takes has the power to free his planet, it pits him against Elysium’s Secretary of Defense – Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and a violent secret police enforcer – Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley).
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for an intimate conversation, along with a few other members of the press, with writer and director Neill Blomkamp to talk about his work on Elysium, as well as his upcoming projects. The visionary filmmaker spoke candidly about his new film, developing the idea, what has changed for him after the success of District 9, casting movie stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, the rumors that Eminem almost played Damon’s role, if he could ever envision himself directing a Marvel movie of a Star Wars film, what happened to the Halo adaption he was going to do that eventually became District 9, his next film – Chappie, reteaming with Sharlto Copley for Elysium and how the actor has grown since District 9.
If, somehow, you're still not psyched for Elysium, Sony Pictures has offered up several goodies to get you on board Neill Blomkamp's latest, showing off a new extended trailer and two clips that build the world of Elysium.
The latest clip from Elysium has Matt Damon and Diego Luna getting into a firefight with a robot as they attempt to steal from a mega-rich guy played by William Fichtner.
All of this leads to simple but unavoidable question, "Why are you not watching this Elysium clip?"
Anyone who has ever lost their patience while navigating the labyrinth of automated customer service is going to get a kick out of the first clip from Elysium.
If, like Bonnie Tyler, you're holding out for a hero, then you're in luck.
The latest poster for next month's Elysium has Matt Damon pointing those baby blues right into your soul, and the tagline floating in front of his face declares that he's the streetwise Hercules you've been waiting for.
If, somehow, you didn't already hold the Weta Workshop in the highest regard, then a new look behind the scenes of Elysium ought to change that in two minutes flat.
In a new Elysium featurette, writer-director Neil Blomkamp immediately articulates his desire to make a socially conscious bit of sci-fi.
He explains, "The inspiration for Elysium was really a film to try to turn the metaphor of the haves and the have-nots into an environment that the extrapolation of extreme wealth and extreme poverty was visually represented to the audience and you could go to those two places, exist in them."
British actress Ruth Wilson is about to make her big budget American film debut with The Lone Ranger, but TV audiences know he best has the devious Alice Morgan on Luther.
The two-time Olivier Award winner first gained the attention of British audiences for her title role in the mini-series Jane Eyre, for which she earned a Golden Globe-nomination. She has appeared on the British stage in countless plays including A Street Car Named Desire, and Anna Christie, for which she won her two Olivier Awards. She was also featured in the AMC TV mini-series The Prisoner, as well as the 2012 film Anna Karenina with Keira Knightley. But is her role on Luther opposite actor Idris Elba that has gained her the attention of Hollywood and fans around the world. The popular detective series is currently in its third season in the UK, and will begin airing on BBC America in the fall. There have been several rumors that the new season will lead up to a feature film based on the show, as well as a possible spin-off series for Wilson centered on her character. But before that, you can see the talented actress playing Armie Hammer’s love interest in the new Western The Lone Ranger, which opens in theaters on July 3rd, and also stars Johnny Depp.
The new film, which is based on the classic Western character, centers on Native American warrior Tonto’s (Depp) recounting of the untold tale of how John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, was transformed into the legendary hero of justice called The Lone Ranger. The two unlikely heroes must now learn to work together in order to fight against greed and corruption in the Wild West. Wilson plays Rebecca Reid, the wife of Dan Reid (James Badge Dale) and sister-in-law of John Reid, who must care for her only son in the wake of her husband and brother-in-law’s apparent deaths. In addition to Wilson, Depp, Hammer, and Dale, the movie features an excellent cast that includes William Fichtner (The Dark Knight), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), Barry Pepper (True Grit), and Helena Bonham Carter (Les Miserables). The Lone Ranger was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Gore Verbinski, the team responsible for the first Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.
I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico to sit down exclusively with Ruth Wilson and talk about her work on The Lone Ranger, as well as Series 3 of Luther. The acclaimed actress discussed her new movie, her knowledge of the title character before being cast in the film, Westerns, the project’s over abundance of British actors, working on her first big budget American movie, collaborating with director Gore Verbinski, her reaction to seeing Johnny Depp in his Tonto make-up for the first time, and doing her own stunts, as well as Series 3 of Luther, her character’s role in the new season, acting with Idris Elba, and the status of the proposed Luther film and Alice Morgan spin-off series.
For almost 30 years 3-time Oscar-nominated actor Johnny Depp has been entertaining people around the world with his unorthodox approach to playing interesting and offbeat characters.
He began his career with a small but pivotal role in the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, and later in director Oliver Stone’s Vietnam masterpiece Platoon, before becoming a teen idol on the popular ‘80s TV series 21 Jump Street. Rather then capitalizing on his fame, Depp focused on playing challenging characters on the big screen in a string of acclaimed films including Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Dead Man, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Sleepy Hallow, Chocolat, and Before Night Falls. But it was his unusual turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl that earned him his first Academy Award-nomination for Best Actor and made him one of the most popular movie stars on the planet.
Since then he has earned two more Oscar-nominations for his work in Finding Neverland, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and has gone on to appear in such popular films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist, Rango, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, as well as a cameo reprising his role as Tom Hanson in the big screen version of 21 Jump Street. In addition to acting, Depp also wrote and directed the 1997 movie The Brave with screen legend Marlon Brando, and produced such films as The Rum Diary, Dark Shadows, and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Now Depp is taking on the coveted role of Tonto in the latest film adaption of The Lone Ranger, which he also executive produced and opens in theaters on July 3rd.