Still, after nine films in the space of 17 years, Jackman is now ready to pass down the adamantium claws. Who will replace him is obviously unknown, and that’s not likely to change for a while, but in an interesting interview with Variety, the actor opened up a bit about his iconic role and revealed his biggest regret from his time playing the X-Men leader.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t not getting the chance to don the yellow spandex.
Variety is reporting today that Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) has signed on to play the female lead in Gambit. She’ll join Channing Tatum for Fox’s X-Men spinoff, though details of her role are practically non-existent this early in the game.
20th Century Fox refused to comment at the time of Variety’s scoop, but that hasn’t stopped curious fans from linking Caplan’s casting with the seemingly vacant role of Bella Donna. Prior to Gambit‘s well-documented production woes – both Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt had flirted with the spinoff, before Fox ultimately handed the keys over to Gore Verbinski – rumors began to circulate that Léa Seydoux (Spectre) had been offered the part.
Alas, those tentative plans unraveled soon after Gambit was hit with one setback after another, though a recent casting call has meant that
That’s not to say the English-speaking world is entirely absent from the contest, however. Nor, for that matter, is English itself: Sweden’s bilingual entry “The Square,” with an ensemble including Anglophone stars Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, is among the favorites for a nomination. Every year, a number of predominantly English-speaking nations enter films showcasing an alternative side of their national identity: this year, six countries across four continents fall into that column.
Two of them, South Africa and Canada, are former Oscar winners. Since South Africa — a country that prides itself on its 11 official languages — took gold for Gavin Hood’s township fable “Tsotsi” at the 2005 ceremony, a shortlist spot for 2010’s “Life Above All” is the closest
Still, after nine films in the space of 17 years, Jackman is now ready to pass down the adamantium claws. Who will replace him is obviously unknown, and that’s not likely to change for a while, but in an interesting interview with THR, the actor shared a story about the time he met the man who was originally supposed to play Wolverine.
You see, Jackman wasn’t always the first choice for the X-Men leader.
In case you haven’t been keeping up, ComicBook.com sat down with the actor yesterday at Nycc while he was there promoting Pacific Rim: Uprising. When the outlet asked him which superhero he’d love to play if given the chance, he replied with the following: “Weapon X. I mean, Logan! You gotta give it to Wolverine! Wolverine, all day.” Given that many fans have put Eastwood on their wish list for who could bring the character to life next, it was nice to hear that the actor’s into the idea,
One thing’s for sure: true to his initial promise, Hugh Jackman has closed the book on his own personal X-Men saga, and you can’t say the Aussie actor didn’t go out on a high note. As a matter of fact, 20th Century Fox is said to be mounting a sizeable Oscar push for Logan, which would place James Mangold’s noir in the company of 2017’s other superhero success story, Wonder Woman.
Exactly how much traction those campaigns will get is subject to debate, but the fact remains that the studio now finds themselves in a predicament,
When Meyer decided to form Sierra Pictures in 2009, he faced even stiffer headwinds, as the global financial crisis and dramatic changes in technology and audience viewing habits rewired the industry.
Transition gradually revealed openings for his new company, though, as major studios stepped back from the very films that Meyer knew how to mount: mid-budget prestige and genre fare. It wasn’t that those kinds of films had ever gone out of fashion; it was their financial model that no longer made sense for large multinational backers. Eventually, Sierra/Affinity (rebranded after a 2011 merger with OddLot-Bold Films sales outfit Affinity Intl.
Even then, it’s pretty infuriating that female directors, like Jenkins or “Captain Marvel” co-director Anna Boden, are so far seemingly restricted to female-led superhero properties (and even then, not all of them: Ayer will direct “Gotham City Sirens,” for instance), but if “Wonder Woman” proves a success,
In the early years, when Singer was the sole captain of the X-ship, restraint was the name of the game. The director was very adamant about only including characters that served the story, and not merely just throwing a ton of fan service at the screen. Then that philosophy seemingly went out the window when he left the franchise. The two films that followed his departure, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, both featured far more mutants yet yielded far less results.
He believes it’s possible to combine the escapism of studio tentpoles with the artistic rigor of indie fare, a strategy that was once commonplace but hasn’t been in vogue since the 1990s. He did just that with one of the biggest art-house releases of 2016, “Eye in the Sky,” a drone-strike thriller that made $18.7 million. Karpen told the film’s director, Gavin Hood, that he was sick of people drawing a line between blockbusters and art films.
“They’re films that ask you to think but also entertain you,” says Hood. “There should be a place for them.”
There’s evidence that Karpen’s bet is paying off. Bleecker Street just landed its second consecutive best actor Oscar nomination,
Bolstered by major star power, including Helen Mirren and the late Alan Rickman in one of his final roles, Hood’s film compellingly tackles the sensitive questions and complications of drone warfare. Using multiple points of view, the feature follows the aftermath of the murder of a high-ranking British agent by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, kicking into motion a plan to capture and try to annihilate a pair of involved Al-Shabaab militants before they can carry out a suicide bombing.
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Throw a dart at a map, and you can make a World War II movie set in whatever place you hit. Of course, pretty much any film about the Good War that doesn’t focus on the American (sometimes British) point of view of the conflict will probably seem “random” to the mainstream; one odd side-effect of Hollywood’s Oscar-baity love of the era. But there
Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in an older, grizzlier form for Logan. We looked at the trailer in detail...
Having endured what felt like an age of promo pictures and vague teases, it’s a big relief to say we’ve finally got a decent glimpse at Logan, the third solo Wolverine film starring Hugh Jackman. And, dare we say it, it looks pretty great.
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After directing The Wolverine (which we can all agree is better than Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine), James Mangold has returned to the fold to helm what everyone is referring to as Mr Jackman’s final appearance as the cigar-chomping, bub-saying and claw-sporting mutant hero Wolverine.
And, Mirren, as ever, is more than happy to discuss the kind of topical questions the film raises — and so much more — when asked about them. At a luncheon held in the film’s honor today at Manhattan’s Le Bernardin restaurant, Mirren and director Gavin Hood participated in a twenty minute chat moderated by
“It’s dinosaurs,” Mirren said at a New York luncheon for her film “Eye in the Sky.” “I think they’re dying out, honestly. I think there are a few old dinosaurs left and I think that Mr. Trump is one of them.”
During a question and answer session moderated by former New Yorker editor Tina Brown, Mirren poked fun at Trump’s physique, dismissing him as having an “enormous body, small head,” and noting that he had, “dinosaur-y hands.” Mirren’s comments came the day after she appeared at a Broadway fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, during which
In short, Anno and Ishihara operate according to a classic sci-fi game plan: This couldn’t happen.
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